Cobb County Assistance Programs.
The first place to turn to for help and information on assistance programs is the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. The agency runs several of its own programs. However, if someone does not qualify for assistance from those programs, then the community action agency can refer individuals to other local charities, non-profit agencies, and Georgia and federal government programs. Find examples of the help they offer below.
Help for electric, heating, and air conditioning bills
A total of three energy bill programs are offered. They include:
- Air conditioning/cooling bill assistance program – This is an option during the summer. Applications for this summertime program are accepted during the spring and hot summer months. Priority is given to the homebound, elderly and then low income applicants. You need to stop by a local office as all applications are taken by appointment only. Through this cooling bill assistance program the agency helps pay cooling costs for eligible applicants and families.
- Energy/Heating Bill Assistance Program – This program is aimed at winter heating bills. Applications for this particular program are accepted starting in November for senior citizens and the homebound of Cobb County. All others can apply for aid in December. Through this particular heating bill assistance program the organization will help pay heating bills for eligible applicants. All applications are taken by appointment, so stop by to apply.
- Free Fans - During the summer free fans are distributed to the elderly, disabled, and low income residents of Marietta Georgia.
- Senior Discount Programs - Many utility and gas companies in Atlanta and Georgia offer senior discount programs. The agency will help people research these and assist them through the application process.
- Weatherization assistance - There are free programs that will help you save on and reduce your energy bills. Qualified applicants can get free improvements made to their home, such as additional insulation, caulking, and other energy conserving measures.
- Credit repair, debt consolidation, and housing assistance - Some guidance and advise may be offered for various financial and budgeting issues. However the best place to call for counseling in Cobb County and Marietta are non-profit credit counselors. Read more on the services offered to homeowners and clients.
Emergency assistance programs
As indicated above, one of the main advantages of the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. is that they have relationships with many local churches, charities, and other aid organizations. They work with these partners to help people in need locate additional resources and services that can offer them rent assistance, utility bill help, gas and water bills.
Housing Assistance, with a focus on homeless prevention, is also available from TCAP. The Cobb County non-profit may be able to provide one time, emergency rent help to those with an eviction notice, if they are otherwise self-sufficient. Other services include transitional housing, shelter, and loans for paying a portion of back rent or a security deposit.
Contact the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. at (770) 382-5388. They have their headquarters in Cartersville, but offices are also located throughout Cobb County, including in Marietta Georgia. More on assistance programs from Tallatoona Community Action Partnership.
Center for Family Resources, which is based in Marietta and can be reached at (770) 428-2601, serves homeless, working poor and low to moderate income families to encourage their self-sufficiency. Services offered include financial assistance for rent, utility bills, and a food pantry.
While numerous resources are administered by CFR, a focus is on housing and solving basic needs such as lack of food. Qualified Cobb County families can receive help or Direct Financial Aid. This may include grants to pay the security deposit on a low income apartment or funds for past due rent. Other assistance may be food, a thrift store, Job Readiness and ongoing case management. More on Center for Family Resources.
MUST Marietta - Ministries United for Service and Training is a non-profit agency that offers free food, new or gently used clothing, assistance with paying rent and utility bills, as well as education and employment services. Other resources are offered too.
Staff from MUST can help low income families apply for food stamps, or coordinate child care vouchers for single parents that are working. Clothing and holiday meals are passed out, and the Marietta non-profit also is a source of information on government grants. Phone (770) 427-9862, or more on emergency assistance from MUST Ministries.
Cobb Family Resources Inc. This Marietta based group (phone (770) 428-2601) may be able to offer help with paying rent, mortgage, utilities, or other housing expenses. Qualified people can get up to $700 in rent or mortgage assistance, and up to $500 in utilities and cooling bills assistance is available to families once-in-a-lifetime.
Cobb County CDBG Program Office - Runs the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), which can provide clients with emergency housing and rent help. Also receive aid to prevent an utility disconnection, money for paying utility and security deposits, and other financial aid and non-financial counseling, such as credit repair services and debt reduction. Phone (770) 5284600
Jewish Family and Career Services, Atlanta and Cobb County – A regional charity organization focused on the low income, families with children, elderly, and disabled. Some of the resources include career counseling or the Tools for Employment program. Limited financial aid, sometimes in the form of loans, is available for rent, security deposits, or homeless prevention. They also operate Developmental Disabilities Services and many other programs. Click here.
Christian Aid Mission Partnership/CAMP - This non-profit agency provides services and a wide number of assistance programs to residents living in the communities in Cobb County Georgia of Mableton, Austell, Clarkdale, Lithia Springs, and Powder Springs Georgia.
Services provided can help with paying rent, prescription vouchers and utility bill assistance as well as food pantry and clothing closet, screening and application assistance for federal government programs such as food stamps. Lastly, they also provide "no-cook-food", meals, and free food to homeless people once a week. 6289 Veterans Memorial Hwy. #12-A, Bldg. 12, Austell, Georgia 30168. Dial (770) 819-0662, or continue reading.
Eviction prevention and other rental services from the Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty can help Cobb County families. The non-profit, pro-bono law firm works to prevent homelessness and rehouse those that need a new low income apartment. A number of rent and housing issues are addressed, including free advice on rental and security deposit assistance. Read Georgia Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty programs.
A program known as Financial Emergency Services is available from the Salvation Army. It is wide ranging and includes everything from free Christmas assistance (from Angel Tree) up to financial assistance for bills from Project Share. The non-profit will also offer assistance programs, housing, and more that is targeted at seniors and people facing eviction. Employment assistance and case management may be provided as well to the low income and unemployed. Continue with Salvation Army Cobb County assistance programs.
Storehouse Ministries of Noonday Baptist Association – The organization was formed by a partnership of numerous churches and religious organizations that provide free food, meals and utility assistance to Cobb county residents. This agency will refer people to a church near the applicant for the financial assistance. Marietta, Georgia 30066(770) 428-8410
Salary advance and other short term, emergency loans can help Cobb County families when all else fails. As a last resort, these state regulated lenders can support low income families, people with limited borrowing history or credit, and others in the community. More on payday loans in Cobb County.
Save A Life 4 Christ Outreach Ministry, Inc. administers numerous emergency assistance programs and related services for the poor and less fortunate. Examples include emergency financial aid, employment services, elderly and disabled adult assistance, or legal services. Any aid is limited. 6023 Mableton Pkwy., SW, Gordon Rd. Village Plaza, Mableton, GA 30126, dial (404) 384-1635.
McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church supports qualified families in Powder Springs. Free food, groceries, and financial help is available. Hot meals may be served to seniors or the homeless. (770) 943-3008.
City of Marietta runs the Section 8 Program for the region and Cobb County. It is a federal government funded HUD agency program that helps pay a portion of a very low income residents rent. Dial (770) 794-5430 for applications.
Marietta Housing Authority coordinates and may have available safe and affordable rental housing. Apartments and homes are for people with disabilities, low-income families, and senior citizens in the county. Telephone number is (770) 419-3200. The office is at 95 Cole St. in Marietta, GA 30061.
Free Christmas and holiday programs are wide ranging. Thousands of children, the unemployed and elderly receive meals, toys, gifts, and more at Christmas and other holidays such as Easter and Thanksgiving. Call for information and to apply for assistance. Click here.
Cobb County, Society of St. Vincent de Paul - St. Ann administers many social services, referrals, and other support. After an application process and a home visit, the working poor or low income may use the food pantry, receive GED instruction, apply for financial assistance, and enroll into life skills education workshops. The charity works with numerous churches and other organizations in an effort to assist the less fortunate. (770) 552-6400.
Free assistance for legal needs in Cobb County is available from volunteers and pro-bono firms. They will help clients obtain benefits such as SSI disability or unemployment. Immigrants that are new to Georgia and children can turn to Hispanic Outreach or the children's project. Other aid is in the form of eviction defense for tenants that are behind on their rent payments. Click Cobb County legal aid.
Center for Family Resources – A non-profit agency that helps low income, homeless, unemployed, and other struggling families become self sufficient. Apply for grants for financial assistance for bills and expenses, food pantry, and shelter/transitional housing. 995 Roswell St., NE Ste. 100, Mansour Center, Marietta, Georgia 30060(770) 428-2601
Programs from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) both try to rehouse families and stop homelessness from occurring. There may be legal aid to stop evictions, money for rental or energy bill arrears, shelter, and other support in Cobb County. Click more information.
Additional rental assistance is available. While some of the organizations listed above will provide help to qualified families or individuals for paying their rent and housing expenses, there are other options. A combination of non-profits and government grants may be available for expenses such as security deposits and other needs. Get information on other housing and Cobb County rent assistance programs.
Cobb County housing assistance including shelters and transitional housing is for families that are facing imminent eviction or individuals that are now homeless. Non-profits will help rehouse people and offer basic needs such as free food or clothing. Units are offered for single parents, families with children, veterans, and others. Clients can also get referrals and information on permanent housing. Read more.
Public assistance and government benefits are available from Human and Social Services Centers. This form of financial aid tends to be for very low income residents and seniors in Cobb County Georgia. However there are many types of programs offered. They include some of the following.
- Direct financial assistance as part of TANF or utility bill assistance from LIHEAP.
- Free food from several state and federal programs, including SNAP.
- Job training and placement.
- Several other social services are administered too. More on Cobb County public aid.
Cobb County assistance programs and agencies that cover all of Georgia
Below is information on Georgia non-profit organizations and programs that help families across Marietta and Cobb County. Get free foreclosure counseling, help with utility bills, low cost food, legal aid, and other help.
Many people may not realize it, but the Catholic Charities of Atlanta and Cobb County offers homeowners foreclosure intervention programs. The agency administers a one-on-one counseling program and also offers other services for homeowners who are in default or at risk of foreclosure. Learn about your various options and methods and programs to stop a foreclosure. Call the agency at 404-881-6571 to learn more or apply for foreclosure assistance. They also can refer people to bank assistance programs, such as those offered by Bank of America. Read more.
Free legal help in Cobb County Georgia
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. - Cobb County Legal Aid (phone (770) 528-2565) offers free legal assistance. Get help with issues such as foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, consumer debt issues, government programs, and more. Learn more on free legal aid in Georgia.
Rent assistance programs
The Marietta Georgia Salvation Army is offering rent help from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The agency can be reached at (770) 422-8324. This program has as its goal to prevent evictions, and qualified applicants can receive up to 18 months worth of rent payments. Funds are even available for paying utility bills and security deposits. Find additional rent assistance programs.
Food pantry, clothing, and other aid
Greater Community Mission Center ((770) 590-8510) runs a food pantry and clothing closet.
Receive counseling, information on low income programs and food from Shepherd's House. Dial (770) 792-0097. They run a food pantry for qualified individuals.
Cobb County and Marietta Georgia is also served by many other food banks, churches, and charity organizations. Find a listing of more food banks in Cobb County.
Health and medical services
Marietta based West End Medical Centers, Inc. offers services such as general check ups, obstetrics, and blood tests, and all programs are made available on a sliding fee scale and Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance is accepted as well. Phone (770) 919-0025.