For people who are struggling in this economic environment, there is some good news. The Newton Fund of The Community Foundation For Greater Atlanta distributes annually tens of thousands of dollars in grants to the The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, which is located in downtown Covington. The money in turn flows to local non-profit organizations. The organizations and charities that people who need help can go to include:
Willing Helpers Food Pantry — This food pantry helps up to 300 people per week. They provide free or discounted meals and food to low income families. The pantry is open several days a week and several hours per day. The grant will be used to ensure food aid flows to those who need it, and funds will also be used pay utility and other operational expenses of the Pantry to ensure it stays open. Contact them at (678) 342-3434.
Salvation Army — The Salvation Army provides a wide variety of funds and grants to those who need short term help or who are facing a hardship. The local branch of the organization has a clothing closet, thrift store, furniture bank and food pantry and they can even provide grants and other assistance for mortgage payments, heating bills, utility payments. In addition, apply for free prescriptions and health care for people without medical insurance. Find a listing of Georgia medical centers that they may partner with.
The number and types of the assistance programs offered are very extensive, as the Salvation Army helps over 50,000 people per year locally, the Service Center Director said. The grant that is being provided will be used toward funding its mortgage assistance, foreclosure prevention, rent and utility bills assistance program as well as to help supply the food pantry with more meals for low income. Click here to find additional ways to get mortgage help.
Stop by the Salvation Army at 5193 Washington Street Southwest, Covington, Georgia. Click here for more details, or feel free to call them at (770) 786-2107.
FaithWorks — The organization (phone # 770) 784-1884) provides assistance to low to moderate income residents in Covington. People can apply for grants that can be used for rent and utility bill payments. These assistance programs are also being expanded as a result of the additional funding.
Washington Street Community Center — This local community center has numerous programs for students and youth. They offer local residents various resources, including about a dozen different assistance and educational programs, one of which is a popular after-school tutorial program. These student and education programs are receiving both grants and will be expanded.. Executive Director Jackson said the grant money will be used to pay operational costs and purchase teaching aids and materials to improve the enrichment programs. Call them at (770) 786-4002.
A referral service Hotline is available. Callers can get information or referred to non-profits and charities that support Newton County. The organization offers numerous services and referrals to qualified clients when resources are available. The group was created as part of the nationwide poverty fighting network. They may be able to provide linkage to grants for paying utility bills, rent, and other assistance to city residents who are in need. The agency has joined with other local nonprofit organizations and government agencies to coordinate resources.
The organization that is applied to in Newton County will need to provide applicants with an intake process. This will help them see what their specific need is and what type of bill or expense they need assistance with. They will gather personal information so any type of financial assistance is not duplicated in the same household.
Other resources may also be available in the Covington Georgia region. The agency has information on food pantries, government programs for paying utility bills such as LIHEAP, and housing resources. Job training and placement may also be provided by the non-profit and its case managers. As noted, this is a referral service, and more on the community service infoline.
Covington and Newton County agencies offer assistance for paying rent. Families that are struggling can call a church, charity, or law firm for help. Based on the applicant’s qualifications, a cash grant may be provided for paying a portion of back rent or there may be loans to pay for deposits, shelter arranged, and other support services. More on rent help in Newton County.
Repairers of the Breach may occasionally have Financial Assistance. Funding may be offered for utility bills, a security deposit, or a partial rent payment. All resources are limited. 5120 Washington Street, Covington, GA 30014, (770) 787-7250
Rainbow Covenant Ministries operates a shelter. The faith based group may also have meals, free food, or referrals to low income families in Newton. The charity is at 7133 Turner Lake Circle, Covington, GA, 30014. Call (770) 787-8519.
Newton County food assistance programs - The working poor, hungry, and homeless (among others) can get assistance. Food pantries as well as soup kitchens provide groceries, supplies such as diapers or baby formula, and much more. Some centers even have staff that help with applications to SNAP food stamps. More information.
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