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Athens – Clarke County area rent assistance.

Cash grants, loans, and other funding is available in Athens – Clarke County to assist with rental payments. There is funding from a wide range of agencies listed below, including churches, charities, and government assistance programs. Anyone facing eviction, or the homeless, can get money to pay for back rent or a security deposit to move. There is also moving cost assistance in Athens, section 8 HUD programs, and more.

Almost every single agency provides one time financial assistance in an emergency. This means that the applicant needs to be behind on their rent due to a crisis, and it can’t be a long term need. If the request is for long term support, then HUD section 8 vouchers, case management, and self-sufficiency may be used.

Find where to apply and how to get rent assistance below. Or if the need is for energy bill help, rental deposits, foreclosure prevention, or other needs then a charity or government organization may have referrals.

Athens Department of Community Affairs
Address: 1061 Dowdy Road - Suite 201
Athens, GA 30606
Call (404) 327-7912
They run the TANF cash assistance program in Georgia. It can provide money for rent, housing, and more, but is only for very low income families and those in poverty. Cash can also help the disabled, elderly, or single moms/dads in Clarke County. Find cash assistance in Georgia.

Location is 594 Oconee Street
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 546-8293
For residents facing a one-time financial hardship that they did not create, there is financial aid or even loans. It can help them pay their rent, mortgages, energy bills, and much more. There is also case management around housing and employment matters.

Athens Area Homeless Shelter
Location is 620 Barber Street
Athens, GA 30601
While there is a homeless shelter, they also operate housing first rapid rehousing programs. They help the poor, homeless transition into permanent homes.
They include short term partial rental payment assistance, job training, GED, computer classes, transitional housing drug and alcohol abuse, food, shelter, and more.




St. Joseph Charities
Main location is 134 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
Telephone number - (706) 549-4208
No walk ins accepted. Any funds for rent, security deposits, or utility bill are only paid out once per 4 months.

Athens Housing Authority
Office location is 300 S Rocksprings St
Athens, Georgia 30606
Main Phone: (706) 425-5300
Very low income families, the poor, elderly, and senior may qualify for a HUD housing choice voucher. It can pay a portion of rent. There are also income based apartments, self-sufficiency, and other services. Rent subsidized housing is offered from section 8 housing choice vouchers. The government aid can help the low income, poor, or seniors pay for housing including rent, mortgages, or utilities. Job programs, public housing, and other support is given too.

Salvation Army of Athens and Clarke County
Location is 484 Hawthorne Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30606
Main number is (706) 543-5350
They only run the UWNEGA program, which is for rent to stop homelessness. Applicants need proof of income and expenses as well as copy of lease. There is also an emergency shelter, job placement, and other aid. More on Salvation Army Athens action assistance programs.

Live Forward - formerly AIDS Athens
Main address: 240 North Avenue
Athens GA 30601
Telephone number - (706) 542-2437
Rent assistance is only for people with HIV and/or AIDs.





Mental or physically disabled in Clarke – Athens
Only the mentally or physically disabled can apply for housing assistance. There are a couple agencies that provide grants for rent payment, shelter, and even some basic medical needs.

  • Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, Location is 250 North Avenue, Athens, GA 30601, Phone - (706) 354-1154.
  • ARK and the United Ministry Outreach Center which is at 640-A Barber Street, Athens, Georgia 30601. Call (706) 548-8155.

Athens Georgia Legal Services Program
Location is 1865 W Broad St B
Athens, GA 30606
Phone number: (706) 227-5362
The indigent, very low income, and seniors can get free legal aid, including representation in housing court. Lawyers also mediate solutions around rent and deposits between landlords and tenants.

Interfaith Hospitality
Programs in Clarke County include homeless shelter, loans, rent or deposit help, storage assistance, and more. They help the homeless rehousing and also stop evictions. More on rent help from Interfaith Hospitality.

Beech Haven Baptist Church
Location is 2390 West Broad Street
Athens, GA 30606
Telephone - (706) 548-7084
The Christian charity helps the poor. Furniture, emergency rent assistance, and other support.

ARK - Senior Rent Assistance (NOAH)
Main address: 640-A Barber Street
Athens, Georgia 30601
(706) 548-8155
Applicants to the housing and rent programs need to be 55 or older. Supportive housing takes care of medical needs. The elderly need to pay a portion of their income for rent.

Family Promise
Address is 355 Pulaski Street
Athens, GA 30601
Phone - (706) 425-1881
Homeless prevention and stability services are offered. Get referrals to, or access to, emergency rent or deposit help. They partner with many local churches on shelters, financial aid, and other housing resources.

Project Safe is only for women/children fleeing abuse
Dial (706) 549-0922
The components range from shelter, to homeless prevention rehousing, legal aid, grants to pay rental deposits or moving expenses and more. The goal is to keep clients safe.





Ebenezer Baptist Church - West
Location is 205 N Chase Street
Athens, GA 30606
Call (706) 543-9644

Timothy Baptist Church- Financial Assistance
Location is 380 Timothy Road
Athens, Georgia 30606
Call (706) 549-1435
Applicants need an eviction notice to have any chance to get money for paying their rent. There is also emergency financial aid for energy bills if gone unpaid and could cause a disconnection.


By Jon McNamara

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