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Augusta-Richmond County assistance programs.

The financial aid, case management services, employment, and free items available in the region are extensive. Find where to apply at for emergency funds, grants, loans, or basic needs. Richmond County and Augusta families can get the following support.

  • Get help with rent from charities, mortgage or deposit assistance from non-profits, and low cost or rent subsidized apartments from the government.
  • Federal and state funds (as well as some charities) help pay light, electric, water, and utility bills.
  • Free food is from pantries and there is medical care from Augusta clinics, free supplies for school, computer or laptops, and even holiday presents.
  • Social workers help with employment, cash application needs, section 8 vouchers, and more.

All of these resources and more are offered. Whether a church, charity, or some other Richmond County agency, help is offered.

Find housing and rent assistance, as well as utility bill help

Almost $1 million dollars in federal government funds are provided to Augusta County(in most years) to provide residents with housing assistance. The federal government funds, which are being provided an a mostly annual basis, will be used over the next two to three years to offer both short term and long term rent assistance, provide rapid housing, security deposits, rental and utility bill assistance and even provide motel vouchers as a last resort.

The Salvation Army in Augusta Georgia ((706) 826-7933) will be one of the primary organizations running the program, and they will be placing individuals and families into permanent and temporary housing. It is just one of 10 local agencies and charities that serve the homeless or those on the verge of homelessness, and these 10 groups will all be involved.





Some of the other groups that will be aiding and providing housing assistance include Hope House and SafeHomes of Augusta. These 10 agencies will be distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars in free grant money to those who need help. Continue with Augusta and Richmond homeless prevention.

Help stop a foreclosure

The Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. (CSRA) (phone (706) 722-0493) offers an extensive program that can help people stop a foreclosure and provides them with mortgage assistance. The foreclosure prevention program is not limited to people based upon income levels, so all people can apply for help.

How does it work? A well trained housing counselor will be assigned to the homeowners case. They will review the borrowers financial situation. They will offer the homeowner debt counseling, and help them create a budget.

After some of this initial prep work is complete, they will assist the homeowner in contacting their lender to explore a mortgage modification, repayment plans, interest rate reduction, set up a mediation session, explore a special forbearance, deed-in-lieu, or a short sale if need be. The program can even provide free legal advice. The bottom line is they will do whatever they can to help the borrower. Learn more on Georgia free legal advice.





Electric bill assistance

Apply for grants to pay cooling and electric bills from the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. Phone number is above. They administer a federal government assistance program known as LIHEAP. This program can provide low to moderate income people with grants of up to several hundred dollars that can be used to pay electric, heating, and summer cooling bills. Apply early as the funding is limited and the demand for help is great. The phone number for the agency is in the foreclosure section above. Find other Georgia utility assistance programs.

Emergency assistance in Augusta

In addition to the rent programs indicated above, The Salvation Army ((706) 826-7933) helps qualified individuals by providing free food, emergency shelter, meals, clothing, groceries, rent help, cooling and utilities bill assistance, technical & life skills training, Christmas assistance, substance abuse rehabilitation, disaster relief, and counseling and advice. Click here for more details on Salvation Army Centers.

Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center serves the Richmond and Augusta Georgia community through senior enrichment programs, youth activities and tutoring, food assistance and meals, and wellness events. Dial (706) 738-0089.

Short term financial and emergency assistance is also offered by the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. (CSRA). Their number is noted above. They run programs including The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is a Federal government funded program that helps low-income households pay their home energy bills.

The agency also runs the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is another Federal government program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with free emergency food, groceries and nutrition assistance.

Last, but not least, the Weatherization Assistance Program’s (WAP) provides free energy conservation measures to income eligible households in the Augusta community. Call the CSRA at 706) 722-0493, or read more.





Churches and Catholic Charities - If you are faced with an emergency, this charity may be able to help. The non-profit agency provides help in emergency and crisis situations. Get help with utility bills, rent and prescription drug payments assistance. 811 12th St., Augusta, Georgia 30901, phone (706) 722-3661

Army Community Service for the Ft. Gordon area can help persons with a military identification card, and also administers services for their immediate family members and veterans. Some of what is offered includes, but is not limited to, deployment and mobilization assistance, individual/family advocacy, job search/placement, relocation assistance including security deposits, specialized information and referral, emergency financial relief for bills, special needs assistance, and family team building. Address is 307 Chamberlain Ave. Ste. 224, Augusta, Georgia 30905, dial (706) 791-3579

Action Ministries of Augusta - Some of the programs include short term and permanent housing. Case management, referrals to financial aid for paying rent or energy bills, and self-sufficiency is available. Some low income families may be issued a loan for various bills or housing expenses such as rent. The focus is on assisting with housing needs in the Augusta Georgia region. Read Action Ministries.

Augusta Catholic Social Services is located at 811 12th St., Augusta, Georgia 30901, phone (706) 722-3661. This non-profit agency provides help in crisis and emergency situations. Funds can be used to pay for bills including rent, utility bills, and prescription payments assistance, and more. The charity also has free bus tokens and other transportation resources in Richmond County. Programs are offered for the unemployed, low income, and others who are considered at risk. Find additional information on Catholic Social Services Augusta.

Another focus of CSS above is on preventing homelessness. So the rental assistance can be combined with help for moving costs or related fees. Click here for more details on security deposit assistance.

Georgia Department of Human Services/Division of Family and Children Services, otherwise known as DFCS Richmond County, helps very low income families. People with medical conditions can apply for rent or utility help. Other aid may be offered to people faced with an eviction. Also learn about Medicaid, food stamps, and other support. 520 Fenwick St., Augusta, GA 30903, dial (706) 721-3000

United Methodist Children's Home may have limited emergency financial assistance for families. Case managers also provide residential group care, transitional living services, and counseling. Main number (706) 722-8669





Augusta clothing closets provide free goods to the needy, including children from low income families. If you don’t qualify for items then individuals can always turn to regional thrift stores. Some of what may be provided includes shoes for children, baby supplies such as diapers, general clothing, and personal hygiene goods. The non-profits and churches service people from the county and nearby regions. Read Augusta-Richmond clothing centers.

Christ Church of 1904 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30904, hosts a food pantry and soup kitchen. These, and other services, are offered to the community. Soup kitchen attendees may also receive free new or gently used clothing each week and health screenings or checkups once a month. Telephone (706) 736-5165

Emergency housing and rental assistance - Several non-profit organizations, charities, and government programs in Richmond County Georgia focus on preventing and/or reversing homelessness. People faced with a crisis or emergency, or who have an eviction notice, may be able to receive cash or grants to pay their rent, energy bills, or housing costs. Read more.

Find Christmas assistance from charities. Some of them also will serve a Thanksgiving meal. There are several soup kitchens and church run groups in the Richmond County Georgia region that focus on passing out toys, gifts, and more to the vulnerable. When applying for help at Christmas, bring a copy of income as well as residency. Click Augusta - Richmond holiday help.

Free or low cost medical and dental care in Richmond County

A number of clinics provide health care to people of all incomes, backgrounds, and ages across Richmond County Georgia. While qualifications will need to be met by applicants, even if you do not qualify for the free care a sliding fee scale may still provide individuals lower costs on their medical bills. A wide variety of services are provided by the community clinics.

Christ Community Health Services Augusta, Inc.  – Affordable, high quality health care is offered to the low income and underserved. Phone (706) 922-0600

  • Harrisburg Family Health Care - Phone (706) 496-3885. This center is based in Augusta Georgia.
  • Georgia Health Department has several medical centers around the community. They coordinate with local hospitals as well as federal government and state of Georgia medical and insurance programs. Call 404-657-2700.
  • If these two locations can’t help you, find more clinics in Richmond County Georgia.

Food assistance programs

Individuals of all backgrounds and income levels can receive short term assistance from churches, food pantries, and other non-profits in the Augusta-Richmond Georgia region. Many of the locations can provide other help as well, such as clothing, baby formula, diapers, and government surplus food and commodities. Some of the pantries to call are listed here.

Mercy Ministries is located on Fenwick Street. Call (706) 737-0242 for information on food distribution hours and programs.

Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church (dial (706) 733-9430) offers meals, free food and groceries, and other aid to the low income and homeless.

Friendly Church of God in Chris - Telephone number is (706) 724-0990. Spiritual guidance and perishable items are provided.





Those are just a few of the free food banks. There are other food pantries in the community that anyone can turn to for assistance. Or click here for more locations, including their addresses and phone numbers.


By Jon McNamara

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