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Bibb County assistance programs.

Find the churches, non-profits, and government assistance programs in Bibb County. There are grants to help pay rent or an energy bill along with free food and household supplies. Or locate assistance to pay a security deposit in Macon, government grant programs for job training or free credit counseling services to address debt.

Get help for bills and locate other resources and services

If you are facing possible foreclosure, struggling with paying your utility bills, need rent help, or need free food to make it through a difficult time, there are places you can turn to for help. They include the Macon-Bibb County EOC, Inc. community action agency as well as HomeFirst Housing Resource Services, Inc. Find more information on how these non-profit agencies can help, as well as other options.

Foreclosure counseling and prevention

If you need mortgage help, or may be on the brink of foreclosure, HomeFirst Housing Resource Services, Inc. of Macon Georgia may be able to help. They have a resource center that is dedicated to providing its clients with comprehensive services and fundamental information concerning all aspects of home buying, foreclosure prevention, and homeownership. Services offered by the center range from budgeting and credit repair, to first time home buyer education workshops, to post-purchase counseling, maintenance and foreclosure assistance and prevention.

The center’s homebuyer workshops and employees are all HUD certified, which is a requirement for most government down payment assistance programs as well as foreclosure programs. Dial (706) 823-5809  to learn more, or click here to find other ways to get help with mortgage.





Consumer Credit Counseling Service, which is located in Macon Georgia, runs a few debt and foreclosure programs. They offer free foreclosure prevention counseling. Another service offered at no cost is financial evaluation and counseling, including Debt management programs. Counselor can help with the facilitation of purchase of first home as well as pre-purchase counseling that is required by Georgia Housing and Finance Authority. All counseling is offered through HUD certified counseling resources. Read more on Georgia HUD counselors for mortgage help. Call (478) 745-3333.

Manna of Hope Resource Center. Clients can improve and gain computer literacy; money/debt management skills; job preparation; career counseling, home buying preparation; and no cost foreclosure and debt counseling. Phone 478-743-8503.

General assistance and grants for emergencies

Macon-Bibb County EOC, is another local non-profit agency that offers a wide variety of programs.

  • Minor home repairs - They offer programs for both Macon and Bibb County. Funding is provided by local and federal government agencies. The program will assist eligible low and moderate income families and individuals, within the city and county limits, with minor repairs and updates to their home. Learn more about home repair programs.
  • Eviction and Homeless Prevention - Resources and services are provided for people facing eviction as well as homeless individuals. A variety of services are offered to eligible low-income, senior citizen, and economically disadvantaged families and individuals.
  • Energy bill assistance - The federal and state government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides one-time financial assistance and free cash grants to eligible households to help meet high-energy bills during summer or winter months.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program - This resources provides free food and surplus agriculture produce as well as other food items to low-income households several times a year.

To learn more or apply for help, contact the Macon-Bibb County EOC, Inc. at 653 2nd Street, Macon Georgia. Or call them at (478) 738-3240.





A multitude of services are provided by Macon Outreach including a hot meal program. In some cases, the charity may offer clothing. The charity serves as a feeding ministry and a clothing bank only. Call (478) 743-8026, or more on Macon Outreach emergency programs.

Macon Rescue Mission directly offers, or refers Macon County homeless and indigent to legal aid or free furniture for a new home. Other programs include appliances, help in applying for Medical care or financial aid, prescription medications, and Job programs. The mission phone number is (478) 743-5445, and location is at 774 Hazel Street, Macon, Georgia 31201.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is located at 1220 Rev. J.L. Nells Way. The charity will provide short housing for individuals that are parolees, people have HIV, parolees, or that are undergoing substance abuse recovery. The charity is in Macon, GA 31204, and dial (478) 746-8874. If a family needs financial aid in a crisis, then they can find emergency rent assistance today.

Vineville United Methodist Church (phone (478) 745-3331) only helps the low income in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood. Utility bill help, emergency financial aid, and other basic needs are available as resources allow from the faith based group.

Family Advancement Ministries. Phone number is 478-745-7165. The non-profit can serve single parents with children ages 6 and younger in an emergency or crisis situation. The not for profit organization can also provide financial assistance for paying for utilities, clothing, food and shoes for babies and children, maternity clothing, diapers, car seats and booster seats. Can apply for utility bills and rental assistance only once a year.

The Macon Georgia Salvation Army is another of the leading places to turn to for help. Get access to free meals, counseling (individual or group), clothing (if necessary), medical assistance, health care, limited utility and electric bill help, and dental assistance. Other resources, such as Christmas assistance, free back to school supplies and Project Share are available in Bibb County Georgia. More on Salvation Army western Georgia.

Referrals are also available from social workers at the Salvation Army. For example, they know of government programs and non-profits, including those that offer medical assistance. Find details, and learn more on to get information on free community clinics near you for health care, or dial (478) 746-8572.

New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist (call 478-474-3009) offers free food and a clothing bank. They support all of Bibb County, but are based in Macon.




Macon and Bibb County residents can get help at the holidays. Whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter, there are free meal services as well as boxes of food. In addition, free Christmas toys, gifts, presents, and even services like adopt a family are offered. More on free holiday assistance in Bibb County.

Bibb County housing programs - Everything from one time rent help to homeless shelters, HUD vouchers, low income apartments, mortgage payments, and other financial aid is offered. The goal in the Macon area is to stop evictions as well as rehouse the homeless (or struggling families). Learn more on rent assistance in Bibb County.

Low income families and the poor can get free items for their home or even free grants. There are the usual pantries and clothing banks, but other resources are also available on a national level. Find details on applying for free stuff.

Clothing, including holiday and school items from charities and non-profits in Bibb County can help children from low income families. Clothing banks and other locations provide basic goods to those that are less fortunate, and find more on clothing closets in Bibb County.

Saint Luke Baptist Church also runs a food bank for the needy in the community. Phone (478) 746-1451.

Loaves and Fishes Ministries runs a food banks and offers groceries. Also on site is a clothing bank, homeless advocacy, and transitional housing counseling. (478) 741-1007

Housing authority of Macon - The HUD approved agency assists tenants through programs such as section 8 and referrals to grants for security deposits and housing expenses. There is also foreclosure counseling and placement into public housing or low income apartments. More on Macon Housing Authority assistance programs.

Health clinics in Bibb County Georgia

Some locations offer medical and/or dental care on a sliding fee scale. So the lowest income patients as well as uninsured may get services for no cost, and others may need to pay a minimal fee towards medical and hospital bills and debts.

Bibb County Health Department - Some of the programs offered are hearing/vision/dental screening, check ups, nutritional counseling, and other care for the uninsured. Phone (478) 745-0411.





Food assistance programs and intake centers

Thousands of local Bibb County families need help obtaining food every year. Many people are asking for assistance for the first time, and they may be facing a hardship due to a job loss, unexpected bill or reduction in work hours. Some of the food banks, churches, and non-profit to call include Macon Outreach at (478) 743-8026, Saint Luke Baptist Church (phone (478) 746-1451) and Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church.

There are several other food banks and soup kitchens in the county. Low income families and other needy families can stop by. Find more food pantries in the Macon and Bibb County Georgia area.

By Jon McNamara

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