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Hancock, Jasper, Putnam, Washington, Wilkinson assistance programs.

Find how to get help from government agencies, programs, and other services. Various programs and resources are available to the low income, unemployed, and others in Central Georgia.

Your local DFACS is always a great place to contact for help. Each of the counties have one of these government agencies. They coordinate various state and federal government assistance programs. As just a sampling of the programs offered include the TANF services Work First Program which can aid qualified individuals in obtaining employment. Food stamps are administered from the locations. Medicaid assistance and other government health care is supported and provided. Medical transportation for Medicaid recipients.  In addition, electric and utility bill assistance can be offered to the needy up to once every 12 months. Jasper County (706) 468-6461, Hancock County (706) 444-1203, Putnam (706) 485-4921, Washington (478) 553-2350, Wilkinson ((478) 946-2224)

Christian Life Center, Inc. runs an Energy Crisis Center as well as housing assistance program. These programs may be able to respond to and help with referrals from the statewide DFCS for those economically deprived individuals and families in the region, and be able to help others who need financial assistance with free food, rent, or utilities expenses and bills. (478) 552-5989

Hancock Helping Hands Crisis Relief Center - A Food Pantry as well as clothing are available, along with household items, and all of these are available for purchase through the Thrift Store on site. Sparta. (706) 444-1203

Putnam Christian Outreach, Inc. of Eatonton Georgia (phone (706) 485-4066) is an agency that offers assistance to those people who are referred to the center. Referrals come from many different places, including Christian Outreach, church pastors, DFACS, or Putnam County Health Department. The clients and individuals who are served and who can get help will usually exhausted all other sources of assistance and have no other options. The agency can provide financial assistance and cash grants in five areas; nonperishable foods, rent assistance, perishable/fresh foods, utility help, energy, prescription drugs, and clothing, gas for medical transportation. Call (706) 485-4066.




Overview, Inc. is the community action agency that services Hancock, Putnam, Jasper, Washington, and Wilkinson County.

  • Financial assistance and grants - Funds may be available in such areas as housing, employability preparation, transportation, emergency food, issues affecting children and the elderly, housing, utility bill help, alcohol and drug abuse, emergency financial assistance, homelessness and homeless prevention
  • Utility and heating bill assistance - A program known as the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides heating bill assistance to low income families in the community.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - The program is for low-income persons, particularly elderly, senior citizens and handicapped, in order to aid those persons lease able to afford energy cost and to conserve energy and save money on their bills.
  • Health care - The agency has information on local community clinics, free prescription drug programs, and state of Georgia public health insurance plans. Find a listing of health centers. More.
  • Food - Clients for free food are selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and the community action agency distributes the food to those in need.

Call Overview, Inc. at (478) 453-4111, or learn more.




Basic needs, clothing and household goods are available from thrift stores and clothing closets in Central Georgia, including counties such as Jasper and others. The churches and non-profits, such as the Salvation Army, may also have free Christmas assistance, toys, shoes, and households goods for the low income in the region. Read Central Georgia free clothing closets.


By Jon McNamara











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