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Assistance programs Chatham County Georgia and Savannah.

Find how to apply for financial assistance in the Savannah area. Charity organizations, churches, and the government Division of Family & Children Services offer grants or cash loans. The funds can help with rent or security deposits, pay an electric or utility bill, or give basic needs including free food. Low income families and those in a crisis may get financial support, or even enroll into job programs or Chatham County case management services.

Other resources are also offered in Chatham County. That can include immediate, emergency or expedited food stamps or free back to school supplies for students. Parents can look into free daycare or gas cards or bus passes for work. Or children can get free meals, Christmas toys, or tutoring. Or get help from a homeless shelter or government housing in Savannah GA. Find more details below on these programs for financial help in the Savannah region.

Low income, unemployed, and self-sufficiency assistance programs from EOA

The local community action agency, Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc., administers several programs, and they are a great resource to ask for help and get information on local charities as well as both state of Georgia and federal government programs. Call (912) 238-2960

  • Foreclosure counseling and mortgage assistance - The agency is a HUD approved counseling organization, and they offer several housing counseling services. Services offered to those who need help include the following: foreclosure prevention and loss mitigation, rental counseling such as eviction prevention advice and support, information on where to get mortgage help, reverse mortgage counseling (for senior home owners), debt reduction and budgeting, financial literacy, and money management.
  • Energy bills - Contact them for information on utility assistance programs. The various Energy Assistance programs will help low-income and elderly residents of Savannah / Chatham County Georgia with meeting the high and increasing costs of their utility bills. The one-time cash grant payment helps to defray the high cost of energy bills.
     
  • Crisis intervention - If you are facing an unexpected emergency, such as a job loss or medical emergency, the agency may be able to provide some emergency grants or help paying bills.

 

 

 

  • Food and clothing - The community action agency can provide support for those who are in need of food assistance or clothing. They can also assist others who are experiencing various kinds of other social problems, hardships and/or emergencies. Whether a free box of groceries or help applying for SNAP or EBT, help is offered. More on immediate, emergency food stamps.
     
  • Job training and education - The WIA (Workforce Investment Act) can help the unemployed in Georgia or those looking for new skills. Children can also get prepared for school from Head Start.

Other referrals and emergency financial aid may be available from EOASGA for low income Chatham County families. The non-profit is involved in administered a number of additional human services. While conditions will apply for every single program, applicants may in some cases be issued a zero interest rate loan for their needs as resources are very limited. Read more Savannah-Chatham County community action assistance programs.

Free legal aid for low-income families in Savannah GA

Georgia Legal Services Program provides low income and other eligible clients with a wide variety of services. There is consultations as well as free legal advice. One area of particular focus is lawyers working to help renters, homeowners, or the homeless get some form (or retain) their housing.

There is free legal assistance for foreclosure and eviction prevention. There is also attorneys that help address scams and solve consumer debt problems, however they can also help with all civic legal issues. Call 1-800-498-9469, or find free lawyers in Georgia for more info on programs that help the less fortunate in Chatham County Georgia.

All encompassing financial assistance for paying bills in Chatham County

Eastside Concerned Citizens Inc. runs many programs, and offers all types of support. Call them for more information, but this is just a sampling of what they offer.

  • Health care services - General care, referrals, and free or low cost medical services. The homeless may get basic dental care too.
  • Youth programs - Education, after school, and more.
  • Employment - Resume review, job finding assistance, and other employment activities.
  • Housing programs - Home Repair Program, foreclosure prevention, budgeting, credit repair, and mortgage assistance.

Call the agency at (912) 844-1278. Referrals can be offered as too.

 

 

 

 

Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless is a HUD certified housing agency. They help renters and the homeless in Savannah GA. Among other programs, they operate the HUD Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. Based on funding, they can provide individuals with rent assistance, funds for paying security and utility deposits, moving expenses, and eviction prevention services. The location Savannah Georgia. Phone (912) 790-3400

Savannah Baptist Center, Inc. - Dial (912) 232-1033. The church offers some or all of the following, and more. Free food, clothes for work or school needs, or Christmas assistance. There are also referrals, free haircuts, access to laundry, and advice. They can also refer people to low cost food and groceries from pantries. Find inexpensive sources of groceries, and learn more on the low cost food.

The Salvation Army - The following assistance programs are offered. They include below. There are other resources too.

  • PROJECT SHARE offers electric, gas bill, water expense, and rent assistance, and financial aid is available by appointment only.
  • Free food and grocery assistance is available for walk-ins. There is a free, emergency food pantry in Savannah at the Salvation Army.
  • Low cost new or gently used clothing and household items are available at Family Store shops.
  • Holiday food baskets, meals and toys may also available are the holidays to low income families.
  • Last, but not least, the Savannah Georgia Salvation Army also offers the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, which can prove help with rent, water or electric bills.

There are many other Social Services offered. Dial (912) 352-8366. Or continue with Salvation Army Savannah assistance programs.

Chatham County DFCS Emergency Assistance runs homeless shelters, low-cost/affordable housing, has motel vouchers and more. The Emergency Assistance Program is a limited Chatham county resource that assists individuals and families who have fallen under tough times. Based on funding, there may be limited financial assistance. People can use it only once every 24 months, they need to have an eviction notice, and meet other conditions. Call (912) 651-2220 or (912) 644-5956.

A number of churches and faith based groups in Savannah Georgia may be able to offer utility bill assistance and groceries. They may also offer rent, homeless prevention, and other social services. Utility and cooling bill assistance may be offered to seniors 55 and older, a single person must be disabled, and homes with dependents or children. One key service of the charity is focused on ending hunger as well as homelessness in Chatham County. They also have antipoverty programs, services for immigrants, and more. Find help from Savannah churches.

 

 

 

Clothing, furniture and school supply assistance programs, including items for school, Christmas, and work, are available. Several Chatham County area non-profits and churches run clothing banks and/or thrift stores or furniture banks. The locations provide free or low cost items to families, in particular low income ones. More on free clothing centers, furniture and school supplies in Southeastern Georgia.

American Red Cross - Southeast Georgia Chapter runs the Landings Military Family Relief Fund. Call (912) 368-4282 to apply. It can help active duty members and their families. Receive help paying for car repairs, travel expenses, medical bills, food, emergency situations, rent, utilities and more. There may be bus passes, free gasoline cards and other aid.

Low cost and short term housing, including homeless shelters and transitional housing programs, operate in Savannah and across the southeastern portion of Georgia. Those families that were evicted or that need a place to stay while they regain self-sufficiency are the main beneficiaries. Clients can also access food programs, apply for job training or financial assistance for deposits, and other support. Find transitional housing in southeast Georgia.

Army Community Services - Hunter Airfield offers many services to military members as well. They include employment or career counseling. There is also financial help for moving as well as relocation counseling. Or military members can get support from community information and referral, budget planning and financial aid. Grants may be provided for utility bill assistance, rent payments, critical medical /dental bills, deposits, and more. Location is 171 Haley Ave., Savannah, Georgia 31409, call (912) 315-6816.

Catholic Charities helps the poor, vulnerable and needy, regardless of their faith, religion, and ethnicity. The Savannah congregation can organize homeless shelters as well as serve hot meals or give out free groceries. Some money may be offered to pay bills, rent, or bus pass/gasoline for work. There are clothes as well as counseling services, guidance to the needy, worship services and more. Whether a minority, immigrant, or any race, resources are offered. More on Catholic Charities emergency help in Savannah.

Georgia Department of Human Resources, Savannah Family and Children's Division provides public aid in partnership with the state. Funds can helps low income parents find a job, assist with paying childcare costs and the Chatham County unit can provide numerous other support services such as food stamps and medical care.

Unemployed families can look into benefits. Or single mothers, families in poverty and others can get cash aid and other support. The office is at 761 Wheaton Street in Savannah. Call (912) 651-2211 or 1-877-423-4746, or more public aid Chatham County.

Emergency homeless prevention services are offered by the county, local charities, and non-profits. Federal and state government grants help with housing needs, including rent, water or electric bills, and more. Chatham County families living in poverty can learn about resources available to stop an eviction, and the homeless can also be placed into a new, affordable home. More details on Chatham County eviction and rehousing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul - The churches that are part of the charity offer both case management, referrals to medical care, and financial aid. Examples of programs in the Savannah area are as follows.

  • Case management to address the cause of the hardship.
  • Emergency assistance, such as funds for rent, food, and vouchers for medications.
  • Much more is available in Chatham County Georgia, and continue with Savannah St. Vincent De Paul programs.

Wesley Community Centers- Utility Assistance Program. Dial (912) 236-4226. People who are behind and have a disconnect notice may be able to get utility assistance, which is offered for Single Women, Families, Elderly and Disabled in the community.

Find free holiday assistance in Savannah and the area. Several non-profit agencies as well as donation services can provide help at Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving.

  • Hot meals and food boxes may be passed out.
  • Children may be given free toys, holiday clothing, gift cards, or Christmas presents.
  • Note donations are always needed by these charities to the programs, such as Adopt a Family.
  • Learn how to apply and get more information on holiday programs in Chatham County.

Housing and rent - Locate phone numbers, addresses, and information on how to apply for financial assistance for paying rent, storage costs, deposits and other bills. Several non-profits specialize in solving housing issues for the low income. Find details on Chatham rental assistance programs.

Free food pantries, soup kitchens and distribution centers

If you need help providing for your next meal, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia (phone 912.236.6750) partners with dozens of local agencies, charities, and other groups. They work together to provide free food and groceries to people in need of help. Thousands of people turn to this center each year to get free food and other items.

Other places that may be able to provide free food, groceries, diapers, household products, clothing, furniture, or other non-financial aid in Chatham County and Savannah GA include Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church (phone (912) 233-9040), Faith, Hope and Charity Evangelist Ministry (phone (912) 231-0905), First Bryan Baptist Church Food Pantry (dial (912) 232-5526), and The Lighthouse Ministry (main number is (912) 629-4742) among others.

There are other charity and government food programs. Many can provide groceries, applications to public benefits, food stuffs, holiday meals and gifts, advice, and a significant amount of support. Find even more free food banks in Chatham County and Savannah.

 

 

 

 

Chatham County low cost or free clinics and prescription medications

An organization can help the low income and uninsured get free medications. MedBank Foundation is an non-profit organization that was created assist the uninsured in Chatham County and Savannah. It can help people on insulin, provide brand name or generic medications and other support. The non-profit can help patients with obtaining prescription medications free-of-charge from pharmaceutical companies. Call 912.356.2898

Health care centers - Low income residents in Savannah and across the county have access to several health and dental clinics that they can call upon for free care. Locations like the Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care Inc - Westside Urban Health Center (phone (912) 527-1000) and many others assist thousands of people every year. They can offer medications, prescriptions, and other health care services.  Read more on Chatham Georgia clinics.

The J.C. Lewis Health Care Center, Inc. of Union Mission can also help uninsured and the low income. Some of the programs offered include Medication Assistance as well as free Primary HealthCare. There are many dentist and Physician Services, Medical Case Management as well as Economic Education & Referral Nutritional Education and Planning

Social services are offered too. This includes Health Prevention and Promotion, Shelter & Housing Referrals, Dietary Supplementation Prisoner Re-entry Program. There is also senior and disabled 24 hour Respite Care, Behavioral Health Counseling. Call (912) 495-8887.

Foreclosure and free debt help

Savannah Consumer Credit Counseling Service offers various debt and mortgage/foreclosure assistance programs.

  • Foreclosure Prevention Counseling - If you are a homeowner who thinks they may not be able to make their mortgage payment on time, or who may be facing a foreclosure, then counselors may be able to help. The best time to get help with your mortgage is before you miss a payment. However, even if you are already behind on your monthly payments, it’s not too late to get assistance. A free housing or mortgage counselor can work directly with and negotiate your lender to review what options are available to prevent a foreclosure filing.

 

 

 

 

  • Debt assistance - The credit counseling agency offers a variety of programs and techniques to help people get out of debt. Learn budgeting skills or credit repair. Get information on debt management plans. A credit counselor can guide you through the process, and answer questions on DMPs, credit card hardship programs, auto payment assistance programs and loans. Learn more on solutions such as Debt Management Plans.

Dial 912-691-2227 to learn more. CCCS of Savannah has a variety of free or low cost mortgage and debt reduction programs.

 

By Jon McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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