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Clayton County Georgia assistance programs.

Emergency assistance is offered from charities, churches, non-profits and government agencies in Clayton County. Find how to get funds or grants to help pay utility bills, money to help with rent, medical bill or security deposit assistance, free food and more. The agencies and programs help poor or low income families (and those in crisis) get through a hardship. clients can also access free foreclosure counseling, legal aid, job and free debt reduction services in the region.

Faith based groups also help the poor, low income, or unemployed in Clayton County. They are in addition to the programs and  nonprofits listed below. Some give out free clothes, Christmas toys or meals, or financial help. They are also a source of meals, counseling, and general advice. Find churches that help pay bills, regardless of religion.

Get help with bills, rent, legal aid, and other assistance

Salvation Army - Clayton. This non-profit agency provides emergency and financial assistance to persons and families in a crisis situation. Among other services they can provide free food, holiday programs, clothing, lodging, rent and cooling and utility bill assistance, counseling, and referrals to other comprehensive crisis centers, charities, and Georgia and federal government programs. In addition, they run the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) which provides temporary financial assistance for expenses such as rent, electric bills, gas, water (includes deposits), stabilization, and housing relocation services. Jonesboro Georgia (770) 724-1681, or more on Clayton Salvation Army programs.

Whole Child Outreach is a non-profit agency that provides outreach services to communities and disenfranchised neighborhoods. The services provided to qualified individuals included financial assistance, GED classes, job search, child care tuition program, and after school programs. College Park. (678) 489-8313

Samaritans Together for Clayton County, Inc., which is based in Forest Park and can be reached at (404) 361-8848, provides financial assistance and cash grants to help with paying rent, utilities, and mortgage payments in addition to operating a free food pantry for families in need of help. Find additional ways to get help with utilities.




Faith Walk Ministries, Inc. - This church is a referral site for the Atlanta Furniture Bank and also runs a free food pantry. In addition, energy bill assistance is available for Clayton County residents only, and all services are by available appointment only. Clients can receive food or groceries up to three times per year. Dial (770) 997-0555. Riverdale GA based.

Clayton County Community Services Authority, Inc. - Programs offered by this non-profit include:

  • Pro-bono legal aid - Receive access to legal (non-criminal) services, and the programs are open to low-income citizens of Clayton County who are faced with civil problems and complaints. Examples of the legal aid include Domestic Violence, Divorce, Foreclosure, Child Custody, Adoption, Consumer / Finance, Guardianship, Eviction, Landlord / Tenant and Probate. Learn more on Georgia free legal aid.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).This utility assistance program is designed to provide cash grants and financial assistance to eligible working poor, senior citizens, disabled, homebound individuals, and low income families with their energy and heating bills during peak seasonal months.
  • Emergency Food Assistance Program - Provides food and groceries. Emergency short term cash grants and financial assistance - Services and resources are available, along with case management services and resource referrals to families or individuals. Get help with expenses and issues such as evictions, foreclosures, rent assistance, utility and heating disconnections and emergency food assistance programs.
  • Weatherization - Improvements and measures are performed on a home that has a direct result on reducing energy bills.
  • Borrowers in debt can get help - Community Services Authority staff can advice families on credit card assistance programs, medical debt resources, and other programs. They can help arrange debt consolidation low interest rate loans.
  • Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Fund - Money is available to both help people avoid an eviction, and also assistance for the currently homeless.
  • Head Start and a Food Pantry are also offered.
  • Housing - The non-profit may offer referrals to eviction prevention services or offers help to the homeless in Clayton County. This may be loans or other forms of financial support for security deposit fees or paying a partial rent payment.





Call the Forest Park Georgia based Clayton County Community Services Authority, Inc. at (404) 363-0575 to get more information or to apply for help. Various other grant, loan, and case management services can be arranged too. Or click here Clayton County Community Services Authority.

Jonesboro Housing Authority can offer programs such as section 8 vouchers and possibly referrals. The   vouchers can be used by qualified, low income families as a form of subsidy on their monthly rent payments. There is usually waiting list for the program. 203 Hightower St., Jonesboro, Georgia 30236,(770) 478-7282

Clayton County Society of St. Vincent de Paul can be reached at (770) 477-2388. Various social services and assistance programs are offered for the poor and low income. Examples include GED instruction and life skills education, a free food pantry, financial aid for rent or energy bills, and more. A formal application and intake process is in effect.

Clayton County Family Care, Inc. – The non-profit agency provides financial assistance for utilities including gas, water, and electric, rent assistance, mortgage payments, and prescription medicine. Other services include financial management and credit counseling.

The non-profit, charity organization can be a great place to contact for referrals as well. Family Care staff can guide low income families to resources such as applications for food stamps or SSI disability, and they may have information on grant programs as well. The address is 1000 Main St., Forest Park, Georgia 30297, call (404) 366-5527, or find emergency help from Clayton County Family Care.

Clayton County Georgia programs that also offer help to all state residents

In addition to the non-profits and organizations listed here, Jonesboro and Clayton County Georgia residents can get help with rent, energy bills, health care, and more from these statewide resources.





Many federal government and national non-profits may also help struggling families in Clayton County. There may be grants, free items, advice, and general counseling services. Short and long term support is given. Even find government hardship programs.

Foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance

The Housing Authority of Clayton County runs a program known as the Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center. It is a partnership among several local non-profit organizations and charities in Clayton County Georgia. The goal of the center is to reverse the trend of the increasing number of foreclosures in our community, and help people who are currently facing a foreclosure Services are free of charge to homeowners and available 24 hours a day.

Services include educating the homeowner about resources and options available through the lender. Staff help with discussing alternative mortgage and loan repayment plans; negotiating changes with the bank or lender that can be made to the terms of the loan; and other alternatives for which homeowners may be eligible. Learn about programs such as the federal government short sale, or a new government mortgage program that helps the unemployed.

D & E, A Financial Education and Training Institute is another non-profit credit and housing counseling agency to contact for help. This non-profit agency offers HUD approved counseling agencies, mortgage delinquency and default resolution counseling, as well as information on federal government as well as state of Georgia housing programs.

Staff also help with personal finances/budget counseling, predatory lending awareness programs, eviction prevention, and give out free individual counseling in Clayton County. They also offer help getting out of a title loan. There is also housing down payment loans/grants, debt management, and senior housing information and referral. Phone - (770) 961-6900

Food pantries and other aid in Clayton County

Divine Faith Ministries International - They operate both a food pantry and clothing closet. They also personal financial management counseling and debt assistance. Jonesboro. (770) 603-0025

Willie M. Simpson Evangelistic Ministries, Inc. of Jonesboro Georgia (phone (678) 674-1361) provide free food and counseling to families and individuals. They also can direct people to programs such as cheap groceries from Angel Food.

Strong Tower Church of God - This is a church that is involved in offering a food pantry to residents of Clayton County. Call (770) 472-0081.

Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc. is located in Riverdale and the non-profit can provide a food pantry, GED program. education and a dropout prevention program.

Those locations are just a few of the food pantries. There are also soup kitchens too. The county does have a number of other clothing closets, thrift stores, and food banks. Read more free food pantries in Clayton County.





Community clinics and free health care

Receive free health care from Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc. This is the local community clinic that offers free primary medical and health care for residents of Clayton county Georgia who have no other alternatives and who are not covered by any private or government insurance program. There is help for those who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid from the federal government. Services provided by the community clinic include diabetes screening, pap smears, adolescent medicine, and urine tests. (770) 968-1310


By Jon McNamara

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