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Coastal Georgia area assistance programs.

Get help with paying rent, expenses, utilities, housing, and much more. The financial aid programs below cover the Georgia counties of Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Bleckley, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Dodge, Effingham, Emmanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Pierce, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, and Treutlen county Georgia. There are a number of charities, churches, and government assistance programs that help the needy in that region.

Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc. is one of the community action agencies that serves the area. The programs they offer the low income include the following.

  • Crisis and Emergency Energy Bill Assistance - Assistance may be available and can provide qualified individuals with once a year assistance on their energy bills to help defray cost of paying for primary heating utilities and energy bills. Get help with such expenses as home heating fuels, regardless of whether you heat with natural gas, wood, coal, fuel oil, or propane. The elderly, families with children, and homebound are usually the first to get any financial aid.
  • Emergency Assistance grants from the federal government can assist with paying for rent, mortgage expenses, cooling and utility bill assistance, shelter. Most funding comes from the federal government FEMA agency.
  • Food assistance - The low income and people who are struggling can get access to commodity distribution, which provides governmental food, produce and other items. At most you can get food three times per year.
  • Debt reduction advice, budgeting, credit repair and improvement, and money management classes are offered to client.
  • Weatherization assistance may be able to provide qualified homeowners with the replacement of caulking, broken windows, insulation, weather stripping, etc. and minor home repairs and improvements to improve energy efficiency of homes.
  • Housing services may be able to assist low-income persons obtain/maintain home ownership, including funds for rent, security deposits, and other housing support.




Call the Pembroke Georgia based Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc. at (912) 653-4993. Or for more details, click here on assistance from Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority.

Concerted Services, Inc. is another local community action agency of southeast and coastal Georgia.

  • Get help is a crisis from emergency assistance programs. The aid can be presented to applicants in many forms. In most cases, people have the need for utility assistance, free food, shelter, cooling and heating bill assistance, transportation, medical assistance, clothing, and other basic needs. The community action agency Concerted Services, Inc. partners with many agencies and non-profits, including federal, state, and local government entities, churches, other public and private service providers, and other religious organizations. Click here for rent help programs.
  • The federal government funded Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers a one-time cash grant/payment of a heating bill for low-income, elderly, and disabled households. Some years, additional emergency funds are also allocated by the Federal and/or State government for cooling bill assistance payments for low-income households.
  • Food commodities, groceries and free food and banks provide nonperishable food, produce, breads, and meat to low-income individuals and families by holding mass distributions in each county in the surrounding Georgia area a few times each year.
  • Weatherization is offered and the program uses the National Energy Audit Technology to improve energy efficiency of each household. For your home get Compact fluorescent lamps, Smart thermostat, insulation, and much more.
  • Several other social services and emergency assistance programs are offered.

Concerted Services, Inc., which is based in Waycross Georgia, can be reached at (912) 285-6083. They offer government grants, employment resources, and various other forms of support. More information on Concerted Services, Inc assistance programs.





Johnson County Overview - Programs are only offered for this county. Financial support ranges from loans for housing needs to applications for weatherization as well as grants from LIHEAP. They also offer Head Start, free food in an emergency, and case management services for clients. More on programs from Overview Inc.

CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority is a non-profit that serves portions of eastern and Coastal Georgia as well. The agency can often provide short term financial aid, funds for rent, security deposits or utility bills, and other housing assistance such as Shelter Plus Care Program. Transitional apartments and homes are also administered.

Clients of the agency can also access free foreclosure counseling, home buying programs, and other social services. Additional financial aid in counties such as Bulloch and Emanuel include prescription assistance such as vouchers and medications. Or call the non-profit for free food or referrals. Continue with Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority programs.

Area Christians Together in Service, Inc (ACTS) offers emergency assistance for expenses such as Utility Bills- electric, gas, propane. there may also have free Prescriptions or grant based Rent or Mortgage Help. Or get free Clothing, Emergency Medical & Dental Assistance and Food. (912) 489-4588. The ACT agency is Statesboro Georgia based.

Free clothes, furniture and basic needs - Regional thrift stores, free furniture banks and clothing centers may have vouchers or distribute free items to qualified low income families. Items may be provided for Christmas, back to school, and other times of the season. Shoes, coats, work suits, and more may be passed out year round to families across southern and eastern Georgia. More on southeastern Georgia free furniture, school supplies and clothing closets.

Heart of Georgia Community Action Council is another one of the regional, non-profit community action agencies. This organization provides support in counties such as Laurens, Dodge, Montgomery and others. Qualified low income families, the unemployed, and seniors may all benefit from its services. They are wide ranging and include Emergency Solution Grant for paying rent or security deposits, free food, senior meals, and more.





There is also information on discounted prescription medications from Indigent Patient Advocate, Head Start, and material goods, such as clothing. Or get referrals to LIHEAP or food stamps. MGCAA provides a number of emergency financial assistance programs to the needy. Click here for Heart of Georgia Community Action Council.

Regional free holiday assistance - Some charitable organizations may provide working poor families with help at the major holidays, including Christmas. Find how to apply for Adopt a Family or free toy giveaways, or locate details on meal sites. More on free holiday and Christmas programs in Coastal Georgia.

Salvation Army Camden County offers help for the low income, unemployed, and working poor. Some of the Financial Assistance offered includes: Utilities (funds for paying electric, water & sewer, natural gas) Help with paying for prescription drugs, rent or mortgage assistance, free Food Bank; Free Clothing; Emergency Services in Event of Disaster; Summer Camp for Children ages 7 - 12; Thanksgiving Meal; Christmas Assistance; Furniture (loss from natural disaster or fire). St Marys Georgia. Call (912) 882-2200

Woodbine United Methodist Church Food Pantry (phone (912) 576-5457) provides food, clothing, person items, and limited financial assistance for paying rent or utilities. Located in Woodbine Georgia.

Southeastern and coastal Georgia shelters and transitional housing programs are available for residents who were evicted. Some centers cater towards the homeless. Receive a low income apartment, home, or dormitory to live in while attending other case management sessions. Meals, employment training, applications for public aid and more are also available. Click details on transitional housing and homeless shelters SO Georgia.

Effingham Ministerial Association - This partnership of churches and charities provides utility, rent, housing and prescription medication assistance to those in need of help in the surrounding community. When referring someone to this particular agency or assistance program, you can encourage them to contact a church in their area to apply for aid. Rincon Georgia. (912) 772-3478

Next Steps can have help for Hinesville residents. Dial (912) 876-6573. housing and utility help is offered.

Coastal Medical Access Project/Henri Woodman Clinic, which is located in Kingsland Georgia, offers free health care services for patients who lack health insurance. Call (912) 729-9680

Bryan (912) 653-4331 and Liberty ((912) 876-2173) County Health Departments offer some services on a sliding fee scale, which provides less expensive services to the low income. In addition, find other free health care programs. Learn more on low income free healthcare resources.







Richmond Hill Way Station runs a soup kitchen and provides food and clothing. Call (912) 756-2190.

Food Bank, Inc. - Offers free food and groceries to the needy via referrals from local charities and non-profit agencies. (912) 489-3663

God's Mission House of Springfield offers free food and clothing. (912) 754-0840

Wilson Ministries is another food pantry. Pembroke Georgia. Call (912) 823-3606


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