Community Action for Improvement assistance programs.

Low income families and those facing poverty can turn to Community Action for Improvement. The agency works with those Georgia clients who are committed to breaking the cycle and working towards self-sufficiency. The non-profit community action agency can also provide information on, and applications to, certain government programs such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or Head Start. However the main focus is on assisting people with gaining self-sufficiency.

The agency covers a wide territory in Georgia. The counties supported include Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson. Referrals may be provided too.

The non-profit Community Action for Improvement's LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, assists people in paying some of a households utility bills. Assistance is available for heating costs for types of fuel including natural gas, wood, electricity, coal, propane or kerosene. One-time payments or grants will be made by checks issued to home energy suppliers on behalf of eligible households.

When applying for LIHEAP, documentation is required. Your last 30 days’ proof of gross household income needs to be provided. Applicants must also bring additional documentation, such as proof of citizenship, original Social Security Card or birth certificate, and more. It needs to show place of birth for each person in the household. Also bring the case manager from Community Action for Improvement a copy of your most recent home heating bill.

In order to receive financial assistance, you will need to fill out an application at the CAFI Social Service Center in the county in which you live, including areas such as Heard, Spalding, or Coweta. This energy bill assistance program will be administered by the first come/first served principle, with a focus on seniors, as funding is limited. All households applying must be responsible for their utility bills and home heating costs. Eligibility for the program is based on the gross income of all members of the household.

The federal government and state of Georgia Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, helps low-income and working poor families to obtain free energy efficiency for their home or apartment. WAP is governed by various federal government regulations that were designed to help manage and account for the resources that are provided by DOE.




Resources are limited and most homeowners will not qualify for weatherization. This is because WAP funding is derived from annual appropriations from Congress. Each and every year, the Senate and House of Representatives Energy and Water Appropriations committees allocate government funding to the Weatherization Program, and this amount is often going down each year. The funds are used to improve the energy conservation and efficiency of low-income homes in Georgia and all counties such as Butts.

The Community Services Block Grant Program funds most of the Community Action for Improvement programs. This includes a Case Management Program for assisting low income families and elderly persons in Spalding and nearby counties. It is also for qualified families. Using a number of collaborative efforts, assistance can be offered in obtaining government benefits and other aid. This includes Medicare, Social Security, Health Care, Public Assistance, Disability, Food Stamps, and Emergency Assistance. The staff can also assist families in locating affordable housing and paying the rent on it. 706-882-6412

Grants from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program are available in Douglas County and other towns. It will provide assistance to those who are in immediate need of free food, rent help or shelter. This may even include eviction prevention funds. Dial CAFI, Inc. Social Services as (706)884-2651.

Greenville Commons is a local Low Income Housing center. It is a unit that is serving qualified low income families from a regional perspective, including residents of Thomaston, Manchester, Newnan, Luthersville and other Georgia communities. The residential make-up includes single parents, families, elderly, professionals and is a good cross sections of persons.

The Head Start program is a fully comprehensive service that serves children under the age of 6 from limited income and poor families. It focuses on providing them with education, social, emotional, and physical needs. It is for all income qualified children, infants and their families. Ten percent of the enrollment is reserved for the disabled and other children with special needs.

Assistance from Head Start includes free medical and dental examinations from clinics, as well as follow-up treatments are provided. Free meals and snacks are offered in Georgia. In addition, Head Start's educational program is designed to meet each students individual needs. It also aims to meet the needs of the community served and its ethnic and cultural characteristics.





Staff from Community Action for Improvement are focused on promoting positive self-worth, future growth, respect for individual differences and the ability to develop appropriate social skills. Other services include:

  • Children will be able to receive free healthy meals and snacks. Parents from the agency also learn how to select and buy healthy foods and prepare well-balanced meals for their entire family.
  • Access to free dental and medical care, vision and hearing tests and any needed immunizations.
  • The Georgia based community action agency will also coordinate a safe transporting system for children to and from journey to the centers, including medical and dental screening as well as field trips. Vans may be used too.
  • Parent get help addressing social services needs and government benefits.

The objective of this program is to provide assistance and social services to infants and toddlers through Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs), Parent Child Centers and Migrant Head Start programs.

The main offices of Community Action for Improvement are below. Note that some of them are focused just on Head Start.

West GA Tech, 301 Fort Drive; Building F, LaGrange, Georgia 30241, Phone 706-883-7630
Carver Head Start, 757 Carver Circle, Hamilton, GA 31811, dial 706-628-4657
Franklin Head Start, 740 Old Field Road, Franklin, GA 30217, main number is 706-675-0303
Greenville Service Center, 738 North Depot Street, Greenville, Ga. 30222, call 706-672-3942
Haralson Head Start, 171 Magnolia Street, Haralson, Georgia 30229, dial 770-599-6383
Harry Morgan Head Start, 151 H.M. Fulbright Dr., Carrolton, GA 30117 telephone 770-834-2540
LaGrange Head Start, 104 McGregor Street, LaGrange, GA 30240 706-882-6725
LaGrange Service Center, 1380 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, GA 30241, call 706-882-6412
Manchester Head Start, 607 J.D. Parham Dr., Manchester, GA 31816, telephone 706-846-8396
Newnan Head Start, 80 E. Newman Road, Newnan, GA 30263, dial 770-253-0673
Newnan Service Center, 53 Savannah Street, Newnan, Georgia 30263, telephone 770-253-3864
Pine Ridge Head Start, 15750 Highway 315, LaGrange, GA 30241, 706-561-9250
Villa Rica Head Start, 311 Cleggorn Street, Villa Rica, GA 30180, telephone 770-456-0370
West Point Head Start, 1004 East 11th Street, 706-645-5764
Main office is at, 1380 Lafayette Parkway, La Grange, Georgia 30241, Telephone: (706) 884-2651



By Jon McNamara

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