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Assistance programs Dougherty County Georgia.

Find how to get financial help and social services  from churches, the government, charities, or non-profits in the Albany Georgia region as well as Doughtery County. Struggling families and individuals can get help help with rent or security deposits, free food, cash grants to pay electric or utility bills or a mortgage, car repairs, and even medical or dental care.

The non-profits combine emergency financial aid with job programs, credit or debt help, and much more support. Or find how to get emergency section 8 vouchers. There are a wide range of resources for low income families, the elderly and disabled in Doughtery County.

Rent and heating bill assistance

Dougherty County Neighborhood Service center and the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council have programs that help Albany Georgia and Dougherty County residents pay their bills. They have grants, low interest loans and other financial aid that can be used to help people keep their power on and also funds to help pay rent. The main office is located at 901 N. Jackson St., Albany, GA 31701, and the phone number is 229-883-1365.

Some of the programs they offer local residents include. There are also referrals to HUD programs and housing resources. In addition to below, find how to get (in a crisis) get emergency section 8 vouchers.

Crisis Intervention For Rent and Energy Bills : This service provide grant money and other assistance that can be used for the payment of utility bills, heating bills, funds for the purchase of food, and also provide provision of emergency shelter. These resources are offered situations that prevent utility service cut-offs, minimize malnutrition, and programs and funds that will stop eviction of a family or individual from their housing. Funding for the program is provided primarily through CSBG, federal government agencies such as FEMA, local sources, and also the United Way.

Additional Energy and Housing programs : These resources are offered by the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council. They were created to help people conserve energy, lower their utility bills, and to also lessen the financial hardships experienced by low to middle income people of high home fuel/utility costs.




The program offers free energy saving upgrades by weatherization measures such as insulation, weather-stripping, sealing, caulking of the home, skirting, and other minor home repairs as well as energy saving enhancements as needed. All of the improvements rely and depend on permitted by funding sources. The funds are provided by the federal government and also some other funds by the state of Georgia.

In addition, other grant and low/no-interest loan programs are designed to repair deteriorating housing conditions and ensure people live in safe housing. Funding for repairs is provided through George Department of Energy, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Rural Housing of USDA, and other sources as they become available to the community action agency.

Emergency Services from Southwest Georgia Community Action Council: The non-profit will try to arrange financial help for those Albany Georgia area families that show the ability to pay future bills on their own. As an example, if a client has a short term reduction in hours at work that may result in homelessness, then rental assistance grants may be issued if they show they can get back on track. Other resources range from Senior Meals to food or WICA job training. SWGACAC helps the working poor in the region.

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) : They administer the federally funded LIHEAP program. The heat assistance program is based on your total household income. It's paid for by the federal government and applications are accepted once a year, usually in the November to December time frame.
  • Other Programs from community action - Still more aid is offered. Including the USDA Surplus Commodity Distribution, the Robert J. Clinton Children's Summer Camp, Work Experience Placement, the Emergency Energy Assistance Program (EEAP). They also offer services such as Informal Child Care Health and Safety Training, and also the Family PRIDE Parenting Program. Additional housing solutions include federal ESG grants for paying security deposits and transitional housing. They also partner with Georgia HUD foreclosure counseling agencies.

Many of these assistance programs and resources are offered with counseling. As the primary goal is both to provide people with grants and funds to pay bills over the short term, but also ensure families and individuals are self sufficient over the long term. Find details on the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council.





Open Arms, Inc. - The Bridge assists Dougherty County residents from 420 Pine Ave., Albany, GA 31701. They offer emergency shelter for people impacted by domestic violence or abuse. Receive free shelter, education, clothing, food mental health assessments, counseling, and other support. Telephone: (229) 431-1121.

Salvation Army Social Services and Family Store is located in Albany Georgia. The center helps the poor, less fortunate, immigrants, and others. The store of course sells low cost goods, ranging from furniture to clothes, birthday toys and more. Other resources include a free clothing bank and food pantry. There is also an annual free back to school supplies event, and free Christmas gifts, toys, or other holiday help..

Financial help may be offered too. When funding allows, there may be funds for assisting with electric bills; housing; a partial rent or mortgage payment or even security deposits. All of this is combined to help a qualified low income family pay their bills and living expenses in a crisis. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Albany Georgia.


By Jon McNamara











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