Douglas County Georgia assistance programs.

Douglas County is in one of the rapidly growing areas of Georgia and Atlanta. Even with that being the case, thousands of residents are experiencing hardships and need help with paying bills, rent, and preventing a foreclosure. Find some ways to get aid below.

Help for bills, housing, and medical needs

The Salvation Army - Douglas County Service Unit, is one of the agencies that may offer the most extensive amount of help. They can also refer people to multiple agencies and local charities, both at the local, state, and federal government levels. The primary goal of the Salvation Army is to provide emergency financial assistance to persons and families who are in a crisis situation.

They provide aid in the areas of rent, food, clothing, lodging, as well as utility and cooling bill assistance. There is also counseling and referrals to other comprehensive crisis centers. Some of the services offered at the crisis centers in Douglas County include Gas and Utility Bill Payment Assistance, Prescription Medications, Mortgage, Rent, and Housing Payment Assistance as well as many other programs. Call (770) 942-7188, or more details on the Douglas County Salvation Army.

Another non-profit that services Douglas County is the local community action agency, the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. Call them at (770) 949-6339. This agency offers counseling, case management and other aid. In addition, they may also well offer limited financial assistance to those with special needs, such as low income, the elderly, and disabled.

The community action agency also offers Utilities and Emergency Services to low-income families from such programs as Corporate Family Assistance Program and the Corporate Family Assistance Gas Program, and LIHEAP heating and cooling bill programs. Also get limited help for paying water bills. All aid distributed depends on available funding.





The Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. also offers the federal government created Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which will assist income eligible low income households in emergency or crisis situations. Qualified people can get help with rent expenses, utility bills and with food assistance and even possibly a mortgage payment. Continue with Tallatoona Community Action Partnership programs.

Douglasville Georgia based Good Samaritan Center also offers numerous assistance programs and resources. The services they provide will help residents of Douglas County and the Douglasville area only. The resources will assist food stamps recipients, the low income that live in the community, and will aid clients that reside in subsidized housing. They offer Food Pantries, Prescription Expense Assistance, Water, Electric, and Gas Bill Assistance Programs. Call them at (770) 949-7335, or read Good Samaritan Center Douglas County assistance.

Concerted Services, Inc., which is part of Douglas County Service Center. The goal of this non-profit agency is to provide low income families and individuals with opportunities and assistance. The objective is to help people become more self-sufficient. Programs offered include, but are not limited to, Disability Related Transportation, Job Search/Placement, Food, Head start, and Clothing. They have information on a number of government and public aid programs. 1115 W. Baker Hwy., Douglas, Georgia 31533, main number is (912) 384-3700. Or click here for information on public assistance in Georgia.

Life Tools Community Development Corporation offers a food pantry to the needy. Phone number is (770) 217-0729




Douglas County Ninth District Opportunity is another source for information. The non-profit community agency may have referrals to emergency grants for paying security deposits, energy bills or rent. Other services include a free food pantry for the needy as well as information on government benefits. Examples may be child care vouchers in Georgia or SNAP food stamps, among others. Job placement and additional resources, such as budgeting workshops, are coordinated too. Click here.

Community Action for Improvement works with clients to help them break the cycle of poverty. Some of what is available includes case management, referrals, and educational programs such as Head Start. While more limited, some financial support may be available for housing type needs such as rent, food/nutrition or energy bills, and the process needs to begin at your local Douglas County Social Service Center. More on services from Community Action for Improvement.

Food programs - Almost 15 different pantries operate in Douglas County. While there are no guarantees to receiving assistance from the centers, when possible the locations will help. Free food as well as holiday meals or even clothing are for low income families and people that are struggling. Find more information.

Housing, bankruptcy, foreclosure and debt counseling

For homeowners facing a foreclosure, struggling with their mortgage, or who may be drowning in debt, CredAbility - the Douglas County branch, is a non-profit that offers numerous programs. This non-profit agency provides debtors and borrowers with consumer education, debt reduction assistance, credit counseling, fair credit practices, credit repair, homeowner/home purchase counseling, bankruptcy counseling, HUD counseling agencies, and foreclosure counseling.





Other services from the non-profit include access to low income home loans, mortgage company complaints, personal financial management, workshops relating to consumer and debt issues, and predatory lending awareness programs. Call the agency at (800) 251-2227.

CredAbility is not your only option for free or low cost credit counseling, debt reduction, or foreclosure assistance. Find other regional options, including more Atlanta credit counseling agencies.


By Jon McNamara

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