Douglas County Georgia assistance programs.

Thousands of residents often experience hardships and need help with paying bills, rent, and preventing a foreclosure. Or they need other financial help or free items in Douglas County Georgia. Find some ways to get support from charities, churches, and government assistance programs. Whether it is free school supplies,  emergency cash needed today, loans for paying bills, or deposit help, resources are available.

Low income households can get other support too. Free food is from pantries or there is free healthcare from clinics. Other assistance includes seasonal goods like free Christmas toys or meals or gasoline vouchers or energy bill help in the fall and winter. Find how to get help, and where to apply, 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. Or families with children get get free back to school supplies, holiday meals, or Christmas toys from Angel Tree. 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 access to Food Pantries, Prescription Drug 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. Baby formula, ensure for seniors, paper products, and even hygiene supplies may be passed out. 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 for more information on Ninth District Opportunity assistance programs.

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. They also assist with various job training programs in Georgia, help people start a business or side gig, and go over using technology to save or make money.

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. Community Action works with the county on these resources. More on services from Community Action for Improvement.




Food programs - Almost 15 different pantries as well as soup kitchens 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 on free food pantries in Douglas County.

Douglas County loans can be used for paying bills. They are for emergencies, last resort only. Everything from home equity to check cashing stores, payday lenders, credit unions, and other options are out there. Find emergency loans in the Atlanta area.

Free medical or dental care as well as medications is available in the region. There are both community clinics for direct care as well as specialists that help people find the best health insurance plan. Assistance is for the low income, underinsured, seniors, and others. Find agencies and programs for free health care.

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, and credit repair programs.

Other services are offered too. They include homeowner/home purchase counseling, bankruptcy counseling, access to free HUD counseling agencies, and foreclosure help. They also help Douglas County families get relief from predatory lenders, including car title as well as payday loans. the goal is to break the cycle. Or find information on help with car title loans.

Other services from the non-profit include access to low income home loans, mortgage company complaints, as well as personal financial management for all residents. There are also 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 Atlanta free credit counseling agencies.


By Jon McNamara

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