Hart, Dawson, Lumpkin, Franklin, Habersham and Banks County assistance.

Non-profit community action agency

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. - Many families, individuals, and seniors who need help call upon this organization. Staff will try to address the root cause of the individuals hardship/poverty, while they try to refer people or provide short term financial assistance. Some of the emergency assistance programs available are below.

Groceries and food may be offered to households, elderly and children in need. The agency may be able to administer temporary nutritional supplementation as they partner with emergency food pantries. Also get help in applying for food stamps, vouchers, and debit cards. Many people are also signed up for case management plans.

Emergency financial assistance may be offered by Ninth District Opportunity to families in their Georgia service territory. Qualified low income households in Hart, Franklin and other counties may be eligible for funds to pay utilities, rent, or other expenses in a crisis situation.

For example, some money may be paid out to pay for heating bills during the winter. Homeless prevention/rental assistance will provide qualifying families and individuals with short-term rent help and/or re-housing assistance if they were evicted or are homeless. Intensive social services and self-sufficiency is required by applicants.

The aid is short term, and applicants need to have had an unexpected loss of income or unexpected expense beyond their control. Applicants also need to be able to pay future bills or housing costs without assistance from the community action agency.

Save money from Weatherization. Renters and homeowners can make their homes more energy efficient from this federal government program. It will provide energy conservation measures and minor home repairs. Examples of the improvements include replacement of broken window panes, air sealing in attic areas, insulation (up to R-38), caulking, window repair, weather stripping and door sweeps dense-pack wall insulation, and door repairs. Continue with weatherization.




Self-Sufficiency is often required in order to get assistance. An objective of the agency is to work with low-income people and the working poor in order to help them establish the skills and resources needed to achieve self-sufficiency and stability. A variety of services are offered.

The agency runs Georgia Head Start and Early Head Start in the region. The federal government created program will offer comprehensive early childhood and family development services to children from low-income families. Among other services, children also receive free dental and medical care, they will be provided healthy meals and snacks from pantries and meal sites in Lumpkin, Banks, and other counties.

Employment programs and job coaching is facilitated by Ninth District Opportunity in partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Services. Recipients of TANF can receive specialized coaching assistance and job counseling to ensure that people can find a job in Habersham and Hart counties, and also keep employment. You will be able to attend workshops and receive one on one help and support.

Prescription medication assistance is offered for low income and uninsured households. Get help in finding and buying free or reduced priced medications from drug companies and pharmaceutical programs. In rare life threatening occasions the agency may provide cash for your prescriptions.

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. supports families in all counties, including, but not limited to Dawson, Habersham, and Hart. Call (770) 532-3191

Financial assistance from non-profit agencies

Community Helping Place - Its services are focused on residents of Lumpkin County and Dahlonega Georgia. This agency provides help to people by providing for basic needs such as clothing, free food, and baby items. Some items are distributed from a thrift shop. A limited amount of emergency financial assistance may be provided too. They also operate a community clinic for qualified low income patients. Phone (706) 867-9621.

Hart County Salvation Army - Provides emergency vouchers and/or financial assistance for utilities, food, clothing, and prescription costs. Other social services include Community Recreation & Education Programs, the federal government Food & Nutrition Program, Casework Services, and Day Care. (706) 856-2767





Heart Haven Battered Women's Shelter supports victims of domestic violence, women and children. Examples of services include free legal advocacy, limited financial assistance, support groups for adults and children, and emergency outreach. Hartwell, Georgia 30643. (706) 376-7111

Food, clothing, and non-monetary aid

Cornerstone Ministries offers food, clothing, and holiday assistance. Many programs will require a referral from DFCS or a local church. 171 Bowersville Road, Carnesville, Georgia 30521, (706) 384-4870. Click more food banks in Georgia.

Rainbow Pantry provides gently used clothing, food, and meals. (706) 245-0965

Clothes Closet / Food Pantry of Hart County operates in Hartwell. Food and clothing is offered for the needy, and people need a referring agency or minister. (706) 376-2022

Ministerial Association is made up of local churches, such as First United Methodist Church. They offer crisis and ministry services for the poor and homeless. Food, clothes, and Christmas Eve assistance/services are offered. (706) 376-8568

Sardis Baptist Church - Hart's Initiative Program - Resources available include youth intervention program, food pantry, clothes closet, senior citizen program, and day camps. 2242 Liberty Hill Road, Hartwell, GA  30643, dial (706) 376-2931

Health and medical care from clinics and public assistance

Dahlonega Care Center - This non-profit agency offers many services which include educational seminars, free pregnancy testing, and other basic care. Some limited funds can help people buy baby supplies, diapers, and formula from programs such as Daddy Dollars and Mommy Money. (706) 867-7452

Franklin and Hart County Health Department are government/public facilities. The two addresses are below. Health care services include, but are not limited to, hearing/vision/dental screenings, Immunizations, WIC program, Child Health, Family Care and Health screenings. 6955 Highway 145 South, Carnesville, GA 30521 (call (706) 384-5575) and a second location is at 64 Reynolds Street, Hartwell, Georgia 30643, call (706) 376-5117.




By Jon McNamara

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