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Assistance programs Gordon, Haralson, Polk County Georgia.

The number one place to call in the northwest Georgia area is the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. They are the community action agency that can offer their own financial grant programs for paying bills, rent, and expenses, and the agency may also may be able to refer low income individuals to other options and services.

Emergency Free Food Bank – There is an on site emergency food bank as an option of last resort. The free food and groceries are available to help the low income and others who have applied for government food stamps, and if the applicant is still waiting on the food stamps to start up. It can also help those who have a referral to the community action agency. However the emergency food bank also has information on the location of additional Georgia food banks.

Head Start - Tallatoona CAP, Inc. runs this program for qualified children.

Health Care and Medical Supplies and Equipment - Free supplies for certain medical conditions are available at the office.

Prescription medication - On site health care advocates work one on one with local Physicians, Pharmaceutical Companies,  Clinics, and Hospitals to help patients obtain their needed prescription  medications free of charge or at a reduced rate. Another option is known as the Indigent Medical Services Program, which was created to help low-income clients receive their prescribed medications for free or at reduced prices.

Angel Food – Food is offered for up to 50% off. This reduced priced food program is not based on income or age, and people of all backgrounds, incomes, and ages can get the low priced, yet high quality, food. There is no limit.

Government Food - Surplus government food is available to people in need three to four times a year through the USDA. This program is based on the applicants total household income.

Information and Case Management - Work with a counselor. Together you can help tackle and develop life skills training, get access to debt reduction and budget counseling, help with resumes, and access referrals to local continuing education programs. For example, learn about payday debt reduction programs.




Air Conditioning and Cooling Bill Assistance Program – Applications process starts during the summer, and priority is given to the Elderly and Homebound. Funds are available starting in the summer. All applications for the summer cooling bill program are taken by appointment. Through this government funded assistance program we help pay cooling costs and bills for eligible applicants.

Free Fan Program – During the hot Georgia summers the community action agency will distribute free fan to income eligible applicants, in particular the elderly and disabled. The agency will focus on serving the elderly and disabled first and then provide fans to others who qualify, if they have enough to distribute.

Energy Assistance Program – Applications for this grant program are taken starting in November for the Elderly and Homebound and December for all other applicants, such as low to moderate income families. All applications are taken by appointment. Through this program we help pay heating and general energy bills for eligible applicants.

Rent and housing assistance from TCAP - While funding is limited, there may be some grants from a federal government program known as emergency solutions. Qualified low income families facing eviction may qualify for funds, or in some cases loans, to pay a portion of overdue rent. Other resources in Polk and nearby counties includes shelters, case management, and security deposit assistance.

Information and referrals - One of the biggest benefits of calling the community action agency Tallatoona CAP, Inc. as that they have an on site staff that partners with other community service providers, non-profits, and charities to help meet the needs of the disabled, low-income, and elderly. Through a large number of partnerships with local churches and non-profit agencies they may be able to help qualified low income individuals locate additional resources for rent assistance.

They also have grants for paying utility, gas and water bills. For example, many utility companies in the Polk, Gordon, and Haralson County areas of Georgia offer Senior Discount Programs. Work with a counselor from Tallatoona CAP, Inc., who will help you apply for the discounts and provide information on all utility assistance programs in Georgia.

Family Resettlement Program – Through a collaboration with DFCS we now have a Family Resettlement Program. Applicants who are TANF eligible can apply through your local DFCS. Applicants who meet the 100% poverty guidelines, have proof of homelessness or imminent homelessness, have at least one child under the age of 18 and have some indication that the family has a chance of meeting their financial needs in the future, may apply at the local Tallatoona HRDC office.





Weatherization – Another free program, if you have a limited income or are faced with poverty. The federal government weatherization program is based on the applicants total household income. If eligible for aid, a team of highly trained professionals will repair or replace windows, insulate your home, add storm windows and add weather stripping to your home, and all services are free of charge.

Call or stop by your local branch of the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. Phone number is (770) 382-5388. Read TCAP - Tallatoona Community Action Agency programs.

Community Share Ministries is based at 910 S. Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125. Provides shelter and other aid in Polk County Georgia. There is also a food pantry, clothes and soup kitchen. Call (678) 901-3033.

The nearest Salvation Army for the region of Haralson, Polk, and Gordon can be reached at (706) 291-4745. Call them for information on such assistance as thrift stores, food pantries and soup kitchens, They also have free basic needs including school supplies, Christmas gifts or holiday food boxes. Or get limited financial aid for paying rent and/or utility bills.


By Jon McNamara











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