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Gwinnett County assistance programs.

Find how to get financial help in Gwinnett County. Charities, churches, and the DFCS government assistance office offer everything from emergency funds to pay utility bills so the lights are not shut off to one time rental assistance or vouchers to pay for groceries or food stamps. The organizations also work to end poverty, and to that end free clothes for work, school supplies, and job placement or training can be offered.

There are other assistance programs offered. This includes resources including rental assistance for single mothers to free Christmas toys for children to work at home jobs and gasoline cards. The goal of many agencies is to give both short term financial help (for bills, mortgages, medical, deposits and more) to long term case management.

Help with paying rent and energy bills

Local residents can receive help from the Norcross Cooperative Ministry (770) 263-8268). They will provide cash grants to people who are behind on rent, and their goal is to help prevent homelessness. They offer rent assistance from the Emergency Assistance Program. They support hundreds of people per year.

In addition, they have funds to help paying energy bills. They want to ensure families do not have their utility service disconnected.

Prescription drug assistance
The Norcross Cooperative Ministry also has limited funds that can help fill prescription drugs and medications. They provide refills and some limited medications. Find additional prescription drug programs.

Other programs offered
They offer job training and counseling services to help people find a job and acquire new skills. Food assistance is also provided up to 6 times per year. Last, but not least, The non-profit NCM will also give out clothes and preowned items that are still in very good condition. Read more Norcross Cooperative Ministry assistance programs.

 

 

 

Other resources and assistance programs

The local community action agency, the Partnership for Community Action, Inc., is a non-profit organization that people can turn to for aid. They have several local offices, but can be reached at (770) 564 1702. Read below to find some of what they can offer.

  • Developing Employment Program - This is an employment and job training program will provide the opportunity for individuals to improve their financial standing and career paths by obtaining a certificate in a variety of different programs, such as computer skills, health care careers, customer service specialist, automotive, etc.
     
  • Counseling from Gwinnett County Community Action - The agency will devote a Career and Education Coordinator and Job Developer who will partner with the participants. There is also credit counseling as well as budgeting help from the Partnership for Community Action. The goal is to ensure they complete the job training and that they will find placement in a position that will allow for them to establish a career path and hopefully increase their income. Budgeting will help clients manage their money.
     
  • Mortgage Assistance and Foreclosure Prevention- The Partnership for Community Action agency agency offers a housing program that was  designed to assist people who are struggling with their mortgage, with a focus on those individuals and families who are facing a foreclosure on a primary mortgage.
    Certified Housing and Mortgage Counselors will advocate on behalf of the clients with their banks, lenders, and mortgage provider to secure modifications on their loans. If after working with the homeowner and the lender it is determined that there is the need for legal intervention, PCA will be able to refer the case to the Atlanta Legal Aid, Inc. for additional assistance. Call to find other ways to get mortgage assistance.

 

 

 

 

  • Also, it is important to note that if the Housing Counselor is unable to negotiate a loan modification with the lender, PCA will then assist the individual/family with relocating to an apartment or single home managed by a third-party management firm. In addition to that, they may be able to provide grants to help people move. However, if they can’t get a modification, you may be able to really slow down the foreclosure process. Learn how to delay or slow down a foreclosure.
     
  • Georgia Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - The federal government funded LIHEAP program provides a one-time cash grant/payment to assist low and moderate income families with paying for air conditioning and summer cooling bills, as well as home heating bills in the winter. The program is funded by the federal government as well as the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services.
    Senior citizens and families with an income below poverty levels can apply for free air conditioners from LIHEAP or local charities. A grant program pays for these, or they may be donated by the Salvation Army or a church. Find how to apply for a free air conditioning unit or window fan.

Other resources are offered from the Gwinnett County Community Action Agency as well. The list above is just an example. Call the Partnership for Community Action, Inc. for more information. Staff can refer clients to loans, government grants, job programs and more. Or click for details on Gwinnett County Partnership Community Action Agency.

Gwinnett County Georgia programs that provide assistance to the entire state

Residents of Gwinnett County and Lawrenceville have several statewide assistance programs that they can turn to for help. The resources offered in Georgia include.

in addition to those state programs, there are national resources too. Whether it is food, medical, debt reduction or housing, there is assistance available. Even find tips on how to find low income affordable housing in the community.

 

 

 

 

Emergency financial assistance

Feel free to contact the Salvation Army - Gwinnett County Service Unit at (770) 963-8802 to learn about the assistance programs they offer. This branch of the Salvation Army provides community resources, financial aid for paying bills, free food and worship services. Seasonal help is provided by the Salvation Army too - the main resources are free Christmas toys, school supplies, and even Thanksgiving turkeys for low income families.

Services offered include Electric Bill Payment Assistance, adult bible study, homework help program, youth enrichment activities. Housing resources in the county range from Mortgage or Rent Payment Assistance and Water Bill Payment Assistance to homeless shelters. Read more Salvation Army Gwinnett County.

Another agency to turn to for help is the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, Inc. The non-profit charity organization provides grants and financial assistance for prescription and utilities expenses, in addition to operating offering food assistance from a food pantry for families and individuals in need of short term help. Phone (770) 339-7887.

The cost of living, in particular housing and medical, is so high in the county and country. Oftentimes families need their children to budget, live within means, work, or help support the family. There are some simple ways for kids to help out in all aspects of the home. Learn more on how children can help struggling families.

Catedral De Fe Ministries, Inc. - Cafe Community Center is an agency that focuses on the Hispanic community but will serve all clients, regardless of race, in the Metro Atlanta area. Services offered by the non-profit include a food pantry with non-perishable and perishable items; utility and electric bill help, ESL classes, GED preparation, and other outreach programs. Call the Lawrenceville Georgia agency at (770) 236-8604.

The Georgia Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty can help those with an eviction notice, the currently homeless, and families that owe back rent. Services from the pro-bono law firm include free legal aid and representation to even transitional housing in Gwinnett County. Referrals to other non-profits are also offered for rent and housing issues. Learn more on Georgia Center for stopping homelessness.

Gwinnett County Jewish Career and Family Services can provide help, referrals, and human services. Some programs are for people of all religions. Not only is job placement assistance and career counseling available, but the location may have cash assistance, short term loans, or grants for emergency needs. Staff partner with clients on needs such as rent, food, and utility bills, among other options. Read Jewish Career and Family Services.

Other lenders in the county can provide funds as well, and they range from credit unions to community banks and non-profits. Some provide assistance to applicants with poor credit scores as well. Find additional information on loans for short term that have favorable repayment terms.

 

 

 

 

Transitional housing in Gwinnett County is available. Private organizations and the government operate shelters and short term apartments or homes. Clients will usually need to show a willingness for self-sufficiency. What may be offered, depending on location and resources, includes.

  • Vouchers for temporary lodging.
  • Free meals, clothing, or personal hygiene items.
  • Help in locating affordable permanent housing and paying the rent and deposits on it.
  • Information on job training programs and educational resources in the region.
  • Other social services as well. More on transitional housing Gwinnett County.

The uninsured, minorities, immigrants, low income and others can turn to community clinics for free basic medical or dental care. Volunteer as well as full time doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, and support staff in Gwinnett County give the care that adults or children need. They also give referrals to cheap health insurance policies, government aid including Medicare or Medicaid, and more. Find a free community clinic for medical care near you.

Gwinnett County legal support - For residents that can't afford an attorney on their own and that meet low income conditions, there are pro-bono lawyers in the area. Assistance is available for stopping evictions, landlord - tenant mediation, and foreclosure defense. Other free legal help is for the disabled and seniors in the county from programs such as the Caregiver Project or a hotline. Read more on free legal aid in Atlanta.

Ninth District Opportunity provides referrals and some basic services from an office in Duluth. NDO can administer Head Start, offer information on government benefits, and other social services for the poor and less fortunate. Click more details North District Opportunity assistance programs.

North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry provides food, clothing and financial assistance to residents in a limited area. (770) 271-9793

Housing solutions from Action Ministries is available in the region, including Gwinnett County and other areas in the metropolitan area. They offer help to veterans from SSVF and assistance to low income families, including seniors. There may be emergency financial aid for paying a partial security deposit for the homeless or back rent / eviction help programs. Other services include White Christmas holiday event, budgeting workshops, and information on government grant or loan programs for rent. Continue with Action Ministries assistance programs.

Duluth Cooperative Ministries - Hands of Christ - Services offered by this agency include financial assistance for rent and utility bills, a food pantry, job referrals, prescription assistance, and the distribution of clothing vouchers as well as baby items. Call (770) 623-9563, or find programs from Duluth Cooperative Ministries.

Basic needs including free school supplies or clothing - If you need clothing for your child, diapers for your baby, new work attire, or similar items, then charities in Gwinnett County Georgia can help. There is also free furniture banks as well as school supplies for lower income parents. Agencies offer so called basic needs, referrals, and support to the low income. Click here free clothes and school supplies Atlanta area.

Short term homeless prevention is available in select cases. Families living in poverty, veterans, single moms, and others with a short term housing crisis can seek help. Case managers will direct applicants to resources in Gwinnett County that may have money for bills or rent payments that are in arrears, ranging from water to electric costs and more. More Gwinnett County homeless assistance.

 

 

 

 

Lilburn Cooperative Ministry - This agency provides free food, clothing and toiletries, along with the operation of a thrift shop, as well as limited financial assistance. Lilburn Georgia. (770) 931-8333

Gwinnett County loan programs - Low income families, the employed, and borrowers with poor credit scores all have access to emergency cash for paying bills. Most of the lenders are regulated by the state of Georgia, however the funds should only be used in a crisis. More on short term loans in Gwinnett County.

The Helpline Referral Service is available five days per week. Residents can learn about a number of resources that can help them deal with a crisis they are facing. There are both non-profits and government resources, whether it is for food, medical needs, or rent. The helpline can also direct senior citizens and other individuals, such as single moms, to assistance for their needs, such as child care or Meals on Wheels. More on Gwinnett County Helpline.

Department of Financial Services - Gwinnett County runs the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), which offers rent help. Dial (770) 822-5190. Lawrenceville Georgia based.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - St. Marguerite d'Youville is based in Lawrenceville. A number of social services, case management, and emergency aid may be offered. This includes a food pantry, GED instruction and life skills education, and limited amounts of financial assistance for bills and housing. Call (770) 381-7855 for information on this charity.

Free assistance for holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, is provided by churches, charities, and non-profit organizations in Gwinnett County. What may be offered depends on donations, but it can include free Christmas toys for children, groceries, and hot meals. Most of the Christmas programs are offered at no cost. More details on free Christmas help in Gwinnett County and Atlanta.

Gwinnett County Division of Family and Children Services is the leading state agency to call. Resources help unemployed and low income families in the region, in particular those with children. Look into federal and state of Georgia resources, including job training, food stamps, child care expenses, energy bill assistance, TANF and more. Various grants for the working poor may be available.

DFCS also offers other support in Gwinnett County. While mainly focused on seniors, the Norcross Human Services Center as well as a helpline can direct individuals to financial assistance and low income programs. Learn about health care, financial aid for paying bills, get referrals and information on government assistance. there are many grant programs offered as well as health insurance, such as Medicaid.

All of these offices are part of Georgia Department of Human Services - Gwinnett County DFCS (phone (678) 518-5500). The government helps low income, working poor, unemployed and out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; provides electric bill help, and other resources. Read more public assistance Gwinnett County. Or the main DFCS office is at 2211 Beaver Ruin Rd. Ste. 130, Norcross, GA 30071, dial (770) 441-8800 or (678) 518-5500.

Non-profit rent help - If you have an eviction notice, or are starting to fall behind on your monthly rent, then look into various services offered by non-profits in Gwinnett County that can help you make your monthly payments. Find a listing of programs that offer rent help in Gwinnett.

Debt and mortgage help

Two different places to turn to for assistance include IMPACT! Group (phone (678) 808-4477) as well as Gwinnett Village Financial Services Center/GVFSC (phone (770) 449-6515). Both of these non-profits provide various debt, credit repair and mortgage programs.

Services offered may include, but are not limited to, free debt settlement programs, a computer lab, seasonal tax assistance, debt management, and various workshops and classes on job readiness. There is also free advice on budgeting, homeownership, foreclosure prevention, mortgage programs, and government approved credit counseling.

Several other non-profit housing, credit, and debt counseling agencies operate in the Gwinnet County Georgia region. Click here to find the phone numbers, and how to apply for help, from these Atlanta credit counseling organizations.

 

 

 

 

Food assistance in Gwinnett County

New Life Fellowship, Inc. - Bread of Life Food Ministries (dial (770) 513-1007) is an organization that offers free food pantry to the unemployed, working poor families and individuals four days a week in the community.

In addition to that food pantry, there are several other non-profits, churches, and food banks across the county. Or find free soup kitchens. All of the locations may offer meals, groceries, applications to SNAP food stamps and help to the needy. Find the list of free food banks in Gwinnet County and get information on the assistance programs they run.

By Jon McNamara

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