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Assistance programs Hall, Habersham, Franklin County area.

Several agencies support the low income and less fortunate in this area of Georgia. While some of the counties are not as populated and people may need to drive a distance to apply, there are still several churches, non-profits, and government assistance programs that can help with paying bills, health care, housing, back rent, and other emergency expenses. They may also offer free services, ranging from school supplies to dental care, food from a pantry, or gasoline vouchers for work.

Get information on the counties of Banks, Dawson, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Georgia. Whether it is financial aid, details on how to apply for Section 8 HUD housing, Christmas toys, or something else, help is offered.

Financial assistance programs for bills and basic needs

Action Ministries Gainesville is located at 1 First St., in Gainesville, Georgia. The Main Client Number is (770) 531-1440. Call this non-profit agency for information and access to a number of financial assistance programs and services to those in need. There is a focus on rent, security deposits, and short term housing needs for those facing homelessness. Learn more on housing programs from Action Ministries.

Salvation Army has several branches in the region. The Hall County Service Unit can provide one or more of the following. Get emergency assistance to persons and low income families in a crisis situation. Support is provided and includes free food, clothing, lodging, utility bill and rent assistance, referrals to other comprehensive crisis centers and Georgia programs, or counseling.

The Salvation Army also provides seasonal help. This may be free Christmas toys from Angel Tree or fans during the summer. A free back to school supply drive and Thanksgiving programs is offered too. The Hall and nearby county location is at 681 Dorsey St., Gainesville, Georgia 30503, call (770) 534-7589. Or find details on Salvation Army emergency assistance Hall County.

Another location is known as the Toccoa County Service Unit. Address is 306 E. Franklin St., Toccoa, Georgia 30577, call (706) 886-5293. This center offers many of the same assistance programs. Read more on Georgia Salvation Army centers.




LAMP Ministries, Inc. runs a shelter and has other aid too. They are located in Gainesville, GA 30504. Call (770) 783-1272. Support is for single moms, teens with children, and families that are homeless due to unforeseen emergencies. Also, the center offers a food pantry, groceries, meals and clothing closet. They also run self-sufficiency classes for the community.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul (phone (770) 945-2244) - The charity, and its churches, offers numerous resources, services, and limited financial aid. Examples of what may be offered includes funds for rent to prevent homelessness, free food, holiday and Christmas assistance, and clothing. The homeless may look into zero percent loans for certain costs, including security deposits or utility set up fees. Continue with Saint Vincent de Paul Hall County.

United Methodist Children's Home - The non-profit organization offers parenting skills classes, emergency financial aid, and a diaper closet for the Hall County community. 604 Washington St. #A-6, Gainesville, GA 30501, telephone (770) 531-3063.

Gainesville United Methodist Children's Home can help families with children who are 18 years of age or younger. Services offered include clothing, diaper closet, family counseling, parenting classes, and other aid. Address is 604 Washington St., NW Ste. A-6, telephone (770) 531-3063

Community Helping Place offers basic needs. This includes emergency financial assistance to residents of Lumpkin County Georgia, food, clothing, baby items and formula, and even a community clinic. Stop by 2030 Hwy. 19 N. Dahlonega, GA 30533, or dial (706) 867-9621 for information.





Regional free food pantries

Some of the churches, charities, and centers that focus on groceries or given out food include these. There are many other government resources for the low income, poor, immigrants, and children. Non-profits will even go over the TEFAP emergency food assistance program.

Spirit of Joy Christian Church Food Bank, 5526 Hog Mountain Rd., Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542, phone (678) 316-9230. This church food bank/pantry offers a free food pantry and clothing closet for qualified families.

Chattahoochee Baptist Association, 1220 McEver Rd. Ext., Gainesville, GA 30504, phone number is (770) 532-3371

Good News at Noon Men's Shelter, 797 Davis St., Gainesville, GA 30501, telephone (770) 503-1366

Joe's Place at Riverbend, phone number is (770) 287-1619

More Than Enough, 1730 Martin Luther King Blvd. Ste. 1, in Gainesville. (770) 539-4800

Northlake Baptist Church is offered at 4823 Thompson Bridge Rd., Gainesville, Georgia 30506, phone (770) 536-7338. A food pantry is open to the community.

Dahlonega Care Center. The main number is (706) 867-7452

Pantries at Salvation Army centers can help the low income and poor. As indicated above, the non-profit offers emergency financial aid in the northeastern part of the state, but a focus is always on feeding children, seniors, and the community at large. Free Christmas meals, gifts, and assistance is provided too. Learn more on NE Georgie Salvation Army centers.

There are additional food banks and soup kitchens in the area. Whether it is a canned item or fresh fruits, vegetables or dairy items, these non-profits may be able to help. Read Hall County free food pantries.

Health care from free community clinics

Good News Clinics - This local community clinic offers free primary medical care and other forms of support to the low-income individuals in Hall County. There are also resources for the indigent, uninsured, homeless and those who have very limited are absolutely no medical insurance. So patients can save a substantial amount of money on their medical bills.





Services are for those who cannot afford medical care on their own. In addition to offering primary dental and medical care, the clinics also provide services such as prescription medications. All services are provided at no charge and are free to qualified people. 810 Pine St., Gainesville, GA 30501, phone (770) 297-5040. Or click here for more information on medical billing assistance.

Medlink Georgia – A large number of medical services are offered. The sites and clinics are community practices, serving everyone from babies, teenagers to the elderly, including those with public as well as private health insurance. The uninsured can get care too. 1211 Sherwood Park Dr., NE, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. Telephone (770) 287-0290

There are other medical and dental services in Hall, Dawson, and other counties. Everything from dental care (cleanings and extractions) to pharmaceutical assistance, transportation for the homebound and more. As one example of a high demand service, there is general free financial help to pay medical bills.

Community action agency

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. supports the entire region, and is the community action agency to call for assistance. While more details are below, the primary purpose of this non-profit agency is to work in partnership with government programs and local non-profits.

Low-income people can gain access to opportunities leading toward Self-Development, get immediate financial assistance, and gain Self-Reliance & Self-Determination. Some of the services provide by this agency include rent, utility bill, prescription medications and rent assistance. Also provides qualified individuals with job training, food distribution, employment services, debt and budget counseling.

Food assistance is provided from emergency pantries, vouchers, and food cards/stamp. At the same time that meals and groceries are offered, participants need to sign up for self-sufficiency and counseling. The application process can be expedited too, and find fast track food stamp emergency applications.

Medications – Receive assistance in obtaining reduced priced or free medications from pharmaceutical programs and drug companies. This is only offered for patients in life threatening situations.

Head Start and Early Head Start are funded by Georgia and the federal government. The programs provide high quality and comprehensive early childhood and family development services to children from low-income households. Children also get free dental and medical care too.

Financial assistance can be provided by Ninth District Opportunity in a very limited number of situations. It is only offered as well if someone is faced with a crisis. People need to have a loss of income (such as job loss or medical emergency) or an unexpected expense beyond their control. Applicants also can’t have the ability to pay future bills or expenses such as rent or housing without assistance. Read more low income assistance.

Rent assistance and housing aid – If you are faced with imminent eviction, apply for short-term homeless prevention and rapid re-housing assistance. Any clients for this housing program will also be required to participate in an in-depth case management or counseling plan too.

Heating bills - Qualifying households in the region can receive a onetime payment or cash grant of up to $350.00 towards paying their primary heating source or bills.

Job training and employment – The Georgia Department of Human Services works with Ninth District Opportunity. A focus is on TANF recipients with employment related needs. They can access workshops and job placement assistance.

Homeless services - Those that need assistance with permanent placement can get information on shelters or government grants for paying security deposits and other costs. Programs from NDO community action help the very low income in Hall, White, and nearby counties locate safe and affordable apartments.







Weatherization is run from this community action agency. Qualifying low income and senior households can receive help with making their homes more energy efficient. Get minor home repairs and free conservation measures to your home. This can include improvements such as insulation, air sealing in attic areas, caulking, window repair, door repair, replacement of broken window panes, dense-pack wall insulation, door sweeps, and weather stripping.

Referrals - If the agency can’t help you, then they have information on other local non-profits and government programs. Click here for more resources.

Locations of Ninth District Opportunity are below. For details on social services or referrals, dial the non-profit and learn about additional assistance programs from Ninth District Opportunity.

  • 510 West Ave. Ste. 600, Gainesville, GA 30501, (770) 534-8826
  • Banks County Community Resource Center, 110 Shortest St., Homer, Georgia 30547
  • Dawson County Community Resource Center, 388 Hwy. 9N, Dawsonville, GA 30534
  • Franklin County Community Resource Center, 6885 Hwy. 145   Community Building In Carnesville, Carnesville, GA 30521
  • Habersham County Community Resource Center, 144 Commerce Pkwy., Cornelia, Georgia 30531
  • Hart County Community Resource Center, 500 N. Richardson St., Hartwell, GA 30643
  • Rabun County Community Resource Center, 1236 Old Hwy. 441 S, Clayton, GA 30525
  • Lumpkin County Community Resource Center, 75 Enota St., Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
  • Union County Community Resource Center, 185 Wellborn St. Ste. 8, Blairsville, GA 30512
  • White County Community Resource Center, 1331 Helen Hwy., Cleveland, Georgia 30528
  • Stephens County Community Resource Center, 161 Queen St., Toccoa, GA 30577
  • Towns County Community Resource Center, 1294 Jack Dayton Cir., Young Harris, Georgia 30582


By Jon McNamara

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