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Butts, Crawford, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Spalding, Twiggs, Upson assistance programs.

Get emergency financial help as well as long term support, or free basic needs, in the middle - central part of Georgia. Assistance is offered in Butts, Lamar, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Upson, Peach, Pike, Spalding and, Twiggs County. There may be grant money for paying rent or electric bills. Or find free groceries from pantries, back to school supplies, transportation services and clothes among other goods.

These counties are all part of the central region of Georgia. Numerous churches, charities, and government programs can help people with expenses. Low income and struggling families can get financial assistance with needs ranging from rent, utility bills, to medications and debt counseling. Find how to get help below, including free food giveaways today near you, and non-profit agencies to call.

Find financial assistance in the central part of Georgia

Salvation Army - Butts County Service Unit - This charity organization may be able to provide emergency financial assistance to persons and families who are in a crisis situation. The programs and resources they offer can help with free food, new or gently used clothing, lodging, or get rent assistance or utility bill assistance.

The Salvation Army has multiple locations. There is also free Christmas toys or holiday food baskets as well as homeless shelters or back to school supplies for students. Or get debt counseling, and referrals to other comprehensive crisis centers and charities. Dial (770) 775-2940 to speak to the Jackson Georgia based agency.

In addition to that location, several other Salvation Army Corp centers are in the region, including in Peach County and regions to the west. If a location is not near you, case managers can often provide referrals to nearby food pantries or places that may have funds for needs such as rent or cooling bills. More information on emergency help from Salvation Army in Western - Southern Georgia.




Middle Georgia Community Action Agency, Inc. - This is the non-profit community action agency that helps people throughout Central Georgia. People in the counties of Butts, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Spalding, Twiggs, and Upson can get help. The programs include those listed immediately below:

  • Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)- This rental assistance program provides homelessness prevention assistance to families and individuals who would otherwise be evicted and become homeless. This housing program also provides assistance to rapidly re-house persons and find a new home for those who are homeless as defined by HUD and Federal law.
    Services and financial assistance provided under this program include rent, rent and utility deposits, utility assistance, credit repair costs, moving costs, and any applicable legal fees associated with eviction.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance - This is usually short term financial help, and in most cases the emergency aid involves providing the low income the need for energy bill or utility assistance, free food, gently used clothing,  prescriptions, shelter assistance, rent help. Many local churches, clubs, individuals, non-profit  organizations such as the Salvation and United Way contribute to the program.
  • Free Food - A resource that provides for the immediate food and nutritional needs of individuals and families through the distribution of donated pantry-type foods and aid. Some non-consumable items such as diapers may also be available to low income individual and families.
  • Heating and Energy Bill Assistance - This financial program provides a one time annual heating assistance and/or cash grant payment for eligible low income families.
  • Weatherization - Receive up to $6500 in free improvements to your home to help you save on heating and energy bills. It focuses on the elderly, low income, and disabled.





  • Foreclosure and Housing Counseling - This foreclosure prevention and housing program provides counseling to homeowners and families following area:  There is free Foreclosure Prevention, Pre-Occupancy, Mortgage Default, and Rent Delinquency help.
    The agency can also assist with Post Purchase/Post Occupancy, Mortgage Assistance, or address any Home Improvement and Rehabilitation. Or learn about Displacement and Relocation Programs, Predatory Lending, and Homebuyer Education. Note HUD certified agencies in Georgia partner with the agency. Click here for more on free Georgia HUD foreclosure counseling programs.
  • Medications from Indigent Patient Advocate - This medical program assists individuals and patients in applying directly to pharmaceutical and drug companies for free medication.
  • Head Start - Offers Child Development and Health Services, Child Nutrition, and Literacy.

Call the Community Action Agency, Inc. of Warner Robins at (478) 922-4464. Or find more details on help from Middle Georgia Community Action Agency.

Free clothing closets and furniture banks - They are located at churches, charities, thrift stores, and maybe even food pantries in Pike, Jones and other counties. Everything from cleaning supplies to holiday toys, free furniture for a home or apartment and backpacks for school may be offered, and if the clients income is low enough, the items may be free. More on Central and Middle Georgia free furniture, school supplies and clothing.

Christian Emergency Relief Foundation/CERF (phone (770) 504-9013)- The organization provides free food, used or new clothing as well as cash grants and/or financial assistance. Get funds to pay rent, utilities, prescription medications and gas vouchers to the low income, unemployed, and struggling residents of Butts County who need them.

Non-profit Community Action for Improvement has case managers and staff that work with individuals, seniors and the disabled. They can help residents locate and apply for assistance. They can process applications for federal aid from LIHEAP or weatherization. The Emergency Food and Shelter program may have grants for paying rent or energy bills. Clients can also get information on disability, food stamps and other government benefits. Read more on Community Action for Improvement.

Feeding America food banks and pantries are in the region, including counties of Upson, Peach, Butts, Joes and others. There is everything from referrals to free food pantries to SNAP applications, baby formula, USDA meal programs, home delivery for seniors and other aid. Feeding America works with many charities, soup kitchens and food banks in Middle Georgia. Call 404.892.9822.

Salvation Army - Jackson - Can them to see if you can access various services to low income people in need of help. For example, get assistance with paying for utilities, clothing, free food, prescription medicine and vouchers and they also have an on site Thrift Store. (770) 775-2940





Crawford Neighborhood Service Center of Roberta Georgia ((866) 505-2987) - Resources include Commodity and food distribution, Rent help, Head Start Parenting training, Emergency assistance for bills, Weatherization, Housing preservation, Food bank. The non-profit agency works closely with the county DFCS to provide services for the recipients of TANF.

Community Care, Inc. - Emergency assistance with providing help paying utilities, food, housing assistance and medicine. The non-profit also Operates Thrift Shop for household goods, clothing, shoes, etc., and services are priced at nominal fees. Forsyth (478) 994-4939

Saint Luke AME Church of Forsyth Georgia (phone (478) 994-9626) has a utility bill assistance program.


By Jon McNamara














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