Public assistance programs in Gwinnett County.

Families and individuals that are low income, including include seniors or the disabled, can get help from public aid programs in Cobb County Georgia. Most of the government resources are available at Human Service Centers.

Cash assistance for the very low income is from TANF. This was formerly called welfare, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is focused on families with children. The cash paid out is for their parents and/or caretakers can help them pay for basic needs such as food, shelter, or housing. The public funds are paid out monthly to those that qualify, but it is a time defined program. So the aid will stop over time.

Government Subsidized Child Care helps families in Georgia pay for the cost of quality early childhood and school age day care programs. The parent needs to be working or in job training. Subsidized child care in Cobb County is provided through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) as well as the local Department of Family and Children Services office.

Food Assistance programs, some of them emergency resources, can help supplement and improve the diets of low income persons in Georgia. There is of course food stamps, but other options are noted below as well.

Emergency Food Assistance Program - TEFAP is a federal government funded program that helps supplement the diets of working poor and low income persons in Georgia. Free food and groceries can be provided to them in an emergency and deal with hunger and other needed assistance.

CSFP - Commodity Supplemental Food Program is another public program that is available at Human Service Center. This is focused on children and low income elderly, sixty years of age or older seniors. Aid is also for pregnant women and children up to age 6 in Georgia. The SCFP program may offer them with nutritious commodities and even education services at no cost.

SNAP Food Stamps supplement the food budget for eligible, low income families from the region. The state of Georgia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides monthly vouchers and benefits to low-income households in Cobb County. The funds will help pay for the cost of food and monthly groceries. A household may be a family, one person living alone, or several unrelated individuals living together who routinely prepare and purchase meals together. Anyone who has a low income may apply for food stamp benefits in the county. The program focuses it limited resources on households that have limited incomes.




Afterschool Services and programs will help children grow and learn. Human Services DHR funds afterschool and summer programs which include teen employment opportunities, academic enrichment activities, physical activity and health education. Part of these services may include free snacks or food for children from Cobb County.

The Cobb County Education and Training Services Section is committed to improving the skill set, knowledge, practice and attitudes of job seekers and veterans. The government runs several programs, such as WIA / workforce investment act that can help individuals enter into a new career or gain skills.

Another job program is TeenWork. This provides summer job opportunities for youth in foster care ages 16-21. Note on that, but TeenWork helps people to transition participating youth into successful, independent young adults by offering experience and real world work opportunities.

EAP - LIHEAP Energy Assistance for low-income families pays some home heating bills and some cooling costs for low-income qualified families. The public grants can also help during a crisis. While it is government funded, all applications for energy bill assistance programs need to be made at a local non-profit Community Action Agency.

Funds are limited and there are many rules. So to that effect, the general public cannot apply for Regular Energy Assistance until the first of December. Seniors and the disabled may apply earlier.

Medical care from Medicaid is available at Human Service centers. Families can get information on applying for PeachCare for Kids program, Medicaid, or another public option that is the Right from the Start Medicaid program. This is a form of free government medical care.

The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is another health care service. It provides comprehensive health education programming for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, including HIV/AIDS.




Refugee Resettlement, and support for immigrants is available in Cobb County. They are offered as a federally funded program that provides financial assistance and counseling to refugees.

The primary places to apply for public at are at the Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services. The main locations of the one stop centers are DFCS, 325 S. Fairground Street, SE
Marietta, Georgia 30060-2355 or call 1-877-423-4746.


By Jon McNamara

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