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Southwest Georgia assistance programs.

Residents of Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth county Georgia can get help from the agencies and organizations listed below. Find assistance programs for paying rent, energy bills, food assistance, and other forms of aid and financial assistance.

Crisp County DFACS Prescription Medicine Program, which is located in Cordele Georgia and can be reached at (229) 276- 2349, administers a prescription medicine program.

Salvation Army of Southwest Georgia (phone (229) 435-1428) may from time to time have limited financial assistance for paying utility bills. The center may have food and other aid for qualified low income families. They are always a great place to call for information on local, state of Georgia, and federal government assistance programs. While they do not offer rental help, the non-profit may have options or suggestions for you.

Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc. is the main non-profit agency to call for information and help. The programs they can provide the low income, working poor, unemployed and others include the following:

  • Help for paying rent and utility bills - For individuals or families facing a crisis, emergency financial assistance and funds may be able to help people pay bills and rent. For example, receive emergency financial aid to help pay  utility, heating, and cooling bills, free food or groceries, and provision of emergency shelter and housing situations in situations that prevent utility cut-offs, minimize malnutrition, and rent funds to help prevent evictions. Funding for the program is provided primarily through CSBG, FEMA, the federal government, local sources, and the non-profit United Way.
  • Other assistance programs may be offered. These are in addition to those noted above and below. For example the low income may be able to access the federal government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), USDA Surplus Commodity Distribution,  Informal Child Care Health, the Robert J. Clinton Children's Summer Camp, and the Emergency Energy Assistance Program (EEAP).





  • Energy assistance and Housing programs - Various services and resources were created to help people save money by conserving their energy use.

    For example, weatherization can help homeowners reduce the financial hardships of high home fuel, heating, and utility costs by preventing infiltration of the elements through conservation measures such as weather-stripping, floor and ceiling insulation, sealing, skirting, caulking, and other minor home repairs as needed and permitted by funding sources. The housing programs may also be able to provide other cash grant and either low or zero interest loan programs, and the assistance is intended to repair deteriorating housing conditions.
  • Credit and foreclosure help - The agency can direct people to non-profit credit and foreclosure counseling agencies. For example, learn more on Georgia foreclosure prevention programs.
  • Counseling for the homeless and families in poverty - The case managers from SWGACAC will direct the client to short term support, such as shelters, in the region. They also try to serve hot meals or assist the family with obtaining security deposit help, among other services.
  • Head start - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administered Head Start program is an educationally based comprehensive preschool and education program that was designed for children ages 3 to 5 with emphasis in three major areas for the children, including Family and Community Partnerships, Early Childhood Development and Health Services, and also Program Design and Management.

Call the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc. at (229) 985-3610 to apply for help and learn about the assistance programs that are offered to those who need aid. Or for more details, read more SWGACAC resources.





United Way of Southwest Georgia provides residents with a free prescription discount card. It can help people save up to about 30% on their prescription medications, and it is accepted by dozens of local pharmacies and doctors. There is no cost to get the card. Click here for more information on prescription discount cards and savings. Call (229) 883-6700.


By Jon McNamara

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