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Whitfield County assistance programs.

Locate various programs that will help with paying bills

The North Georgia Community Action Agency has several resources that people can use to get assistance in today’s difficult economy. A sampling of the programs are below.

Community Action Community Services Block Grant is grant that can be used to provide a range of services to help people deal with short term financial hardships and crises. Some of the services provided include rent assistance, nutrition, making better use of available income by budgeting, health care, obtaining and maintaining adequate housing, health services, achievement of self-sufficiency, prescription drugs, community affairs, transportation, and more. For example, some of the assistance available through CSBG includes rent, food, prescription medication, utility bills, and transportation. Learn more about prescription drug programs.

Weatherization Services funds are used to help families save energy and improve the living conditions of their homes. This energy saving program was created by the federal government to reduce home cooling and heating expenses by improving energy efficiency and ensuring the health and safety of homeowners. Priority for aid is given to low-income elderly as well as disabled individuals.

Some of the free improvements offered to homeowners include :

  • attic insulation
  • replacement and installation of more energy efficient appliances.
  • caulking
  • weather-stripping
  • attic and wall insulation
  • minor heating repairs

Another option is The Energy Assistance Program (EAP). This was created to provide financial assistance and cash grants to low and middle income families and individuals in order to help them offset the increased costs of home heating during the winter season and also cooling bills during the hot summer.





Of all the aid offered by the North Georgia Community Action Agency, the Energy Assistance program is one of the most highly utilized program. NGCA will provide financial assistance to eligible households to help pay the cost of home energy bills, heating bills, cooling bills, and other energy related services. Benefits provided to each applicant will vary depending on the income level and are based on the rating tool. There are two offerings available, and households may qualify for regular EAP assistance and/or the Energy Crisis (emergency) Intervention Program (ECIP).

People who apply and are accepted can get help with.

  • heating oil
  • natural gas
  • propane
  • electricity
  • wood, etc.

Emergency financial aid from NGCA - North Georgia Community Action Agency can be used for paying other bills and needs as well. Low income families in the Dalton Georgia region may qualify for funds to pay for security deposits, access vouchers for prescription medications, or one time rent help if facing homelessness. All funds are very limited.

Contact the North Georgia Community Action Agency at 706-226-7241 for information or to apply for these programs, or to learn what else they can do to help your situation. Read more.

The St. Vincent De Paul Society of Whitfield County is a church based group. On occasion, basic needs can be provided from the thrift store or there may be very limited financial help for everything from back rent to cooling bills. The number is (706) 278-3107. Other services from the Dalton based charity may include clothing, help for senior citizens, and even referrals to vouchers for prescription medications. More Whitfield County St. Vincent De Paul assistance programs.





United Way

The Dalton and Whitfield County United Way provides millions of dollars in emergency assistance every year to local residents. They provide the funds to other non-profit agencies and charities, and people in need of help must apply at these other agencies.

As an example, last year the United Way handled almost 7,500 calls from people who were seeking assistance and referred more than 23,335 individuals to local agencies and charities that might help them. Most of those requests for help were for rent or mortgage assistance, help buying food, or help paying for utility and electric bills.

Contact some of these agencies to apply for assistance. Dalton Organizations of Churches, United for People (DOC-UP), the Salvation Army, Soul Station, the Harbor House, Providence Ministries, Family Promise, DFCS, and St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Whitfield County Georgia Salvation Army

Salvation Army, which can be reached at 706-278-3966 and is based in Dalton Georgia, offers emergency shelter as well as rent assistance. Addition services include Drug/Alcohol abuse rehabilitation, utilities assistance, clothing & free food, and disaster relief.  They may also provide free Christmas meals, school supplies, and help during critical seasons of the year.

Federal government community clinic

The Dalton Community Center can provide the low income and uninsured with access to medical and dental care. The location is a federally qualified health center. The main goal of the clinic is to provide access to health care to people who are uninsured or underinsured, or those who can’t afford to pay for their medical bills.




Assistance from food pantries

The charities as well as churches below focus on feeding families living in poverty or that have a crisis. There may be boxes of groceries, baby formula, and more. If a center can’t help, then they may also referrals to benefits such as SNAP food stamp application sites in Whitfield County.

  • Central Church of Christ is open each day from 10am-12pm. Call 706-278-8051.
  • Dalton’s Greater Works serves lunch and an occasional dinner. Dial 706-270-2239
  • The Salvation Army also has a free food pantry. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals are also offered in Whitfield. 706-278-3966
  • Varnell United Methodist Church will also try to provide free groceries or meals. The phone number is  706-694-8023.

By Jon McNamara

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