Utility Payment Assistance

Many of us need financial assistance from time to time to help with rent/mortgage or utility payments.

The City of Fairburn recognizes that there are times when families/individuals face financial hardships and need assistance with paying for essential services like electricity, water, trash, as well as rent and mortgage. If you are facing a personal or financial crisis, please review the agencies listed below for additional help in your time of need.

Zion Hill Community Development Corporation

2741 Bayard St. East Point, GA 30344
http://www.zionhillcdc.org
info@zionhillcdc.org
(404) 766-3141 ext 124 Main Client Number

Stepping Ahead II
COVID-19 Services
http://www.zionhillcdc.org

  • DESCRIPTION: This program provides furniture, financial assistance, and financial counseling.
  • SERVICE HOURS: Financial assistance: noon last WED of each month (first come, first served) All other services: noon WED
  • ELIGIBILITY: Residents of the service area only
  • INTAKE PROCEDURE: Telephone, appointment, e-mail: sa2@zionhillcdc.org
  • DOCUMENTS: Application form, proof of residence or lease, picture ID/driver license
  • FEES: None
  • AREA SERVED: Cities: College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, Union City

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Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority - Resource/Empowerment Center

341 Kelly St., SE Atlanta, GA 30312
http://www.facaa.org
facaa@aol.com
(404) 525-0682 Main Client Number

DESCRIPTION: This agency provides adult basic education, GED instruction, job readiness, and utility assistance.

SERVICE HOURS: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm MON - FRI

ELIGIBILITY: Residents of the service area only

INTAKE PROCEDURE: Telephone, walk-in

 DOCUMENTS: Picture ID/driver license, proof of residence or lease

 FEES: Financial assistance: None. All other services: sliding scale

 AREA SERVED: Fulton County

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Salvation Army - Metro Atlanta Area Command
Salvation Army - Red Shield Services

469 Marietta St., NW Atlanta, GA 30313
http://www.salvationarmyatlanta.org/red-shield-services
maac@uss.salvationarmy.org
(404) 486-2701 Main Client Number
(404) 486-2710 Additional Number Financial Assistance
 (404) 486-2718 Extreme Weather Shelter

Services: COVID-19 Services
http://www.kroccenteratlanta.org

DESCRIPTION: This agency provides emergency assistance to persons in a crisis situation with financial assistance.

SERVICE HOURS: Hours vary according to each site and their services

INTAKE HOURS: 8:00 am FRI

ELIGIBILITY: Varies by program; call for details

INTAKE PROCEDURE: Telephone, appointment

DOCUMENTS: Picture ID/driver license, social security card, birth certificate, proof of residence or lease, proof of income, eviction notice

FEES: None

AREA SERVED: Fulton County

TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS:

MARTA Station: Five Points Bus#: 1 - Marietta Blvd/Centennial Oly. Park Stop # 210551 - Ivan Allen Blvd @ Luckie Street FROM THE NORTH Take I-85 South toward Atlanta Take the Williams St. exit, Exit 249C, toward World Congress Ctr/GA Dome/Aquarium Turn right onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, NW Turn right onto Luckie St., NW FROM THE SOUTH Take I-85 North Take the Spring St. exit, Exit 249D, toward US-19/US 29/W. Peachtree St. Turn right onto Spring St., NW Turn left onto Ivan Allen Jr Blvd., NW Turn right onto Luckie St., NW FROM THE WEST Take I-20 East Merge onto I-75 N/I-85 N via Exit 57 toward Chattanooga/Greenville Take the Spring St. exit, Exit 249D, toward US-19/US 29/W. Peachtree St. Turn right onto Spring St., NW Turn left onto Ivan Allen Jr Blvd., NW Turn right onto Luckie St., NW FROM THE EAST Take I-20 West Merge onto I-75 N/I-85 N via Exit 57 toward Chattanooga/Greenville Take the Spring St. exit, Exit 249D, toward US-19/US 29/W. Peachtree St. Turn right onto Spring St., NW Turn left onto Ivan Allen Jr Blvd., NW Turn right onto Luckie St., NW

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Buckhead Christian Ministry, Inc.

2847 Piedmont Rd., NE Atlanta, GA 30305
http://www.buckheadchristianministry.org
bcm@bcmatlanta.org
(404) 239-0038 Main Client Number Press 2 for Financial Assistance
(404) 365-8811 Thrift Store
(404) 239-0058 Administrative

Services: COVID-19 Services
http://www.buckheadchristianministry.org

DESCRIPTION: This agency operates an emergency assistance program, grooming supplies, a thrift store, transitional housing, and a food pantry.

SERVICE HOURS: Financial assistance: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm MON TUE FRI; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm THU All other services: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm MON TUE THU FRI

ELIGIBILITY: Financial assistance: residents of service area only who have lived at the address and paid rent for at least three months and are employed or have been employed in the last twelve months; unemployed due to age or disability and must have experienced an emergency within the past twelve months; assist food stamps recipients; assist clients in subsidized housing (if qualify); can receive food six times per calendar year Transitional housing: families must have at least one child of school age; working at least 3 weeks before applying to the program All other services: residents of service area only

INTAKE PROCEDURE: Financial and housing assistance: telephone, appointment All other services: walk-in

DOCUMENTS: Food and clothing: 2 proof of residence or lease, picture ID/driver license (if housed); picture ID/driver license (if homeless) Financial assistance: Picture ID/driver license for all household members, current lease or mortgage documents, proof of income, proof of emergency, social security cards, birth certificate or social security card for each child, must have worked in the past 12 months

FEES: Transitional housing: sliding scale All other services: none; clients receiving financial assistance may be required to match BCM's financial pledge

LANGUAGES: Spanish

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United Way of Greater Atlanta

24 Hours, 7 days a week for live assistance 

Ways to Contact
https://relief.uwga.org/
Dial: 2-1-1 or (404) 614-1000
Text your Zip Code and “Need” to 898211 or Text keyword “211od” to 898211
Download the App from your device’s app store

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Center for Black Women’s Wellness

477 Windsor Street, SW, Suite 309, Atlanta, GA

Areas of Assistance: Emergency Financial Assistance/Employment, Food Security, & Healthcare

Brighter Future Communities Served: South Dekalb, South Fulton, & Clayton

Description of Services: Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW) will be providing grocery support (gift cards for food purchases), utility assistance, rent and mortgage assistance, & healthcare supports (telehealth visits, patient testing kits, & medication assistance).

Assistance Eligibility Criteria: Families are asked information about how they have been impacted by COVID-19 (example: job loss & reduced hours). CBWW is starting with the families they currently serve and then accepting referrals from other agencies.

Cap for Emergency Financial Assistance: At this time, CBWW is considering a total cap of $1,500, which is inclusive of all health and essential needs support provided. The cap for groceries is $250, utilities are $500 and rent or mortgage assistance is $1,000.

For More Information, Contact Kim Smith Turner | kturner@cbww.org | (404)688-9202, ext. 112

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Communities in Schools - Atlanta

260 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 750, Atlanta, GA 30303

Areas of Assistance: Emergency Financial Assistance/Employment, Food Security, & Student Learning

Brighter Future Communities Served: South Dekalb, South Fulton, & Clayton

Description of Services: Communities in Schools will be providing financial and employment assistance to cover past due utility, rent and mortgage bills, extended-stay lodging assistance for homeless families, transportation assistance, food assistance, funeral assistance, assistance with medical needs, student learning supports to include the purchase of computers, laptops, internet service, reading materials, and emergency tuition assistance for college students.

Assistance Eligibility Criteria: The criteria for families/individuals to qualify for emergency assistance is provided in their Emergency Request Guidelines which is available to students, parents, and employees in the fifty-four (54) schools served by CIS Atlanta in four school districts (Atlanta, Clayton, Dekalb, and Fulton County). The BET Funding has now also allowed us to serve more families outside of the select schools who contact us with a request for emergency assistance.

Cap for Emergency Financial Assistance: CIS Atlanta does not have a cap for emergency assistance. The amount is determined solely by the need and the supporting documentation that verifies and substantiates the need. There are times where the amount available depends on the number of resources available.

For More Information, Contact: Dorothy Styles | dstyles@cisatlanta.org | (404)724-2418

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Community Teen Coalition

1003 Virginia Avenue, Suite 212, Atlanta, GA 30354

Areas of Assistance: Emergency Financial Assistance/Employment, Food Security, Student Learning Supports, & Healthcare

Brighter Future Communities Served: South Dekalb, South Fulton, & Clayton

Description of Services: The Community Teen Coalition, Inc will provide financial assistance to families to cover expenses related to monthly mortgage or rental payments, employment assistance programs, utility bills (water, gas, & electric), food assistance (meals & groceries), student learning supports (internet access support, electronic devices, books, & school supplies), and uninsured individuals with acquired healthcare expenses since March 15, 2020 (related to the impact of COVID-19 symptoms/treatment).

Assistance Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, individuals/families must express how the pandemic has impacted their life through unforeseen hardships or income, provide proof of residency in serviced counties (Clayton, S. Dekalb, S. Fulton, & Spaulding), have documentation reflecting employment as of February 1, 2020, have experienced a reduction in hours of work or pay by 25% or more as a direct result of COVID-19 crisis (starting March 15, 2020), & at the time of application, annual income must not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI).

Cap for Emergency Financial Assistance: Grants are available between $100 and $2,000. Grants are limited to one per applicant.

For More Information, Contact: Dominic Stokes | dominicdstokes@gmail.com | (678)438-5051

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Future Foundation

1892 Washington Road, East Point, GA 30344

Areas of Assistance: Food Security & Student Learning Supports

Brighter Future Communities Served: South Fulton

Description of Services: Future Foundation will be providing a virtual academic and enrichment support as well as connecting food-insecure students to healthy meals. The Future Foundation is creating a virtual lending library to equip its students for distance learning until school starts back on August 10th. Future Foundation is also providing a virtual summer program for their students starting Monday, June 8th through Monday, July 16th (five days per week, three hours per day). 

Assistance Eligibility Criteria: Future Foundation serves students attending the following under-performing South Fulton Schools: Banneker High School, Bear Creek Middle School, Hapeville Charter High School, Hapeville Charter Middle School, Ronald E. McNair Middle School, Paul D. West Middle School, Sandtown Middle School, Tri-Cities High School, and Woodland Middle School. 

For More Information, Contact: 

Dedra Cochran | dchochran@future-foundation.com | (404)766-0510

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Metro Atlanta Urban Farms

3271 Main Street, College Park, GA

Areas of Assistance: Food Security

Brighter Future Communities Served: South Dekalb, South Fulton, & Clayton

Description of Services: Metro Atlanta Urban Farms is providing food emergency relief to marginalized and under-served communities in the Metro-Atlanta and surrounding areas within the state of Georgia

Assistance Eligibility Criteria: Families and individuals must have been affected by COVID-19 and will need to schedule an appointment to pick up food. Under special circumstances, Metro Atlanta Urban Farms can deliver.

For More Information, Contact: Bobby Wilson | bobbymauf@gmail.com | (404)788-2432 

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Raising Expectations

50 Sunset Avenue, Atlanta, GA

Areas of Assistance: Emergency Financial Assistance/Employment, Food Security, & Student Learning Supports

Brighter Future Communities Served: None

Description of Services: Raising Expectations provides virtual school year and summer academic programming. Additionally, they will be ensuring supported students have laptops/iPads, technical support, digital and technology usage coaching, have access to the internet, and the digital learning platforms for students. Raising Expectations provides case management support for families who need resources for rental assistance, utility payments, securing housing, filing for unemployment, and/or securing temporary employment. Raising Expectations will also provide funds as needed to offset previously mentioned expenses. Raising Expectations will support families to ensure they have access to healthy food and food deployment opportunities. Requests for families are submitted to community partners, tracked, and/or delivered by staff or community partners.

Assistance Eligibility Criteria: Eligibility to receive assistance from Raising Expectations are split into two tiers.

Tier 1: Families, who have students enrolled in Raising Expectations’ academic school and/or summer youth development programming.

Tier 2: Families, who have children who are enrolled in Washington Cluster Schools and/or live on the westside of Atlanta.

For More Information, Contact: Tangee Allen | tangee@raisingexpectations.org | (678)653-4219

 

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Urban League of Greater Atlanta

230 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 

Areas of Assistance: Emergency Financial Assistance/Employment

Brighter Future Communities Served: South Dekalb, South Fulton, & Clayton

Description of Services: The Urban League of Greater Atlanta (UGLA) is operating as a Financial Empowerment & Emergency Assistance Center providing support to metro Atlanta citizens and families in terms of the delivery of human services that ULGA already offers linkages to partners. ULGA is also offering Community Emergency Assistance support for the payment of rent, utilities, food, and other basic needs. 

Services are working to: (1) meet basic needs, gain access to all income supports, unemployment benefits, economic stimulus payments,  etc.; (2) support for reemployment and exploration of new career pathways and access to occupational credentialing via coaching and webinar sessions weekly; (3) support for small businesses to access loans, grants, reopening and pivot planning and capacity building via coaching and weekly webinars; (4) support for returning citizens and the long term unemployed; (5) support for citizens to prepare for homeownership; and 6) financial empowerment education and coaching.

Assistance Eligibility Criteria: The only criteria for families/individuals to qualify for assistance from UGLA is a willingness to complete the intake and data gathering process as well as be willing to engage and share their needs.

Cap for Emergency Financial Assistance: The ULGA's monetary limits per type of support provided are as follows:

  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance - Up to $1,000 per household
  • Utilities - Up to $500 per household
  • Food/Household & Personal Items - $100 Single and $175 Family
  • Childcare Assistance so Parents can work - Up to $500 per household
  • Medical Needs - up to $200 per household/family for medications and healthcare needs
  • Transportation/Fuel - up to $50 per household/family

The ULGA will be coordinating with other partners to leverage resources for family needs and reserves the right to make limited exceptions to these limits in extreme emergency cases and relative to other resources available, if the family's health, welfare, and safety are at stake.

For More Information, Contact: M. Renee Tyner | mtyner@ulgatl.org | (404)295-7762