National Service Agencies

Coastal Plain Area E.O.A. Inc and the other Community Action Agencies
The Community Service Centers are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and provide funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. Click here for the Georgia office in your county.

Food Vouchers
Food vouchers will be issued to those individuals who are in need of emergency food, due to hardship such as loss of employment due to no fault of their own (must provide copy of separation notice or if due to illness must provide Physicians statement), cut in work hours or wages, receive no food stamps or maximum of $50 in food stamps. Food vouchers are valued at $50 each. For households of 3 members or less, a $50 food voucher will be issued. For households of 4 or more members, two $50 food vouchers will be issued.

Minor Car Repair Program
Individuals will receive assistance with minor car repairs such as batteries, tires, water hoses, engine belts, etc. The individual must be employed for at least six (6) months on his/her job. His/her employer will be contacted concerning job good performance. Two bids must be submitted from certified mechanics as well as proof of current car registration and insurance and vehicle must be in applicant’s name. A maximum of $300 will be allowed per vehicle.

Utility (Water) Assistance
Assistance will be provided to individuals whose water payments are past due and subject to disconnection. Current utility bill must be submitted at time of the appointment. A maximum of $50 will be allowed for utility (water assistance). ​G.E.D. Training
Individuals will be allowed a maximum of $160 to help assist with the testing for G.E.D. or related materials. Individuals must submit documentation from registrar’s office to show proof of attendance of G.E.D. classes.

Prescription Drug Program
Individuals will receive assistance with their prescriptions with a maximum amount allowed of $200. No pain medications will be approved under the prescription drug program. Individuals must submit a copy of their prescription from his/her Physician. No prescriptions will be filled at pharmacist without a copy of the signed and approved Purchase Order from CSBG Director.

Minor Home Repair Program
Individuals who are 62 and older or who are disabled will receive assistance with minor home repairs such as handicapped toilets, handrails, leaking bathroom and kitchen faucets, and repairs of bathroom and kitchen floors. A maximum amount of $2,000, which includes contractor’s labor and materials cost, will be allowed per home.
Head Start
is a comprehensive early childhood development program for economically disadvantaged preschool children and their families. The objectives of this program are: ..

  1. to improve the child’s health;
  2. aid the child’s intellectual, social, and emotional development; 
  3. improve and expand the child’s ability for self-expression; and
  4. help both the enrollees and their families gain greater confidence, self-respect, and dignity. Eligibility guidelines require that enrollees, including children with disabilities, are between three years of age and compulsory school attendance, and at least ninety percent are from low-income families.

Recruitment
3 & 4 year old birth date by 9/1 (Disability Services Provided)
PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO YOUR NEAREST HEAD START CENTER

  1. Completed application (download here – English | Spanish)
  2. Certificate of Live Birth
  3. Immunization Certificate Form 3231 (Health Department or private Physician)
  4. Proof of Income (W-2 Form, Tax Form, TANF listing from Case Worker, or last check stub with Year-to-date earnings, etc.)
  5. Medicaid Cards/Insurance Cards
  6. Proof of Residency

Click here for the school in your area.WEATHERIZATION Programs
The Weatherization program provides identification of high-energy consumption habits, and counseling and education of clients for energy-efficient living. Funded through the Office of Energy Resources, this program provides materials and labor needed to increase the energy efficiency of homes of low-income individuals. For additional information click here.

GEORGIA POWER
This program provides materials, labor and knowledge necessary to increase the energy efficiency in the homes of low-income, Georgia Power customers with electricity as a primary heating source.

LEAD BASED PAINT COUNSELING
Many homes and apartments built before 1978 contain paint with high levels of lead.  Counseling on Lead Safe Practices will be provided at Community Service Centers and Head Start Parent/Teacher meetings to clients and the general public.  A pamphlet approved by the Environmental Protection Agency is provided during the counseling sessions.

CLICK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
Georgia Department of Human Services Energy Program Helps Georgians with Their Home Heating Bills
Community Assistance Association’s Weatherization Program Saves Homeowners Money


Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
Call: 1-877-423-4746 or at 
www.dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov.   
The local number is: 229-333-5200
Assists with:
●      Child Protective Services – 1-855-GACHILD (1-855-422-4453).
Reports are taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For general inquiries, contact 1-877-423-4746
●      Adult Protective Services – Abuse or Neglect call: 1-866-55AGING (1-866-552-4464) – Press “3”
●      Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – it has been called “Welfare”
●      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (previously called Food Stamps)
●      Medicaid – available to persons who receive some forms of TANF, pays for medical treatment, Rx co-pay


The Georgia Department of Human Services 
Division of Child Support Services 
If a person is having financial difficulty because their spouse isn’t paying child support.  The program works to promote parent accountability and self-sufficiency.   Clients have fast access to case/payment information; can receive updates on the status of a case; and obtain information regarding payments/direct deposits applied to their case by calling the DCSS Contact Center at 
1-844-MYGADHS (1-844-694-2347).

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