Times are difficult in this economy. If you are low-income and need food, shelter or medical care, there is hope. Learn more about public and private agencies dedicated to helping low-income single mothers and families.
Georgia Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
Weatherization is all about making your home more energy efficient. It also means being safe and comfortable. In Georgia, the objective of WAP is to make necessary energy-related repairs free of charge to income-eligible households. First you need to determine if you qualify for services. WAP usually includes such efforts as caulking, fixing broken windowpanes and weatherstripping. Other items will be checked to see if repairs or replacement will be needed such as attic insulation. Household energy use and costs can be decreased by simple energy efficiency steps. Priority is given to the elderly and handicapped, especially those that own or are buying their homes. Services to these groups will be handled as quickly as possible. Rental property can be weatherized with a signed agreement from the landlord. To find out how to apply for single mother benefits call 404-656-0938 or visit the website.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for single mothers
Even in America there are people who live with hunger. Fortunately, there are agencies such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. SNAP was formerly known as food stamps, but the purpose remains the same, to supply low-income individuals and families with food. A household may be one person living alone, a family or several unrelated individuals living together who routinely purchase and prepare meals together. Nutritious food is essential for physical and mental health. Call the SNAP hotline at 877-423-4746. Locate county offices or fill out an application.
Legal Aid for single moms
Is your home going to foreclosure? Do you need an attorney but you don’t have the money? Georgia has public and private legal assistance for low-income single mothers and families. In most cases, the issue must be a civil matter, such as a foreclosure. Find out what options you may have.
Call Atlanta Legal Aid 404-524-5811
Georgia Senior Legal Hotline 404-657-9915 or 888-257-9519
Georgia Legal Services 404-206-5175 or 800-498-9469
Locate an attorney near you.
St. Ann Resources for Eviction or Foreclosure
If you are facing eviction or foreclosure on your home, there are organizations that can help. The Catholic Church of St. Ann provides an array of resources for those who are about to become homeless. 770-552-6400 for more information or visit the services page.
The Furniture Bank recycles gently used furniture by gathering furniture from the community and giving it to individuals and families moving out of homelessness, fleeing violence and abuse as well as those just trying to make ends meet.Read more about the Furniture Bank program.
Credit Counseling for single parents
Are you having a hard time covering your bills? Is there never enough money to go around? Help with taking charge of your finances is available with credit counseling. Certified counselors can assist with a financial plan to get you out of debt. Learn more or call 800-251-CCCS (2227) for single mother assistance .
If you need dental care but you don’t have insurance or the money to pay for it there are free or sliding scale dentistry services across Georgia. Find free dental assistance by city or county. Listing of private free or sliding scale fee dental clinics serving Medicaid patients.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Listing of assistance centers, homeless shelters and additional programs for Georgia veterans. Veterans get the help you deserve. Discover what services are available.
Rent assistance for single moms
Decent affordable housing can be difficult to find. Housing and Urban Development has services that make renting easier and more affordable. Find out about subsidized housing, rent vouchers, Section 8 housing, rentals in rural Georgia and more housing solutions. Find out more. Atlanta Regional Office, 404-331-5136. For more housing options read further.
Utility Bill Assistance
If you know you are going to have difficulty paying your utility bill contact your energy provider immediately. Don’t wait until your bill is overdue, find help now. Payment arrangements can likely be made with your power company to make a large bill more manageable. There are programs that are designed to help low-income individuals and families with heating and cooling costs.
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 800-869-1150. Visit the Georgia LIHEAP resources.
- The Energy Assistance Fund (EAP) can pay for some home heating and cooling costs for low-income eligible families during crisis. This program is available to individuals and families in all 159 counties in Georgia. Find out more here.
- H.E.A.T. Tips for saving money on your power bill. For information on how to get help. You can also call 678-406-0212.
- Fireside Natural Gas 678-872-0250 (inside Atlanta); 866-517-4642 (outside Atlanta) Read more about energy assistance.
- Gas South 877-472-4932 Learn more about programs with Gas South.
- Georgia Natural Gas 770-850-6200 (inside metro Atlanta); 877-850-6200 (outside Atlanta). Read on for more assistance.
- SCANA Energy 877-467-2262; 800-554-1366 (billing) or check out the website.
- Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 Read the energy saving tips to be warm amd safe.
- Walton EMC Natural Gas 866-936-2427 See if they can help you save.
- True Natural Gas 770-502-0226 (outside Atlanta) 877-746-4362 (metro Atlanta) or view the services online.
- Even more single mother resources for utility and other human resources.
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