Emergency Assistance

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Georgia Gateway, a way to find out if you qualify for state assistance. Many services require online access; if you have trouble, please call the Online Services hotline at 1-877-423-4746. If you have a hearing impairment, call GA Relay at 1-800-255-0135. The services are free.

Disaster victims with access to the internet can apply for help online. See Georgia-specific guidance for those assisting with COVID-19-related needs

Travel. If you are stranded in Atlanta or need help getting off the street, contact Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta (404-817-7070 34 Peachtree St.#700 called HOPE Atlanta). Young runaways may be able to get a free ride home by contacting the National Runaway Switchboard.

Shelter. Visit the City of Atlanta's Gateway 24/7 for immediate shelter needs. They are located at 275 Pryor St. downtown near the intersection at Memorial Drive. Search the 2-1-1 page at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to find local services such as emergency shelter and food, and counseling. Help with foreclosure or eviction https://www.hud.gov/states/georgia/renting/tenantrights.

Seniors can contact Fulton County's STARline at (404) 613-6000 to ask about assistance and services.

Utilities. Georgia's Energy Assistance Program page has details about LIHEAP, a seasonal program to help with heat.  Utility assistance programs of the Georgia Public Service Commission and other state and local entities. Low income water customers in the City of Atlanta can get help with water and sewer bills (404-546-3620). The Federal Universal Service Fund's Lifeline/Link-Up program provides discounts to income-eligible consumers for phones and phone services. Get more information from the Universal Service Administrative Co

Food.  Georgia food commodity programs.  List of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture food assistance programsFood stamps (SNAP) in Georgia. 

Health CareFree COVID-19 testing in Fulton County. Find help paying for prescriptions at Medicine Assistance ToolEmergency help paying for medical needs.  Help paying for vaccinations.

Childcare. Georgia subsidizes child care costs through its Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program for low-income families ( 1-833-442-2277).

Legal. The Fulton County Law Library is temporarily closed. Visit their website to see services offered during the pandemic. Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation provides legal assistance to low-income Americans. In Fulton County contact the Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc. (404) 524-5811. Outside metro Atlanta request legal help through the Georgia Legal Services Program ( 1-833-GLSPLAW).

Checking Account. Credit unions are democratically owned and controlled institutions based on a “people helping people” principle. Find a state-chartered credit union in Georgia, or Find a federal credit union. Use FDIC's BankFind to get information about the health of your bank.

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