Georgia Gateway, opens a new window, 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.
Travel. If you are stranded in Atlanta or need help getting off the street, contact Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta (404-817-7070 located at 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 called HOPE Atlanta, opens a new window; limited walk-in hours). Young runaways may be able to get a free ride home by contacting the National Runaway Switchboard, opens a new window or call 1-800-RUNAWAY.
Shelter. Visit the City of Atlanta's Gateway Center, opens a new window for immediate shelter needs. It is located at 275 Pryor St. downtown near the intersection at Memorial Drive. Search the 2-1-1 page, opens a new window at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to find local services such as emergency shelter and food, and counseling. Help in Georgia with foreclosure or eviction, opens a new window from U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
Seniors can contact Fulton County's STARline at (404) 613-6000 to ask about assistance and services, opens a new window.
Utilities. Georgia's Energy Assistance Program, opens a new window page has details about LIHEAP, a seasonal program to help with heat. Utility assistance programs , opens a new windowof 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, opens a new window (404-546-3620). The Federal Universal Service Fund's Lifeline/Link-Up program provides discounts to income-eligible consumers for phone and internet service. Get more information from the Universal Service Administrative Co, opens a new window. Lifeline enrollees can also get help paying for high speed internet from the Affordable Connectivity Program, opens a new window.
Food. Georgia food commodity programs, opens a new window. List of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture food assistance programs, opens a new window. Food stamps (SNAP), opens a new window in Georgia.
Health Care. Free COVID-19 testing, opens a new window in Fulton County. Find help paying for prescriptions at Medicine Assistance Tool, opens a new window. Emergency help paying for medical needs, opens a new window.
Childcare. Georgia subsidizes child care costs through its Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS), opens a new window program for low-income families ( 1-833-442-2277).
Legal. The Fulton County Law Library, opens a new window 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, opens a new window. (404) 524-5811. Outside metro Atlanta request legal help through the Georgia Legal Services Program, opens a new window (1-800-498-9469).
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, opens a new window, or Find a federal credit union, opens a new window. Use FDIC's BankFind, opens a new window to get information about the health of your bank.