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Public Benefits in Georgia

  • Getting and keeping public benefits can be challenging.  This site provides important tips that can help, especially if you live in the metro Atlanta area.
  • It is important to stay in touch with your DFCS office about your case. Here are some ways to stay in touch:
    • Call 1-877-423-4746 for automated information
    • Call 404-463-0039 to speak to a person (long wait times)
    • Fax 1-888-740-9355
    • Go online to www.compass.ga.gov
    • Go to your local DFCS office and ask to speak with someone in-person

Appeal

If you disagree with a decision DFCS made about your public benefits, you can file an appeal. You must act quickly or you may lose your chance to appeal. More

Re-Apply

If DFCS denied or terminated your public benefits, you also have the right to re-apply for those benefits. Sometime new applications are processed faster than appeals. More

Apply Online

Apply online using Compass, Georgia's Common Point of Access to Social Services. More

Senior SNAP

Special rules apply to seniors applying for SNAP (Food Stamps). More

Free Legal Help With Appeals or Disability Access

  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.

To apply call (404) 524-5811, Monday through Thursday from 9 am - 12 pm

  • Georgia Legal Services Program (outside Atlanta)

To apply call 1 (800) 498-9469

Free Help With Applications

  • AARP Foundation 

1-877-957-SNAP (7627)

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank

404-832-4979 ext 1

  • Catholic Charities

404-657-5342

  • Center for Pan Asian Community Services

1-866-379-1242

1-877-423-4746

Ga Relay 1-800-255-0135

Free Help With Food