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What should I know about Emergency Rental Assistance in Georgia?

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Applying for Emergency Rental Assistance in Georgia

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What is Emergency Rental Assistance?

If you are unable to pay your rent or utility bills, you may qualify for Emergency Rental Assistance. Emergency Rental Assistance provides financial help for:

  • past due or future rent,

  • past due or future utility bills, and

  • In some cases, to help secure housing.

 

In most cases, the money goes directly to the landlord or utility company. In certain situations, though, the money could be paid to the applicant. 

 

You may be eligible if you:

  • Qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19; and 

  • You demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND

  • You have a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

 

You will be given priority for assistance if:

  • Your household is at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), or

  • One or more household members are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days. 

 

Look up the Area Median Income (AMI) for your area on the Department of Housing and Urban Development website.

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How do I apply for Emergency Rental Assistance?

How and where you apply will depend on the Georgia county you live in. 

 

If you live in Augusta-Richmond, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, or Henry County, you will need to apply through your county’s application process. 

  • Augusta Richmond County. Residents interested in applying are asked to call the Augusta-Richmond County Housing & Community Development Department at 706-821-1797. Online applications will start the week of 2/22/21.

  • Chatham County. Residents of Chatham County can apply online or call 2-1-1.

  • Cherokee County. Check the Cherokee County website for information.

  • Clayton County. Clayton residents can apply online.

  • Cobb County. Cobb residents can apply online. 

  • Dekalb County. Applications for DeKalb’s rent relief program closed on February 22, 2021. Check the Rental Assistance website to see if more funds open up. 

  • Gwinnett County. Gwinnett County residents can apply online.

  • Forsyth County. Check the Forsyth County website for information.

  • Fulton County. 

    • Tenants outside the City of Atlanta: Apply online for the Fulton County rental assistance program beginning March 1, 2021.  

    • Tenants living in the City of Atlanta: Apply online at relief.uwga.org/ for rental assistance.

  • Hall County. Check the Hall County website for information.

  • Henry County. Check the Henry County website for information.

 

If you live in any other Georgia county, beginning in early March 2021, you will be able to apply online through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website

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Other resources

CITY OF ATLANTA 

 

CLAYTON COUNTY

404-363-0575 ext. 242

 

COBB COUNTY

  • Center for Family Resources: (770) 428-2601  

  • Cobb County Homesaver Program: https://cobbhomesaver.org 

  • Hope Atlanta: (404) 272-2931

  • Must Ministries: (770) 427–9862 

  • Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church: (770) 971-2880

  • Eastside Baptist Church: (770) 971-2323

  • First United Methodist Church: (770) 429-7800

  • Providence Community Baptist Church: (770) 427-3565

  • St. Joseph Catholic Church: (770) 422-5633

  • Salvation Army: (770) 724-1652

  • Star-C: https://www.star-c.org/eviction-relief/; hello@star-c.org; 404-698-3781

  • Storehouse Ministries: (770) 428-8410 

  • Turner Chapel AME Church: (770) 422-6791

  • Zion Baptist Church: (770) 427-8749

 

DEKALB COUNTY (this list does not include all available rental assistance in DeKalb)

  • United Way: 2-1-1

  • DeKalb County Coordinated Entry: 404-687-3500

  • Star-C: https://www.star-c.org/eviction-relief/; hello@star-c.org; 404-698-3781

  • Hosea Helps: 404-755-3353

  • Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS): 770-936-0969


 

FULTON COUNTY 

 

GWINNETT COUNTY

  • Georgia Gateway: https://gateway.ga.gov/access/ 

  • Latin American Association: 678-205-1018

  • Salvation Army of Gwinnett County: 770-724-1661

  • St. Vincent de Paul: 678-892-6163

  • United Way: 211

Where to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance in Georgia

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If you are unable to pay your rent or utility bills, you may qualify for Emergency Rental Assistance. Emergency Rental Assistance provides financial help for:
- past due or future rent,
- past due or future utility bills, and
- In some cases, to help secure housing.

 

In most cases, the money goes directly to the landlord or utility company. In certain situations, though, the money could be paid to the applicant. 

 

You may be eligible if you:
- Qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19; and 
- You demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND
- You have a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

 

You will be given priority for assistance if:
- Your household is at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), or
- One or more household members are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days. 

 

How and where you apply will depend on the Georgia county you live in. 

 

If you live in Augusta-Richmond, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, or Henry County, you will need to apply through your county’s application process. 

 

If you live in any other Georgia county, beginning in early March 2021, you will be able to apply online at dca.ga.gov.


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Last Review and Update: Feb 23, 2021