Large federal grants make their way to the state of Georgia and end up helping lower-income residents through a number of benefit programs. Georgians can receive food, health care coverage, money to attend college and in some cases cash assistance to make ends meet. Here we have provided a brief description of each program and some information on how and where to apply for help.
The Georgia Food Stamp program provides low-income households with funding to buy good nutritious meals through electronic debit cards. It is the federally funded supplemental nutrition assistance program or SNAP for the state of Georgia. You can apply online through the Compass website.
This is a federal early childhood education program that works with low-income preschool children. Inside Georgia, programs are offered in 157 of 159 counties. Head Start works with children to best prepare them for the start of elementary school and highly involves their parents in the education process.
Georgia Hope Grants and Scholarships are funded by the state’s lottery. The program provides everything from small $500 grants to attend technical school all the way up to full scholarships to attend Georgia colleges and universities.
The federal Medicaid program is administered in Georgia by the Division of Medical Assistance covering 1.2 million Georgians every year. The program serves children under the age of 19, blind, disabled and seniors. You must be considered low-income to receive medical insurance through the Medicaid program.
PeachCare for Kids
For those families not covered by Medicaid, the state offers the PeachCare for Kids program to cover health insurance for children up to the age of 18. To be eligible, household income must be at 235% of the federal poverty level or lower. Children under 5 are covered for free. For kids age 6-18, the monthly premium paid for the program is $10 per child.
Regular Home Energy Assistance
This program will pay part of your energy bill for you directly to your service provider if you are found to be eligible for the program. Low-income families can receive help for winter heating and summer cooling costs. For more information or to apply, call 1-800-869-1150.
School Breakfast and Lunch Program
The state offers federally subsidized school breakfast and lunch in Georgia schools providing free or reduced meals to school kids. To apply contact your child’s school.
Summer Food Service
This summer program provides the same kids that normally receive school lunch during the school year with nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months. Use this nutrition program search to find a summer feeding location near you. Call the Office of School Readiness at 1-888-442-7735 if you have any questions about the summer food service.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Georgia’s TANF program provides temporary cash assistance to low-income families with children under the age of 19. The program also offers parents job training and placement services. The overall goal of the program is to give families the support they need and to empower the family to become fully self-sufficient. Apply for TANF at your county’s Department of Family and Children Services.
If you have found yourself unemployed in the state of Georgia through no fault of your own, you could receive temporary financial assistance while you look for a new job. To be eligible for unemployment insurance, you must have worked in the past two years. You will need to look for work and be available to start working while receiving unemployment benefits.
Weatherization Assistance Program
This program will provide home repairs that boost a household’s energy efficiency to bring down the cost of heating and cooling your home. You must have low-income to be eligible for the program and priority is given to elderly and handicapped residents.
Women, Infants and Children
The federal WIC program is available to residents of Georgia, offering food, nutritional education and health care referrals to pregnant women and those with children up to age five. Use this WIC locator to find the office in your county where you can apply. If you have any questions about WIC, call the Georgia Division of Family and Children at 404-657-7660.
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