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48 Free Rent Assistance Programs in Georgia

48 Free Rent Assistance Programs in Georgia

Looking for rent assistance in Georgia? You’ve come to the right place! Georgia is a large state with many statewide and local rent assistance programs. We have done the research for you! All resources are organized by either statewide or county for your convenience.

Statewide Georgia Rent Assistance Programs

Georgia has multiple statewide programs. Nationwide social service agencies such as the Salvation Army and Community Action Association, are located throughout the state of Georgia. Additionally, there are a few statewide resources that serve specific populations, such as food service workers. Keep reading for more information.  

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The American Government created the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP or ERA) in response to the financial impact of COVID-19. Each state was given ERAP funds and distributes them through state or local agencies. Georgia distributes their ERAP funds through the program Georgia Rental Assistance (GRA) (run by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs). Please note besides the statewide GRA, some counties also offer rent assistance through ERAP funds (see local resources below for more information)

What does ERAP cover?

Funds from the Georgia Rental Assistance program can be used for past due rent as well as future rent (up to 3 months). Please note, the total coverage cannot exceed 18 months. Additionally, funds can be used to pay overdue utility bills.

Who is eligible for ERAP?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Georgia Resident
  • Have experienced unemployment or a financial hardship since March 13th, 2020
  • Show a risk of homelessness or housing instability (late rent or an eviction notice)
  • Be at or below 80% Area Median Income (priority given to those at 50% of the AMI)
  • Have an ID
  • Have a copy of a fully signed lease

How do I apply?

Georgia’s ERAP funds are distributed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. You can apply on their website. Please note, you will need to pass a prescreening test before they allow you to complete an application. Additionally, please see this link for a list of all the documents you will need to apply.  If you need assistance, you can call or text 833-827-7368.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a nationwide social service agency with locations throughout Georgia. The Salvation Army offers many resources, often including rent assistance. Please note, each Salvation Army location offers different programs and may have different eligibility rules. Please see the website for the location closest to you for more information.

Georgia Community Action Association (GCAA)

GCAA is a network of social service agencies throughout the state of Georgia. Most agencies within the GCAA offer some type of financial or rent assistance, but it is important to confirm with the agency that serves your county. The GCAA agencies listed below are organized by the city their physical location is located. Please note, each agency serves the whole county they are in and usually the surrounding counties. For a quick guide to the agencies please see this list

Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP)

SVdP is a catholic social service agency that operates in parishes throughout the United States. Each SDvP offers different services and has different eligibility requirements, but most offer some type of financial or rent assistance. Parishes with a SDvP conference are located throughout the state of Georgia. Each SDvP conference serves their parish and the surrounding area. Please visit their website to find a SVdP nearest you.

The Giving Kitchen

The Giving Kitchen offers emergency financial assistance to food service workers in Georgia. To qualify you must work in the food service industry (including catering, restaurants, concessions, food trucks, cafeterias, and bars) and have experienced a crisis such as injury, illness, or death in the family. You can find more information and instructions on how to apply on their website.

Latin American Association

The Latin American Association serves Latino families throughout Georgia. They offer many programs including emergency financial assistance for families. To apply you must make an appointment with a social worker who will meet with you remotely or in person (they have an office in Dalton and in Lawrenceville). To make an appointment please call 404-638-1839.

Local Rent Assistance Programs

Georgia is a large state with many resources! Most of the local rent assistance programs are run by churches or smaller organizations, but a few are programs through the county government (including counties distributing ERAP Funds). Below we have listed the rent assistance programs in Georgia organized by county for your convenience. Please note that because Georgia has so many small counties many of the programs also serve the surrounding counties.

Bibb County

United Way (Macon)

The United Way has a mobile unit in Macon that may offer rent assistance. For more information and to apply, please call 478-318-9253 or email rroberts@unitedwaycg.com.  

Chatham County

United Way of the Coastal Empire

United Way of the Costal Empire offers emergency rental assistance to residents of Chatham County. If granted, the funds can be used for up to 3 months of rent. To qualify you must be a resident of Chatham County (for at least a year) and have a proven loss of income due to COVID-19. For more information and to apply, email 211@uwce.org.

Chatham County Government

Besides statewide funds for rent assistance (see above), some Georgia counties also received government ERAP funds. Chatham County Government’s ERAP serves residents of Chatham County. To qualify, you must live in Chatham County, be at risk of housing instability, unemployed (or a decrease in income) from COVID-19, and be at or below 80% area median income. You can create an account and apply here.

Cherokee County

Must Ministries

Must Ministries serve residents of Cherokee and Cobb County. They are a distributing partner of the ERAP funds (see above) given to Cherokee County. To qualify, you must live in Cherokee County, be at risk of housing instability, unemployed (or a decrease in income) from COVID-19, and be at or below 80% area median income. You can apply here

Clarke County

The ARK (Also serves Oconee, Madison, and Oglethorpe)

The ARK aims to assist residents of Clarke, Oconee, Madison, and Oglethorpe County who have experienced a recent loss of income or unexpected expenses. To qualify, you must be able to prove that assistance will solve your current problem. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 706-548-8155.

Clayton County

Clayton County Government

Clayton County Government offers a program called Project RESET that assists with preventing evictions. Not much information is available online, but you can create an account and apply here .

Cobb County

Cobb County Government

Cobb County Government offers a seniors rental assistance program. To qualify, you must be over 55, a resident of Cobb County, and have a household gross income below 200% federal poverty guidelines. For more information and to apply, please call 770-528-5364. 

Cobb County Homesaver

Cobb County homesaver offers emergency rental assistance to residents of Cobb County that have been impacted by COVID-19. To qualify, you must live in Cobb County, be at risk of housing instability, unemployed (or a decrease in income) from COVID-19, and be at or below 80% area median income. For more information and to apply, please visit their website

Must Ministries

Must Ministries serve residents of Cobb and Cherokee County. They are a distributing partner of the ERAP funds (see above) given to Cobb County. To qualify, you must live in Cobb County, be at risk of housing instability, unemployed (or a decrease in income) from COVID-19, and be at or below 80% area median income. To apply, please call 770-790-3926 or 770-790-3927.

Sweetwater Mission

Sweetwater Mission offers rent assistance to Cobb County Residents that are past due on their rent. To schedule an appointment and apply, please call 770-819-0662 Ext. 16 (Ext.17 for Spanish) or email erainfo@sweetwatermission.org.

The Center for Family Resources

The Center for Family Resources offers a few different housing/ rent assistance programs. To qualify you must be a resident of Cobb County (for at least 2 months) and have at least one child (under 18) living in your household. For more information and to apply, please call 770-428-2601.

Dawson County

The Place of Dawson County

The Place of Dawson County offers rent assistance as well as other services to residents of Dawson County. You can apply for assistance by completing this online application

Dekalb County

Community Assistance Center (Dunwoody)

Community Assistance Center (CAC) serves residents of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. CAC aims to prevent homelessness by offering services such as rent assistance. To request an appointment please complete this form

Dekalb County Government

Dekalb County Government created the Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition to distribute ERAP funds. To qualify you must live in Dekalb County and be at or below 80% Area Median Income. To apply, you must complete a tenant application and upload it to a portal. Please see their website for in depth instructions on how to apply. Additionally, please note this program will not accept applications when the funding has been depleted.

New Life Community Ministries

New Life Community Ministries offers a homeless prevention program that includes emergency rent assistance when the funds are available. Please note, New Life only grants rent assistance to individuals/families that need temporary assistance. To qualify, you must prove that you have enough income to cover all other expenses. To make an appointment, please call 404-381-6731 ext.101 on Mondays from 9:30am-5pm.

NETworks (Northlake, Embry Hills, Tucker)

NETworks offers rent assistance to residents in a very specific section of Dekalb County. Please see this map for the service area. If you live in the service area, you can make an appointment by calling 770-939-6454.

Forsyth County

The Place of Forsyth County

The Place of Forsyth offers rent assistance as well as other services to residents of Forsyth County. You can apply for assistance by completing this online application

Fulton County

Fulton County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Besides statewide funds for rent assistance (see above), some Georgia counties also received government ERAP funds. Fulton County ERAP serves residents of Fulton County that do not live in the City of Atlanta. To qualify, you must live in Fulton county (outside the city of Atlanta), be at risk of housing instability, unemployed (or a decrease in income) from COVID-19, and be at or below 80% area median income. For more information and to apply, please visit their website.

North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC)

NFCC serves residents of Alpharetta, Johns creek, Milton, Mountain Park, and Roswell in North Fulton. NFCC offers many programs including emergency financial assistance that can be used for rent. All financial assistance requests require an interview with a caseworker. To make an appointment and for the list of documents to bring to the appointment, please see their website.

Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM)

BCM offers emergency assistance to residents of Fulton County. To qualify, you must have a lease in your name, be employed within the last 12 months (or unable to work due to age or disability), and have a documented emergency within the past year. You can apply online.   

HOPE Inc (Metro Atlanta)

HOPE Inc serves single parents that are enrolled in a college degree program full time. Please note, HOPE has many conditions to qualify (for example, must have 2.7 GPA or higher and work part time for at least 6 months of the year). Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Midtown Assistance Center (Atlanta)

Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) is a non-profit dedicated to providing Atlantans with emergency assistance to avoid homelessness. To request assistance, you must schedule an appointment. Please note, they open their application every two weeks so check back if the application is not open. For more information and to apply, please visit their website.

United Way of Greater Atlanta (City of Atlanta)

The United Way of Greater Atlanta offers an Emergency Housing Assistance Program to residents of City of Atlanta. Please note that City of Atlanta is not completely in Fulton County, therefore residents of City of Atlanta that are in Dekalb County are also eligible. The Emergency Housing Assistance Program may be able to cover up to 15 months worth of rent or utilities. You can create an account and apply here.

Hope ATL (Atlanta)

Hope ATL focuses on addressing homelessness and preventing it. If you are at risk of eviction, Hope ATL may be able to provide rent assistance. To see if you qualify for their services, please call 404-817-7070.

House of Globalization

House of Globalization is an organization focused on addressing human trafficking and domestic violence, however they also offer other services including rental assistance. Their website does not mention who qualifies for assistance so please contact them for more information. You can complete an online form for assistance here.

Community Assistance Center (Sandy Springs)

Community Assistance Center (CAC) serves residents of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. CAC aims to prevent homelessness by offering services such as rent assistance. To request an appointment please complete this form

Gordon County

Voluntary Action Center

Voluntary Action Center offers multiple programs to residents of Gordon County, including emergency rent assistance. To qualify, you must be at risk of eviction and at or below 140% Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. You can apply by calling 706-629-7283 or completing this online form.

Gwinnett

Asian American Resource Center (AARC) (Metro Atlanta Area)

AARC serves residents of Metro Atlanta with multiple programs including a Homeless Prevention Program that offers one-time rental assistance. To qualify, you must be facing eviction and be at or below the HUD defined low-income level. Please complete this form to apply.

Ser Familia (Suwanee and Norcross)

Ser Familia’s C.A.F.E (Center of Emotional and Family Assistance) program serves Latino families in Norcross and Suwanee. Ser Familia offers emergency financial assistance that can be used for rent as well as other programs. To apply and for more information you can email info@serfam.org or call 678-363-3079. 

Overcomers House (Snellville)

Overcomes House offers many programs, including emergency financial assistance to residents of Snellville and possibly the surrounding areas. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 678-615-7714.

Gwinnett County Government

Gwinnett County Government offers a program called Project RESET that aims to prevent evictions. To receive rent assistance, you must be a resident of Gwinnett County, at our below 80% Area Median Income, and have a documented decrease in income or unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19. You can create an account and apply here.

Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries (Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Doraville, and Tucker).

Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries offers limited rent assistance when the funds are available. Please note, to qualify for rent assistance you must have a lease with your name on it. For more information please visit their website or call 770-263-0013.

Lilburn Co-op (Lilburn, Stone Mountain, Gwinnett portion of Tucker)

Lilburn Co-op can offer emergency financial assistance (of up to $250) once per year if residents meet the income guidelines. For more information and to apply, please call 770-931-8333 or email info@lilburncoop.org.

Duluth Co-op (Duluth)

Duluth Co-op can offer emergency financial assistance (when funds are available) to families, disabled individuals, or senior citizens. Rent assistance can be up to $200 and you must have received an eviction notice to quality. Please note, assistance is limited to once per year. For more information and to make an appointment for assistance, please call 770-623-9563.

Lawrenceville Response Center (LRC) (Lawrenceville)

LRC offers rent assistance to residents with a Lawrenceville address. To qualify, you must be at or below 50% area median income. Please note the application for rent assistance temporarily closes and will open again when the funds are available, so continue to check back often. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit their website.  

Henry County

Henry County Government

Besides statewide funds for rent assistance (see above), some Georgia counties also received government ERAP funds. Henry County Government’s ERAP serves residents of Henry County. To qualify, you must live in Henry County, be at risk of housing instability, unemployed (or a decrease in income) from COVID-19, and be at or below 80% area median income. You can create an account and apply here.

Wings of Prayer Senior Services

Wings of Prayer offers rent and utility assistance for seniors who have fallen behind on payments. For more information and to apply, please call 678-914-9068 or email wopss2017@gmail.com.

Lumpkin County

Community Helping Place

Community Helping Place may provide rent assistance to residents of Lumpkin County. To receive assistance, you must schedule an appointment with the Director of Client Services. Please call 706-867-9621 ext. 303 or email chpservice@communityhelpingplace.org to make an appointment.

Muscogee County

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM)

CVEM is a church ministry that provides rent assistance as well as other programs. To apply, please call 706-327-2836 and press 1. Please note, you must leave a message and they will get back to you if the funds are available. Their services are first come first serve for the month, so if you do not hear back from them, please call again at the beginning of the next month to be added to that month’s requests.

St. Anne Catholic Church (Columbus)

St. Anne’s Catholic Church has limited funds for rent assistance. To qualify, you must live in Columbus.  To apply, please call 706-568-1592 on the third Thursday of the month.

Richmond County

Forces United

Forces United serves veterans and their families. Limited financial assistance is available to veterans who qualify. For more information, please complete this form or call 706-951-7506.

Sigh of Relief

Sigh of Relief may provide rent and utility assistance to residents of Richmond County. To apply, please complete this online form.

Rockdale County

The Resource Center for Community Action (RCCA)

RCCA is in Conyers, GA and may serve the surrounding area. They offer emergency rent assistance as well as other programs. For more information, please call 770-760-1346 or email admin@rccaction.org.

Walton County

Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH)

FISH serves residents of Walton County with multiple services and referrals, including rent assistance when funding is available. To make an appointment, please call 770-207-4357 Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

Additional Resources

Although there are many rent assistance programs in Georgia, do not forget that there are also many nationwide rent assistance programs. Check out our list of nationwide rent relief programs here!

Marie McCollum has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She is currently the Director of Programs for a non-profit in Decatur, Georgia.