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Unexpected financial needs can strike anyone at any time. Hardworking Georgians, many with and many without experience accepting public assistance, may find themselves in need. Perhaps you have a fixed income that won’t meet this month’s heating bills. Perhaps you have limited ability to work and are waiting to be officially recognized for your disability. Perhaps you’ve just experienced the loss of a spouse and would like to continue living in your home, but aren’t sure how you can make the payments. Maybe you’ve been the target of a financial scam. Whatever the reason, if you need financial assistance, we can help you explore your options.
What are my options for financial help?
Whether you are in a rough situation or a sudden pinch, we can connect you to resources that can help. Empowerline can help you wade through the options and help you understand whether you qualify. Connect with us today to learn more about specific programs and discover the right relief for you. Whether you need help with affording your utilities, groceries, or transportation, we are here to help.
Help with income
We can help you explore whether you are entitled to income that you may have overlooked, such as from the Social Security Administration (including disability benefits), Veterans Administration, or a pension from your old job. To make sure that you are receiving all of the Social Security income to which you are entitled, visit the Social Security Administration’s website.
Help with healthcare costs
Just because your finances have hit a road-bump does not mean your health should too. We can direct you to resources that may assist with the costs of insurance or help you to access free or low-cost health services. If you have health insurance but cannot afford co-pays, prescription costs, or medical bills, you may have options available to you. For more information on the resources available, explore our resources on health insurance.
Help with food costs
If you are struggling to keep food in your fridge, you may qualify for resources. We can help you access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and programs, such as qualified farmer’s markets, that help SNAP benefits stretch further. SNAP is sometimes called “food stamps.” We can help you get meals at your local senior centers or meals delivered to your home. We can also point you toward food pantries or other programs located near you that provide a limited amount of food during tough times.
Help with housing costs
When economic hardship hits, it can be difficult to pay the heating bill to stay comfortable when it is cold or for air conditioning or fans when it is hot. Home repairs may be tough for a homeowner to afford. If you’re struggling, we can connect you to services like emergency financial assistance, home repair, and utility discount programs in the Atlanta region that will get you back on your financial feet.
- Affording your home – If your home is more than you can afford, we can link you to legal services with expertise in saving homes for older and low-income adults. We can help you explore whether you are entitled to property tax discounts based on your age or income.
- Emergency financial assistance programs may help you pay rent, mortgage, and utility bills—as well as assist with other housing needs that may arise.
- Maintenance and repair programs provide essential roofing, plumbing, carpentry, and electrical repairs to eligible individuals. They also provide home modifications to help you get around in your home. Based on your financial status, age, and abilities, these programs may provide free or low-cost repairs that will eliminate health and safety hazards in your home.
- Utility discount programs offer discounts that may help you afford your utility bills.
- Housing options – If you are thinking of relocating, we can help you understand affordable housing options in the Atlanta region.
Older persons and individuals with disabilities who don’t drive a car have several other options for running errands or getting to medical appointments on a budget. Let us help you discover how to navigate public transit, specialty shuttles, and personalized transportation services. Some of these options are free or at reduced cost for older persons and individuals with disabilities. For more information on how to get around in greater Atlanta area, explore our transportation resources.
Help with financial exploitation and scams
Sadly, older persons are frequently targeted by financial scams and other misuse of their money. If you think you may have been a victim of a scam or exploitation, the Department of Justice has a helpful resource about financial abuse to help you learn more.
Loss of a loved one
Losing a loved one is hard—it’s even harder with outstanding financial questions to consider (such as funeral planning or a lost income). Depending on your situation, you may qualify for additional government assistance or income support after the loss. Empowerline can help you explore these options.
have more questions about financial help?
Contact empowerline to discover additional resources and find answers to any questions you may have about receiving financial assistance.
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