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  • The Concrete Support in Times of Need Resource List identifies, provides links to, and briefly explains Georgia services in the areas of Housing, Transportation, Food, Child Care, Health Care, Finance and Assets, and Behavioral Health (7 pages). A few of these resources are listed below.


  • The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is the main government agency that addresses housing issues. State budget changes may impact availability of these services.

Food and Nutrition:

  • Georgia’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is the fifth largest in the country. It provides nutrition, education, and supplemental foods to low income families. Women, infants, and children in families with income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible. That would be at or below $41, 351.20 for a family of four. The benefits are for women who are pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding. Children under the age of 5 are also eligible.
  • Child nutrition programs provide free and low-cost food to adult and child care organizations, shelters, “at risk” afterschool programs, preschool and schools. School lunch and breakfast in particular are working to improve the nutritional content. The income requirements vary. For reduced price meals income must be below 185% FPL, but for free meals it must be below 130%.
  • Food stamps help to pay for the cost of food. The program also strives to help low-income households make healthier eating and lifestyle choices. There is an income requirement, 130% of the FPL, but your rent or mortgage, utilities, medical care, child care, and child support payments are considered in your eligibility. Also, any assets like bank accounts and your vehicle may disqualify you from benefits.


Child Care:

  • The Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program subsidizes childcare costs for low income families. The program is for children up to the age of 13, but some special needs children may qualify up to age 18. Eligible families may choose where their child receives child care, including center or home-based care.
  • Quality Care for Children is a great resource for parents to find quality care by calling their help line, 877-ALL-GA-KIDS. Parents using informal child care, for whatever reason, should be given tools to be educated about what makes a safe and nurturing environment for his or her child. has a great Family, Friend, and Neighbor checklist. Check out their website for that and other great handouts for your parents.
  • Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is the government entity that oversees licensing, professional standards, multi-agency collaborations, federal aid to programs, and technical assistance to organizations that provide for the early child care and early education need of children in Georgia.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a membership organization for professionals serving the needs of children birth through 8 years of age. NAEYC provides accreditation that ensures high quality care that supports optimal development and safety.
  • The Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) is an important resource for those seeking NAEYC accreditation and other support for quality care. Their mission is to increase public awareness of the importance of early childhood education and to improve the quality of programs for young children through learning opportunities for early childhood educators.

Healthcare and Early Intervention Services:

  • PeachCare for Kids™ is comprehensive healthcare coverage for children in families where the income is less than 235% of the Federal Poverty Level (currently around $43,546 a year for a family of three or $52, 523 for a family of 4). It is free for children under the age of 6. The cost per month for an older child’s coverage is $10 to $35 and a maximum of $70 for two or more children living in the same household. PeachCare covers everything a good insurance plan would cover including preventative services, primary care, dental, vision, drugs and mental health. You can apply for PeachCare for Kids™ online. They give a number, but it’s clear that they prefer you use the website as much as possible.
  • Planning for Healthy Babies (P4HB) is a program to address the growing issue of low birth weight and very low birth weight (VLBW) babies. This program is particularly interested in helping mothers make healthier choices including spacing births further apart. Participants receive primary care and family planning services. Between pregnancies, women who have given birth to low birth weight babies can get other services like substance abuse treatment, limited dental services, and prescription drugs for the treatment of chronic diseases.,2094,31446711_165928655,00.html
  • Medicaid is defined on the Department of Community Health website as simply “a medical assistance program that helps many people who can’t afford medical care pay for some or all of their medical bills” (Accessed July 21, 2011). However, if your only qualification is low income, you must have very little income ($424 per month for a family of three). For instance, someone living on unemployment would most likely be well over the limit. However, if you are a child, teenager, adult over 65, blind, disabled, or need nursing home care; Medicaid is an excellent option. It also can be a requirement for other programs to be in Medicaid. Pregnant women can even get same-day service when applying so that prenatal are for mother and baby can start right away. There are two notable exceptions. If you are coming off of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or if you have significant medical debt, you may qualify for assistance through Medicaid.,2094,31446711_166523306,00.html
  • For people who aren’t comfortable on the internet, a good healthcare referral and information resource is the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Powerline. They are available during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. They do have Spanish speaking staff and use a Language Line for other languages. They will give referrals and do not provide any direct services.  1-800-300-9003
  • The Community Service Boards are often significant resources around the state that cover all three areas under behavioral health. However, the actual services that they offer will vary from site to site. Their missions typically include giving support to individuals regardless of their ability to pay, but how that translates into exact cost may vary as well.
  • Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) serves children up until their third birthday regardless of family income. Anyone can refer a child for an assessment, but a diagnosis of a specific mental or physical condition, including a developmental delay, is required for services beyond the assessment. The evaluation and service coordination to develop a plan are offered at no cost. The early intervention services are offered on a sliding scale. Federal mandates require that, as much as is possible and appropriate that these services be provided in the home and community settings. This helps to lessen barriers to access.
  • Children 1st is a point of entry for public health and prevention services, including BCW. Children’s 1st seeks to screen all births and children up to age 5 and provide assessment of all children and families that are identified as at risk for poor health or developmental outcomes. The Children 1st program is partnered with and links children to many organizations around the state.