Purpose: Financial assistance for rent, mortgage, hotel, and utilities for those negatively impacted by COVID shutdowns, furloughs, school closures, layoffs, illness, etc


  1. Only family households with dependent children may be accepted.
    •  Family is defined as: having at least one parent or guardian and one child under the age of 18
  2. Households must have a combined household income below 200% of federal poverty guidelines and lack sufficient resources to maintain permanent housing.
    • Evidence of “lacks sufficient resources” includes source documents such as notice of termination from employment, unemployment compensation statement, bank statement, health care bill showing arrears, utility bill showing arrears, etc.
  3. Assistance can only be provided one-time. They do not have to owe only for the current month. Arrears can be paid.
  4. Assistance is for residents of Cobb County who have lived here 2 months or longer.
  5. Emergency funds may be used to pay rent, mortgage, utilities, payments to an extended stay motel if it is the only viable shelter for a family.  No assistance may be provided for telephone and cable television.
    • All balances due must be verified.
    • Lease, mortgage, and utilities must be established in the participant’s or spouse’s name.
    • Copies of bills or notices must be provided whenever requested.
  6. All payments will be made directly to the vendor.


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