Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Feb. 14, 2022
Georgia Department of Community Affairs administering Homeowners Assistance Fund
Assistance for mortgage or housing expenses may be available for Georgia homeowners who suffered a financial hardship caused by the pandemic. Application volume is expected to be heavy. Reach out to your lender if immediate assistance is needed.
The State of Georgia received $354 million from U.S. Treasury’s Homeowner Assistance Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide relief to homeowners who suffered a financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will administer the Homeowners Assistance Fund program and offer the following types of assistance to eligible homeowners:
Mortgage Reinstatement to catch up or reduce delinquent payments or payments currently in forbearance.
Principal Curtailment to reduce the loan balance of the mortgage if the homeowner suffered a permanent loss of income.
Assistance for some Housing Related Expenses may be available.
Learn more about this program at https://www.georgiamortgageassistance.ga.gov/.
Previously published updates (links/information may be expired)
May 11, 2021
Emergency rental assistance resources
Information on available emergency rental assistance found through an interactive statewide map on the Department of Community Affairs: https://georgia-dca.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1d28c562b3ba4390a66640db23f713fe.
Additional housing resource information on Georgia Department of Community Affairs website: https://www.dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/i-am-homeless-need-help.
April 29, 2021
Additional rental assistance opportunity
The State of Georgia received $552 million from U.S. Treasury's Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide relief to individuals, families, and landlords whose finances have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to bring pastdue rent and utility payments current. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will administer this program which will open in March 2021. The money will be distributed directly to landlords, and eligible applicants will receive up to 12 months of payment relief. Individuals must qualify for unemployment or has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and have household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI).
If you're a Georgia renter who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. See if you qualify by visiting https://georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov/.
Feb. 4, 2021
Financial relief community resources related to COVID-19 available
As our city continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, there are many financial relief community resources available: rental assistance, mortgage payment assistance, senior assistance and employment assistance.
Cobb County has developed a simple guide to help inform you on the resources available and how to access them. To view the COVID-19 Financial Relief Community Resources guide, follow this link: https://mcusercontent.com/19c85519b5a11a3765e4d402c/files/2ea6fc08-6253-4b3d-9213-89f3cb405b00/CommResourceFlyer_Jan252021.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2PnhsOiRTHqWdHxerOXL2HZOflidWs5kzwt6SFWFLqxineV4CGCv6yCOY
Dec. 29, 2020
FoodFinder is a food pantry locator that shows when and where free food is available in your area. Cobb County School District is promoting FoodFinder as a handy tool to connect Cobb families in need with food and additional resources. The map on the app's home page is a map of food pantries and school meal locations.
Here are some additional useful links:
Rental Assistance Resources
|Catholic Charities Atlanta||404-920-7725|
|The Center for Family Resources||770-428-2601|
|Cobb Senior Services||770-528-5364|
|Communities in Schools||678-503-0901|
|Family Life Restoration||770-944-1066|
|Habitat for Humanity (DPA only)||770-432-7954|
|Latin American Association||404-638-1800|
|Providence Community Baptist Church||770-427-3565|
|Traveler's Aid of Metro Atlanta||770-428-1883|
|Zion Baptist Church||770-427-8749|
Originally published Nov. 18, 2020
City offices to be closed to the public starting Nov. 23
To protect public health, City of Powder Springs offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23, though staff members who directly serve citizen needs will remain available to the public via phone and email from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. City contact information and updates can be found at cityofpowdersprings.org.
The suspension of in-person city services is being done as cases of COVID-19 continue to trend upward toward levels seen this summer, with the potential for greater increases as we enter the winter months.
City personnel with jobs that must be done in person (Police, Sanitation, Stormwater and others) will continue to report to work and fulfill required in-person duties as per usual, following all best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, and other health organizations.
The City of Powder Springs encourages all citizens to continue to follow guidelines from these organizations, and to be mindful of them during the holiday season. Though many individuals may experience mild to no symptoms from the highly contagious virus, it could have more serious consequences, including death, to others with underlying medical conditions or of advanced age.
Family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers or other others could face serious conditions if the spread of COVID-19 reaches them.
Increases of COVID-19 cases also put a load on medical personnel, which may delay those needing care for other conditions.
The aforementioned changes to city operations, and any potential future changes, are being made with the public’s health in mind, as well as the wellbeing of city staff, their family members and others. We ask that our residents keep this in mind as these operational changes are put in place.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
We have organized the information you may be seeking in these categories:
- COVID-19 NEWS AND INFORMATION
- COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- COVID-19 RELIEF RESOURCES
- COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES
Scroll down for more information in these areas.
- Stay healthy, happy, and virtually connected (added Nov. 30, 2020)
- Should I wear a mask or face covering when I go out in public?
- Coronavirus Rumor Control
- Beware of Scams
- Stop the Spread of Coronavirus and Other Illnesses
- COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
- More Resources
- What stores have the supplies I need? (Paper goods, disinfectants, bread, produce, meat, etc.)
- MUST Ministries, Cobb Schools offer food opportunities for families
- Assistance for Job Seekers
- Georgia Department of Labor Updates
- Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Nonprofits
- Free course on COVID-19 contact tracing
- Vehicle cleaning & disinfecting guidance for COVID-19
- Locate Local Food Pantries with FoodFinder (added Dec. 29, 2020)
- Drug or alcohol addiction: Links and resources (Updated Oct. 13)
- Cobb County COVID Assistance Center
- YMCA of Metro Atlanta helping with hunger relief, childcare for first responders
- MUST Ministries, Cobb Schools offer food opportunities for families
- Groceries for low-income families
- Meals on Wheels in Cobb County
- Emotional support resources