Help for Citizens

General Resources

Click to download DeKalb County Department of Human Services' guide to general resources for seniors, individuals and families, including food pantries and other assistance. Please call each provider before seeking services to confirm what is available. 

DeKalb Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition

In February 2021, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announced receipt of a $21 million grant from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance program. CEO Thurmond convened a Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition comprised of public and nonprofit partners. The coalition provides financial relief to DeKalb renters threatened by eviction and landlords facing revenue losses—both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DeKalb COVID-19 Citizens Assistance Program

Click to download the DeKalb County COVID-19 Citizens Assitance Program Agencies listing. This is a guide to general resources for DeKalb citizens who have been impacted by COVID-19 and need rent/mortgage, utilities, food, and other emergency assistance.  Please contact providers directly and/or visit their websites for information.

File for Unemployment

State of Georgia Department of Labor Website

Food Assistance

USDA's map to find meals for kids

School closure meal and snack sites

Atlanta Community Food Bank Help Map

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamp Benefits

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program

Utility Assistance

Dekalb County Watershed COVID-19 Disconnection Moratorium

Georgia Power suspends utility shut offs for 30 days

Atlanta Gas Light offers resources

Comcast offers free internet for low-income households, enables free Xfinity wifi hot spots around the county and has no disconnections or late fees for 60 days.

AT&T is not terminating any wireless, home phone or broadband service, is waiving late payment fees, removing data caps and is keeping wifi hotspots open for free. Full details available here.

Mental Health Assistance

Click for a list compiled by The Center for Victims of Torture in Clarkston

Food Service Workers

Giving Kitchen

Small Businesses

Small Business Recovery Information Website (State of Georgia)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated all counties in Georgia eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Georgia small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Please note the deadline is December 18th, 2020.

How to apply:

Student Loans

U.S. Department of Education Coronavirus Website

March 20: Federal loan interest and payments waived for at least 60 days, details on how to apply will be posted on the previous link.

United Way

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center connects families with the community-based resources they need to thrive – resources that can put food on tables, sharpen and edit resumes, keep lights on or even provide clothes after a house fire. This help is provided so that families can keep moving forward. United Way’s 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in 140 different languages.

Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code and need to 898-211.

Chat live

Email your need

Search the referral database

DeKalb County Board of Health

DeKalb Board of Health Shifting to Essential Services

The Board of Health has established a COVID-19 call center to provide information related to risks, prevention, symptoms, isolation, community resources and testing.

Currently, only English-speaking operators are available. Additional languages will be available soon. The call center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by calling (404) 294-3700, Option 1. To access all other clinics, Board of Health programs and services, please select Option 2.