Stay Connected! Assistance Programs During The Coronavirus Pandemic

March 24, 2020

Stay Connected!

V-103 has set up a one-stop information resource to assist you in finding information for assistance programs during the coronavirus pandemic.



Coronavirus Symptoms:

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


Medical Assistance Programs:

Medicaid provides eligible individuals access to free and low-cost medical care. You can apply for Medicaid at your local Division of Family & Children Services office or apply online through Georgia Gateway.

Medicaid provides support for pregnant women, children, retirees age 65 and older, and people who are legally blind or disabled. Those who need nursing home care or who have breast or cervical cancer may also qualify.

When you apply for Medicaid, you'll need your Social Security number, proof of Georgia residency, proof of citizenship or qualified alien status, and your most recent pay stubs.


Mental Health, Anxiety, and Coping During COVID-19:

According to the CDC, the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about coping during COVID-19.



Health & Wellness Assistance:

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing updates and information on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Georgia.

Georgians seeking information should visit the Department of Health website by clicking here.   DPH also will be providing daily status updates on COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline: 1-844-442-2681. Georgians with questions or concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) may call this hotline.  For non-health-related updates on COVID-19, please visit the services page.



Financial Assistance:

Georgia Department of Labor has a new method to allow residents to file remotely for unemployment insurance benefits online click here to apply.

Senior Citizens Discount Program: Customers 65 years of age or older who have a total annual combined household income of $25,520 or less are eligible for up to a $14 monthly discount on their base charge. Natural gas service must be in the customer's name to be eligible. Get the online application through our website at

Credit Counseling: If you or someone you know is having trouble paying bills, reach out to ClearPoint, a national, nonprofit credit counseling agency at 800-251-2227 (866-559-8198 for Spanish) or visit ClearPoint's website at Credit Card companies have announced that they will provide extensions on payments, lower annual percentage rates (APR) or waive late fees during this time of crisis. For further information please contact your credit card company for more information. List of Credit Card companies providing assistance.

The Small Business Association is providing Disaster Assistance Loans for small businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). More information here.
Invest Atlanta has established a fund to help local businesses minimize COVID-19-related disruptions. Learn more.

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Emergency Food Assistance:

Atlanta Community Food Bank is launching a new "Text for Help" feature to assist families, children, and seniors who need access to food during the current Coronavirus crisis. You can text 'findfood' in English or 'comida' in Spanish to 888-976-2232 for help finding the closest food pantries near you. You can also view a map of food banks here

School Lunches are being provided around the metro Atlanta area for kids during the school closures. Find the county by county list here has compiled a list of food banks by county. Click here to view.


Giving Back: 

The American Red Cross is extremely low on blood due to an “unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations”. Healthy people can schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is looking for donations to help feed people during the Coronavirus outbreak. Make a donation here.


Local Love

Local Love:

List of Metro Atlanta area businesses including restaurants that are delivering or offering carryout, or businesses that are hiring or offering other services. Are you a business representative that wants to add your information? Click here to submit your information.


Local And State Resources: