Resident Resources

Athens Eats Together

Athens Eats Together is a county-wide initiative created to provide emergency food relief to any Clarke-County resident facing food insecurities due to COVID-19. 

The Athens-Clarke County, GA Unified Government has funded this collaborative effort bringing together expertise and resources from the Athens Community Council on Aging, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Epting Events, the Athens Farmers Market, and Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens.

ACCA staff are leading the program and estimate that the Athens Eats Together program will provide over 690,000 meals to 10,000 Athenians over the next several months.

Do you need assistance with food or want to volunteer to help? 

Call at 1-888-420-7798 or visit accaging.org/athenseatstogether.

CARES Act: Financial Assistance (Rent, Utilities, Mortgage)

CARES Act Financial Assistance Opens in new windowAction, INC

  • 706-546-8293, ext. 10
  • actionathens.org
  • Eligibility: Athens-Clarke County resident, low-moderate income, COVID-related need
  • Required Documentation: Photo ID, Social Security Card (s), proof of residence, proof of household income, evidence of expenses (lease, utility bill, proof of mortgage payment)

The Ark

  • 706-548-8155
  •  Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • https://www.athensark.org/
  • Eligibility: Athens-Clarke County resident, low income, COVID-related need
  • Documentation Needed: Proof of income/Loss of income, evidence of expenses (lease, utility bill, proof of mortgage payment)

Athens Area Homeless Shelter

  • 706-354-0423
  • helpathenshomeless.org
  • Eligibility: Athens-Clarke County residents, dependent children under 18, COVID-related need
  • Documentation Needed: Photo ID, proof of income, evidence of expenses (lease, utility bill)

Athens Land Trust

  • 706-431-3157
  • athenslandtrust.org
  • Additional Assistance Programs: Healthcare, childcare, COVID-related emergency expenses
  • Eligibility: Athens-Clarke County resident, low income, COVID-related need
  • Documentation Needed: Proof of income, information on unemployment/job disruption

East Athens Development Corporation

  • 706-208-0048
  • eadcinc.org
  • Eligibility: Athens-Clarke County resident, low-moderate income
  • Documentation Needed: Proof of income, information on unemployment/job disruption

The Salvation Army

  • 706-543-5350 ext. 210
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Eligibility: Athens-Clarke County Resident, loss of income or fixed income
  • Documentation Needed: ID, Social Security card, proof of income, lease/utility bill

Free WiFi for Students

A list of locations with free WiFi at ACCGov facilities and other locations is available at the Clarke County School District website at https://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/Page/948..


Additional Hotlines/Warm Lines

Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline – 866-399-8938

  • The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line, staffed by mental health professionals and trained crisis counselors, provides 24/7 free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) – 1-800-715-4225

  • GCAL is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to help you or someone you care for in a crisis.

CARES Warm Line – 1-844-326-5400

  • Available for call or text every day from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. for help with substance abuse challenges.

COVID-19 Hotline – 844-442-2681

  • The State of Georgia has a COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Peer2Peer Warm Line – 888-945-1414 (Statewide)

  • The warm line provides Georgians the opportunity to receive peer support over the phone 24 hours a day.

Face Cover Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

For full details and how-to instructions, visit the CDC "Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19" webpage.

CDC cloth mask