.pdf of Governor Kemp's Executive Order describing which new entities can engage in Minimum Basic Operations.
COVID-19 Testing & Support
COVID-19 TESTING / Direct Patient Line
Clayton County Health District | www.claytoncountypublichealth.org | 678-479-2223
Cobb/Douglas Health District | www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org | 770-514-2300
Fayette/Henry District | www.district4health.org | 1-800-847-4262
Fulton County Board of Health | www.fultoncountygahealth.org | 404-613-8150
Georgia COVID-19 Hotline - Call (844) 442-2681 for information related to risks, prevention, symptoms, isolation, community resources and testing.
Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line – Call (866) 399-8938 for 24/7 confidential emotional support, crisis counseling or resource information.
CDC - information about the COVID-19 virus, how it is spread and how to protect yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Congress provided additional funding and expanded eligibility for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and emergency SNAP. To apply for SNAP, visit www.dfcs.ga.gov or call 877-423-4746.
The Atlanta Food Bank partners with organizations across the region to provide resources for Georgians who are food insecure. Call (404) 892-9822 to find a food pantry nearest you.
Meals on Wheels provides meal deliveries for low-income seniors. Call 404-351-3889 for more information.
Homeowners and Renters Assistance
Under the CARES Act, Congress secured provisions allowing federally-backed residential mortgages (FHA, VA, USDA) or homeowners with loans held by Fannie and Freddie a period of forbearance if they are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic. The initial forbearance period is for up to 180 days. At the request of the borrower, it can be extended for up to 180 more days. While in forbearance, the borrower’s loan cannot incur any additional fees, penalties, or interest other than what would normally accrue.
FORECLOSURE AND EVICTION MORATORIUM
Beginning on March 18, 2020, a 60-day moratorium went into effect for all federally-backed mortgage loans (FHA, VA, USDA, or loans backed by Fannie and Freddie). Borrowers in these loans cannot be removed from their homes due to foreclosure during this time. Similarly, Congress established a rental eviction moratorium for renters living in federally-subsidized housing, such as public housing, Section 8 rental assistance vouchers, USDA rental assistance, or properties receiving Low Income Housing Tax Credit. The moratorium also protects renters in properties where the owner has a federally-backed mortgage loan (FHA, USDA, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac).
If you are facing housing insecurity, contact United Way by dialing 2-1-1- or (404) 614-1000. Seniors and persons with disabilities in the Atlanta Metro area can also contact the Atlanta Regional Commission at 404-463-3333.
With mass layoffs and furloughs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more Georgians than ever are eligible to receive expanded unemployment insurance. Through July 31, 2020, the federal government will provide temporary Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 a week for any worker eligible for state or federal unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. The FPUC will be paid in addition to and at the same time (but not necessarily in the same check) as regular state or federal UC benefits. The federal supplement will not affect eligibility for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Additionally, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will provide unemployment benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for them including individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits 501C3s, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for state unemployment benefits.
To file a claim for unemployment benefits or check the status of a pending claim, contact the Georgia Department of Labor: https://dol.georgia.gov/unemployment-benefits.
If you lost your job or health coverage due to the coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible for coverage through a special enrollment period on the health care exchange. Visit www.healthcare.gov for more information on available health coverage.
WorkSource Georgia is a free, federally funded program that helps put people to work by providing financial assistance, training, skills assessment, and professional support. Contact a local WorkSource office today for assistance with your job search and to learn more about specialized training and certified program opportunities.