by Robin Kemp

On Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., tenants and landlords can get help–in person–to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance program. The program is for Clayton County residents who have had trouble paying rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clayton County’s Office of Performance Management, Magistrate Court, Library Services, and Senior Services will help both tenants and landlords fill out applications for rental assistance. Georgia Power will help people with utility assistance.

Either the tenant ot the landlord can start the application process.

Clayton County residents must register in advance if they want to get help at the October 23 event.

You can register online at relief.claytoncountyga.gov/appointments/, or call 770-347-0212 for more information.

The October 23 event will take place at four locations:

  • Flint River Community Center, 153 Flint River Road, Riverdale, GA 30274
  • Lovejoy Branch Library, 1721 McDonough Rd, Hampton, GA 30228
  • Riverdale Branch Library, 420 Valley Hill Rd, Riverdale, GA 30274
  • Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236

Help with the application process is available from October 22 through November 22. For those who need help filling out the application itself, visit any senior center or library branch and someone will walk you through the process.

You can get help at any of these locations on a first-come, first-serve basis:

  • J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, 2300 Hwy 138 SE, Jonesboro, GA 30236
  • Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale, GA 30296
  • Sonna Singleton Gregory Senior Center, 3215 Anvil Block Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294
  • Kinship Care Resource Center, 849 Battle Creek Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236
  • Morrow Branch Library, 6225 Maddox Rd, Morrow, GA 30260
  • Riverdale Branch Library, 420 Valley Hill Rd, Riverdale, GA 30274
  • Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236
  • Forest Park Branch Library, 4812 West St, Forest Park, GA 30297
  • Lovejoy Branch Library, 1721 McDonough Rd, Hampton, GA 30228

If you can’t make an appointment, the county says “there will be future dates, times, and locations.”

If you are comfortable using computers, you can fill out an application online and upload the required documents yourself at relief.claytoncountyga.gov.

You can see the 2020 median income levels for different family sizes at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2020/2020summary.odn

Find out what documents a tenant or a landlord has to provide at https://georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov/required-documents

Download a copy of the Georgia Landlord-Tenant Handbook at https://bit.ly/3Ghy7Nt

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