Current Initiative - Operation Help our Children and Families Stay In Their Homes
FACTOR received a $28,000 grant from United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The funds have enabled us to initiate a temporary program entitled “Operation Help our Children and Families Stay in Their Homes” to provide housing and utilities assistance to as many families as possible. We are also trying to raise additional funds from the community to extend the help we can provide to our families in need. We have partnered with our Fayette County Public Schools Social Workers to implement this program.
The purpose of “Operation Help Keep Children and Families in Their Homes” is to be a bridge to family households who have fallen behind in their housing and utility payments due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to help families get back on their feet so they are in a position after receiving assistance to be able to stay current with their rent and utility payments. Households without a plan for sustaining themselves if help were given will not be funded and will be referred to other options.
In order for families to receive assistance they must:
1. Have a child that attends Fayette County Public Schools 2. Reach out to their child’s School Social Worker for the initial vetting of need 3. Receive and complete an application from the School Social Worker to determine their initial eligibility 4. Completed applications will then be forwarded to FACTOR 5. FACTOR will interview the family seeking assistance if deemed eligible and confirm if they are currently receiving help from other providers 6. FACTOR will contact other providers to verify any vouchers of assistance 7. FACTOR will also verify information from providers such as utility companies, landlords, and mortgage companies 8. If families are deemed eligible for assistance, checks will be sent directly to the utility or landlord / mortgage companies.
For your convenience in talking with families who might need assistance we have included below a list of the Fayette County Public Schools Social Workers. We have also included a list of other service providers that we work with which also provide assistance and aid to our local families.