***This blog post is part of a weekly series titled #SignalBoostSunday. This series will highlight organizations and social causes that are of importance and provide assistance to the Greater Atlanta area. ***
This week’s #SignalBoostSunday post will focus on two local organizations that provide assistance for low-income communities in the Metro Atlanta area.
The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta provides furniture to individuals and families who have recently moved out of a homeless shelter, living with HIV/AIDS, have fled domestic violence or are dealing with financial hardships.
This organization provides its clients with beds, dressers, couches, tables and chairs at no cost to them and is able to do so because the furniture given is often donated to the organization by individuals, companies or other organizations.
To be eligible to receive furniture, Furniture Bank clients must be referred to the bank by an approved referral agency, usually another local non-profit or government agency.
The Nehemiah Project Community Development Corporation (NPCDC) serves low-income individuals and families who reside in Fulton and Clayton counties. NPCDC provides a number of services that address issues such as community development, health, education and housing rehabilitation.
The most notable service that the NPCDC offers is its Senior Home Repair Program.
The Senior Home Repair Program provides free minor and some major home repairs for seniors who have low to moderate income. There is a laundry list of repairs that NPCDC will provide but a few of them are: energy efficient upgrades, plumbing repair or replacement, security device installations, weatherization and even roof repair or replacement.
The Senior Home Repair Program covers Fulton County and also serves veterans and the disabled. Those who would like to receive home repair assistance must meet certain eligibility requirements such as age (participants must be 55 years or older) and participants are required to have homeowner’s insurance.