Volume 14 | March 2021
Hall County Resource Update
Dear Hall County Providers, We hope this newsletter finds you doing well. It has been an unpredictable and trying few months since March. Since we have all been so isolated, United Way of Hall County and Gainesville Housing Authority decided to start this newsletter in hopes that we can keep each other up to date on the resources currently being provided in Hall County. We will highlight agencies each week. This information is being provided to us by the survey that went out earlier in September. If you missed the survey and would like to complete it. please contact Teigha Snowden at UWHC, tsnowden@unitedwayhallcounty.org. You can find an archive of Resource Newsletters on the United Way of Hall County webpage. Thank you and stay well. 
The application process for Emergency Rental Assistance will open in early April 2021. You can let your clients know ahead of time what they need to gather to be ready to apply for Emergency Rental Assistance. This information is listed below. You can also find ERA applicant information at https://www.hallcounty.org/

Eligible households in order of priority include:
  • Households under 50% Area Median Income (AMI)*
  • Household under 80% AMI* where a member has been unemployed for 90 days +
  • Households under 80% AMI*
  • *AMI information can be found here.
If you plan to apply, please gather the following materials:
  • Identification: Provide one acceptable form of identification which includes:
  1. United States Employment Authorization Card
  2. United States Certificate of Naturalization
  3. Learner’s Driving Permit with Photo
  4. Non-Drivers Identification Card
  5. Current Driver’s License
  6. Passport
  7. United States Permanent Resident Card
  • Income verification: Provide one or more of the following:
  1. Letter from employer reflecting a decrease in income
  2. Unemployment award letter
  3. Pay stubs for the past 60 days
  4. Form 1040/1040A
  5. W-2
  6. Bank Statement reflecting a reduction in salary
  • Rental Assistance information
  1. Copy of lease
  2. Notice of past due rent
  3. Eviction notice
  • Landlords must provide a signed W-9 form and ACH deposit information in addition to verifying contact information. If the tenant is unable to supply, the landlord must supply a copy of the lease and any past due or eviction notices.

Please continue to check www.hallcounty.org for additional updates. I will also be sending information in the Newsletter as it becomes available to me.

Get updated information on COVID-19 Vaccinations

UNG: UNG's Dahlonega campus is offering free tax preparation services to those who make $57,000 or less per year. Community members who schedule an appointment will receive assistance from students pursuing accounting and finance degrees as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program sponsored by the IRS.
The free services are open by appointment from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 2 to March 2. The sessions are located in room 011 of the Newton Oakes Center on the Dahlonega campus.

For appointments, contact Lisa Nash, 706-867-3082
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), a division of the Georgia Department of Human Services, investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to low-income families; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.
DFCS / Office of Family Independence (OFI) is seeking candidates to fill several positions as an Economic Support Specialist 1 inclusive of various roles within OFI. These positions are located throughout Georgia and may require travel. The Salary is $27,000.00 (non-negotiable).
Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma or GED AND (1) one year of related experience which involved customer contact/interaction OR Completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university.
Applicants who do not apply using the link provided above will NOT be considered.
For other DHS career opportunities, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/dhsgeorgia
Family Promise of Hall County Job Posting
Family Promise of Hall County is now now hiring for the position of Manager of Marketing and Volunteer Engagement. See the job description here. Send all inquiries, as well as resume and cover letter to Lindsey McCamy, Executive Director, lindsey@familypromisehall.org
Have you seen the Jobs & Job Training Newsletter from One Hall? If not, check your junk mail or contact Maria Calkins. This newsletter comes out bi-monthly and is a fantastic tool to share with your clients to help with finding jobs, find out more about job training opportunities and read about some general job related inforamtion...all in one easy to navigate newsletter! For the March Jobs and Job Training Newsletter, click here.
News from NAMI:
Introduction to Behavioral Health and Addictive Disease
 March 17, 2021 at 8am - Register Here

The following two groups are being offered online, using the Zoom platform:
NAMI Family Support Group
2nd Monday of month at 6:30-8:00PM
2nd Tuesday of month at 6:30-8:00PM
4th Tuesday of month at 6:30-8:00PM
NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group
4th Tuesday of month at 6:30-8:00PM
NAMI Family Support Group is a 90-minute support group for adult friends and family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, released a guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones.  Now available in Spanish.

Check out the March 5, 2021 NAMI Blog on Criminal Justice Reform

The inaugural HOPE FILM CHALLENGE runs through March 31st. This is open to students in 6th through 12th grade NATIONWIDE for feature in our series. The student filmmakers are tasked to pair up with an educator mentor (teacher, counselor, administrator, or coach) to create a 30-60 second video sharing their story of hope and resiliency.
8 finalists will be chosen to have their submission in the series.

The finalists will be interviewed from May 3-7 at Georgia Public Broadcasting Studios in Atlanta, GA, AND one lucky finalist will win a $2,000 grant ($1000 for the student, $1000 for the educator mentor) that is to be used for furthering HOPE, to be announced May 11th. This is open to students in public and private schools nationwide.
NAMI In Our Own Voice, March 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., Register here.
Ninth District Opportunity is now assisting people older and younger than 65 with their Energy Assistance Program. For assistance, call 1-855-636-3108. If the client has a disconnect notice, it is very important that they leave that information in their voice message.
The Compass Center

For referral assistance, call Wakeitha Cunningham
at 770-536-1121.

The Compass Center now has funds for utility bills within the city of Gainesville.
One Hall United Against Poverty is meeting via Zoom.
Please contact Teigha Snowden to get involved.

One Hall Education:
2nd Thursday at 9 am
Next meeting: May 13, 2021
Register here.  

One Hall Mental & Behavioral Health:
3rd Wed at 8:30 am
Next meeting: March 17, 2021
Register here.

One Hall Financial Stability:
3rd Wednesday at 2 pm
Next meeting: March 17, 2021
Register here.

One Hall Health:
4th Wednesday at 8:30 am
Next meeting: March 24, 2021
Register here.