Help Families in Crisis - Please Give to the CAC Emergency Relief Fund

By Community Assistance Center (CAC) April 8, 2020

THANK YOU for heeding the call and for your generous donations to help our neighbors who are facing crisis situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic!

In the last 3 weeks, individual donors have contributed more than $350,000 to the Community Assistance Center (CAC) Emergency Relief Fund! Your outpouring of support is amazing! This is truly a community that cares.

However, the increasing requests to the Community Assistance Center (CAC) for food and rent assistance are equally overwhelming.

Recently, many families in our community have lost jobs following business closures. As a result, some lower wage earners are now short on their April rent payments. Individuals, couples and families, many with children and/or pets, fear facing eviction.

Community Assistance Center (CAC) typically serves approximately 6,500 individuals from 3,080 households a year. Since this crisis began, the Community Assistance Center (CAC) is receiving 4 times as many requests for assistance than on average, and more are coming in every hour.   This is in addition to the about 400 households a week getting food from Community Assistance Center (CAC) right now.

Community Assistance Center (CAC) typically provides $25,000 a month in rent assistance. Since people started losing jobs due to the COVID-19 shutdown Community Assistance Center (CAC) has given $75,000 for April rent assistance, with 80 or more requests in the queue.

Requests like this one from a young mother who had fallen behind in rent and was facing eviction. Tanya recently lost work hours to care for her young child who had bronchitis. Then the restaurant she worked at closed due to the pandemic. She was referred to the Community Assistance Center (CAC) and was glad they were taking new clients when other organizations were not but wasn't sure how much assistance she could get.  "When they told me they got my late fees waived and paid my rent through the end of April I literally started crying," Tanya said. "I didn't imagine anyone would be so helpful, I was really stressing.  I'm so grateful that the Community Assistance Center (CAC) was able to help us and now I can focus on finding a job for May rent."

If you haven't already, please consider giving to the Community Assistance Center (CAC) Emergency Relief Fund to help at-risk families stay in their homes during this unprecedented economic shutdown.  Together we are preventing homelessness and hunger in our community when our neighbors need help the most!

More Ways You Can Help

Community Assistance Center (CAC) is the first line of response for people who need support to prevent homelessness and hunger in the communities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and the area of Doraville served by Dunwoody schools. CAC has modified services in response to COVID-19. CAC facilities are closed to the public except for food pantry distribution and donations. The food pantry has moved to a drive-through format and financial assistance services are being conducted by phone.  Adult Education classes have moved online. The thrift shop is closed and not receiving clothing donations until further notice. Other services have been suspended to focus on basic needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information please the Community Assistance Center (CAC) on how to get assistance or how to help.

The Community Assistance Center (CAC) is located at can be reached at (770) 552-4889 or by Email.  Their Helpline is (770) 552-4015.  Follow the Community Assistance Center (CAC) on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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