ATLANTA, Ga, (CW69 News at 10) — With the growing number of coronavirus deaths and cases comes mounting business closures and job losses. People have been forced to not only take the necessary safety precautions just to survive, but to also find ways to provide for their families and pay the bills.

Certain organizations and agencies are offering some relief and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rental Assistance:

If you require rental assistance, you should discuss possible options with your landlord or leasing agent. Some may allow temporary financial arrangements and even partial payments during the pandemic. In addition, there are several agencies in the Atlanta area that may be able to help. A Rent Assistance website is a one stop shop to researching those agencies. To get started, click here.

Help With Bills:

A number of organizations may be able to help pay your bills. While funding may be limited, certain charities and groups collect donations from the public to distribute to those in need. A website called Need Help Paying Bills list these resources and also includes links to information on debt programs, help with medical bills, mortgage payments and other expenses. For details, click here.

Free Financial Help is another website listing possible resources for financial relief.

Mortgage Loan Assistance:

COVID-19 has presented a unique challenge for those who are unemployed with mortgage loans, and those who are employed but struggling to make payments. Mortgage servicers recommend you contact them directly for assistance and arrangements. Companies like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae offer loan modifications and forbearance plans that could help immediately and over the long haul.

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) is a monthly cash assistance program for low-income families for low income families who meet certain qualifications. To determine if you are eligible, click here.

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