Get Answers: Getting Help with Rent

6:48 PM, Aug 8, 2011   |    comments
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When money gets tight, bringing out your checkbook for monthly bills becomes difficult.

But one group reaches out to those with financial need.

Jackie wrote to 13WMAZ with a question about paying rent.

She wrote, "I went to the Salvation Army for help with my rent, but was told they do not service Monroe County. How can I find out what Salvation Army does?"

The Salvation Army in Macon isn't just ringing up sales.

They're part of a nationwide effort to end financial problems within the community.

"It's the living day to day, as so many people do. It's a matter of their livelihood, whether they can continue," says Salvation Army Development Director, Peggy Steele.

Steele says they help more than 100 people every month pay their rent and utility bills.

"They bought groceries and paid that high utility bill, so they can't pay the rent," Steele says.

She says, after an interview, they look over the reasons for not making that month's rent and determine who they can help.

"There are a lot of reasons why you can't meet that bill, but if it looks as if you'll be able to meet it from then on someone can just help you get back to square one, and catch up again, then that's what we're able to do," she says.

She says they usually have around $5 thousand to shell out, but turn away nearly 30 people everyday.

If you're interested in getting the help, you'll need proof of income, photo identification, a social security number for everyone in the household, and a legitimate reason for not meeting that month's rent.

Steele says any Salvation Army in a community using Georgia Power should provide the rent assistance.

She says at the top of your monthly Georgia Power bill, there's an option to donate toward the cause, she says Georgia Power matches that money and puts it toward Salvation Army rent help.

If you're interested in getting help with your rent, you can call the Salvation Army at 478-746-8572 extension 100 to set up an appointment.

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