Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
April 29, 2021
Additional rental assistance opportunity
The State of Georgia received $552 million from U.S. Treasury's Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide relief to individuals, families, and landlords whose finances have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to bring pastdue rent and utility payments current. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will administer this program which will open in March 2021. The money will be distributed directly to landlords, and eligible applicants will receive up to 12 months of payment relief. Individuals must qualify for unemployment or has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and have household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI).
If you're a Georgia renter who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. See if you qualify by visiting https://georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov/.
Feb. 15, 2021
NOTICE OF GRADUAL OPENING OF CITY FACILITIES
The City of Powder Springs is slowly re-opening its facilities to the public. City Hall will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as of Feb.15, 2021. Effective March 1, 2021, the Community Development and Public Safety facilities will be open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to Community Development will be required to check in at City Hall for screening; visitors will undergo separate screening at Public Safety. Further openings are tentatively planned for late spring.
City services continue offsite and online. All services have been offered throughout the limited closures with staff on site even though the facilities have been closed to the public.
New residents and utility customers: An application for service can be found at www.cityofpowdersprings.org. Once you complete the application, you may drop a paper copy in the mail or place in the drop box outside of City Hall at the side entrance, email it to TNewkirt@cityofpowdersprings.org or KAxt@cityofpowdersprings.org, or fax to 770-943-8003
Utility payments: Customers may pay online on the city homepage, by mail, or drop your payment at the payment drop box on the side of City Hall. You may email Tamara Newkirt at TNewkirt@cityofpowdersprings.org or Kelly Axt at KAxt@cityofpowdersprings.org, or call 770-943-8001, ext 312. They can assist you with credit card payments over the phone.
Tax Payments: Customers may pay online from the homepage, by mail or drop your payment at the payment drop box on the side of City Hall. Questions regarding tax payment or accounts payable may be directed to the Finance Director at JCamburn@cityofpowdersprings.org.
Permits|Licenses|Zoning Applications: Applications are found on our website at www.cityofpowdersprings.org on the Community Development page. You may submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it in the mail drop box at City Hall at the side entrance. Someone from Community development will contact you regarding your application. You may submit your fees for the application in the mail drop box at City Hall at the side entrance or call Tina Garver at 770-943-8001, ext 361. She can assist you with credit card payments over the phone.
Rentals: If you have questions about rentals or access to city amenities such as the Senior Center, the Museum, Ford Center, Theater or city park facilities, please contact Parks Director Jeff Crowder at 770-8001, ext. 305, or JCrowder@cityofpowdersprings.org.
Code Compliance: Code compliance will continue by the code officers during the limited closure. You may submit a code complaint online at www.cityofpowdersprings.org.
Construction Inspections will continue each week and following a rain event.
Building Inspection: Please call our Building Official to schedule an inspection at 770- 914-2377.
Silver Comet Linear Park concessions, basketball and restrooms will remain closed at this time.
Questions about this limited closure and city services may be directed to City Manager Pam Conner at PConner@cityofpowdersprings.org, or you may visit our website at www.cityofpowdersprings.org or call 770-943-1666.
Feb. 4, 2021
Financial relief community resources related to COVID-19 available
As our city continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, there are many financial relief community resources available: rental assistance, mortgage payment assistance, senior assistance and employment assistance.
Cobb County has developed a simple guide to help inform you on the resources available and how to access them. To view the COVID-19 Financial Relief Community Resources guide, follow this link: https://mcusercontent.com/19c85519b5a11a3765e4d402c/files/2ea6fc08-6253-4b3d-9213-89f3cb405b00/CommResourceFlyer_Jan252021.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2PnhsOiRTHqWdHxerOXL2HZOflidWs5kzwt6SFWFLqxineV4CGCv6yCOY
Dec. 29, 2020
FoodFinder is a food pantry locator that shows when and where free food is available in your area. Cobb County School District is promoting FoodFinder as a handy tool to connect Cobb families in need with food and additional resources. The map on the app's home page is a map of food pantries and school meal locations.
Here are some additional useful links:
Rental Assistance Resources
|Catholic Charities Atlanta||404-920-7725|
|The Center for Family Resources||770-428-2601|
|Cobb Senior Services||770-528-5364|
|Communities in Schools||678-503-0901|
|Family Life Restoration||770-944-1066|
|Habitat for Humanity (DPA only)||770-432-7954|
|Latin American Association||404-638-1800|
|Providence Community Baptist Church||770-427-3565|
|Traveler's Aid of Metro Atlanta||770-428-1883|
|Zion Baptist Church||770-427-8749|
Originally published Nov. 18, 2020
City offices to be closed to the public starting Nov. 23
To protect public health, City of Powder Springs offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23, though staff members who directly serve citizen needs will remain available to the public via phone and email from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. City contact information and updates can be found at cityofpowdersprings.org.
The suspension of in-person city services is being done as cases of COVID-19 continue to trend upward toward levels seen this summer, with the potential for greater increases as we enter the winter months.
City personnel with jobs that must be done in person (Police, Sanitation, Stormwater and others) will continue to report to work and fulfill required in-person duties as per usual, following all best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, and other health organizations.
The City of Powder Springs encourages all citizens to continue to follow guidelines from these organizations, and to be mindful of them during the holiday season. Though many individuals may experience mild to no symptoms from the highly contagious virus, it could have more serious consequences, including death, to others with underlying medical conditions or of advanced age.
Family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers or other others could face serious conditions if the spread of COVID-19 reaches them.
Increases of COVID-19 cases also put a load on medical personnel, which may delay those needing care for other conditions.
The aforementioned changes to city operations, and any potential future changes, are being made with the public’s health in mind, as well as the wellbeing of city staff, their family members and others. We ask that our residents keep this in mind as these operational changes are put in place.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
We have organized the information you may be seeking in these categories:
- COVID-19 NEWS AND INFORMATION
- COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- COVID-19 RELIEF RESOURCES
- COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES
Scroll down for more information in these areas.
- Stay healthy, happy, and virtually connected (added Nov. 30, 2020)
- Should I wear a mask or face covering when I go out in public?
- Coronavirus Rumor Control
- Beware of Scams
- Stop the Spread of Coronavirus and Other Illnesses
- COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
- More Resources
- What stores have the supplies I need? (Paper goods, disinfectants, bread, produce, meat, etc.)
- MUST Ministries, Cobb Schools offer food opportunities for families
- Assistance for Job Seekers
- Georgia Department of Labor Updates
- Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Nonprofits
- Free course on COVID-19 contact tracing
- Vehicle cleaning & disinfecting guidance for COVID-19
- Locate Local Food Pantries with FoodFinder (added Dec. 29, 2020)
- Drug or alcohol addiction: Links and resources (Updated Oct. 13)
- Cobb County COVID Assistance Center
- YMCA of Metro Atlanta helping with hunger relief, childcare for first responders
- MUST Ministries, Cobb Schools offer food opportunities for families
- Groceries for low-income families
- Meals on Wheels in Cobb County
- Emotional support resources