Jesse for Athens

COVID-19 Resources & Information

General Information and Resources for the Athens Community

Including updates on statistics, local and federal assistance, and countywide mutual aid efforts

ACC Local Government Updates
Regular updates from the local government on policies and resources.
They will also compile information here to understand and access aid from the state and federal government.

Athens Mutual Aid Network
Community-run crowdsourced page with many resources including hotline for relief.

Hotline: 844-423-6886 and press “1” or visit

Financial Aid Resources

For those in need of help or able to donate

Garrie Vereen Emergency Relief Fund
Managed by Nuçi’s Space
Link to apply for help or to donate.

Facebook Link for Garrie Vereen Emergency Relief Fund

Support for Immigrant Families in Crisis (SIFIC)
Managed by Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition
All funds donated to SIFIC go directly and entirely to families in need.

The Ark
Athens-based organization offering direct financial assistance with rent, utilities, etc.

Give Directly
Give Directly has been doing amazing work for a long time internationally. Now they’re using their proven-effective skills in direct-aid distribution to address the COVID-19 crisis and help those most in need in the United States as well as abroad. If you have stimulus money to share, or any amount to spare now or later, please join me in donating to Give Directly as well as the organizations listed above.

Mental Health Resources

These are difficult times for everyone and you are not alone.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, please reach out to these organizations for help.

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
COVID-19 Emotional Support Line: 1-866-399-8938

Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL)
Our main recommendation for crisis intervention services by telephone. They can dispatch mobile crisis teams (social workers, not police) who can arrive on site. They generally will be coming from Atlanta, so expect 1-2 hours before arrival. If super-urgent, call 911. This will involve police; you can request their specially trained team by:

  • describing situation as a “mental health emergency” and
  • requesting they dispatch a “Crisis Intervention Response Unit.”
Advantage Behavioral Health
240 Mitchell Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606
(706) 389-6767
24/7 behavioral health crisis center with 30-bed inpatient unit.

Nuçi’s Space
While the space is closed, Nuçi’s Space remains available by phone Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm. Appointments can also be made to meet with Lesley Cobbs, their counseling advocate, by phone or Zoom.