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Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Assistance

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Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Assistance

BCM’s financial assistance ministry is dedicated to forestalling eviction and utility shut-offs by providing one-time financial assistance to individuals and families experiencing a crisis such as illness, death in the family, divorce, or job setback. BCM will pay a portion of rent, mortgage, or utility bills in order to help our clients maintain stable housing. Financial assistance is available to families once in a 12-month period, and no more than twice in five years.

Please submit an online application to make an appointment for an interview for financial assistance.
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Eligibility for financial assistance:

  • A current lease or mortgage in client’s name. Client must have resided and paid rent or mortgage at that address for a minimum of three full months.
  • Must be employed within the past 12 months or be unable to work due to age or disability.
  • Must have a documented emergency within the past 12 months, including but not limited to:
    • Illness or death in the family
    • Loss of job
    • Reduction in work hours or pay
    • Unexpected expenses (major car repairs, house repairs)

For more information, email [email protected]

Supportive Housing

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Supportive Housing

Through the Foundation 3 program, BCM helps working families that are experiencing or are on the brink of homelessness establish a solid financial foundation. The program targets three essential areas: safe housing, stable employment, and education. While enrolled in the program, participants receive financial assistance for rent and utilities for 12 months. Participants are required to attend weekly case management, which include career-based education, and employment services, among other case specific supports.

To be eligible for participation in the Foundation 3 program, families must be experiencing homelessness or on the brink of homelessness and must be a parent or guardian of at least one minor child, must be employed full-time.

Homeless or on the brink of homelessness includes:

  • Lack of a fixed, regular, and adequate overnight residence, which can include living at a location not intended for human habitation
  • Imminent risk of losing housing
  • Currently fleeing or attempting to flee domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening situations
  • Lack of reliable housing, such as staying with friends or family or living in a motel
  • Frequent moves or history of eviction
  • Periodic episodes of homelessness

For more information, email [email protected]

Financial Education

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Financial Education

Budget for Life™ is a 12-month program, which includes 22-weeks of financial education for working individuals and families. The program focuses on helping participants build the skills, knowledge, and habits to become financially stable and make better financial decisions. Participants are required to attend weekly meetings in either a one-on-one financial coaching session or a group setting.

Thank you for your interest in The Budget for Life program. The program’s session begun January 2021, and new applications are not available at this time. Please visit the BCM website in September 2021 to apply for the 2022 Budget for Life session.

Candidates interested in applying for the Budget for Life™ program must meet the following guidelines:

  • Have a lease or mortgage in their name
  • Live in Metro Atlanta
  • Have at least one adult in the household who is working full time; in addition, all adults in the household must be willing to fully participate in the program
  • Earn a household income at or below 200% of the poverty level

For more information, email [email protected]