When The Going Gets Hard, Every Little Bit Counts

Plumbing headaches, everyone gets them at some point. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a clogged up toilet. Worst part is, they always come at the worst possible times. Thankfully for most of us calling a plumber and dealing with the bill associated with it is not usually a problem. For some, however, being out the money to fix these issues is a strain that seriously affects their lives, with some people not even being able to afford to call a plumber to fix the issue in the first place and having to deal with them at a cost to their quality of life. Thankfully, two grants awarded to two different organizations in the Atlanta area are hoping to help those less fortunate, to deal when plumbing disaster happens.

Low- to moderate-income residents in the Atlanta Area will now have these plumbing services available to them. Two grants totaling $2.15 will be awarded to Nehemiah Project Community Development Inc. and Southface Energy Institute two organizations in Atlanta aiming to help the less fortunate through these types of home repair services. The repairs will allow the city to benefit widely by alleviating the burden of outstanding debt likely to not be repaid, as well as promoting best use of water resource practices.

Atlanta’s City Council approved the grant agreements with the two community outreach programs during a meeting. The two organizations will conduct all the repairs and no cost. Aside from free plumbing services, they will also provide aid with bill payment assistance, and water usage education, to allow households to use their resources more efficiently. These services aim to target citizens of the city who are elderly, disabled, or just fallen on hard times in order to lighten the long term burden that comes with letting these issues go.

Care and Conserve is the program funding the two grants, which is part of the city’s water and sewer bill assistance program. The program’s funding itself comes through local water and sewage revenue funds that the Department of Watershed Management controls. Their efforts help keep water bills low and strain on the city’s water system under control. Nehemiah Project Community Development, Inc. and Southface Energy Institute will receive $1.2 million and $950,000, respectively.

Although not all grants can be dispersed directly to the public, a lot of the money being granted does help organizations fulfill different needs that people looking for assistance can take advantage of to benefit them or family members’ lives. Nonprofits can search for grants to help their cause on GrantWatch as well.