July 19, 2018 - Sandy Springs, Ga: The Community Assistance Center thrift store and food pantry Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Sandy Springs, Ga. The CAC food pantry just recently moved to this location on Roswell Road. This is scheduled to run in the 2018 September issue of Living Northside. (JASON GETZ/SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
Photo: Jason Getz
Photo: Jason Getz

Sandy Springs allocates $100,000 in pandemic assistance funds

The Community Assistance Center is set to receive $100,000 from Sandy Springs to help residents in financial need because of the pandemic. The funds are part of a $384,000 grant to the city of Sandy Springs from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the CARES Act. 

The center has helped clients with food and up to one month of rent payments during the public health emergency. Executive Director Tamara Carrera said the nonprofit has spent more than $400,000 helping families during the crisis and more than 40 percent of the clients are new.

“We are nowhere near where we need to be, to be able to help the families that are coming to us,” she added. 

The charity will receive the grant funds as reimbursements of what it provides to clients. The center must turn in monthly reports listing client names and payment amounts, Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert said.

Sandy Springs City Council approved the funds during a Tuesday meeting. The remaining HUD grant funds will be allotted to nonprofit organizations assisting clients affected by the pandemic. The Community Assistance Center can submit a request for those funds as well, Tolbert said.

City Council plans to vote on where the balance of the funds will go during their June 16 meeting.

Visit the CAC website for information on how to receive assistance.  

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