Many of these resources provide services only in the northeast Georgia area. If you need referrals for other areas, please contact us.

Project Safe

  • A non-profit organization that seeks to end domestic violence
  • Provides a wide range of support resources: advocacy; safe shelters; financial support; community.
  • Primary service areas are Madison County, Oconee County, Athens-Clarke County, and Oglethorpe County. 

24 Hour Hotline: 706-543-3331

Teen Textline: 706-765-8019

Outreach / Family Protection Center: 706-613-3357


The Cottage

  • Helps individuals and families work towards healing affected by sexual abuse and child abuse
  • Operates a 24/7 crisis hotline
  • Provides training, intervention and prevention education to local communities
  • Serves Athens-Clarke, Oconee, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties

24 hour crisis hotline: 1-877-363-1912 (706-353-1912 for local callers)


SANE, Inc.

  • Athens-Clarke County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program
  • Provides victim forensic examinations and evidence collection
  • Educates the community and victims about rape, sexual and physical assault

Phone: 706-613-3808


Mercy Health Center

  • A faith based health resource center
  • Provides free medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, social services and health education to low income individuals in Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe and Oconee counties

Address: 700 Oglethorpe Ave, Suite C7, Athens, GA

Phone: 706-425-9445


Department of Family and Children Services [DFCS] (Athens-Clarke County Office)

  • Support services and programs for families in need
  • Child abuse and neglect investigations
  • After School Programs; Emergency Food Assistance; Foster Care; Health Education; Medicaid

Address: 284 North Avenue, Athens, GA

Athens-Clarke County Office Phone: 706-227-7021


Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

  • Treatment and recovery support for individuals and families experiencing behavioral health challenges, intellectual / developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases
  • Services include: Crisis Services; Supported Employment; Counseling / Therapy; Homeless Services; Substance Abuse Treatment; Youth Clubhouse

Address: 240 Mitchell Bridge Rd., Athens, GA 30606

Phone: 855-333-9544 or 706-389-6767

Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line: 866-399-8938


Clarke County Health Department

  • Free and low-cost services for community members to promote healthy lifestyles
  • Services include: Birth Control and Family Planning; HIV / AIDS; STIs; High Blood Pressure; Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings; Immunizations; Nutrition Programs
  • Request Vital Records

Address: 345 North Harris Street, Athens, 30601

Phone: 706-389-6921

WIC office: 645 Meigs Street, Athens, 30601

Phone: 706-369-5816


The Network/ La Red

  • 24-hour hotline provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender (LGBTQ+) survivors of partner abuse

Phone: 617-742-4911 | Phone (toll-free): 800-832-1901



  • VINE is a victim notification network. Survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens can use VINE to access timely and reliable information about offenders in the Athens-Clarke County Jail.
  • Register to receive automated notifications via email, text, or phone call, or check custody status information online at any time.


Family Counseling Services

  • Services include individual, marriage, and family counseling and a number of special programs addressing such concerns as youth alcohol and drug abuse, children’s adjustment to divorce, anger management. Agency staff include social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and certified addiction counselors.
  • They offer a reduced or “sliding” fee scale for clients without insurance benefits.

Address: 1435 Oglethorpe Ave, Athens, GA 30606

Phone: 706-549-7755 


Athens Housing Authority

  • The Athens Housing Authority (AHA) offers an affordable housing option for low- income families through its public housing program.  The AHA cannot provide emergency housing, nor does the AHA administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.
  • For information on the Section 8 Voucher program, please contact the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) at (770) 806-5050.
  • Apply for Athens Housing Authority housing here:  Application Portal 

Address: 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens, GA

Phone: 706-425-5300


Child Support Services

  • If you live in Georgia, have legal custody of a child, and need help receiving child support payments, you may apply for services.
  • Anyone who receives help from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program or receives certain Medicaid benefits can get help from Child Support Services without having to apply.
  • All others must complete an application form and pay a fee of $25.
  • Apply for services here: 

Address: 850 Hawthorne Avenue, Athens, GA 30604-6257

Phone: 1-844-MYGADHS (1-844-694-2347)