Since 1987, Community Assistance Center (CAC) has played a vital human services role in the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody by preventing hunger and homelessness. We help families who face financial hardships due to job loss, medical crisis, family separation and more by providing assistance with the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter in the form of rent assistance. CAC has helped more than 10,000 people during the pandemic.
Hunger is a daily struggle for many families in our community where one in five children are food insecure. We provide food to approximately 550 households a month. Of the 6,500 individuals we help annually, 38 percent are children aged newborn to 19 years. Youth are vulnerable when their parents face financial difficulties. CAC supports their needs with Holiday Gifts, Coats for the Winter, School Supplies, Summer Lunches and more.
CAC helps about 700 households each year prevent eviction with emergency financial assistance for rent or utilities. Since the pandemic, we have provided more than $2.7M in rent assistance which help families maintain their households. Each eviction prevented brings hope and the opportunity to regain stability for the family and contributes to a stronger, more stable community.
For anyone facing a crisis, knowing where to find help is often the biggest hurdle. We understand the challenges families face due to a sudden financial hardship and/or in making ends meet on low incomes. CAC is first point of contact for Sandy Springs and Dunwoody residents in need as we provide resources and referrals to solve their problems, help stabilize the family, and work with adults to chart a course towards greater financial independence for their future with our Adult Education and Career Center Program.