Tens of thousands of Bibb County residents may get a share of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money to help pay past-due bills, hire employees or pay child care costs, Department of Family and Children Services Director Marjorie Almand said Wednesday.
“We really feel that at least 25 to 30 percent of Bibb County should be eligible,” Almand said.
That would could affect about 39,000 to 47,000 people.
Almand she said millions of dollars are available, likely enough to cover anyone who qualifies and applies for help.
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The stimulus money covers an unusual variety of services, from help for people about to get evicted to job training for non-custodial parents.
One program also will cover 80 percent of the costs of businesses hiring new staff, she said.
Programs vary in eligibility, though at least some cover incomes up to three times the federal poverty rate.
Almand said people or programs seeking stimulus money should come to a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the DFACS office, 456 Oglethorpe St., Macon.
People also can apply there for other programs such as Meals on Wheels or food stamps.
Almand said Bibb County is a relatively poor urban area, and people are suffering.
“There’s many needs out there. People are losing their homes,” she said.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.