Thousands of needy Bibb County residents could apply for stimulus money during four information sessions today.
The sessions begin at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Wilson Convention Center in Macon.
Robert Welsh, director of stimulus and accountability for the Georgia Department of Human Services, said as many as 2,000 people may show up.
Welsh said the programs are identical, so people don’t need to stack up for the first workshop.
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“We staggered the sessions so we can avoid bottlenecks,” he said.
Officials will offer information and take applications for three programs, which are only open to parents of children 18 years old or younger, he said.
The Fresh Start program offers emergency help in paying utility bills, rent or mortgages. Jobs for Georgians offers subsidized employment programs. And another program offers job training and support for noncustodial parents, which can enable them to pay child support.
A comparable workshop last month was held at the Department of Family and Children Services, where about 300 people out of as many as 2,000 got to hear a presentation, said Bibb County DFACS Director Marjorie Almand. The rest were turned away because of fire codes.
The program at DFACS was initially planned for the Coliseum, but that was changed after a program in Savannah drew about 100 people, she said.
“It wasn’t really anyone’s fault,” Almand said. “It was just not knowing how many would come.”
For more information on the programs, go online to stimulus.dhs.georgia.gov. For information on Fresh Start, call 211. For information on the child support and Jobs for Georgians programs, call (866) 371-8222.