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The Eviction Prevention Initiative (EPI) is a rental and utility assistance program offered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Atlanta Legal Aid may be able to assist you through the application process if you live in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, or Gwinnett counties.


The waitlist for this program is currently closed.

Please monitor this page for information regarding when the waitlist will reopen. There is a high demand for this program and applications are being processed as quickly as possible. EPI is handled by a central unit, so please do not call your county Atlanta Legal Aid office about the waitlist. They will not be able to assist you.


  • You must be eligible for Atlanta Legal Aid assistance to apply for this program. Eligibility is determined by completing the intake process.


  • You must be experiencing housing instability and have experienced hardship since March 2020 to qualify for this program.


  • The timeframe for addressing your rental assistance request is based on the status of your housing situation, the type of housing you live in  (public housing, housing choice voucher, private landlord) and other factors.


  • Atlanta Legal Aid may be able to assist you with applying for the program. All decisions regarding approval, denial, and payment amounts are determined by DCA. Atlanta Legal Aid cannot guarantee that you will receive rental assistance from DCA.


  • This program cannot cover court costs or large late fees.


To process your application, we will need the following documents.  Please gather these documents now, but do not send them until we request them.

Valid Photo ID

Full Lease

Proof of Income

Within the last 60 days or 2023 annual income

Proof of Housing Instability

Late notice from your landlord or eviction notice

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