Head Start

The Head Start Program provides professional comprehensive quality services to preschool children, families, staff and communities. CSRA EOA Inc. currently has Head Start programs in Bulloch, Columbia, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven and Warren Counties.

For more information, please visit the EOA HEAD Start Website or call 706-722-0493.

Click the link below to see required documents for Head Start Application
What To Bring With Application

Click the links below for all other Head Start Documents
All School Listings for Head Start
Early Head Start Application

Updated Application Checklist
Head Start Application
Head Start Brochure
Spanish Head Start Application


The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides free energy conservation measures to income eligible households. Since its inception in 1976, more than 5.5 million households have experienced energy-efficiency, financial and health and safety gains through the Program. The Program specifically focuses on assisting low-income people – income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty income guideline level. Preference is given to the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children.

For more information about the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact Keesha Johnson at 706-945-1616 or


Energy Assistance

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their energy bills. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By doing so, you can reduce risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire or eviction). The federal government does not provide energy assistance directly to the republic. Instead, LIHEAP operates in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and the U.S. territories.

*Note: The availability of the LIHEAP assistance is not guaranteed. Often most of the Federal LIHEAP funds are spent during the winter.

For more information about the LIHEAP program, please contact our EAP Office at 706-724-0701.

The Marion Barnes Resource Center for the Homeless

CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority (EOA), in partnership with Augusta Housing and Community Development and the local Continuum of Care for the Homeless, receives funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide a Centralized Intake & Assessment facility for residents of Augusta-Richmond County who experience housing instability and find themselves in need of service. The Marion Barnes Resource Center for the Homeless provides a single, centralized point of access for community members, Partner Agencies and interested volunteers to coordinate the efforts to address homelessness and housing instability in the local community. The main goal of The Marion Barnes Resource Center for the Homeless is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the community’s crisis intervention strategy and response capacity for persons experiencing homelessness as well as persons at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

For more information on The Marion Barnes Resource Center for the Homeless, please contact our Marion Barnes office at 706-724-8588.
Local Shelters in the Area
Definition of the Homelessness by the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Neighborhood Service Center

CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc’s Neighborhood Service Centers(NSCs) provide emergency assistance to meet urgent needs of low-income individuals and families, including food, eviction prevention, utility assistance, rental assistance, prescription assistance, rapid rehousing, landlord mediation, personal care items, and resource locating/referrals. Staff members coordinate and establish to social programs to assure effective delivery of services for the low-income population.

Some services are only offered when funds or items are available. Some services may not be available in all areas.
Neighbordhood Service Centers Brochure
Neighborhood Service Centers

The “Way Home” Program

A matched savings program for first-time home-buyers in Burke, Columbia, Richmond, McDuffe, Warren and Wilkes counties. Eligible participants attend Home Buyer Education and Home Maintenance Training while earning a $2 match for every earned $1 saved toward down payment and closing costs.

For more information about the “Way Home” Program, contact Christel Jiles 706-922-8353 or
The Way Home Program brochure

Home Ownership Planning Education (HOPE)

1.) Home Buyer Education Workshops and One-on-One Pre-Purchase Counseling are designed to educate families about the process of buying a home. Workshops are 6-8 hours each and are available in our 13-county services area. Local speakers, such as bankers, real estate agents, and EOA staff present information on budgeting and money management, credit reports, the mortgage loan process, first time buyer programs, and responsibilities of home ownership. Participants receive a certificate of completion that meets the home buyer education requirements of DCA and HUD. Participants requesting individualized assistance receive one-on-one pre-purchase counseling sessions as a follow up to the group workshops.

2.) Foreclosure Intervention Counseling is designed to assist homeowners in danger of foreclosure due to delinquent mortgage payments. In one-on-one sessions, counselors explore the reasons for defaults, verify arrears, conduct a budget analysis with the homeowner, and serve as a liaison between the homeowner, their mortgage company and their loan servicer in attempt to resolve the delinquency. Assistance in applying for workout options (such as loan modifications) and financial assistance through programs such as HomeSafe Georgia is also provided.

3.) Financial Literacy/Budgeting/Credit Counseling includes educational workshops, individual computer curriculum, and 1:1 budget counseling to assist persons in becoming more aware of financial matters, decreasing the likelihood of predatory lending and identity theft, and improving the participant’s ability to manage resources to increase self-sufficiency.

For more information or to participate in any of the HOPE Programs, please contact Christel Jiles at 706-922-8353 or
First Time Buyers Education Class
Brochure About Buying a House for the First Time

Foreclosure Prevention

Foreclosure continues to plague homeowners all over the country and the 13 counties we serve have not been immune.

The Foreclosure Prevention Program assists homeowners in working with their lender for workout options due to delinquent payments. A trained counselor assists the homeowner in gathering all pertinent information required by the lender for most workout options. Workout options include loan modification, repayment plan, special forbearance, short sale, and deed-in-lieu. While the process of achieving a solution can take quite some time, our foreclosure counselors have been very successful in helping homeowners keep the dream of home-ownership alive.

For more information about how CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. Foreclosure Prevention program can help, please contact Christel Jiles at 706-922-8353 or
Prevention Closure Brochure

Veteran Services

The mission of the Supportive Services for Veteran families (SSVF) Program is to provide supportive services and limited financial assistance to very low income veteran families.

  • All clients served must be residents of the following counties: Burke, COlumbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffe,, Richmond and Warren.
  • Clients must be in jeopardy of losing their housing or currently homeless to receive this assistance or in need of assistance in applying for Va benefits and services or mainstream benefits.
  • Clients must be at or below 50% of Area Median Income(AMI) and able to maintain stabilization of the household after receiving SSVF assistance.
  • All clients served must have an honorable discharge status verified by the V.A.

For more information, please contact Deborah Jones at 706-364-6548 or