The North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council is an administrative agency of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and was created to partner with and support churches and other organizations who are ministering to those experiencing poverty and homelessness.
The Council awards grants to churches and non-profits that provide housing, food pantries, rental and utility assistance, clothing closets, and other services to our neighbors in need.
Rev. Laura Rappold is a Deacon in Full Connection the North Georgia Conference. She has served as the Director of the Housing and Homeless Council since July of 2015. Laura is passionate about addressing the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty, and loves partnering with congregations and other ministries to work towards solutions for ending homelessness.
The Homeless Offering
Funding for the grants comes from the Homeless Offering, usually received in United Methodist Churches the fourth Sunday in February as designated by the North Georgia Conference. Congregations are welcome to receive the offering on any Sunday that works for their particular calendar. Any other donations given to the Housing and Homeless Council, including proceeds from the pin sales, also go to support the grant funding.
The Council is made up of clergy and lay representatives from each of the 12 districts of the North Georgia Conference, plus up to 12 at-large members. These members are volunteers, approved by the Annual Conference. They give generously of their time, energy, skills, knowledge, and resources.