Thousands of people in Alabama and Cullman County are struggling in the weak economy. Below you will find information on where to turn to for help with such expenses as utility bills, rent, free food, debt and foreclosure counseling, and other support services.
This community center provides assistance to qualified individuals with paying utility bills up to one time in a 12 month period. They also other other assistance programs, such as rent help (maximum of one time in a 12 month period), prescription medicine ($50 yearly maximum), free food every 60 days, gasoline and vouchers ($15, limit $30 each year) for out of town medical appointments, new and/or gently used clothing (one time in a 30 day period), Thanksgiving meal, Christmas assistance, back to school supplies, and even such support as a Prom Dress. Call (256) 737-7757 to reach Caring Center - Northbrook Baptist.
Another partnership of local churches and aid organizations that provides funding for paying utilities and cooling bills, rent assistance and prescription medicine. Dial (256) 739-1578 to reach the Committee on Church Cooperation.
This agency also offers utility bill assistance, groceries and free food, travelers assistance, and other forms of support and counseling. St. Vincent Depaul - (256) 737-5131.
Operates an on site food pantry, and they will also occasionally provide emergency assistance for utilities and cooling bills. (256) 734-5632.
This non-profit acts as an advocate of the working poor and low income. Counselors are involved in working with public and private organizations, the state of Alabama government, city and county governments, and individuals and private donors who are concerned about eradicating poverty. Some of the financial assistance provided includes emergency energy bill assistance, emergency cooling assistance, rent assistance, and Home Energy Program (LIHEAP). In addition, they can refer people to programs that can help people get out of debt, and offer foreclosure prevention tactics. (256) 734-5170
Contact any of the following for free food.
Churches in the area can also cover part of Cullman County Alabama. The resources available at each location will vary, however they will not discriminate based on age, race, or religion. Some centers address housing (such as shelters or security deposit help), others offer hot meals, items such as diapers, and support for immigrants or low income senior citizens. Lastly, churches also often help at the holidays, including Christmas. Click more information.
The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc. runs various assistance programs. Some of them include: Phone (256) 355-7953.
FEMA – Emergency Food & Shelter - This program can provide mortgage, foreclosure, and rent assistance to individuals who at risk of becoming homeless because of a mortgage foreclosure or eviction notice. Food and utility assistance is also offered.
Utility and energy assistance - Various programs for helping people pay energy bills are offered. Options include Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Operation Warm, and Operation Share.
Beltline Church also can help the less fortunate in Cullman from their Benevolence Department. Volunteers and charities donate funds, and the money can be used for some or all of the following.
Depending on many factors, Beltline Church may issue the applicant a no interest loan, or some form of grant will be used instead. For appointments, the line of 566-6221 is available on Wednesday morning.
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