The American Red Cross Mississippi Gulf Coat Chapter, located at 2782 Fernwood Road in Biloxi, administers two programs that can assist people with their utility bills. However individuals should call Catholic Charities at 1-855-847-0555 for more details or applications. The programs are paid for by donations from Mississippi Power and Coast Electric customers who are trying to help their neighbors. Mississippi Power has the Share Project and Coast Electric has a program called Share My Blessing, and the Red Cross partners with both of these groups to provide aid.
To be eligible for assistance, applicants need to be experiencing an emergency or crisis situation, such as an unexpected medical or hospital bill, they need to be 62 or older, or they must be disabled. However, the American Red Cross will also consider other applications and situations on a case by case basis, and other people may still be able to receive aid. Also, if you are struggling with a medical or hospital bill, find ways to get assistance with hospital bills.
For example, they have provided funds if a family member is in the military and deployed, or if someone had to travel to an out of town location to address a family medical emergency. Note that just being unemployed isn't in itself necessarily considered an emergency situation, however the group has helped people in some situations when people have found themselves out of work.
How much can you receive? The Red Cross and its partners such as Catholic Charities can pay up to $100 for Mississippi Power bills and up to $50 on Coast Electric bills.
Even if the Red Cross can’t help you in your situation, other groups, like the Salvation Army, may be able to aid you. You are never limited to just one agency or charity. Some people may be able to go to the red Cross and get $100, and then apply at another charity organization or agency and get $50 more.
Currently, the Red Cross of Biloxi and Gulfport helps about 100 people per month, and you can only receive aid once per year. Dial 1-855-847-0555 for more information.
While funding is always limited, several other resources and assistance programs are available. The non-profits listed below may have cash assistance and grants they can offer individuals (or help them apply to) or the agencies can refer people to other local services, such as federal government and state of Mississippi assistance programs. For example, click here for more on state public assistance.
Biloxi Saint Vincent De Paul is a leading non-profit agency. Apply for assistance, including free food, clothing, as well as partial payments on utility bills as well as prescription medications and medical bills. From time to time funds maybe available for rent too. Several other churches in Harrison County also work with the non-profit charity group. Additional services include free food, housing, and shelter. Address is 314 Jim Money Road, Biloxi, MS 39531, phone number (228) 388-1837. Or get additional details on St. Vincent assistance programs Harrison County.
Catholic Social and Community Services of Biloxi Mississippi. An on site food bank is offered by this non-profit organization who feed the needy. In addition, the Morning Star program is for pregnant women or women who have newborns or children 3 years of age and younger. Qualified women will receive baby food, formula, diapers and baby goods. Women with young kids may also qualify for financial help for bills.
Several other programs are available in the region as well. A pantry, known as Twelve Baskets, can provide free groceries. Some financial aid may be administered. Other resources are available for immigrants in southern Mississippi. Stop by 2204 24th Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39532, or call (228) 863-0429. Read Catholic Charities Harrison County assistance programs.
The Harrison County is supported by the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency. This non-profit agency provides basic needs and emergency assistance for those who qualify. The non-profit can offer case management, social services, free HUD foreclosure counseling, information and referral, low income energy assistance (LIHEAP), weatherization program, and also Headstart. 500 24th Street, Gulfport, Mississippi 39507, main phone number for service is (888) 603-4222. Read more on programs from Gulf Coast Community Action Agency.
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society offers emergency food assistance and groceries for people who are in need of food. 5301 Snead Street, Building 30 Suite 103, Gulfport, Mississippi 39501, telephone (228) 871-2610
Salvation Army - Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command / Gulfport is one of the leading, most comprehensive social service agencies in the region. It offers programs for the economically disadvantaged as well as the homeless. Services include, but are not limited to, low income energy assistance (LIHEAP), free HUD counseling, weatherization program, Headstart, case management and information and referral. Stop by 2019 22nd Street, Gulfport, Mississippi 39501, or call (228) 868-1188. Click here for additional information on their programs.
Harrison County Clothing Closets - Several centers are located across the state and county, including in Gulfport. While resources are limited, when available they can distribute free clothing items (such as shoes and coats) and other household goods. Some may offer free Christmas gifts and toys to children around the holidays. Or get information on thrift stores and other discount centers in the region. Read Mississippi clothing closets.
Division of Economic Assistance and Harrison County Human Services administers several government assistance programs. The focus is on assisting the working poor, senior citizens, disabled, and low income. The state of Mississippi uses federal government funds to administer programs such as SNAP food stamps and cash assistance from TANF. Other resources, such as Medicaid or section 8 housing, are offered as well. Any recipient of this public aid is required to attend job training, find employment, and gain self-sufficiency. Contact a case manager to learn more, to apply, and get referrals. Click public assistance in Harrison County.
Housing and rent programs can both prevent an eviction by offering one time rent help, or there is also rehousing. Harrison County agencies can provide a grant for a security deposit or help a family find a permanent home to live in. Other services range from non-profit loans for paying a portion of back rent to section 8 vouchers or free legal support. Find help with rent in Harrison County.
Back Bay Mission provides support on the gulf coast of Mississippi. Clients live in Biloxi, Gulfport, and other parts of Harrison County. The EA - Emergency Assistance program and other support may be as follows.
The agencies, churches, and charities listed below will rarely, if ever, have financial assistance. Most of the services they provide are non-financial, and can include food, government aid, clothing, holiday meals, and more.
Saint Vincent De Paul – Biloxi is a leading charity/social service organization. Call (228) 388-1837
Bay Vista Baptist Church - Food, clothing, household items, and other aid is offered. Phone (228) 388-1166
Some of the main non-profit centers for free food are noted above, however we do have additional Harrison Mississippi pantries listed. They may not only offer groceries, but other assistance such as holiday meals SNAP food stamps, free baby formula and more may be provided. Click here for additional food pantry locations.
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