When facing an eviction, several programs and non-profits in Mississippi can provide emergency funds to pay rent or a security deposit. Most of the resources are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD as part of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). The money is used to assist residents who are at-risk of homelessness. In addition, ESG grants can be used for rehousing, and this involves getting the currently homeless person back into affordable, low income housing.
For tenants that have an imminent eviction notice, the state would rather try to help them remain housed. So there can be emergency one time financial assistance to pay a portion of rent. However this is very limited. Much more likely will be either case management, legal aid, or referrals that are offered. The bottom line is that the organizations would rather pro-actively prevent homelessness in the first place.
Referrals are a key service. Staff link clients with other community services, such as education, employment assistance, job training, child care, physical, mental, and/or chemical health services. Clients with an eviction may also qualified for transportation assistance, landlord mediation and also free legal services.
Assistance for the currently homeless is offered as part of Rapid Re-Housing. This will help individuals and families access affordable, permanent housing. The goal is to have this done as quickly as possible. As this process occurs, case management services from the agencies in Mississippi will provide clients with services and guidance to help them maintain stable housing.
Any support is only for very low income families. The Rapid Re-Housing Program provides short-term utility bill and rental assistance. They will also be able to enroll into job training, budgeting, and other case management workshops. In many cases, the support is provided to families that are first-time homeless families but have just hit a one time crisis. Many of the clients of the program also have a strong employment history.
The agencies may have staff that can work with individuals on locating safe and affordable housing or apartments. There may be funds as part of the ESG grant programs for paying application and or security deposits.
In addition to above, rapid Rehousing payments in Mississippi may include first month's rent, storage fees to assist the household with moving into the new unit or furniture/moving assistance. Staff will work with families after they move into the home as well on stability.
Some tenants may be placed in an apartment in which government funds will subsidize their rent, either one-time, or for so called medium terms. The level of any subsidy or voucher will vary by town and county. In some cases, a loan will be issued to pay for their housing costs or rent. Also, in general the tenant will need to also pay a portion of their income towards their monthly rent.
Other Components of Rapid Re-Housing in Mississippi include some or all of the following. Short term, free Motel and Hotel Vouchers are offered for the homeless. The Housing Relocation/Stabilization Services will incorporate Housing Search and placement, Outreach and Engagement, and Legal Services.
Mississippi veterans can turn to Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) for rental or eviction assistance. It works to offer them housing stability as they transitioning to permanent housing. There is extensive support offered to them, including assistance obtaining government benefits and needed services within the community. Case management as well as financial assistance that is necessary to stabilize housing are also both available.
Some of the leading organization to contact are below. More details on Emergency Solutions Grants can be obtained by calling (601) 960.0557.
Counties of Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Clarke, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Scott, and Winston. They focus on the East Central portion of the state.
Care Lodge Domestic Violence
Meridian, MS 39302
For information on housing programs, dial (601) 482-8719
Central Mississippi counties - Rankin, Madison, Hinds, Copiah, Issaquena, Yazoo, Sharkey, Claiborne, Simpson, and Warren.
Center for Violence Prevention
Pearl, MS 39288
Phone: (601) 932-4198
CLIMB - CDC
1223 30th, Avenue, Suite A
Gulfport, MS 39501
Main phone - (228) 864-667
Jackson, George, Harrison, and Hancock Counties in South Mississippi.
Community Care Network
401 Holcomb Boulevard
Ocean Springs, MS 39504
Phone: (228) 219-2637
Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Pearl River, and Stone Counties.
Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence
Biloxi, MS 39533
For information, dial (228) 436-3809
Hancock Resource Center
Main address is 454 Hwy 90, Suite B
Waveland, MS 39576
Telephone - (228) 463-8887
Provides support across the state, excluding the Jackson-Metro Area and the Gulf Coast.
Mississippi United To End Homelessness, Inc.
201 W. Capitol Street, Suite 800
Jackson, MS 39201
Telephone - (601) 960-0557
This non-profit can refer clients to local eviction prevention programs. Whether it is a government grant for paying back rent, or security deposit help to relocate, resources are available.
Jackson, MS-Metropolitan Area including the towns and counties of Hinds, Rankin, Madison, Warren, and Copiah.
Partners to End Homelessness
360 Comet Drive, Suite C
Jackson, MS 39206
Recovery House, Inc.
770 Golding Road
Columbus, MS 39702
Telephone number is (662) 329-4333
Benton, Tippah, Alcorn, Itawamba, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Union, Pontotoc, and Lee Counties.
SAFE, Inc. - Shelter and Assistance in Family Emergencies
Post Office Box 985
Tupelo, MS 38802
Phone: (662) 841-9105
County - Clay, Oktibbeha, and Lowndes
Sally Kate Winters Family Services
Main address is 317 North Division Street
West Point, MS 39773
Harrison County only
The Salvation Army - Gulf Coast Area Command Center.
2019 22nd Street
Gulfport, MS 39532
Main phone number is (228) 207-2303
Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, and George Counties
South Mississippi AIDS Task Force
PO Box 8009
Biloxi, MS 39535-8009
Call (228) 669-8876 for information on funds for back rent (to stop an eviction) or how rapid rehousing can help with deposits.
Covers Southwest Mississippi. The counties are Franklin, Lincoln, Marion, Lawrence, Amite, Pike, and Walthall.
WINGS - Women In Need of God’s Shelter
Main address is 325 West Presley Boulevard
McComb, MS 39648