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Rent assistance in Birmingham and Jefferson County.

Get help paying rent in Birmingham and Jefferson County Alabama. Find information on charity agencies, non-profits, churches and government financial assistance programs. All resources are aimed at the low income and others who need rent and housing assistance, with a focus on families facing eviction. The goal of any of these Jefferson County agencies is to prevent homelessness in any way possible.

Thousands of local families face evictions each and every year, and may have a hardship from a job loss, medical emergency, or some other short term crisis. The Birmingham organizations provide funds to help individuals pay rent, security deposits, and provide other housing assistance during difficult times. In addition to the non-profits, many local churches, the state of Alabama, and federal government assistance programs can also be called and applied to for rent help.

AIDS Alabama is only available for HIV+ people. The program offers counseling, outreach, both sort term transitional and permanent housing, more general housing assistance, rental and utility bill assistance, and referrals to other government programs and local charities. 3521 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama. Phone: 324-9822

Bridge Ministries Inc. can only provide one time financial assistance and grants. The money can pay rent in an emergency situation. Case management and counseling is offered too, as well as funds for other bills like energy and food. They offer rent or deposit help to low income families, single moms or dads, the disabled and others in a financial crisis. Phone number is 930-0309.

Metro West has information on low income housing and possibly money to pay rent in a crisis. Note that this not-for-profit organization has limited resources for helping with utility bills or other housing expenses, and it may provide only referrals or loans as a form of assistance for rent. 6124 Myron Massey Blvd., Fairfield, call 923.1545 Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning.




Birmingham Housing Authority (Housing Authority Birmingham District or HABD) runs a Section 8 housing voucher assistance program, rent, foreclosure and housing counseling, and runs the family self-sufficiency program. Phone: 521-0652

Other church or religious based group that can help Birmingham and Jefferson County Alabama residents pay their rent is Greater Birmingham Ministries. Call them at (205) 326-6821. Funds for housing are disbursed, including mortgages, rent payment assistance, and other housing expenses. A formal application and intake procedure is in place.

The local version of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) is run by Jefferson County Office of Community Development. Call them at (205) 325-5761.

Legal Services Alabama - Assistance can deal with evictions from private and public housing, disputes over security deposits, and filing claims for government benefits, such as section 8 vouchers or social security disability. Other free advice is offered too in Jefferson County. Call (205) 328-3540 for intake.

SSVF from Family Endeavors offers homelessness prevention, emergency rent help and stabilization services to Veterans and their families. Get help in applying for VA benefits, emergency financial assistance or loans to pay rent, and access low income housing units. Outreach and case management is offered.

Helpline Christian Outreach Ministries, Inc., located on 8 Roebuck Drive in Birmingham, can be used at most once per year. Apply for help with paying rent or other expenses. 833-7712





Many federal and state of Alabama housing programs are administered by the Jefferson County Housing Authority. Call 849-0123 ext. 1314. Among the services include public housing, Section 8 housing vouchers in Alabama, supportive housing and shelter for homeless people, and general counseling.

The Salvation Army has a few locations around the Birmingham region, including Bessemer (phone 425-4303), Shelby County Corps (dial 663-7105) as well as in Birmingham Alabama itself. Call 328-5656 for details and referrals. Each and every branch has low income housing assistance as well as resources for homeless persons or those facing evictions including assistance with paying rent. Locations also have on site emergency shelter for men, women, and children. Transitional housing for homeless families is often offered too.

Project Success Ministries offers numerous financial assistance programs and other aid. They include counseling, job training, rent and mortgage help, and even a food pantry. Dial 252-3165.

Urban Ministry, Inc. offers emergency financial assistance for rent. Maybe even more importantly they administer referrals to other agencies and charities. Call 781-0517.

HEARTH is a form of homeless prevention. This means that agencies in Birmingham Alabama may be able to offer grants for paying rent to stop an eviction or arrange services, such as legal mediation. Clients include families in a crisis, veterans, the disabled and others. Additional help is for paying security deposits, placing the homeless into shelter, or providing motel vouchers in addition to money for first months rent. More information on Jefferson County eviction assistance.

Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, which can be reached at ((205) 250-5198) offers free legal aid and services for civil matters. This can also include housing such as discrimination or unsafe apartments. Other assistance is to prevent an eviction and attorneys from the pro-bono firm can help with that need.

Pathways runs shelters and transitional housing. Food, meals, and support is offered. When ready to exit the housing centers, guests may get referrals to funds to pay security and utility deposit fees or first months rent. The non-profit is at 409 North Richard Arrington Boulevard in Birmingham. Dial (205) 322-6854.





Even federal government housing and rent programs are represented in Jefferson County Alabama. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a local office at 950 22nd Street North Birmingham, Alabama. Call 731-2630. The feds offer housing assistance for low to moderate income individuals and families. Specifically, the assistance includes mortgage and loan insurance, as well as monthly rent supplements.


By Jon McNamara

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