Bolivar and Coahoma County assistance programs.

Help for bills, rent, and food

Helping Hands of Cleveland, which is based at 404 North Martin Luther King Drive, offers emergency financial assistance. The funds can be used for partial payment on rent, energy bills, or a home mortgage as well. Phone - (662) 843-7150.

Bolivar County Family & Children Services only provides help to residents in the eastern portion of the county. They assist parents with life skills. Also, cash grants may be available for paying utilities to keep service on or a back rent payment.

The human service center can even help working poor families apply for SNAP food stamps. They are a source of information on low income housing as well, including section 8 vouchers. The address is 201 South Court, Cleveland, Mississippi 38732. Dial (662) 843-0294.

North Delta Baptist Association is a faith based church group. Basic needs such as groceries are offered from the free food pantry. They also have clothing or furniture. Other seasonal programs include free Christmas gifts or holiday toys as well as financial support to low income families with children. For information, dial (662) 627-3417.

Saint Gabriel Mercy Center runs many programs. The charity will offer educational support and job training. Other assistance will include grants for utility bills, loans to pay for transportation, and child care. The goal is to help the Bolivar County resident gain employment and stability. The phone number is (662) 741-3255.

Coahoma Opportunities as well as the Bolivar County Community Action Agency support low income families and people living in poverty. There are also resources for seniors citizens as well as the underemployed in the community. Both emergency needs, such as for rent or food, can be met and the client can be directed to other support services as well.




-Financial assistance is administered. The agency can help residents apply for LIHEAP for paying energy bills or offer funds for rent to prevent evictions.

-Vulnerable individuals, such as households with a disabled member or elderly resident, can apply for aid such as SSI or a Meals on Wheels service. Residents can learn where the intake sites are for these programs. The case managers offer support in these cases to ensure they stay safe.

-The community action agency can also help the homeless. Both short term shelters as well as government grants for security deposits are offered.

-Clients can receive basic medical care or information on prescription vouchers. See more information below on where they are located in Bolivar County Mississippi.

-Federal and state of Mississippi programs such as Head Start are run by the agencies. Other public benefits can be provided too.

Other services are focused on breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness in Bolivar County and surrounding regions. The main offices are at 810 E. Sunflower Road, Eastgate Center, Cleveland, MS 38732, dial (662) 846-1491 or stop by Coahoma Opportunities. The center is in Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614. Call (662) 624-4887.

Housing and rent programs are available to either stop homelessness from occurring or to rehouse families into a new, more affordable home. Qualified low income families can apply for funds, which may be in the form of a low interest loan or government grant, to catch up on their rental payments. Other resources may allow for legal aid or mediation from volunteer attorneys. Read more.




Food banks and soup kitchens can help the less fortunate. There are non-profits that offer services for Bolivar County residents. If found to be qualified based on household income and need, free boxes of groceries and other support is provided. More on Bolivar County food pantries.

Medical and dental care in Bolivar and Coahoma

The Delta Health Center provides general medical care. While some people may receive services for free, others will be charged based on a sliding fee scale by the community clinic. Cleanings, check ups, and more is done by nurses and doctors on site. The clinic is at 702 Martin Luther King Road, Mound Bayou, MS 38762. Call (662) 741-2151 for an appointment.

Another option is Woman's Clinic. This is a federal government certified rural clinic. Women, children, and single parents can get their medical needs met from the Clarksdale center. There is also support for teens facing pregnancy. Call (662) 627-7361.


By Jon McNamara

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