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Churches near you that help with rent, utility bills, food or motel vouchers.

Find churches that offer assistance to low income families. They provide help with rent or utility bills or they give out free food, vouchers to pay for motel rooms, clothes, and other items. Some church locations near you also operate homeless shelters, serve free hot meals or provide help at Christmas including free toys or food baskets. Find how to get help from a church near you, including Christian, Mormon, Baptist and other faiths.

Faith based groups help the low-income, homeless, people with no money and others. Learn how many church groups provide social services to help feed the working poor or stop homelessness. To that end parishes provide financial help for bills, rent or groceries or free items in an effort to assist. There may be also money from the church for car repairs, a bus ticket, or free motel or hotel vouchers as well.

The exact form of emergency help from churches near you will vary based on the location as well as available resources. There is help from LDS, Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, and Christian churches among others. Faith based organizations also tend to help the most vulnerable, including senior citizens, the disabled, the homeless or single moms or dads, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or age.

Get financial help from churches near you

There are thousands of local churches that provide assistance when they have the funding. They not only support working poor families that are in the parish, but the locations also try to help strangers or transient people too. Anyone that is seeking a free meal, emergency homeless shelter, or other support can drop in for help. Churches may offer their own assistance and they partner with other local groups too, including free Christmas assistance programs from charities.

A number of social services are administered, depicting on the parish. A local church is one of the leading charities to turn to for short term financial help. While their funding to help people pay for housing, electric bills or say a hotel room or car repair is usually very limited, the bottom line is they can usually provide some form of help. They will rarely, if ever, turn anyone away that is truly struggling.




One of the leading organizations is Catholic Charities. The local churches and other social service agencies that are part of this charity will assist qualified individuals regardless of their religion, faith, age, immigration status or culture. Some locations will offer emergency financial assistance and others provide basic needs, such as free clothing, funds to help with paying rent, short term shelter, free furniture or food. The churches also help immigrants or refugees, including undocumented ones. Click Catholic Charity assistance.

The national St. Vincent De Paul partnership of churches and its volunteers may be able to offer emergency assistance as well. There are numerous faith based groups that work with this charity. They help struggling families, including seniors and the disabled, with paying many types of bills. There are also free or low cost items from a SVDP thrift store. Read more on Saint Vincent de Paul financial assistance programs.

The nation’s largest Christian church group is the Salvation Army. This Christian, faith based organization supports people of all religions, genders and backgrounds. The social services offered are extensive. They range from free emergency food or hardship funds to pay rent or light bills to free Christmas gifts. There is also faith based substance abuse treatment services as well as supportive housing for the elderly.

  • There are thousands of local Salvation Army centers that are part of this network of churches. Based on location, there may also be vouchers for prescription medications, free medical care from clinics, overnight shelter for the homeless and more. Applicants to the church include immigrants, senior citizens, single mothers, or the disabled among others. Find help from the Salvation Army.

Churches near you and ministries operate in partnership with Love INC, also known as Love in the Name of Christ. The organization provides social services to the working poor. The Clearninghouse at a local Love affiliate can refer low income families to emergency financial aid programs. There are also emergency shelters, free groceries, rental assistance, and more. Ministries from the church also provide basic needs such as free diapers, furniture, or seasonal Christmas celebrations. More on Love INC assistance programs.

Meals, soup kitchens, free food, and non-financial help is often provided by churches. This is part of hunger prevention in local communities for low-income families. The support, including groceries, is often available at a food pantry that a local church may operate. Low income families, seniors, and the homeless can all benefit. More on food banks.





Many churches help with housing needs. They may have funds to contribute today towards paying rent and help prevent evictions. This is in addition to those listed above. Click here for listing of agencies in your town or city, and locate emergency rent assistance programs.

Free transportation programs from a church help the poor, people who need a car for work, singe moms or dads and others. There will generally be an auto dealership that gives out free vehicles (in partnership with a church) or a volunteer mechanic that works with a local church that fixes a car. But free or used autos are offered, and look here for free cars near you.

  • A church near you will also try to help pay for gas or car repairs. This is for people who are faced with a crisis and have no money, then your local church may be a resource. Local mechanics may volunteer their time to work on an automobile to fix it, and therefore the labor may be free. Get details on car repairs and gasoline from churches.

Social services are available from United Methodist Church. The organization is involved in fighting poverty and offering short term relief to families. Assistance may include hunger prevention programs such as free boxes of groceries or meals. UMC also provides basic needs such as school supplies, Christmas gifts or free winter jackets for children.

  • The church also helps families that are close to eviction as well as the homeless. Housing services include free money to pay rent, overnight shelter or grants to help pay energy or electric bills. All of the assistance is provided for free to the working poor. Find other help from the network of United Methodist Churches.

Help with utilities is arranged by a church. A focus will always be on stopping homelessness. Churches try to keep people in their home so they are not on the streets or living in a shelter. When they can, many may have a few dollars to help with housing needs, whether it is rent or maybe a heating or utility bill for a senior citizens. Find other ways to get electric bill help.

A church will help someone with no money, such as a homeless person or someone facing a financial hardship (unextended loss of job, illness, etc.). They help the person or family find resources for the crisis and support them as they get back on track. Both help for bills, rental or housing costs and other assistance is arranged by a church, such as food as well as clothes. Find assistance when you have zero money.




Free resources and referrals to housing or hardship money from a church

Churches and benevolence ministry leaders are eager to provide care to the less fortunate, homeless and people with no money. This can include free food, personal hygiene stuff, clothing and more. Parishes also try to help tackle the root cause of poverty. The locations will try to provide housing or grants for satisfying most of the needs out there. Some churches are now even helping people pay off debt.

A local church is also a great place to turn to for referrals to assistance for bills or housing from other organization. They can direct you to charities, community action agencies, state as well as local government programs, and more. Volunteers, or the staff, may know of local food drives or be aware of charities that have money available for paying rent or energy bills. In general, a church in your community is a great place to learn about other local programs for the poor or struggling.

Your local parish often partners with local non-profit and charities. A church may also have a center on site that allows the client the free use of a computer to search for a job or apply for benefits. Click here for government and other assistance programs.Churches near you that help low-income families

Christians can also enroll into low cost health or dental insurance plans. A number of churches partner with ministries to offer this form of financial assistance to families, no matter their income or age. The policies are part of a sharing concept, which means all member premiums go towards paying the excessive medical bills of the patients or they cover prescription medications. A church can provide information, or find how to apply to low cost Christian health insurance.

Faith based charities, including Christian churches and LDS organizations, provides counseling, including for health needs. Churches also help people with substance abuses challenges. There are free rehab centers for alcohol or drug addicts or other addictions. Some rehabilitation programs are free, others may have a low cost or be subsidized. Read more on free substance abuse programs.

Local church assistance programs near you

Some of the major US counties and their church run assistance programs are listed below. There are thousands of churches and faith based groups of all religions, including Christian, Protestant, UMC and Latter Day Saints as well as other faiths. Churches are located in towns, counties, and cities across the nation, and almost all work to help the vulnerable.




A church, whether LDS, Christian or some other faith will provide emergency help or resources to immigrants, the poor, senior citizens, unemployed, people with no money or income and the homeless among others. Everything from emergency homeless shelter or hotel vouchers to temporary rental or utility bill assistance as well as free food, meals, and clothes are offered for meeting basic needs.

To locate a church near you, or for more information including referrals, some of the more populated counties as well as cities are listed below. Or use the search box at the bottom of the page to find a parish or faith based group by state, county, or town.

Alameda County and Oakland

Allegheny County

Atlanta area

Austin and Travis County


Broward County

Buffalo and Erie County

Chester County



Colorado Springs

Columbus Ohio


Detroit and Wayne County

Fairfax County

Greenville County SC

Hillsborough County o

Houston and Harris County

Indianapolis and Marion County

Kern County and Bakersfield

Las Vegas

Los Angeles







Minneapolis and St. Paul

Nassau County New York

New York City

Orlando and Orange County

Palm Beach County



Raleigh and Wake County

Riverside County

Sacramento County

San Antonio and Bexar County

San Bernardino County

San Diego County

Seattle and King County

St. Louis City and County

Suffolk County New York

Tarrant County

Westchester County

Applying for emergency assistance from churches

Unfortunately, churches often just do not have the funding to assist everyone that needs it. While this will vary by state, many parishes, whether Jewish, Mormon - LDS, Christian or another faith try to to their best to meet demand. So when applying for financial help from a church, be sure it is a one time event as they focus on solving a crisis. A church will often ask for proof before issuing funds. They also tend to give priority to senior citizens, the ill, and vulnerable.





Churches try to offer short term, temporary emergency help to those that are qualified. They went to help pay a little bit of rent or give food, or give a motel room, on an emergency basis as a “hand up”, and not a “hand out”. Families can not be dependent on the assistance. Instead a church will offer their limited amounts of financial help for paying one time expenses. Applicants with a one time hardship, but that have little or no money, and that may miss their rent or water bill payment will also get priority.

Typically, these forms and applications from a church require candidates to provide documentation showing they have a financial crisis or true emergency condition. This may include a copy of the lease showing the amount of rent that is due, a pay stub, an unpaid utility bill, or driver’s license to verify their address. Anyone seeking help from a church should come prepared with documentation.

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