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Cullman County assistance programs.

Thousands of people in Alabama and Cullman County are struggling in the weak economy. Below you will find information on where to turn to for help with such expenses as utility bills, rent, free food, debt and foreclosure counseling, and other support services. There are many local churches, charities, and non-profits that offer emergency financial help as well as long term support.

Committee on Church Cooperation

Another partnership of local churches and aid organizations that provides funding for paying utilities and cooling bills, rent assistance and prescription medicine. Dial (256) 739-1578 to reach the Committee on Church Cooperation.

St. Vincent Depaul Society

This agency also offers utility bill assistance, groceries and free food, travelers assistance, and other forms of support and counseling. The goal is to help lower income and struggling families both pay the bill and gain stability. St. Vincent Depaul - (256) 737-5131. The address is 217 Second Street SE, Cullman, AL 35056. Or read more on Saint Vincent de Paul assistance programs in Cullman County.

The Cullman County church also has information, such as referrals to assistance to qualified individuals. There may be charities that offer rent help (maximum of one time in a 12 month period), prescription medicine ($50 yearly maximum), gasoline and vouchers and more. Saint Vincent may also provide new and/or gently used clothing (one time in a 30 day period), back to school supplies, and even such support as a work attire. Or clients can find other free clothing programs for their needs.

First Baptist Church Cullman

Operates an on site food pantry, and they will also occasionally provide emergency assistance for utilities and cooling bills. Call (256) 734-5632. Bags of perishable and/or canned groceries may be given out as supplies last from the pantry.




Community Action Agency - Cullman

This non-profit acts as an advocate of the working poor and low income. Counselors are involved in working with public and private organizations, the state of Alabama government, city and county governments, and individuals and private donors who are concerned about eradicating poverty. Some of the financial assistance provided includes emergency energy bill assistance, emergency cooling assistance, rent assistance, and Home Energy Program (LIHEAP). In addition, they can refer people to programs that can help people get out of debt, and offer foreclosure prevention tactics. (256) 734-5170

Food assistance and distribution centers

Contact any of the following for free food.

  • Cullman Caring for Kids - May have food aid for kids. (256) 739-1111
  • Daystar Church of God - Food pantry. (256) 287-3322
  • Northbrook Baptist Church - The center  can only help with food and clothing. The hours are Tuesday 9-11:30 and Thursday evening 5:30-7.
  • West Point Baptist Church - This non-profit provides emergency food to the low income and needy in the area and community. Address is 140 County Road 1242, Cullman, AL 3505
  • Some centers also focus on holiday meals or even provide small gifts or toys. More info on Christmas assistance programs.

Mortgage, rent, and utility help

Churches in the area can also cover part of Cullman County Alabama. The resources available at each location will vary, however they will not discriminate based on age, race, or religion. Some centers address housing (such as shelters or security deposit help), others offer hot meals, items such as diapers, and support for immigrants or low income senior citizens. Lastly, churches also often help at the holidays, including Christmas. Find Decatur church assistance programs.

The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc. runs various assistance programs. Some of them include: Phone (256) 355-7953. Or find more details on Community Action Partnership of North Alabama.

FEMA – Emergency Food & Shelter - This program can provide mortgage, foreclosure, and rent assistance to individuals who at risk of becoming homeless because of a mortgage foreclosure or eviction notice. Food and utility assistance is also offered. Some of the aid may be in the form of a cash loan.





Utility and energy assistance - Various programs for helping people pay energy bills are offered. Options include Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Operation Warm, and Operation Share.

Employment and training - CAPNA also helps clients in Cullman County find jobs or obtain transportation, including free bus passes or other transit for an interview.

Public aid - Applicants to benefits ranging from SNAP food stamps to low income housing.

Beltline Church also can help the less fortunate in Cullman from their Benevolence Department. Volunteers and charities donate funds, and the money can be used for some or all of the following.

  • Utility bills or partial rent payments.
  • Food and groceries are available from the church, as well as clothing.

Depending on many factors, Beltline Church may issue the applicant a no interest loan, or some form of grant will be used instead. For appointments, the line of 566-6221 is available on Wednesday morning.

By Jon McNamara

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