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DeSoto County assistance programs.

Find the main agencies that provide financial aid in DeSoto County. Whether a family needs money to pay their rent from a charity, free food or clothes from a pantry, medical or dental care, or even government grants to pay utility bills, there is assistance available. Clients of these non-profit as well as charitable agencies may be a low income household, someone with a disability, senior citizens, and others. The goal is to provide everyone free food, affordable housing, and other support.

Affordable health care

Patients can receive low cost, high quality affordable health care and health education from the DeSoto Health and Wellness Center. The center provides health care services to the uninsured as well as underinsured residents of the county. Last year the facility helped over 4,000 people across the county. Call the center at 662-393-9848 to learn more or make an appointment.

Senior services and programs

Senior citizens can turn to the North Delta Area Agency on Aging (phone (662-) 561-4100). The non-profit agency provides important services ands resources to senior citizens and older persons including adult day care, case management, information on government assistance programs, homemaker, information and referral, free legal assistance and advice, meals, MICAP, ombudsman, access to grants for bills, outreach, respite, SCSEP senior center and transportation assistance.

Food resources and programs in DeSoto

Having trouble providing food to you and your family? If so, the Olive Branch Community Emergency Food Ministry is a place to turn to. The non-profit organization will offer food assistance as they provide emergency groceries, household items, and other products for up to seven days. The program focuses on Olive Branch-area residents who are having a difficult time providing food for their family or loved ones. (662) 895-2913.




There are several other pantries in the region, such as the Heartland Church (phone 662-393-6439) as well as food bank at Heartland Church. Those are just two example, but other charities offer free food, holiday meals, clothing, and more. Locate Desoto County food pantries.

Emergency assistance and counseling

The Sacred Heart Southern Missions assists low income residents as well as local economically disadvantaged DeSoto County citizens through social services, advocacy, affordable low-income housing, rent assistance and educational and employment opportunities in its school and learning centers. Call (662) 781-1472 for help.

Salvation Army of DeSoto has social serves and emergency assistance programs in place. Examples of what may be offered includes food, soup kitchens, and basic needs such as clothing. Or work with a case manager on self-sufficiency resources such as employment and job counseling. While more limited, Hernando Mississippi area families may be able to qualify for emergency cash assistance/grants for paying rent or utility bills. Or contact the Salvation Army for seasonal programs such as Christmas assistance or back to school supplies. Read more.





Another non-profit organization that can aid people is Samaritans. Call them at (662) 393-6439. This non-profit gives assistance to low income and needy families in the form of help with utility and cooling bills, access to rent assistance programs, free food, clothing and prescription drug vouchers. The programs are focused on those who are impacted from poverty, natural disaster, domestic strife, emergencies, and short term financial hardships. Continue reading.

Catholic Social Services offers countless services. It helps the economically disadvantaged and low income by offering advocacy, affordable low-income housing, and social services. While more limited, additional support includes emergency financial assistance, budget/credit counseling, debt reduction, teen pregnancy assistance, a food pantry, and a thrift store.

The staff at the faith based group coordinate other resources as well. Education and employment resources include micro enterprise assistance and revolving loans. Or look into rental assistance, housing counseling, and more. The Catholic group may even have toys or meals at the holidays. Address is 6050 Highway 161 North Walls, MS 38680. Call (662) 781-1360 for service, or find details on programs from DeSoto Catholic Social Services.

Hernando / Nesbit Interfaith Council On Poverty is made up of local churches. Free food, groceries, and holiday meals may be served or passed out by the parishes. (662) 429-5789.

Community Food Ministry is a non-profit agency that provides emergency canned goods, food boxes, perishable items and groceries. Special seasonal programs may be offered. Help is only for qualified Olive Branch residents who are having a difficult time, such as the unemployed. 10947 Highway 178, Olive Branch, Mississippi. Call (662) 895-2913.

DeSoto County rent programs are administered by a combination of charities and non-profits. Funds are limited, and there is often a waiting list, but tenants facing an eviction may be able to receive help. Additional support will be for clients ranging from senior citizens to families or single parents with children. Locate rental assistance in Desoto County.

Human and Social Services in De Soto - Families that need help with short term needs, and support in breaking the cycle of poverty, may be able to benefit from public assistance available in the county. There are a few resources provided.

  • Job placement and support from One Stop Job Centers.
  • Food assistance is provided as part of SNAP.
  • Temporary cash assistance can provide a grant for living expenses, ranging from rent to energy bills or food.
  • Social workers have information on low income housing in De Soto County, including loan and deposit programs from non-profits.
  • Many other benefits are available, and click more De Soto public aid.

Utility bills, housing, and other support

Three energy saving or grant programs that are administered by Mid-State Opportunity, Inc., which is the local community action agency include the programs below:

  • The Power to Care - This program provides help with paying the electric bills of low-income, senior citizens and elderly, as well as the disabled customers of Entergy. The community action agency will complete and submit applications for this program on your behalf.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This federal government programs, which is funded by DCS/MDHS, was designed to assist low income individuals and families to meet home energy needs and pay their bills.
  • Weatherization of Homes - Save hundreds of dollars per year on your energy bills. This is a free program that is funded by DCS/MDHS. The Mid-State community action agency certifies eligibility for the program and it makes referrals for weatherization services to WWISCAA in Greenville. Weatherization is free to qualified applicants.

Mid State Opportunity also administers and processes applications for a number of programs. Many of them are funded by the government. Examples of services include the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), SNAP food stamps, the Weatherization Assistance Program, as well as  Community Food and Nutrition. A focus is on seniors and low income families in Desoto County with children.





Call Mid-State Opportunity, Inc. at (662) 647-2463 to apply or learn more. Another center is located at 9607 Highway 178, Olive Branch, Mississippi 38654. Main phone number is (662) 895-4153. Other financial assistance resources may be offered by referrals from the agency as well. Learn more.


By Jon McNamara

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