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Assistance programs in Escambia, Clarke, Monroe, Conecuh, or Wilcox County.

Short term assistance, but more importantly longer term programs, are offered from the non-profit Community Action Agency of South Alabama. They will offer some direct financial aid such as food, financial assistance for housing, utilities, and medical bills.

The community action agency also provides free Weatherization services for the region, including the counties of Escambia, Clarke, and Conecuh. At the same time, also apply for the low income energy bill financial assistance program.

Project Head Start is administered for children and parents. This resource was developed by the Federal Government and it can help provide quality education for preschool children of low-income and working poor families. The program provides services to meet the psychological needs, education requirements, intellectual, emotional, social, health, and nutritional requirements of local families.

Other resources offered include Emergency Services, Energy Assistance, Food, Housing (including Rental/Mortgage help), Medical Care, and Foreclosure Counseling. Or sign up for self-sufficient such as employment services and Budget Counseling.

Free income tax advice and assistance is offered from VITA. The non-profit agency offers tax preparation assistance to eligible individuals and families in the region, including Monroe County. A number of trained community volunteers and specialists offer assistance and free electronic filing to the low income and those who qualify.

The Community Action Agency of South Alabama offers those services and more. The offices are located at:

  • 26440 North Pollard Road, Daphne, Alabama 36526, telephone number (251) 626-2646
  • 133 Court Street, Grove Hill, Alabama 36451, call (251) 275-8498
  • 11 Hines Street, Monroeville, AL 36461, dial (251) 743-3137 for intake.
  • Various other grants or loans for paying bills, job opportunities, and other support is arranged too. More information on Community Action Agency of South Alabama assistance programs.





Catholic Social Ministries of Wilcox County. Local churches, volunteers, and others help the less fortunate. Food, crisis aid, and more is offered. This is a leading social and human services organization. The main center can be reached at (251) 746-2220.

American Red Cross - Monroe County Chapter may be able to help with utility, air conditioning, electric, and energy bills from Project Share. The program can assist qualified head of the household, disabled individuals (not employed), and the elderly who are facing financial challenges with the payment of their monthly energy bills. They may have information on LIHEAP as well. 1133 Drewry Road, Monroeville, AL 36460, telephone number is (251) 544-6100

Catholic Social Services of Clarke County offers a number of social services and emergency aid for the low income, senior citizens, and working poor. Included is free food, children's clothing, electric bill assistance, prescription medications, Christmas assistance for children and elderly, and school supplies. The agency may also have referrals and they will help people of all religions, ages, and backgrounds. 3309 College Avenue, Jackson, AL 36545. Call (251) 246-0131 for intake, or find other ways to get help paying electric bills.

First Baptist Church – Pineapple offers a food pantry and may have other basic needs. Supports Wilcox County. Address is 8833 Freedom Road, Furman, Alabama 36741. Call (251) 746-2838

Clarke County Salvation Army – May have emergency food and provisions for clients who have experienced disaster such as house-fire or storm damage. Other services may include motel vouchers, a thrift store, and information on financial and government assistance. Case management is always offered as well, as the charity focuses on alleviating poverty. 122 West Wilson Avenue, Thomasville, Alabama 36784. Call (334) 636-9840, or find more assistance Alabama Salvation Army.

St. Pauls Baptist Church in Pine Hill may have food, clothing, shelter, a hot meal and other basic needs. Call (334) 682-5628 if you live in Wilcox County.

By Jon McNamara


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