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Assistance programs Etowah County and Gadsen.

Financial assistance is offered for low income families, seniors, and the disabled in Etowah County. Find churches, charities, or government social services that offer grants or loans that help with rent or security deposits. There are also funds to pay electric or utility bills, free groceries from food pantries, and even medical or free dental clinics. Get financial assistance near you in Gadsen and Etowah County.

Learn where and how to apply for help with paying those bills as well as how to get transportation, job training, rental assistance grants and other support. Emergency financial help in Gadsen as well as social services help with housing, basic needs, and other resources.

Find financial help with bills, rent, food and more in Etowah County

The Salvation Army supports thousands of low-income families or people every year who are seeking support. As funding allows, there is rental assistance for tenants facing eviction. The Salvation Army offers a variety of programs, including assistance with utility or electric bills, groceries, furniture, prescription medicine, and clothing. They are providing hot meals and other food assistance to thousands of people in Etowah County, including free Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Housing is a focus though, and find more details on rental assistance near you.

Students and job seekers in Etowah County can get help. There are free back to school supplies, laptops, and other goods as well as work clothes. They are located at 114 North 11th Street, Gadsden, AL 35901. Call (256) 546-4673 or (256) 546-8831. Several other emergency services are available too. More on Salvation Army programs in Etowah County.

The Love Center is another organization that you can turn to for help with bills and other support, including free personal or household stuff. There is also information on both self-sufficiency and financial help. They provide free food, baby formula, meals to seniors and temporary housing. Based on funding, the charity will also provide general financial assistance, including for security deposits.

Residents from across Gadsden Alabama can apply for assistance, including financial, applications to government grants and help with finding groceries. The Center helps about 500 families per month. Dial (256) 546-8831, or read more on The Love Center assistance programs.




Another nonprofit organization to turn to is the Catholic Center of Concern. It is part of the Birmingham Catholic Diocese. They are passing out free food assistance per month and can direct clients to loan programs.  In addition the center provides help for power bills and also rent assistance, and they actually provide more aid for rent and power than for food. Call (256) 546-0028

Etowah Baptist Missions Center (dial 256.547.1691), which is located on 853 Walnut St, Gadsden, AL 35901, helps the low-income, single moms, immigrants and others. The center also offers a variety of programs, including financial counseling and information on how to get help with credit cards. They will advise people on the different agencies and charities that offer assistance in the area.

They also provide free clothing, linens and food on a daily basis for individuals facing emergencies. Additional financial assistance is available for any families that have received a disconnect notices on their utilities or an eviction notice on rent. Some free medications are also offered. for people trying to go back to school or who have kids getting an education, supplies are offered for school. Last, but not least, some limited transportation is also offered. Phone 256.547.1691.

Free toys or meals at Christmas may be provided to children from struggling households. There are also free holiday meal sites in the Etowah County area as well as holiday assistance for seniors, the disabled, and single parents among others. Find organizations for free holiday help in Etowah County.

Each year, non-profits and charities provide Emergency Food and Shelter funds. The money goes to a variety of local charities and non-profit agencies, which processes applications. The assistance includes such organizations as the Love Center, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or The Catholic Center of Concern.





There is also help from the Etowah Community Food Bank, Metro Area Noon Nutrition Association, and the Etowah Community Services Agency. These local agencies also provide thousands of meals to local families and residents, as well as funds to pay utility bills. They money was also used to provide mortgage and rent assistance to others in need of help.

Community Action of Etowah County is a leading non-profit in the region. While direct financial aid is limited, this poverty fighting organization can provide a number of services to low income families, the poor, and senior citizens. Receive applications and referrals to federal government programs such as LIHEAP, food stamps, or section 8 vouchers. Also access information on other charities and churches that operate in Etowah County Alabama.

  • Grants and financial assistance is for utility bills too. Etowah County Community Services Program Inc. offers residents a Crisis Heating assistance program as well as heating bill assistance program for non emergencies. Applicants are eligible for aid if you have as your heating source electric, natural, butane gas, or heating oil.
    There are criteria for both programs. The Regular Heating Bill Program provides cash grants and general heating assistance to any qualified households that meet guidelines that are established by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. All points of eligibility as set by the state must be met by the applicant.
  • The Utility and Heating Crisis Program provides help to families and individuals who are experiencing an energy-related crisis. If interesting in applying, households need to meet all eligibility and they also must be able to verify requirements as established by the state before assistance can be authorized.
  • Other hardship grant money is provided by the Etowah County community action. A combination of government funds and money from agencies such as the United Way are available. More on AL community action.

However an objective is on ensuring families regain self-sufficiency. So case managers can provide information on job training programs and related employment assistance. As a key to gaining self-sufficiency is a well paying, stable job. The main office is at  109 S. Ninth St., Gadsden, AL 35901. Call (256) 546-9271 for information.

Gadsden First United Methodist Church has a free food pantry. Groceries, meals, produce and other items at 115 S 5th St, Gadsden, AL 35901. Phone: (256) 543-8200

Etowah County Human Resources provides applications to cash from Family Assistance (TANF) as well as Medicaid. There are also government benefits including SNAP food assistance, SSI disability, social security for seniors and others from 210 Hoke St, Gadsden, AL 35903. For more details, call (256) 549-4100. Or more on AL Family Assistance applications.







Free medical or dental in Etowah County

Good Samaritan Health Clinic provides free medical, dental, and behavioral health care. They help people with no insurance, the working poor or low-income and others. Get immunizations, physicals, dental care such as free dentures or teeth cleanings and other support. Doctors and dentists are at 401 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055. Call 256-775-1389, or learn more on dentures for low income.

Quality of Life Health Complex is an income based community clinic in Etowah County. Free or low cost medical and dental, including Ob/GYN, dermatalogits, and others. Get physicals, wellness checks, exams and more from 1411 Piedmont Cutoff, Gadsden, AL 35903. Dial (256) 492-0131


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