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Grenada, Attala, Carroll County assistance programs.

Most individuals and families who need help during this difficult times contact Central Mississippi, Inc., which is the local community action agency. They are based in Winona, Mississippi, and it can be reached at (662) 283-4781. Among other resources offered (see below), housing, homeless prevention, and rent assistance is available to families and individuals who are about to lose their home, facing eviction, or who are currently homeless. Programs and services are available for the following.

  • Case managers provide housing counseling and advice on landlord/tenant rights.
  • Limited financial assistance may be offered to assist clients with mortgage and rental payments.
  • Assistance with closing costs for homeowners.
  • The community action agency can make referrals to HUD/FHA or section 8 housing programs on behalf of clients.
  • Get help in locating decent, safe affordable housing or apartments.
  • Security deposits and utility connection fee assistance may be offered.
  • The non-profit agency can make referrals to Southwest Mississippi, Inc. for Weatherization Services and energy conservation programs.
  • Resources are offered to homeless clients in the form of shelter and financial assistance for at least 3 nights.

Central Mississippi, Inc. also runs the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This program offers an extensive number and variety of services to eligible low income and disadvantaged clients. Services include consumer planning, case management, employment, job training, education, emergency housing and rent assistance, self-sufficiency and participation in community affairs in Attala and Grenada.

If you need a job or new skills, contact the agency for employment assistance. Assistance is for individuals who have weak or no job skills or training. Aid may be provided to those without transportation or a car, which is essential in becoming employed. Case managers from the agency will assist clients and qualified low income individuals in seeking full/part-time employment.

  • Car repairs may be provided, including the payment for minor repairs to vehicle or car in order to help someone get a job.





  • Funds to pay for licenses, medical bills, or physicals that are needed to secure employment.
  • Staff can make referrals to work sites, employment agencies, across Carroll, Attala, and neighboring Mississippi towns and counties.
  • Limited financial assistance may be provided to pay for expenses associated with transportation to employment sites for interviews. This is one time only.
  • Money to pay for work uniforms, such as gloves, shoes, pants, lab jackets, and more.
  • Funds to pay for required testing needed to secure employment or new skills.
  • Educational assistance is offered. Money can help pay for fees and bills that are for vocational training. Expenses paid for include transportation, tuition, books, and materials. Gasoline money and vouchers can be offered to individuals in emergency situations or a crisis. Get help for bills including.
  • Cash assistance for tuition, enrollment, or registration forms.
  • Money can pay for GED classes.
  • Financial assistance with transportation to enrollment sites for registration to classes.
  • Money can pay for books, uniforms, lab fees, etc.

Emergency Financial Assistance is provided to individuals and families in Grenada and nearby counties, and can assist clients with payment of delinquent utility bills, such as gas, water, and electricity. Money is offered for rent and housing needs, clothing, food/nutrition needs, and out-of-town transportation. Also funds can assist clients of disasters, such as tornadoes, fires, and floods.

Education, health care, and social services are provided by the Head Start program. This is for children up to 5 years old, and younger kids can benefit from Early Head Start.

Emergency Food & Shelter is a federal government funded program and is run by Central Mississippi, Inc. This assistance program was designed to provide emergency financial assistance to clients in the form of direct cash assistance for housing, utility and energy bills. Direct financial and cash assistance grants and awards are offered for housing expenses and energy bills. Clients who qualify for this service must be determined to have a crisis situation. The grants and crisis funds are used to pay for food, shelter, utility bill assistance, rent/mortgage and other expenses. The Emergency Food and Shelter can help low-income families in Attala, Carroll, and Grenada during a crisis. Resources work in partnership and combination with other assistance programs in efforts to maximize aid provided.

Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program can help homeowners increase the energy efficiency of their homes. The program is mostly for low-income people who are disabled, families with children, or seniors. Weatherization can help people save money by reducing heating and cooling bills.




Utility, electric, and cooling bill assistance is offered from Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Low income families can get help addressing energy costs. The program is paid for and run at the state and federal levels by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the Division of Community Services, Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Regular assistance can pay for ongoing energy bills such as wood, electricity, natural gas, kerosene, propane/butane, and coal coke. Funds from LIHEAP may also be used to purchase air conditioners, fans, blankets, and other energy related products. The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) can help qualified households in Carroll and other areas which have weather related crisis. This can include supply shortages, disconnection, or other household related emergencies, and grants and cash is offered for those who have no other options. Locate more Mississippi energy assistance programs.

Call Central Mississippi, Inc. at (662) 283-4781. Or for more details on their services, learn more.

Helping Hands of Attala County - This non-profit agency provides services including a clothing closet, food pantry, and thrift store. Address is 14117 Attala Road 4202, Kosciusko, Mississippi 39090. Phone (662) 289-7031





By Jon McNamara

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