Hinds County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Find financial aid and help in the form of basic needs from Catholic Charities. The charity organization will do its best to help low income families that are facing a short term crisis in the Hinds County area. Any assistance from their social services is limited, comes with restrictions, and is available on a case by case basis. The non-profit will only offer help at their own discretion.

Using donations from the community, in particular for the food pantry, and relying on volunteers (mostly from local churches), the organization does its best to meet the seemingly ever increasing needs. They may also be the recipient of government grants on occasion, and those funds will also allow Catholic Charities of Jackson Mississippi to further expand the financial aid that is available.

Find help in obtaining ID and Birth Certificates – Some people, including immigrants to Hinds County, struggle to obtain these items. Catholic Charities will assist in this process so people can get a job, apply for affordable housing, or open a bank account. It can also be used to apply for public aid such as those available at the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Service office.

For students in low income homes entering preschool through eighth grade, they have the opportunity to receive an age appropriate backpack with brand new school supplies through the Back to School Backpacks program. Catholic Charities of Hinds County wants students to have what they need for their education. Students will also receive a gift card if there are no other resources available.

Hinds County Catholic Charities Homeless Prevention and Emergency Financial Aid Programs assist those who are at risk of losing their homes or apartments due to financial crisis. There is very limited funding, so it is always recommended to contact a local church to explore possibilities and determine whether or not you are eligible for any grants or loans. Whether it is emergency funding for rent or utilities (such as water or electric bills) options are explored.

They also partner with Legal Aid Society of Hinds County for assistance with landlord/tenant issues. Other key partners include HUD Foreclosure Prevention counselors. They will go over with the homeowner any options they have available to help those who are currently delinquent on home loans are in danger of missing a mortgage payment. There is also support for homeowners that are just starting to experience financial difficulty that could affect their ability to keep up with mortgage payments.




The Emergency Food Assistance from Catholic Charity churches mostly takes place at the pantry. The center is open limited hours and people can only use it a certain number of times per year. The free food pantry is not intended to provide never ending support to families.

As part of this service, the items passed out may come from food drives or donations from the United States Department of Agriculture. There can be goods such as peanut butter, rice, cereal, and milk. The agency will also partner with additional local organizations to distribute the food to low-income households.

For vulnerable families from Hinds County Mississippi with children, the Catholic Charities organization can refer them to Early Learning Centers. These are also for refugees or immigrants in the area. There are many centers in the community which have daycare at full and part time availability for children ages 1 year to 12 years. Services available may be as follows.

  • For older children, there are independent, self-guided activities available as well as homework assistance.
  • Free breakfast, lunch and snacks are served daily.
  • There is access to computers for learning.
  • Educational support and future employment needs can be addressed.

These childcare specific services are safe and age appropriate, offering these lower income families an opportunity for their children to participate in education enhancement activities. These activities often entail reading, use of computers, and music. The centers accept will accept federal government Childcare Subsidies as well.

Runaway Youth Services is generally for those aged 12 to 17 who have run away from home. The majority of participants are reunited with their families or placed in another safe, stable living environment.





For more information from Catholic Charities, the Reception Center and Crisis Line are available to assist. Callers can learn about crisis intervention, family mediation, and other local reunification services across Jackson Mississippi. Other available programming includes shelter, support services, and gender-specific transitional housing services.

There are also referrals available. Clients can learn about Domestic Violence services, counseling, disaster relief and more. One program, Weatherization from Catholic Charities makes energy-efficient home improvements for low-income homeowners and renters, which helps to enhance the health and safety of the home and its occupants. Weatherization is not an emergency service program.

Currently, there is a waiting list, and it usually lasts for yearsyears. Services offered range from Home Energy Audit, Some Door Replacements, Diagnostic Testing of Heating System, Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors, Insulation: Attic, Sidewalls, and Perimeter, Door Sweeps on Existing Doors, and Weather-Stripping.

For more information, including referrals from Catholic Charities in the Hinds County region, the number is (601) 352-4503.



By Jon McNamara

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