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Houston County assistance programs.

How to get help with energy bills, rent, and more

The Human Resource Development, which is located at 603 N Saint Andrews St, Dothan (phone number (334) 794-8754) has a program that provides help with utility and heating bills. Rent assistance is also offered from the Family Assistance Program mentioned below. The department will begin taking appointments in January for those people who need help with paying their heating and utility bills. The HRDC’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federal government funded program that is managed and administered through HRDC offices and locations in Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties. Last year the program helped almost 5,000 households in the local area cover heating costs and energy bills.

A spokesperson from HRDC said that eligible households can get up to $400 in cash grants that can applied to their heating bill, and it can be used to pay for propane, electric, or a natural gas bills. Apply for aid early as funding is limited. Whether assistance can be provided or not, and the amount of cash grants and assistance that can be provided depends on whether applicants meet HRDC income guidelines.

In addition, if someone is not qualified for this program, the city of Dotham Alabama also offers help to folks struggling with paying their power bills through another resource known as Project Care.

As part of this program, funds and grants that are distributed will be remitted to the Dothan Rescue Mission in order for them to distribute funds to customers needing assistance with their utility bill. So people have multiple options for help.





Family Assistance

Additional aid and programs are offered by the Family Assistance Division. They will provide benefits and services to people with children. They can provide food aid, rent help, and other assistance so as to encourage the care of children. Services, resources, and benefits provided to eligible families include:

    • Temporary cash grants and payments for utility bills and rent
    • Work and job training services to develop skills
    • They also offer child care assistance for parents engaged in work and training activities so the parent can pursue their career opportunities




By Jon McNamara

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