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Assistance programs Jackson County Mississippi.

When struggling, there are programs that offer free food, financial help for paying rent or utility bills, car repairs, and more. Local charities, churches, and DHS in Jackson County MS offer low interest loans, free groceries, Christmas toys, and other support in Jackson County. Find how to get assistance, and learn where to apply below.

In addition to those resources, there is also help around employment, budgeting, and skills based jobs. Non-profits help families with living within a budgeting, or gaining new skills. There are even free government job training and skills programs that anyone can use. Or learn about laptop or free back to school assistance programs for low income families. There is a list of charities, churches, and non-profits that address housing, employment in Pascagoula, and other needs.

Rent, utility, financial help and food assistance

The Salvation Army, in both Jackson and George counties, offers residents a variety of financial aid and basic assistance . As resources and funding allows, they provide people in need with short term rental assistance, help with paying utility bills and deposits, as well as free groceries from pantries and other food assistance. They even have a program in which they can provide mortgage assistance.

Many of the programs are based on donations, such as the school supply program, Angel Tree (for Christmas toys), and thrift store. The Salvation Army is also asking for support from the community so that they can replenish their coffers and redistribute the assistance to those in need.

They have offices and shelters located at 3217 Nathan Hale Ave. in Pascagoula or its church location at 3808 Arlington St, so if you need help from them, stop by, or if you have anything you can contribute, please do so today. Or call them at 601-982-4881. More information on Jackson County MS Salvation Army.

Jackson Mississippi Catholic Social & Community Services (228.297.4982) offers low income, the unemployed, and working poor a host of assistance programs. They provide subsidized housing, rent assistance, basic needs, a food bank, and financial help for utility bills and medical expenses.

The Jackson County Civic Action Committee, Inc. which is headquartered at 5343 Jefferson St., Moss Point, MS 39562, phone: (228) 769-3292 , administers the low income energy assistance program for the area. The LIHEAP program, which is funded by the federal government, will assist qualified low to moderate income families and households in paying their heating and utility bills. A household may be eligible to apply for the low income assistance program on an annul basis.




There are two types of assistance that people can qualify for and that are offered: the first is known as emergency assistance, and it is for a crisis or life threatening situations, such as someone about to have their service disconnected or if they run out of fuel. The second type of aid is just regular, and this is for non life threatening situations and short term help. The goal of the program is to focus on low to moderate income households who meet the program eligibility criteria. Apply early, as the funding is limited and assistance is provided on a first come, first serve basis and it is limited.

Churches and Catholic Charities of Jackson provide the working poor and low income with resources. Qualified clients will be able to meet with a case manager for an assessment. Based on the results, some of the assistance offered can include free food, information on job programs, and utility bill/rent help. Any type of financial assistance in the Pascagoula Mississippi region is limited and is not the main focus. Rather Catholic Charities focuses on helping people overcome poverty. Click more details on Southern Mississippi Catholic Charities.

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority provides section 8, home buying advice, counseling and other support to Jackson County. The primary offering is the federal government funded Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. It will pay a portion of your rent and help provide safe and affordable private housing to the low income and poor. Seniors can also benefit. 2180 Terry Rd, Jackson, Mississippi 39284, (601) 714-3999.

Jackson County churches and Saint Vincent de Paul is a leading charity in southern Mississippi. The organization can support working poor and low income families, regardless of their religion. While they depend on donations and volunteers, and resources are limited, some financial aid may be available. This includes, but is not limited to, free food, holiday meals, transitional housing, funds for utility bills or rent, and medications. Some employment programs and other social services are available too. Read more on Rhelp from SVDP in southern MS area.

Department of Human Services, or DHS in Jackson County, offers government benefits as well as public assistance. These can be both state or federal programs, and range from Mississippi cash aid (TANF welfare) to Medicaid applications, SNAP food stamps, low cost housing and other grants.

DHS also offers other programs for the unemployed, working poor, and families living in poverty. They are time based resources intending to give the resident time to get back on their feet. The address is 5343 Jefferson Ave, Moss Point, MS 39563. Call (228) 769-3275.





Low income assistance programs

Other programs that are run by the Jackson County Civic Action Committee, Inc. (phone number above) include the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), weatherization as well as the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). They also offer housing, mortgage, and foreclosure assistance, educational funds, and employment assistance.

  • Housing, Rent, and Mortgage Funds - This financial assistance is available to help people, and funds are based on certain situations to prevent home foreclosure and/or homelessness in Pascagoula and Jackson County Mississippi. Learn more on Mississippi mortgage programs.
  • Educational Assistance Funds are available to assist students and individuals who want to re-tool themselves by going back to school or college in order to secure a trade or a degree; which makes a person more marketable for employment opportunities and will help them increase their income. Learn more on student loan and federal government education grant programs.
  • Employment Assistance Funds - This money can help pay bills and other expenses, and the assistance is used to assist families and individuals who may need some type of financial assistance while they are in an active job search status. The federal government funds are used to help assist and stabilize homes in various ways during this transition period. Learn more on free government job and skills programs.
  • The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers utility assistance and can help people pay their heating, cooling and / or utility bills.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program will help people save on and reduce energy and electric bills. Services provided by the program and that are offered include air sealing,  testing, repairs or replacement heating and cooling units or space heaters, additional wall and / or floor insulation, minor repairs and cleaning and other home upgrades.

Other programs and referrals are offered by the non-profit community action agency. Read more on, and learn how to apply, at the Jackson County Civic Action Committee.

Free food assistance programs in Jackson Mississippi

Lord Is My Help – The non-profit agency provides a Congregate Meals site, Meals on Wheels, and a food pantry for individuals and families in need of food and meals. May also have referrals to other non-profits and government programs in Jackson County and across the state. 1205 Desoto Street, Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564, call (228) 872-2331

First Baptist Church may also have food or groceries. Location is 902 Live Oak Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39567, Call (228) 762-2343 for hours.

Charities that provide free food - Those are only two locations to try. There are other non-profits around Pascagoula and other towns that can be turned to in an emergency. Everything from a free box of groceries to Christmas meals or toys, summer snacks for children, and other aid is offered. Read more on Jackson County Mississippi free food banks.

Several other food banks and pantries operate in the state. Families of all income and backgrounds can get help. Locate a listing of additional food pantries in Mississippi.







Free health clinics and free medical centers

East Central Medical Center - RHC East Central Medical Center. This community clinic offers General Medical Care and a sliding fee scale for the low income and uninsured. Dial (228) 588-6622 for service/intake.

Coastal Family Health Care – A homeless health clinic offers a number of resources to help people manage their medical bills. One is community outreach, which is an ongoing and integral part of the needs of the Jackson County Mississippi region. The clinic offers dental, medical, substance abuse counseling, social services as well as medical help for chronic conditions.

The clinic also has an onsite pharmacy as well as a point of service lab. Adults, children, and the uninsured can all get care. Locations are 4770 Amoco Drive, Moss Point, MS 39563, (228) 474-9511 as well as 10828 Highway 57 North, Vancleave, Mississippi 39565, phone (228) 826-4711


By Jon McNamara

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