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Assistance programs in Jones County Mississippi.

Social Services from Laurel Mississippi Salvation Army

This agency offers numerous programs and services to the working poor as well as low income. The Salvation Army in Laurel, Mississippi offers social services, affordable thrift stores, counseling, and the possibility for limited financial assistance. This can include grants for utility bills, rent or a mortgage payment. There may be money from the Christian charity for paying electric, heating and/or energy bills.

There are actually two sites in the county, but one is just a thrift store. The funds are limited for expenses such as rent or prescription medications, but extensive case management may be also be provided. Or children can call on the Salvation Army seasonal services, including free Christmas gifts or school supplies, food boxes, and more. There may also be clothing assistance programs (including for work or school uniforms) along with homeless shelters. For more information, call (601) 428-4232, or more on Jones County Salvation Army services.

Information and possible help for paying bills

Get advice, and maybe even limited financial assistance, from the Pearl River Valley Opportunity, Inc. Call (601) 736-6268.

Community Services Block Grant - This program, which is often called CSBG, was created to provide assistance and comprehensive resources and services to eligible low income and disadvantaged clients including, but not limited to, debt reduction, case management, employment, rent and housing help.

The Jones County MS community action agency may also offer education, consumer planning, housing, emergency assistance for bills as well as self-sufficiency programs. Or look into nutrition services, free food, health, advice, and participation in community affairs.

Mortgage and rent assistance - A program known as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program provides funds to supplement and help with the feeding, shelter needs, provides rent and mortgage help and utility bill assistance efforts to Jones County renters and homeowners. In some cases, there may be federal government grants from PRVO for paying the security deposit on a new, low income apartment. Counselor can also refer people to government programs such as the Home Affordable Unemployment Plan.





Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This program offers numerous services, but the most important may be the fact it provides cash grants and direct financial assistance for utility bills, as well as energy conservation and weatherization information. Funds can be used to provide air conditioners, money to prevent a disconnection of utility service, as well as other needs.

Assistance for buying prescription medications - The Pearl River Valley Opportunity, Inc. uses some of the money at its disposal to provide medications for low income individuals. They can help the low income and people with either no or limited health insurance. Counselors and medical professionals at the center can also advice people on such other prescription programs such as NeedyMeds. Read more.

Senior Citizen Assistance Program - This resource as implemented and provides comprehensive array of both indirect and direct services to senior citizens including senior centers. Get advice, free food, and more. Learn about other senior centers.

Educational and employment programs - Children from income qualified families can enroll into Head Start from PRVO. This will provide them with free meals, educational services, and even health check ups. Parents can benefit from services offered by the Jones County Families First Resource Center, and this includes case management services. Staff will direct parents to workshops on credit counseling or help them find a job, among other things.

The community action agency helps families in Ellisville and Laurel. Find more details on Pearl River Valley Opportunity.

By Jon McNamara

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