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Lee County Alabama assistance programs.

In an effort to help struggling and low income families, find how churches, non-profits, and charities all offer financial help. Whether it is money to help with rent or utility bills, free medical or dental care or food, there is assistance available. The main agencies to apply at in Lee County are below, and they combine emergency financial help with other social services.

Help for paying medical and hospital bills

The Andrew Willis Memorial Emergency Fund, which is partly supported by the United Way, helps pay for medical expenses and hospital bills for low income and impoverished children. Get help with such health care expenses as doctor and dental bills and medical prescriptions. Dial (334) 737-1100 to learn more, or find additional medical bill assistance programs.

Access food and groceries

The Food Bank of East Alabama (334-821-9006) works with local charities to get food to where it is needed most. They contribute the distribution of donated and purchased food through qualified agencies and charities such as shelters, soup kitchens, senior programs, emergency food pantries, non-profit agencies and community centers. You can call them to learn where you can pick up your free food from.

Help for paying energy bills

The local community action agency, Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc., administers several services and programs for people in need of help. The programs include a wide range of helping programs such as Energy Assistance and Emergency Crisis Intervention. The agency helps people in Auburn and Lee County, Alabama.





Health, dental, and dental care

Two different non-profit organizations to stop by at for either medical care, or to get additional information, include Mercy Medical Clinic for Family Care ((334) 501-1081) as well as Medicaid Agency (phone number (334) 502-5446). A combination of free and/or sliding fee services are available to income qualified Lee County families.

  • Mercy Medical Clinic for Family Care - This clinic provides medical help to low income patients who do not have health insurance. Medical professionals, nurses, and doctors provide family medical and dental care for residents of Lee County Alabama.
  • Medicaid Agency - The program provides referrals and information on Alabama and federal government programs. Get information and referral/ ambulance service where medically necessary for Medicaid eligible patients across the area.

Family Health Clinic - Provides free Medicare health screenings for the low income and uninsured. Screenings include Cholesterol, Triglyceride, Lipid Screening, Physical, Basic Health Care, and Evaluations. 1456 Opelika Road, Auburn, Alabama 36830, phone (334) 826-8951. Locate more clinics in Alabama.

Emergency financial assistance in Lee County Alabama

If you are facing a short term crisis, and need emergency help, the Auburn Salvation Army (phone number (334) 826-0073) provides emergency assistance. This agency offers emergency assistance, including clothes, food, utility help, and medical bill help, to the less fortunate of Lee County who are facing a hardship or a dire circumstance. Financial assistance is provided to individuals according to need, without discrimination to the person on their circumstances. Read more Salvation Army programs in Alabama.

Salvation Army centers are also in Opelika Alabama. This offers many of the same resources as the site above. Another focus is on providing case management, employment assistance, and help for seniors. The center wants to help people overcome poverty. A number of other social services are offered as well to the working poor. Click Lee County Salvation Army resources.





Auburn United Methodist Church – This center administers financial assistance programs to persons in Lee County Alabama who are experiencing a financial hardship or crisis and are temporarily unable to provide for their families or themselves. The church may be able to provide monetary aide to assist with paying rent or utilities. 137 S. Gay Street, Auburn, Alabama 36830, dial (334) 826-8800.

Area Agency on Aging of Lee County – Provides assistance programs and services to seniors and persons 60 and older. Some of what is offered includes food and home delivered meals. Free or low cost legal aid is offered, as well as Medicaid Waivers. Other assistance includes outreach, health insurance counseling, and prescription drug assistance. 2207 Gateway Drive, Opelika, AL 36801, call (334) 749-5264. Click here for more details on senior assistance programs.

Auburn Housing Network offers a number of housing, mortgage, and rent programs. They have information on both private and government funded resources. The location also serves as a non-profit network referral for housing repair for working poor and low income persons living in the City of Auburn.

Some of the services provided include Housing Rehab Program, such as minor repairs. This is more emergency aid for a property that is unsafe to live in. Mortgage and/or utility bill assistance is limited and may be offered on a case by case basis to qualified families. In addition, referrals are made to grants as well as resident needs of minor repairs, weatherization, ramps, and concrete. 144 Tichenor Avenue, Suite 2, Auburn, Alabama 36830, call (334) 501-7280, or locate more Auburn Housing Network assistance programs.

Shelter and Rental Assistance from Lee County Alabama Council on Human Relations – In addition to the utility bill help indicated above, the center can help residents who face health threatening emergencies including lack of medication, housing, or food. Rental/housing assistance may also be offered for people facing eviction from their home or apartment. The non-profit will help pay up to one month's rent, mortgage for qualified people. (334) 821-8336

The community action Alabama Council on Human Relations, or ACHR, provides several programs for the less fortunate. They range from housing, free food, child care assistance, to job training and funds for paying utility bills. The organization is a leading non-profit agency for the entire Lee County Alabama region.




The center is a HUD approved housing counseling agency, so they can provide information on mortgage assistance and rental programs. While in some cases a short term loan may be issued for paying rent or a security deposit, in most cases the support is provided in the form of referrals. Qualified clients can also learn about LIHEAP utility programs or free energy conservation measures.

Other ACHR programs include free food from pantries or SNAP food stamp benefits as part of the Alabama Coalition Against Hunger. They run Child Development Programs, can direct Lee County families to job training in Auburn Alabama, and more. Read Alabama Council on Human Relations.

Presbyterian Community Ministry supports low income residents with food. Phone (334) 887-3777.

City Of Auburn – May have emergency rent, cooling, and utility bill assistance for city Auburn city residents. This housing type program is not available to Section 8 or public housing residents. 144 Tichenor Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36830. Read more on Alabama section 8.

City Of Opelika - The intention of the Opelika Share program is to assist qualified disabled and elderly individuals facing financial challenges with payment on their Opelika Light and Power bill. Opelika Share will not make payments on non-active (disconnected) accounts, unmetered services or late fees. They may also distribute Prescription Drug Discount Cards.

Smiths Community Agape Fund, Philadelphia Baptist Church – Limited utility bill assistance is offered for individuals or families in need of help. 7807 Lee Road 246, Smiths, Alabama 36877, call (334) 297-0517

Food pantries and banks

Church Of The Harvest is a local food pantry. Phone number is (334) 745-2247.

Lakeview Baptist Church - Provide grocery and food assistance programs to those in need of help. The church can only assist people at most once every 3 months. 1600 E. Glenn Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830, dial (334) 887-7094

St. Michael's Catholic Church is located at 1100 N. College Avenue .They only have a food bank, and other other support. Dial (334) 887-5540

The Bridge Church, 1000 Lee Road 263, Cusseta, AL 36852, phone number is (334) 742-0144

Christian Care Ministries of Opelika - The soup kitchen serves meals to shut-ins and walk-ins. A food pantry provides food and groceries for people in need. 1000 Samford Court, Opelika, Alabama 36801, phone (334) 705-0505





Pine Grove United Methodist Church – Phone number is (334) 749-8874

His Store House at His Gathering House Community Church, which can be called at 334-614-6701 and is based at 3909 US Highway 80 West, Phenix City, AL 36870 has a food pantry, holiday meals, clothes, and more.

Beulah United Methodist Church. Address is 5165 Lee Road 270. Dial (334) 745-4755

For more information on food pantries and basic needs, such as clothing, families have other resources available to them. Locate Lee County food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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