Lowndes County Mississippi assistance programs.

Get help with bills, including rent and utility

People who live in Lowndes County Mississippi and who find themselves facing a short term financial hardship can receive some help. Prairie Opportunity, Inc., which is the local community action agency, and the Salvation Army have various resources and services that they offer.

Help for paying utility bills

Share One, which is administered by the Salvation Army as well as the United Way of Lowndes County, has partnered with Columbus Light and Water and together they created the Share One program. The Share One program will those families and individuals who are in need due to temporary hardship or misfortune that may need financial assistance with paying for their utility bill. In addition, the program is looking for donations, and Columbus Light and Water is providing their customers the option to contribute to the Share One program through monthly contributions to their utility bill.

Mississippi Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Prairie Opportunity, Inc. manages the LIHEAP program for local residents. It provides financial assistance and cash grants to help eligible households help pay the cost of home energy related services and bills. Households may qualify for regular LIHEAP assistance for paying for their electricity, natural gas, wood, liquid petroleum propane/butane gas and other energy related services and products.

Help with rent

If you are facing an eviction or are behind on your rent payments, the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) from time to time may have cash grants they can offer you to help pay your rent. This is offered by the community action agency. Assistance is available for those with an unexpected crisis, and funds may be provided in Columbus and other towns in Lowndes County.





Food assistance

Prairie Opportunity, Inc. runs a food pantry and they offer other free food programs. The organization is part of the Mississippi Food Network. They are a member agency that is involved in distributing USDA products and purchasing products not donated to MFN. In addition, this program provides free food and other forms of assistance for individuals and families to help them increase the amount of food available to meet nutritional needs of their family.

Contact Prairie Opportunity, Inc. at (662) 323-3397 to learn more or apply for programs. Or to get more information on their services, click here.

Salvation Army provides help with rent, mortgage payments, and energy bills

The federal government is provides the county funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Block grant. There are also funds from the United Way and the sale of goods at the thrift store. When resources allow, funds will be available to distribute to select non-profit agencies and charities throughout the area, including the Salvation Army.

The program is aimed at hard working people who have had just some type of emergency or short term hardship that is causing them to have to reach out to others in the community and agencies for funding assistance, and these are people who usually never asked for help before. The grant money will be used to help people pay for their utility bills, mortgage payments, and / or rent and the funds will be distributed from the agencies. Find other programs that can provide mortgage help. More.

The Lowndes County Salvation Army can be reached at (662) 245-1542. They offer various forms of social services as well as resources for kids, students, and struggling parents. There may be food, clothing, holiday as well as Christmas programs, and much more. In addition vouchers from the thrift store can be used in a crisis. Call them for referrals for how to apply for the grants. More on the Lowndes County Salvation Army.



By Jon McNamara

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