Lowndes County Mississippi assistance programs.

Find resources including housing assistance for rent, utility bills, or security deposits. There is help in Lowndes County from government aid from DHS in Columbus Mississippi, churches as well as charities. Organizations help low income families, minorities, the elderly and others pay the bills and address basic needs.

The non-profit and government organizations in the county and city of Columbus may also have free food from pantries, bus passes or gasoline vouchers, clothing, back to school school supplies and information on how to pay down debt including credit card or medical bills. Offering medical care to the under or uninsured as well as employment programs is another focus in Lowndes County. Even find medical grants.

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.
  • Employment and career enhancement - Encouraging employment, and helping Columbus Mississippi clients gain new jobs or a higher income, is a key focus. The  non-profit offers many solutions. They include ESL programs; computer training; health care jobs; nursing; and other assistance to the low income. More on free job training in Mississippi.

 

 

 

 

  • 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 grocery as well as meal 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.
  • Case management - Prairie Opportunity, Inc. staff help struggling families. They give free advice on many social services, budgeting, and employment services. The focus is on helping low income families and those in poverty gain stability.

Contact Prairie Opportunity, Inc. at (662) 323-3397 to learn more or apply for programs. Or get more information on their services, ranging from grants to employment or housing. Click here assistance from Prairie Opportunity, Inc.

 

 

 

 

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

The federal government 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 for housing 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 on help with mortgage to stop foreclosures.

Lowndes County Human Services Department, or the Columbia DHS, is the government offices for public aid, welfare, and benefits. All of the typical government resources are offered. This includes cash aid from Economic Assistance, which is short term help to pay bills, housing, and basic living expenses. they also help caregivers of the disabled or elderly.

DHS in Columbus also offers applications to SNAP food stamps, TANF work and cash program, Workforce Development for jobs, as well as other Medicaid, disability and mental health employment assistance programs. Other government aid is offered too as needed. Lowndes County Human Services Department (DHS) is located at 1604 College St, Columbus, MS 39701. Call (662) 329-5743.

 

 

 

 

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 free food, clothing, holiday as well as Christmas gift programs, and much more. In addition vouchers from the thrift store can be used in a crisis. Or apply for money for rent, water or utility bills or even a mortgage. 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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