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Assistance programs in Huntsville and Madison County Alabama.

Families in Hunstville Alabama and Madison County that are struggling with paying their bills and who need help have several charities, churches and a community action agency to turn to for financial assistance. There may be grants or loans to pay for rent or transportation, funds for electric bills, free health care and other support. The Huntsville Department of Human Services also offers government assistance, such as food stamps and cash aid.

Everything from mortgage or water bill help, grants to pay security deposits, free boxes of food from pantries, and other support is offered. There is also free school supplies for students, affordable housing as well as seasonal resources such as free Christmas toys or games delivered in the mail. Get the details on who to contact in Hunstille Al and the county, and what is offered, below.

Cash grants, counseling, and emergency financial assistance Madison County

The Madison County Catholic Center of Concern (phone number (256) 963-9355) provides low income, the unemployed, and other qualified individuals with emergency cash grants as well as other social services. There may be emergency financial assistance that can be used for critical bills. The funds can help with paying rent, mortgage, utility and cooling bills. Or get grants and vouchers or prescription medications.

Other support is offered too. The charity Catholic Center Of Concern offers help with past due utilities and/or rent or mortgage to try to address homelessness There is also an on site clothing room where clients can come once every three months and get free clothes for their family at no cost, and there are also diapers given out to families with little ones at most once a month. Holiday assistance is also offered in Huntsville, including information on free Christmas toys delivered in the mail.

In order to apply for financial assistance, the charity will take calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 - 11 and 1 - 3 at the phone number of phone (256) 536-0041 referenced above. The Madison County clothing room is open Wednesdays from 9 - 11.

Christmas Charities Year Round. They do not offer money or financial aid. However the charity offers assistance year round. Households can receive free clothing, household items, food and furniture. In addition, they run a special holiday program that provides toys and food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The agency can be reached at 256-837-2373. It is a year round service, and address is 3054 Leeman Ferry Rd, Huntsville, AL 35801.




The Salvation Army, Huntsville Alabama Corps (phone number 256-536-5576) provides a multitude of assistance programs, including social services. Based on funding, there may be emergency rent and housing assistance, emergency shelter, free or discounted clothing, or grants for utilities. The Mobile charity also provides case management, access to a free food pantry and feeding programs.

They also run senior and youth programs, such as music instruction without discrimination as well as senior transportation and training for adults. Or shop at the Family Store. Or children can get free Christmas toys, back to school supplies or uniforms, and even enroll into summer camp. If you need help, contact the Salvation Army in Huntsville.

Huntsville Assistance Program - HAP - This organization is a local church cooperative for low income families. As part of this service, each member combines their resources to provide emergency financial assistance and cash grants to those in need. The resources help residents in the Huntsville Alabama area. Qualified individuals may be able to apply for church financial help programs. Based on funding, there may be assistance for paying costs such as rent, money for utility bills, food, and gas cards for emergencies. Call (256) 539-2320.

  • Other parts of the city/county are supported too. Huntsville Assistance Program North, or HAP, is a local church cooperative providing emergency cash, grants, and financial assistance to the needy in Madison County. A free food pantry is also operated at the location for members of the community. Address is 11588 Pulaski Pike, Toney, Alabama 35773. Call (256) 828-8788

St. Vincent de Paul Counsel offers numerous assistance programs and financial aid. There is also a low cost thrift store that sells gently used goods. The center may be able to give financial assistance for paying rent, free food, utilities, and prescription medicine.

When the church has the funding they may also be able to assist with travel money. The center has a Thrift Store and food pantry where people can buy clothing and house good as well. Household items maybe be given away on a voucher basis too. The charity is Huntsville AL. Dial (256) 539-7476. Learn more on the Madison and Huntsville St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Churches United For The People, or CUP, is another partnership of churches in the greater Huntsville Alabama region. These charity organizations can offer financial assistance to low income and working poor individuals as well as families who qualify. They also offer free clothes, transportation vouchers and other support. Location is Huntsville, AL 35801, phone (256) 539-8720. Or continue with assistance from CUP churches.





Huntsville Utilities offers payment plans to customers that are unable to pay his or her electric or gas bill. There are really four different programs currently offered, and they include A Short-Term agreement which provides more time to pay the utility bill. A Permanent agreement made between the utility company and the customer can changes the monthly due date permanently.

An Installment agreement allows the customer to pay the current monthly utility bill plus an agreed-upon portion of the past-due amount each month to work away at any balance. The last option is known as A Long-Term agreement which allows for paying the current utility bill plus 1/2 the past due amount on the account. Call (256) 535-1200. Locate more utility assistance programs in Alabama.

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul and the Our Lady Queen Of The Universe Catholic Church have limited funding that can be used to pay for mortgages, rent, food, utilities, medicine, and water bills. Location is 2421 Shady Lane Dr NW, Huntsville, Alabama or call (256) 852-0788 or (256) 852-2899.

Regional Referrals - There are non-profits, government agencies as well as faith-based church organizations that provide financial assistance for paying bills and rent, food, clothing, shelter, and more to those in need. Volunteers answer question on resources that may be available.

There may be programs that provide minor home repairs and even services like yard-cutting to seniors in need. Also low cost or free items such as appliances and household goods are also sometimes available to the needy. For referrals, the number is 1-888-421-1266, or click here Madison County CUP.

Local churches can offer help. The funds and the various assistance programs offered from the charities are for individuals or families experiencing temporary financial hardship because of unusual circumstances or some type of short term crisis situation. The Huntsville charity provides a clothes closet for those in need as well. Find more help from Catholic Churches.

The Center referenced above takes a holistic approach to addressing all types of possible homeless. This even means they coordinate support to homeowners that are threatened with the lose of their home due to a foreclosure. Find additional Alabama mortgage programs. As non-profits and the government may assist. More on Alabama mortgage help.

Department Of Human Resources (main office in Hunstville) offer government aid. There main one is applications to Food Stamps. But there is also Temporary Cash assistance for paying bills, Medicaid applications, free child care vouchers from the government, and adoption services. The unemployed, families in poverty, minorities and others in Madison County can get support. the main office is 2206 Oakwood Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35810. Dial (256) 427-6000

Crisis Services Of North Alabama offers a service known as Project SAIL (Special Assessment Intervention and Liaison). This is offered for victims of domestic violence. It provides them advocacy, possible relocation expenses, referrals, and information on financial aid. They work closely with the  Alabama Department of Human Resources on this resource. Huntsville, AL 35816, dial (256) 716-4052.

Furniture banks, free school supplies and clothing closets are scattered in Huntsville and the county. Both free or low income items may be available. Centers, both free clothing and furniture banks, may have free clothes, supplies for kids going back to school, diapers, furniture for sale, and much more. Continue Madison County Alabama free school supplies, furniture and clothing closets.

Care Center Of Southeastern Madison County is located at 5439 Main Drive, New Hope, Alabama 35760. Phone number is (256) 723-2273. This is a local Christian-oriented, nonprofit charity organization that seeks to reduce poverty in southeastern Madison County Alabama. They accomplish this through emergency services, education initiatives, job training and employment resources, and recovery programs.

Programs that focus on housing - Several churches and non-profits focus on addressing families housing needs. Resources can offer funds for paying rent in a crisis, eviction prevention programs, legal aid, and more. Those who are homeless may even benefit from rapid rehousing programs in Madison County Alabama. Learn more on rental assistance Madison County.





Benevolence department from Beltline Church offers limited support, as funding allows. The faith based charity will sometimes have a small amount of money for paying bills in an emergency such as utility or cooling costs. Clients can also learn about one time grant programs for housing or rent or they can get help with food or clothing needs. Appointments need to be made, and dial  (256) 353-1876. The line is open on Wednesday morning. Name, identification, copies of bills, and more is needed. Services are only offered in English.

Other local churches are available in Madison County and nearby regions. When possible, these faith based groups may offer financial support or basic needs. More information Decatur churches.

Free holiday assistance is for low income families or those facing a short term crisis. Based on whether the applicant has children or maybe is a senior citizen, a free gift or home delivered meal may be given at Christmas. Donations may also allow for holiday food boxes, Christmas presents, and other goods. Find help from Madison County free Christmas programs.

Community Action programs for utility, rent, food and air conditioning bill assistance

The Community Action Partnership of Huntsville / Madison & Limestone Counties, Inc. (phone number (256) 851-9800) runs the Low Income Heating/Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and well as weatherization.

  • LIHEAP - This program provides cash and financial assistance up to twice a year to low to moderate income families. The money will help them paying heating and cooling energy bills, and the goal is to help to prevent energy services from being terminated or disconnected.
  • Weatherization - This assistance program will increase the energy efficiency of the clients homes while ensuring their health and safety. It will help reduce energy costs and alleviate the high energy expenses and burden for low-income families that qualify for weatherization.
  • Transportation assistance is offered. Madison County families may need everything from gasoline vouchers to help making car payments. There may also be bus passes, credit counseling and other support. Learn more on even services including help getting a car out of impound.
  • Emergency housing assistance, which may include funds for paying rent. Either a low interest loan or maybe a cash grant is issued. Other housing programs in Madison may include security deposit assistance for the homeless and information on transitional housing.
  • Financial counseling - Learn about ways to improve your credit, reduce debts, eliminate payday loans, and get back on a solid financial footing. More information on payday loan laws.
  • Another service that is offered by the non-profit Community Action Partnership of Huntsville / Madison & Limestone Counties, Inc. is extensive housing help, in the form of rent assistance, foreclosure counseling, and even funds for paying a mortgage or utility bill. Clients can also partner directly with HUD approved counselors to receive access to assistance for emergency rent, mortgage payments, and/or paying utility bills.
    They can provide advice and information on problems of rent delinquencies, evictions, and mortgage default assistance. Even learn about FHA government mortgage programs. Call them at (256) 851-9800 for more information.

The various locations of the Community Action Agencies across Madison County Alabama are as follows.

  • 2900 Fairbanks Street, Huntsville, Alabama 35816, call (256) 534-0863
  • 8740 McDonald Road, Irvington, AL 36544, (251) 957-6722
  • 3516 Stringfield Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-851-9800
  • 5499 Main Drive, New Hope, AL 35760. Dial 256-723-2475

Several other programs are offered by CAA-HTSVAL, such as free food, Head Start, and HUD foreclosure counseling services. Read Community Action Partnership of Madison County.







Senior citizen programs in Madison Alabama

CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) of Madison County - This program helps the elderly in the community. The non-profit agency provides needed services to senior citizens and  homebound utilizing volunteers and other counselors. The services are free to qualified individuals. Assistance programs offered by CASA include transportation, home repairs, wheelchair ramps, and many others. Call them at 256-533-7775.

Free medical and health care in Madison County

School aged children can turn to Heals, Inc. (256-428-7560). The non-profit offers free school based health care and medical services. Also learn about medical negotiators and how they can help with medical and health care expenses.

Community Free Clinic is a local center that is dedicated to providing excellent free, high quality medical care to those in our community without access to healthcare benefits or insurance. The main number is (256) 533-2910

Central Health Care of Huntsville Alabama (call (256) 533-6311) provides extensive health care including outpatient medical, ob/gyn, pediatrics, x-ray care, dental care, pharmacy, as well as free lab services. There are also health and nutrition services to those who need help.

The state of Alabama, as well as non-profits, offer free health insurance and medical care to. This is for low to moderate income families. There is Medicaid, prescription eye glasses, insulin and other needs can be met. Read more on free health insurance in Alabama.

Food assistance in Madison County Alabama

FOOD Line is a toll free line that can direct people to local food pantries and distribution centers. There are places for free groceries, hot meals, and applications to benefits such as SNAP food stamps pr WIC, as well as other programs. Call (256) 534-2424.

There are dozens of other free soup kitchens, food pantries, and feeding sites in Madison County. Both short term, emergency boxes of groceries are offered as well as long term support such as SNAP food stamps. Or click here to find an extensive listing of food pantries, churches, and distribution centers in the region. Locate free food pantries Madison County Alabama.


By Jon McNamara

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