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Winston and Marion County assistance programs

Find help for paying bills, mortgage, debts, food, and other aid

Community Action Partnership of Northern Alabama - This is the leading non-profit agency for the Marion and Winston County Alabama area. They focus on helping the low income, working poor, unemployed, and other families and individuals who need help. Examples of the programs and services offered include:

Foreclosure counseling - If you are behind on your mortgage, or facing a foreclosure, the agency can offer HUD certified services and foreclosure prevention to homeowners.

Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund - This is a utility assistance program that was created by Alabama Power to help people pay utility bills. The Trust partners closely with local community action agencies, charities, and non-profits to help pay for both heating and cooling costs and expenses of low-income families and those people who are struggling with temporary financial hardships.

Renters - Housing counseling is also available for landlord/tenant issues and mediation.

Homeless assistance programs - For people in the community who are homeless, they can get help in obtaining shelter, money for security deposits, utilities, food, cooling bill help, clothing, medical care, job training and/or employment opportunities.






Emergency Food and Shelter - A federal government agency known as FEMA can provide help to people facing a foreclosure, who need food, or that are facing an eviction. Get emergency rent help, funds for paying a mortgage, or free food.


Energy bill assistance programs - A few other programs are offered that can help qualified low to moderate income, elderly, and disabled pay their monthly energy bills. The additional programs run include:

  • Low income energy assistance, otherwise known as LIHEAP, offers grants and emergency financial assistance to qualified individuals on a one-time basis. The grants can help them meet heating and cooling energy bills costs to prevent disconnections.
  • Operation Warm - This is only offered in certain counties and by not all utility companies. It is a program that provides grants and financial assistance on a one time basis to persons who are elderly, handicapped, or in health crisis situations.
  • Weatherization - This federal government created conservation program provides energy conservation improvements to low to moderate income individuals, including extra floor and attic insulation, weather stripping and storm windows for households that meet established household income guidelines.

Call the Community Action Partnership of Northern Alabama, which has several offices around the area, at 256-355-7843.





By Jon McNamara

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