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Financial assistance programs in Mississippi.

Get financial assistance and find free stuff for all cities and counties in Mississippi listed below, including Jackson and Gulfport. Find help with paying utility or electric bills, rent, food costs, as well as a housing or mortgage payment. Or get free health or dental care in MS or locate free gasoline vouchers for employment needs. Government assistance programs, social service agencies and charities offer grant money or loans for paying bills.

Most of the emergency financial help in MS is combined with free items as well as long term support. This can include free boxes of food, job training programs, clothes for work, car payment help and more. Low-income families can also get free hotel vouchers or access to low-income housing as well as free health care services. Find details below.

Find financial help for paying bills, free stuff, housing in MS or medical care

CHIP and Medicaid
This government funded medical assistance/health insurance program covers healthcare expenses for kids, teenagers and children up to their 19th birthday (CHIP). Medicaid is for any low income, uninsured family. There are no premiums to pay for this government health care program, but some families may have to pay a small co-pay or premium. It help single moms, families with kids and the working poor in MS pay for their medical bills or other health services. Call 1-800-421-2408. Find additional ways to get help with medical bills and debt in Mississippi.

SNAP Food Stamps on MS
The SNAP program provides nutritional needs, EBT cards and supplements to low-income people. Major accomplishments of this government assistance program include allowing low income individuals and families to increase the amount of food and groceries available to their household. Call 601.359.4500 or 1-800-948-3020 or 1-800-948-3050

Mortgage Assistance
Find programs in Mississippi that can help homeowners pay their mortgage. Resources can also assist them with avoiding or stopping a foreclosure filing. Read more on mortgage help in Mississippi.

Also, find a listing of non-profit agencies that can also provide counseling. Many of the the services offered are free or have a minimal fee. Click here HUD foreclosure counseling in Mississippi.




The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program
This cash assistance program provides guidance, job programs, and short term financial help for low income families in Mississippi with children up to age 18 years of age. Monthly TANF cash grant payments are made for children’s needs and their caretaker relatives, and the money can help pay bills, housing, health care and more. Financial aid is offered if they do not have enough resources or income to meet their everyday needs as determined by state program standards. Dial 1-800-948-3020. for Economic Assistance.

Financial Assistance in a Crisis
A few government organizations partner with non-profits to provide cash and financial assistance in a crisis. Get help with food, paying for medical bills, housing, and other basic needs. Read more Mississippi emergency assistance.

Free Child Care Assistance
Families in need can receive free or very low priced child care from certified providers. The free daycare will allow families to work, get job training, or further their education. Dial 601.359.4500, or continue with more information on free child care assistance in Mississippi.

Free Money in Mississippi
Residents have a number of options for many some extra cash, ranging from government grants to smart phone apps, side gigs, and more. Read more on where to find free money.

Social Services and Cash Assistance
Speak to a case manager from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The government offers a number of assistance programs, such as food, job training, cash grants, and employment opportunities. Learn more on public assistance in Mississippi.

Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Bill Assistance Programs
This is a federal government run assistance program that provides telephone customers a discount of up to $15 per month on either their cellular or home telephone bill. In addition, participants do not have to pay the universal service fund charge that appears monthly on their phone bills. That fee is waived. Click here for details on Mississippi Lifeline.

Disability Benefits and Assistance Programs
Mississippi has several resources for households with a disabled member. Some of what is available includes medical care, free food, housing, medications, and financial assistance from the government. There is also help for the low income with a disability, including utility bill and rental assistance. Click here Mississippi disability programs.

Payday Loans
Unfortunately many individuals in Mississippi turn to payday lenders. Find information on alternatives to high interest rate payday loans. Find details on payday loan alternatives in Mississippi.





Debt Consolidation and Help with Credit in Mississippi
Several non-profit organizations focus on helping families get out of debt and improve their long term financial condition. The services offered are confidential, and may be even free or low cost for qualified individuals. Read free Mississippi credit counseling agencies.

Social Services and Case Management
Receive advice, referrals, and possibly cash assistance from the Salvation Army. Centers across the state of Mississippi offer food, utility bill help, housing, holiday programs, and budgeting skills to the needy and less fortunate. More information on Mississippi Salvation Army.

Legal Aid
Find where to get and who to call for free legal advice in Mississippi. Many attorneys are available. Locate Mississippi free legal aid.

Free Medical and Dental Care
Qualified individuals can get access to free health care from community clinics. Even if you do not qualify for these free services, all people can get low cost medical and dental care. The amount they need to pay will be based on their income. More on Mississippi free community clinics.

A number of free dental services are offered from clinics located throughout the state. Mississippi free dental centers are a great place to turn to for assistance.

Medical assistance is available for residents who do not have health insurance or that have limited coverage. The state as well as other organization will offer health care services. Learn more about uninsured healthcare in Mississippi.

Programs for Seniors in Mississippi
Organizations focus on meeting the needs of older residents. Whether you need help finding a job, food, or health care/medical bill assistance, the elderly and senior citizens have resources available. Read more Mississippi Agency on Aging.

Homeless Prevention and Rehousing
Federal government grants are available from non-profits in Mississippi. The funds are used to pay for rent in order to stop an eviction. Other resources include low income apartments, Rapid Rehousing services, and assistance to pay for a security deposit or moving costs. Click Mississippi eviction prevention and rehousing.

Short Term Housing
If you were  evicted or are homeless, several transitional housing resources and shelters can provide a place to stay. The Mississippi non-profit centers will also help the resident deal with the cause, find self-sufficiency and employment, and locate a new permanent home. Click here transitional housing in Mississippi.

Rent and Housing Vouchers
HUD housing and section 8 vouchers are for the very low income, seniors, and the disabled in Mississippi. The government rental assistance vouchers from the government can be used to pay a portion of a tenants housing expense. Continue with section 8 in Mississippi.

Employment Programs, Self-sufficiency Services and Government Grants
Those are just some of the services offered by a community action agency. The non-profits offer a number of low income assistance programs and counseling for struggling families, the unemployed, and others. More information on community action agencies in Mississippi.







Several employment specific programs are administered at WIN Job Centers in Mississippi. Specialists can help the unemployed or people looking for a new position or skill. Get information and enroll into education services, job training, and more. Continue with Mississippi job training.

Housing and Programs to Help with Rent
Resources available in Mississippi include funds to pay for housing and rent costs in an emergency, security deposit assistance. federal government rent vouchers, and homeless prevention services. More Mississippi rental assistance.

Free Food Banks and Assistance Programs
Get information, locations, and phone numbers of food banks, pantries, distribution centers, and non-profit organizations that can provide free food to help end hunger. Click here free food pantries in Mississippi.

Mississippi Help for Energy Bills
Get information on the various utility, electric, and energy bill assistance programs that can help people who are facing a financial hardship, or get help if you are facing a disconnection. This programs are offered directly from utility companies. Read more on Mississippi utility bill assistance programs.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP will provide government assistance and financial aid to households to help Mississippi residents in need pay the cost of home utility bills, including heating and cooling bills. Households may qualify for LIHEAP assistance and/or the Energy Crisis (emergency) Intervention Program (ECIP) for wood, natural gas, electricity, liquid petroleum propane/butane gas, and other energy related services.

Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is also offered with LIHEAP. WAP grants and funds are intended to improve the conditions of lower income families homes. This assistance program was created designed to lower home cooling and heating costs by saving money, improving energy efficiency, and also ensuring safety and health.  Continue with LIHEAP low income bill help Mississippi.

Assistance From Mississippi Cities and Counties

Each county and city has other charities, churches, and government assistance programs. Select a county and/or city below to find other places to apply at for grant money for bills, free items such as food or furniture and other financial help.

Adams County (Natchez)

Alcorn County (Corinth)

Amite County (Liberty)

Attala County (Kosciusko)

Benton County (Ashland)

Bolivar County (Cleveland and Rosedale)

Carroll County (Carrollton)

Choctaw County (Ackerman)

Claiborne County (Port Gibson)

Clay County (West Point)

Coahoma County (Clarksdale)

Copiah County (Hazlehurst)

Covington County (Collins)

DeSoto County (Hernando)

Forrest County (Hattiesburg)





Franklin County (Meadville)

Grenada County

Harrison County (Biloxi and Gulfport)

Hinds County (Jackson)

Holmes County (Lexington)

Humphreys County (Belzoni)

Issaquena County (Mayersville)

Jackson County (Pascagoula)

Jefferson County (Fayette)

Jefferson Davis (Prentiss)

Jones County (Laurel and Ellisville)

Lafayette County (Oxford)

Lamar County (Purvis)

Lauderdale County (Meridian)

Lawrence County (Monticello)

Lee County (Tupelo)

Leflore County (Greenwood)

Lincoln County (Brookhaven)

Lowndes County (Columbus)

Madison County (Canton)

Marion County (Columbia)

Marshall County (Holly Springs)

Montgomery County (Winona)

Noxubee County (Macon)

Oktibbeha County (Starkville)

Panola County (Batesville)

Pearl River (Poplarville)





Perry County (New Augusta)

Pike County (Magnolia)

Prentiss County (Booneville)

Rankin County (Brandon)

Sharkey County (Rolling Fork)

Sunflower County (Indianola)

Tippah County (Ripley)

Tishomingo County (Iuka)

Walthall County (Tylertown)

Warren County (Vicksburg)

Washington County (Greenville)

Webster County (Walthall)

Wilkinson County (Woodville)

Winston County (Louisville)

Yalobusha County (Water Valley and Coffeeville)


By Jon McNamara

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