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Rental assistance in Mississippi.

Low income residents in Mississippi have several different government organizations and non-profit agencies that they can contact for emergency rental assistance or housing programs. Some of the organizations may be able to offer cash assistance for paying rent or security deposits. Other support may be provided as well. For example, some can help people apply for government programs like section 8 vouchers and they can also offer other low income housing programs to Mississippi families.

GCCA – Much of the support is through referrals, however from time to time the non-profit may have government grants or financial support available. When possible, they provides qualified low income renters, and even homeowners, with rent and housing assistance as they are a HUD approved agency. For example, get information on how to find help with paying your monthly mortgage, rental costs, and other miscellaneous items.

Foreclosure counseling and eviction prevention services are offered too. While the demand for housing solutions is high, financial assistance or short term loans can even be provided for other basic needs, and not just necessarily a client’s rental payments. The non-profit is located at 500 24th Street, Gulfport, Mississippi 39507, call (888) 603-4222.

Back Bay Mission -  This non-profit agency provides housing assistance to clients who are both chronically homeless and diagnosed with a mental disorder. For any type of rental assistance, this is only for honorably discharged veterans. 1012 Division Street, Biloxi, MS 39533, phone number (228) 432-0301.  

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VI – Residents in Canton, Edwards, Pearl, Port Gibson and Yazoo City Mississippi can call this non-profit. It covers the central Mississippi area, and offers federal housing assistance such as section 8 vouchers to income qualified individuals and families. Almost 5000 families get help from its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program each and every year. In addition, they run a number of low income housing apartments and units in the region. Call (601) 373-7040





Good Samaritan Center – Families who are faced with a crisis that is not of their doing and beyond their control may access emergency rental assistance. Families or individuals needs to be experiencing an unexpected (yet verifiable) emergency or hardship situation that is beyond their control and that was not of their doing. Also get referrals to government assistance too. 114 Millsaps Avenue, Jackson, MS 39202, call (601) 355-6276

Multi-County Community Service Agency – Anyone from adolescents to the elderly can contact this non-profit agency. Regardless of your background or your age, they assist in solving real-life problems, including housing. There may be some limited financial aid offered as well as general counseling.

Case managers will work with families by enabling them to attain self-sufficiency over the mid to long term. They can do this by addressing the underlying causes of problems in the areas of education, employment, health, housing, income management, and budgeting. As they key to paying your rent over the long term is regaining self-sufficiency. 2900 St. Paul Street, Meridian, MS 39301, call (601) 483-4838 or 1-800-898-0659

Voice Of Calvary Ministries only helps veterans that are facing homelessness due to unpaid rent or mortgages. The program known as Soldier on Soldier is run from their office at 531 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203. Government grants and other services are used to assist with rental and housing needs of military members in Mississippi. Dial (866) 406-8449

MS State Department of Health - Division of STD/HIV – Runs the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS). Among other services, this provides emergency rental assistance as well as information, referrals and resources. Address is 570 E. Woodrow Wilson, Osbourne Building, Room 350, Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1700, dial (601) 576-7723

Catholic Charities City of Natchez – May have limited funds for emergency rental assistance. Also learn about and get help in applying for other government and public aid. This is the local branch of the nation’s leading charity organization. Natchez, Mississippi 39121, call (601) 442-0142





Salvation Army, Social Services Office - Assists the low income in meeting their immediate pressing needs. This can include rent and housing. They try to help as many individuals as possible who come for help. 110 Presto Ln., Jackson, MS 39206, dial (601) 982-4881

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority IV – Offers affordable, decent, and safe housing to thousands of families across certain parts of northern Mississippi. Housing programs cover the counties of Oktibbeha, Carroll, Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Winston. They administer the section 8 housing program in that portion of the state as well, and thousands of people in their territory qualify for vouchers. 845 South Frontage Road, Columbus, Mississippi 39703, call (662) 327-4121


By Jon McNamara

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