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Morgan County and Decatur Alabama assistance programs.

Get details on how to get help for paying electric and gas bills, back rent, mortgages, and medical costs too. There are charities in Morgan County Alabama that give out food or free AC units cash aid from DHR, as well as churches that provide free clothes, back to school supplies and holiday help.

There are also other financial aid resources, free grants, or case management services in Decatur and Morgan County Alabama. There are also several free clinics to turn to for free medical care, dental cleanings, as well as prescription glasses. All these programs and more are below.

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A Beltline Church of Christ - Funding is very limited. They mostly focus on passing out free food and clothing in Morgan County. However, when resources allow, some of the assistance programs offered by this Decatur agency include Rent Payment Assistance to prevent homelessness. There is also information on grants for Electric and Heating Bill Payment Assistance or Gas Bills.

Or there will be other sources of emergency funds or loans for qualified clients, even including loans. Appointments are needed, and the phone line is open Wednesday morning only. The number is 566-6221, and services are only available in English.

Morgan County Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc - This non-profit agency also runs several programs for low income residents. The services include:

  • Gas and Electric Bill Payment Assistance
  • Rental Assistance Programs
  • Free Food and Pantry
  • LHEAP and Fuel Bill Payment Assistance
  • Foreclosure and Housing Counseling
  • Mortgage Payment Assistance
  • Weatherization Energy Conserving Programs




Call the Decatur Alabama community action agency at (256) 355-7843. However note that in addition to those assistance programs, numerous other resources are offered, including assistance for seniors in Morgan County, funds to use for paying a portion of a security deposit for the homeless, and more. Read more on grant aid from Community Action Partnership of North Alabama.

Committee on Church Cooperation ((256) 355-8893) offers food and numerous other assistance programs. Low income and other struggling Morgan County families can receive access to Christmas and holiday assistance Programs, Food Pantries, General Clothing Provision, Groceries, Household Goods Vouchers, Prescription Expense Assistance, School Supplies, and access to an on location Soup Kitchens.

Another local charity organization to contact is Neighborhood Christian Center. The agency can be reached at (256) 351-7633. Various ministries are run by the agency in the Decatur area.

This is a faith-based non-profit charity that provides low income individuals and families with access to a food pantry, clothing closet, other services and resources such as empowerment programs for women and men, prison ministry and a Christmas family/child program. In addition, financial assistance and grants may be available for helping to pay electric and gas bills. This utility payment assistance is offered as funds allow. Find more details on Neighborhood Christian Center programs in Morgan County.

Society of Saint Vincent has operations in the Morgan County and the greater Huntsville region. Volunteers, churches, and others provide the low income and less fortunate with social services and emergency assistance.  Resources range from basic needs such as free food, clothing, and hot meals. However a focus of the Morgan County charity is on homeless prevention, so they may have funds for rent or energy bills. Shelter and transitional housing is also available. Additional programs including information on discounted prescription medications, referrals, and a thrift store. Click here Saint Vincent programs.





DeCatur Salvation Army has a social service center in Morgan County Alabama. The agency runs several emergency assistance programs and social services for the low income as well as seniors. If the site can’t provide what you need help with, then case managers can sometimes provide referrals.

Examples of resources that may be available include housing, such as placement into a homeless shelter, rental assistance, and transitional housing. Other programs include free food, clothing, electric bill assistance, and holiday assistance, including free Christmas toys or Thanksgiving food baskets. Seniors may receive a hot meal or support as well from the Salvation Army. There is also a free back to school supply giveaway in Morgan County. Read more on Salvation Army Morgan County assistance programs.

Morgan County area churches may also provide support. In an effort to help feed the poor, help the homeless, or address the sick or vulnerable, there may be financial aid as well as basic needs provided. Other services may also be arranged. Find help from Decatur area churches.

DHR has an office at 507 14th St SE, Decatur, AL 35601. This is an intake and application site for benefits. Clients can apply for Medicaid, Medicare, or SNAP food stamps. There is also TANF cash aid in Morgan County, which is known as Family Assistance. Or home care for the elderly, SSI applications details, and other public aid is offered, even including home mortgage loans for the disabled. Call (256) 301-8700.

Clinics that offer free or low cost medical care

Call the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County. This health care clinic was created to offer free or low cost health, pharmacy services, dental and medical care to low income or medically uninsured residents who live in Decatur or Morgan County Alabama. The facility was developed in partnership with volunteer physicians, doctors, and nurses and other medical staff from area hospitals.

The Decatur-Morgan County health care clinic provides non-emergency acute care and chronic illness management to those in need. There may be immunizations, physicals, vision, obstetrics, Diabetes Wellness and other services. Call (256) 309-2491.

The state of Alabama has several other free health and dental care programs. Government qualified clinics, volunteer doctors or dentists, and even low cost health insurance policies are offered. The low income, disabled, elderly and unemployed are some of the main patients. Get more details on free dental clinics in Alabama.





Free food and household items

Some local food, diapers, and household product distribution centers to contact include the Decatur Dream Center ((256) 350-0615), the Jubilee Family Worship Center ((256) 355-7771) and Progressive Christian Outreach Ministries (phone (256) 340-2020). Another of the places to call is the Decatur based Redeeming Love Outreach at (256) 351-2711.

There are several other food pantries, free soup kitchens and charities to call in the Morgan County region. Other services available can include free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals or case managers may distribute applications for programs such as food stamps. Find Morgan County food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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