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Rankin County assistance programs.

Struggling families can get emergency financial help from charities, churches or non-profit agencies. The organizations may offer cash loans or grants to help pay for housing (mortgages, rent, or deposits); utilities (water, electric, or heating); food and household needs and more. Learn where and how to apply for help in Rankin County with those bills. Or locate free medical or dental care, home repair services, credit counseling, and other resources.

Energy bill assistance programs

Rankin County Human Resource Agency offers several ways to get financial assistance as well as ways to conserve energy. While the agency is located in Brandon, they serve residents of the entire county. Call the agency at (601) 825-1309.

Weatherization assistance program- This federal government funded program provides ways for people to reduce their energy bills. It offers assistance that can help people achieve a healthful dwelling environment and maximum practical energy conservation. Qualified families can potentially receive upgrades to their home that can reduce their energy bills by hundreds of dollars per year. While many people can apply for help, the program is targeted at low income, elderly, or handicapped persons.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) - This program provides cash grants and financial assistance to households to help them pay home energy and air conditioning bills and other energy related services and expenses.

Senior and elderly program

For seniors in the local community, they can also get help from the Rankin County Human Resource Agency. Some of the programs offered by the agency for seniors include the following:




Transportation assistance: The agency can offer help for transporting eligible seniors and/or handicapped individuals to services, medical appointment, food agencies and pantries, and transportation for other local trips in the Rankin County community.

Counseling and Outreach Programs: Professionally trained workers and counselors will seek and identify targeted senior citizens and individuals who are 60 & older, and the counselors will help them to access programs, resources, agencies and other service needs. The counselors will inform and encourage their use of available resources and make appropriate referrals to local charities and non-profits.

General assistance and other resources in Rankin

In addition to the services and programs offered above, the community action agency also offers general aid in the form of access to a clothes closet for gently worn or used clothing, a furniture warehouse, and a food pantry which will distribute free food to low income and other struggling families. They can refer consumers to  debt and credit counseling services as well. In addition, they can refer people to other agencies and both state and federal government programs. Read more on assistance paying debt.

Call Human Resource Agency at the number above.

South Central Community Action Agency - Rankin County Office – Programs offered by this non-profit agency include weatherization, emergency rent help, and debt/budget counseling. LIHEAP and weatherization is funded by the federal government, and its goal is to make the homes of the elderly, disabled or low income families with young children more energy efficient and safer. It can also addresses the health and safety concerns of a residence.





While financial aid from SCAA is very limited, and may not be available, case managers may have referrals to non-profits or charities in Rankin County that can help. There may be some organizations that can assist the homeless with paying a security deposit. Or some families can explore loans that will be zero interest rates for paying certain bills or rental costs. 1545 West Government Street, Suite C, Brandon, Mississippi 39042, call (601) 824-3687. Find resources from Community Action Agency South Central Mississippi.

Crossgates Baptist Church – Distributes free food and groceries to the needy at most once per month. 8 Crosswoods Road, Brandon, Mississippi 39042, dial (601) 825-2562

Social Services from Salvation Army - The organization has several centers in the Rankin County area. When possible, some of the programs include homeless prevention, emergency rent or utility bill help, free food, and Christmas assistance. A case management intake process is also usually used. More.

Truevine Missionary Baptist Church – Runs a food pantry for all of in Rankin County. Main number is (601) 829-1401.

Assistance at the holidays, including Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, is available for low income Rankin County families. Locate places to turn to for the following.

  • Toys, including games, dolls for girls, tablet, and more.
  • Meals or gift cards to buy groceries.
  • Many other resources help struggling households at Christmas and year round. Learn more.

Partners to End Homelessness is a leading agency for fighting homelessness. Whether it is due to unpaid rent, foreclosure, or utility bills in arrears, the organization may help qualified residents in Rankin County. Solutions from PTEH range from grants for everything from a security deposit to paying back rent to placement into transitional housing.

All services are combined with case management. The goal of the rehousing and eviction prevention services are to ensure families are stable over the long term. Find more information on housing programs from Partners to End Homelessness.

Cornerstone Church of Pearl Mississippi. Dial (601) 420-4840. Offers one bag of food one day per week, and also runs a ministry.

Other food pantries in the Rankin County region include Mount Elam M. B. Church (dial (601) 932-4675) as well as Paul Truitt Memorial Baptist (telephone (601) 939-2975). Both are based in Pearl Mississippi. Find more food pantries.

Churches from Good Samaritan Center are located in Rankin County and the greater metro area. Staff can provide information, tips, and linkage to regional non-profit groups and assistance programs. Call them to find details on emergency rent or utility bill assistance. Basic needs in Rankin County such as clothes or food can be met. Another focus of the center is on coordinating self-sufficiency and employment programs for the jobless and those looking to improve their financial standing. Read Good Samaritan Center.

Programs that prevent hunger, free food pantries, and other resources are also available in Rankin County. Clients come from all backgrounds, races, and ages. Apply for help including free groceries or learn about food stamps. Some of the pantries also operate clothing closets which have items such as uniforms for work or school, Christmas gifts or meals, and much more. Click more Rankin food banks and pantries.





Health centers and clinics

Family Health Care Clinic Brandon is a low cost clinic that offers Internal Medicine, Dental Care, and Family/General Practice. Call (601) 825-3163 for intake.

Florence Family Clinic at 218 East Main Street also may provide medical care. (601) 845-6602

Family Health Care Clinic Pelahatchie - This community clinic agency offers several services including lab work, Internal Medicine, female health care, and family services. This center is a Certified Rural Health Clinic. 100 Brooks Avenue, Pelahatchie, MS, main number is (601) 854-6805

By Jon McNamara

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