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Russell County assistance programs.

Programs and organizations that can help with rent and bills

Federal government money is flowing to the county from the The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program, or HPRP. The goal of this program is to help people stay in their homes and apartments, or stop them from being evicted. The HPRP program can provide aid in a variety of ways, including funds for a persons first month rent, money for security deposits, moving expenses, utility bills, and more. If you would like more information, or want to apply for rent help, call 334-480-8894 or 334-480-8895.

In addition, there are several other other options and resources for those facing the cold or who need help with paying bills. For example, In Phenix City, The House of Restoration shelters men, women, and children. In Columbus, The House of Mercy's doors are open 24/7 and they offer 3 meals a day to people who need aid.

Last but not least, for additional utility bill and rental assistance, The Salvation Army provides for Muscogee and Chattahoochee Counties in GA and Russell County, AL.

To learn more about these agencies or to apply for help, the contact information is below.

  • House of Restoration: 334-214-5522
  • House of Mercy: 706-322-6463
  • Salvation Army: 706-327-0275

An agency that covers parts of Alabama, Phenix City, as well as Russell County and parts of Georgia is the Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry, Inc. Call them at (706) 327-2836. Some of the aid they can provide includes transportation assistance and help with car repairs, gasoline money, screened bus tickets, as well as student bus passes. Emergency rental assistance may be provided. Receive funds for security deposits, moving costs, and re-location assistance, scholarships and other students needs, and more.

Charity and non-profit food pantries - There are several places that can be turned to in eastern Alabama and Russell County. Whether it is free or an affordable box of food or groceries, the pantries will help the less fortunate. Other assistance may be Christmas meals or gifts as well as personal hygiene items. Click more information.





Phenix City Salvation Army (phone (706) 327-0275) is another leading non-profit agency in the region. Resources and services offered include.

  • Clothing for both work and school.
  • Housing and utility expenses, including funds to help pay rent, energy bills, and even your mortgage.
  • Prescriptions and medications, as well as vouchers for free items. Health care equipment is also offered.
  • Baby diapers, items, and baby food.
  • Thrift stores that sell low cost clothing or household items.
  • Holiday food and toys, including food boxes at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Toys may also be distributed.
  • Referrals to programs such as Alabama section 8 housing.

The Russell County Salvation Army has very limited resources.  If the non-profit can’t meet your needs, then they may offer information on other local options. Case managers can also help qualified lower income and working poor families in Russell County and Phenix City Alabama apply for public assistance such as food stamps or LIHEAP energy bill assistance. Learn more.

Mission Columbus supports families in Alabama too. Call (706) 507-4672. A on site medical clinic offers free health care. Receive financial assistance for paying rent and utilities. Receive money for bus fares or free gasoline vouchers. Last but not least, prescription drug assistance for dealing with medical conditions including heart, insulin, and blood pressure only.




By Jon McNamara

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