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Find help with rent in Shelby County Alabama.

There is emergency rent help in Shelby County Alabama along with other housing programs. The goal of the several organizations that focus on this need is to help the very low income, working poor, elderly, and even single moms or dads address any housing needs they have. The assistance available may range from money to pay back rent to grants for security deposits, free legal aid or mediation, shelter, and much more.

Note financial aid for paying bills, whether it is energy to stop homelessness or rent to stop an eviction, is limited. In many cases one of the Shelby County agencies will instead do the following. They may try to (1) mediate a solution between the landlord or tenant (2) refer the client to a government grant for their rent, such as ESG (3) move the family into a new affordable home (4) address employment, budgeting needs, etc.

In fact, the possibility of getting funds to help pay rent or even costs such as a security deposit is not common. There may even be loans used as well. Non-monetary assistance is explored first. But when needed, for other programs that may offer rental help.

Community Action - Eleventh Area of Alabama
Address - 200 West College Street
Columbiana, AL 35051
Main phone number is (205) 669-3836
The Shelby County community action agency. They are involved in fighting poverty and may have referrals to emergency rent assistance programs. This may include money to pay rent, rapid rehousing services, shelter, and more. They will not have money themselves; only advice.

Free legal aid
Dial 1-866-456-4995. Attorneys can offer free legal defense to stop an eviction.

Calera First United Methodist Church
Location of the church is 6107 Highway 31
Calera, AL 35040
(205) 668-0951
Everything from home repairs to one-time funds for rent, loans, and home repair for the elderly or disabled is offered.





Columbiana Housing Authority
Location is 111 Alabama Ave
Columbiana, Alabama 35051
Phone number is (205) 669-6921
This is the Shelby County public housing authority. They run section 8 HUD vouchers, provide shelter, and other support.

Salvation Army - Alabaster Community Corps
Mailing address is 108 Plaza Circle, P.O. Box 309
Alabaster, Alabama 35007
Main number - (205) 663-7105
The faith-based charity helps people of all religions and incomes. Find free food, referrals to rent programs, homeless shelters, case management and other aid.  Also get referrals to homeless prevention and rapid rehousing.

Shelby Emergency Assistance
Main address is 620 Valley Street
Montevallo, Alabama 35115
(205) 665-1942
Short term emergency financial aid can help with mortgages, rent, and other bills. They also help with utility or rental – utility deposits when moving.

By Jon McNamara

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