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Tuscaloosa Alabama Salvation Army emergency assistance.

Individuals faced with a short term hardship may be able to get assistance from the Tuscaloosa Alabama Salvation Army. The center can offer the low income in the community advice, referrals, and maybe limited financial assistance for paying bills and basic needs. Many people who seek help live on a fixed income, have been laid off, or had a reduction in income and now work minimum wage jobs. The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa can help those who have been affected by the economy.

It has been difficult for many families to keep up with the rising costs of rent, food, gasoline, and utility bills. Then someone may be faced with an unexpected emergency. When the crisis hits is when the Salvation Army and its services may be able to offer relief. A focus in on those who are experiencing a temporary setback and/or some type of financial emergency.

Programs can provide people the opportunity to maintain ownership of their homes, to stop or prevent an eviction, or to stop people from having an interruption in their utility services. Food and clothing can be provided to families in need of help in the Tuscaloosa Alabama area. Some of the emergency assistance includes free food bags, gently used or new clothing, furniture for fire/disaster victims, and also financial assistance with paying utility bills, rent or mortgage payments.

Toys, gifts or clothing from the Angel Tree Program is offered for children from low income and struggling families. The program works when a sponsoring individual or company removes one or more tags from the tree, and the tag will have the name of a needy child from the local community. The individual will then need to purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children that are described on the tags. It can include toys, school supplies, clothes, or similar items. The Angel Tree will be placed in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic area or lobby at a local business, such as a shopping mall, in Tuscaloosa Alabama and the entire program is administered by the Salvation Army in partnership with other charities and non-profits.

Christmas assistance may be offered by programs other than the Angel Tree. They are normally accepted by the Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa Alabama during the September and October timeframe. Applications submitted may need to include, but are not limited to Social Security cards for each family member, a picture ID such as drivers license, birth certificates for all children in the home who are 12 years of age and under, and verification of all income and expenses. Christmas applications are processed at the Salvation Army Church located at 1035 29th Street in Tuscaloosa.





Veteran’s assistance can be provided by the Transitional Living Program. This is a four to six month program that was originally created to help homeless veterans and military personnel. Eligible participants for this Veteran program will need to be honorably discharged from the military and have a need for vocational rehabilitation services, mental health, or substance abuse.

As part of the veteran program, Case Management and free advice is offered by social workers from the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army. The case management will be established upon enrollment and a treatment plan is developed, which outlines specific financial and personal goals for the veteran to meet.

Case managers will partner with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center's Vocational Rehabilitation Program to assist the veteran and former military personnel in obtaining employment and increasing their skills. Additional services offered include help with processing applications for government aid including food stamps and any government or public entitlement benefits for which they are eligible. Participants will be required to save money in order to pay their rent and to establish permanent housing. The plan that is put together may also include paying off old debts, waiving fees of unpaid bills, renewing licenses, and much more. Each plan that is created will be individualized to meet the needs of the client who is seeking assistance.

The Transitional Housing Program is another service, and it may include eviction prevention and rent assistance for Tuscaloosa families. Among services and resources provided include intensive case management, guidance, and shelter to homeless families or those on the verge of eviction in Tuscaloosa. Specifically, some of the services provided by the Salvation Army include an initial assessment and assistance establishing goals, vocational opportunities, referrals for education, job placement, credit repair, budgeting skills, parenting skills and assistance in locating safe, decent, affordable housing. One of the main goals of the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army centers is to help the family make a smooth transition from homelessness to safe and affordable permanent housing. Many times the non-profit will often work to pro-actively prevent an eviction to begin with.





Participants in the transitional housing program can stay enrolled in the Salvation Army program four to six months. This provides people the time they make need to changes to locate housing and increase their income. After all an individual will need income in order to pay their rent on any future housing unit or apartment. Anyone who is enrolled will also need to meet with a social worker from the Salvation Army on a weekly basis to ensure that appropriate progress is being made towards meeting those goals of increased income and self-sufficiency.

Tuscaloosa Emergency Homeless Shelter is another local resource that was created to prevent homelessness and hunger. The Salvation Army can provide safe and clean housing and shelter, job placement assistance, warm nutritious free meals, counseling, educational opportunities, and referrals for health clinics as well as other local Tuscaloosa services.

To get more information on any of these Tuscaloosa Salvation Army programs dial

  • 3400 Mcfarland Blvd., Tuscaloosa, phone number (205) 333-0113
  • 2902 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, (205) 758-2804
  • 900 Skyland Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa, dial (205) 345-1484





By Jon McNamara

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