Alabama Assistance Programs – Financial Help Paying Bills

By | September 22, 2018
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Alabama Assistance Programs That state of Alabama has many churches, government and community programs to help struggling families with bills and other issues. No matter what county you live in, if you qualify financially, you can get the help you need to keep your family going.

It is important to reach out for help as soon as you have a problem. Keep the names and phone numbers of agencies that can give you assistance. If you need help with rent, mortgage, utilities, or food, contact the agencies below.  We will tell you where to go for assistance with rent and other bills.

Alabama Assistance Programs

SNAP Food Benefits

The SNAP/Food Stamp Programs, help millions of families with access to food benefits.  You can purchase groceries with SNAP benefits anywhere they accept SNAP.  The Food and Nutrition Service works with communities, educators, and religious.

These organizations help educate meal providers to make healthy food choices.  SNAP benefits are given to financially qualified citizens and residents of the United States.  Find out if you qualify for SNAP benefits, use SNAP’s pre-screening tool.

LifeLine Phone Assistance

Another program you may be interested in is, the Lifeline is a program that gives free and discount phone service to residential and cell phone users.  This low-income benefit is available to participate in government programs like SSI, SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Section 8 and SNAP. 

Families are allowed one Lifeline credit per household.  Alabama assistance programs like LifeLine help families, elderly and disabled obtain affordable phone service and free cellular phones.  If you receive federal assistance, you may qualify for this free government phone unitive.


You also qualify for Link-Up assistance, if you qualify for Lifeline,  This program gives a customer a credit to help pay to set up new phone service.   You can possibly get a discount on landline phone service.   If you believe you qualify, contact your local phone company.

Alabama Energy Assistance Programs

ADECA handles funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance program.

Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program

Funding by the U.S. Department of Energy funds this energy program.  The ADEC works with community action programs.  Together they provide weatherization assistance to needy families.  This state-wide programs in active in 67 counties in Alabama. 

Weatherization Assistance includes:

mitigating outside air infiltration into the conditioned space of the home, installing attic, wall and floor insulation, sealing ductwork, performing HVAC system tune-ups and repairs, repairing leaky and/or faulty windows and doors and replacing…” (more here)

This program helps low-income households make repairs to make homes more energy efficient.  The goal is to lower energy costs to the households.  To receive help from this program your family income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.  For more info call 205-323-6674, or 334-242-5373.

Low-Income High Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Low-Income High Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income Alabama residents with money to go towards energy bills.   The U.S. government issues block grants to the states.   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Contact LIHEAP by calling 334-242-4909.

Section 8 Housing

Section 8 Housing can include apartment, public housing or private homes.   Three programs help low-income families, the elderly and the disabled by paying a portion of the rent.  Help is provided according to their income needs. 

Low-income residents can get a portion of their rent paid from Housing and Urban Development Section 8 housing vouchers.  Click on the links below to find out in-depth info about each program.