Birmingham Salvation Army provides rent, mortgage and utility assistance

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – Although the CDC has extended the moratorium on evictions during the pandemic, there is still an urgent need to help people who are struggling to make ends meet.

The Greater Birmingham Salvation Army provides rent, mortgage and utility assistance to people living in and around Jefferson County. The agency says it has processed all of its eligible requests, so it is really waiting to help more people. Data from the National Salvation Army shows that 63 percent of people are currently living paycheck to paycheck.

The agency has provided financial assistance to more than 700 families in the past year, with nearly $ 700,000 spent. The relief money is a combination of funding from the Jefferson County Commission, United Way of Central Alabama, and Navigate Housing.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact the Salvation Army office at 205 328-4536. A case manager will examine people to verify loss of income and once the paperwork is complete. It is processed in about 7-10 business days.

β€œEach person is on a case-by-case basis, so we are able to help people once, but it can take several months, but each case manager will assess this,” John Stamps, COO.

The Salvation Army said it plans to continue providing assistance even after the moratorium so that those who still need it can get it.

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