Find help near you.
Most counties provide help to their residents, both in emergency situations and for long term needs. Find help near you from charities or government agencies, such as Human or Social Services. There are also often churches, faith-based groups and other places to turn to for assistance. Select a county (or state) from the list below to find help near you, in your area.
Note that each and every county has their own types of assistance. But residents can find everything from food to financial help. There may be free medical or dental care as well as mental health counseling. Or find help locating affordable housing near you, or get assistance to pay utilities, rent, or a mortgage (among other housing costs). Much more may be offered in each county.
Note that resources are always limited. In general, proof of residency in the county is required as is proof of income as well as expenses. Many of the agencies that provide help near you, such as a church or charity, rely on donations as well as volunteers. Government social service programs rely on state or federal government funding, and those budgets can (and do) change each year.
Find help by county, town, or city near you
We have tens of thousands of assistance programs, agencies, food pantries, financial aid resources, social services and more listed across the site. A “directory” by county (and state) is below. Note there are also many other national programs or agencies that operate in multiple states or parts of the country. Those can also be found throughout the site, and maybe the best way to find help from any national agency is to use the search function at needhelppayingbills.
Whether you need emergency financial help in your county, health care, free food or clothes, grants to pay utility bills, prescription drugs for a medical condition or something else, there is help available. There are local programs near you focused on single mothers or the elderly. The disabled or homebound can get free Meals on Wheels in their county, there are home repair services and many other forms of help provided. People with a mental illness, or women needing a safe place to live, can get assistance as well.
In addition to assistance for basic needs (food, water, roof over your head, etc.) there are also budgeting resources as well as ways to save money. Credit counselors or job centers are in all counties, and they have free help available as well as low to moderate income households.
The bottom line is there are a number of resources available. Find help near you from the list of regions below. Or use the directory for specific services near you, including.
Directory of social service near you
The list below is for specific types of assistance. There are many agencies that offer help near you with a focus on housing, food, child care, medical needs, and more. Select a need from the list below for more details to find locate resources.
Find assistance or help near you by county
Select a county below, by state, for local assistance programs near you. Everything from financial help to free items, referrals, counseling, food, housing and other services are offered.