Families in need can get assistance through a variety of federal and state assistance programs, as well as private agencies, such as the Salvation Army, United Way and many churches. Families can find help with bills, food and housing, depending on each household's individual needs and circumstances.
United Way partners with many utility companies to provide assistance to individuals who need help paying their power bills. Programs to lower payments or to assist with water bill payments may also be available through a person's local provider.
Mercy Housing, government Housing and Urban Development programs, and Habitat for Humanity offer services that help families with housing needs. The Salvation Army, area food banks and local churches provide emergency food assistance and some organizations may also help families pay their bills.