United Way of Southeast Mississippi COVID-19 Relief Program
The United Way of Southeast Mississippi COVID-19 Relief Program provides assistance to households in Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Perry counties who have lost employment income due to measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Assistance is awarded to households through an application process to pay past due rent, power, water and/or natural gas bills. Only one application will be accepted per household.
A maximum of $500 could be awarded per household, but varying amounts will be approved on a case-by-case basis, focusing on need and funds available.
Applicants should prepare and have access to photos or scans of the following documents prior to completing the application:
- Driver's License or Photo ID of applicant.
- Past due bill(s) for rent and/or utilities in the applicant's name. Note that a lease is not considered a bill for rent. You must provide a notice of past due rent via a resident portal, direct communication with your landlord, a physical notice, etc.
- Any documents proving a claim of lost employment or reduced hours. We strongly encourage formal communications from an employer dictating that any layoffs or reduced hours were due to COVID-19. Additional documents may include a pay stub from prior to March 1st and a current pay stub to show a decrease in pay, a 1099 form to prove self-employment, or unemployment certification letters with applicant name listed.
Please be aware that lack of above documentation or information could result in delay or denial of your application. Any assistance approved will be paid directly to the utility company or landlord in the applicant's name. Allow 7-8 business days for any payments to be processed and received. Applicants will be notified of any payments via email to the address provided on the application.
If applicants have any questions or concerns, email us at email@example.com.
The Mississippi Association of United Ways conducted a COVID-19 Impact Survey in July 2020 to assess the economic impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on Mississippians. The survey received more than 2,000 responses from residents all across the state.
The survey was conducted at no cost, courtesy of the Louisiana Association of United Ways and a network of volunteer experts, including Dr. Steven Dick, member of the Louisiana ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Research Advisory Committee, and advisory assistance provided by the United For ALICE team.
Feedback from the survey will help to inform continued relief efforts by United Way of Southeast Mississippi and other area nonprofits and agencies serving the public.
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. The following locations have testing available:
5905 US Hwy 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm.
CE Roy COVID-19 Testing Site - FREE:
300 East 5th Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8am - 2pm.
Merit Health Wesley - Resident Clinic:
103 Asbury Circle, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Call ahead at 601-268-5200.
6176 US Highway 98, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. Call ahead at 601-475-0444.
SeMRHI - Minor Care Clinic:
123 South 27th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.
Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 9am - 9pm. Call ahead at 601-450-3030.
Additionally, the Mississippi State Department of Health has set up the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline, available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Should you have any questions or concerns about the Coronavirus, please call: 877-978-6453.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued several guidelines to limit travel, gatherings and social distancing. The CDC has launched a website, www.CoronaVirus.gov, that details these guidelines and provides an updated account of confirmed COVID-19 cases and their locations. For updates from the state level, click HERE.
We are taking preventative measures to protect the health and well being of our staff and community. All visitors must call the office at 601-545-7141 to make an appointment. All visitors must wear a mask while visiting the office and only one visitor will be allowed in the lobby at one time.
Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM.
You may be one of the thousands who have experienced loss of income or medical benefits because of COVID-19. Through United Way's partnership with FamilyWize and association with Mississippi Drug Card, local residents benefit from free prescription savings cards.
The free FamilyWize prescription savings card immediately lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45% and can be used whether or not you have insurance. The card is accepted at most major retail pharmacies. Registration is not required and there is no eligiblity criteria to use it. FamilyWize also offers free customer support to help coordinate prescription medication delivery from participating pharmacies.
To learn more or to start using FamilyWize's services, click below to download a free flier and prescription savings card:
About Mississippi Drug Card
There is no income, age, pre-existing condition, deductible, residency or waiting period restrictions to use the Mississippi Drug Card program. The program is designed to help patients who do not have prescription drug coverage or who have coverage but are subject to large deductibles, large co-pays, forumlary limitations, dosing limitations, gaps, and/or any cash out-of-pocket expenses. The program includes discounts on all FDA-approved medications, both brand and generic. Customers can save up to 80% at more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide.
Click below for an informational Coronavirus flier from Mississippi Drug Card and access to the presciption savings card:
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