Disaster Relief


To assist our neighbors in times of need, we have a comprehensive disaster case management process.  Case management means that we work WITH all who qualify to identify any needs that clients may have and connect them to community resources along with presenting needs to a committee that will determine the assistance provided.  
We are working to help people in Lowndes County affected by the February 2019 flooding and tornado. So we can understand your situation and advocate for you to the committee, we need the following information from you:                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Proof of Identification Driver’s license or state picture IDs for adults
  • Proof of Financial Need
  • Proof of ALL income for the household (including disability, TANF and child support) 
  • ALL expenses for the household including lease or mortgage statement Proof of ALL government assistance for the household including SNAP and Section 8
  • Proof of Ownership or Rental Agreement
  • Homeowner only - deed, current year property tax and current year Homestead Exemption
  • Renter only - lease or proof from landlord/property manager about who lived in the home at the time of the disaster
  • Proof of Residence
  • Utility bill from month of disaster (February 2019)
  • Duplication of Benefits Check
  • Receipts for money spent towards your recovery (Proof of re-housing costs such as security and utility deposits, and any outstanding utility balances and how you spent personal funds such as for temporary housing, personal property replacement, and/or repairs) 
  • Financial assistance received from other organizations, such as The American Red Cross and proof of how you spent that assistance.
  • SBA registration and other information including denial letters.
Please attempt to gather these verifications (additional verifications may be requested) and also get 3 contractor estimates for the cost to repair your home. We realize some documents may not be available because of the disaster and will talk about this with you. To be connected with a case manager, call Case Management at (662)352-8010 or Columbus First United Methodist Church at (662)328-5252. If you have any questions during the process, please call Program Manager, Mellie Thomas at 662-736-6362.
Your appointments will include an intake interview and needs assessment with the case manager and a site visit at the disaster address by case manager and a construction assessment. The case manager will then be able research available resources and advocate for you. This is a volunteer-based program. Please understand that an appointment is not a guarantee of assistance and that assistance may not be immediately available.
We look forward to partnering with you