Resources

Florida Department of Children and Families, Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS)

The ACCESS Florida Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by providing food, cash and medical assistance to individuals and families on the road to economic recovery.

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Adult Health Care – Counties make available a range of basic medical care services and treatments, to decrease unnecessary emergency room visits.

Food Stamps – Provide low-income individuals with assistance to purchase nutritional food. Home Health Services – Provide care for people who need nursing care or treatment in their homes, when
they are eligible for Medicare or another assistance program.

Subsidized Child Care – Provide support for families with young children to enable to caretaker to hold a job, obtain training or meet the special needs of a child.

WIC – A supplemental food program for women, infant and children up to the age of 5.

Temporary Cash Assistance – Provides financial assistance to pregnant women in their third trimester and
families with dependent children to assist in the payment of rent, utilities and other household expenses.


Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

An office of volunteer community services that serves as an information clearinghouse on aging issues and resources.

Elder Helpline – Provides senior citizens with a broad range of information and referrals. Some areas they assist in are home care, food stamps, housing, transportation, and emergency relief. 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800- 963-5337)

Home Delivered Meals – Provide homebound individuals with a hot nutritional meal. SHINE Program – A free insurance counseling program designed to assist elders in sorting out their insurance
problems. 1-800-963-5337

Transportation – Free or low cost transportation


Utilities

Assistance programs are offered by many gas, electric, water, and phone companies. If you feel you may have difficulty paying your monthly bills, contact the company before your balance becomes too large. Companies are more amenable to working out a payment plan with those willing to work with them.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Helps assist low-income families with home heating and cooling costs. To inquire about assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, locate the county in which you live and contact the local agency at the telephone number listed.

Applications are only available by contacting the local providers listed below.

Alachua Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (352) 373-7667

Baker Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (904) 259-4481

Bay County Council on Aging, Inc.: (850) 769-3468

Bradford Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Brevard County Department of Housing and Human Services: (321) 633-1951

Broward County Dept. of Human Services, Community Action Agency: (954) 357-5025

Calhoun Capital Area Community Action Agency: (850) 674-5067

Charlotte County Department of Human Services: (941) 833-6500

Citrus County Division of Housing Services: (352) 527-7530

Clay Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (904) 592-4838

Collier Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Columbia Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Desoto County Board of County Commissioners: (863) 993-4858

Dixie Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Duval

  • Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (904) 592-4838;
  • Emmett Reed Center: (904) 632-1469;
  • Robert F. Kennedy Center: (904) 632-1461

Escambia Community Action Program Committee, Inc.: (850) 607-2088

Flagler Northeast Florida Community Action Agency: (386) 313-2506

Franklin Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.:

  • Apalachicola: (850) 653-8057;
  • Carrabelle: (850) 697-5337

Gadsden Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.: (850) 875-4250

Gilchrist Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Glades Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Gulf Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.: (850) 229-1717

Hamilton Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Hardee Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc.: (941) 827-0188

Hendry Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Hernando Mid Florida Community Services, Inc.: 1-855-643-3567

Highlands Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Hillsborough County Health and Social Services:

  • Lee Davis Center, 3402 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33605: (813) 272-5220
  • West Tampa Center, 2103 N. Rome Ave., Tampa, FL 33607: (813) 272-5074
  • University Center, 13605 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613: (813) 975-2153
  • Plant City Center, 307 N. Michigan, Plant City, FL 33566: (813) 757-3871
  • Ruskin Center, 201 14th Avenue, S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570: (813) 671-7647

Holmes Tri-County Community Council, Inc.: (850) 547-4921

Indian River Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc.: (772) 562-4177

Jackson County Senior Citizens Org. Inc.: (850) 263-4650

Jefferson Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.: (850) 997-8231

Lafayette Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Lake Community Action Agency, Inc.: (352) 357-5550

Lee

  • County Department of Human Services: (239) 533-7900
  • Beacon of Hope: (239)283-5123 Leon Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.: (850) 222-2043

Levy Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (352) 493-1734

Liberty Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.: (850) 674-5067

Madison Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc.: (941) 827-0188

Marion Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (352) 732-3008

Martin Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency: (786) 469-4640

Monroe County Board Of County Commissioners: (305) 292-4408

Nassau Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (904) 261-0801

Okaloosa Tri-County Community Council, Inc.:

  • Crestview: (850) 306-1134
  • Ft. Walton: (850) 200-4425

Okeechobee Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc.: (772) 562-4177

Orange County Youth and Family Services Division: (407) 836-7429

Osceola County Council on Aging, Inc.: (407) 846-8532

Palm Beach County Community Action Agency: (561) 355-4792

Pasco Mid Florida Community Services, Inc.: 1-855-643-3567

Pinellas County Urban League, Inc.: (727) 327-0977

Polk Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Putnam Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (386) 385-3954

St. Johns Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.: (904) 824-0978

St. Lucie Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Santa Rosa Tri-County Community Action, Inc.: (850) 981-0036

Sarasota The Salvation Army: (941) 954-4673

Seminole City of Sanford: (407) 688-5166 or 5167 (Closed Friday)

Sumter Mid Florida Community Services, Inc.: 1-855-643-3567

Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Taylor Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Union Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.: (386) 362-4115

Volusia County Community Assistance Division:

  • Deland: (386) 736-5956
  • Daytona Beach: (386) 254-7854
  • New Smyrna Beach: (386) 254-4675
  • Orange City: (386) 775-5204

Wakulla Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.: (850) 926-3122

Walton Tri-County Community Action, Inc.: (850) 892-3615

Washington Tri-County Community Action, Inc.: (850) 638-4520 ext. 28


Other Programs

American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345

Offers programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need.

Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies 1-800-634-7346

Agencies provide help for medical equipment, supplies, prescriptions and transportation to medical care.

Cancer Care 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)

Offers a variety of financial assistance programs, call for eligibility requirements.

Catholic Charities, USA 1-703-549-1390

Some local offices have limited funding available to provide emergency financial assistance.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Help with food, provide clothing and furniture, and helps prevent homelessness by assisting with rent, utility bills, provide transportation, and support in many other ways.


County Specific

Cancer Alliance of Naples

Provides financial assistance with rent / mortgage payments, insurance, food, car payments, gas, household utilities and much more. Those applying for assistance must reside in southern  Lee or Collier County.

Donna Foundation – (904) 242-0034

Provides financial assistance for Breast Cancer patients with utility bills, car payment, rent, etc. Those applying for assistance must reside in one of the following counties: Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Putnam, Columbia, Bradford, Suwanee and Union.

Ribbon Riders Breast Cancer Assistance Program

Ribbon Riders contributes to help pay for essentials such as, rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, gas to travel to treatments, groceries, monthly insurance premiums, co-pays for medication etc. Those applying for assistance must reside in one of the following counties: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Marion, Sumter, Flagler or Polk.