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. Click Here to Apply

  • 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.

Cancer Resource Network – CancerResourceNetwork.org

Community resources to help individuals find services that will aid them in their personal cancer journey.

• Legal Assistance
• Advocacy Programs
• Assistance with Costs Related to Daily Living Expenses, Treatment, Medication, Wigs
• Education and more!

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.