The Harry Chapin Food Bank helps lower income people, the unemployed, senior citizens, and others in need overcome hunger in Charlotte County and southwest Florida. They partner with numerous local business and non-profits, including food pantries, emergency organizations, soup kitchens, shelters, daycare centers, residential centers, and other charities. Together they distribute food to the needy across the region. Call the food bank at 239-334-7007.
Other food pantries in the area include Blessing Shop ((941) 475-7161), Community Outreach Center (941) 575-1211, Englewood Bible Church (941) 473-9664, Seventh Day Adventist Community services (941) 629-0398 and others. Each can provide food in an emergency situation. Or if those non-profits can’t help, find more food pantries in Charlotte County.
St. Vincent DePaul Community Healthcare’s free clinic provides free medical care to low income individuals, as well as those who lack health insurance, or who do not have adequate coverage. St. Vincent DePaul’s medical clinic and the pharmacy operation have over 200 professionals, including nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other medical professionals who work for free. They provide many types of services, and even free medications. It is a United Way supported agency. Call them at 766-9570 to make an appointment or lean more.
Englewood Community Care Clinic is another local clinic that provides healthcare and dental services to the uninsured, unemployed and working poor of Charlotte Florida and Sarasota residents. (941) 681-3765
Sunship Worship Centers of Englewood Florida is also a free primary health care provider. Dial (941) 474-5045, or click here for more Florida community clinics.
The County of Charlotte Human Services can help county residents who are not on Medicaid or a government program, and who are also not on any other insurance program. These individuals may be eligible for emergency assistance with obtaining prescription drugs. Assistance will be provided in the form of up to a thirty (30) day supply of medications such as heart medication, antibiotics, etc. may be provided to those in need. (941) 833-6500. Find other ways to get free medications.
Two programs include the Emergency Home Assistance for the Elderly Program as well as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The LIHEAP options is run by the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The program can provides a once per year home energy assistance cash grant to low to moderate income households, the elderly, and disabled for the purpose of paying for their home heating or cooling bills. The energy bill assistance program can also help people with emergency home energy assistance (to prevent a disconnection of service) under certain situations and contingent on the availability of funds. Please note that the cash grant is paid directly to the consumer’s energy/utility company such as Florida Power & Light, Amerigas, etc. and not to the applicant.
The other option, the Emergency Home Assistance for the Elderly Program, focuses on people 60 years or older. It provides them with a cash benefit to households where at least one member is 60 years or older. The qualifying household must have received a final notice from their utility company, i.e. FP&L, or have already had their service interrupted in order to be eligible for aid.
Human Services provides many other services to both the low income in the county as well as seniors. Some other public assistance programs are as follows.
All of these programs are run by the County of Charlotte Human Services, so contact them at (941) 833-6500 to learn more or to apply for help. Or click here Charlotte County public aid.
The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition may be able to offers rental and or housing assistance (no mortgage programs) including assistance with security deposits, and utility and electric bill assistance (gas, water & electric) to those in need. Port Charlotte Florida based. (941) 627-4313
Salvation Army (phone number (941) 629-5950) also has a limited amount of emergency financial assistance for paying rent and/or energy bills.
Rent programs - Find information on everything from grants for paying rent to low or no interest loan programs. Several agencies operate in the area that offer homeless prevention services, and the aid ranges from emergency rental help to funds for utilities or a security deposit. Continue reading.
Several different local churches and religious organizations are part of the St. Vincent DePaul program. They may be able to assist with paying rent (if funds available) or utility bills. The program will unfortunately not be able to assist with help for telephone, cable, car repairs or gasoline vouchers. The churches include San Antonio Catholic Church, St. Francis, St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, and St. Charles Borromeo. The phone number is (941) 575-0767, or find resources from Saint Vincent in Charlotte County.
Englewood Helping Hand is a non-profit community supported social service agency/charity which provides short-term emergency financial assistance and grants to Englewood Florida residents with utility payments. They can also direct people to various energy assistance programs. Call (941) 474-5864
Good Samaritans of Charlotte County, which is based in Punta Gorda, has limited funding to offer assistance with paying utility bills, once a year at maximum per applicant. Anyone in Charlotte County can apply for help by calling (941) 639-3335.
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