Local charities and aid organizations in Collier County and Naples, such as the the Salvation Army, are facing an onslaught of requests for assistance, food and other aid, and they have ramped up their programs.
In June 2009 alone, the Salvation Army (phone (239) 775-9447) helped almost 1,700 residents, which is almost twice as many as last year. Food assistance has increased from 950 pounds of food aid provided in June 2008 to about 17,000 pounds in June 2009.
Also, rent assistance and help with electric and energy bills has increased. While the funds are sent directly to the landlords and utility companies, the amount of help provided was $32,000 last month, which is more than doubled since June 2008.
Some agencies and places to turn to for help in Collier County and the Naples Florida area include St. Vincent de Paul Society (phone (239) 775-2907) which provides utility bill assistance and food aid.
Catholic Charities ((239) 793-0059) is another charity organization that is increasing its assistance programs. This year they are receiving and helping over 500 families with food every month. Also, individuals seeking help for prescriptions and medicines is now averaging 50 families a month. There are numerous thrift stores around as well.
Most of the programs do have criteria. For most, in order to get assistance with rent or food, individuals must be local residents and also show their Social Security cards to the organizations. Find additional ways to get help with rent.
The churches and other groups that are part of Catholic Charities in Naples Florida and across the county also try to help the less fortunate gain stability. So they offer more than just financial aid. Clients will be able to work with a case manager on finding a job, applying for government benefits, and more. Continue Collier County Catholic Charities.
The Salvation Army and many charities also gets funds and grant money for utility bill assistance from Florida Power & Light and its Care to Share program. Several other social services are offered. These include free Christmas assistance, food pantry, and shelter. Many of the resources are focused on homeless prevention and supporting low income families with children and seniors. There are a few locations in Collier County Florida. Call (239) 774-1445, or click here.
At St. Vincent de Paul, a year ago the charity spent almost $13,000 for rent and utility help, and this year in June alone they provided almost $24,000 in aid to families in need of help with bills. They are also offering several thousands of dollars in food assistance per month. They can also refer people to foreclosure medication and prevention programs.
In addition, the St. Vincent De Paul charity also is licensed to sell donated cars at a discounted prices, and they will offer dozens of these per year. The churches and other charities that are part of St. Vincent in Naples also coordinate other direct emergency assistance programs for seniors and the working poor. More Collier County St. Vincent De Paul.
Collier County Coalition of Farmworker provides solutions to the very poor, immigrants, and seasonal farmworkers. The non-profit may have some limited financial aid and can arrange for transitional housing. Other resources in Naples Florida includes education, job training, English as Second Language, and free food or meals. Click here.
Social services, including state of Florida and federal aid, can help with everything from funeral costs to paying utility bills. However, a focus of the public assistance in Collier County is on providing food (from pantries and SNAP), SSI applications for the disabled, free health care, and cash grants for other basic needs. Short term, emergency housing and shelters are offered too. More on Collier County public aid.
IMMCAA Inc. is a social service agency for certain parts of the county. The staff can direct clients to emergency shelter, holiday programs and more. While financial aid is sometimes available, it is very limited and will come with restrictions. Read IMMCAA Inc. programs.
Collier Child Care Resources Inc. (phone 239-643-3908) provide information on daycare and childcare referrals to the county and Naples community.
If you are facing an eviction, or currently homeless, the Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition, Inc. can help those on the verge of eviction or losing a home to foreclosure. While they do not offer direct services to the needy, the agency supports the planning, delivery, and coordination of high quality advice, services, and programs to the hungry, homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the community.
Most of the aid is part of their Homeless Prevention and Short Term Assistance program. This will try to provide otherwise qualified low income or working poor residents with a grant for their rental expenses. There may be support as well for seniors or the disabled in the region. The Coalition will also try to arrange transitional housing with local churches or non-profits. This can lead to the currently homeless receiving funds for a security deposit. Naples Florida based. The phone number is (239) 263-9363, or read more Collier County Homeless Coalition.
Non-profits and charities - Collier County Florida is also supported by a number of housing and rent programs that are offered by non-profits, churches, charities, and government agencies. Services offered include funds for paying rent, deposits, and access to low income housing. More Collier County rental assistance.
Find help from clothing closets - Very low income families can find free clothes and other items, such as school supplies or work items, from non-profit clothing closets. Some centers offer other support too, including vouchers to buy items or maybe even bus tokens for local travel. More Collier County clothing closets.
Collier County Elder Helpline is for senior citizens and older residents. The service will only give referrals, and the intake number is (239) 652-6900.
Harry Chapin Food Bank, which can be reached at 239-334-7007, is a charity that is feeding the needy and low income in Collier County Florida.
A number of other churches, food banks, and charities offer meals and free food to the needy. Read more.
Attorneys and legal professionals from Legal Aid Service of Collier County provides free legal assistance in civil cases, including foreclosures, family law, immigration, utility disconnections, and landlord/tenant matters for those people who are low income and under federal poverty guidelines. Dial 239-775-4555, or learn more about Florida legal assistance.
Patients can contact Neighborhood Health Clinic at 239-261-6600. Doctors, nurses, and other medical processionals offer low cost health services to the unemployed and uninsured low income working adults who do not qualify for government health programs or other forms of medical care.
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