This community action agency provides grants and other assistance to help struggling families. They have helped thousands of families so far this year. Community action agencies have a goal of providing short term help to keep families on their feet, while also offering support to ensure individuals and families are self sufficient.
Some of the assistance provided to Duval county and Jacksonville families includes:
Several other programs are also offered. Call the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency at (904) 398-7472. More information.
There are several local clinics in the Jacksonville area that offer provide free doctors visits and free medications for children, their families, and adults. Two are listed below. Or find more Duval County clinics.
One is C.B. McIntosh ((904) 244-4472) which is a medical clinic in Springfield for children. Additional clinics are located on the eastside, Dunn Avenue and another clinic is located in Brentwood on Village Center Drive where both adults and children can go for health care needs.
These clinics treat people of all income. They don’t audit you! You just need identification. They treat with who have no health insurance, or that are underinsured, and even people who have insurance can get help. The clinics also have a free medication program and provide prescriptions. In addition, if you have already run out some medical bills, find how to get medical assistance in Florida.
We Care Jacksonville, Inc. provides free medical treatment, health care and when necessary, hospitalization to Duval County patients in need of aid. (904) 309-2218
The Salvation Army, which can be contacted at (813) 962-6611, offers an emergency and crisis assistance program for people facing short term hardships, such as an unexpected job loss or medical emergency. The Duval County branch assists local families and Jacksonville residents with programs including food, clothing, funds for paying utility bills, money for rent and security deposits and more. In addition, as funding allows on some occasions they can also provide transportation, free prescription drugs and other medicines and other basic needs are provided. There may be cases in which they just can’t help. In those times, referrals to other federal and Florida programs and other resources are provided to the person in need of help.
Salvation Army programs are also in high demand during the holidays, and families can receive free food and gifts for their children. Also, case managers and social workers will work with applicants so that they can become self-sufficient by finding a job or increasing their income. Several different centers are located in Duval County. More.
Another charity organization to turn to for help is the Jacksonville area Catholic Charities. The phone number is 354-4846. They can help people of all faiths, and provide people in need with the basic needs necessary to pay bills, rent, and prevent homelessness. They have funds to deal with an applicants crisis situation, such as a job loss or medical emergency. Some of the assistance they offer can pay for rent or mortgages, utility bills, low cost food, as well as security and utility deposits.
The Catholic Charities of Duval County provides some or more of the following to the needy. Apply for financial assistance with paying rent, utility bills, and medications. At the same time this process is ongoing, work with volunteers and case managers to access employment and job training services. Transportation and other aid may be distributed too. Learn more.
Arlington Community Services is based in Jacksonville and can offer limited cash grants and financial assistance for paying rent and electric bills, typically $100 maximum. Also an on site food pantry is available along with other support. Dial (904) 743-7402, or more on help from Arlington Community Services.
An agency known as NFCAA / Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (COJ HPRP) offers this program, which can offer rental assistance, money for paying utilities deposits or rental deposit, as well as cash for paying first month rent. Phone (904) 398-7472.
Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) may be able to help at-risk beach area residents. Services offered for residents include a food pantry, rent and utility bill assistance, and information on other Florida and federal government programs. Phone (904) 241-2326.
Downtown Ecumenical Services Council - Limited financial aid and a free food pantry is available for those who qualify. In addition, financial help for households with children, senior citizens and the elderly, or help is available for people with a documented disability or illness which prohibits work. DESC also offers clothing, including for single moms, and other forms of support, such as loans, in Jacksonville Florida. Call 904-358-7955, or find details on programs from Downtown Ecumenical Services Council.
Material goods and basic needs - Churches, charities, and non-profits in Duval County provide families with low cost or free items. This can include clothing, diapers, furniture, and household goods. Some centers offer free work clothing or baby supplies. While not common, some Duval County clothing closets may offer financial help for emergency needs, such as utility bills if someone is faced with a disconnection. Or access services such as resume review or career counseling. More details.
Department of Family Services - This Jacksonville Florida based government agency provides social services and cash assistance for qualified low income residents across Duval County. Resources provided include free food, WIC, and cash assistance for bills and living expenses. More public assistance in Jacksonville.
Family Services Duval - The non-profit provides food, utility and cooling bill and rent assistance. Based in Jacksonville. Dial 904-356-8641.
COJ / Community Services Division may only provide assistance to Ryan White clients and people living with HIV/AIDs. The non-profit offers limited, emergency temporary financial assistance for paying rent, mortgage, utilities, and security deposits for qualified low income families. You need to make an appointment, and it is first come first served. 3400 Building, 1809 Art Museum Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32207. Call (904) 630-0835.
Senior Life Foundation, Inc. supports the elderly and senior citizens in Duval County. Services available may include prescription assistance, repair of essential appliances, medical supplies, and maybe even rent help. Jacksonville Florida based. (904) 268-9128.
Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc. - When funding is available, the center may provide emergency assistance for paying rent, housing costs and utilities, including electric, water and fuel only. 6261 Dupont Station Ct E, Jacksonville, FL 32217, main number is 448-1933. The agency supports the entire county and all of the First Coast region. Read more on programs from Jacksonville Jewish Family Services.
Duval Council On Aging, or COA, is a St. Augustine, Florida non-profit focused on older adults. Call 209-3700 for intake. The non-profit will also offer programs such as congregate meal dining, free case management, meals on wheels, transportation, and social activities. Senior citizens can also explore assistance programs for paying FPL and gas bills.
Electric and water bills - The main energy provider in the county, JEA, has several financial assistance programs for qualified low income customers. Funds can be distributed from programs such as Neighbor to Neighbor and LIHEAP among other options. The company also has partnerships with local non-profit organizations in the Jacksonville metropolitan region. Read JEA low income programs.
Housing programs can help people facing eviction, the low income, and currently homeless. Assistance offered ranges from emergency shelters to transitional housing. As part of these programs, staff will also help clients with self-sufficiency type resources. This will include assistance with finding a job, locating permanent housing in Duval County, and applying for government benefits. Those who use these housing programs may also be provided with meals, and many other services. More on Duval County housing programs.
Division of Behavioral and Human Services offers an emergency financial assistance program. The city of Jacksonville can coordinate cash assistance for a number of needs. Note that while resources are limited, there may be money for paying rent, utility bills, funeral expenses, or security deposits. There may even be mortgage assistance in Duval County and special programs targeted at seniors. Click more Jacksonville Behavioral and Human Services.
Area Agency on Aging is located in Jacksonville Florida. Dial 904-391-6600. The non-profit runs programs for senior citizens across the region. Some aid is directly provided, and other resources are referred too. Learn about food pantries, home delivered meals, government health care such as Medicaid, LIHEAP, and other supplemental services. Click here.
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida - This is the local Duval County branch of the nationwide charity. Assistance is for seniors, immigrants, and refugees. Staff also provide referrals and other support to the working poor and less fortunate. They also have the Second Harvest food bank that is an option for the general public. Numerous resources are available. Read more.
Non-profit rent assistance - Several charities in Duval County, as well as government agencies, focus on preventing homelessness. Families with an eviction notice may be able to qualify for emergency, one time rental assistance. There are also programs, including government grants, that can help pay security deposits. These programs are also focused on seniors as well as the disabled in the Jacksonville Florida region. More.
Duval County Society of Saint Vincent De Paul - The charity offers several assistance programs to the working poor, senior citizens, and low income. While resources are limited and the organization relies on donations and volunteers, some of what is offered includes rental and utility bill assistance, clothing, food, and maybe even gasoline vouchers. Meals are served to Jacksonville families around the holidays and other services include free furniture, school supplies, and other aid. Continue Jacksonville St. Vincent assistance.
Navy Family Service Center of Jacksonville Florida only supports actively military members, their families, and veterans. Staff can direct families to assistance programs, including housing, VA benefits, medical care and more. There are also rent and security deposit grants from SSVF. Telephone - (904) 542-2766.
Get assistance at the holidays from charities, churches, and donation programs. For income and otherwise qualified families, they may be given a free toy or box of food. There are also holiday meals on wheels services for the homebound or elderly, Christmas assistance for children from unemployed or working poor households, and other aid. Click Duval County Christmas assistance.
Emmett Reed Center may have rent, electric bill, or mortgage assistance. Other resources are funds for paying water bills, prescription medications, child care, and maybe even transportation. Education/job training includes tutoring, GED/ABE classes, and case management. Address is 1093 West 6th St, Jacksonville, Florida 32209, (904) 630-0958.
Get information on other programs that can provide help as well. For example, learn about food banks.
Regional eviction and rehousing assistance - Low income families or the homeless may be assisted, as funding is available. Non-profits help veterans, the disabled, single parents and others in the community. Components of it are as follows.
Residents of Duval County and Jacksonville Florida can also turn to programs that cover the entire state of Florida. A sampling of options is below.
Jacksonville based Family Foundations counsels and supports families, while providing them with limited financial assistance as needed. They offer financial aid, foreclosure assistance and workshops, family counseling, information on local charities and government programs, access to job training, and much more. The even provide debt counseling and reduction and settlement programs. (904) 396-4846
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. provides advice and legal representation to low income individuals in Duval County. Dial 356-8371 to learn about the legal programs offered. One of the main legal issues for Jacksonville and Duval residents is illegal lenders, questionable bank loans, and similar. Learn more on assistance programs from lenders such as Bank of America.
Florida has been devastated by the housing crisis. Hundreds of people are losing their homes each month. The Jacksonville Urban League is a local, HUD approved counseling agency. This agency works closely with the City of Jacksonville and other local non-profits to provides a network of housing counselors and legal representatives. The resources are intended to assist homeowners and help them identify solutions to mortgage situations, and provide foreclosure prevention services. They also run the mortgage crisis center. Dial 356-8336 to learn more about foreclosure assistance programs.
Another place to turn to for foreclosure help is a foreclosure assistance center that was established by the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. They have at least two full tine attorneys on call, as well as other legal professionals, who will meet with qualified homeowners to go over their options. Call the foreclosure center at (866) 356-8371 toll-free.
Fannie Mae - The federal government sponsored mortgage servicer/lender operates a center in the area that can provide Jacksonville and Duval County homeowners with free counseling and information on assistance programs. Lean more on the Duval County mortgage help center.
Another lender is also providing free foreclosure counseling in the Jacksonville area. Chase has opened a center for distressed homeowners. Read more.
Family Foundations is an agency that offers a wide variety of financial counseling. The services offered will help individuals and families handle financial challenges by improving their money management, budgeting and financial skills. The non-profit also offers debt and budget counseling, debt management plans, credit counseling and repairs, bankruptcy counseling, foreclosure prevention, on information on mortgage programs. For example, click here to learn about the Florida hardest hit fund. Dial (904) 396-4846.
These groups may offer food in a crisis situation or other items such as diapers, clothes, baby food, nonperishable items, and/or household products. United Community Outreach Ministry ((904) 396-2401). Christ Church of Peace (phone (904) 387-2020) runs a food pantry in Jacksonville Florida. Another charity is World Outreach, Inc., which can be reached at (904) 573-1333.
If you need more locations to call for free food or groceries in Jacksonville and Duval County, get information on more Jacksonville Florida food pantries.
A charity relief organization, The Community Safety Net Fund, which was created last year to help Jacksonville, Duval County and First Coast families who are in need, has raised over $1.5 million in emergency assistance to support about a dozen charities and agencies that are focused on the area's struggling, those in need, and also the homeless. Grants awarded include below, and learn more on the programs and agencies here.
Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry: $35,000 - phone (904) 241-2326
Catholic Charities: $162,500 - (904) 354-4846
City Rescue Mission: $70,700
Clara White Mission: $50,000 - (904) 354-4162
Community Connections of Jacksonville: $37,500
Downtown Ecumenical Services Council: $34,000
Jewish Family and Community Services: $58,000 - (904) 448-1933
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency
Salvation Army: $126,822 - (904) 353-0971
Second Harvest Food Bank: $140,000 - (904) 353-3663
Sulzbacher Center: $231,000
Trinity Rescue Mission: $60,000
The funds provided will help people pay rent, utility bills, offer debt assistance, medical bill aid, help with mortgages, and more. Learn more on the programs below.
In December 2008 The Safety Net Fund was created with a $500,000 gift from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. In addition to this initial gift, the organization promised to match up to another $500,000 in gifts from other donors, if said donors could be found.
After a series of meetings between representatives of the DuPont Foundation, the Jacksonville Florida Mayor's Office, the Community Foundation and also the Sulzbacher Center, they were able to reach the goal of raising the funds.
There have been several groups and organizations that will be provided grants. Examples include the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Florida, which will be among the organizations helped by the grant. To show how dire the need is, during just the past year, the food bank has seen over a 30 percent increase in demand for food assistance. The $140,000 in grants and assistance money Second Harvest received allowed the nonprofit to provide an incredible 101,000 meals to Jacksonville families in need of help.
Other groups and charities that will benefit include the Trinity Rescue Mission ((904) 356-4033), which provides shelter, rent help, and food assistance to the area's homeless.
The complete list of Duval County and Jacksonville organizations and charities that will provide relief and assistance is above.
The non-profits, charities, and government programs and agencies listed above focus on both Duval County Florida as well as Jacksonville. Click here for additional support, and Jacksonville Florida focused programs.
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