You can get help, grants, and assistance in all cities and counties of Florida, including Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay. There is financial help for paying rent, utility bills, free food, medical care, and other support available. In addition to the state programs listed below, you can also find organizations and charities in Florida that can provide you with help paying bills.
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)
The goal of the Florida Department of Children and Families is to protect the vulnerable and to also promote strong and economically self-sufficient individuals and families. Its goal is also to advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. Assistance programs offered include those listed below:
Florida Discount Drug Card
This is a discount card to help with medical bills. It provides eligible participants a discount on virtually all prescription drugs. Almost 5,000 pharmacies now accept the Florida Discount Drug Card. Dial 1-866-341-889 for additional information on the card.
Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program (EFAHP)
Provides a one-time cash grant payment to those families who face the loss of shelter or are totally without shelter due to not paying their rent or mortgage. It will also help families who have had household disasters such as flood, hurricane, fire, or other accidents. Learn more, or dial (850) 922-4691
Florida Health Care Access Program
This program will make quality, affordable health insurance and full access to health care available to Florida’s almost 4 million uninsured residents. The six health insurance carriers that are in this plan currently offer over 20 health insurance products to Florida residents, and each health insurer offers at least two benefit options. They include a catastrophic plan with hospital coverage and a preventive care plan.
Florida KidCare is Florida’s low cost health insurance plan for children under age 19 and who are not insured or under insured. 888-540-5437
Florida Foreclosure Assistance and Mortgage Help
The Florida state government has some ways to get help with your mortgage. Local town and county resources, non-profits, and the government have partnered together. More details.
In addition, the state of Florida has also created a new foreclosure mediation program.
Also, find a listing of non-profit housing counseling agencies that can provide mortgage and foreclosure solutions. All organizations are HUD certified groups. Click here.
Food Stamp Program
Helps low-income Florida households to buy nutritious food. A food stamp household is normally a household, or group of people, that live together and that also buy food and prepare meals together. 1-866-762-2237
The SUNCAP assistance program is a special Food Stamp Program that is for individuals who currently receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
The TCA program will provides cash assistance and grants to those families that have children under the age of 18 or under the age of 19 if they are full time secondary school students. The children must also meet the technical, asset, and income requirements. This aid program helps families become self-supporting while also allowing children to remain in their own homes. In addition, pregnant women may also receive TCA assistance, either in the 6th month of pregnancy if unable to work, or in the 9th month of pregnancy. Parents, minor siblings, and children who live together must apply together. Find additional emergency assistance in Florida.
Homeless and Rescue Missions
There are numerous rescue missions in Florida that can assist the homeless, the very low income, and those on the verge of homelessness. Click here for more information.
Florida Lifeline Assistance Program
Receive free phone or cellular service. The Lifeline program provides either a $13.50 credit per month on a phone land line bill or it will provide approximately 60 free cellphone minutes per month. Safelink offers this service in Florida. Almost 600,000 families participate in the program. Call 1-800-342-3552, or read Lifeline in Florida.
Disability Benefits and Programs
The state of Florida offers several resources that are focused on meeting the needs of disabled residents. Some programs can provide financial aid while others offer home care, equipment, and additional support. A few different agencies can provide assistance with applying for disability and more information. Click here.
Assistance to stop Evictions and Help the Homeless
Agencies across Florida provide support to those facing imminent eviction or the currently homeless. Grants from the HUD Continuum of Care program can assist with paying security deposits, coordinate legal aid, arrange transitional housing, or provide funds to pay rent in a crisis. Continue Florida eviction assistance.
Free Legal Aid
Find information on non-profit law firms in Florida that provide free civil legal services for low to moderate income families throughout the state. Read more.
A program that will provide medical coverage and grants to lower income families and individuals. The state of Florida and federal government both share the expenses and costs of the Medicaid program. DCF determines Medicaid eligibility for:
Air Conditioning and Energy Bills
In addition to the financial assistance programs and resources offered at the county level, find a comprehensive list of Florida utility bill assistance programs. Most companies offer help to low income and senior customers.
Self-sufficiency and Referrals
The working poor, senior citizens, and struggling individuals can contact a community action agency. These non-profits are located across the state, and can provide employment services, emergency aid, help in applying for government resources, and job training. Click more Florida community action agencies.
Florida Employment Resources
The state operates centers that can help the unemployed or underemployed (such as part time workers) find a job or gain new skills. Government resources will provide training, job search assistance, use of computers, and more to residents. Continue with Florida job training programs.
Very low income families in Florida, including the disabled and senior citizens, can look into rental assistance from section 8 and other HUD resources. A portion of a qualified tenants monthly rent can be paid for those that qualify. Click section 8 Florida.
Social Services and Public Aid
Lower income families can take advantage of several Florida programs and resources that can help them pay for basic needs. The government can provide funds for paying energy bills, food, medical bills, housing costs, and other bills. Also get help in finding a job. Read more Florida public assistance.
Subsidies for Child and Day Care Expenses
Government assistance in Florida, including the School Readiness Program, can help families pay a portion of their child care costs. Subsidies are provided by the state for parents that are working, in job training, or seeking employment. Continue with child care assistance in Florida.
Assistance for Seniors
The Florida Department of Elder of Affairs offers a number of services for people aged 55 and older. Resources are available for government insurance, energy bills, food, transportation, and much more. Get details on various programs for older adults in Florida. More.
Debt Reduction, Credit and Housing Counseling Services in Florida
Find information on, and a listing of, government certified non-profit credit and housing counselors. Various organizations offer assistance in dealing with debts and credit issues. More Florida debt and credit counseling.
Community Clinics and Health Care Centers
Get information on where to turn to for free or low cost health care in Florida. Clinics may be able to offer some services on a sliding fee scale. Read more.
In addition to the clinics that can help with medical care, additional locations provide free dental services, such as cleaning, to those who need aid. Get information on dental clinics in Florida.
Resources are available for seniors, children, and families who are uninsured or have limited health insurance policies. Several state of Florida programs can provide medical bill assistance, insurance, check ups, prescription medications and other medical care services to those who lack insurance. Read Florida uninsured medical care.
Affordable Housing Programs
Florida Office on Homelessness as well as Community Development partner with landlords, tenants, and developers. They offer support to ensure the availability of affordable apartments for the mentally ill, single parents or mothers, the elderly, and poor. More Florida Office on Homelessness.
Food Banks and Pantries
While clicking on your county below will provide you with information on free food and other financial assistance programs, there are some food banks in place as well. More on Florida food banks.
Bay County (Panama City)
Bradford County (Starke)
Brevard County (Titusville)
Broward County (Fort Lauderdale)
Calhoun County (Blountstown)
Charlotte County (Punta Gorda)
Citrus County (Inverness)
Clay County (Green Cove Springs)
Collier County (Naples)
Columbia County (Lake City)
Dade County (Miami)
DeSoto County program to delay foreclosures (Arcadia)
Dixie County (Cross City)
Duval County (Jacksonville)
Escambia County (Pensacola)
Flagler County (Bunnell)
Franklin County (Apalachicola)
Gadsen County (Quincy)
Gilchrest County (Trenton)
Hamilton County (Jasper)
Hernando County (Brooksville)
Highlands County (Sebring)
Hillsborough County (Tampa Bay)
Holmes County (Bonifay)
Indian River County (Vero Beach)
Jackson County (Marianna)
Lafayette County (Mayo)
Lake County (Tavares)
Lee County (Fort Myers)
Leon County (Tallahassee)
Levy County (Bronson)
Marion County (Ocala)
Manatee County (Bradenton)
Martin County (Stuart)
Monroe County (Key West)
Nassau County (Fernandina Beach)
Okaloosa County (Crestview)
Orange County (Orlando)
Osceola County (Kissimmee)
Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach)
Pasco County (Dade City)
Pinellas County (Clearwater)
Polk County (Bartow)
Putnam County (Palatka)
Santa Rosa County (Milton)
Seminole County (Sanford)
St. Johns County (St. Augustine)
St. Lucie County (Fort Pierce)
Sumter County (Bushnell)
Suwannee County (Live Oak)
Taylor County (Perry)
Union County (Lake Butler)
Volusia County (DeLand)
Walton County (Defuniak Springs)
Washington County (Chipley)
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Florida Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will provide help through grants to local governments and also non-profit agencies. The funds are to assist eligible low-income households in meeting the costs of home heating and cooling bills. More on the Florida LIHEAP program.
Weatherization Assistance Program
The goal of this program is to lower the monthly energy burden and bills on lower income households by improving the energy efficiency and utility bill savings of the home. Types of assistance provided include.
Operation Round Up
Most of Florida’s utility companies participate in this program. Cash grants and funds can be distributed to struggling families. The money can be used for food, rent, shelter, clothing, medical bills, health needs, and utility bills.
Project Care and Project Share
Project Share funds will help pay for emergency energy-related costs, including electric, gas, or oil bills and also pay for the repair of vital heating or cooling equipment. Project Care are one time cash grants paid for utility expenses.