Emergency assistance is available across Florida from the Salvation Army. They administer a number of social services, including emergency housing and utilities, and can provide help to families and individuals who are facing financial difficulties due to an unexpected crisis.
The exact number, type, and availability of resources will vary by branch and location as well as by the current funding that is available. The Salvation Army in Florida can provide both direct cash assistance to pay bills, rent, housing and other expenses, and also more so called supportive and developmental social services. All emergency individual and family assistance is provided with dignity and respect and is also confidential. Learn more about each program below.
Various forms of emergency assistance is offered for housing, utilities, and electric bills, among other needs. The program serves lower income clients and families who are facing financial difficulties and who need help due to an unexpected emergency or cost. The crisis that usually qualifies people for assistance generally involves the loss of a job, reduction in work hours or income, unexpected medical expenses, car repairs, unplanned expenses due to natural disasters, a family dissolution (divorce) or a death in the family. The various emergency programs offered by the Salvation Army in Florida may provide financial assistance with paying rent/mortgage and/or utilities. They can also usually offer referrals to other services within the community as needed. Call your local Salvation Army branch to apply for help and to get the details on exactly what is available.
Some of the needs that are in highest demand, and some of the most common ways emergency assistance is provided includes the following. The Salvation Army may be able to help with the following.
Clothing assistance – Many Florida locations have an onsite clothing closet. Professional work attire, school uniforms and supplies may be distributed.
Emergency utilities assistance –If you are faced with a shut off of your service, funds may be provided. Money is offered as well during the hot Florida summer to help with cooling and air conditioning bills. Free fans or boxed air conditioners may be offered to seniors, families with young children and others with a medical condition.
Supermarket vouchers – Can be used to pay for groceries, baby formula, holiday meals, and more. Both fresh food, perishable items and canned goods may be offered. This may be offered if the pantry (see below) can’t meet your needs.
Food pantries and food baskets – Most locations have a food bank at the branch center. While they are open limited hours, each month thousands of lower income Florida families use the services of a local food pantry. Many Salvation Army centers will also have soup kitchens which provide free hot meals. The elderly and homebound may have items delivered to them.
Emergency lodging, shelter and meals – If you need a place to stay, or a hot or cold meal, the Florida Salvation Army branches may be able to offer this too. Programs may also be available for victims of domestic violence or the homeless. Single parents, children, seniors, and women may have dedicated housing for them.
After stability has been met in a transitional housing situation, the next step from the Salvation Army in Florida is to help families obtain funds for a security deposit on a new, permanent home. While this form of aid is not common, it is a possibility. Referrals are relied on heavily, and the agency can even direct residents to interest free loan options.
Community meals – Specifically around the holidays, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, stop by for food, meals, and holiday gift baskets. Christmas meals may be delivered to seniors, people in nursing homes, or hospitals. The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers for this.
Salvation Army in Florida provides free Christmas programs. Using donations to Angel Tree as well as Toys for Tots among others, children can be given free toys, games, clothing, gift certificates and more for the holidays. Each center runs a service. Locate free Christmas programs.
Housing – Learn about, and get help for applying Section 8 in Florida, eviction prevention, and other emergency housing programs. Some limited funds for paying rent may be offered. Case managers focus on preventing and reversing homelessness in Florida.
Household Furnishing Assistance – While focused on victims of a disaster, such as fire, others may find furniture or household items too. Thrift stores can also sell gently used furniture or other household goods to the public, regardless of their income.
Emergency Inter-City transportation assistance – Volunteers from the Salvation Army may be able to help people get to a job interview. Drivers may help seniors find transportation to a doctor or medical appointment. Car repairs may be offered too. While not as common, certain Salvation Army centers in Florida may have vouchers that can be used to pay for gasoline or bus tokens.
Sustaining Assistance - This is more guidance and case management. This type of non-monetary assistance is typically ongoing to clients of the Salvation Army and it can often provide the critical spiritual, psychological, and material difference to sustain hope for the low income, working poor, seniors and other marginalized families and individuals across Florida.
Food Pantry distributions – While the hours will vary by location, in general food is distributed by many Corps offices on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. Priority is usually given for senior citizens, disabled or the working poor. The free food and groceries provided are classified as emergency assistance that sustains health and nutrition to those who could not otherwise afford it.
General Advice and Supportive Social Services - Most of the Salvation Army Corps in Florida provide basic case management, emergency housing and electric bill assistance, pastoral counseling, referral to government programs and advocacy services. They are a great place to turn to for referrals.
Advocacy is also a key service of the social services from the Salvation Army. Case managers will offer Florida families information on government grant programs for everything from rent to employment needs. They strive to prevent homeless as well as hunger in their local communities.
Developmental Group Programs – These programs are for adolescents, children, adults, seniors and older adults are often provided on a weekly or daily basis to sustain social development for persons who would not have access to such other social services or emergency financial assistance without The Salvation Army. Programs include such activities as Career Connections Centers; Parenting Classes; Budgeting; Credit Repair; Day Care Programs for Children; Job Readiness Programs; After-School Programs and Tutoring; GED Classes; Adult Literacy Lessons; Adult Day Centers; Meals on Wheels; Life Skills Adults and Children; Anger Management; and various Job Training Programs.
Salvation Army locations for the major counties and cities in Florida are as follows.
Most of the other local and regional centers are listed below as well. Call a location near you for information on their programs or for referrals.
1204 14th Street West, Bradenton, Florida, main phone number (941) 748-5110
2415 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton, (941) 746-8157
830 North Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL, phone number is (863) 682-8179
2620 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, (863) 853-2214
3915 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, (863) 648-0047
700 West 24th Street Sanford, FL 32771, call (407) 322-2642 for intake
3975 W Grover Cleveland Blvd, Homosassa, (352) 621-5532
212 South Apopka Avenue, Inverness, (352) 637-4480
118 Weber Avenue Leesburg, FL 34748, (352) 365-0079
1400 10th Street Sarasota, FL 34236, Salvation Army center can be reached at (941) 954-4673
1446 South Missouri Avenue, Clearwater, (727) 447-1913
24400 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater, (727) 724-3913
1625 North Belcher Road, Clearwater, (727) 725-9777
1080 Hickory Street, Melbourne, (321) 724-0494
800 North Apollo Boulevard, Melbourne, (321) 242-8394
3135 Kenilworth Boulevard Sebring, FL 33870, (863) 385-7548
919 Peachtree Street Cocoa, FL 32922, (321) 632-6060
361 Northwest 67th Street, Miami, Florida, (305) 757-1509
8001 Northwest 27th Avenue, Miami
9790 Southwest 40th Street, Miami, (305) 554-9669
5016-5012 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Florida call (850) 222-0304
2131 Jackson Bluff Road, Tallahassee, (850) 575-9798
821 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Stuart, Daytona Beach, Florida
1860 Southeast Federal Highway, Stuart, (772) 223-1815
2313 Davis Boulevard, Naples, (239) 774-1445
7707 West Commercial Boulevard, Sunrise, FL phone (954) 721-0705
1901 West Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, (954) 463-3725
330 North Magnolia Avenue, Ocala, (352) 732-8326
2901 Northeast 14th Street, Ocala, phone (352) 629-2004
1514 Florida 685, Tampa, main number is (813) 272-5259
13910 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, Florida (813) 972-4777
9309 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa Bay, (813) 935-6086
2581 Palm Avenue, Fort Myers, (239) 337-0955
10291 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, (239) 278-1551
416 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, (407) 423-8581
3955 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, call (407) 295-9311
1051 Albee Farm Road, Venice, (941) 484-6227
425 Mary Esther Cut Off NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548, (850) 243-8716
1824 West 15th Street, Panama City, (850) 769-5259
1378 West 15th Street, Panama City, (850) 872-9991
2655 5th Street, Vero Beach, FL, phone number is (772) 978-0265
639 East University Avenue, Gainesville, (352) 376-1743
55 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, (352) 373-7597
3870 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, (850) 432-1943
1310 North S Street, Pensacola, Florida (850) 432-1579
2100 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach, (561) 686-3530
655 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, (561) 683-3513
600 North Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, primary phone number is (561) 833-6767
14445 7th Street, Dade City, (352) 521-3126
15464 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, (352) 796-1186
3570 U.S. 19, Spring Hill, (352) 666-9009
2735 South Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33952, (941) 629-8854
10900 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville. Call (904) 645-3919 to reach a Salvation Army case worker.
15 E Church St., Jacksonville, telephone number is (904) 354-3428
120 Mariner Road, St. Augustine, Florida, call (904) 217-7641 for intake
1850 Florida 207, St. Augustine, (904) 824-6880
1555 Lpga Boulevard, Daytona Beach, call the agency at (386) 236-2020
560 Ballough Road, Daytona Beach, (386) 257-4391
1415 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill, (386) 672-1848
1920 Flagler Avenue Key West, FL 33040, dial (305) 294-5611
420 Northeast Park Street, Okeechobee, (863) 763-6020
505 27th Avenue Southwest, Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 563-0560
3629 South U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce, dial for intake (772) 461-2899
1898 U.S. 17, Winter Haven, (863) 294-7493
105 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, (407) 932-2009
2647 Michigan Avenue, Kissimmee, Florida, dial (407) 518-9111
340 14th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, phone number is (727) 550-8080
5321 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, (727) 521-4208
3800 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida, main number is (727) 323-2222