When facing a housing crisis, the Continuum of Care (CoC) program in Florida may be able to assist. The government funded program has several components to it, and assistance may be offered to those on the verge of eviction as well as the currently homeless. Of particular focus is on the disabled, seniors, or those Florida residents that are facing a one-time, unexpected emergency situation.
Too many Florida families are struggling to pay their rent on a monthly basis. The Continuum of Care was created in an effort to help those that are facing a hardship or eviction. There is also aid for residents that are now homeless due to some type of crisis. While funds are limited and an application process is in place, some of the typical requests for rental assistance are from families facing a hardship such as an unexpected car repair, a medical emergency, or short term reduction in hours.
Depending on the availability of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, there may be rental assistance available. This can help households that are facing imminent eviction or that have a notice to pay or quit. Or there may be funds for security deposits for formerly homeless women, men, and children who are trying to get into low income yet stable housing.
The grants paid out from the CoC can be expedited as well, so this will therefore be a form of emergency financial assistance. The various non-profit agencies that administer the program may be able to provide aid to tenants and households in Florida that are at immediate risk of becoming homeless. Since funds are so limited, some clients may be issued a loan that needs to be repaid over time.
There is also a Youth Homelessness Initiative. Not only may the younger generation qualify for funds to pay their housing costs or rent, but the agencies offer education, life skills, low income housing, health care, and other proactive means to work toward ending and preventing teen and youth homelessness.
A number of other services are offered as part of the Continuum of Care. Case managers and staff from the agencies advocate and try to increase Public Awareness. This is often done from workshops and in cooperation with non-profits or charity organizations. They educate the greater Florida community on the various causes and issues surrounding homelessness.
As part of CoC, the network of service providers and non-profits noted below share resources and information amongst themselves. Qualified low income clients can also apply for assistance. Some examples of the additional social services or financial aid administered include.
There are other federal funded programs that may be able to offer eviction help to individuals facing homelessness or that have a pay or quit notice. The primary resource in Florida is ESG - Emergency Solutions Grant. Based on annual allotments from HUD, non-profits may provide funds for paying back rent and other housing costs. ESG even extends to helping the homeless with paying for a security deposit on a new low income apartment. The agencies below will also have more information on this.
In addition to the non-profits listed below, there are other resources dedicated to low income tenants and the homeless in each county. Government grants and resources such as legal aid can be used to rehouse the homeless and stop an eviction from occurring in the first place.
St. Johns County
Emergency Services and Homeless, Coalition of St. Johns County, Inc.
P.O. Box 3422
St Augustine, FL 32085-3422
Community Coalition on Homelessness, One Stop Center
701 17th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Telephone - (941) 747-1509
Miami Coalition for the Homeless
3550 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 610
Miami, Florida 33137
The coalition partners with, and provides referrals to, non-profits in Dade County that use a combination of grants, mediation services, and even no interest loans to help with paying rent for low income families that would otherwise be evicted.
Another option is the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 NW 1st St, Suite 27-310
Miami, FL 33128
Dial 305/375-1490 for intake
Escambia and Santa Rosa County
EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless
PO Box 17222
Pensacola, FL 32522-7222
For information, dial 850/439-3009
Okaloosa and Walton County
Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care/ Opportunity, Inc.
Location - 941-L Central Avenue
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Main number is 850-226-7694
Assistance if for the counties of Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Jefferson, and Wakulla
Big Bend Homeless Coalition
The main office is at 2729 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Telephone - (850) 576-5566
Counties are Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington
Homeless & Hunger Coalition of NW Florida
P.O. Box 549
Panama City, FL 32402-0549
Counties supported - Alachua, Putnam, Bradford, and Levy
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless & Hungry
703 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone - 352/378-0460
Food, emergency eviction prevention services, and other aid is available for the region.
Counties covered include Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Suwannee
United Way of Suwannee Valley, Homeless Services Network of Suwannee Valley
Main address is 325 NE Hernando Avenue, Suite 102
Lake City, FL 32055-4015
Counties are Duval, Clay, Nassau and Baker
Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville, Inc. (ESHC)
4495 Roosevelt Blvd #304 PMB 322
Jacksonville, FL 32210
A government affiliated agency. Case managers can direct a homeless individual to a shelter, or provide the latest information on which organizations in Florida and the county have received emergency solution grants.
Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County
P.O. Box 757
New Port Richey, FL 34656-0757
Main number is 727/842-8605
Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless
Location is 5180 62nd Ave North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc.
PO Box 360181
Tampa, FL 33673-018
For information, dial 813/223-6115
Many churches and agencies have funds to tenants facing eviction or money to pay a portion of rent in an emergency.
Counties assisted include Manatee and Sarasota
Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Service Center
1750 17th Street K-1
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone number is 941/955-8987
Brevard County Housing and Human Services Dept.
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Building B, Ste 106
Viera, FL 32940
Telephone number is 321-633-2076
Counties include Orange, Osceola, and Seminole
Homeless Services Network of Central Florida
The address is 2828 Edgewater Drive, P.O. Box 54706
Orlando, Florida 32854
Lee County Homeless Coalition
Address is 1500 Colonial Boulevard, Suite #214
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
Telephone: (239) 322-6600
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
PO Box 380157
Murdock, FL 33938-0157
Phone number is 941/627-4313
Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition
1044 6th Ave. North
Naples, FL 34102
Palm Beach County
The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.
2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Phone - 561/478/5351
This location supports senior citizens, the working poor, and others. Both private and government funds may be available for housing costs, first months rent or a deposit, and to assist residents with an eviction notice from their landlord..
Coalition to End Homelessness
PO Box 030177
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33303-0177
Another organization for the county is the Homeless Initiative Partnership
Address is Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave, Ste 516
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Monroe County site
Southernmost Homeless Assistance League
Mailing address is PO Box 2990
Key West, FL 33045
305 292 4404 is the number to the office.
Volusia and Flagler County
Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless
Street Address is 324 North Street; Daytona Beach 32114
Daytona Beach, FL 32122-6498
Main phone: 386/258-1855
Legal support can help prevent evictions. Other support includes financial aid for rent, which is for the disabled, senior citizens, and homeless, or any income qualified residents that needs help with a rental or utility deposit.
Marion County site
Marion County Homeless Council, Inc.
1315 SW 25th Loop #104
Ocala, Florida 34471
Federal and state of Florida funds are used for to provide emergency rental assistance to families or individuals facing homelessness. They also partner with the Continuum of Care on addressing housing needs.
Counties covered are Citrus, Hernando, Lake, and Sumter
Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition
P.O. Box 3031
Inverness, FL 34450-3031
Contact the Homeless Coalition of Polk County
Address is 18205 Florida
Lakeland, FL 33803
Telephone - 863/687-8386
Counties include DeSoto, Glades, Hernando, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee
Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless
PO Box 13
Sebring, Florida 33871
Priority is for stopping evictions, but when that is not possible, the coalition may offer transitional housing, job training, and then assistance for a security deposit when ready to move.
Counties - Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie
Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, Inc.
2525 St. Lucie Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Telephone - 772-778-4234