Families facing eviction or that are behind on their rent can apply for emergency assistance. Agencies across Hernando County provide support to tenants, and the programs assist with everything from security deposits to back rent.
While the funding is limited due to demand and the challenging economy, agencies across the region try to provide money to pay a portion of rent that may be due to a landlord. There are a combination of churches as well as charity organizations in Hernando County and other regions that offer this form of rental assistance.
Clients include low income families, the disabled, single parents, and senior citizens among others. In addition to funds for paying rent or other housing needs, case management and mediation is coordinated too.
Serving Our Community with Kindness
Address is 160 Woodlawn Ave
Funds may be offered for rent and other housing costs, such as utilities. There is also assistance for the unemployed.
Salvation Army Center in Hernando County
Location is 15464 Cortez Blvd
Brooksville, Florida 34613
Main phone - (352) 796-1186
One time emergency rental assistance may be available as the result of federal funds from the emergency food and shelter program. The charity also offer USDA foods, blankets to the homeless, and a thrift store for furniture.
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners and the Housing Services Department runs the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, which can subsidize monthly rent payments. They may also be federal government grants for security or utility deposits, referrals to legal aid, and home repairs for the elderly. The main office is in Lecanto, and phone number is (352) 527-7520.
Daystar Life Center
6751 West Gulf To Lake (Highway 44)
Crystal River, FL 34429
For information, dial (352) 795-8668
Volunteers direct tenants to resources for paying their rent or no-interest loans. Funds are limited, as the non-profit is part of St. Benedict Church. Support is only offered to tenants at most one time per year, so only a small number of tenants can get rent help.
Salvation Army of Citrus County
712 S. School Avenue
Lecanto, Florida 34461
Programs include Cold Night Shelter, financial aid and more.
Mid Florida Community Services - Community Care for the Elderly, Hernando
820 Kennedy Blvd
Brooksville, Florida 34601
Main number - (352) 796-1425
Referrals may be given to grant programs for rent or transitional housing. They also focus on addressing poverty and want families to be placed into affordable, low income apartments to gain stability.
The Arc Nature Coast
Address - 5283 Neff Lake Road
Brooksville, FL 34601
Supported Living Services is a shared housing type situation, in which people share energy, rent, and other costs.
Citrus United Basket
103 North Mill Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450
Dial (352) 344-2242
Rent help is only offered to tenants in Citrus County with an eviction notice.
Hernando County Section 8 Voucher Program
Location is 1661 Blaise Dr.
Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone - (352) 754-4160
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers will allow very low income families to only pay a portion of their income towards their rent. They also offer referrals to ACCESS Florida cash aid.
The Sanctuary Mission
Homosassa, FL 34446
They only offer transitional housing. Centers, such as the Grace House, are for women, substance abusers, and felons.
Community Legal Services Of Mid Florida
In Citrus dial (352), or residents of Hernando can call (866) 801-5566.
Free legal aid and advice is given. People can also get help to apply for government benefits or grants for a security deposit or rent if they were unfairly denied.
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