One of the main anti-poverty organizations in the area is the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. The non-profit may be able to provide limited amounts of emergency assistance as a last resort. However the main objective is to help the less fortunate gain self-sufficiency, advocate on their behalf, and get them on the path to long term stability and success.
The types and number of services available in Duval, Flagler, Nassau and other northeastern Florida counties is extensive. The non-profit Community Action Agency may be able to offer food, emergency rent or utility assistance, employment programs, credit counseling and other support. The exact programs available can change yearly or even more often based on government grants and donations.
Education, job training and empowerment may all be offered as part of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Staff and case managers from the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. will offer people the training and support they need to succeed over the mid to long term in the workplace.
Services provided include workshops on the fundamentals of financial management, budgeting, and information on educational resources. The agency can help families overcome poverty and maintain gainful employment. The agency will arrange GED training to assist in finding a job. Other assistance offered includes job search assistance, employment skills training, and placement.
Additional components of Family Self-Sufficiency is Asset Building such as financial literacy training, details on the earned income tax credit, free income tax preparation, and also the Individual Development Account (IDA). Education in Jacksonville Florida involves Literacy (ABE/GED training) and vocational programs.
Emergency financial assistance is in high demand but it is very limited. When possible, the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. may be able to help those families and residents that have no other options available to them. Some of what may be available is money for paying rent, temporary food, utility bill assistance, partial mortgage payments and transportation. They will make an effort to also try to provide free or low cost prescription drugs, dental and even eye care.
Additional utility and cooling bill assistance may be offered by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This can help households in Jacksonville, Clay and Duval County (as well as other regions) that have the lowest incomes. The main reason that LIHEAP was created by the federal government was to help disabled, elderly and low-income households with young children. Grants can be issued to pay their utility bills in an effort to help them avoid health and safety issues caused by insufficient energy resources or even the lack of heating and cooling.
The federally funded Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is administered by the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency and relies on funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Assistance is for families and individuals from the region and it may offer them food commodities. This will help people live healthy and productive lifestyles in times of crisis. TEFAP may offer free canned vegetables, fruit, juices, fish and meat products, and other food items.
Basic needs can be met by the Community Action Agency. The non-profit also provides eligible citizens in Jacksonville Florida and other regions with the necessary support they need to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Basic needs can include:
Weatherization applications are processed by the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency. This is offered to homes in an effort to help reduce the cost of monthly utility bills. Staff from the Agency visit eligible homes in counties such as Duval and Baker to improve heating and air condition methods, provide caulking around windows and vents, replace or repair insulation, turn up furnaces, repair shower heads and more.
Seniors and the elderly may receive some minor home repairs from the Community Development Block Grant or the The State Housing Initiative Partnership grant (SHIP), as funding is available. The community action agency may offer free installation of storm doors, repair or replacement of roofs, windows and doors, exterior paint, insulation of attic floors, or even wall or roof repairs. The goal is to help qualified low income homeowners make necessary repairs to their homes so they are safe to live in.
Home ownership services are coordinated by the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency in partnership with other groups as well, such as HUD counseling agencies. Specialists teach clients financial education, provide personal growth opportunities, encourage career development and offer classes on buying and owning homes.
Baker County, 84 W. Lowder Street, Suite B, Macclenny, Florida 32063, dial (904) 259-4481
Clay County, 321 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043, telephone (904) 529-2200
Orange Park, 1543 Kingsley Ave., Suite 10, Orange Park, Florida 32073, call (904) 592-4838
Duval County, Emmett Reed Center, Family and Community Service Center, 1093 W. 6th Street, Suite 212, Jacksonville, Florida 32209, telephone (904) 632- 1470
A second location in Duval is at Robert F. Kennedy Center, Emergency Services Center, 1133 Ionia Street, Suite 212, Jacksonville, Florida 32206, dial (904) 632-1461
The Weatherization Assistance Program Office is at 4070 Boulevard Center Dr., Building 4500, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32207, call (904) 398-7472
Flagler County, 4750 East Moody Blvd., Bunnell, Florida 32110, dial (386) 313-2506
Nassau County, 1303 Jasmine Street, Suite 100, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034, (904) 261-0801
Putnam County, 1201 Madison Avenue, Suite 102, Palatka, Florida 32177, dial (386) 385-3954
St. Johns County, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084, call (904) 824-0978
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