There are several not for profit organizations, government programs, and charities in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County Florida that focus on providing rent and housing assistance to members of the community.
As with almost all financial assistance programs, there are conditions that need to be met, application processes in place, and usually limited funding. Some of the agencies in St. Petersburg area may focus their rent assistance on families with children, the elderly, or disabled. The bottom line is that it is best to call an agency near you and ask for the specifics on what type of housing and rent funds they may have. Inquire with an organization to get more information on the programs.
As indicated above, you may need to contact multiple agencies and non-profits in order to receive help. If there is not a location near you, call the closest agency. They can usually refer you to other organizations, rental assistance programs in Pinellas County, or even federal government services.
Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP)
Address is 1120 North Betty Lane
Clearwater, Florida 33755
Phone: (727) 442-9041
They operate a Homeless Prevention program. Rent assistance may be provided based on a personal needs assessment that has to occur and also if the applicant is faced with an emergency. Another key condition is that the potential client must not be eligible for housing or rent assistance elsewhere, so the HEP program is a last resort. It can also help pay water bills or other housing costs.
Calvary Baptist Church, Life Line Ministries
418 Cleveland Street
Address - Clearwater, Florida 33755
Call for help - 727-446-3799
Daystar Life Center
226 6th Street South
St. Petersburg, Fl 33701
Pinellas County, Human Services Department
Location - 1100 Cleveland, Suite 1500
Telephone - 727-464-8410
Funds are limited, but it can offer emergency rent and utility payments. Programs focus on the sick, disabled and elderly in Pinellas County and St. Petersburg Florida. Some low income clients may be issued loans for their needs. Any type of social services or grants for expenses such as rent are very limited.
Dwight Jones Center
1035 Burlington Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Dial for help: 727-894-5176
8384 Bayou Boardwalk
Largo, Florida 33777
Phone number of the agency - 727-391-9263
Enoch Davis Center
Main office address: 1111 18th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Call for help - 727-822-4492
St. Vincent de Paul
123 8th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone - 727-825-0725
A federation and partnership of local churches that may have cash to help pay rent, or at least offer information, counseling, and referrals.
Pinellas Opportunity Council
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
Phone number (727) 327-8690
The non-profit organization provides limited financial assistance, as funding allows. Programs and services are provided on a one-time basis to help pay for rent, mortgages, utilities, and other expenses. One focus of those resources is on meeting general housing needs.
Salvation Army Social Services - Multiple offices are located around Pinellas County and St. Petersburg Florida. Get help to pay rent when faced with an eviction and other housing programs. Case management and transitional units are also typically offered.
“He Cares” Ministry
Pinellas Park, Florida
Aid is offered on Tuesday/Thursday only, by appointment
Family Housing Assistance (FHA) is a rent program that is offered by Human Services in Pinellas County. It helps rehouse the homeless (including children, single moms and adults) and provides emergency eviction prevention. Grants help with rental arrears, moving costs, motel costs, as well as security deposits on new, affordable apartments. More on Pinellas County eviction and homeless assistance.
Address - 1213 16 Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Phone number - 727-893-1313 Pinellas
Call for help - 352-686-9897 Northern
Dial the Hillsborough office as well at 813-631-4370
1197 Grove St.
Dial - 727-449-2600
Some conditions of housing aid include the applicant must be employed full time with a stable work history in the past and income, and they must also have an apartment or house in North Pinellas County Florida.
Oldsmar Cares supports only qualified low income families in the immediate region of the 34677 zip code. One time rent assistance, information on government grant programs, and other housing needs can be met by the charity. (813) 415-7373
ESG Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing can help Pinellas County families facing eviction or the homeless. There may be funds to pay security deposits, federal government grants for back rent, and low income housing. Clients will receive case management and some families will be issued a loan for paying their rent. Call (727) 893-1313 for information.
North Pinellas - Gulfcoast Legal Services
314 South Missouri Avenue, Suite 109
Clearwater, FL 33756
Lawyers offer free legal aid in an effort to help those families or senior citizens facing an eviction. Also get help in dealing with a pay or quit notice or disputes over rent and deposits.
Bay Area Legal Services of St. Petersburg also offer free legal representation and advice from pro-bono attorneys. Tenants may also receive landlord/tenant mediation. Call (727) 490-4040.
SSVF - Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Main address is 384 15th Street North
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33705
Main phone - (727) 823-2516
The non-profit focuses on veterans and families in Pinellas County. Federal government issued funds are used for rental assistance. Other services include a permanent housing locater service, grants for bills such as security deposits, application fees or first months rent and more.
Government Housing Authority. Each city, town, or county, including Pinellas, has its own housing authority office. The cities and phone numbers are listed below. Mostly they coordinate government rent and housing assistance, such as the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program and also Section 8 housing vouchers.
Emergency Financial Assistance for housing assistance program (known as EFAHP for short), can offer emergency housing and assistance for rent up to $400 once a year based on the applicants total households income. Some conditions include an eviction notice must be provided, and the applicant also needs to be pregnant of have a child under 18 years old. Clewiston, Florida based. Call 877-891-6445
Emergency assistance to farm workers based on income.
Evangel Assembly of God Church
350 South Bernal Road
Call - 863-983-5131
First Baptist Church, phone number 863-675-2171, is located on 330 North Main Street in LaBelle, Florida.
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