Local government and human-services officials in Volusia County are doing their best to help struggling people who are seeking emergency help with basic living expenses and bills such as their rent and utility bills. They have several different services and options that they are offering those in need. Find more information on options you have.
Thousands of people are struggling with paying their rent and mortgages as a result of the weak economy and the nations housing crisis. The good news is that emergency mortgage, rent, and electric bill assistance is available. The programs mostly focus on low and moderate income people, but others can also receive aid. As with most assistance programs, conditions and qualification guidelines vary agency and program. But in general, rent and utility bill assistance is available to Volusia county residents no more than twice annually under each category. For information about emergency housing assistance programs in Volusia County, residents can dial 386-254-4675 in Daytona Beach; 386-736-5956 in West Volusia; or dial 386-423-3375, ext. 2980 in New Smyrna Beach to find additional mortgage help programs.
Or if it is easier for you, residents can apply in person at 250 N. Beach Street, Room 100, in Daytona Beach; 123 W. Indiana Ave., Room 101, in DeLand; 107 E. Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach; or 2765 Rebecca Lane, Suite B, in Orange City.
Housing assistance from non-profits - Several churches, government organizations, and non-profit agencies may have funds or grants that individuals can apply to for rental assistance. Priority is given to those with an eviction notice. Find a listing of rental assistance programs in the county.
Apply at the Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. (phone # (352) 796-1425) to receive help with paying energy and electric bills. The program provides an annual benefit to income qualified low and moderate income households across the county. The money will help them pay for energy bills costs. Payments from LIHEAP are made directly to the power company or energy supplier for eligible residents and the money is not paid to the client.
Another resource offered by the Mid Florida Community Services agency. They offer a multitude of services and resources to struggling families as well as low-income households to assist them in becoming more self-sufficient over the long term and to help them stabilize their living situation. Some of what is offered includes counseling, case management and limited assistance with paying energy bills, housing expenses, money for medications and certain expenses related to obtaining/maintaining employment, training or education. they can even provide debt and budget counseling. Click here to learn more about how to get credit card help.
The agency, known as MFCS for short, is a leading non-profit in Volusia County. If they can’t meet your needs, then case managers will offer referrals and applications for other emergency assistance, such as federal government benefits including LIHEAP. Other aid and support is provided too. Continue with assistance from Mid-Florida Community Services.
The department of Senior Services offers a wide array of assistance programs and services to help seniors, their caregivers and families. Unfortunately, all services may not be available immediately upon request. For example, they can get transportation, food, medications, and more. Contact the Mid Florida Community Services agency at the number above to learn more.
The Council on Aging in Daytona Beach also supports seniors throughout the county. The services are generally non-monetary and include things such as a Handyman program for home repairs, low cost transportation, and information to caregivers. There is also a guardianship service which will help ensure senior citizens of all incomes are treated fairly when it comes to health care, legal needs, and more. More on Volusia County Council on Aging.
Human Services - Emergency Services of Volusia County is an assistance program that offers emergency financial help and other aid for expenses such as mortgage, past-due rent, cooling and utility bills, and water payments. There are some criteria that need to be met in order to get help. They include eviction notices, foreclosure notices, and final utility disconnection notices, respectively, must be in place as part of the eligibility criteria. In addition, it may be possible to receive cash assistance with electric deposits and also rental deposits if clients were evicted from previous residence. But the number of programs do not stop there. In addition, assistance also with providing for and paying prescriptions, dental extractions only, and indigent burials may be offered. (386) 736-5956. Read more on foreclosure help in Volusia County Florida.
The Salvation Army has a couple locations around Volusia County. They have a branch in Daytona Beach as well as Bunnell and the Flagler area and even in New Smyrna Beach. Among other services, the agency provides emergency free food, clothing, utility bills, rent help and mortgage assistance. In addition, they provide food and toys at Christmas time. Dial (386) 437-0029, or click Volusia County Salvation Army assistance programs.
Daytona Beach located Catholic Charities Family Emergency Assistance Program is a resource to look into. Get access to food, utility bill help, IDs, Bus Tokens, Info & Referral, and household personal items. Free food bags are given 12:30pm-4:30. Or the Daytona Based charity can help with car repairs or motel vouchers for this impacted by a disaster. Dial (386) 255-6521, or more Volusia County Catholic Charities emergency assistance.
Emergency Assistance Program-Social Service Office (386) 255-2594) provides qualified individuals with emergency food, clothing, shelter, rent assistance, mortgage aid and utility/cooling bill assistance.
Gifts of Love Community Coalition, which is located in New Smyrna Beach FL and can be reached at (386) 423-5257 offers help, including a free food pantry for individuals and families who cannot meet their daily needs. Some finances and cash assistance may be offered for prescriptions, rent, and utilities. Major projects and initiatives administered are Back to School Programs, Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals and Gifts.
Volusia County government assistance - Whether it is medical bill assistance, food, free health care, and money for utility bills, the county may be able to help. Several social services and cash assistance programs and resources are offered to qualified low income families. Click here for more details.
American Legion Post #6 – Veterans and their families can get help from this veterans organization that provides housing, rent, utilities assistance, food, and clothing. Also provides holiday meals, gifts and assistance. 1087 Biscayne Blvd., Deland, Florida 32724, 386-740-0622
Community Services Department – Offers several social service programs including utility assistance. This is a form of community action agency as well for the poor and low income in Volusia County Florida. Some examples of programs available include the following.
Housing assistance ranges from homeless and eviction prevention to applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Some funds may be issued for rent payments, costs such as energy bills, or assistance for security deposits. Some residents may receive loans for paying these housing costs.
Other resources include health care needs from the Florida Health Care Responsibility Act or funds to pay for burial or funeral costs. There are also summer meals for children, or information on SNAP food stamps. The Department of Community Services has centers at 123 W. Indiana Ave., Deland, FL 32720-4611, phone number 386-254-4648 (Daytona), 386-736-5955 (DeLand), 386-423-3375 (NSB). Continue reading.
Urban League of Volusia - They cover many counties in the central Florida region. A focus is on housing needs, such as homeless prevention. This includes helping homeowners avoid a foreclosure and they administer a renter assistance program, which may have referrals to loans or emergency funds for back rent.
The non-profit organization also focuses on employment issues in Polk County. Clients may get help with resume reviews, job placement, and other self-sufficiency services from counselors. Much more is available too. Learn more.
EHEAP - Emergency Energy Assistance Program – Seniors over 60 and who have a shut-off notice may be qualified for emergency utility assistance, when funding is available. Daytona Beach, Florida 32115-0671, 386-253-4700.
Volusia County holiday programs - Low income families, the unemployed, seniors, and disabled tend to be candiates for Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance. Their children may be given a free toy or gift and the family an entire meal. Apply early to improve the number of chances to be assisted. Learn more on holiday help in Volusia County.
Halifax Urban Ministries – Several offices are located across Volusia County. The non-profit responds to emergency and financial needs of homeless, hungry, elderly and low-income people through food distribution, emergency financial assistance, hot meals ("Bridge of Hope" serves hot meals at the Homeless Assistance Center in Daytona Beach), baby food/formula, diapers, and even cold weather shelter. Offices are located at 215 Bay St., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, call 386-615-1326. 715 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168, call 386-428-1724, and also 164 W. Granada, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174; phone 386-615-1326. More on Volusia County Halifax Urban Ministries.
Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, Inc. – Programs include emergency financial assistance for electric bills and medications, emergency shelter, hot meals, free food for those in need, and transitional housing. 434 S. Woodland Blvd., Deland, FL 32720, phone 386-734-8120
Prince of Peace Social Services – Assistance is for Holly Hill and Ormond low income residents only. They have a food pantry, clothing, prescription drugs, local bus fare, utility bill assistance, and diapers. Can also help homeless and people who were evicted stay two days at the Salvation Army in the county. 600 Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, Florida 32174, phone 386-676-1695
Social Service Council of the Jewish Federation – Runs limited financial assistance programs. Includes up to $150 for utilities, rent help if someone has an eviction notice, and more. 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, Florida 32174, phone 386-672-0294
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Outreach - C.A.R.E. – The non-profit provides cash grants and limited amounts of financial and utility assistance, rent and mortgage payment assistance to prevent homelessness and evictions, and also a food pantry. 4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, Florida 32164, dial 386-597-3359
Housing and Community Development Program is a leading agency to call for housing issues. The organization can refer individuals to section 8 vouchers, public housing, home repair programs and may offer support for first time homebuyers. 2345 Providence Blvd, 386-878-8617, Deltona, Florida.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church may be able to assist West Volusia County residents. Emergency funds for paying rent, energy bills, food, and more may be provided. Deland Florida based. Call 386-734-9708 for intake.
Temporary housing and shelters are located across Volusia County. The locations, most of which are run by non-profit charities, provide low income housing, case management, meals, and other support. Homeless, veterans, single parents and the evicted are the main beneficiaries. Read more.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a leading social service agency, both nationwide and in Volusia. Apply for cooling/electric bill assistance, food, housing, and more. Seniors may receive meals too, including home delivered items. 239 Adams Road, Edgewater, FL 32141, 386-426-0883, or learn more.
Emergency eviction help can be used to stop homelessness. Families that rent and are living in poverty as well as the homeless can apply for grants from Continuum of Care affiliated charities. HUD funds can also assist with housing needs, mediation can be arranged by landlords, and clients can be placed into a new, low income home. Click more information.
Daytona Employment will help people find a job. The non-profit provides temporary to permanent and direct placement employment. 609 N Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Call 386-253-3333.
Find help with debts such as medical and credit card debts, and also foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance programs. HUD Housing Counseling, which is headquartered in Daytona Beach Florida ((386) 274-4441) runs programs including comprehensive housing counseling services includes counseling for credit card bills, money management and budgeting, mortgage default, foreclosure prevention and reverse mortgage counseling, and bankruptcy advice. A focus is on foreclosure prevention and housing issues. Click here for additional government run mortgage programs.
For pro-bono legal aid, call Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. Dial (386) 255-6573, or learn more on free legal programs.
Flagler County Free Clinic may be able to provide free health and medical care to uninsured and working poor. This particular center also covers residents of Volusia County. To learn more or to make an appointment, dial (386) 437-3091.
Find more community clinics in Volusia County. Resources offered can include free prescription drugs, lab work, checks ups, and much more.
Free food, household products, or other services may be offered by the following. Call the churches or agencies to get the specifics and details on the assistance programs they offer. If those sites can’t assist, then other charity and church based pantries operate throughout the region. Or find a number of additional food pantries in Volusia County.
St. Barnabas - Faith At Work Ministry - Deland FL. They administer various assistance programs and make services available to West Volusia County residents. Phone (386) 734-9708.
Faith in Action Walk-in Ministry - Services and resources include Food Pantry - Get access to a moderate amount-non perishable food items, sometimes diapers. Clothes Closet - No charge for clothes. Men's, women's & children's clothes, shoes, occasionally new underwear available. Walk-in Ministry - Partners with Family Resource Center to help clients become self-sufficient. Works with charities and government programs. (386) 734-4425