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Brevard County Florida assistance programs.

There are dozens of charities, churches, and government assistance agencies in Brevard County that assist low income families. Whether it is free groceries from a pantry, some grant money to help pay rent or mortgages, utility bill help, or anything, support is available. The agencies also combine emergency financial help or loans along with job programs, free debt reduction services, and other assistance, and find how to apply below.

Other free goods may be offered too. There are items such as school supplies, furniture for the low income, prescription drugs, free Christmas toys, and more. The emergency financial aid can be combined with free stuff along with budgeting, money management, and other social services.

Find help with paying for prescription drugs and utility bills

Many Florida families are struggling with many bills in today’s economy, including having difficulty with paying for utilities or prescription drugs. Barefoot Bay program might be able to provide you with some relief if you are one of the many having financial difficulty in today’s challenging economy.

The Brevard County Community Action Agency (phone number 321-633-1951) is administering an assistance program that is available to Barefoot Bay residents. You can contact them, or stop by Building D & E to explore your options to receive help and to determine if you’re qualified for aid. This assistance program is sponsored by the Barefoot Bay Recreation District and the Barefoot Bay Homeowners Association. Also, numerous other programs exist for prescription medications.

There are some criteria, such as household income, that need to be met in order to qualify for aid. You will need to prove your household income and also have photo identification to participate.

Help from the Brevard County Community Action Program

In addition to the service mentioned above, the Brevard County Community Action Program also provides rent and mortgage assistance, utilities and air conditioning bill assistance (FPL, Water & Gas), food aid, and access to health care and medical programs. While each program does have its own criteria in order to be qualified, contact the agency at (321) 633-2076 to learn more or apply.




The agency will try to coordinate the assistance in the form of a grant or some form of public aid, but in some cases a loan may be issued in place of that. Or find additional details on assistance from Community Action. More on Brevard County Community Action assistance Programs.

Emergency help

Two local charities to turn to for other programs and services include Catholic Charities and the Brevard County Salvation Army. Some of the key services they offer as part of Financial and Family Assistance to local families include:

  • Rent - Qualified applicants can receive grants to help pay rent arrearage
  • Prescription medications and other health care needs
  • Energy and utility bills - Not only can the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities provide cash assistance, they can also help people navigate the various state and government programs.
  • Household items including free clothing and food
  • Free Christmas assistance, including meals and gifts for children

The Salvation Army can be reached at (321) 724-0494 and the phone number for Catholic Charities is (321) 636-6144. Multiple Salvation Army offices are around Brevard County Florida, including 919 Peachtree Street, Cocoa, Florida 32922, dial (321) 632-6060 as well as 1218 W Main Street, Titusville, Florida 32796 phone (321) 269-3110, and 1080 S Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901, dial (321) 724-0494. Or continue with assistance from Brevard Salvation Army.

In addition to the resources listed above, Catholic Charities of central Florida offers other assistance programs. Most of them will be to address an emergency, and this can include free food, groceries, and even medical care from a clinic. Other services in Brevard County can include free legal aid (including for immigrants) and help for senior citizens. Read more Brevard County Catholic Charities assistance.





Another one of the agencies is Community Action Team-Cocoa Florida, phone (321) 633-1951. This non-profit can also offer cash grants and other forms of financial assistance to help people pay their rent, funds for mortgage assistance, utility bill assistance, free food, medical bill help and money for miscellaneous expenses, such as medications, clothes, and more.

Legal aid in Brevard County Florida

If you need access to an attorney, and can’t afford to pay for legal bills, contact Brevard County Legal Aid. They work for free to ensure equal access to justice and free legal advice for low income and disadvantaged persons, such as elderly and others. Find details on how to get free legal aid in Florida, or call them at (321) 631-2500

Temporary assistance for a financial hardship

If you have applied for other local charity programs as well as federal and state of Florida assistance programs, and if you have used up all available resources or do not qualify for them, then North Brevard Charities Sharing Center is yet one more option. This agency has as its goal the mission to fill the gap and provide emergency assistance, grants, counseling, and other aid to those families and individuals who may not otherwise qualify for assistance through other agencies or who have used up all those options. (321) 269-6555.

Another local agency, which is based in Coca, is Central Brevard Sharing Center, has limited funding to help people in need. When they do have funding, they can provide help and offer emergency financial assistance which will be provided to qualifying households for rent, mortgage payments and utilities and cooling bills. In addition, the non-profit can assist with prescriptions, which is one time only, but patients can receive multiple prescriptions. Call them at (321) 631-0306.

Another community action agency also offers support and programs for Titusville residents. This agency also offers financial aid for housing expenses, such as rent and mortgage payments. Funds may also be available for paying utility and medical bills. Dial (321) 633-1951.

The City of Melbourne Housing and Community Development agency can assist low income families and individuals. Rental assistance is available for low income people who are trying to become self-sufficient. A housing repair and rehabilitation program is also offered. Call them at (321) 674-5734.

Palm Bay based St. Vincent de Paul of St. Joseph Parish (phone (321) 768-7882) administers an assistance program that provides qualified individuals with food as needed and helps them with paying utilities and rent up to once a year. They also have a branch in Cocoa Branch Florida. The charity works with local churches and religious groups as well.





There are other churches in Brevard County that are part of Saint Vincent. They help the poor, immigrants, and vulnerable with a number of needs, both financial as well as material goods. More on Saint Vincent assistance programs in Brevard County.

Emergency assistance and social services - Brevard County provides government assistance to low income residents. They will often provide financial assistance with referrals and self-sufficiency, such as help finding a job. Learn about resources that can help pay for living expenses and bills from the county. More on public assistance in Brevard County.

St. Mary’s helping hands, which is based in Rockledge Florida and can be reached at (321) 632-7211, runs programs including a food program, and it can only be eligible once a month. Limit of $50 financial assistance with utility and cooling bills. Provides free clothing.  Must be in food program for 3 months prior to receiving assistance for paying utilities. Prescription assistance of $50/once yearly is also available.

Brevard County Housing and Human Services Department deals with housing issues and concerns. Some other basic needs may be provided as well. Look into security and utility deposit assistance, funds for paying rent, mortgage, or utilities. Other basic needs include free food, health care, or burial assistance. 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Melbourne, Florida 32940, dial (321) 633-2082.

Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation, Inc. may be able to help Brevard/Indian River cancer patients. Assistance is available for rent, mortgage, utilities, and prescription medications. The center also coordinates transportation to and from treatment centers and doctors. (321) 952-0898.

Jewish Federation will only assist those with referrals. Funds can help with energy bills or rent. While more limited, programs may offer school or medical supplies, and gift certificates for food, and discounts for lawyers and doctors in the community. Address is 210 East Hibiscus Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901, (321) 951-1836.

Assistance for clothes and basic needs - Try calling a clothing closet for free household type items. Low income families in Brevard County can receive shoes, coats, school or work clothes, and more, such as free school supplies. Others from the community can shop at thrift stores for gently used goods. Find free clothing programs in Brevard County.

Housing Authority of Brevard County provides rental subsidies for low income and working poor families. Among resources offered include section 8 housing vouchers. As part of this program, recipient pays 30% of their income toward housing costs, including rent. The staff can also help place families living in poverty into public housing units or other locations. 828 Stone Street, Cocoa, Florida 32922. For information on the waiting list, call (321) 636-8534 or more on housing authority in Brevard County.

Community Action Team-Titusville – The non-profit provides resources including financial assistance for paying utility bills, mortgage assistance, food, medical and miscellaneous expenses, and funds for rent. Burial assistance for indigent is also offered. 611 Singleton Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32780, call (321) 633-1951.

Melbourne CAT supports residents from the immediate region. The Community Action Team offers free food and support for medical needs. Housing includes rent, mortgage, utility, and security deposit help. There is also burial assistance for indigent. Call (321) 952-6335 for intake.





Faith based groups are made up of churches and charities in Brevard County. Volunteers and donations are used in an effort to help struggling families. There may be free food and baby supplies or diapers for single parents, minor home repairs for the disabled or seniors, transportation, and other support services available from their Clearinghouse. More on Brevard County church services.

Funeral assistance may be coordinated by the state and county. It can help very low income or the indigent get a simple, proper burial. Family members or single people can get support, and find details on funeral help.

Employment, housing, and education services from Urban League are also available in Brevard County. The regional non-profit helps with credit and debt counseling, offers a rental readiness program that may have grants or referrals for paying housing costs, and more. Case mangers also partner with clients on employment needs. Read Urban League Central Florida.

Cocoa Beach St. Vincent - May have emergency assistance for paying rent if an applicant has an eviction notice. FPL bills can be partially paid as well in a crisis. They also offer referrals to shelters and health care from Alliance Mobile Medical Van. Location is 5301 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931, dial (321) 799-3677.

Rental assistance and low income housing - The cities of Titusville, Coca, and the greater Brevard County Florida area is supported by a number of churches, government programs and charities that specialize in offering emergency rent help. The locations distribute funds and cash grants to the needy and low income across the region. Find details on Brevard County rent assistance.

Locate Brevard County programs that help during the holidays. What may be provided includes, but is not limited to the following.

  • Free toys, gifts, and clothes for children at Christmas from Adopt a Family and other services.
  • Low income families may be given a food basket to prepare a holiday meal.
  • Seniors and the disabled may have home delivered Thanksgiving or Christmas meals from volunteers.
  • Charities may also offer offer other assistance. Find free holiday help in Brevard County.

Brevard County foreclosure assistance and debt help

If you are facing a foreclosure or need help paying off debts, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Brevard has counselors that can both help people eliminate their debts and provide foreclosure prevention services. Some of the programs offered by the Melbourne based agency to homeowners and consumers include budget and debt counseling; housing counseling (HUD certified; mortgage default; pre-purchase; bankruptcy reverse mortgage); debt repayment plans; credit report analysis and educational and budget presentations. Dial (321) 984-3611 to speak to a counselor. Click here to learn about medical debt collection laws.







Another Clearwater based credit and housing agency is National Foundation for Debt Management. Call them at (800) 344-5153. The programs offer aid to all people throughout Brevard County. Housing counselors offer mortgage delinquency and default counseling, foreclosure prevention, mortgage counseling, money debt management, debt reduction programs, and pre purchase counseling.

Community Housing Initiative, Inc. offers foreclosure counseling for low income families. (321) 253-0053. This service continues to be in high demand in all cities and towns in Florida, and hundreds of homeowners receive free help every year. Get help from Florida mortgage assistance programs. There are a number available to struggling homeowners. Read details on Florida mortgage programs and learn how they can help Brevard County homeowners.

Too many Brevard County families struggle with debts or loans. Assistance is offered. The free debt reduction services cover a wide range of borrowing needs, ranging from credit cards to predatory type lenders. As an example, find how to get help with car title loans.

Food pantry and assistance in Brevard County

There are a number of centers to turn to in a crisis. They may have everything from free canned goods to fresh fruits, vegetables, and special dietary meals for senior citizens. Some of the homebound in Brevard County may even have a meal brought to them.

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Food Pantry, which is located in Titusville, runs a food pantry for low income families. (321) 267-4323

Other places to get free food, groceries, household supplies, baby formula, or more may include any of the following. Call them to get the specifics on the aid they offer.

  • St. Michael The Archangel (Charismatic Episcopal Church) - Rockledge. (321) 633-0788
  • St. Paul's Anglican Church - Melbourne. Phone (321) 259-1130
  • World of Faith Food & Clothing Pantry - (321) 635-8844

Low income families have additional options when it comes to seeking a meal or box of food. Not only are there many other pantries in the county, but there are also SNAP food stamps and several other government programs. Or residents can seek support from a soup kitchen or goods such as personal hygiene items. Find more food pantries in Brevard County Florida.

Health and medical care

There are several different health care centers and community clinics that are located around the Brevard County area. Most of them will provide services based on a sliding fee scale for low income patients. However some may even have free health care programs. Doctors, medical professionals, and nurses provide a variety of services. The options and centers are located below. Or find more clinics in Brevard Florida.

Brevard Health Alliance, has locations in Cocoa and Melbourne. Patients can get access to non emergency primary health care services. In addition, assistance in securing prescription medications and diagnostics are available. Medicare and Medicaid accepted. Fees are based on a sliding scale. (321) 633-6391





Community Medical Clinic, Titusville, helps low income and those who are close to federal government poverty levels. Phone (321) 268-0267. Medical services may be free. The location has information on prescription assistance programs and specialty care in the region too.


By Jon McNamara

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