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Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden County assistance programs.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida - This charity works through and partners with St. Patrick's Church to provide assistance programs and social outreach in Franklin County Florida and the general region. Funding is limited, and when donations are available from the agency, help is provided to low to moderate income and needy families and individuals to help them pay their electric, utility, cooling and water bills. In addition, get access to low cost prescriptions for persons who have no health insurance or are underinsured and who do not have the proper coverage. Last, but not least, referrals and information to other human service agencies is also provided to the low income in the community. Call the Apalachicola, Florida agency at (850) 653-9453.

Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden County Community Action Agency, which can be reached at (850) 222-2043, is committed to helping people who have not been served with any forms of assistance during the past 6 months. Programs also focus on families with a child under 5, disabled persons, seniors and elderly over 60, or any family with elderly person in the home, and persons or individuals with serious medical conditions which could worsen due to lack of utilities. When funding permits and when someone meets the application process, the community action agency may provide the following services to the low income and needy.

In addition, the community action agency also offers financial assistance and grants with paying for cooling ad utility bills (including propane) or utility deposits; limited funding and vouchers for prescriptions, assistance with paying for rent or rental security deposits (not both); Food vouchers and food banks, food pantry, gas vouchers and bus tokens; and also home weatherization programs and conservation.

Head Start is also administered, and the agency provides opportunities and support to help people get involved in all of the various assistance program activities individually and directly or through referrals to federal government and Florida community services and statewide resources. Read more on Capital Area Community Action Agency programs.




Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc., or AAANF, supports older and retired individuals. The not-for profit agency works on developing a comprehensive community-based system of care and assistance programs with lead agencies and charities to help them provide needs assessment, and direct client care to help older individuals remain independent. Specific programs offered by AAANF include Companions for Therapy, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), information on rent and utility assistance programs in Florida, Senior Wellness, Elder Helpline, Caregiver Support, and prescription assistance.

Carrabelle Cares Food Pantry (phone (850) 697-2141) provides free food to those in need of help.

Regardless of your income or insurance status, Bond Community Health Center, Inc. provides the low income and uninsured comprehensive health and medical care services, including prenatal care, HIV/AIDS testing, family planning, case management, primary care, pregnancy tests, mental health evaluations and counseling, pediatrics, immunizations, adult and adolescent medicine, psychiatric medications and substance abuse counseling. In addition to those health care programs and service, the center also runs an in-house pharmacy offers prescribed medication. A dental clinic is now open on site too. Dial (850) 576-4073, or find additional dental clinics in Florida.

Neighborhood Health Services (call (850) 224-2469) is a community clinic that places an emphasis on serving and assisting the uninsured or underinsured, low-income, and homeless individuals in the community. The location is a community based health care facility and center that is involved in providing primary medical and health care services, specialty care (including eye care, cardiology, gynecology, mental health, dermatology, orthopedics, psychiatry, and other services), dental and vision screenings to the needy and low income.

Shelters and transitional housing programs are scattered across the region and support families from Gadsen and other counties. The homeless or evicted can receive low income or free housing/emergency shelter along with other case management services. The goal is to help people get rehoused into a new, permanent home. Learn more.





Holiday, Christmas, and Thanksgiving programs help the working poor, vulnerable, and needy. Everyone from kids to seniors to the homeless can be given a hot meal, free Christmas gift, food boxes, and other forms of assistance. Read Gadsden holiday assistance.

Homeless and Hunger Coalition of Northwest Florida will focus on housing and hunger prevention in the region, including Calhoun County. Some examples of services which may be available in the form of referrals are as follows.

  • Information on voucher programs, such as section 8 or for a motel for a night or two.
  • Intake for SNAP food stamps in counties such as Gadsen and Calhoun.
  • The coalition may have information on emergency aid, including grants for security deposits or back rent.
  • Gert referrals to shelter, transitional housing, and other aid. For more information, click here.

Housing assistance from the Big Bend Homeless Coalition can help stop evictions and rehouse residents of counties such as Calhoun and Gadsen Florida, and most of the support is in the form of grants. The non-profit is part of the Continuum of Care and can provide qualified low income families, veterans, single parents and others with referrals to emergency rental assistance. There are also shelters available, transitional housing, and guidance on locating permanent housing, and paying the security deposit on it. Read Big Bend Homeless Coalition assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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