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Assistance from Capital Area Community Action Agency.

Services from the Florida based Capital Area Community Action Agency include some or all of the following. Assistance is for housing, child care, rent, utility bills, and shelter. More details, phone numbers, and contact information for the non-profit is below. They support several different counties in the region as noted below.

CACAA will work with unemployed, low-income individuals, seniors and families to help them get the support they need to become self-sufficient. Thousands of households from the community receive guidance or support from their programs.

Educational and employment services from community action

The Capital Area Community Action Agency administers several education and child development programs for families including the Head Start Program, Child Health & Development, and support and assistance for disabled children.

At a high level, children from the area, including Leon County, can receive individualized and group training, access to safe, well equipped classrooms, Medical/Dental/Vision screenings and follow-up, free nutritious meals and snacks, and, as indicated, support for disabled children and infants.

The federal government and state of Florida Head Start Program will address the preparedness and increase the social competence of children from poor families. Services are provided that may be able to enhance their social, emotional and overall cognitive development. Teachers and staff will work with families and children so that they effectively deal with later responsibilities in school and succeed in their present environment.

Disabled children can also enroll and they will receive the full range of services as well and, if needed, specialized services that meet their identified needs. Transportation may be coordinated too for counties such as Liberty Florida.

CACAA Early Development Program is the name given to adult and child focused learning opportunities. These offer physical, intellectual, social, nutritional and emotional growth of the child. All activities are focused on meeting the child's individual needs and addressing their level of development that have been identified through observations and screenings. Each child's progress is monitored on an on-going basis.




Development and Health Care is arranged through collaboration with families from Leon County, CACAA staff, and health professionals. The child’s developmental needs and health status will be determined and addressed as part of Head Start and Education Development.

The Capital Area community action also helps with major, common medical conditions in Tallahassee and nearby counties such as Leon, Jefferson, Gulf, and others. With more senior citizens in the area (as well as retirees) the demand for care for older residents is increasing. As an example of what may be given, there is information on medical equipment loan closets near you, which may provide crutches, wheelchairs, and similar goods.

Financial emergency help for paying rent, utilities and bills from Capital Area Community Action Agency

Housing, utility and rent assistance from Capital Area Community Action Agency includes several programs that help individuals and families with housing needs. Preventing evictions and homeless is always a focus. They are really for periods of times of crisis. The names of these programs include the Emergency Shelter Program, Weatherization, Project Quincy and Project Share to help pay utility bills.

There are also government affiliated resources as well. Federal government aid is available as part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and/or the Direct Emergency Assistance.

Emergency Shelter Program, or ESP, from CACAA is for those from counties such as Leon or nearby cities that are in need of emergency, short term shelter. ESP provides those that qualify with short-term and immediate housing assistance. This is available for currently homeless individuals, families, people behind on their rent, or those that might otherwise need emergency temporary shelter.

Project Quincy is only for residents of that city. It offers emergency utility bill assistance to City of Quincy Florida utility customers only. This is only available for the disabled and/or those over the age of 60. Other conditions may be in effect as well.





Project Share operates in the City of Tallahassee in Leon County. This program, which relies on donations, can pay utility and cooling bills to the sick, elderly, or disabled.

No matter what county you live in, whether in Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, or Liberty, federal government funds are issued from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This will help very low income families with paying for the costs of utility payments. There is also crisis assistance. Priority is given to households in the area with an elderly member 60 years or older, children under 5, disabled members, or the very poor.

Staff from the Capital Area Community Action Agency help low income families apply for government aid or public assistance. There are many benefits in Florida, ranging from Florida Section 8 rent subsidies to SNAP food stamps, Medicaid, cash aid and more.

Weatherization Program helps people save money. It will address air-infiltration issues such as caulking, thresholds, weather stripping, minor wall, ceiling and floor repairs. It can also pay for window, and door repair/replacement.

In general, the Florida Weatherization Program provides minor repairs and improvements to the homes of low-income individuals and families, with a focus on the elderly. In fact it can permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Other support can be repair or replace water heaters, installation of compact florescence light bulbs, and insulation.

The Leon DEAP - Direct Emergency Assistance Program is funded by donations from Leon County Florida for households experiencing a short term crisis. Some reasons that people can apply include if they are having financial difficulties due to death of a spouse, the loss of a job, or missed work. Financial assistance for those that qualify in Leon County includes rent and utility payment/deposit, food assistance, prescription assistance, and maybe even transportation or car repairs.

On-the Job Training Program from CACAA helps clients to identify deficiencies and specific employability skills they need. They will do this by having case managers and specialists work closely with enrollees. Assistance from the non-profit community action agency can include part-time employment, resume creation services and job seeking, and may even even placement with a local company or business partner.

Project Independence will help those facing poverty break the cycle. By making the decision to be committed to being independent, staff will work to support your decision by providing you with the skills, knowledge and abilities to move from poverty to long term self-sufficiency. Financial support is also part of this project.

Other financial aid is administered. Capital Area Community Action Agency will coordinate Rental and Utility Deposit Assistance, Vouchers for buying food, Bus Passes, or give referrals to free Gasoline Vouchers. There may also be Prescription Drugs, Transportation, and even Mortgage Assistance. Or get referrals to case management services and government benefits.





Many groups, charities and churches partner with CACAA in an effort to help as many families as possible.  Together they offer additional support services, community resources, Child Growth and Development, Health and Nutrition programs, and other aid.

Applying for help

There are several places to go, based on county. They can all offer financial help for bills, job programs, information on grants, and general support. The main locations of Capital Area Community Action Agency.

  • Leon County, 309 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee Florida, 32327, Telephone: (850) 222-2043
  • Calhoun County, 20859 Central Ave. East, Room 308, Calhoun County Courthouse, Blountstown Florida, 32324, (850) 222-2043
  • Franklin County 203 North 5th Street, Carrabelle Florida, 32322, call (850) 697-5337. A second office in the county is at 192 14th Street, Suite 113, Apalachicola Florida, 32320, (850) 653-8057.
  • Gadsden County, 104 N. Adams Street, Quincy Florida, 32351, main phone (850) 875-4250
  • Gulf County, 109 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Florida, 32456, call (850) 229-1717 for intake.
  • Jefferson County, 950 Mamie Scott Drive, Monticello Florida, 32344, phone (850) 222-2043
  • Wakulla County, Barry Building, 3295 Crawfordville Hwy, #4 Back Building, Crawfordville Florida, 32327, call (850) 926-3122


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