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Central Florida transitional housing.

Every year thousands of local families face eviction or lose a home to foreclosure. Transitional housing programs in counties such as Lake and Marion Florida can help those individuals. Emergency shelters, case management, and other social services are available, including for the currently homeless.

Some non-profit agencies or programs focus on veterans, women, or single parents. However almost anyone in the central Florida region, that meets application conditions, can receive assistance from the agencies. Not only will people receive access to a low income housing unit, they will also be supported through job training programs, case management, life skills training, and financial literacy.

Agencies and resources are available throughout the region. The counties supported include the following. Residents of Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Osceola, Pasco, Seminole, Sumter, and Union Counties can look into one or more of these transitional housing type programs.

VFW Retirement Home, Inc.
Location is 13005 NE 135th Street
Fort Mc Coy, Florida 32134
(352) 236-082
This is the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Retirement Home. Individuals need to pay rent, however the units are affordable. However they will receive a room, meals, transportation to doctor appointments, telephone service, and other benefits with their room.

Honor Center For Veterans
1604 Southeast 3rd Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32641
Main number is (877) 730-8387
The Alachua County non-profit is a rehabilitation treatment program. It can assist with veterans mental health and medical needs. Assistance is for the displaced, homeless, or those at risk of eviction and homelessness.

Interfaith Hospitality Network Of Greater Gainesville
Gainesville, Florida 32627
Main number - (352) 378-2030
(352) 378-2720
Housing for families with children.




Pleasant Place
732 NW 4th Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone - (352) 373-6993
Provides a health living environment for parenting and pregnant teenage girls while they continue their education. Clients need to be working towards a high school diploma or GED test. Referrals to other public aid and social services are offered.

Salvation Army - Alachua County
639 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32602
(352) 376-1743
Transitional housing, social services, emergency financial aid and permanent supported housing is offered to residents. A focus is on veterans and the HUD-VASH program.

St. Francis House Emergency Shelter
413 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone number is (352) 378-9079

Main address is 1220A NE 8th Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601
(352) 225-3995
Can coordinate transitional and permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans. Also take advantage of their employment/financial stability plans. The goal is to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Bradford County Ministerial Alliance, River Of Life Church Of God
2225 North Temple Avenue
River of Life Church of God
Starke, Florida 32091
Main phone - (904) 964-8835




New Beginnings
200 East Washington Street
Minneola, FL 34755
(352) 404-6946
Short term housing is for Women with Children. The goal is to help women return to self-sufficiency and restore dignity. Services provided include transitional housing, clothing, free food, professional counseling, life and job skills training and job placement assistance. Work with a case manager to find and pay for an apartment in the central Florida region.

The Sanctuary Mission
Homosassa, Florida 34446
Main phone (352) 621-3277
Transitional group programs known as Grace House is for single women, women, and children. Screening and assistance is only offered on a case by case basis.

Mayo Manna House
297 SE Pine Street
Mayo, FL 32066
Veterans can dial (386) 294-2150

The Renaissance Group Of Central Florida
Main address is 345 N Hwy 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
Phone - (352) 242-1711

Ruth House
311 S Central Avenue
Umatilla, FL 32784
Telephone number is (352) 455-3021
Housing for women, including those with a substance abuse issues. Social workers also help women apply for state of Florida aid.

Veterans Organization Of Resource And Recovery For The Homeless
902 S Grove Street
Eustis, Florida 32726
(352) 589-0545
Transitional housing for recently evicted and homeless veterans providing. Workshops and assistance is also offered for community based medical services, transportation, counseling, life skills, self-help groups, P.T.S.D., and related housing and other services.

Annie Johnson Senior Center
1991 W Test Ct
Dunnellon, FL 34433
(352) 489-8021

Women In Truth Ministries
Location is 1709 Palm Aire Drive
Lady Lake, Florida 32159
Dial (352) 454-2502





Christian Care Center, Inc., Samaritan Inn of Lake County Florida
115 N. 13th Street
Leesburg, Florida 34748
(352) 434-1832

Christian Care Center, Inc., Women's Care Center
1309 High Street #102
Leesburg, FL 34748
Call (352) 787-8929 for intake.

The Catholic Community Of St Paul
Main address is 1330 Sunshine Avenue
Leesburg, Florida 34748
(352) 787-6354
Offers a few housing units and apartments as part of Shelter Project Hope.

Debbie's Doorstep
Sorrento, Florida 32776
(352) 314-8000
Assistance is for abused or disadvantage women and children. Services provided include short-term shelters and independent living. Women need to work while living in the unit and contribute towards costs. The housing program and guidance provided also assists residents throughout the home buying process. Additional services include financial planning & abuse recovery, education & counseling, job training, and parenting classes.

Another Way, Inc Domestic Violence And Rape Crisis Center
PO Box 2240
Chiefland, FL 32644
Main phone - (386) 719-2700

Arnette House Inc.
2310 NE 24th Street
Ocala, Florida 34470
Call (352) 622-6135
The facility provides up to a 30 bed emergency shelter for youth, family and individual counseling. Other assistance includes low income, transitional housing and independent living services. Receive eviction prevention and help in finding security deposit programs when ready to move.
Another location is at 101 NE 16th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34470. Call (352) 732-4464.

Interfaith Emergency Services
435 NW 2nd Street
Ocala, Florida 34475
(352) 629-8868
This is a local Marion County homeless shelter. Meals, guidance, and other support is offered for people staying for the day or night.





Salvation Army - Marion County
320 NW First Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 732-8326
A leading non-profit social service agency in the region and really for all of Florida. Provides housing for homeless men, women, and families with dependent children. Some aid may be offered to pay rent if faced with an eviction. Emergency shelter, meals, and short term homes are offered. They also run a dormitory setting for homeless men, women, and families with dependent children.

Shepherd's Lighthouse, Inc.
Location: 5930 SE Robinson Road
Belleview, Florida 34420
Main number is (352) 347-6575

Helping Others Make The Effort
924 Determination Way
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 932-0413
Supports the homeless and struggling in Osceola County. Among other things, the non-profit charity offers transitional housing for homeless single women and their minor children. Clients need to work while staying there. Also, the program provides short term housing for 6-12 months, case management, and also a life skills education component.

Impower - Kissimmee
222 Broadway Avenue Suite 211
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 478-4034
The Village Transitional Housing Program makes available a low cost housing option for youth aging out of the state of Florida foster care system.

Transition House, Inc.
3800 5th Street
Saint Cloud, FL 34769
(407) 892-5700
Using grants and funds from the federal government HOPWA program, the organization can emergency provide rental and utility bill payment assistance for HIV+ individuals and families. Housing and rental subsidies may be offered too.

Steps To Recovery
4538 Iris Drive
New Port Richey, Florida 34652
(727) 849-8800

Youth And Family Alternatives, Inc. - Citrus County, New Beginnings Youth Shelter
Address: 7522 Plathe Road
New Port Richey, Florida L 34653
(352) 542-6015
The agency operates three short-term shelter programs for Pasco County youth and teenagers under the age of 17. Shelters, advice, and guidance is all offered. Food, crisis counseling, clothing, and life skills education is available.

St. Theresa Catholic Church Social Service
Belleview, FL




Christian Care Center Rescue Mission
Main address is 115 N 13th St.
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 314-8686

Youth And Family Alternatives, Inc. - East Pasco County, Runaway Alternatives Project
Main address is 7522 Plathe Road
New Port Richey, Florida 34653
(727) 835-4166

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Women And Children Emergency Shelter
7801 Maryland Avenue
Hudson, Florida 34667
Telephone number is (727) 861-4840

The Rope Center
14121 Water Tower Drive
Hudson, FL 34667
(727) 869-6426
This is a short term, transitional housing facility for women and men. Dorm rooms offer free sleeping arrangements, clothing, food, job assistance and a variety of services provided through DCF. Also access computer for job search and bus passes.

Rescue Outreach Mission Of Central Florida, Inc.
Address is 1701 West Historic Goldsboro Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 321-8224
The center operates an emergency shelter for women and their children.

Rescue Outreach Mission Of Central Florida, Inc. - Women's Shelter
1625 West Historic Goldsboro Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32771
Call (407) 321-8224

The Refuge At Jumper Creek
Address is 4912 SE 7th Drive
Bushnell, FL 33513
Telephone: (352) 568-8400
Housing and assistance is offered to those families who have lost their homes due to foreclosure, single parents, residents that are facing a financial crises, and really anyone who needs help in finding and paying for housing.


By Jon McNamara

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