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Assistance programs Charlotte County Florida.

Find how to get financial help (for paying rent, medical or dental costs, housing, security deposits and more) from Charlotte County agencies. Low income as well as struggling households will be able to get grants or loans. Locate immediate help with rental or mortgage costs, utility bills, and other housing needs. Find how to get help in Charlotte County FL below.

There are churches, charities, and government programs that may all assist. There are also free food programs and furniture banks in cities such as Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. Or locate free Meals on Wheels home delivery, school supplies for kids or clothes for people of all ages.

Information on free food and pantries

The Harry Chapin Food Bank helps lower income people, the unemployed, senior citizens, and others in need overcome hunger. They help provide free food daily in in Charlotte County and southwest Florida. The charity partners with numerous local business and non-profits, including food pantries, emergency organizations, soup kitchens, shelters, daycare centers, residential centers, and other charities. Together they distribute food to the low-income across the region. Call the food bank at 239-334-7007.

Other food pantries in the area include Community Outreach Center at 11234 Royal Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955 (dial (941) 575-1211), Living for Jesus International (941) 473-9664 and address, Seventh Day Adventist Community services (941) 629-0398 and others. Each can provide food in an emergency situation. Or if those non-profits can’t help, find more food pantries in Charlotte County.

Assistance for rent, utility and electric bills in Charlotte County Florida

Two programs include the Emergency Home Assistance for the Elderly Program as well as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The LIHEAP options is run by the Florida Department of Community Affairs with local non-profits in Charlotte County FL.

The program can provides a once per year home energy assistance free cash grant to low to moderate income households, the elderly, and disabled for the purpose of paying for their home heating, electric or cooling bills.  In some cases, Port Charlotte FL area customers can get a deposit paid too, even if they have no money to put towards the cost.




The energy bill assistance program can also help people with emergency home energy assistance (to prevent a disconnection of service) under certain situations and contingent on the availability of funds. Please note that the cash grant is paid directly to the consumer’s energy/utility company and not to the applicant.

The other option, the Emergency Home Assistance for the Elderly Program, focuses on people 60 years or older. It provides them with a cash benefit to be used to help with utility bills. The free government grant money is for households where at least one member is 60 years or older. The qualifying household must have received a final notice from their utility company or have already had their service interrupted in order to be eligible for aid.

Human Services provides many other services to both the low income in the county as well as seniors. Some other public assistance programs are as follows.

  • Food -Apply for SNAP food stamps, or receive other support from Access Florida site.
  • Seniors - There are home delivered meals available in Charlotte County and information on medical resources, including prescription drug saving cards as part of Coast2Coast Rx.
  • Access Florida online benefits for grants, Medicaid, free homecare, transportation and other aid.
  • Referrals - The department can refer residents to low income apartments, grants for paying rent or a security deposit from the ESG program, and more, such as locations of Food Closets.

All of these programs are run by the County of Charlotte Human Services, so contact them at (941) 833-6500 to learn more or to apply for help. The address is 1050 Loveland Blvd, Punta Gorda, FL 33980. Or click here Charlotte County public aid.

The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition will be able to offers rental and or housing assistance (no mortgage programs). Based on funding, there will be money for housing including assistance with security deposits, and utility and electric bill assistance (gas, water & electric) to those in need. Also learn about homeless shelters, income subsidized housing and other resources. The address is 1476 Kenesaw St, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Call (941) 627-4313

Salvation Army (phone number (941) 629-5950) also has a limited amount of emergency financial assistance for paying rent and/or energy bills. But much of the support they offer is for material needs, and that will be free clothes, school supplies, toys for kids, and more. There are also motel vouchers, summer camps for kids, and gas cards for work or a job. Continue with Salvation Army programs Charlotte County.





Rent assistance and deposit programs - Find information on everything from grants for paying rent to low or no interest loan programs. Several agencies operate in the area that offer homeless prevention services, and the aid ranges from emergency rental help to funds for utilities or a security deposit. Continue reading rent assistance Charlotte County FL..

Several different local churches and religious organizations are part of the St. Vincent DePaul program. They will be able to assist with paying rent (if funds available) or utility bills, including water. The program will unfortunately not be able to assist with help for telephone, cable, car repairs or gasoline vouchers. The churches include San Antonio Catholic Church, St. Francis, St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, and St. Charles Borromeo.

The main location is 25200 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. The phone number is (941) 575-0767, or find resources from Saint Vincent in Charlotte County.

Englewood Helping Hand is a non-profit community supported social service agency/charity which provides short-term emergency financial assistance and grants to Englewood Florida residents. The funds will with utility payments. They can also direct people to various state and federal energy assistance programs. Call (941) 474-5864. Location is 700 E Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223.

Catholic Charities of Charlotte County, which is based in 22278 Vick Street Port Charlotte, FL 33980.  , has limited funding to offer assistance with paying utility bills, once a year at maximum per applicant. Other housing costs can be paid as well on a case by case basis. There are immigration services, free groceries or basic needs including furniture or personal stuff as well as other support. Anyone in Charlotte County can apply for help by calling 941-391-5669.

  • People without a social security number (SSN) can look into Catholic Charities identification and financial counseling services too. As the charity will try to help people get a credit card, or identification for a job, or become self-sufficient. A number of resources are offered. Read credit card with SSN.

Free health care clinic in Charlotte County Florida area

St. Vincent DePaul Community Healthcare’s free clinic provides medical care to low income individuals, as well as those who lack health insurance, or who do not have adequate coverage. There are also some free volunteer dentists for people with no income or health insurance.

St. Vincent DePaul’s medical clinic and the pharmacy operation has dozens of professionals, including nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists and other medical professionals who work for free. They provide many types of services, including physicals, insulin, basic dental, and even free medications. It is a United Way supported agency. Call them at 766-9570 to make an appointment or lean more. Or the address is 21297 Olean Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Englewood Community Care Clinic is another local clinic that provides healthcare and dental services to the uninsured, unemployed and working poor of Charlotte Florida. There is also help for migrant workers and Sarasota residents. Address is 6868 San Casa Dr, Englewood, FL 34224. Call (941) 681-2081.

Sunship Worship Centers of Englewood Florida is also a free primary health care provider. Dial (941) 474-5045, or click here for more Florida community clinics.





Prescription assistance

The County of Charlotte Human Services can help county residents who are not on Medicaid or a government program, and who are also not on any other insurance program. These individuals may be eligible for emergency assistance with obtaining prescription drugs, insulin, generic medications or name brand meds too.

Assistance will be provided in the form of up to a thirty (30) day supply of medications such as heart medication, antibiotics, etc. may be provided to those in need. (941) 833-6500. Find other ways to get free medications.


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