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Emergency financial assistance is available from churches, charities, and government assistance programs in Clay County. Find grants to help with utility bills or rent. There is also free meals, SNAP applications, and food from pantries in Clay County as well as Lakeside.

Or receive free counseling to stop a foreclosure or help pay debt or past due loans. There is government grant money in Clay County to assist with mortgages, housing or medical bills. Or low income families can get free stuff from charities including a bus pass or transportation vouchers.

Financial assistance for bills, basic needs and free stuff in Clay County

The Northeast Florida Community Action Agency offers many services. This organization is part of community action agencies that are provided funding under federal law and is guaranteed a certain federal appropriation every year. The funds are used to provide a variety of assistance to local residents. The federal law also specifies how the organization is to be structured, including how the agency's board is organized. The board is made up of elected officials in Clay County as well as representatives of local low-income families.

The Northeast Florida Community Action Agency was created to both defeat poverty and also erase its devastating effects on families that live in Northeast Florida by providing a variety of support programs, including those that support the education, empowerment and assistance of people that leads to long term self-sufficiency and also a positive place within the local area. Some of the assistance provided includes :

  • Education services, such as GED preparation, vocational training, literacy, tuition, uniform, and also pay for book assistance.
  • Budgeting, financial education, counseling including credit reconstruction, financial literacy, home ownership down payment assistance, and free tax preparation. Also, help paying credit cards is offered.
  • A wide variety of household support, including rent or mortgage assistance, food provisions, prescription drug assistance, transportation, and child care assistance.
  • Emergency assistance programs, including help with utilities and also offering temporary food supplies.

The community action agency can be reached at 321 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043, phone number (904) 529-2200, or find help from Northeast Florida Community Action Agency.




Parrish Outreach / Sacred Heart Catholic Church of County may be able to distribute cash assistance for housing and other emergency needs. A number of conditions need to be met. Access resources including funds for rent, utility bills, some limited mortgage payment help, and a food pantry. A health center known as Way Medical Clinic also provides services. 7190 Highway 17, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043, call 284-4767, or more on Sacred Heart in Clay County.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, or St. Catherine's Conference also has programs for qualified families. The charity is located at 1649 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, Florida 32073. Call 264-0577. Free gasoline vouchers, food, clothing, and money for rent and electric bills may be offered.

Jewish Family and Community Services has aid for people of all religions. Some of it may be financial assistance for needs such as rent or electric bills. Examples of other resources and assistance programs include case management such as Achievers for Life. A food pantry is operated in partnership with local retailers. Or look into education and job training type services. More on Jacksonville Jewish and Family Services.

Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, Inc. offers groceries, free meals, and food. 1107 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043, dial 284-0814.

Agencies that offer free food, meals or groceries - In addition to the non-profit above, there are several other centers in Clay County. They will offer groceries in a crisis or serve free holiday meals to struggling residents. Other support includes Christmas toys for children, Thanksgiving and holiday meals, or school supplies. Find the leading charity and non-profit food banks. Find free food pantries in Clay County.





If a pantry above can’t help, there are many other resources out there. As an example, websites can direct families to free stuff, including food, coupons, discount cards and more. There is even medical or dental care available when needed. Find details on websites that provide free stuff to families.

Basic needs can be met by non-profit clothing closets. The locations offer a number of resources to Clay County families, including vouchers for clothing, school supplies, and maybe even Christmas gifts or food. Some centers may have financial aid for helping with bills as well. More Clay County free clothing closets.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church provides limited financial assistance in a crisis. they cover Fleming Island & Green Cove Springs zip codes (32003 & 32043). Funds may be offered for partial payments for rent, some mortgage help, utilities, and they also offer free food pantry referrals. 7190 Highway 17, Fleming Island, Florida 32003, call (904-284-4767) for intake.

The Salvation Army of Clay County runs a emergency services program. This can assist those facing a crisis, including low income families, the disabled, and seniors. Programs may offer assistance with paying electric bills, rent, water, propane gas, clothing and emergency food when available. Other resources include free Christmas assistance, case management, holiday meals, back to school supplies for students and shelter. The main office is at 2795 County Rd 220, Middleburg, FL 32068, (904) 276-6677. Find details on Clay County area Salvation Army programs.

Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. runs the regional HOPWA program. This offers housing opportunities for persons with HIV/AIDS. Included can be emergency assistance for security deposits, rent, electric, water, and natural gas bills. Other social services may be offered for the working poor. (904) 354-4846.

Clay County Lutheran Social Services are an option for the less fortunate. The non-profit operates across northeast Florida. Free groceries, food, and basic needs can be met from a food bank. Assistance if for seniors, including bill paying services and home delivered meals. Other programs include Representative Payee, employment assistance and much more. Continue with Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida.

Christ Church of Peace is located in Jacksonville but provides services to Clay County residents too. Free groceries, meals, and basic needs such as clothing vouchers are examples of assistance programs. (904) 387-2020

DESC, or Downtown Ecumenical Services Council, covers the county as well. The church group, using donations from the community, can have grants for expenses such as back rent or utility bills. A clothing closet is also on site, and basic needs such as food, personal hygiene, and more are available. More on Downtown Ecumenical Services Council assistance programs.





Clay County Health Department serves as a local community clinic. The non-profit provides physician services, guidance and specialty referrals for We Care providers. There is also information on cash assistance as well as daycare vouchers for low income parents. 1305 Idlewild Avenue, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043, (904) 529-2800.

By Jon McNamara

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