Collier County assistance programs.

Low income families, the working poor, senior citizens and struggling residents in Collier County can get emergency financial assistance. Find everything from grants to pay a mortgage to electric bill help, free groceries from free pantries, school items for students and medical care.

Local charities, churches, and the government (from the Naples DCF office) offer that for of support as well as affordable housing, money to pay security deposits, debt reduction programs and more. Some of the resources, including around buying a home or credit card debt help, are offered by non-profit partners in Collier County. Learn more below on all these resources, or find information on how to get out of credit card debt.

Charities and other organizations offer a wide variety of financial aid and financial support.

Local charities and financial aid organizations in Collier County and Naples, such as the the Salvation Army, offer free food and other aid.. The Salvation Army (phone (239) 775-9447) helps hundreds of residents each month. They give food, clothes, school supplies, one time financial help and more.

Also, as funds allow, their may be rent assistance and help with electric and energy bills. While the funds are sent directly to the landlords and utility companies, the amount of help provided can help tenants and families pay their rent or keep their utilities on.

The Salvation Army and many charities also gets funds and grant money for utility bill assistance from Florida Power & Light and its Care to Share program. Several other social services are offered. These include free Christmas assistance, soup kitchen, free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree and homeless shelter. Many of the resources are focused on homeless prevention and supporting low income families with children and seniors. There are a few locations in Collier County Florida. Call (239) 774-1445, or click here Salvation Army assistance Collier County.

Some agencies and other places to turn to for help in Collier County and the Naples Florida area include St. Vincent de Paul Society (phone (239) 775-2907). Many churches and charities make up this organization, which provides utility bill assistance and food among other program.

 

 

 

Much of the money for their resources come from the thrift store. As funding allows, they are also offering several thousands of dollars in food assistance per month. They can also refer people to foreclosure medication and prevention programs.

In addition, the St. Vincent De Paul charity also is licensed to sell donated cars at a discounted prices, and they will offer dozens of these per year. The churches and other charities that are part of St. Vincent in Naples also coordinate other direct emergency assistance programs for seniors and the working poor. Basic nsuuplies, such as hygiene or toiletries, may be offered as well. More on Collier County St. Vincent De Paul.

Catholic Charities ((239) 793-0059) is another church type charity organization that is increasing its assistance programs. They are helping low income, unemployed, as well as immigrant families with food every month. Also, as resources allow, Catholic Charities tries to help individuals seeking help for prescriptions and medicines. There are numerous thrift stores around as well for furniture, cribs, kitchen supplies, and other furniture or clothes.

Most of the programs do have criteria. For most, in order to get assistance with rent or food, individuals must be local residents and also show their Social Security cards to the organizations. Find additional ways to get help with rent.

The churches and other groups that are part of Catholic Charities in Naples Florida and across the county also try to help the less fortunate gain stability. So they offer more than just financial aid. Clients will be able to work with a case manager on finding a job, applying for government benefits, and more. Continue with Collier County Catholic Charities.

 

 

 

 

Collier County Coalition of Farmworker provides solutions to the very poor, immigrants, and seasonal farmworkers, including immigrants and Spanish speakers. The non-profit may have some limited financial aid and can arrange for transitional housing. Other resources in Naples Florida includes education, job training, English as Second Language, and free food or meals. Click here for assistance from Coalition of Farmworker.

Social services, including state of Florida public assistance and federal aid, can help with everything from funeral costs to paying utility bills. This can be for seniors, the disabled, unemployed and poor. However, a focus of the public assistance in Collier County is on providing food (from pantries and SNAP), SSI applications for the disabled, free health care (Medicaid or Medicare), and cash grants for other basic needs. Short term, emergency housing and shelters are offered too. More on Collier County public aid.

IMMCAA Inc. is a social service agency for certain parts of the county. The staff can direct clients to emergency shelter, holiday programs and more. While financial aid is sometimes available, it is very limited and will come with restrictions. Read IMMCAA Inc. programs.

Free items, gifts, and food is available to help low income families or the lonely during the holidays. Charities, churches, and other agencies bring Christmas Cheer to Collier County residents. There are toys, gifts, free holiday meals, and other resources offered. All the major holidays are supported, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Find more details on free holiday help in Collier County.

A free guide to social services is offered by the CollierResourceCenter.org. The non-profit organization is connected to, and partners with, various agencies, churches and government offices in the area. The resource can help persons connect to, and receive assistance from public and private sources based upon their need. The staff at the ResourceCenter also follow-up to ensure the client does not get ‘lost in the system’. Call the phone number of 239-434-2030.

If you are facing an eviction, or currently homeless, the Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition, Inc. can help those on the verge of eviction or losing a home to foreclosure. While they do not offer direct services to the needy, the agency supports the planning, delivery, and coordination of high quality advice, services, and programs to the hungry, homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the community.

Most of the aid is part of their Homeless Prevention and Short Term Assistance program. This will try to provide otherwise qualified low income or working poor residents with a grant for their rental expenses. There may be support as well for seniors or the disabled in the region. The Coalition will also try to arrange transitional housing with local churches or non-profits. This can lead to the currently homeless receiving funds for a security deposit. Naples Florida based. The phone number is (239) 263-9363, or read more Collier County Homeless Coalition.

 

 

 

 

Homebuying and mortgage assistance is available Collier County. Non-profits and national resources can (1) help people find and buy a house or (2) “save” their current home from foreclosure. Whether it is applying for a low cost loan, refinancing a mortgage, applying for grants to pay for closing costs, or something else, resources are offered. More on HUD homebuying and foreclosure help.

Rent or deposit help from non-profits and charities - Collier County Florida is also supported by a number of housing and rent programs that are offered by non-profits, churches, charities, and government agencies. Services offered include funds for paying rent, security deposits, and access to low income housing. More on Collier County rental assistance.

Find help from free clothing closets or furniture banks - Very low income families can find free clothes and other items, such as school supplies or work items, from non-profit clothing closets. There are also free furniture banks in the Collier County region. Some centers offer other support too, including vouchers to buy items or maybe even bus tokens for local travel. More on Collier County free clothing closet, furniture banks and school supplies.

Collier County Elder Helpline is for senior citizens and older residents. The service will only give referrals, and the intake number is (239) 652-6900.

  • Referrals are given to free medical or dental care, including linkage to Medicare applications sites, prescription plans, Part D and clinics.
  • Hunger prevention for seniors is met by Meals on Wheels and Congregate food sites.
  • Get information on supportive housing, that may be rent subsidized.
  • Other services range from help for caregivers to free legal aid, government grants such as for paying air conditioning or electric bills, and more.
  • The Helpline addresses retirees and elderly medication needs, including discounts or free drugs. Even find details on selecting Medicare Part D Plans.

 

 

 

 

Retirees, the homebound, and seniors in Collier County can get free meals (frozen or sometimes fresh) delivered to them. It is a volunteer service known as Meals on Wheels. Not only is food delivered, but the drivers also check in to give the homebound person companionship and check on their health. Find a free volunteer Meals on Wheels program.

Child and free day care program information

Collier Child Care Resources Inc. (phone 239-643-3908) provides information on free daycare and childcare referrals. The information is given to the county and Naples community. Some very low income families, or those in job training, may also qualify for free daycare vouchers.

The state of Florida as well as federal government also help pay for daycare. The financial aid, or free vouchers, or for very low income families, those on cash aid, or people in job training or school. The resources combine vouchers with advice, and more on free daycare in Florida.

Locate free food assistance programs

Harry Chapin Food Bank, which can be reached at 239-334-7007, is a charity that is feeding the needy and low income in Collier County Florida.

A number of other churches, food banks, soup kitchens and charities offer meals and free food to the needy. The goal is to stop hunger in Collier County. There are soup kitchens, free food banks, and also holiday meal programs as well as Meals on Wheels for the homebound. Read more on Collier County free food banks.

Civil legal assistance, including foreclosure legal advice

Attorneys and legal professionals from Legal Aid Service of Collier County provides free representation as well as advice. Low income households and seniors can get legal assistance in civil cases, including foreclosures, family law, immigration, utility disconnections, and landlord/tenant matters for those people who are low income and under federal poverty guidelines. Dial 239-775-4555, or learn more about Florida legal assistance.

 

 

 

 

Find low cost or free health care

Patients can contact Neighborhood Health Clinic at 239-261-6600. Doctors, nurses, and other medical processionals offer low cost health services to the unemployed and uninsured low income working adults who do not qualify for government health programs or other forms of medical care.

 

By Jon McNamara

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