Columbia County assistance programs.
Find where Columbia County residents can turn to for help. Much is needed as the state of Florida has been hit hard by the weak economy and recession. Get rent assistance, funds for paying utility bills, food, mortgage assistance, etc.
One organization that is all inclusive is the Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc., which offers an Emergency Assistance Program for all of Columbia County families. Some of the resources offered focus on providing utility and summer cooling bill assistance, free food, home repair, rent assistance, prescription assistance and vouchers, and federal government grants for electric bill assistance. The agency will also have information on various government grant programs, such as the emergency food and shelter program.
In addition, case management, referral and application assistance to other social service agencies as well as Florida and federal government programs are offered, as well as USDA Commodities. They can also refer clients to either no interest loan programs or public aid such as food stamps. Lake City Florida (386) 752-8726, or read more.
Christian Service Center of Columbia County, Inc. - Both direct financial aid can be offered, as well as information and referrals to government programs and non-profits. The center can, among other things, provide clothing and assistance with utilities and rent as well as food boxes. Several days worth of food can be provided. In addition, the center also assists with offering prescription medications, minor auto repair, gasoline vouchers and bus tickets, baby items and diapers, showers, personal hygiene, Furniture & Household items. In addition, they can provide shelter, lodging, referrals to other resources, and more. Emergency rent assistance is offered to help stop an eviction. Programs that pay for or provide free shampoo, toothbrushes, sap, toothpaste, mouthwash, combs, brushes, cotton swabs, deodorant and other personal items are run. Call (386) 755-1770.