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Escambia County assistance programs.

Low income families can get financial help. Find a list of churches, charities, and government grant programs from social services that may help with everything from rent to utility bills, medical expenses, and much more. The financial help in Escambia County as well as free items (food, clothing, school supplies, groceries) and more is available for anyone in need. The low income, senior citizens, and working poor among others may get emergency grants or low cost loans for paying their bills.

There is also more one time or seasonal support, including for kids in the county. They may be given free Christmas toys or a chromebook for school. Or one time help may include emergency rental assistance the day rent is due or LIHEAP grants. Some charities may even assist with car repairs or gasoline vouchers, and lawyers can give free legal advice in the Pensacola area.

Get assistance with paying bills, rent, and expenses

Each and every year, thousands of dollars may be given to charities, churches and nonprofit agencies in the county. The funds will be used to provide help to Escambia County residents who may be facing a significant hardship as a result of the recession or a financial emergency.

Some of the groups now distributing financial aid to local families include Catholic Charities (850-435-3516), FavorHouse of Northwest Florida (850- 434-1177), Children's Home Society of Florida, United Ministries, and The Salvation Army. In most years they provide direct financial assistance and cash grants to hundreds of households per month.

The funds can be used to pay different bills. As an example, the grants have provided flexibility in providing assistance to those who needed it. Charities may offer assistance such as paying their mortgages, rental payments, money for utility bills, or funds to stop a foreclosure. Government money may also be used to pay security and utility deposits as well as any payments in arrears.

Funds can also address work and educational materials, budgeting skills, and other aid. In addition, the assistance being provided could also be used for car repair or transportation costs, health care coverage, motel or hotel vouchers, funds for medical bills, and more. A program will even provide credit card counseling, which can help with debt settlement.




Counseling and workshops are also offered. The United Way's Financial Stability Coalition, The Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities have each conducted financial education as well as budgeting workshops. These services are actually required by families before assistance could be granted.

There may be hundreds of individuals who participate in these workshops. The classes can thereby be used to increase the skills have have to get back on their feet. Or anyone can learn how to save money on household expenses.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida - They offer a number of social services as well as direct financial aid when funding allows. However resources are limited. The primary option is known as the Catholic Charities Emergency Financial Assistance program, which is a service that may offer various types of support. The church may assist tenants with paying past-due rent on a case-by-case basis, depending on current funds available to the agency.

There may also give out free medications, baby supplies and clothes or furniture. There is legal aid for immigrants, ESL classes, and Green Card assistance programs. The Pensacola Catholic Charities also operates transitional housing in the region. Call (850) 436-6425, or find more details on Catholic Charities Escambia County assistance programs.

Olive Baptist Church - The center provides assistance (maximum of once in a lifetime) with paying rent, utility or energy bills for those who meet the qualifying criteria. The rent program serves families with children. Dial (850) 473-4466. Find additional ways to get help with rent.





First Baptist Church of Pensacola Samaritan Hands Ministry - Contact them to learn if you can get emergency financial assistance for paying water, electric, cooling, gas, or propane bills. Will not assist if utility has been shut off, so call them early. (850) 438-8907

Salvation Army Social Services Escambia County and Pensacola (phone (850) 432-1501) may be able to provide rental assistance for the working poor who have been employed for at least 6 months and have a medical emergency. There may other forms of housing support as well, even including transitional housing or motel vouchers. The agency will also provides emergency assistance with water, electric, or gas bill for Escambia residents.

Free food, hot meals, and other support is also available at the non-profit Salvation Army. A major focus is on helping children as well as the elderly in the community. Read more on Pensacola Salvation Army financial assistance programs.

United Ministries - This is another non-profit agency that will assist individuals and families with partial mortgage/rental assistance for past due mortgage or rent payments for households with children. No deposits or first month's rent is provided by the ministries. Get help with past due utility bills too. (850) 433-2333

Tender Hearts Caring Hands Rental Assistance has several conditions that need to be met, and assistance is offered for families with children. Programs include emergency financial assistance, free food, hygiene bags, and GED classes. They also run a benevolence program for the needs of disadvantaged individuals and families in Escambia County. Location is 1836 Olive Road, Pensacola, Florida 32514, dial 850-473-4466.

Workforce Escarosa Career Center ESC Employment Assistance can help with self-sufficiency. This includes providing the unemployed and job seekers with job leads, classes for developing interview skills, help with resumes, job search services and more. 3670 North L Street, Pensacola, FL 32505. Call 850-607-8700 for information.

Human Services, Social Services and Public Aid - The county and its community service departments assist with state and federal government benefits. The very low income, as well as senior citizens in Escambia, can apply for resources such as food stamps, energy bill assistance, SSI, or discounted prescription drugs. Or inquire into Medicaid (for the very low income) or Medicare (for the elderly). Find a list of medical bill cash assistance programs.

There are other resources provided as well, including job training from Human Assistance as well as Social Services. As any support from the government is short term support. Continue with public aid in Escambia County.





Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, which is located in Pensacola and can be reached at (850) 455-7389, has food pantry and clothing room that are open on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 a.m.

Transitional housing, including homeless shelters, are available in Escambia County for those who were evicted because of unpaid rent and the homeless. The non-profits that offer these services also help in other ways, including providing food, assistance in locating a new home, and other support. More details on transitional housing Escambia County.

Community Action Program Committee, Inc., which is based in Pensacola Florida (phone (850) 438-0121) can direct people to federal government and Florida assistance programs. They are a great place to call to get help and advice. They also administer two programs on their own, including the federal government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program as well as Weatherization.

A number of other services are available as well for those that qualify in Escambia County Florida. Those that are unemployed can look into job training and education. Children and their parents may benefit from Head Start. Another focus is on the elderly. More details on Community Action Program Committee programs.

Another focus of the Committee is to help Escambia County residents keep their lights, utility and air conditioner units on. Therefore they can direct families (with a focus on low income senior citizens) to emergency utility bill assistance programs. There are local non-profits that can provide cash grants, offer information on heating or cooling unit repair programs, and other aid.

Regional Pensacola Florida Free Christmas and Thanksgiving programs help the less fortunate, poor, single parents, and others. There may be:

  • Toys from Angel Tree,
  • Free hot meals from soup kitchen and pantries.
  • Support for seniors in Escambia County.
  • Other free Christmas gifts, holiday food baskets, and vouchers may be offered too. More on Escambia County free holiday assistance.

The Society of Saint Vincent is made up of local churches and volunteers. The charity organization is committed to helping the less fortunate and poor in Escambia and the Florida panhandle region. They can provide limited amounts of financial aid for expenses such as energy bills, medications, or rent. Most of there resources are focused on non-financial resources though, such as food, Christmas assistance, clothing, and similar basic needs. Read more on SVDP assistance programs Escambia County.





Area Agency on Aging of Escambia provides referrals to senior citizens and the disabled. Callers can learn about resources for financial help, including grants to pay utility, water or air conditioning bills. There is also Meals on Wheels, an Assistive Devices-Loan Closet for equipment. The elderly or disabled can also apply for Adult Day Care, Emergency Alert Response, Free Health Care Screenings, and Transportation/Shopping Assistance among other programs.

The programs are offered using both state as well as federal funds. As the goal is to help the vulnerable (elderly or disabled or their caregivers) get the support they need. The address is 5090 Commerce Park Circle, Pensacola, FL 32505, call 850-494-7101 for information. Or find Florida assistance programs for the elderly.

Low cost or free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies in Escambia County are available. The non-profits may provide the poor and lowest income families with free goods, clothes, holiday goods, furniture and more. Other more moderate residents can acquire items at a reduced cost, maybe even including furniture or back to school supplies. Click here free clothes, furniture and school supplies in Escambia County area.

Agencies offer rental assistance, with a focus on families or seniors that are close to an eviction. Any funds available in Pensacola or the county are often combined with case management. The centers can often help residents apply for security deposit assistance or grants from the government that can be used for paying rent. Find rent help in Pensacola.

During the holidays, there may be free Christmas gifts, toys, and meals. Escambia County families with children, or even single parents or mothers, can apply for help from a charity. Whether it is Adopt a Family or another give-away service, assistance is available. More on free toys for Christmas.

Free legal aid

Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. offer pro-bono and free legal assistance. There are lawyers and their staff that help low-income qualified residents. There may be advice for issues including eviction, foreclosure, predatory lending, payday loans, liens, failure to repair/maintain, divorce, and housing discrimination issues.

Foreclosure counseling, and debt reduction programs

Pensacola Office Consumer Credit Counseling Service of West Florida offers numerous types of counseling and advice. Receive access to financial planning classes for families and individuals seeking guidance toward financial stability. Classes include debt reduction, budget review and planning, credit counseling and recovery. Other support may be for foreclosure prevention, debt management and planning, credit repair, pre-purchase housing counseling, bankruptcy, and the money-smart series. Learn more on non-profit credit agencies. Call (850) 434-0268.

Health and dental care

Escambia Community Clinic, Inc. (phone (850) 435-4630) is a walk-in clinic for new patients and appointments for established patients. Services are provided at reduced rates and billing amounts. Dental care is also offered. Uninsured patients (no Medicaid) may apply to qualify for charity dental program or assistance. Emergency dental extractions only. Takes several weeks to qualify for this aid.

We Care Medical Clinic Escambia County Health Department offers medical care for uninsured patients in Escambia Florida. (850) 595-6775.

Additional free community clinics are across the state of Florida and nearby, regional clinics. Each offers their own type of resources to the poor, uninsured, adults or children. There may be medications or immunizations or vaccinations for kids. The elderly can get cancer screening or medications. Other care is arranged too, and find free clinics for medical care near you.

Food assistance, hot meals, and free grocery vouchers

The following churches, non-profit agencies, and charities should be called if you need free food for you or your family. East Brent Baptist Church. (850) 477-3784. Food Pantry Bellview St. Vincent de Paul. (850) 453-6777. St. Joseph Catholic Church. Phone (850) 436-6461. Gonzalez Baptist Church Manna Food Pantry (850) 377-0792.





Other non-profits and organizations offer free food and hunger prevention services. There are also soup kitchens as well. If these locations can’t provide the help you need, find more free food banks in Escambia County Florida.


By Jon McNamara

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