Halifax Urban Ministries financial assistance programs.

Very low income families and the homeless in Volusia and Flagler Counties can turn to Halifax Urban Ministries. The non-profit charity organization strives to meet the basic needs of the less fortunate, poor, and low income. Examples of programs offered include basic medical care, free food, housing or rental assistance, and more. HUM works to both prevent homelessness and rehouse families in the region, including Volusia County Florida.

Free groceries and food may be distributed as part of Feed-a-Family. The objective of this is to allow low income families to save money on this expense and therefore free up their income to pay for other bills. As donations and funding allows, Halifax Urban Ministries provides a free box or bag of food, including frozen items, that can feed a family of four for up to a few days.

There are various conditions that need to be met in order to enroll into the Feed-a-Family program. The household needs to present proof of income, copy of monthly bills, as well as proof of ID and other documentation. They will also need social security cards for all household members as well as a Food Stamp-SNAP status letter.

While limited, there may be some financial assistance offered by Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM). The charity assists individuals/families from Volusia County and other areas when possible. There may be funds for paying rent, utility bills, or other housing costs. While more limited, the currently homeless may sometimes qualify for assistance with paying a security deposit or first months rent. Any financial aid paid out will require families to enroll into self-sufficiency and other services. The numbers to call for financial support are below.

  • Oak Hill, New Smyrna Beach, and Edgewater - Dial 386.428.1724
  • Bunnell & Palm Coast - 386.615.1326
  • Daytona Beach residents should dial 386.252.0156
  • Ormond Beach and Holly Hill– 386.615.1326

Travelers Aid is for people that need to get back home. This will often be in the form of a discounted bus ticket. The main objective of Travelers Aid from HUM is to assist homeless individuals and help them get back home to family members that are willing to assist them until they get back on their feet. Phone number is 386.252.0156.




Assistance is available for the currently homeless. Examples include the following.

  • Bus passes or bicycles for local travel in Flagler and/or Volusia. This will be limited to homeless people who have recurring doctor appointments. The bikes can also be used to travel to work.
  • Medical and mental health services. These are offered in partnership with Halifax Medical Center as well as SMA. As part of this, a RN is present full-time and provides referrals and medical care when necessary. The services include treatment of injuries and illnesses, wound care and referral for more serious cases. SMA will assist with addiction and psychological problems.
  • Help with obtaining Documents - This may include social security cards, birth certificates and other state of Florida identification cards. Notary services are offered as well.
  • Personal hygiene items - HUM will coordinate haircuts, laundry and showers. The goal is to allow homeless people to prepare for job interviews and keep up their appearance.
  • Communication services including telephone usage for making interview appointments, internet access to search for job, and other tools.
  • Help in applying for government benefits, including SNAP Food Stamps, prescriptions, and medical care.




There is also a soup kitchen run by Halifax Urban Ministries. The main resource is known as Bridge of Hope. There is a free daily noon meal for general homeless population in Volusia as well as hot meals for residents of the STAR Family Shelter.

An emergency shelter is operated. It is offered for families with children, and it can offer them housing for up to 6 months. For guests of the HUM shelter, day care is provided for children so parents can seek work or attend training. There are also classes provided to families on finance and other family dynamics as well as tutoring provided for children.

The Halifax Urban Ministries services are operated from several different locations. They include the main office at 340 North Street, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, call 386.252.9400.

The Bridge of Hope is a soup kitchen that serves a free hot meal. This is available from volunteers and is operated at 320 North Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Telephone - 386.252.9400.

The Homeless Intervention and Financial Assistance is available at 340 North Street, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, Call 386-252-9400 for intake.

There is also a location in Southeast Volusia County. This supports the general New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill region. The office can be called at 386-428-1724.



By Jon McNamara

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