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Assistance programs Spring Hill and Hernando County.

When in a crisis, the main churches, charities, and non-profits that offer financial help in Hernando County are noted below. The agencies provide everything from grant money to paying utility bills to loans, rent or mortgage help, free food and more in the Spring Hill area. Keeping people fed (free food); power on (utility bill assistance); health (free medical); employed (job training) are just some of the goals in the region.

Low income financial assistance programs

If you are low income, elderly, disabled, or otherwise struggling to make ends meet, the Mid Florida Community Services is an agency that may be able to help. They offer qualified individuals a wide range of services and programs. Most of them are aimed to supporting family self-sufficiency or maintaining independence of low income families and elders or persons with disabilities. The programs also want to ensure people gain the tools they need to become self-sufficient over the long term.

Mid Florida Community Services also provides limited financial assistance and cash grants to eligible households for paying their utilities, money for making monthly rent and mortgage, and funds for medical bills, including prescriptions. Last, but not least, case management, information, referral to other programs, and counseling are also provided. Contact the agency at (352) 796-1425, or click more information.

Hernando County Salvation Army

This non-profit charity runs several different programs and help thousands of people per year in the area. Some of what they offer includes crisis and emergency assistance for items such as food, (also provides USDA food and have an on site food pantry), blankets, electric heaters, prescription medications. In addition, the Salvation Army in Hernando County provides limited FEMA and government funds, when available for paying utility bills. The main center is in Spring Hill and can be called at (352) 666-9009. Or find more details on assistance from Hernando County Salvation Army.

Additional financial support

The programs below are all offered by the Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. , which can be reached at (352) 796-1425.




Low income home energy assistance program (LHEAP)

This is a federal government under program that provides for an annual benefit that is provided to eligible low to moderate income qualified households. The money will assist them with energy bills and costs. Payments from LIHEAP are made directly to the power company or energy supplier for eligible residents in Hernando, and the applicant does not receive any money directly. Read more on general utility bill assistance programs.

General financial assistance

A program known as the Community Block Grant provides several different services and resources to low income individuals, as well as elderly and the disabled. Counselors will work with applicant to help them become self-sufficient over the long term. So that could involve helping them find a job, and getting their finances and credit back in order.

At the save time, Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. provides short term help for paying bills. This can include limited assistance with paying for energy costs, housing, medications, rent and certain expenses related to obtaining/maintaining employment, training or education. At the same time case management and counseling is provided.


The goal of the Hernando County Weatherization Assistance Program is to help people save money by reducing the monthly energy burden and bills of a qualified household. They accomplish this by improving the energy efficiency of the home. The program is offered at no cost.

Dial the Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. Phone number is (352) 796-1425.





Help with bills and food in Hernando County

Hernando County Section 8 Voucher Program – This federal government program can help families pay their rent from housing vouchers and placing people into affordable, private homes and apartments. Local residents who receive Section 8 vouchers from the county will still be able to locate their own rental housing across the region. They will then use the vouchers to pay part of their rent. The vouchers in effect mean that the renter and the government will share in the rent expense. 1661 Blaise Dr., Brooksville, Florida 34601, phone (352) 754-4160

Limited funds for paying rent may be provided from several agencies. There are organizations that focus on tacking the housing issue across the region, so they may offer emergency rental assistance, money for a security deposit, or just eviction prevention advice. Read Hernando County rental assistance.

Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church Spring Hill offers canned goods and staples. Publix provides bread and baked goods twice monthly, people contribute and items are also bought in bulk from Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. All of these food items are then distributed to the low income and seniors. 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34608, call (352) 683-2600

Catholic Charity social services can help people living in poverty. Most of the support is for basic needs, such as clothing, food, or a low cost thrift store. However the charity may be able to arrange some financial aid to pay bills or a security deposit. Funding can come from many sources, including loans, for low income families in Brooksville, Spring Hill, and across the county. More on Hernando County Catholic Charities.

Christian Fellowship Church, which is located in Brooksville also has a food pantry. Call (352) 799-7855

Calvary Church of the Nazarene runs a food pantry distribution center for the needy in the community. Call for fruits, vegetables, rice, and other products. 235 Cobblestone Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34606, phone number is (352) 683-0587

Food pantry at Dayspring Presbyterian Church. Main number is (352) 686-9392. This locations amsy also have free holiday meals.

The Barn Food Pantry at Jericho Road Ministries provides free or low cost food and groceries to needy residents of Hernando County. 1163 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34605, dial (352) 799-2912 x112, or click here for more food pantries in Florida.

There are additional food pantries in Hernando County. Not only may they pass out a box of free groceries, but staff will direct families to food stamps, free school lunch programs, and more. Continue.





Medical services

Hernando County Health Department offers health or medical care from the Specialty Care Clinic. The facility is located at 300 S. Main Street, Brooksville, Florida 34601, phone number (352) 540-6800 x82022. Health care facilities at this location that provide a broad range of treatment and diagnostic services including pediatric care, primary adult, prenatal care, specialty medicine, and dental care. Medical professionals will also offer radiological and laboratory work, as well as allied support services like health education and nutrition. Most programs have variable rate fees and billing for the low income and uninsured.

Another program is offered for people who are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. It provides nutrition counseling and referrals, medical & dental care, case management, and referrals. Information is also provided for caregivers, families, and friends.


By Jon McNamara

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