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Holmes and Washington County Florida assistance programs.

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Tri-County Community Council, Inc. focuses on providing weatherization and energy bill assistance. However other emergency services may be administered, such as homeless prevention and referrals. The center is located at Bonifay, Florida 32425. Dial (850) 547-3689

Weatherization – The objective of this federal government funded program is to help the low income save money on their cooling and energy bills. The program can help people weatherize their homes in order to make them more efficient and stop air infiltration. The work offered by weatherization includes installation of electric hot water heaters, caulking, weather-stripping of doors, window glazing, attic insulation and ventilation, door and window replacement and repair, and repair of exterior floors, walls, and ceilings.

In certain cases an appliance can even be replaced by weatherization. For this to occur, the existing system must be inoperable, energy inefficient, not repairable at a reasonable cost, or unsafe to operate.

Families can apply for LIHEAP at this site. This program is different from weatherization in that direct cash assistance can be provided to Washington and Holmes County Florida families to help them pay their utility bills. Some money can be rapidly paid out too if the applicant is faced with a disconnection. So LIHEAP can provide assistance in emergency situations to eligible individuals and families who are in a crisis. Click here for more on Florida electric bill assistance.

The community action agency also offers a food pantry for needy individuals and families, which can provide them with free groceries, meals, and food items. From time to time other products like diapers, formula, or household products are offered.

Self sufficiency, referrals, and anti-poverty programs are all offered by Tri-County Community Council Inc.  The non-profit can refer people to private and non-profit organizations in the community, as well as help people apply for government aid such as food stamps, WIC, or homeless prevention services. Read more public assistance in Florida.

Other support can be arranged as well for both household expenses and self-sufficiency needs. So clients on the region may also be provided a loan from the Tri-County community action agency. Call (850) 547-3689, or stop by 330 Highway 90 West in Bonifay, Florida, or click here.





Bay Area Food Bank – This center is a member of the nationwide Feeding America program and network of pantries. The center can distribute food or groceries through charitable organizations and churches on the Florida Gulf Coast. They also specialize in providing food to children in enrichment programs. Serves Holmes and Washington Counties. Call (850)626-1332

Homeless and Hunger Coalition can be called at 850-769-0783. The center may be able to financially assist low-income families and individuals in resolving immediate problems by providing assistance for basic needs such as rent, housing, and energy bills. There may also be grants for housing expenses such as security deposits, and landlord and tenant mediation arranged.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Inc. is also available as a resource. Regardless of your religion, the location provides professional counseling and assistance programs to enhance and preserve the lives of all people. Apply for emergency assistance for paying bills and rent, traditional case management, shelter, free food, clothing, and life skills training. Phone number (850)763-0475

Elder Care Services, Inc. – Focuses on senior citizens. The agency can help improve the quality of life of seniors through advocacy, services, programs, and volunteer opportunities. (850)547-2511

The Salvation Army - Provides immediate response, and maybe even cash assistance, to those in need without discrimination. Services offered by the charity include clothing, furniture, food, counseling, case management, cooling bill assistance, and transitional housing. Telephone (850)769-5259. Continue.

Washington County Council on Aging, Inc. - Provide services to frail elderly and advocates for seniors. Get information on government health care such as Medicaid. Serves seniors in Washington County Florida. Phone (850)638-6217





Department of Health Holmes County focuses on medical care. Some of the primary health care services include primary care, childhood immunizations, chronic disease program, and family planning. Other resources administered are the Florida cervical and breast cancer program, Healthy Start, prenatal care, and school health. Apply for private and public programs, including medical assistance here. This will be prescription assistance program and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food supplementation program. An after-hours clinic for non-emergency primary care is available. Bonifay, FL 32425, call 850-547-8500 for intake.

Homeless and Hunger Coalition - The non-profit is made up of local non-profits and charities. Based on funding levels in the community, everything from referrals to transitional housing to grants for back rent or other expenses is available. Clients can also learn about foreclosure or eviction prevention counseling, government run food programs, and more. Read Homeless and Hunger Coalition Northwest Florida.

Department of Children and Families has an office in Bonifay. Call 850-547-8537. Meet with a social worker, and get assistance with applying for public assistance. Services they will assist and advice on include Food Stamps, TANF, and EBT.




By Jon McNamara

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