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Indian River County assistance programs.

Locate programs and services in Vero Beach Florida and Indian River that can help people through difficult and challenging times. Agencies, non-profits and charities can help people with everything from rent and housing expenses, to paying an energy bill.

Housing assistance

If you are living in an unsafe environment, or are currently homeless, The Samaritan Center is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, jobs, financial aid and support for families of Indian River County. Qualified applicants will be entered into a 12-18 month long program that was created to develop a permanent solution to their critical housing situation. Some of the resources provided by the Samaritan Center include housing assistance, employment, financial aid, counseling, financial management, job training, budgeting skills, transportation, liaison with other agencies, parenting classes and case management services to residents of Indian County. 772-770-2900. Find other rental assistance programs.

Emergency and human services programs

The Indian River County Human Services Department runs a county wide assistance program that is targeted at providing financial assistance, reducing economic and social dependency, and also providing services and resources to eligible individuals and families who reside in Indian River County Florida. Programs and services offered to needy people include prescription vouchers, assistance and cash grants for paying rent and utility bills, free food, and other aid. The assistance provided is one time, and is meant to help an applicant deal with a crisis. Call (772) 226-1422 to speak to the Human Services Group.

The Salvation Army supports Indian River and Vero Beach Florida residents. The non-profit will have information on emergency assistance and social services. Call (772) 978-0265 for details. They also can help pay for automobile repairs for a select number of qualified families. More.

Community action - Indian River Economic Opportunities Council offers some support services. Any help for paying bills or rent will be very limited, if it exists at all. Clients will also need to be facing a one time crisis and meet other conditions.




However the agency known as EOCOFIRC will focus on other programs such as Head Start for children from the Indian River County Florida area, the REACH program, and processing applications for low income home energy assistance (LIHEAP. The site may also have referrals and other support for qualified low income families. More Indian River Economic Opportunities Council.

Homeless Services Council focuses on preventing homelessness as well as addressing the causes of it. Low income Indian River counties can seek counseling when they are behind on their mortgage or rent. The staff from the Resource Center can also direct clients to applications for grants for paying back rent, overdue utility bills, or other expenses. Numerous services are offered by case managers from the agency, ranging from loans to just referrals. Call the center to learn more.

Housing services, ranging from shelter to job placement and permanent home placement is available from the Indian River Homeless Family Center. The programs include some or all of the following.

  • Short term housing, such as shelter.
  • Guests can receive meals, clothing, or basic check ups.
  • Referrals to security deposit programs, case management, legal aid for evictions, and more.
  • Other support is provided too. Read more Homeless Family Center.

Free dental and medical care in Indian River

Another program offered by the Indian River County Health Department is access to free or low cost medical and dental care services. The county partners with the Indian River County Hospital District, the United Way of Indian River County, and several local community agencies, non-profits, and clinics. The medical and dental clinics provide a wide variety of dental services, cleanings, and more. They also offer medical and health care services. Call (772) 794-7435 for an appointment or to learn more.




Food assistance

There are numerous locations to pick up food and groceries, and various resources in place. The Treasure Coast Food Bank is the agency that provides the food for most of these locations. You can call the agency at 772-489-5676, and staff will provide you information on the programs, as well as the nearest location in Indian County. Click here to find additional low income assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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