Jacksonville Florida and Duval County rent assistance programs.

Jacksonville and Duval County Florida families have access to emergency financial assistance for paying rent and other housing costs. Get the address and phone numbers of organizations to call for rental or security deposit assistance in the Jacksonville Florida area.

Some of the programs are funded by the federal government, and others by private or public donations. Each agency will also have its own criteria that need to be met before providing rental and/or housing assistance, however the goal of each agency is to help the low income, elderly, or others in the Jacksonville area who are faced with a crisis pay their rent, security deposits, or other expenses. The goal is to help people avoid homelessness.

Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) - This is a not-for profit that operates in Duval County, and the agency provides limited amounts of emergency assistance for paying for food, rent expenses and utilities. Other services are offered too. Any financial aid is for Beaches residents only. Homeless programs and rehousing assistance can even be obtained. 850 6th Avenue St, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250. Telephone is (904) 241-2326.

COJ / Behavioral and Human Services Division runs the Emergency Assistance Program, which may be able to offer limited temporary financial assistance for rent, security deposits, and other needs. Money is passed out on a first come, first serve basis. Also families with evictions are given priority. Call Jacksonville office at (904) 858-2994.

Downtown Ecumenical Services Council, Inc. – Offers rent help for households with elderly, children, or a documented disability or illness which prohibits work. Single mothers can also apply for emergency rental assistance. Address is 215 Ocean Street Jacksonville, Florida. Telephone number is 358-7955.





Catholic Charities has two locations in Jacksonville and Duval County. They are at 134 East Church Street, Suite 2 Jacksonville, Florida (354-3416) as well as 225 West King Street St. Augustine, Florida 32084 (829-6300).

You need to call Catholic Charities to make an appointment and to apply for any emergency rental help. The agency can provide financial assistance and support for the following expenses and needs. Whether it is shelter, cash grants, or legal aid, assistance may be available from the local churches.

The comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program provides rent assistance, help for paying utilities, money to pay security deposits, food and basic necessities on a limited and short-term basis. Support is for people who are experiencing a crisis and pending formulation of long-term solutions. Catholic Charities of Duval and their churches are a great place to call for information and referral services to local non-profits or Florida government programs too.

Family Services – If you are faced with an emergency, this group offers direct services and financial aid to local Jacksonville families and individuals, including nonresident families on a referral basis. Services include rent help, housing, and even cooling assistance. Other resources in Duval County include housing counseling, referral and case management and others. Call 824-6880

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, or JALA, offers free civil legal aid to low income and indigent. This can even include housing solutions, such as eviction prevention support or landlord/tenant mediation. Also get help in contesting security deposits, unsafe, housing, and accessing government benefits, such as section 8. Dial (904) 356-8371.





Arlington Community Services has very limited funding for qualified low income residents. Funds, including zero interest loans, for paying rent, referrals to transitional or low income housing, and other support is offered if resources allow. Telephone number is (904) 743-7402.

Jewish Family and Community Services can help people of all religions. The center provides emergency assistance with paying rent and other expenses such as utilities, FEMA assistance, SHIP dollars for deposits, and information and referral to other housing programs. It covers all of Duval County Florida. 6261 Dupont Station Court, East Jacksonville, Florida 32217 Telephone. 448-1933

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency (#  358-7474) offers numerous free services including Crisis Assistance and also self sufficiency. Programs can help with rent/mortgage assistance. In some cases, the non-profit will provide assistance for bills or rent in the form of a loan. They also can coordinate legal aid to stop a foreclosure or eviction, and this can be effective when combined with a grant that helps pay any past due rent. More on Northeast Florida Community Action Agency.

Senior Life Foundation, Inc. can pay up to $400 for bills, health care supplies and rent. The applicant needs to be a senior or a caregiver and living on a limited or even fixed income. Rental assistance, while offered, is not common. Phone - (904) 268-9128.

Jacksonville Salvation Army offers information, referrals, and emergency rent and housing assistance. Shelters, information on government grant programs and more is available. Call 824-6880

Information on charity and government rent programs may be obtained from a Duval County referral line at 904-632-0600. A wide range of resources are available to prevent homelessness or help a family find and pay a portion of first months rent on a new apartment. Clients are the working poor, disabled, seniors, and others.

Duval County HUD grants for rent and housing needs are allocated to the area on an annual basis for offering homeless prevention services. Case workers can provide assistance in the form of motel vouchers or transitional housing for the homeless or families with children. Tenants facing eviction can seek one time rental assistance, housing advice, and legal mediation. More on Duval County eviction and rehousing.





United Community Outreach Ministry, while mostly a food bank, can offer rent and other housing assistance. Call 396-2401 for details.

elderSource / Elder Helpline is for seniors in Duval County. The resources run provide referrals, information and financial assistance regarding services for seniors and their caregivers. Address is 4160 Woodcock Dr 2nd FL, Jacksonville, Florida. (904) 391-6699

By Jon McNamara

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