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Madison and Taylor County assistance programs.

Low income families have several programs available to them. Some can address basic needs (such as clothing and food) while others can provide emergency financial help. A focus is on providing medications, rental assistance, and funds for paying utility bills.

Catholic Charities supports these two counties and others in the region. They administer several emergency assistance programs for the low income. Resources are only offered as funds are available.

  • Emergency rental assistance for people facing an eviction. Utility assistance (including propane and cooling bills) is offered to families facing imminent disconnection. Families with young children and/or senior citizens receive priority. You can only apply once per year at most.
  • Food and clothing is offered on a walk in basis, at most once per quarter. No ID is required by Catholic Charities for these items.
  • Medical care includes prescription medication assistance. It does not include pain medications, but is more for life threatening conditions.

While the main center is in Tallahassee, services are available for the entire region, including Madison and surrounding counties. Assistance is offered regardless of religion. Call (850) 222-2180 for intake.

Suwannee River Economic Council of Madison County is a regional non-profit. Apply for utility payment assistance and crisis resolution. They also run conservation programs, including weatherization and minor home repairs assistance. Other resources include emergency repairs, rehabilitation, down payment and closing costs assistance for Homeownership.

If the agency can't help you, they may have referrals to other agencies, including emergency assistance for free food, rental help, and even shelter. The agency may also be able to to assist the homeless in the region by providing grants for either a security deposit or first months rent, on a new low income home in Madison or other counties. 146 SE Bunker St, Madison, Florida 32341, dial (850) 973-6709, or continue with help from Suwannee River and Madison Economic Council.

Seniors and the elderly can contact the local Madison and Taylor Area Agency on Aging. Call (850) 488-0055. All programs are offered for older adults and senior citizens. Financial assistance may be offered for utility bills. Get help in applying for Medicare or learn about other medication programs. Seniors may receive employment opportunities too. Information, referrals, and other support is also offered, including SHINE. Read more on Florida agency aging.




Promise Land Ministries Lighthouse, Inc. is a church/religion group in Florida. Housing type resources include a homeless shelter and transitional housing for men. A food pantry is available a couple days per month. Intake process includes an interview and referrals are also accepted. In particular for seniors, donation-based handyman and lawn services are provided to those who are struggling with those tasks. The address is 20 Church Rd, Crawfordville, FL 32327. Call (850) 926-3281

Senior Citizens Council of Madison County runs a senior center and offers other aid. It provides home delivered meals, congregate meals (hot lunches), educational activities, homemaker service, personal and respite care assistance, food pantry, transportation for medical purposes, housing repair, pest control, and a loan closet for medical supplies. These services are only offered for anyone 60 years or older, the disabled and persons diagnosed with Alzheimers of any age. The main location is 1161 SW Harvey Greene Dr, Madison, FL 32340. Call (850) 973-4241

Madison CHD, BCC Program is for cancer screening. Receive cervical and breast cancer testing, free pap smears, clinical breast exams, and other forms of free care. Referrals to specialists are offered too. (850) 973-5000 x171. Click for details on cancer assistance programs.

First United Methodist Church of Perry runs a free food pantry. Fresh items, canned goods, and other items may be distributed. 302 N Jefferson St, Perry, FL 32347. Call (850) 584-3028 for hours and details.

Big Bend Homeless Coalition provides referrals to programs to help with rent. Other resources include temporary housing from HOPE Community, Veteran Housing Supportive Services, and referrals to utility and rental deposit solutions for a new, low income apartment. Case managers help low income individuals and households in Madison and Taylor County, and find more details on Big Bend Homeless Coalition programs.





St James Episcopal Church Food Pantry / Clothing Closet of Perry Florida – This helps anyone in need. An emergency program is available as well. Clients can only get food once a month. The pantry is open limited hours. (850) 584-7636

Temporary housing can assist the homeless, poor, and those who were behind on their rent and that were evicted. Non-profits and other organizations in Madison County region can help people find a new, low income apartment or home to live in, a job, and provide other support. Get more details on Taylor and Madison County housing programs.

Taylor County Leadership Council – Assistance includes free emergency food, after-school tutorials, adult literacy programs, and other social services. Disaster services and aid is offered for house burning, flood, or other crisis. A food pantry and clothes closet is available last Friday of month. Location is 312 W Florida St, Perry, Florida 32347. Main number is (850) 584-2629.

By Jon McNamara


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