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Rental assistance in Manatee County.

If you need help with paying your rent in Manatee County and Bradenton Florida, get a listing of programs that offer financial assistance for paying deposits, rent and housing costs. A number of services can help people stay in their homes and apartments by providing emergency funds. Residents can also get help moving into a new home or apartment from security deposit assistance programs, or look into help with paying moving cost expenses.

Agencies offer homeless prevention resources, such as rent help for people with an eviction notice, landlord/tenant mediation, and referrals to government programs. Individuals, children or families who are currently homeless can also get help in Manatee County. Receive hotel or motel vouchers, funds to pay security deposit or first months rent, and money for costs that are incurred from moving into a new home. You will need to contact the organizations and programs below to get more information and to determine if you are eligible for rent help.

Community Coalition on Homelessness - This agency offers a resource known as the One-Stop Center which provides emergency rental help, homeless information and referral, day resource services, case management and referrals. 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton Florida 34205, call 941-747-1509

The Salvation Army - A leading Manatee County charity organization. A number of social service programs, grants and financial assistance is offered. This agency provides emergency funds to people with an eviction notice, overnight shelter (as available, for men, women and children), thrift store, and case management and counseling. 1204 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205, telephone: 941-748-5110

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness - Offers support and deals with homelessness and homeless prevention issues from the Continuum of Care program. Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th St., K-1, Sarasota, Florida 34234, call 941-955-8987

Housing Authority - Income qualified families, elderly, disabled and handicapped individuals can get rental assistance. Call 941-756-3974

Legal Aid of Manatee - People who can’t afford an attorney can get free legal assistance. While a number of needs may be covered, most relevant to renters will be landlord/tenant mediation and consultations. 1101 6th Ave. W., Suite 111, Bradenton, Florida 34205, 941-747-1628





JFCS - Manatee - Families with children can apply for the Homeless Prevention program. Services offered include counseling, financial management, legal assistance, rental assistance, and short term financial and basic needs assistance. 2688 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, Florida , 34237, (941) 366-2224

City of Bradenton Section 8 - This government funded program offers rental assistance vouchers. The program will thereby increase the number of affordable housing choices for very low-income families. The section 8 program allows families to choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately owned rental apartments or housing. Bradenton, FL 34208, dial (941) 932-9640

Florida Department of Children and Families (Manatee office) - Runs government programs, such as section 8 housing vouchers and TANF. There may be cash aid or loans for rent, furniture, and housing costs. Location is 4210 20th St West, Bradenton, FL, 34205, phone (866) 762-2237

Catholic Charities - As funds are available, the agency can offer immigration information, help with credit and debt issues, self-sufficiency, and provides emergency assistance for deposits and housing costs. 1219 16th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205, phone number 941-714-7829

Gulfcoast Legal Services - Another non-profit law firm that provides free or low cost legal help to income eligible residents with housing and mortgage foreclosure problems. Special programs can help senior citizens too. 430 12th St. W. (Old Main), Bradenton, Florida 34205, 941-746-6151

Turning Point runs the federal government SSVF rent and housing program for veterans. There is daily living help, transitional housing, shelters, and information on government benefits for veterans. There is also homeless prevention and rehousing for tenants who are behind on their rent or the currently homeless. The address is 701 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Call 941-747-1509.

By Jon McNamara

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