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Martin County assistance programs.

Get help from emergency assistance programs

House of Hope is a major contributor to local residents, and provides a wide variety of assistance programs. They provide food assistance, rent help, and help with medical and utility bills. And figures to date show that there is an increased need in the community.

So far this year, The Food Pantry at House of Hope program has fulfilled almost 6,500 requests for food, which amounts to an incredible 58 tons of food given away to local Martin County residents. There has been a 54 percent increase in requests for food assistance when compared to the first sixth months of 2008.

In addition, House of Hope offers an Emergency Financial Assistance program that has helped pay various bills for over 300 families. They have provided about $49,500 for such expenses as rent payment, mortgage assistance, medical bills, and utility costs. In total in 2008, House of Hope helped a record 379 families with emergency financial assistance, and they are on pace to double that number this year. They can also refer people to other programs that provide mortgage help, such as Citi mortgage assistance programs. Last, but not least, resources and information for debt help is also available, such as Bank of America hardship programs.

They offer other aid as well. The Clothes Closet program has distributed 27,500 household items and garments for free. So pick up free clothes as well.

Contact them at (772) 857-3356.

Foreclosure mediation

Martin County and the Treasure Coast region of Florida offer homeowners a free mortgage mediation program. This will ensure that lenders and homeowners meet to discuss options and solutions that will ensure that everything that is possible is done to try to keep the family in their home.





Martin County Florida food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility bill assistance

The government’s Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program is distributing about $98,000 in funding to Martin County Florida. The money is being distributed by a board to local Martin County agencies and charities who provide food, mortgage assistance, shelter and help with utilities.

The county recognizes that rent and mortgage assistance is a priority for residents right now because there are not a lot of funds for those types of expenses that people have. When Florida has a high unemployment rate, like right now, more people are in danger of being foreclosed on or being evicted, so giving assistance can go a long way towards helping those in need.

Contact the Treasure Coast Community Services Advisory Board at (772) 462-1777 as they should have information as to which organizations receive these funds, and how to apply.

Community Services Block Grant or Martin County provides qualified individuals with one-time emergency financial assistance for paying monthly rent, electric and water bill for those experiencing a crisis. Call the Stuart Florida agency at (772) 288-5629.

The Salvation Army of Martin County - Assistance programs include providing assistance. Get new or gently used clothing, free food, money for paying final notice for utility disconnections, prescription medications, lodging, eviction notice for rent, counseling, summer camp, holiday meals, and other aid. They also administer the homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. Call (772) 288-1471.

St. Vincent de Paul ((772) 546-2492) provides utility assistance from the LIHEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program). May also be able to provide food and/or funds for paying rent in an emergency situation. 1201 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.

Veterans Council of Martin County – Provides services to veterans or family members. Among assistance offered includes free transportation for disabled, elderly, and needy military members and veterans to the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Palm Beach. Also, homeless prevention is offered, including financial assistance for expenses such as rent, utility bills, house/car payment, funds for providing an automobile, or utility bill payments. 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34996, call (772) 463-2846




Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council - Residents facing eviction or foreclosure can call the agency for support. The Resource Center at the Martin County location can direct families to money for rent or housing costs and provide free guidance and support. Find rent and mortgage help from Treasure Coast Services Council.

Martin County Community Action Agency provides case management, referrals to financial aid, and other support. The non-profit will partner with clients to help them overcome poverty. Some of the main resources that may be available in the Treasure Coast area are below.

  • Emergency Assistance or no-interest loans for certain bills and rent from CSBG grants.
  • Applications to electric bill help from Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Programs for veterans in Martin County, including VA benefits and housing.
  • Job placement, Head Start, and self-sufficiency.
  • Much more is available as well. More Treasure Coast Community Action Agency programs.

Martin County Homeless Family Center - An emergency shelter is on site. Clients range from children to veterans and single parents. The other resources include meals, placement into low income apartments, referrals to security deposit assistance, and other social services. More on Homeless Family Center programs.

Holiday help in Martin County - Low income families from Stuart Florida and other areas can register for Christmas and holiday programs. Free toys, clothing, food boxes, games, and more may be passed out. Charities are focused on spreading holiday joy. Read more information.

Foreclosure assistance, and debt management plans

CredAbility / Consumer Credit Counseling Svc of PBC & TC - Get help with housing; budgeting advice; credit and debt management, mortgage assistance and HUD approved foreclosure counseling. (866) 672-2227

Food, clothing, household products

Good Shepherd Community Outreach, Inc. is located in Stuart Florida. They run a program known as Dress for Excellence, and run an emergency food pantry. (772) 283-9159

Love and Hope in Action, Inc. - Get a free meal and food. (772) 485-9385. Port Salerno FL.

First United Methodist Church Of Stuart - Free meals are offered. (772) 287-6262

Indiantown Food Pantry – The non-profit center provides emergency food and groceries to income-eligible families and individuals in Martin County Florida. Also, for assistance in applying for public aid or food stamps, temporary cash assistance, or Medicare dial 561-755-2495. Address is 15369 SW 153rd Street, Evangelical Haitian Church, Indiantown, Florida 34956, call (561) 233-9009

Harvest Food & Outreach Center (Fort Pierce) – Provides low cost food and meals at minimal cost. Telephone is (772) 468-8543. A center is in Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.

Soaring Faith Ministries – Provides food to the needy. Dial (772) 214-7747

The Bridge Christian Outreach – Phone number (772) 834-3082

Palm City Church of God Prophecy is located at 7346 SW 39th Street, Palm City, Florida 34990. Call (772) 223-0131 for hours of food distribution, meals, and other aid. Click here for additional food pantries in Florida.

Residents of the county have other hunger prevention programs available. Whether it is a bag of groceries from a pantry or a free Christmas meal, a non-profit can help. More food pantries Martin County.




Martin County Florida medical and dental care assistance programs

Christian Community Care Center provides a free or low cost dental clinic for Martin County residents who are at or below 200% federal government poverty guideline. Those who receive Medicaid for adults and children may also qualify for dental care. Phone (772) 288-2345

Indiantown Center (FCHC) – This is a health center for primary dental and medical care to anyone in need, including infants, newborns, children, adolescents and adults. Services include oral exams, fluoride treatments, emergency medical services, extractions, fillings, cleanings, referrals and follow up treatment. Other medical care includes physical exams, medical diagnosis and treatment, immunizations, cancer, screenings, diabetes screenings, hypertension diagnosis, pediatric and well child care, early periodic screening diagnosis and treatment, laboratory testing, EKG, x-ray, and medical referral. Also provides the low income and uninsured with HIV testing , diagnosis and treatment. Address is 15858 S.W. Warfield Boulevard, Florida Community Health Centers, Indiantown, FL 34956. Call (772) 597-3596 for intake.

East Ocean is another clinic in Stuart Florida. Dial (772) 223-4999

By Jon McNamara

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