Miami Dade area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Social services and emergency assistance is available in Florida from the Miami-Dade Salvation Army. For almost 100 years they have been trying to help lower income families meet their basic needs. The Chjristian church has provided free food, housing, emergency rent/utilities, a Family Store and so called lodges. If the organization can’t meet your needs, they will often provide referrals to other local resources. Get information on federal or state government programs or other non-profits in Miami when the Salvation Army cannot provide the assistance you need.

Lodges are set up for women, families, and men. The Salvation Army has dozens of rooms around the region which can accommodate people of all backgrounds and genders, and they operate very similar to shelters. Some of the individuals who stay there may be single mothers with children and even fully intact families.

Centers and housing is also available for men as well, including veterans, transients, homeless, and undocumented individuals in Dade County Florida. Not only are people given a place to stay, but other services offered include tutoring, information on job training, and other support.

The Salvation Army Red Shield Lodge is a specialty short term housing unit. This site is available for homeless, recently evicted, low income, and persons dealing with HIV/AIDS who live in the Miami region. Assistance offered includes temporary housing for women and families, veterans, single men, and those dealing with HIV/AIDS. The housing unit is temporary, and it was created to empower residents to regain their self-sufficiency and independence.

The Salvation Army Social Services Department also operates as a support network that assists residents with day-to-day care and services. Individuals can receive Case Management, 24-hour and 7-days a week staff supervision, information on education such as GED, and more. Additionally the department offers short-term crisis counseling, life skills, and workshops. Case managers from the Salvation Army also work with reliable non-profit community agencies that make additional services available to clients and the low income as needed. Call 305.637.6700





Emergency assistance is very limited and depends on funding. Salvation Army centers across Florida do their best to offer services including clothing, free food, utilities and/or financial assistance for paying rent. Some centers, and maybe the one in Miami, may be able to arrange transportation, provide prescription vouchers and other basic needs as resources allow. Or get information and referrals as needed.

Basically the Salvation Army in Florida as well as the city of Miami does its best to help meet basic emergency needs and offer comprehensive assistance programs. Assistance is available for Spanish speakers as well as Cubans too. One focus will always be on offering money to help pay rent or utilities, but it is limited. They also feed the poor and struggling from both a free food pantry as well as soup kitchen on site.

Helping Hands is yet another housing program, and this is for people who need more time to get settled into a new home or apartment. People who have shown progress and are on the road to success, but require further time to improve their credit or save money, are prime candidates for the Helping Hands program. Dial 305.637.6700.

Here’s Hope focuses on people with HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade County. Individuals can get counseling, transportation to appointments, and medical monitoring services. They get this and more in order to help with managing their disease.

Immigration services are provided to all in Miami-Dade County. The Salvation Army will help Cubans or Puerto Ricans, Spanish speakers and others acclimate to southern Florida. Whether it is affordable housing, case management, ESL classes or anything else, support is arranged.

Corps Community Center is the Salvation Army program that offers social services, advice, and other support to needy. Case workers and volunteers provide people with a warm environment for both community outreach and worship. Some of the programs offered on site include food banks, youth programs, music education, libraries, job and health fairs, workshops on budgeting, and sports activities. Also learn about public assistance programs at the centers, and get help in applying for resources such as food stamps or LIHEAP. Find a number of low income financial aid programs sites for struggling residents.




The Salvation Army provides disaster assistance to South Florida as needed. They are one of the nation’s leaders in offering emergency response services. Impacted families get immediate care and long term support in addressing both a natural or man made disaster. They offer the community food, comfort, limited financial aid, grief counseling and more.

Additional social services and Developmental Group Programs are offered daily or weekly. Some examples include the following: After-School Programs and Tutoring; Day Care Programs for Children; Budgeting; Life Skills Adults and Children; English as Second Language; GED Classes; Job Training and Readiness Programs and Career Connections Centers. Other support services in Miami include emergency food, Salvation Army shelters, rehabilitation centers, rental assistance, and daily community outreach programs.

Salvation Army Dade County Family Stores, which is a gently used thrift type store, is available at most of the centers too. These locations are open to the public, no matter their income, age, race, religion, etc. The Family Stores sell a wide variety of goods. There may be furniture (beds, cribs, tables), utensils, clothes, toys, and much more. Whatever people from across Miami donate is for sale. But most goods are gently used.

Holiday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas assistance is always a specialty. The Salvation Army Red Kettles and bell ringers are always very visible in the Miami community. The money that people donate goes towards providing needy families with free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, coats and shoes for kids with none to wear, gifts/toys for children and even visitation to the elderly and seniors. Some of the holiday programs offered are Holiday Food Baskets, Christmas Meals, Adopt-A-Family, Angel Tree, Thanksgiving Dinner, and a Pantry Food Drive.





Salvation Army centers in Miami Dade County

These locations are scatted across the county. It is most effective to contact a Salvation Army social service office or Family Store near where the resident lives.

  • 361 NW 67th St, Miami, Dlorida, call (305) 757-1509
  • 9790 SW 40th St, Miami, (305) 554-9669
  • 1907 NW 38th St, Miami, telephone number is (305) 637-6700
  • 901 W Flagler St, Miami, (305) 545-9164
  • 90 W 23rd St, Hialeah, (305) 573-4200
  • 8445 Sunset Dr, Miami, call (305) 270-9373 for information
  • 888 N University Dr, Pembroke Pines in Florida. Call (954) 433-2160

By Jon McNamara

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