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Monroe County Florida assistance programs.

Help for an emergency a hardship

Burton Memorial United Methodist Church is a Key West United Way supported agency. They are one of the local charity organizations to turn to if you need help, or are facing a short term hardship. They provide free food, among other aid. Over the course of the last several years, Burton's Food Pantry has provided free food, household items and groceries to thousands of Upper Keys residents in their times of need and economic hardship. Call them at 305-852-2581.

Maybe the leading agency to contact in the Keys is the Salvation Army. They offer several emergency programs that can provide financial assistance, information, and counseling to people in their time of need.

Emergency Food Assistance - Get access to a pantry, groceries, and other items that provide nutrition.

Clothing Assistance - Gently used or rarely new clothing may be available, especially for work needs. There are also seasonal programs including school uniforms for students, free Christmas toys or clothing services, and other donation services.

Medical Bill and Needs Assistance - Vouchers may be available for prescription medications, and they also have partnerships with clinics that offer low cost health care.

Rent and Mortgage Assistance - From time to time funding may be available to help people pay for their rent or mortgage payments. This is especially true if the individual is facing an eviction or foreclosure. In some cases referrals are given to other housing programs, ranging from loans to funds for deposits.

Air Conditioning or Utility Bill Assistance - Financial assistance may also be available to help pay for an energy bill, or prevent a disconnection.

Furniture/Household Goods - May be offered to struggling individuals. The Salvation Army Family Store sells them at a low cost, or the very low income can be provided a voucher.

Holiday and Christmas Assistance - Holiday meals, gifts, and other items may be available

Contact the Key West - Monroe County Salvation Army at 294.5611, or find more details on the Monroe County Salvation Army social services.

Health care and child services

Too many residents of Monroe County Florida with lack insurance or they are underinsured. So they need help in paying for medical bills. One of the leading agencies is the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. They offer health care services for new families and mothers, child care programs, and other assistance. Call the facility at (305) 293-8424.



By Jon McNamara

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