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Nassau County Florida assistance programs.

There are several charities and non-profit organizations in the Nassau County area that can provide help with rent, utility bills, housing assistance, free food boxes, and other support to people who need assistance. Find the churches, charities, and non-profit agencies to apply at for grants, loans, free food, and other support. Whether a senior citizen, low income family, or working poor, there is help available in Nassau County.

Talk to an attorney for free legal aid

Contact Legal Aid of Jacksonville, which is an organization that provides assistance and legal advice to those who need help with foreclosures, utility disconnections, and even consumer debt and collection issues. The assistance is focused on low income individuals. Call them at (904) 356-8371.

Financial assistance for elderly and low income

Barnabas Center - The non-profit is a crisis center that supports people in Nassau County and Fernandina Beach. They coordinate with local agencies to provide food and financial assistance for paying bills, rent, and housing for senior citizens and the elderly in the area. Other resources include a mobile food pantry and free medical or dental care. They are expanding the programs they offer. Call the center at (904) 261-7000, or find emergency aid from Barnabas Center.

Help for bills, rent, free food, and other assistance

Several different services and assistance programs are offered by the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. (NFCAA). Call the non-profit at (904) 398-7472.

Mortgage help - The Northeast Florida Community Action Agency may pay necessary, emergency housing expenses, including rent and mortgage, in times of emergency that is being faced by the homeowner. The amount of the mortgage payment made will be the minimum amount necessary to resolve the crisis and to try to save the home from foreclosure.





Health care - Gain access to financial assistance and programs for eye and dental care, as well as prescription medications. Find additional health care assistance programs that assist the low income, vulnerable, and anyone in need of affordable medical care.

Food assistance - The agency runs federal government programs that provide food commodities that will allow families and individuals to live healthy and productive lifestyles in times of crisis or an emergency.

Utility and cooling bill assistance - The community action agency can also provide funds for paying utility bills. Apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the agency may also be able to provide emergency financial assistance for helping to avoid a disconnection.

Employment and job finding services - Get help finding a new job, access job placement programs, learn about local job fairs, and get counseling and advice.

Weatherization - Receive free updates to homes to help reduce the amount that people pay on their monthly utility and energy bills. Improvements and updated can include Floor insulation, Roof updates and improvements, Caulking, Window repair or replacement, Water heater wrap, and many other updates.

Several other emergency assistance programs, guidance and resources are available from the community action organization. Read NFCAA programs.

Another agency that supports Nassau County and Fernandina Beach families is the Salvation Army. They run several different assistance programs under the Social Services label. They include the following.




  • Utility and cooling bill assistance, and rent help - They provide emergency funds to help those facing an eviction or disconnection of service. Veterans can also learn about financial aid in Nassau County, including government loan programs.
  • Food pantry and hunger prevention aid - They have partnered with Second Harvest and together the organizations help over 100 people per week in Northeast Florida.
  • Referrals - Learn about both federal government and programs run by the state of Florida, including government programs such as the housing short sale program which can help those facing a foreclosure of their primary residence.
  • Holiday help - Programs such as Angel Tree, Christmas and thanksgiving meal are administered. There is also other support in an effort to help people around the holidays.

Call the Salvation Army at (904) 301-4875 to learn more or to apply for assistance. Find more details on the Nassau County Salvation Army financial assistance.

DESC of Nassau County - Emergency programs range from free food to clothing. A focus is on families in poverty and senior citizens. Other financial aid may be offered, but is limited. There may be grants for security deposits or energy bills as well as back rent to prevent evictions. Read about Downtown Ecumenical Services Council programs.

Food banks and soup kitchens - There are several charities that tackle hunger among low income families and those living in poverty. Another service, Meals on Wheels, can help the elderly in Nassau County. Programs provide free boxes of food, meals (including at the holidays), personal hygiene items, Christmas gifts, clothing, and more.

  • Hilliard area Barnabas Center provides emergency assistance, including a food pantry and clothing closet. (904) 845-4999.
  • Church of Christ - Phone number is (904) 624-5633.
  • Locate other non-profits, or find a food stamp application site. Find a list of free food banks in Nassau County.





Community Services from Jewish Family. This non-profit is another place to try when facing a hardship. While funds are limited and may be restricted, the agency has information on self-sufficiency type programs in Nassau County Florida. They may have financial support for bills or rent. They also have information on food pantries, assistance for seniors, and resources such as Wise Nutrition. Learn more about Jewish Family Services in the Jacksonville area.

Clothing centers in Nassau County Florida - Low to moderate income families can receive help from the centers. The locations in Fernandina Beach and other towns may have school supplies, Christmas gifts, work clothing, and of course clothes for every day use. Several thrift stores also are available in the region.  More on clothing closets in Nassau County.


By Jon McNamara

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