Northwestern Florida short term housing programs.

Too many families face eviction or homelessness in the region. Transitional housing programs can assist them as they work to regain stability and find a more affordable and permanent home. The assistance ranges from emergency shelter to low income, sometimes government subsided homes or apartments.

Non-profit agencies across Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Washington County provide these services and related short term assistance to the needy. Homeless individuals, veterans, and single parents can also receive help. Not only will they be provided with a place to stay, but programs also usually provide case management, meals, and resources such as job search skills.

At the end of the transitional housing program, clients can work with a case manager in an effort to find a new home or apartment to live in. As part of this process you can explore public assistance, government subsides, and maybe even programs to help pay for a security deposit.

Loaves and Fishes ESC Transitional Housing
Address is 257 East Lee Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
Call 850-434-9388
This non-profit runs programs that provide low cost, transitional housing to homeless families with children. The support may be provided for up to two years. During their stay, families need to participate in employment skills programs, educational opportunities, and general counseling. Transportation, clothing, vouchers, and referrals to community resources are all offered too.

Panama City Rescue Mission
609 Allen Avenue
Panama City, Florida 32402
Primary phone - 850-769-0783
Runs a shot term housing program. Participants need to pay a minimal fee towards their rent and housing. Meals and more may be passed out too. The homeless may receive help.




Salvation Army BAY / NWFL Transitional Housing
Address is 1824 West 15th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
Apartments, homes, and other transitional housing is available for the homeless, families facing eviction, the unemployed, and struggling. It is for married couples or single parents. The housing is clean, affordable, and safe to residents of northwest Florida.

Fresh Start for Families and Children
8 Bobolink Street NE
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
Main Phone number is 850-243-5648
The center offers transitional housing for legally married working homeless families and children.

Catholic Charities Bay County
3128 East 11th Street
Panama City, Florida 32401
Telephone number is 850-763-0475

Anchorage Children's Home
2121 Lisenby Avenue
Panama City, FL, 32405
Call 850-763-7102
The resource known as Bridge Transitional Living Program serves teenagers, youth, and those younger residents that are homeless and need shelter. During the stay, education, job search, and life skill development will occur.





Family Promise of Santa Rosa, Inc.
6796 Alice Street
Milton, Florida, 32570
The charity offers short term, transitional housing for pregnant women as well as families with minor children and infants.

Volunteers of America Veterans Housing
Main address is 1617 and 1622 Blackwell Lane
Pensacola, Florida 32514
Main Phone is 850-479-3444
They administer a 2 year transitional housing program for homeless veterans and those facing imminent eviction. The center is even pet friendly.

Homeless and Hunger Coalition of Northwest Florida, Inc.
Panama City, Florida 32402
Call 850-481-5446
The goal is to help end homelessness and to also return homeless individuals to self-sufficiency. The churches, agencies, and non-profits offer assessment, outreach, emergency shelter, transitional and information on permanent housing and more. This also includes free food and clothing, jobs and training, legal assistance, advocacy, and much more. Also get information on rental vouchers and subsidies such as section 8.

Housing and Urban Development ESC Section 8 Housing Vouchers
420 West Chase Street
Pensacola, Florida, 32501
The very low income and currently homeless can apply for section 8 housing vouchers. The application and process needs to go through the City of Pensacola Housing Department or the Escambia County HUD office.




Goodwill Industries BAY Gulf Coast Village Apartments
6200 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Call 850-235-4663
This is permanent housing for disabled and low income/poor persons. Guidelines reviewed will include Section 811 PRAC and HID.

Tri-County Community Council
Main address is 623 Highway 273
Chipley, Florida, 32428
850-638-4520 x25
Washington County Florida residents can contact them on housing programs, section 8, home buying solutions and more.

By Jon McNamara

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