Okaloosa and Walton County rent assistance.

Funds for paying rent can be provided by several non-profits in the Okaloosa as well as Walton County area. Any financial aid will be combined with other support services. Families that are facing eviction may be able to receive everything from landlord and tenant mediation services to referrals to government grant programs for back rent and more.

Assistance will be limited, and targeted to those families that have some form of income so that they can sustain the future rent payments on their own. Also, many of the agencies are located in Okaloosa County, but they also offer support to nearby regions as well. In some cases, there may be additional resources offered when a family needs to move into a new home, and this is when money may be issued for a security deposit or a portion of first months rent expense.

The primary churches, charities, and other organizations to contact are below. A waiting list may be in place, and any rent assistance is contingent on a self-sufficiency plan being put into place.

Striving for Perfection Ministries
Location is 24 Bass Avenue
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Emergency assistance may be provided for rent, utilities, and other housing expenses as part of the Benevolence Enrichment Project and Striving for Perfection Ministries.

Fort Walton Beach Section 8/Public Housing processes the section 8 HUD voucher. This is the government's main rent assistance program, and it will subsidize a low income families monthly housing payment. It is for very low income families, and other HUD options may be for the disabled and senior citizens in Okaloosa and other counties. The office is at 27 Robinwood Drive SW in Fort Walton Beach.

Shalimar Baptist Church
Address is 17 Fourth Avenue
Shalimar, FL, 32579
Funds are only for local Shalimar residents.




Walton and Okaloosa Legal Services
For intake, call (850) 432-2336
Low income families as well as senior citizens may get free advice. Lawyers help with housing and civil matters. Whether it is an eviction, predatory lenders, or foreclosure counseling, free legal support is offered.

Matrix Community Outreach Center
Address: 37 North 9th Street
DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32433
Dial – 850-892-1090

Opportunity, Inc.
305 Lovejoy Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
This non-profit coordinates the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care. Several charities and government agencies focus on stopping homelessness, including evictions and foreclosures. Receive referrals to grant programs for rent, shelters, and security deposit help. Other support may be storage for personal belongings, a resource directory, loans for housing costs, veteran shelter, and other rental assistance.

St. Mary's Outreach
38 Robinwood Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Telephone - (850) 243-0004
Only offers short term housing for a couple nights at most.

Elder Services Of Okaloosa County
Address is 207 Hospital Drive
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32548
Telephone - 850-833-9165
Process applications for energy bills help. Staff may refer the elderly or disabled to assistance for back rent, home repairs, and other aid.

Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County
1170 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32549
Can coordinate public housing for the very low income. Monthly rent payments are based on a percent of their income.





Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida
11 North B Street
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Emergency financial assistance or a loan may be available for a portion of rent, if the tenant contributes.

Sharing and Caring of Okaloosa County
Location - 104 Bullock Boulevard
Niceville, Florida, 32578
Call 850-678-8459

Salvation Army of Okaloosa and also Walton Counties
Address - 425 Mary Esther Cut-Off
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32548
Main number - 850-243-4531
Rent help is combined with shelter and more. They also offer funds for electric bills, shelter for domestic violence survivor, and referrals to government aid for everything from a grant from ESG for a deposit to health care or rent.




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