Orlando assistance programs.
The programs, services, and resources mentioned below are specific to Orlando. Low income, unemployed, and others who need help can find additional ways to get assistance from Orange County agencies.
Utility, rent, and medical care assistance
The Dr. Phillips Charities, which is made up of The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation and Dr. Phillips Inc., continue to make hundreds of thousands of dollars available to Orlando, Florida residents to assist them with various needs. The funds and grants are going to provide families with rent assistance, help with paying cooling and utility bills, and funds are even going towards expansion of medical services to the uninsured and underinsured.
The funds are being provided to charities in the Orlando area, such as the Heart of Florida United Way. Other local charities, such as the United Way, are matching Dr. Phillips’ grants by providing all administrative costs and additional funds for financial aid. Do not hesitate to reach out to United Way to apply for the assistance programs by dialing *211 if you are in the Orlando area.
Orlando rent assistance programs
The Jewish Family Services (407-644-7593) and Miracle of Love Inc. (407-843-1760) have received funds from the federal government stimulus program that are to be used to provide housing assistance. They are disbursing the money and have started to take appointments to screen applicants for the grants. Applicants to the organizations can qualify for help with paying their rent, utility bills, housing costs, utility deposits or moving expenses. The non-profits may also offer other services for those that qualify.
Help with security deposits, rent assistance, and moving expense aid
Almost $10 million dollars in assistance will be distributed by the city of Orlando. The funds will be provided to companies and non profits so that they can administer financial aid and housing assistance. The charities and organization in Orlando that will be receiving the aid include the Salvation Army, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida (407.426.1250), Christian Service Center (407) 425-9513), Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Miracle of Love, and also the United Way.
All of these charities and organizations will work with families who need help, and they will assist those who may be in danger of losing their home to foreclosure as well. Both short term and longer term rent assistance will be offered, and money can be provided to pay up to 18 months of rent. Click here to find other rent assistance programs.
Heart of Florida United Way
This is a campaign to provide Central Floridians, including Orlando residents, who are struggling to pay for their rent, food, utilities and other life necessities, with help in today’s difficult economy. This is a temporary assistance program and is being run by the United Way Stewardship Program. It provides emergency assistance to local residents who are at risk for homelessness, hunger, and who have other financial emergencies. Phone (407) 835-0900.
Housing and stabilization services for the homeless and those facing eviction
A local charity organization in Orlando, the Jewish Family Services (dial 407-644-7593) will be receiving almost $260,000 in federal government stimulus funds. The funds will be going to fund the Family Stabilization Program, which provides assistance with housing, rent, case management and financial assistance and counseling. The objective is to try to greatly reduce, if not prevent, homelessness in the city of Orlando.
The Family Stabilization Program is a program that was created to increase the self-sufficiency of low and middle income families by improving employability, money management skills, and providing access to housing and prevention eviction. Results of the program indicate that over 80 percent of participants will experience significant increases in self-sufficiency and get caught up on bills upon completion of the program.
In addition, Orlando also awarded grants to other local charities and agencies, including: First Methodist Church $138,000, Miracle of Love, $240,000; and the Coalition for the Homeless, $198,000.
Orlando free health care
Shepherd's Hope is a charity organization that operates in Orlando, Florida. They offer local residents free health care, check ups, and even discounted and free medications. They operate 8 free walk-in primary care clinics across the region, which includes 4 new clinics that recently opened. Call (407) 251-7505 to learn more or get free medical care. If this organization can’t help, locate other free Florida community clinics.
Mortgage programs and loans for avoiding foreclosure
The city of Orlando Florida can help homeowners pay their mortgage by issuing them a loan at zero percent interest rate, and that does not need to be paid back. Many conditions need to be met, however the loan provided is a great way to get mortgage help. Click here for more on the Orlando home loan program.