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Salvation Army assistance programs Pinellas County.

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance programs as well as support to Pinellas County Florida residents, with a focus on low income families in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. The programs are meant to provide short term financial aid or free material items to people who were otherwise self-sufficient and need a little support. This ranges from rent help to free back to school supplies, clothes, free food or groceries, Christmas toys and other goods. The Salvation Army is not operating never ending charity type programs.

Emergency financial help for bills, food, or housing

Homeless Prevention and Housing Services Program – People who are at risk of eviction, facing homeless, or who are behind on their rent can meet with a case manager. You can receive counseling, information, referral to emergency housing and rent programs or Florida rapid rehousing and homeless prevention grants. Learn about a variety of residential housing services that may be offered to individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless or who have fallen on hard times. The goal is to enable people to stay in their home or apartment.

The Salvation Army in Pinnellas County also offers other Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This will offer qualified people with case management services, crisis counseling, free food from pantries and various other forms of emergency intervention. For example, the Salvation Army may be able to help with providing emergency utility bill assistance, free food and meals. There is also the Salvation Army food bank and soup kitchen in Pinellas County.

The primary goal is to help stabilize families and individuals across the region. Services can teach new life skills to adults when appropriate. Case managers can help people increase and improve their ability to care for themselves over the mid to long term. These various emergency assistance programs are offered to those in need in the Clearwater and St. Petersburg community. Aid can also include low income families in Dunedin, Safety Harbor, and the City of Largo north of Ulmerton Rd.

The Salvation Army always works to help the elderly in Pinnellas County. As there are many senior citizens, retirees, and older residents in the county. Whether it is financial help, field trips, volunteers for driving to doctor appointments, or information on Medicare Extra Help, case workers assist older residents.




Free Salvation Army material goods in Pinellas County

Holiday, Free Seasonal, and Thanksgiving Assistance Programs – The Salvation Army will try to ensure everyone can experience some joy around the holidays, even if you have fallen on hard times. Families in Pinellas County, especially children, can receive meals, food, free toys and other spirit-lifting items and festivities. The assistance is targeted at disadvantaged and low income families, and most of the support is provided around Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday seasons of the year.

The Salvation Army's of Pinellas County Angel Tree program operates during Christmas. It can help brighten the lives of thousands of children from low income families. It is intended to help those who would otherwise have no gifts to open on Christmas morning. People from all over Clearwater and neighboring communities donate toys, gifts, time and expertise.

Ever year thousands of children and teenagers receive Christmas gifts. They will always be age appropriate gifts, clothing, and toys. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program has been operating for many years in towns and cities across the country. In general, families living at or below certain low income guidelines are able to register their children for the program.

There are also free back to school supply programs for students from kindergarten to high school. Everything from backpacks, book bags, tablets, and other supplies are passed out. Donations for this program are always appreciated. It relies heavily on the contributions of the community, and many volunteers contribute time, money, and gifts to help ensure that it is successful.

Disaster Services includes emergency food, financial support services and other supplies as well as to those devastated by natural and other disasters such as fire or a hurricane.







Housing and free homeless shelter programs

Salvation Army Transitional Living Center – This program can provide case management, shelter, transitional housing, and a number of other support services to families and individuals across Pinellas County. Social services are offered for people that now are involved in full-time education or have a steady source of income.

Support and assistance from the Salvation Army has helped hundreds of people in St. Petersburg, Clearwater Florida and across the county move back into the community as socially and economically stable residents. As part of the rehousing process, there may be some funds to help pay security deposits or other relocation costs. The Salvation Army offers this as they want clients in Pinellas County to be successful in this transitional living process.

Pinellas County Salvation Army centers

The main locations in the county are below. There is case management, free food or meals, financial help, and of course Family Stores to shop at for low cost goods.

  • 1521 East Druid Road, Clearwater, Florida 33756, call 727-446-4177
  • 24400 U.S. 19, Clearwater, FL, phone (727) 724-3913
  • 209 South Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs, (727) 934-4476
  • 3800 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, telephone (727) 323-2222
  • 5321 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, main number (727) 521-4208
  • Salvation Army at 1446 South Missouri Avenue, Clearwater, telephone (727) 447-1913


By Jon McNamara

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