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Public assistance and government aid in Lake County Florida.

Residents of Lake County Florida can receive help from the Department of Community Services. A number of assistance programs are available in the county. The departments also work with several different local non-profits and the county has different divisions that focus on certain needs. Call 352-343-9800 for more information or to apply.

Housing services include assistance for renters and homeowners. The county will offer resources and opportunities to help families improve their lives and prevent homelessness, among other services. The county can help with Home Ownership Assistance, Low Income Public Housing, Home Repairs, Emergency Rental assistance, and also the Community Development Block Grant.

Public health and clinics can provide assistance to many Lake County Florida Citizens. The government provides Elder and Children's Services, Assistance for Veterans Services, the Prescription Drug Assistance Program, and applications for Medicare and Medicaid. Many unemployed residents benefit from the government health care.

Funeral and Burial Assistance is available across the county. The indigent and poor can receive help with burial or cremation of low-income citizens. Any type of public aid may be provided based on the applicant’s financial eligibility, income, and asset levels. Dial 352-742-6521 for details.

Public transportation is mostly for the disabled and senior citizens. The Lake County Public Transportation Division provides services such as LakeXpress, fixed-route services, and paratransit. Other resources include the Lake County Connection for local citizens.

A number of veterans live in Lake County and really all across Florida. Department of Community Services can provide information relating to federal government veterans benefits. This support is offered for any discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents. Financial assistance, grants, and other republic aid may be offered. The phone number is 352-742-6585.




The Lake County Veterans Service Office also serves as an advocate for former military members and the veterans of the region. The Office can provide help to as many as 30,000 members of the armed services that live in Lake County. It also supports dependents, children, spouses, and other family members. All services are provided at no cost to those that qualify.

The office serves as an advocate for claims processing and other government benefits and compensation, to which they may be entitled. Assistance provided may include assistance with burial/death benefits, Preparation/coordination of claims for Veterans Disability Benefits, Applications for the VA Home Loan Program, educational and vocational training, and also help with enrolling in Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits.

The staff coordinates with the federal government VA office and other local non-profits and state agencies. They work together on benefit entitlements in order to meet the need of each individual veteran and/or dependent. Information and other aid is disbursed from local clinics. They include.

Clermont VA Clinic, 805 Oakley Sever Drive, in Clermont. Another center is at Leesburg VA Clinic, 711 W. Main St.. Also nearby is the Sumter County Office, 7375 Powell Road, Wildwood. Call 352-689-4450.

Home repairs are offered for income qualified residents, with a focus on seniors and the disabled. Lake County offers financial assistance for minor repairs. The homes need to be a primary residence and be owned by very low and low incomes persons. The county utilizes public funds from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership. These government grants funds can be used to pay for repairs, modifications, and more. Some aid may even be provided for the complete rehabilitation or replacement of homes to ensure that they are safe, decent and sanitary.





Some of the common repairs include Weatherization activities, repairs to contribute to the structural integrity and preservation of homes, improvements that are needed to correct substantial code violations, and even alterations that may be needed in order to improve health, safety and well being of the occupants. In rare cases Department of Community Services may have funds for the complete demolition and replacement of housing.

Rental assistance is offered by the Section 8 housing program. The vouchers are administered by the Lake County Housing Agency. This agency is part of the Department of Community Services. For those low income and unemployed that qualify, a rental subsidy or voucher will be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. The client will then need to pay the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord plus utility expenses. In some cases Lake County will also pay a utility subsidy. The house or apartment can be selected by the family.

By Jon McNamara











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