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Rental assistance Gainesville and Alachua County.

Get help with paying rent and find low income housing in Alachua County as well as Gainesville Florida. A number of churches, government social service organizations, and charities may have grants or funds that they can provide to income qualified families. Get assistance with paying security deposits, moving costs, rental expenses, and other housing needs. Or find attorneys to fight an eviction or apply for income based, section 8 housing in the Gainesville area.

The agencies below can provide support. There is immediate rent, mortgage, as well as utility bill help or access to low income housing. Typically recipients of the funds will need to have experienced a loss of income, crisis or unexpected expense, and the hardship should not occur as the fault of the applicant. Examples of the types of hardships that may qualify for rent assistance include an unexpected job loss, medical emergency, divorce, or another crisis. Call on the agencies below for information on shelter, low income housing, or emergency rental assistance, section 8 or hotel vouchers as well.

Housing Authorities - There are two of them. The government organization provides quality public housing as well as section 8 vouchers that can be used as a form of subsidized rental assistance to certified clients in Alachua County. The demand for help is high and there is normally a waiting list in place. The disabled and/or elderly may be given emergency section 8 vouchers too.

  • Alachua County Housing Authority is at 703 Northeast 1st Street Gainesville, Florida 32601-5304. Call (352) 372-2549.
  • Gainesville Housing Authority is for the city. The address is 1900 SE 4th St; Gainesville, Florida 32641. The main number is (352) 872-5500. Offers safe, affordable, yet quality public housing or rental assistance to certified clients and families in the City of Gainesville

Alachua County Social Services Program is a government agency. The address is 218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32641. Offers information on various housing programs. They range from first time homebuyer loans and grants, emergency rental assistance and section 8, and foreclosure help. Call to learn more, or to apply for financial assistance. Phone - (352) 264-6750.




Gainesville Catholic Charities helps the poor, struggling, and immigrants among others from the main office at 1701 NE Ninth Street, Gainesville, Florida 32609. The number for rent & utility assistance is (352) 372-0294. As funding allows, may have money to pay rent if someone has an eviction notice. A number of low income programs are offered to families in a crisis situation.

  • A second office also provides Social Services in the county. It is at 15 SE 1st Avenue, High Springs, Florida 32655, dial(904) 454-1000 or try  (352) 372-0294. The location provides emergency shelter, low income transitional housing, outreach services, children's services, free legal advocacy and community education for victims of domestic violence.

City of Gainesville: Community Development Block Grants – Low and moderate income residents can improve quality of life from financial assistance and housing programs offered. For referrals, dial 352.334-5000.

Fire of God Ministries: Provides limited cash assistance for basic needs, spiritual counseling, meals, and other basic necessities to all people regardless of religion or background, with a particular emphasis. Some housing resources, including a few dollars for rent, may be offered. The charity will focus on the unemployed, poor, hurting and homeless. Address is 619 NE 1st St. Gainesville, Florida 32601. Call (352) 375-0200.

The regional community action agency can provide help. The Central Florida Agency has an office in Gainesville. State and federal ESG grants can help with back rent or utilities. Or try legal aid in housing court, job programs, low income housing, and so much more. The location is 1405 NW 13th Street, Suite B; Gainesville, FL 32601. Phone: (352) 373-7667. Or find more details on rent assistance from Central Florida Community Action.

Gainesville Community Ministry – The non-profit provides a wide variety of basic necessities, including rent help and money for security deposits, for low income and homeless persons in a faith based environment. Location is 238 SW 4th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. Dial(352) 372-8162 or  (352) 372-8125.

Homeless prevention services are available to tenants in an emergency. Agencies offer government grants for housing needs, including rent, water bills, or moving costs. Other support is often combined with rental assistance, such as free legal aid. More information on Alachua County homeless prevention programs.





Gainesville Neighborhood Improvement Department Housing and Community Development Division is based at Thomas Center Building B, 306 NE 6th Ave B, Gainesville, FL 32601. Runs the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Offers money for rent, hotel and motel vouchers, credit and debt counseling, and more housing services. Phone (352) 334-5026.

Salvation Army Social and Emergency services are offered. The main location is 639 E. University Avenue; Gainesville, Florida 32601. Emergency rent or electric bill help as well as hotel vouchers and transitional housing is offered. They assist everyone from college students to single mothers, the homeless and low income with housing and rental needs. Call (352) 376-1743.

Volunteers of America (VOA): Provides low income housing, transitional housing, as well as case management. There is also help with moving costs, funds for renters, and support services to homeless veterans in Gainesville and Alachua County. Location is 3230 SW Archer Road Apt N-266. Gainesville, Florida 32608. Phone (352) 377-9440.

St. Vincent De Paul has a Thrift Store and limited financial help from 710 North Main Street; Gainesville, Florida 32607. Whether free furniture or household goods for tenants, or a few dollars for bills or housing, services are offered. Call (352) 554-4424.

Three Rivers Legal Services – Pro-bono, free legal services. A focus is on the low income and seniors. Offers low-cost or free legal counsel and advice in civil matters to low income individuals and families. Among other services is landlord/tenant mediation. 901 Northwest 8th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32601, call (352) 372-0519

Library Partnership Resource Center gives referrals. Learn about budgeting and financial planning, or get help applying for rent or mortgage help. There is other aid too from two centers.

  • Location is 912 NE 16th Avenue; Gainesville, Florida 32601. Phone: (352) 334-0160
  • 2801 East University Avenue Gainesville, FL 32641. Main number is (352) 334-0456

Short term housing resources in Alachua County

The agencies below focus on short term housing as well as placement into long term, sustainable housing. Everything from homeless shelters to moving cost help and future security deposit assistance is offered. However most are charities for the currently homeless.

Arbor House, Inc. - Pregnant adult women or adult mothers with children can get transitional housing, education, case management, and support services. The location is at 2618 NW 6th St Gainesville, FL 32609. Call (352) 371-2229 or 352.505.3311.

Family Promise of Gainesville - Homeless families and children can get shelter, supportive care, case management, and meals. The address is confidential, and for more information call (352) 378-2030.





Lazarus Restoration Ministries: Provides emergency shelter, low income transitional housing, supportive services, as well as information on public assistance. There is also case management to homeless families and low income enrolled in the Self-Sufficiency Program. Location is 3019 NE 20th Way, Gainesville, FL 32627. Phone (352) 213-8970 or (352) 514-6417

Peaceful Paths - Provides emergency and transitional shelter, information on housing and rent programs, and comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence in Alachua County. Location - 2100 Northwest 53rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32653, telephone (352) 377-8255

St. Francis House – Administers emergency shelter for all people who were evicted, homeless persons, case management, and comprehensive support services.  The address is 413 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601-6723, call (352) 378-9079

Trinity United Methodist Church - Supports and participates in local homeless ministries as well as partners with charities in Alachua County. There is basic needs and financial help around housing, motel rooms and more. The church also partners with agencies such as St. Francis House, House of Hope, and Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Also coordinates the annual Thanksgiving Basket program. Address is 4000 Northwest 53rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32653-4405, call (352) 376-6615


By Jon McNamara

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