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Santa Rosa County Florida assistance programs.

Learn how to get rent, housing, and assistance for energy bills

Local families and individuals that are struggling with their rent, facing an eviction, or who are currently homeless or who are in danger of becoming homeless can apply for help. Each year several non-profits and charities receive federal government grants, and those funds are given to income qualified Santa Rosa and Escambia County Florida residents.

The program offers struggling people with rental assistance, case management, budgeting skills, funds for light bills and utility deposits. There may also be grants for paying moving costs and certain motel vouchers. Please note that the program does not assist homeowners with making their mortgage or paying for foreclosure costs or prevention services.

People who live in north Santa Rosa County, including those reside in Jay, can learn more and apply for the stimulus dollars through Families Count. Dial 983-8886 to learn more or apply for rent help.

If you live in Escambia County, those residents, including those who reside in Century, can take part in a telephone prescreening by calling Catholic Charities.

The funding for the assistance program, provided through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, which is part of an ongoing federal government grant program. The aim is to provide financial assistance and services to prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless. Or if someone is currently homeless, they try to rapidly re-house those persons.

Financial assistance in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Community Services Department receives funding from the federal government, and the source of this money is known as the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). The non-profit has two main goals as listed below.

  • Assist low-income people and families, especially vulnerable populations, by providing emergency services, strengthening their family and supportive systems, and encouraging independent living.
  • The second goal is fairly similar, in that the agency will help low-income people become self-sufficient through economic asset enhancement, employment, job training, and similar programs.




  • Programs and resources will help people move from a so called crisis situation to self-sufficiency. Some of what can be provided includes Education, Employment, Individual Development Account Program (IDA), and Home Buying Assistance.
  • Early Head Start and the similarly named Head Start program provide developmental services that are fully comprehensive. These are offered for children who are five years of age or younger. Head Start can provide and promote school readiness and get a child ready for school. This occurs by enhancing the social development of children and their parents by provision of educational, health, and nutritional services.
  • LIHEAP may be able to assist with paying cooling and utility bills. Call 983-7200 for referrals. Financial aid is for low-income households in Santa Rosa Florida. Crisis Assistance may be able to help eligible low income households who are in immediate danger of losing access to needed home energy due to a disconnection. This LIHEAP aid tends to be in higher demand during the Florida summer months. Ongoing Home Energy Assistance from LIHEAP can help with monthly bills. Find more Florida utility bill assistance services.
  • Weatherization is also offered by Santa Rosa Community Services. The mission of this program is to reduce the monthly energy burden and therefore utility bills on low-income households. This can include energy conservation improvements, and through special service energy efficient heat pumps are offered to eligible customers located within CHELCO service area.

The Community Action Program Committee, Inc. main office is at 1380 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501. Call the non-profit at (850) 438-4021. Read more on assistance from Community Action Program Committee.





Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program is a voluntary service that may be able to address a crisis and help people resolve emergency financial needs they may have. The emergency needs to be life-threatening or extreme emergency, and it is not an ongoing financial assistance program.

While funding is very limited, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa will attempt to assist all applicants by at minimum providing information and referral to other resources or financial counseling as appropriate. When funding permits, and an applicant meets criteria, Catholic Charities Emergency Financial Assistance program may be able to assist with past due utilities or cooling bills on a case-by case basis. Call (850) 436-6425

Interfaith Ministries Financial Assistance is based at 4435 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563, call 850-934-8385. Families with a financial hardship and an eviction notice can apply for emergency rental assistance. Read more. Other resources may offer emergency utility bill payment assistance. Money can pay water, electric, propane, or even gas bills.

Tri-County Community Council, Inc Santa Rosa County Office – Energy assistance is provided in a crisis. Can pay for the cooling and heating needs of qualified applicants. If you do not have energy now, or are faced with disconnection, this can also qualify you. Emergency rental assistance is also offered for Santa Rosa County residents by appointment only.

The non-profit also offers other support. This includes everything from job training from a Medical Office Skills Course to no interest loans for paying certain bills and a discount prescription card. Address is 6607 Elva Street, Milton, Florida 32570, main number is 850-981-0036, or learn more on Tri-County community action.

Santa Rosa County rent help - Working poor families, the homeless, veterans, and those facing a crisis may be able to receive emergency rental assistance. Sources of funds range from churches to regional charities and non-profit agencies. More information on Pensacoloa and Santa Rose County rent help.

Navarre United Methodist Church administers the We Care Program. People from this community can apply for rent help at most once per year. Phone number 850-939-2028.

Santa Rosa County Free Christmas gifts, holiday meals or Thanksgiving meals are offered. Low income families can get food boxes are provided during the proper season. Hundreds of children as well as senior citizens benefit from these assistance programs each and every year. Click more information.

Family Resource Program – Call this Milton Florida organization at 850-626-2054 to make an appointment for utilities assistance.





Santa Rosa Transitional Housing - Several non-profits and charities in the northern and western part of Florida offer short term support to low income and homeless families. Clients can get a place to stay, case management, food, and maybe financial help for paying deposits. Read about short term housing Santa Rosa.

Salvation Army Santa Rosa County Social Services focuses on cooling and utility assistance. May have other items and programs too, like fans during the summer or holiday meals during Thanksgiving or Christmas. While more limited, some financial aid can be available. When possible, a priority is on offering homeless prevention, so funds can be used to pay rent or utilities when the applicant has an eviction or disconnection notice. Call 850-623-4099, or more on assistance from Salvation Army in Santa Rosa.

South Santa Rosa Resource Center – Offers referrals and can help people apply for public aid and government assistance. This includes food stamp applications and WIC program. The center can provide referrals for free legal services, food pantries, medical services and clinics, housing, utilities, SSI and disability applications. Other resources offered are cell phone applications assistance as well as emergency food supplies and meals for the homeless and people in need. 2111 Presidio Street, Navarre, FL, 32566, call (850) 936-0360. Click here for more details of FL public and government aid.

Basic needs, including free clothes or furniture, are offered at free clothing banks. The non-profits may also have holiday assistance, toys, back to school supplies, and more. Assistance is targeted at low income families and children. Read Northwest Florida free school supplies, furniture and clothing closets.

Santa Rosa food banks, free groceries and pantries

Manna Food Pantry at the SRO Community Christ – Call (850) 281-9522 for hours of food distribution. The Community Christ Church also partners with this center.

Jay First Baptist Church hosts a pantry from time to time. This location is at 14113 Alabama Street, Jay, Florida, 32565. Phone (850) 675-4587.

SRO Food Pantry is organized by several local churches. This can provide canned good, fresh fruits and vegetables, perishable items, and other free or low cost food to those who need help.

New Life Baptist Church, 6380 Bayberry St., Milton, FL, 32570, phone (850) 626-185

Pace Assembly of God – Call (850) 994-7131. Offers a walk in service.

First Baptist Church operates from 6797 Caroline Street, Milton, Florida, 32570, dial (850) 623-3122

Olivet Baptist Church is in Milton. Call (850) 623-0010

Woodbine Methodist Church of Pace Florida. Call (850) 995-0007







Christian Life Church also runs the SRO Food Pantry. Main number is (850) 623-4017

Immanuel Baptist Church. Covers residents of south end Santa Rosa only. Free food, boxes of groceries, and more is provided from the Pace Florida charity. Call 850-994-6152

First United Methodist Food Pantry – Call (850) 623-6683

Medical and dental clinics

Escambia Community Clinic, Inc. is a walk-in community clinic for new patients and appointments for low income and uninsured patients. This is also known as the Santa Rosa Community Clinic in Milton. 5220 Stewart Street, Milton, Florida 32570, cal 850-981-9433 for intake.


By Jon McNamara


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