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Find help paying rent in Sarasota Florida.

Homeless prevention resources, churches, charities, and government agencies that provide rent help can help Sarasota County Florida families who are faced with an eviction. In addition, if an individual is already homeless then they may be able to receive security deposit or moving assistance. Or they can get support in finding transitional housing as well as a new affordable apartment or home to live in. Additional cash assistance may be offered to pay your security deposit or first months rent.

Whenever possible, financial assistance is paid out for back rent or related bills (such as utility) to help families stay in their current home or apartment. If it is not possible to prevent the eviction, then some money may be available to pay for relocation within Sarasota County or Florida in an effort to try to find stable housing. However the goal of any emergency rental assistance program, including in Sarasota County, is to pay out financial assistance and grants, within reason, to sustain a residents present housing.

Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) offers very low income families housing, vouchers and assistance from the federal government Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. This can help seniors citizens, the disabled or the very low income pay for private housing of their choice; however there is usually a waiting list for section 8.

They also run the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) department for the low income, which can assign a counselor to your case. This addresses long term housing needs. 40 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236-4936, dial phone: 941.361.6210. Read more on section 8 in Florida.

Catholic Charities, 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, Florida 34284, phone number is 941-244-9490. A second office is at 1219 16th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205, dial 941-714-7829. Most of the aid they offer is for homeless prevention. When funds are available they can help people pay rent if they are faced with imminent eviction. Foreclosure prevention is also offered, but this of course is for homeowners.

Another service offered by the Sarasota Catholic Charities are Relocation Services. The non-profit partners with agencies including North Port Salvation Army and North Port Social Services to relocate renters and also people who have lost their homes. Some families will be provided a zero interest loan for expenses, such as rent, during this move. There may also be funds offered for security deposits or other costs.




Salvation Army, 1400 10th St., Sarasota, Florida 34236, call 941-364-8845 - Rent and mortgage assistance is offered, including money for deposits and initial month. They also operate a homeless shelter and supportive housing for senior citizens in Sarasota County.

Senior Friendship Centers is located at 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34237. Call 941-955-2122 or 866-955-2122. They run the statewide Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), which can help with evictions. Individuals in Sarasota who are 60 or older need to dial 866-413-5337. They also have information on free legal programs.

Jewish Family and Children's Services can be called at 941-366-2224. The address is 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida 34237. Resources available include direct financial assistance, case management, and budgeting classes and workshops. General family self sufficiency, resource and referrals are offered too.

North Port Social Services, which is is an office that is run by the City of NorthPort, is located at 6919 Outreach Way, North Port, Florida 34287, telephone: 941-429-3700. They do run a financial assistance program too. As government funding allows, there may be grants available as a form of rental assistance. Applicants need to go through a screening process, and appointments are necessary.





Gulfcoast Legal Services -  The pro-bono law firm can address housing needs, including eviction prevention services. Lawyers and paralegals in Sarasota County can help low income clients deal with predatory lending, housing discrimination, and help resolve security deposit concerns. (941) 366-1746

The FAITH Program is for families facing imminent eviction or the currently homeless. It provides short term housing, case management, and help in locating a new, low income apartment. Clients can also get guidance on applying for loans to pay rent or access to security deposit assistance when ready to move. (941) 954-4673

Trinity Presbyterian Church operates an outreach program. This includes free basic needs such as furniture, some funds to pay rent or moving costs, food, and more. The phone number is 941-492-6384. Donations allow the Sarasota County church to raise money for rent, clothes, utility connections, and other support. Continue with Trinity Presbyterian Church assistance programs.

Bay Pines Medical Center runs the HUD/VASH Program for Homeless Veterans. Call 1-877-424-3838. Emergency government grants for paying energy bills, rent, and other needs can be met in Sarasota County for veterans and their families. Case management services are offered too.

Salvation Army of Venice North Port - Financial Assistance is offered from another office. Call (941) 240-5108. Anyone in need, who meets qualifications, can call or stop by. In extreme cases the non-profit may pay up to $500, however it all depends on funding and other conditions.

Catholic Charities Sarasota – Provides one time financial assistance for past due rent. While all funds are one time, call (941) 355-4680 for details. A second office is in Venice Florida and can be reached at (941) 244-9490. Address is 7810 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL, 34293

Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development – Runs homeless prevention and rehousing programs. Telephone (941) 951-3640





Englewood Helping Hand Inc. – Only has services for local Englewood residents. Applicants need to able to show future management for paying the rent on their own and the ability to get back on track with housing payments. Call (941) 474-5864. Office is at 700 East Dearborn St., Englewood, Florida, 34295-0791.

By Jon McNamara

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