latest nhpb_banner 1__compressed2



Local programs - Search

Immediate Financial Assistance

Rental Assistance

Food Pantries

Utility Bill Help

Free Stuff

Work From Home Jobs

Public and Government Assistance

Disability Benefits

Section 8 Housing

Senior Help

Free Money

Free Grants

Free Clothes

Charity Assistance

Church Assistance

Community Action Agencies

Car Payment Assistance

How to Save Money

Help with Medical Bills



Rental assistance programs in Sarasota County Florida.

Find where to get emergency help with paying rent in Sarasota County FL. A number of charity organizations, churches and government grants will help low-income tenants as well as the currently homeless. Locate financial help for a security deposit, emergency rental assistance to stop an eviction, free lawyers for tenants and more. Get rent assistance near you in Sarasota from the organizations below.

Assistance is wide ranging, with a focus on seniors, the disabled and single mothers. Apply for homeless prevention resources or long term rental support, including section 8 vouchers or no-wait list apartments. In addition, if an individual is already homeless then they may be able to receive security deposit or moving assistance or a free motel voucher. Or they can get support in finding transitional housing as well as a new affordable apartment or home to live in. Even learn how to get housing for seniors on social security.

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  grants, within reason, to sustain a residents present housing.

Where to get help with rent or a security deposit in Sarasota County

Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) offers very low income families housing vouchers and self-sufficiency. The non-profit offers 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 but emergency section 8 is an option in Sarasota.

They also run the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) department for the low income, which can assign a counselor to your case. This program solves long term housing needs. The address is 269 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, or dial phone: 941.361.6210. Read more on section 8 in Florida.

Catholic Charities has different housing programs. Most of the financial aid they offer is for homeless prevention, which is immediate rental grants too. 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, such as single moms, 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.




  • 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, Florida 34284, phone number is (941) 488-5581.
  • A second office is at 5055 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234. Call  (941) 355-4680

Salvation Army of Sarasota County is based at 1701 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34230. 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. Or look into free motel or hotel voucher programs in a crisis.

  • Another option is the The FAITH Program. This 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. Phone (941) 954-4673
  • Salvation Army of Venice North Port - Financial Assistance is offered from another office. Call (941) 484-6227. 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.

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 and lawyers for the elderly.

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 arrears 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. Free lawyers and paralegals in Sarasota County will help low income clients deal with predatory lending, housing discrimination, and help resolve security deposit concerns. They will help tenants in housing court fight an eviction letter. Dial (941) 366-1746.





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. There is also free government grant money for housing from SSVF.

St Vincent De Paul Society partners with churches, charities and other groups to help the poor, immigrants, single moms and others. Limited funding for rent payments or utilities. Or get legal consultations, free furniture for a new home, grants for storage and more. The location is 2711 Mall Dr, Sarasota, FL 34231. Call (941) 444-9343.

United Way coordinate housing and eviction prevention programs help low-income tenants and people in arrears, whether with rent or an electric bill. Get referrals, applications to hardship grants for rent or housing, motel rooms and other services. Call  941-484-4811.

Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development – Runs homeless prevention and rehousing programs. Telephone (941) 951-3640. They help landlords and tenants with subsidized apartments, home buying programs, landlord mediation and more. The address is 111 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.

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.


Related Content From


By Jon McNamara











Contact Us

About Us

Financial Literacy Blog

Privacy policy

Visit Facebook page