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Assistance programs Seminole County and Sanford.

Find churches as well as charities or government financial assistance programs as well as other social service agencies in Seminole County. Whether it is a free box of groceries, grants to pay for back rent or an utility bill, or some other form of support (medical care, gasoline, free school supplies for kids, clothing, etc.) there may be help available. Each and every agency is focused on providing some form of financial assistance (when possible) to needy families in Sanford and the county.

There are resources for immigrants, seniors, and others in the Sanford region and county too. A major focus is on helping people increase their income, gain new skills, and even get free health or dental care. There are also free Christmas toys for kids, homeless shelters, and other stuff too. Even find such help as free bus passes or vouchers for work or emergency travel.

Financial assistance, resources, and grants for bills Seminole County

If you are a Seminole County resident and are in need of help in today’s weak economy, the charities and agencies listed below, including the Seminole County Community Assistance Division, provide families and individuals a wide variety of emergency services and assistance plans to eligible residents of Seminole County.

You may be able to receive help from the Board of County Commission (BCC) general revenue and grant funds. Grants go towards providing limited financial assistance to Seminole County residents who are currently confronting a financial hardship. The hardship must have occurred to the applicant within the last 90 days. Some of the programs offered include those listed below.

  • Utility bill assistance
    Seminole County resident who are struggling with paying their energy and utility bills may be able to receive one time grants for assistance. Assistance for energy bills is limited to a one time payment once every 12 months.
  • Help for rent and mortgage assistance
    If you are in need of housing aid, the County Community Assistance Division can provide families and individuals with a cash grant that can be used to make a mortgage payment, or pay rent that may be in arrears. People can only apply once per year. Learn more on Florida foreclosure programs.




  • Free medicines and prescriptions
    This assistance program was created to meet the health care and immediate medication needs of Seminole County residents, including those in Orlando and Sanford. A doctor's written prescription is required in order to apply. The program will fill new prescriptions only, and will not pay for refills.
  • Emergency Food & Shelter Program
    This program is administered by the local United Way 211. Seminole County Community Assistance has tens of thousands of dollars to distribute to families and individuals to help them pay for one month of rent, mortgage or even utility bills The money is targeted to people that have experienced a unforeseen lose or expenses in the last 30 days. The applicant must also show they have the ability to get back on their feet, and the funds are meant to help with a short term emergency.
  • Health care and medical
    They also provide medical assistance and grants that can be used for prescription medications (it does not include over the counter or controlled substances), free eye exams and glasses, limited dental assistance (extractions, root canals, fillings, partials and full dentures). They can also refer you to other agencies and organizations for additional free health care services.
  • Emergency Shelter Grant Program
    This a grant program that is being used to help stop evictions and prevent homelessness in Seminole County. Grants are provided to pay for rent, utility bills, mortgage payments, and the applicant must also show ongoing management and the ability to keep up with payments after receiving the grant.

Contact the Seminole County Community Assistance Division agency at 534 West Lake Mary Blvd, Sanford, Florida (407) 665-2360. Other resources are offered too. More on community action Seminole County.

Emergency financial support and services

Christian Service Center for Central Florida Inc., runs the The Family & Emergency Services (FES) assistance program. This particular service was established by the non-profit to provide immediate emergency assistance (financial and counseling) relief to Seminole County and Sanford individuals. The goal is to assist those who are faced with an unexpected financial crisis or a short term hardship. There is also a focus on employment in the region, including bus passes, transit cards or cars. Find other places for free bus passes for work.





The primary goal of FES program is to help families maintain their residence and prevent them from being forced into homelessness, so most of the funding is for rent, mortgage, and energy bills. Short term loans may be issued in some cases. Call 407-425-2523, or read Christian Service Center programs.

The Salvation Army of Seminole County provides needy families with limited financial assistance for bills and housing expenses, and also many personal items. For example, receive free diapers, baby food, personal hygiene items, back to school supplies or backpacks, and other supplies. Also receive information on other government programs and local charities or apply to the annual Angel Tree free Christmas gift program. Call 407-322-2642. Or continue reading on Seminole County Salvation Army programs.

Yet another option for aid is Rescue Outreach Mission of Sanford Inc. (Phone 407-321-8224.) This charity offers free food, emergency shelter and housing, gently used clothing, case management, counseling, etc. and other help to the disadvantaged, unemployed, needy and homeless in the local area.

Seminole County Prevention Assistance Program (phone (407) 665-2300) offers many services, including short-term case management. If someone signs up for the case -management, and meets qualification, the county provides such short term financial help in the form of financial assistance for paying rent, mortgage and utility bill payments. or learn about free daycare in Florida. All of that aid, and more, is offered through the Prevention Assistance Program.

In addition, case workers can assist clients with budgeting, debt reduction and refer consumers to credit counseling and child care services. There are also local organizations that help with providing free food and clothing. Also, learn about ways to get mortgage help from such programs as the Florida hardest hit fund.

Medical and dental assistance is also offered from Seminole County Prevention Assistance Program. Financial assistance for dental needs is available for tooth extractions, fillings, dentures, partial dentures, root canals, crowns, X-rays, sedation and consultation for eligible residents, as is financial assistance for eyeglasses as well as eye exams.

Longwood Florida based The Sharing Center aids individuals and their families by providing them with short-term critical needs, seeing them through an unexpected crises such as job loss, accidents or illness, and provides them with financial assistance for buying groceries, paying utilities, rent or a car payment.

In addition, they run programs that also provide cash grants for those who are in a financial crisis and need short-term help paying bills such as rent or a mortgage payment. This is combined with self-sufficiency. Dial 407.260.9155, or more on Sharing Center programs.

Christian Help, which is a non-profit that is located in Casselberry, specializes in helping families and individuals who need assistance due to temporary setbacks, such as job loss or medical emergency, by helping them find work and local resources and get by until they do. The agency provides people with job leads, resume assistance, job search and a basket of food at every visit, if needed, and referrals to other local Seminole County charities and agencies. Dial 407-834-4022

Catholic Charities of Seminole County - Central Florida provides emergency assistance and support to residents of all religions and backgrounds. Some cash assistance and grants may be offered for expenses such as rent, utilities, medications, or food. However that funding is very limited, comes with conditions, and is intended to help prevent evictions and homelessness.

Other services available in the Sanford Florida agency include free medical care, immigration assistance, programs for the homeless, and other crisis support. Dial 407-658-1818, or click here for details. Or read more on Orlando area Catholic Charities assistance programs.





Community Hope Center / Harvest Time International, which is in Sanford Florida, runs a self-sufficiency program to support low-income and financially distressed families as well as the disabled and elderly households that live on a fixed low-income. The agency makes available to clients greatly discounted food products; as well as  a variety of greatly discounted household goods and hygiene products. Phone (407) 328-9900.

City Of Sanford - Department Of Community Improvement can process applications for utility and cooling bill assistance from programs such as LIHEAP. Call (407) 688-5167.

Rescue Outreach Mission Of Central Florida, Inc. offers a shelter for women and children. Case managers can help clients find a more permanent home and gain overall self-sufficiency. Other services provide may include meals, food, or groceries. 1625 West Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, Sanford, Florida 32771, (407) 321-8224

Jewish Family Services - Has limited resources to people of all faiths. They focus on the central Florida region, but there may be some aid or referrals for low income families or seniors in Seminole County. Homeless prevention, food, and information on employment programs may be offered. There may be limited financial support or loans for expenses such as rent or utility bills. More Jewish Family Services programs.

Short term and low income housing resources can help people facing eviction or that are looking for a new or more affordable home. Several agencies, churches, and non-profits operate in the central Florida and Seminole County Florida region. Receive shelter, housing, and case management. Read transitional housing programs central Florida.

Sadie Holmes Help Service, Inc. - An appointment is necessary. Qualified low income and poor families from Seminole County may be able to receive clothing, free food, and maybe other financial aid. 1280 Amanda Street, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Call (407) 831-6324 to make an appointment.

Free holiday and Christmas assistance is available in Central Florida. Non-profits and charities help the less fortunate with free meals, gifts, Turkeys, toys, clothes at Christmas and other assistance. Click here free holiday help in Central Florida.

The Seminole Department of Community Affairs is one of the leading government agencies for public assistance. The very low income, poor, and seniors can look into a wide range of resources. There are programs for dental and medical needs as well as housing and rent costs. The indigent can even get help with funeral costs. Other aid includes mortgage assistance, vision care, and social services. Click more information on social services in Seminole County.

Sanford and countywide free clothing closets and furniture banks are available for low income and working poor families. Some items may be provided for free and others at a reduced prices. Families with children, individuals, and senior citizens can obtain free shoes, baby supplies, clothes, and school items such as uniforms or backpacks.

There are even free furniture banks for beds, couches, appliances and other household items. The thrift stores in Seminole County will sell gently used items like furniture, cribs, and similar items. Learn more on free clothes, furniture and school supplies in Orange County area.

Hope Helps oversees a wide range of resources. Services include food stamp and Medicaid applications, vouchers, information on free food pantries, a resource department, thrift store, as well as rent and utility bill assistance. There are also referrals to other Access Florida government benefits. Address is 149 East Broadway street, Oviedo, Florida 32765, call (407) 366-3422.

Programs from churches and St. Luke's include free food, financial support, and self-sufficiency. While there may be some funds available for paying bills such as rent or medications, most of the support from the organization is in the form of referrals. They have numerous partnerships with groups such as community clinics, churches and even government agencies in Seminole County. Find help from St. Luke's.

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul of Altamonte Springs - A network of local churches and volunteers. They may have referrals to emergency financial for needs such as rent, medications, or security deposits. There will be very limited cash or loans issued, as resources allow. They also partner with Seminole County on various government grant programs. 407-215-7669.







Funds and referrals for rental assistance is available from Community Services and other non-profits, such as Catholic Charities. There is a focus on families facing eviction as well as helping the currently homeless pay a security deposit. A combination of government grants and other funding is available for a partial rent payment, shelter costs, and other low income housing support. Continue with emergency rent help in Seminole County.

Urban League Central Florida and Seminole County - Referrals, housing, employment, and educational programs are a focus. The organization offers services such as foreclosure counseling, debt reduction, job placement, and information on places for one time, emergency funds. They operate across the central Florida region, and find more details on assistance from Urban League.

New Directions Community Outreach Inc - The Mobile Unit can help very low income families apply for state of Florida and federal government aid programs. Telephone - 407-310-5175.

Goodwill Industries, Inc. focuses on homelessness, eviction prevention, housing, and basic needs such as food. The charity may have shelter, referrals to low income transitional housing, and information on job placement and training programs. They are a Seminole County partner organization. Address is 112 S. Sanford Ave 32771, Sanford, Florida. Call 407-936-0469.

Seminole County homeless prevention and rental assistance

The non-profit charity organization Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida Inc. (phone 407-426-1250) provides both homeless prevention services and also provides financial aid and grants to people who are currently homeless. Receive limited financial support, information on both Florida and federal government programs, counseling, and much more.

There may also be affordable housing in the region too. This can help migrant workers, the working poor, and others that live on a limited income in Seminole County. As one example, find affordable section 8 HUD voucher apartments.

Foreclosure prevention and debt management

If you are facing a foreclosure, or need help tackling your personal debts, CredAbility/Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast, Inc. (phone 1-800-251-2227), can provide free help.

A homeowner can work one on one with a federal government HUD approved counselor to learn about various mortgage assistance programs. The housing counselor can help them get back on track, or if they have received a foreclosure notice, they can advise them on the foreclosure process.

On the other hand, if you are struggling with paying your credit card, automobile, or medical debts and bills, a credit counselor can support you here as well. Learn about various debt reduction options, including settlement programs, rate reductions, and debt consolidation.

Seminole County Florida free food pantries

Ascension Manna Project provides monthly food baskets, canned goods, and perishable goods to needy families and/or individuals of low income. Seniors and children can receive help too. 351 Ascension Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707. Call (407) 470-2029

Christian Help Foundation - Central Florida Employment Council. In addition to using the food pantry, get information on local job training and employment services. (407) 834-4022.

Hope Helps, Inc. - Phone (407) 366-3422

Place Of Comfort Inc. is located in Longwood but serves all of Seminole County. Dial (407) 539-0885

The Sharing Center food bank can be reached at (407) 260-9155. Locations are in Sanford as well as Longwood Florida.

Hope's Community Food Pantry - The Forgotten Ones Resource Center is located at 98 West Broadway Street, Oviedo, FL 32765. Dial (407) 495-5100.

Rescue Outreach Mission Of Central Florida, Inc. serves hot meals, provides food, groceries, and surplus commodities. Special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals may be offered too. 1701 West Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, Sanford, Florida 32771. (407) 321-8224

Seminole County Salvation Army offers numerous social services, including a food pantry and thrift store. Christmas meals and gifts may be served too. Food boxes are passed out in an emergency. Seniors citizens may get home delivered meals too. Call (407) 322-2642 for information.

Find additional food banks. There are other centers for the community. Free food as well as applications to public aid such as free lunches or SNAP food stamps are provided by non-profits. There are also soup kitchens for meals and other resources. Locate free food pantries in Seminole County.





Free health centers and community clinics

There are several medical care programs in Seminole County. Some are free, some are lost cost. Everything from insulin to immunizations, check ups, prescription drugs, and more may be offered. There are even state and local government clinics.

Longwood Shepherds Hope Health Center Fairmont Plaza may offer free or sliding scale medical care to the low income and uninsured. Federal government poverty guidelines are in place. There are locations in Longwood (dial (407) 876-6699) as well as Oviedo (call (407) 876-6699).

Central Florida Family Health Center is a regional non-profit. It offers comprehensive yet high quality medical care at a reasonable cost to those who qualify. the under and uninsured can get help too. A sliding fee scale is in place which can result in lower medical bills. Other programs include pharmacy and laboratory services. 2400 State Road 415, Sanford, Florida 32771. Call (407) 322-8645.

Other clinics or health centers include Harvest Time International, Inc. (dial (407) 328-9900) as well as Seminole County Health Department (call (407) 665-3700). Some examples of services include Breast and Cervical Cancer screenings, Family Planning, and Lab Services.

By Jon McNamara














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