St. Johns County assistance programs.
Program to stop foreclosures and an intervention program
St. Johns County residents can get help from the Foreclosure Intervention Program (904-209-0655). It continues to help St. Augustine and county residents keep their homes by providing mortgage counseling, professional budgeting, and loan modification assistance from the local St. Johns Housing Partnership. Find additional ways to get foreclosure assistance and counseling.
Free health care and mobile medical clinic
The Armstrong community regularly offers a free medical clinic with the support of the mobile medical unit that is provided by St. Vincent’s Hospital (dial (904) 308-7300). Both residents of the county as well as migrant farm workers can receive medical treatment and get exams. While this occurs, members of the Lake Shore Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Armstrong provide food for the participants. This event is a fairly regular occurrence and is a great way to get a medical condition resolved.
St. Johns County and Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. (NFCAA)
The non-profit community action agency is one of the leading organizations in the area to turn to for help. Among the services they provide include:
- Utility and cooling bills assistance, including the federal government Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Housing assistance, including rent and mortgage
- Medical programs, such as eye care, prescriptions, dental care
- General assistance for bills and expenses, such as transportation aid, food, child care assistance, and much more.
- Some wellness programs, such as nutrition, wellness, and other food support.
Call the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. (NFCAA) at (904) 398-7472.
Financial assistance and financial stability
The United Way partners with various local non-profits and charities to administer programs that may be able to provide referrals and/or financial assistance. Some of the agencies to contact in Saint Augustine and St. Johns County Florida include.
- The Salvation Army - Phone number 301-4875
- Barnabas Center - Dial 261-7000
- Children's Home Society of Florida, Buckner Division (493-7744)
- Family Foundations - Phone 396-4846
- Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (Also serves St. Johns County) - Phone 356-8371
- The Help Center, Inc. - 633-9383
The types and numbers of assistance programs offered by these non-profit and charity organizations will vary greatly. Some may have limited financial assistance, some provide debt counseling or help with health care, and some may just provide information on such programs as government foreclosure assistance and the hardest hit fund. Contact these agencies to learn more about their services.
Catholic Charities - The organization has offices around St. Augustine and John’s County Florida. Programs are focused on helping the working poor make it through a difficult period. While limited, financial assistance may be offered for utilities, mortgage or housing expenses/rent. Other resources include counseling, a free food pantry, and homeless prevention programs. The charity, local churches and its outreach programs are committed to helping those who are less fortunate. More details.
St. Johns County Social Services administers the counties and government public assistance and social service programs. This includes a wide range of resources. Some examples are as follows. Families of indigent residents can receive burial or cremation expense assistance. Some funds and grants may be offered for paying utility bills, including gas, electric, and cooling. Prescription expense assistance, Medicare, and Medicaid applications may be processed too. In addition, the social service office is a great place to turn to for information and referrals. Address is 1955 US 1 S, Saint Augustine, Florida 32086, 209-6140.
Homeless Coalition may offer emergency services. They are the leading non-profit agency for the St. Johns County Continuum of Care program. Other services include HMIS Lead Agency for SJC CoC and an Outreach office. A number of financial assistance programs and other benefits may be offered to low income families, seniors, the homeless, and others. 63 Chapin Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084, call (904) 824-6623.
St. John’s County clothing closets - Some of what may be offered include household goods, free clothes, and other basic needs. The clothing banks, in partnership with thrift stores, offer new or gently used goods and holiday assistance to families of all income levels and backgrounds, with a focus on children and seniors. Read more.
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida covers many counties in the region, including St. Johns Florida. As resources and funding allows, the non-profit assists regardless of age, race, or religion. Assistance from the charity includes free groceries, canned items, and more. Refugees, senior citizens, families with children and families with children are some of the people that use these and other assistance programs. Click here.
Salvation Army Services - Centers are in the county, including in St. Augustine. The focus is on addressing basic needs of the less fortunate, elderly and children. The Family Services programs may have free food, Christmas assistance, and the possibility of emergency funds for paying rent or utilities. Case management is also offered in St. Johns County Florida. More Salvation Army assistance St. Johns.
First Coast Jewish Family Services offer assistance, some of which is focused on everyone and others from the Jewish faith. Some of the resources administered are as follows.
The regional non-profit Community Action Agency, which is mentioned above, runs several other resources for low income families. Most of the financial aid is limited, so case managers will focus on helping people gain employment, improve their financial condition, and gain stability. More on the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency programs.
Food, clothing, and meals in St. John County Florida
The following churches, charities, and non-profits can offer free food, meals, government surplus commodities, and other aid. From time to time they may have additional resources. For example, this can include clothing, vouchers for prescription medications or gasoline, and even money for bills and rent. Contact the agencies below, or find more food pantries and distribution centers.
- Council On Aging (COA) - Focuses mostly on senior citizens. Call 209-3700
- Helping Hands Ministries Of Atlantic Beach, Inc. - May have clothes, food, and financial help.
- Christ Church of Peace, phone 387-2020, has an extensive amount of aid.