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Assistance programs in St. Johns County.

Find how to get financial help, and the charities, churches or government assistance programs to apply at. The agencies can provide help for paying bills or free stuff, like food, furniture, or school supplies. Low income families as well as struggling households may receive grants or loans to pay their rent, mortgages, utility bills, or security deposits in St. Johns County. Free community clinics can also help them address health as well as dental care needs.

There are also non-profits in Saint Augustine that help seniors or the disabled. As one example, find the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) for medications or healthcare. There are also Meals on Wheels, transportation services, and even free debt help for anyone in need.

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.
  • Assistance for seniors for basic needs and medical care, including medications and more. As an example, get details on the Senior Health Insurance Program.




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.

Call the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. (NFCAA) at (904) 398-7472. They also support St. Johns County. More on the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency programs.

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
  • Job Centers and employment, including freelance jobs.

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 on Catholic Charities St. Johns County.





St. Johns County Social Services administers the counties and government public assistance as well as 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.

The Coalition may be able to help with moving as well as relocation costs as well. Part of this may be applications to government grants for a rental or security deposit. This is generally for a private home. But there are also section 8 security deposit HUD housing programs. The address is 63 Chapin Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084, call (904) 824-6623.

St. John’s County free clothing closets - Some of what may be offered include household goods, free clothes, and other basic needs such as school supplies. 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 free clothes in Northeast Florida.

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 Northeast Florida Lutheran Services.

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 including free toys, and the possibility of emergency funds for paying rent or utilities.

There are also homeless shelters, a soup kitchen, and even an annual free school backpack drive. Case management is also offered in St. Johns County Florida. More on 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.

  • Financial support for housing, rent, or utility bills.
  • Self-sufficiency from programs such as Standing Tall Life Skills.
  • Information on job training in northeastern Florida.
  • Read more Jewish Family and Community Services.





Free food, clothing, and meals in St. John County Florida

The following churches, charities, and non-profits can offer free food, meals, government surplus commodities, hot meals, 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 free food pantries in St. Johns County 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.

By Jon McNamara














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