St. Lucie County assistance programs.

Fort Pierce area families, who are struggling, can apply for financial help from many locations in Pierce County Florida. Among the options available include everything from emergency financial assistance from a church to free food or rent help from churches. There are also resources for senior citizens, free medical clinics or medications, transportation programs, and much more available.

Emergency aid and housing assistance

St Lucie County has divisions that provide a variety of services to the community.

Veteran Services - Provides benefit counseling to eligible veterans and their family members to ensure they maximize the Veteran Affairs benefits for which they may be eligible. Phone 772-337-5670

Housing is offered, as funding permits.

  • Provides purchase assistance and homebuyer education for first time homebuyers.
  • Assists with repairs for eligible homeowners to resolve code violations and address health/safety concerns.
  • Foreclosure prevention counseling.




Resident Support Services components include:

  • Administers funding in support of demand response and the public bus system.
  • Assists residents with identifying and applying for federal, state and local benefits for which they may be eligible.
  • Provide information and referral services to community resources to help residents overcome barriers to success.
  • Provides support to assist households to become self-sufficient (e.g., assistance with budgeting, education access) and advance beyond public assistance services.

St. Lucie County Community Services can be reached at (772) 462-1777.





St. Vincent DePaul Society - This is a group of local churches and religious organizations. Programs offered by this agency include utilities and rental assistance, when funding is available. Meal programs, food, and assistance for the very low income, unemployed, and working poor may be offered. (772) 873-2738

St. Lucie County Veterans Services focuses on military members, their families, and of course veterans. Learn about federal government programs, public aid, and veteran’s benefits, including compensation, pension, medical and burial expense assistance.

Safe Space - This non-profit agency offers emergency shelter and help for victims of domestic violence. Other aid includes an outreach program, counseling and referrals to other local St. Lucie agencies and charities. (800) 500-1119

Department of Children and Families is the statewide organization that helps low income families with public benefits. Stop by to learn about and apply for food stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance. (866) 762-2237. Or click here for more details on public aid in Florida.

The Urban League supports Saint Lucie County. The non-profit focuses on minorities, including African Americans, and will help them attain economic stability. Several resources and assistance programs are administered, with a major focus being on housing and employment.

If you are faced with eviction, programs that make rental payments may be administered. There will be income and other eligibility requirements in place.

Homeowner counseling is offered. The Urban League partners with the Housing and Urban Development to provide first time homebuyers with prepurchase counseling. People who are struggling with paying their home loan may qualify and get information on home equity conversion (reverse mortgage), loan modifications, and mediation services.

Low interest loans or cash grants may be offered for people in Saint Lucie who want to purchase a home and need help paying the down payment or closing costs. Counselors can offer or advise you on forgivable loans (which are really equivalent to a grant), conventional home loans/mortgages, and deferred payments.

Job training and employment services are offered. Residents can access programs that seek out, help clients train for, and create employment opportunities. Services may include resume review, access to computers, and other case management.




To learn more on the services, call the The Urban League at (561) 265-3318.

Council on Aging has assistance programs for seniors, elderly, and people over 55 years of age. Get food from Meals on Wheels. Transportation can help a senior get to a job interview or doctor appointment. Adult daycare and elder services are offered. May also have information on prescription assistance, Medicare, and programs that seniors can use to ensure they are billed correctly by their medical provider. (772) 336-8608

Fort Pierce Housing Authority - Low Income public and private housing units are available across Florida. Also, apply for section 8 rental assistance and housing vouchers. Dial (772) 461-0772

Saint Lucie Homeless Services Council provides everything from shelter to access to one time, emergency funds for rent or deposits. The regional organization focuses on stopping evictions and foreclosures in the region.

  • Landlord and tenant mediation services.
  • The council can refer homeowners to free mortgage counseling.
  • Explore financial aid for rent in the form of government grants and other programs.
  • Much more is available to stop homelessness, and more Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council.

In The Image of Christ operates a free food pantry. Other programs include utility bill assistance and HIV/STD testing. Location is 707 N 7th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. Call (772) 461-7788.

Zion's Daughters of Distinction Ministries focuses on women, the young, and their families. Self-sufficiency is a focus. The non-profit can also offer LIHEAP - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program applications, provide computer training, job search assistance, GED testing, and more. Other basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, and mentoring is offered too. The center is at 707 North 7th Street, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950. Call (772) 882-9194.

Fort Pierce Mustard Seed Ministries is a faith based group of volunteers and churches. Based on donation levels, the charity will try to offer food, clothing, and emergency financial aid in a crisis. They also run a diaper bank and may have other support such as a gasoline voucher for a job interview in St. Lucie County. Click here Mustard Seem Ministry programs.





Treasure Coast Community Action Agency supports income qualified St. Lucie residents. Get help in applying for federal government, state of Florida, and local resources and benefits. Veterans and their families can get assistance. Additional resources include the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program, which can offer free foreclosure counseling, down payment assistance for home purchase, and other housing assistance. They also run the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Initiative.

A number of other services are also available from the St. Lucie Community Action Agency. Some residents need help in paying for a security deposit on a new low income home, and the Emergency Food and Shelter program may help with that. Other resources may be referrals to local food pantries, clinics, or even non-profit loan programs for financing. Call (772) 462-1777, or more on Community Action of Treasure Coast.

Christmas and holiday help in St. Lucie is available from local non-profits. Both local churches and charities try to help less fortunate families with children and the elderly. Free toys are combined with food baskets, Adopt a Family programs, and referrals. There are a number of options available, and read St. Lucie Christmas assistance.

Salvation Army social services are available as part of the statewide organization. What is provided in Fort Pierce and the county to income qualified residents will vary and is based on resources levels. Programs may range from free food or meals from a pantry to school supplies and Christmas programs. Shelter, limited financial aid for bills such as water or rent, and referrals may also be offered. The phone number is (772) 461-2899, or more Salvation Army St. Lucie County.

There are many places and programs in Pierce County that offer free household supplies and items. They can be beneficial to senior citizens who are living on a fixed income, a family with a young child, or someone who is struggling to pay the bills. Whether it is free clothes, applications to government grants, and other everyday items, find programs that give free stuff.

Homeless services

Homeless and other people who are near eviction or foreclosure in St. Lucie County Florida can receive assistance from the Homeless Family Center, Inc. The organization will help them achieve stability and long term self-sufficiency. Other services range from shelter to transitional housing, job training, as well as referrals to deposit or financial aid. 720 4th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32962-2923. Dial (772) 567-5537. Find more housing programs from Homeless Family Center.

Assistance from the Treasure Coast Community Action Agency's

The Treasure Coast Community Action Agency partners the private sector and citizens and other human services organizations. Together the organizations offer services and assistance programs that build self-reliant and sufficient individuals, families and communities. The CAA encompasses three counties in the Florida area, including St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee.





St. Lucie County only provides long term case management services to assist households toward mid to long term self-sufficiency. This assistance may include benefits enrollment and advice and support with accessing community resources. In addition, financial
education, including credit repair, budgeting, future planning, and more are administered. The CAA can help with identifying and accessing educational opportunities; Reducing expenses by utilizing resources, such as cost saving programs for utilities; food pantries, and community gardens; Asset development; Accessing local resources and government programs to help with job searches and improve job search skills such as interviewing.

They are located in Fort Pierce, and can be contacted at 772-462-1777.

St. Lucie County debt and housing counseling

The leading non-profit to call for low cost, or free advice, is Consumer Credit Counseling Service. Florida has been hit hard by the weak housing market and foreclosures. This non-profit credit and HUD approved counseling agency is part of a national organization. They can help people get back on track with paying their mortgage, and offer other debt reduction assistance and programs. So whether you need foreclosure help, or assistance in dealing with medical or credit card debts, this non-profit may be able to help. Some programs are available at no cost, or have minimal fees. Dial (866) 616-3720 to speak to a credit or housing counselor. Read more Florida credit counseling.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

This energy saving program assists eligible, lower and middle income households with improving the energy efficiency of their homes. It is offered by Indiantown Non-profit (phone 772-597-3667). The program is free to qualified individuals. The weatherization program helps to reduce the cooling and heating bills of customers throughout the year. This federal government program is funded by the US Department of Energy and receives additional funding from the Department of Human Services in Florida. Aid is provided in the form of:

  • Door and/or window replacement
  • Repairing/Replacing inefficient heating and air conditioning units
  • Installing wall, floor, and attic insulation
  • Installing additional weather stripping, caulking, thresholds, etc.
  • Repairing or Replacing hot water heaters
  • Installing Solar Screens

The weatherization program is free to qualified applicants.

Groceries, meals, clothing and food assistance in St. Lucie

Whether you need emergency food boxes, lunches for your school children, new or gently used clothing, or other aid, these food banks in St. Lucie County may be able to help.

  • Harvest Food & Outreach Center - Call the Fort Pierce location at (772) 468-8543
  • In The Image of Christ Church - Dial (772) 461-7788 for meals or shelter.
  • Or find additional food distribution centers. Click here.



By Jon McNamara

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