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Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Florida rental assistance.

Tampa Bay area families who need rental assistance have a number of charity and government agencies or churches they can call upon for help. Find a list of organizations that provide emergency funds for paying rent, security deposits or other housing expenses. There are also places for free legal aid to stop evictions as well as case management or referrals to other grant or loan programs in Hillsborough County that renters can try for financial aid.

Qualifications will vary, but in general an individual will need an eviction notice, be low income and be out of other options. Some of the agencies that focus on offering emergency rent help, section 8 vouchers or housing needs in Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay Florida are below.

The agencies will in general offer emergency assistance services. Funds are limited though. Rental assistance can also be prioritized for Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Florida families who are faced with family and/or child safety concerns. Some non-profits will also provide, or require, applicants to go through case management, budgeting, or other financial advice workshops.

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay can be reached at (813)-234-1234. This agency can provide information and referrals, especially to those impacted by domestic violence or similar issues. There is also extensive information on rental assistance programs for the disadvantaged, including the elderly, disabled, veterans, and single moms. All of the services are free. Or find more resources on the site, including programs that help with back rent and other bills.

Department of Children and Families' Downtown Service Center
1313 N. Tampa St.
Tampa Bay, Florida 33602
Call 1-866-762-2237
Will have information on government and public assistance, such as section 8 housing vouchers, homeless prevention, and other emergency assistance. The funds come from both the federal government and state of Florida. There are a wide range of housing, rent, and low income grant programs.

St. Vincent de Paul
There are a couple of parishes. A
number of financial assistance programs are offered from the Hillsborough County SVDP. They include Housing Payment Assistance, which can include rent and energy bill help. Churches and other religious organizations are part of this charity organization. In some cases a low interest deferred loan will be issued for emergency rental assistance. There are also free furniture programs for low income renters who are moving into a home or apartment. Shelters and other short term support is available as well.

  • Address is 12310 N Nebraskam Tampa, Florida 33612. Dial - (813) 977-7057
  • 12310 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33612. Main phone number is (813) 971-7685




Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center
3402 N 22nd Street
Tampa Bay FL 33605
Call (813) 272-5220 or (813) 272-6533
This center help families in the zip codes of 33602, 33603, 33605, 33608, 33614, or 33621. Provides financial assistance for rent and/or mortgage to people faced with eviction or foreclosure.

University Area Neighborhood Service Center
13605 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, Florida 3361
For information or applying, dial (813) 975-2153
Another center similar to above, and this helps people in the zip codes of 33549, 33613, 33620, 33612, 33617, 33618, and 33647. It provides services to residents, including immediate, one time rental assistance. Support is also offered for pregnant women and for children up to the age of one-year. Case management and legal assistance is offered, as well as tenant and landlord mediation.

West Tampa Neighborhood Service Center
Main address - 2103 N Rome Ave
Tampa, FL 33607
Main phone number is (813) 272-5074
Zip codes supported are 33601, 33607, 33609, 33611, 33614, 33616, and 33629.

Plant City Community Resource Center offers many social services from 307 N. Michigan Ave., Plant City, Florida 33566. Support including rent or utility bill help, grants for security deposits, GED classes, and referrals to free lawyers. Homeless prevention is the main place for low income tenants with a pay or quit notice. Phone (813) 757-3871

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry
18240 US 301 South
Wimauma Florida, 33598
Call 813- 633-1548
Assists immigrants, migrant workers and farmworkers. Housing programs, including emergency rental or security deposits may be available. Other aid includes shelter, information on low income apartments, food, and job training. There is also pro bono help with civil issues, such as rental or landlord disputes. Referrals to loan programs to make a rent payment or for utility bills may be administered too.





Tampa Crossroads
Address is 5109 N Nebraska Ave
Tampa, Florida 33603
(813) 238-8557 x905
They operate Rapid Rehousing in Hillsborough County. Everything from free housing placement services to money for rent, security or utility deposits is offered. They also provide financial aid for application fees or moving costs and more.

Hillsborough County Health & Social Services Department - There are several centers. Get information on financial aid. There are low income programs such as section 8 vouchers, government benefits or rent subsidized housing, and more. They have sites in the region such as the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, Plant City, and a site in West Tampa that may also be involved in some form of rent or low income housing program. Call 813-671-7647, or more on Hillsborough County public aid.

Bay Area Legal Services - The non-profit law firm can coordinate free civil legal aid services. There are attorneys and volunteer lawyers that give housing support to low income families. There is assistance with housing issues, such as help to prevent an eviction, stability, housing discrimination, and foreclosure assistance. Lawyers and staff also help the vulnerable, such as seniors and disabled in Hillsborough County. Address is 1302 North 19th Street, Tampa, call 813-232-1343.

Good Samaritan Mission Wimauma
Address is 14920 Balm-Wimauma Road
Wimauma, FL 33598
For application, dial (813) 634-7136
Partial rent or mortgage payment help, utility connection fees, eviction defense services and other support is offered by the charity.

Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program, or HVRP, provides various employment, case management and housing services to those veterans behind on their rent and facing eviction as well as the homeless. It can help them pay a security deposit or rent and otherwise assist them in becoming self-sufficient. There is also help in applying for VA benefits. 813-276-2976.





Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc.
2021 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa FL 33612
Telephone - (813) 375-3933
Help is offered for people of all backgrounds, including seniors, immigrants, and residents with HIV/AIDS. The non-profit offers Hillsborough County individuals a comprehensive continuum of housing and other related supportive services including emergency rental as well as utilities assistance. The aid is short term, but applicants can also get referrals if they need longer term support.

South Shore Community Resource Center
201 14th Avenue Southeast
Ruskin, Florida 33570
Main phone number is (888) 513-6321
An extensive number of services and resources are offered to the needy. Housing issues, rent grants, and other needs can be addressed.

Manifestations Worldwide
Location is 3102 E. Lake Ave.
Tampa, FL 33610
Dial 813-241-6919
A faith based charity that helps the poor, homeless and less fortunate. Some cash assistance for partial rent or housing needs may be offered from time to time.

Metropolitan Ministries, Inc.
2101 N Florida Ave.
Tampa Bay, FL 33602
Phone number is (813) 209-1200
A number of social services are offered. This ranges from one time, emergency rent help to case management, budgeting, and employment information. Grants help with various housing costs, and in addition to back rent, utility assistance is offered.

Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative and Eviction Prevention is an organization of various charities as well as non-profits. They use grants from the government to help with housing needs. There may be emergency money for rent arrears as well as supportive housing for seniors and the disabled. Other funds can be used to stop homelessness, including grants for a deposit on a new home, storage costs, help for rental deposits, and more. Continue Hillsborough County eviction assistance.

Volunteers of America of Florida
Main address is 1205 E. 8th Avenue
Tampa, Florida - 33605
Call (813) 282-1525
Qualified people can receive very limited amounts of rent assistance from Hillsborough County Volunteers of America. It is offered on a one time basis to those with an eviction notice. A major focus is on helping veterans with housing needs.

New Beginnings, Inc.
1402 E Chilkoot Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
Main number (813) 244-7556

Non-profit community action in Hillsborough County
Homeless prevention is an option. Residents with a source of income can get help with rent, deposits, and other costs. They help seniors on a fixed income, the disabled on SSI, and underemployment. Apply for assistance with paying rental payments, storage costs, and other bills. More on housing programs from Hillsborough County community action.







River of Grace - Abundant Life Ministries, Inc.
2801 N. Tampa St.
Tampa Bay FL 33602
Call (813) 274-3081 for intake

The Salvation Army
1603 N. Florida Ave.
Tampa Bay, FL 33602
Telephone (813) 221-4440
A number of social services are offered, including referrals, shelter, and limited funds for rent help. Qualified low income seniors, families with children, the disabled will be first in line for any available funds. There are other locations too, and find Salvation Army rent programs in Hillsborough County.

Section 8 housing choice vouchers
There are a couple different public housing authorities in Hillsborough County that take applications. These are income based vouchers that pay a portion of the rent for qualified low income households. The apartments, homes, and houses are affordable, income based. Or try a PHA for public housing, self-sufficiency, home buying programs and more.

  • Tampa Housing Authority, 1529 W. Main Street, Tampa, Florida 33607. Call (813) 253-0551. Section 8 vouchers and other aid distributed.
  • Plant City Housing Authority is based at 1306 Larrick Lane, Plant City, Florida 33563. Call (813) 752-0569
  • Tampa Housing Authority is another section 8 agency. They also offer emergency section 8 vouchers to the disabled and elderly. Address is 5301 W Cypress St, Tampa FL 33607. Call (813) 341-9101

By Jon McNamara

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