Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Florida rental assistance.

Tampa Bay area families who need rental assistance have a number of agencies, government programs, and non-profit organizations they can call upon for help. Some organizations will provide funds for paying rent, and others will offer referrals, information, or other support such as case management. Qualifications will vary, but in general an individual will need an eviction notice and be out of other options. Some of the agencies that focus on housing needs in Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay Florida are below.

The programs will in general offer emergency assistance services. This can include, but is not limited to, counseling, financial assistance, and crisis hotlines. 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. 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., room 401,
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. It is both federal government and state of Florida housing, rent, and low income grant programs.





St. Vincent de Paul
Address is 12310 N Nebraska
Tampa, Florida 33612
Dial - (813) 977-7057
A number of financial assistance programs are offered. 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. Shelters and other short term support is available as well.

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, FL 33613 (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 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 (813) 272-5074
Zip codes supported are 33601, 33607, 33609, 33611, 33614, 33616, and 33629.

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry
18240 US 301 South
Wimauma Florida, 33598
Call 813- 633-1548
Assists immigrants 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.

Hillsborough County Health & Social Services Department - There are several centers. Get information on financial aid, 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 services, aid, and representation to low income families. There is assistance with housing issues, such as help to prevent an eviction, stability, 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.

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. 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 with HIV/AIDS. The non-profit offers Hillsborough County individuals a comprehensive continuum of housing and other related supportive services including emergency rental and 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
An extensive number of services and resources are offered to the needy. Housing issues, rent, and other needs can be addressed.

Manifestations Worldwide
3102 E. Lake Ave. Tampa, FL 33610
Dial 813-241-6919

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 is an organization of various charities. 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.

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 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.

Tampa Housing Authority
1529 W. Main Street,
Tampa, Florida 33607
Call (813) 253-0551
Section 8 vouchers and other aid distributed.

By Jon McNamara

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