Volusia County public assistance.

Government programs and resources in Volusia County Florida can administer public aid to those who need help. The primary resources offered are the Human Services program as well as Emergency Services. Both of them are available to the working poor, indigent and very low income in the region, and use a combination of government funds and non-profit resources. Cash and other public assistance will flow to those who need the greatest amount of help in the greater Volusia County community.

Volusia County Emergency Services can provide short term cash assistance to qualified lower income, seniors and the working poor. Funds can be used to pay for a number of basic needs, expenses and bills for the low income, including housing, medical, and utilities.

  • Public funds for housing expenses can include rent, mortgage payments, and general foreclosure help and homeless prevention resources.
  • Medical bill assistance includes public health care, free or low cost prescriptions, health care supplies, and dental work for the low income and uninsured in Volusia County.
  • Utilities – Get funds and government aid (LIHEAP) to pay water, electric, and other energy bills to prevent a disconnection.

All cash payments made by the county from the Emergency Services program will go directly to vendors and creditors. For example, money will be paid directly to your utility company, landlord, bank, or mortgage provider. Most of those assisted will be people who find themselves unable to take care of their basic needs and are falling behind on their bills. This will normally be the result of a result of a sudden reduction in the applicants total disposable income. An application process is in place, including interviews and extensive documentation will be required from applicants too.

The Volusia County Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary program for the low income and people who are receiving public assistance. Clients will be able to meet one on one with a social worker, case manager, or credit counselor. The resource was created to help low to moderate income families in achieving self-sufficiency and economic independence. Participants in the self-sufficiency program can expect to receive access to free supportive services as well as get fundamental financial advice and budgeting skills. All of these resources will strongly benefit Volusia County families, and it will assist them in overcoming barriers to gainful employment.





This resource may help people find a job as well. Individuals of this self-sufficiency resource will be referred to local non-profit community partners and charities, and they will be able to receive the appropriate educational opportunities and job training necessary to become self-reliant over the long term.

Free health care can be provided in Volusia County Florida from the Health Care Responsibility Act Program. This government funded program requires that the county pay for out-of-county emergency hospital care and medical bills for the very low income and indigent. Volusia County will also need to pay medical bills when it has an agreement in place with a local doctor or hospital in another Florida county to provide services to an indigent patient who lives in the area.

Volusia County Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can provide grants and funds to help low income households pay their cooling and air conditioning bills. While maybe not as necessary in Florida, money can also be used to pay heating bills if there is a cold stretch of winter weather.

Indigent funeral, burial, and cremation assistance is also available in Volusia County Florida. Public funds can be used to pay for burial or cremation expenses, and all aid is currently offered to eligible residents in accordance with the government of Florida statutory requirements.

Food can be offered from WIC, food stamps, as well as the Summer Food Service Program. These various government programs can provide nutritionally balanced meals, baby formula and groceries to low income families, pregnant women, as well as needy children 18 and younger. The summer food program only operates during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are unavailable for school aged children.




The phone numbers to call for government cash assistance Volusia County include 386-254-4648 in Daytona Beach, dial 386-736-5956 for West Volusia, 386-423-3375 (New Smyrna Beach Florida), or 386-775-5204 for Orange City.


By Jon McNamara

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