Low Income Assistance

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Here is a list of local programs that provide assistance in Florida. These programs are able to help others through donations and grants. If you or someone you know needs assistance such as food, clothing, or medical help- one of these organizations will likely assist. Please donate to these programs, so they can continue to help low income people and people who have been hit by disasters.

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Florida Food Resource Directory

This is a searchable database for public and private food resources in Florida.  Just type in the zip code and you will get a list of all the food banks in the area.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is part of the Universal Christian Church.

They provide assistance and relief to many people including:  emergency disaster services, Christmas campaign, and food and clothing donations.

Affordable Housing
Lifeline Telephone

The Lifeline Assistance Program and Link-up Florida provides up to $13.50 credit towards your telephone bill.  It also provides up to 50 percent reduction in telephone service hook-up charge, up to a maximum of a $30.00 reduction.  If you have questions or want to know if you are eligible for these programs, call your local telephone company.  This is for people with a household income no more that 125 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. 

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots does more than just provide Christmas gifts.  They do other things like job fairs, community education, and a Back to School Supplies Drive. 


The Goodwill programs mission is to help people achieve their full potential through dignity and the power of work.

Services provided are:  employment programs, subsidized apartment buildings, community based corrections programs, adult training programs and literacy programs. 

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The Florida Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides grants to assist eligible low income households in meeting the costs of heating and cooling. Low income in Florida in 2007 was defined at making 15K per year or less for a one person household.

LIHEAP will pay an electric deposit or an electric bill 1x per person (lifetime). However, if a person is in CRISIS and has a disconnect notice, they will pay up to 2x per year. They can only pay when funds are available, and recommend you call them at 10am on the 1st of any month when funds are renewed for their program.

211 Community Resources -

Call 211 from your home phone to get local community resources.   They should be able to provide you with information on financial assistance, emergency services, hospitals, senior services, counseling, abuse, support groups, daycare, pregnancy services, and much more.  First Call For Help 2-1-1 is a 24-hour, free, confidential helpline for crisis counseling and community information and referrals for health and human services and resources in Florida. Just Dial 2-1-1 to be routed to your nearest helpline. www.211.org

Department of Elder Affairs

The Department of Elder Affairs provides many types of assistance to older adults, usually age 60 and over. 

They have a handy "on line" reference book.  Some topics the reference book covers are:  medical care, caregiver support, housing, insurance, rights, and emergencies.  It also gives information on how to get additional supports and services.  Some services are provided to people who meet eligibility requirements, such as a certain age, but many are for anyone that requests them.  You can also call the Elder Help line at (800) 96- ELDER and they will help you find supports and services.

Charity Navigator

If you're thinking about donating, the Charity Navigator has information on over 5,000 charities.  They work to help guide intelligent giving.  They give unbiased information about many charities. 

There are many people in Florida who are truly in need. Please write to WaiverInfo@aol.com if you know of any other resources.