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Current Category > Housing & Shelter Assistance

Bradenton Housing Authority

Oversees Section 8 voucher program and operates several affordable housing and subsidized housing complexes offering rental units.


Community Assisted & Supported Living (CASL)

Provides safe, affordable housing, supportive housing, and assisted living to individuals age 18 or older with disabilities, including mental health, addiction, and co-occurring disorders.

Catholic Charities Housing

A drop-in community center providing support services for the chronically homeless with HIV/AIDS. Services include a food pantry, hot meals, clothing, laundry, shower facilities, and case management.

Family Haven

Provides short-term housing and diversion case management to homeless families in Sarasota County, including Nokomis, Venice, Englewood, and North Port.

New Paradigm

Provides affordable, transitional housing to area families at risk of becoming homeless in Englewood and Port Charlotte.

An apartment complex offering affordable rental housing to low-income individuals and families living in Sarasota.

An apartment complex offering affordable rental housing to low-income individuals and families living in Sarasota.

An apartment complex offering affordable rental housing to low-income individuals and families living in Sarasota.

Offers Senior Services housing, including case management, to residents living in San Marcos

Catholic Charities – Manatee County

Housing & Foreclosure Program

Services include Housing, Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, and Home Buyer Education. Workshops are offered monthly in both English and Spanish.

Center of Hope Neighborhood Church / Homeless Outreach

A one-stop center for the homeless and those in need. They also help the homeless complete One by 1 Access Points entry forms for re-housing, permanent supportive housing, and other essential services. Social Service hours are Tuesdays – Fridays 8:00 am- 11:00 am.

City of North Port Social Services

Offers short-term financial assistance and emergency shelter for homeless families. They also help the homeless complete One by 1 Access Points entry forms for re-housing, permanent supportive housing, and other essential services.

Community Solutions 360

They provide housing programs, including pre- and post-purchase ownership counseling, home buyer education, and rental counseling. Mortgage default and delinquency counseling are provided to those customers who are behind in their payments. A housing case manager will be assigned to assess your situation. All services are free except for a $20.00 fee for a credit report. Home buyers are provided down payment assistance to make their mortgage payment affordable.

DeSoto Towers

Low-income housing for seniors 62 years of age or older who can live independently.  Rent includes utilities, cable, maintenance, and social programs.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program- Sarasota County

Eligible residents may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three months if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and available funds. Visit the website for eligibility and documentation requirements.

Family Promise – Transitional Housing

Family Promise partners with local church congregations to provide food and transitional shelter to homeless families while providing job, housing, and childcare counseling. Must have at least one child, no felonies, and no mental illness. The maximum stay is 90 days.

Family Resources- Safe Place 2B

Provides short-term shelters, individual and family counseling services, and case management to run away and homeless youth ages 10-17.

Habitat for Humanity

Their Homeownership Program provides opportunities for low-income homeownership at a 0% interest rate for 30 years. Also, they offer a Critical Home Repair Program designed to serve income-eligible homeowners who need repairs to remove health and safety issues, barriers for disabilities and enable seniors to stay in place.

Harvest House

Provides supportive housing in Sarasota and Manatee Counties for homeless families, veterans, youth ages 18-24, and adults with a history of homelessness and incarceration due to substance abuse.

Some of their programs are:

Family Haven-Emergency Shelter
Families with children up to age 17 can stay up to 30 days in an emergency shelter and up to 90 days in transitional housing.

New Heights
The program serves unaccompanied homeless youth via wrap-around case management services and transitional housing for youth ages 18-24.

Home Again
The goal here is to house families falling through the cracks due to government guidelines for assistance.


Jericho Project

Partners with the community to create and develop permanent attainable housing solutions. Also, it offers shared housing as allowed by the Fair Housing Act in local zoning districts allowing up to 4 or 6 unrelated people to live together as a family.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast

Building Strong Families – Homelessness Prevention Program

The program is designed to assist families in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the verge of homelessness, with at least one school-age child ages 18 or under or families with an adult child with a diagnosed disability.

Manatee County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The program assists Manatee County residents with past due rent and landlord-paid utility bills for those affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

Manatee County Housing Authority

Provides housing for low- and moderate-income families. It also provides rental assistance through HUD, Section 8, to eligible low-income clients.

Manatee County Redevelopment & Economic Opportunity

Offers a housing program to low- and moderate-income county residents to help them achieve the dream of homeownership. Programs include down payment assistance, a housing repair program, and housing replacement.

Purpose House - Transitional Homes Ministries

Offers sober living in association with the Florida Association of Recovery Residences by helping clients rebuild their lives and find their true purpose through programs such as AA, Celebrate Recovery, house meetings, and support programs.

Remnant Church

Offers homeless outreach. The Café is open 3 days a week and offers coffee, meals, hot showers, and clean clothes.

Resurrection House

Addressing homeless individuals' needs by providing a daytime resource center that offers many services, including free clothing, bus passes, washing of clothes, haircutting, showers, restrooms, and lockers. They also help with the search for affordable local housing.

Other  programs include:

Employment Counselors are available to help with their job search.

Food - Offers breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Call for hours.

Legal Each Tuesday morning, volunteer legal counsel is available to clients to discuss issues such as social security disability, public benefits, employment-related matters, ID cards, driver’s license issues, immigration, divorce-related issues, criminal issues, and civil law advice. 

Medical - Through an agreement with Center Place Health, doctors and medical personnel examine and treat clients.
Veterans - A weekly counseling program is available for veterans to develop an action plan to get them off the street and into housing and a job.

Salvation Army

Housing Resources

The overnight shelter offers emergency accommodations to those seeking refuge from the elements. For those who have never stayed in the shelter, three nights of comfort are provided at no charge. You must be at least 18 years of age with a valid ID. For those not working on a plan for self-sufficiency, the cost is $12.00 per night. Check-in availability is available every night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Pathway of Hope Housing program that provides case management to families to increase stability and self-sufficiency. Rapid Rehousing A housing solution that seeks to help people who are homeless into housing as quickly as possible.

Offers a variety of programs, including homeless services such as transitional and community shelter services, student housing and emergency cold weather shelters, food pantry and daily hot dinner, and other social services.

Sarasota Housing Authority

Provides affordable housing options and promotes self-sufficiency to qualifying families. Applications can be made online for Section 8 Housing Voucher, Project-Based Voucher Public Housing, and McCowan Tower Housing for applicants 62 and older.

Sarasota Housing Funding Corporation

This program, serving Sarasota County residents, matches prospective home providers with renters to agree to share a home. There is no application fee. If a match is made, the renter agrees to pay a one-time fee of 50% of the 1st month’s rent to the Sarasota Housing Funding Corporation to be utilized in funding this Home Share Program. Conversely, the home provider agrees to accept 50% of the agreed-upon first month’s rent.

Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development

Services include Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program, Code Compliance/ Emergency Repair Program, Barrier Removal Program, and Lead-Based Removal Program.

Second Heart Homes

The mission is to integrate permanent housing and mental health services to the homeless and mental health community through support services and mentoring.

Senior Friendship Centers

To keep seniors aged 60 or older in their homes, the Senior Friendship Center offers in-home services and case management to assess your needs and help you with local resources. In addition, their Friendship at Home  Program provides telephone reassurance, a friendly visitor program, and supportive intervention programs with limited temporary help for individuals facing a financial crisis.

Step Up Suncoast

Offers HUD –Certified Housing counseling for families at risk of becoming homeless. Guidance offered regarding 1st Time Home Buyers Class, rental assistance, and mortgage delinquency for DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties residents.

Streets of Paradise

Outreach to the homeless community to provide food and hygiene items to the homeless and vulnerable people in the community.

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness

Oneby1 Access Points Locations - The following area locations can help a homeless individual with the Coordinated Entry Intake form to help with housing.

Center of Hope South County  941-412-9044

City of North Port Social Services Center 941-429-3700

Family Promise of South Sarasota County  (Families Only) 941-497-9881

Sarasota County Family Homeless Hotline 941-203-6454

Jewish Family & Children’s Services Suncoast (JFCS) 941-366-2224

Salvation Army- Manatee Area 941-748-5110

Salvation Army- Sarasota Area 941-954-4673

Turning Points-Bradenton 941-747-1509

For Immediate Assistance, Call 211

Turning Points

Day Resource Center  - Provides change of clothes, computer resource center,                 941-747-0383

mail service, showers, laundry services, haircuts, and food stamps assistance.

Free Medical and Dental Clinic - Medical and Dental Clinic open Monday – Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Call for an appointment.

Program for Housing- Provides housing, shelter, and supportive services to those who are homeless or would be homeless without assistance.

United Way of South Sarasota County

Serves Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, Englewood, and North Port residents. Highly trained information and referral specialists will assess your needs and match you to the community's best resources. Assistance is offered in both English and Spanish.

United Way Suncoast- 211

United Way’s 211 helpline, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is a FREE service that connects area residents of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties to critical health and social service resources when they need help. Highly trained information and referral specialists will assess your needs and match you to the community's best resources. Assistance is offered in both English and Spanish.

Venice Housing Authority

Provides housing assistance to low-income residents through the management of Low Rent Public housing. The program is income-based, and HUD sets the eligibility requirements.

Volunteers of America Florida

Provides veterans, seniors, low-income families, and individuals with mental illnesses with resources for housing, health services and training, education, and employment services.