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Current Category > Financial, Utility & Other Assistance

ACCESS Florida 877-595-0384

Florida Department of Children and Families- Suncoast Region

One-stop service center serving residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties. This informative website is where you can apply for food assistance programs (SNAP), Medicaid, anti-human trafficking, adult protection service, refugee assistance, and temporary cash assistance. You can fill out the application online to see if you are eligible or call to find the Community Access Florida locations in your area.

 To apply for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (TANF), or Medicaid, individuals should go to logging in to the ACCESS Self-Service Portal should go to are required to complete an interview to receive benefits. Customers can order an EBT card, get information about EBT transactions or report an EBT card as lost or stolen at Florida.

American Red Cross-Southwest Florida Chapter

Helps with temporary shelters to support victims of a disaster. It also provides food, clothing, and emotional support.

Angel’s Attic

A Ministry of Hope

Provides clothing, toys, household items, and furniture to families in need. A referral from a local church or non -profit is required. Call for hours.

Benefits Check Up

The National Council on Aging 800-794-6559

Informative website for seniors over 55 years of age with limited income and resources  screened to see if you qualify for any of the federal, state, local & private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care, housing, and other needs

Blessing Bags Project

Assists the homeless and those less fortunate by providing basic critical needs such as hygiene items, clothing, food, etc. Offers a Give Back Dinner once a month, Children’s Ministry, and Christmas outreach with Breakfast with Santa.

Bring on the Ministry

Faith-Based Ministry provides the homeless and underserved with food supplies, hygiene products, showers, and resource networking.


In a joint effort of five churches, Caritas provides a variety of assistance to those in need, including some help with utilities, prescription assistance, bus passes, etc. Applicants may use the services three times a year. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am -11:00 am.

Catholic Charities

Hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Serves Hispanic and Latino populations by offering numerous services such as financial assistance, education programs, translation services, employment assistance, immigration citizenship services, and a housing foreclosure prevention program.

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Venice

Financial Assistance

Provides financial assistance to families or individuals who are experiencing an economic crisis. The one-time assistance is for residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties. It can cover rent, mortgage, prescriptions, utilities, or other critical needs.

Center of Hope Neighborhood Church – Homeless Outreach

One-stop center for the homeless and those in need is open Tuesdays-Fridays 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Offers some assistance with utilities and rent.  Access Point Provider (Food Stamps and Medicare). They have a food pantry and provide bag lunches. They also hand out clothing, bus passes, toiletries, shoes, bicycles and help people obtain birth certificates, food stamps, and unemployment benefits. In addition, they house a walk-in medical clinic every other week on Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and offer a Mom’s Morning Out Daycare Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Christian Care Alliance of Manatee

Provides screening to individuals needing financial assistance paying their rent or utility bills. Applications are completed online, and if you qualify, they will refer you to area churches that may provide further assistance. You can email your request to

City of North Port Social Services

Offers financial crisis assistance with rent/mortgage, electric, water/sewer, and emergency food.

Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program

Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Elderly Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP)

Sarasota County
Salvation Army of Sarasota
1400 10th Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236


South Sarasota County
City of North Port Social Services
6919 Outreach Way
North Port, Florida 34287


Assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization, and energy-related home repair. There is a special program for eligible applicants who are 60 years of age or older.

Face of Hope Foundation

Provides comprehensive social and outreach services to the poor and homeless, addressing their immediate needs, such as food, clothing, emergency shelter, low-cost housing, vocational training, and employment.

Florida Power and Light- Care to Share Program

Utility Assistance 800-226-3545

Provides emergency energy bill paying assistance. Eligible customers can receive up to $500.00 total over a 12-month period. Local nonprofits and government agencies administer the program in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast

“Building Strong Families” program provides services and support to eligible families to provide self-sufficiency, which may include temporary financial assistance for rent and utility costs, financial literacy education, help with employment, and benefit acquisition.

Laurel Civic Association

Offers a variety of services to adults, youth, and families to support independence and self-sufficiency. It is an Access site and accepts applications for financial assistance for rent and utilities. Their Adult Programs offer classes in financial literacy, workforce development, and life-skills training.

Need Help Paying Bills

Informative website to search for local resources, including rent assistance, utilities, charity assistance, medical resources, debt, and mortgage help. Also, it provides information on free items such as food pantries, clothes, and legal advice. Search by your state and location.

St. Jude’s Catholic Church

May have emergency assistance for paying utilities or rent. Call for more information.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Participating local Churches listed from North to South by geographical boundaries are: /

 SVDP Society is an international society of Catholic volunteers who work to assist those suffering or in need. They can provide financial support for rent, security deposits, electric bills, phone bills, food, plus other miscellaneous requests. 

Salvation Army

Offers a variety of programs, including emergency financial assistance for rent/mortgage assistance, utilities, clothing, Adopt a Family and Angel Tree Christmas gifts, scholarships for summer camps, and work tools and uniforms. A food pantry and daily hot dinners are offered. Call for more info.

Season of Sharing- Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Call 211

Local agencies participating in dispersing funds

Catholic Charities Sarasota                                                                                                   941-244-9490

Catholic Charities DeSoto County                                                                                        863-884-2123

City of North Port Social Services                                                                                        941-429-3700

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

Salvation Army                                                                                                                     941-954-4673

Senior Friendship Centers                                                                                                     941-955-2122

Step Up Suncoast                                                                                                                  941-827-2887

Turning Points                                                                                                                       941-747-1509

United Way - Suncoast                                                                                                         941-366-2686

The Season of Sharing Fund was established as an emergency fund for the working poor in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto counties to help those in financial need and prevent homelessness. Funds can be used for such expenses as 1st and last months’ rent, mortgage payment, security deposit, utilities, car repair, medical and dental, childcare, transportation, etc. There is a maximum limit of $1000. Money donated to this fund goes to local agencies that disperse them on an emergency basis.

Second Chance Last Opportunity

Serving low-income families, at-risk teens, teen mothers, and the homeless through a variety of training programs, street outreach, and direct assistance. For example, the Life Management Skills Training Program offers communication skills, parenting skills, anger management, goal setting, budgeting, and health awareness and counseling. Other programs include youth mentoring, food pantry and clothing, shelter referrals, youth group activities, holiday meals, food distribution, parenting classes, and summer youth programs.

Serve Florida

Serve Florida is a branch of the Tri-County Community Foundation. They provide resources for individuals, organizations, and communities in need in collaboration with Venice Cares and One Christ Won City, associations serving churches in Venice and the North Port area. Call for more information.

Step Up Suncoast

Provides a wide variety of services and programs in 5  areas, including Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Provides limited financial assistance and support services for households who are struggling with financial stability. Help with rent/mortgage, utilities, childcare, or other expenses.

Stillpoint Mission

The mission is to reach out within the community to meet the basic daily essentials of those in need, including providing food, diapers, clothing, and utility bill assistance.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Community Assistance Ministry (C.A.M.)

The mission is to meet the urgent needs of Osprey, Laurel, Venice, and Nokomis residents and the homeless. Provides a clothes closet and hot lunch daily, food to take home, and limited financial assistance when available.

Turning Points

Offers various free services, providing basic needs to individuals and families on their path to financial stability and independence. To be eligible for assistance, you must have been a resident in Manatee County for 30 days, and your income must meet the eligibility guidelines. Call for more information and hours of operation.

Programs include:


Day Resource Center                                                                                                         941- 747-0383

Provides clothing, haircuts, showers, laundry, haircuts, food stamps assistance, computer access, help with ID application, obtaining birth certificates, and mail service.


Financial and Legal Assistance  - The Transitional Development Program provides services to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Help is also available to complete the Oneby1 Access Point application for re-housing, permanent supportive housing, utility assistance, and other essential services. Participates in Season of Sharing and other grants.


Employment Assistance - In partnership with the Goodwill Job Connections program, offers computer skills training, a computer lab to apply for jobs, resume writing, and consultation.


Turning Points Medical / Dental Clinic  - Free medical, dental, and prescription             941-567-6156

services for uninsured Manatee County residents based on income eligibility

requirements. 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

813-274-0900 - Text ZIP Code to 898-211

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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program is an Internal Revenue Service initiative designed to support free tax preparation services for the underserved through various partner organizations. All services are free.