If you are experiencing difficulties making your rental or utility payments there are a number of non-profit organizations that offer assistance. Listed below are some of the ones we know with their contact information. Many get funds at different times and do run out. Therefore, you can expect that you may have to contact numerous agencies before being able to receive assistance. The internet is also a valuable tool in locating other assistance programs.
New Port Richey, FL
The Salvation Army ((813) 991-6830)
Pasco County Human Services ((727) 834-3297)
Pasco County Housing Authority (352) 567-0848)
Society of St. Vincent de Paul – This agency helps needy and low income people. Assistance including food is given once a month, financial aid and cash grants are given once a year to with a utility bill or rent. Applicants need to have a shut-off notice or eviction notice in order to receive help. (813) 949-6094
Center of Hope – The non-profit charity organization, which is part of the Salvation Army, provides temporary assistance to families and individuals. The agency supplies basic needs such help with rent, free food, utilities (only funds for Progress Energy bills). All assistance distributed depends on funding. In addition note that clients may need to pay their monthly rent or bill down before they can apply. In addition, the Salvation Army may be able to assist with prescriptions (not including narcotics or psychotropic), clothing and referrals to other collaborating agencies and state of Florida public assistance programs. 8040 Washington Street, Suite 300, Port Richey, Florida 34668
Local churches – Several local churches are part of the St. Vincent organization. They are listed below. The churches and program may be able to help with offering help for bills at most once per year, food once a month, money to help with air conditioning or utility bills, and more.
• St. Michael’s, 8014 SR 52, Hudson, Florida 34667-6763, phone (727) 819-5170
• St. James, 8400 Monarch Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668, call (727) 869-3132
• OLOR – Land O’Lakes, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes, Florida 34639, call (813) 949-6094
Metropolitan Ministries of Pasco provides numerous programs. They include Food Pantries, GED Instruction, clothing, rent and utility assistance, and general case management. Support is for the homeless too. Additional social services are offered by the non-profit. 3214 US Highway 19 Holiday, Florida 34691, call (727) 937-3268
Healing Hearts Ministry – Offers assistance with electric bills. They may provide support with needed payment through contracts with Duke Energy. 5510 River Road Suite 103, New Port Richey, FL 34652, telephone (727) 389-9086.
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