Orange

Please see below for resources in your area. If you don’t find what you need here, you can always call a crisis and referral specialist by dialing 211 from any phone. Please know that many agencies help with other resources, so check each category for potential help.

IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THE ORANGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS EXTENDED THE CRISIS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO HELP WITH RENT FOR ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS. PLEASE CHECK THIS LINK FOR FURTHER INFO: CRISIS ASSISTANCE

Child Care & Youth Programs

Crisis, General, & Other Assistance

Employment & Job Training

Education

  • Adult Literacy League: Adult basic education in reading, writing, and math. Build skills for GED, ESOL, or to find jobs. All classes are free.

  • Alternatives Unlimited: Drop Back In tutoring for youth ages 16-21. It is free from the county to earn a high school diploma. Must have finished 8th grade, have proof of age, and proof of withdrawal.

  • Boot Camp for New Dads: Community-based workshop that inspires and equips men to support their mates and personally transform into dads.

  • Central Florida Urban League: Budget/credit counseling, rental readiness, home-buyer education, mortgage modification; youth job training, crime prevention, education, possible rent and utilities. (407)841-7654

  • Florida Literacy Coalition: Literacy, math, tutoring, GED, etc.

  • Frontline Outreach:  Teen parenting, all-pro dads, G.E.D., anger resolution, after school programs.

  • Workforce Advantage Academy: For high school juniors and seniors – part time job or paid internship opportunities to earn money and gain experience while earning standard high school diploma,

Food Assistance

  • Catholic Charities of Central Florida: Assistance for rent, housing, food, parenting, employability, life skills, and more.

  • Christian HELP Foundation: Walk-in employment center with counseling, resume help, food pantry, pet food pantry, clothing, furniture, scholarships

  • Community Food and Outreach: Low cost grocery store, emergency food boxes, financial literacy, life skills, crisis, counseling.

  • Jewish Family Services: Food pantry, financial aid, holiday meals, rides, regardless of religious affiliation.

  • One Harvest Food Ministries: Low-cost food packages in affordable family meal solution that provides high quality food choices. (877)818-1778

  • Seniors First: Senior programs, meals on wheels, home improvement.

  • Summer Food Service Program: Free summer food for children under the age of 18. Check website for locations.

  • Women Infants Children (WIC): Healthy foods, nutrition, education and counseling, breastfeeding support, referrals for health care.

Financial Assistance & Counseling

  • Advance Earned Income Tax Credit: Get next year’s refund in this week’s paycheck Must meet certain income requirements and have at least one child living with you. 1 (800)829-1040

  • AGPM Family Emergency Assistance Program: Rental and/or utility assistance is available or eligible residents in AGPM communities. Please check eligibility requirements at link.

  • Catholic Charities of Central Florida: Assistance for rent, housing, food, parenting, employability, life skills, and more.

  • Center State Bank: Along with regular banking services, they offer Fresh Start Checking for individuals who have had banking problems in the past and need a second chance at having a checking account.

  • Charity and Love, Inc.: Online assistance with food stamps, medicaid, medicare, low income subsidy, job search, cash assistance, social security, counseling, and more. Location in Pine Hills, East Orlando, and Apopka.

  • Christian HELP Foundation: Walk-in employment center with counseling, resume help, food pantry, pet food pantry, clothing, furniture, scholarships

  • Christian Service Center: Homeless prevention through financial assistance, food, and clothing.

  • CredAbility: Credit Counseling, education, budgeting, credit, debt management, etc.

  • Hope Foundation for the Homeless: Food Pantry, thrift store, case management, financial assistance

  • Jewish Family Services: Food pantry, financial aid, holiday meals, rides, regardless of religious affiliation.

  • Link-Up Florida and Lifeline Assistance Programs: Helps to make telephone service affordable to low-income customers in Florida. 1 (800)540-7039

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Assistance with utility bills. (321)633-1951

  • OUC Project Care: One time OUC Utility Assistance. Dial 211

  • Salvation Army: Financial assistance, rent, utilities, food. Please call Monday mornings. (407)423-8581

  • TaxHelp.org: Connect with local free tax help resources in your area.

  • The Assistance Fund: Financial assistance programs for children and adults diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses.

Health

Step one for all renters:

You are welcome to access 100% free rental counseling by Springboard. In these online and phone sessions, you will learn:

  • How to calculate rent affordability

  • understand the terms of your lease agreement

  • How to deal with financial crisis and fulfill your lease obligations

  • How to develop a realistic household budget

  • Understand credit and credit scores

  • Reducing or eliminating debt

  • Spotting financial danger signs

  • and preparing for homeownership

Take advantage of this free education by logging onto RentalCounseling.org. Please feel free to log-in under your community – all information is confidential.

 

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