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.



Child Care & Youth Programs


Crisis, General, & Other Assistance

  • American Red Cross – Mid Florida Region: Emergency relief, assistance, and education services.

  • Angel Flight: Free personal flights for medical needs, caregivers, domestic abuse, special camps, adoption, people who cannot afford commercial flights.

  • Beta Center: Cooperative living program for teen parents, parenting, life skills, homelessness, education. Also available emergency food, diapers, formula, pregnancy tests, and counseling.

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

  • Community Legal Services: Low cost legal services

  • Computers for Education, Inc.: Free computers to students, individuals, nonprofits, senior citizens in need.

  • Department of Children and Families: Report suspected abuse; potentially receive rental assistance for homes in need with children.

  • Dignity U Wear: Brand new clothing to children, veterans, victims of abuse, and more.

  • PCs for People: Computers for individuals and families that fall below 150% of the poverty line. Check website for listings.

  • Zebra Alliance: Foster hope, dignity, and self-respect in LGPTQ youth including shelter, counseling, food, and medical assistance.


Employment & Job Training




Food Assistance


Financial Assistance & Counseling

  • 88 Ways Foundation: Assists residents in paying rent in Polk County. (863)682-4209.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • Polk County Housing and Neighborhood Development: Assists residents with rent.Salvation Army: Financial assistance, rent, utilities, food. Call Monday Mornings (863)682-8179

  • Talbot House Ministries: Assists residents with utilities and food.

  • 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.





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

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