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Need shelter tonight? Need food tomorrow? Just endure a natural disaster? Need to pay rent by the end of the week? This need for immediate assistance may be met by emergency-based organizations in your area.

Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program  

The Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program (EFAHP) provides a one-time payment of up to $400 to families who are totally without shelter or face the loss of shelter because of non-payment of rent or mortgage. It also helps those families who have had household disasters such as fire, flood, or other incidents.

Federal Housing Programs  

Affordable Apartments (HUD)

The government gives funds directly to apartment owners, who lower the rents they charge low-income tenants. You can find low-rent apartments for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as for families and individuals using this online database.


Public Housing Authorities

You can contact your local Public Housing Authority (PHA) to get more information about low-rent housing, Section 8 housing, and housing choice vouchers.

Internet Essentials (by Comcast)  

Internet Essentials provides low-cost internet service, affordable computers and digital literacy training to households with children who qualify for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program.

Details

  • Fast, home Internet service for just $9.95 a month + tax.
  • No price increases, activation or equipment rental fees while in the program.
  • A low-cost home computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax.
  • Free Internet training—in print, online and in person.

How to qualify

  • Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
  • Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  • Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

How to apply

  1. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application (Por aplicar en español, llame al 1-855-765-6995)
  2. Comcast will mail you an application. Complete and return it, along with lunch program documents from your child's school
  3. Comcast will notify you by mail about the status of your application. Allow 7-10 days for a response

Link-Up Florida + Lifeline Assistance Programs  

Link-Up Florida gives a 50% rebate in the telephone hook-up charge (up to $30.00). Lifeline Assistance gives $13.50 credit per month on local phone bills. Over a year's time, that is a savings of $162.00. You can receive these benefits if you are enrolled in one of the programs listed below or meet the income guidelines.
  • Temporary Cash Assistance
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • National School Lunch (NSL) Program's free lunch

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program  

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides assistance to eligible low-income households in meeting the costs of home heating and cooling. The majority of the funds are used for utility payment assistance.