Osceola County assistance programs.
Free health care services and medical attention
Receive medical care from the St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic. The clinic provide free medical care for the working poor and mid income families who live in Osceola County. The free health care clinic is also supported by Catholic Charities.
The clinic provides free health care programs and offers services such as medical specialist referrals, medical care, preventive health education programs, case management, and medication referrals, , and referrals to other community social services for the working poor and government aid programs. Phone 407-593-1256.
Social services, counseling, and help with expenses and bills
The community action agency as well as the largest non-profit social services agency in Kissimmee and Osceola County Florida is the Osceola County Council on Aging, Inc. The organizations helps people of all ages, not just senior citizens, and they are the local community action agency. They provide programs and other assistance for people facing a crisis or hardship.
•Emergency financial assistance programs – This is a general assistance program that offers several different services and resources. For example, the Emergency Assistance program may help qualified families and individuals by providing them with funds and grants to satisfy immediate financial emergencies, unexpected bills and other types of disaster. The program provides referrals and information on grant programs for services such as food, shelter, rent assistance programs, medicine, emergency health, foreclosure prevention, housing aid, day care, transportation assistance; financial management assistance, job counseling, debt reduction services, job placement and training services, and homeless and eviction prevention programs.
•Cooling and utility bill help – They run the federal government funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This is a program that will help meet the costs of home cooling and heating bills by providing qualified low income customers with utility bill payment assistance. The utility program can assist customers in paying their home energy and utility bill expenses. Three categories of assistance exist from the LIHEAP option, and they include home energy bill assistance, crisis assistance, and weather related or supply shortage emergency assistance.
•Health clinic and medical care – While it is located in Kissimmee, it covers the entire county. The Health Clinic is for patients who are 18 years and older, those people without health insurance and who meet low income qualifications. The health care facility provides primary, secondary and chronic illness management and medical care for adult patients and others who need medical care.
•Home repairs – This program provides minor home repairs and improvements.
•Weatherization – This is a free program for qualified individuals, and it will install free energy conserving updates in peoples homes.
Call the Kissimmee based Osceola Council on Aging at 407-846-85
The Osceola County Catholic Charities of Central Florida (phone 888-658-2828) is another of the leading charities in the area. They provide services such as health care, occasional funds for such expenses as housing, rent, and utility help. In addition, they can also refer people to both Florida and federal government assistance programs, and provide counseling and referrals.
Osceola County Human Services Division – Among other services include the Community Development Block Grant. This program provides rental and housing assistance to Osceola County residents who are faced with an eviction or who are in danger of becoming homeless. Any emergency rental assistance shall be limited to the first and second months’ rent with a possible payment of up to the fifth months’ rent if eligible for aid. Other resources include future financial management plan, housing services, home Improvement and repair, and job finding programs. 330 North Beaumont Avenue, Kissimmee, Florida 34741, call (407) 742-8405
Eviction prevention and housing programs – Osceola County runs a homeless prevention and rental assistance resource. In addition, several churches, charities, and non-profit organizations also provide residents access to several services, including financial assistance, referrals, and case management. These various programs help hundreds of low income and struggling families every year. Read more on the various solutions available.
The following centers, churches, and charities distribute food, groceries, meals, and other aid. Some locations may have clothing, diapers, baby formula, and holiday meals. Unfortunately not everyone who needs food will qualify, as most pantries rely on donations from local businesses and people of all income levels across Osceola County.
•Holy Redeemer Catholic Church – Call this church at (407) 847-2500.
•First Christian Hispanic Church is located in Kissimmee. The needy, regardless of race or religion ,may qualify.
•Locate more Osceola County pantries. Find their phone numbers, addresses, and information on the application process.