Interfaith Charities of South Lee provides Financial Assistance. Monthly funds are available to help those who have fallen behind on their electric or water bill. Clients are required to attend a 1 ½ hour budget workshop. New applications are accepted starting the first day of each month. You must have a past due bill in your name, a photo ID, and a certificate from the budget class. They are able to pay up to $350 once in a 12 month period. Call for more information.
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Jewish Family Services is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human service division of the Jewish Federation. It strives to enhance the well being of those in need. Throughout both Lee and Charlotte counties. Please call or visit the website for more information.
- Food Pantry
- Marcia Can Help Program
- Senior Lunch Bunch
Human Services provides a variety of services to those living in Lee County, such as:
- Assist them with obtaining or maintaining affordable housing
- Empower individuals and neighborhoods to improve basic living conditions and work towards self-sufficiency
- Case manage youth due to problems at school or with juvenile justice system
Individuals and agencies can do the following on their website as well:
- Get assistance with utility, rent or mortgage payments
- Obtain a prescription discount card
- Learn about requirements for housing rehabilitation or down payment assistance
- Learn about grants provided to not-for-profit agencies
- Find community resources such as information and referral
- Review plans and compliance documents for federal funds
Call for more information, or visit their website.
A drunk driving crash can financially ruin a family. MADD Victim Advocates can help the family apply for Crime Victim Compensation. This is a program that may help crime victims and/or survivors. Every state offers this type of benefit. Eligibility conditions may vary. Please see the website for more information.
Costs that may be compensated:
- Child care
- Counseling services
- Crime scene cleanup
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Medical, rehabilitation and prescription expenses
The Heights Foundation provides classes on smart money management. Call for more information.
In Florida, the TANF (or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) work program is called the Welfare Transition Program. It is run by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The program helps welfare recipients move from welfare to work. The goal of the program places importance on work and self-sufficiency. And on personal responsibility. To meet these goals a variety of support services and programs were created. The funding came from both federal and state. There are requirements that must be met to participate in this program.