Re-Entry Resources: Financial Assistance

The Pinellas County Office of Justice Coordination has developed a list of commonly needed local resources that can assist you as you get settled back into the community. The information will help connect you and your family to the critical support services and community resources you need to thrive.

The resources and programs on this page can help provide financial assistance for a variety of needs.  Visit the links below to see if you qualify:

Food Assistance Resources

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. This federal program provides nutritional support for low-income seniors, people with disabilities living on fixed incomes, and other individuals and families with low incomes. To see if you are eligible to apply, Click here.

WIC and Nutrition – federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education, counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care. Call the Center at (727) 824-6913 or (727) 824-6914 to schedule an appointment.

Cash, Medicaid and Other Assistance

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) – also known as TANF, provides cash assistance to families WITH CHILDREN that meet the technical, income, and asset requirements. To see if you are eligible to apply, Click here.

Medicaid Program – provides medical coverage to low-income individuals and families. To see if you are eligible to apply, Click here.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI/SSDI) – provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. To see if you are eligible to apply, Click here.

Child Care

The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Pinellas County provides partial scholarships to working families in need of access to affordable, high-quality childcare for young children aged birth to 12 years old.

School Readiness (SR) funds pay a portion of childcare costs based on the family’s income and risk factors. To learn more, Click here.

Local Emergency Financial Assistance

Adult Emergency Financial Assistance Program (AEFAP) – Homelessness PREVENTION Program Financial assistance helps individuals and married couples WITHOUT MINOR CHILDREN.

Family Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) – helps families experiencing homelessness who have been referred by the Pinellas County Coordinated Entry System (CES). To learn how to access the Pinellas CES, Click here.

Catholic Charities Financial Assistance – Pinellas County offers financial assistance for rent and utilities.

Phone and Internet

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like laptops or tablets. To see if you qualify to apply, Click here.

Lifeline – is a federal program dedicated to making phone and internet service more affordable for low-income households. To get started and see if you qualify to apply, Click here.