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Help and assistance available in our area

We are currently facing daunting challenges and many residents will face unprecedented hardships. We are, however, fortunate to be part of a community where people are coming together, united in a common cause, to make a positive difference.   

In an effort to offer a place where residents can consult programs that are available in our area, we have published the following guide to services and resources offered by non profit and government organizations. These programs are not run by the City of Port St. Lucie but by the organizations listed. Programs are dependent on available funding and may not always be available. Please contact the lead organization for more information or consult their web pages.

Information is organized in the following sections: Government Services, Information & Help (Non-Profit), Educational & Youth Resources, Employment & Financial Assistance, Food Assistance, Health & Well-being, Housing, Homeowner & Home Buyer Assistance, Homelessness, Legal Services, Senior Services and Volunteers & Donations.

A reminder: please be patient with the service providers listed in the sections below. They are also struggling with the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19/Corona Virus crisis and will do their best to provide needed services and resources. Thank you!

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If there is a service in our area that is not listed below and you feel that it could be useful please contact us by email at NICE@cityofpsl.com or by telephone at 772-871-7395.


Government Services

Organization Service & Website  Contact Info
Benefits.gov Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States. How to use Benefits.gov?
City of Port St. Lucie Police Department

If this is an emergency please dial 911. When in doubt? Always call 911.

Police Non-Emergency #

(772) 871-5000

Contact PSL Police

Website: cityofpsl.com/police

The Department of Children & Families (DCF) DCF has an array of programs to help children and families with issues concerning abuse, mental health, and food insecurity. Food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance are available through their program for economic self-sufficiency ACCESS. You can apply online or call for assistance over the phone. 

1 (866) 762-2237

 

www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs

St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County Government Services

 

www.stlucieco.org/community - The St. Lucie County Community Services Department assists residents to become self-sufficient through educational programs, when funding is available. They work to improve residents' quality of life through information, resources and service with four divisions: Human Services, Housing, Veteran Services and Transportation.

St. Lucie County BOCC
2300 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34982

(772) 462-1100

 

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact St. Lucie County

 

Website: stlucieco.gov

St. Lucie County Fire District

St. Lucie County Fire District Public Information Office

 

SLCFD Admin. Office

5160 NW Milner Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
(772) 621-3400

info@slcfd.org

Website: slcfd.com

St. Lucie County Public Schools

St. Lucie County Public School Communications

St. Lucie Public Schools
9461 Brandywine Lane
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
(772) 429-3600

Online Contact Page

Website: stlucie.k12.fl.us/

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Social security claims and benefits for seniors and people with disabilities.

 

SSA has an online tool, the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST), that can help you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers.

1 (800) 772-1213

 

Website: ssa.gov

The State of Florida The Official Portal of the State of Florida.

 

State Agencies: An online list of State Agencies, with links to their homepages, provided by the Department of State.

 

Local agencies: An online portal to help you locate all local government entities across the State.

 
Florida Dept of State

1 (850) 245-6500

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

 

Website: MyFlorida.com

USA.gov

About USA.gov

 

USAGov's mission is to make it easier for everyone to find and understand the government services and information they need—anytime, anywhere, any way they want.

 

They work to simplify and organize it in a way that makes sense. Partnering with federal agencies, they reach out to people where they are, to connect them with their government.

Find Government Information or Services by Phone

USA.gov’s live agents can help you locate information on federal agencies, programs, benefits, services, and more. If they can't answer your question directly, they will direct you to the government agency that can.

Call us toll-free at 
1-844-USA-GOV1
(1-844-872-4681)
Website: USA.gov
Hours of Operation 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM ET, Mon.-Fri., except federal holidays.

Information & Help (Non-Profit)

Organization Service   Contact Info
211 Palm Beach/ Treasure Coast
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

 

Search more services online at 211pbtc.bowmansystems.com

Call 2-1-1 to speak with a highly trained resource specialist.

 

Marque 2-1-1 para assistencia en español.

 

Rele 2-1-1 pou asistans ankreyòl.

 

Website: 211palmbeach.org

American Red Cross South Florida Chapter

The American Red Cross offers emergency assistance for military families.

 

Red Cross Veterans Services

 

Red Cross Information Referral Services

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1-877-272-7337 (toll-free) or contact your local Red Cross.

 

Stuart Office
2750 South Kanner Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 287-2002 

Mustard Seed Ministries

Offering different types of assistance from clothing, utilities, gas and prescription to rental assistance (when funding is available). Please call for an appointment.

(772) 465-6021 (by appointment only)

 

Website: www.mustardseedslc.org/services

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides a wide range of traditional social services and emergency assistance programs.

 

Salvation Army Services in Our Area

 

Pathway of Hope - Meeting your family’s needs while building a better life can be hard. The Salvation Army helps navigate challenges on the path to a brighter future.

As programs vary by community and funding availability, schedule an appointment by calling  (772) 288-1471.

 

Office Hours:

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Mon. - Fri.

 

Website: salvationarmyflorida.org/martincounty

Educational & Youth Resources

Organization Service   Contact Info
Children's Home Society

Services Offered: Early Childhood Programs, Teen Resources, Counseling, Community Partnerships with Schools, Foster Care & Adoption, Targeted Case Management, Independent & Transitional Living, Mentoring, Promoting Stability, Healthy Start and Healthy Families Referrals, Early Head Start Referrals and more.

Treasure Coast Office 
650 10th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 344-4020

Website: www.chsfl.org

Early Learning Coalition

The coalition has a series of programs to further their mission. They are committed to providing a collaborative delivery system of quality child development programs and services to ensure our children become competent and productive individuals.

All of St. Lucie County’s children achieve educational success and become productive members of society. They provide childcare assistance for qualifying participants at contracted childcare centers and educates parents about the importance of their involvement in their child's learning.

5000 Dunn Rd., Third Floor
Ft. Pierce, FL 34981
Hours: M-F

8 AM to 5 PM

(772) 595-6424

 

Contact Early Learning Coalition

 

Early Learning Coalition Resources

St. Lucie County Children’s Service Council
The mission of the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County is to improve the quality of life for all children in St. Lucie County. The Council funds 43 programs in our County dealing with: child abuse prevention, drug & alcohol abuse prevention, education retention, healthy baby and youth crime prevention. A listing of those programs and resources can be online here.

546 NW University Blvd,
Suite 201, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Phone: 772-408-1100

 

Website: www.cscslc.org

St. Lucie County UF/IFAS Extension Office  The Cooperative Extension and Environmental Education Division include UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension and the Oxbow Eco-Center.  Both organizations are focused on providing education, training and assistance to the citizens of St. Lucie County. The St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Office provides assistance and services to County residents in the following areas: agriculture, environment, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and lawn & garden.

lachancec@ufl.edu

(772) 462-1660

 

Website: stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu  

8400 Picos Road, Ste 101
Fort Pierce, FL 34945

 

HOURS
Main Office:

Mon. – Fri.
8am - 5pm

South County Morningside Branch Library Tue.–Fri. 1-3 PM; Sat. 9 - 11 AM

Employment & Financial Assistance

Organization Service   Contact Info
Career One Stop

Your source for career exploration, training & jobs

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A proud partner of the american job center network. Find career, training and job search resources just for you.

National Phone Helpline:
1 (877) 872-5627
TTY: 1 (877) 889-5627

 

Online Toolkit

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
Credit Counseling, debt management, housing programs, interactive tools and more.

1 (800) 750-2227

Website: clearpoint.org

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions. They offer a lot of tools and guides for consumers from information about loans to retirement planning and more. You can also submit a complaint about a financial product online.

1 (855) 411-2372 
TTY/TTD: (855) 729-2372

8 AM. - 8 PM ET, Mon. - Fri.
More than 180 languages available. 

 

Website: consumerfinance.gov

Free File Alliance The Free File Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS to help millions of Americans prepare and e-file their federal tax returns for free. Free File is the fast, safe and free way to do your federal tax return online. Free File Alliance member companies provide more than a dozen brand name tax software options at no cost, for income level of $69,000 or lower. Free File serves 100 million American taxpayers.

To download a free file online product please visit the IRS' informational page online.

 

Online contact form.

 

IRS representatives at 1 (800) TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) can help you find and download forms and publications on IRS.gov.
Hours:  Mon.-Fri. 7 AM-10 PM

GovLoans.gov

A gateway to government loan information. It directs you to the loan information that best meets your needs. The agencies whose loan programs  are represented on this site include: the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

1 (800) FED-INFO (or 1-800-333-4636), weekdays 8 AM – 8 PM ET

Online Contact Page

 

Website: GovLoans.gov

MyFreeTaxes Through United Way’s partnership with H&R Block, every household with a simple return can file their federal and state taxes for free.
File online here: myfreetaxes.com
Unemployment Help

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

 

Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job.

 

Reemployment Assistance Guide

To file a claim by telephone number:

1 (800) 204-2418

 

More INFO about programs.

 

APPLY ONLINE 

Food Assistance

Organization Service   Contact Info

GraceWay Village

Matthew's Cafe

Offering hot meals every night from 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Drive thru procedure at:

1780 Hartman Road Fort Pierce, FL 34947

(772) 925-3074

Website: gracewayvillage.com
info@gracewayvillage.com 

Port St. Lucie Food Pantry by Mustard Seed Ministries

The Food Pantry is currently operating at both locations

(Ft. Pierce and Port St. Lucie). Clients may receive food

when in need, limited to once a month. Food bags are

provided curbside for the convenience and safety of our clients, employees and volunteers.

 

Port St. Lucie - 8311 S. U.S. Hwy 1 (772) 340-1406
Mon.-Thu. 1:30 - 4:30 PM (Closed on Friday)

 

Fort Pierce - 3130 S. US 1 (772) 595-1599

Mon.-Thu. 9:00 - 11:45 AM (Closed on Friday)                              

Mustard Seed Ministries

 

Main Office

3130 US Hwy 1

Ft. Pierce, FL 34982 

(772) 465-6021

 

Website: mustardseedslc.org

The Salvation Army -

Booth's Cafe Soup Kitchen

Free hot meal and fellowship on Friday evenings.

821 S.E. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd.,

Stuart, FL 34994

FRIDAYS

4:45 pm Devotional

5:00 – 6:00 pm Meal

USDA Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) - provides assistance for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Call the Florida Office for more information and to see if you are eligible for the program.

 

1 (800) 342-3556

Health & Well-being

Organization Service   Contact Info
Covering Florida Since the 2020 Open Enrollment period is over, you can now enroll in or change a Health Insurance Marketplace plan only if you have a life event that qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period. Life events can include moving, having a baby, losing a job or coverage, marriage and more. Contact Covering Florida for more information.

1 (877) 813-9115 

Website: coveringflorida.org

FamilyWize

Get a prescription savings card.

FamilyWize makes it easy to save money on prescription drugs. Just show your free card to the pharmacist!

1(800) 222-2818

Website: familywize.org

Florida Department of Health 

The St. Lucie County Health Department provides quality and individualized health care services to the community at an affordable rate. These services are provided by highly qualified and experienced medical providers. They offer a range of health care services including: caring for mothers children, promoting healthy lifestyles, Dental health,

tracking infectious disease, vaccinations for kids, well-baby check-ups, prenatal care, treating contagious diseases, county health programs, education on preventing injuries and sickness, chest x-rays for TB, bike helmet safety, promoting good public health policy, vision and hearing

tests, educating new parents, making water safer and more.

5150 NW Milner Drive 
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983 

 

(772) 462-3800

 

Website: stlucie.floridahealth.gov

 

 

Florida Kid Care

Quality, affordable health and dental insurance for kids. From birth through the end of age 18, Florida children are eligible for head to toe coverage, even if one or both parents are working. You can apply and check your eligibility online or call to speak to a customer service representative.

1 (888) 540-KIDS (5437)    TTY 1-800-955-8771  

Website: floridakidcare.org

 

Healthcare.gov 2020 Open Enrollment is over.
Still need health insurance? See if you can get or change coverage. You can also find help locally. Agents and brokers sell plans on behalf of insurance companies. Assisters can help with Medicaid & CHIP applications. Search the online database of assisters.

1 (800) 318-2596 

Website: healthcare.gov

Hospice of the Treasure Coast Hospice residence, nursing services, bereavement

(772) 335-7862

Website: tchospice.org

Housing, Homeowner & Home Buyer Assistance

Organization Service   Contact Info
Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Affordable housing in Florida, bond programs, SHIP administration Website: floridahousing.org
Ft. Pierce Housing Authority

Housing programs include: Public Housing Program. Low Income Housing Units, Section 8 Rental Assistance, Affordable (non-subsidized) Housing, and Other Housing Programs. 

 

Fair Housing Discrimination Hotline: 1 (800) 669-9777

(772) 461-0772 for Section 8  (772) 461-7281 for Public Housing

Website: hacfp.org  

St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity Habitat's programs provide families a hand-up, not a hand out. Learn more about Habitat's Homeownership Program and the impact of living in an affordable home.

St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity

702 South 6th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 464-1117

Website: www.stluciehabitat.org

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

 HUD information about buying a home.

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity - Fair Housing Booklet, Equal Opportunity for All Booklet.

Find the address of the HUD office near you

 

Jacksonville Field Office
Charles East Bennett Federal Building
400 West Bay Street
Suite 1015
Jacksonville, FL 32202

1 (904) 232-2627

FL_Webmanager@HUD.gov 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD rental assistance information.

 

If you need public housing assistance or would like specific information about public housing programs such as housing choice vouchers, please contact your local Public Housing Agency.

 

HUD housing choice vouchers (Section 8) fact sheet.

 

Find all Local Public Housing Agency (PHA) offices here.

Local Public Housing Agency (PHA) HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF FORT PIERCE

 

511 Orange Avenue

FORT PIERCE, FL 34950

(772) 461-7281

 

Email: Andrea.Kochanowski@cfpha.org 

Homelessness

Organization Service   Contact Info
Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, Inc. (TCHSC)

HUD Homeless Assistance Directory.

 

TCHSC is a homeless solution provider in our area.

 

Fort Pierce/Saint Lucie, Indian River, Martin Counties CoC

CoC: Continuum of Care Program.

If you are homeless or on the verge of being homeless in St. Lucie County please call the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, Inc. at (772) 567-7790.

Website: tchelpspot.org

Adam's Place

The Salvation Army's men's jail diversion and homeless veteran's shelter in Ft. Pierce, FL. For more information, call (772) 448-8082.

Hours of operation

Office: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon. - Fri.

Shelter: 24 H, Mon. - Sun.

Website: Adam's Place

Compassion House The Salvation Army's transitional shelter for homeless women and children. 

For more information, call (772) 288-1471.

Hours of operation

Office: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon. - Fri.

Shelter: 24 H, Mon. - Sun. 

Website: Compassion House

The Homeless Family Center Emergency shelter for single adults and transitional housing for families. 

(772) 567-2766 

Website: homelessfamilycenter.org

The Hope for Families Center Provides shelter facilities for families and empowers them through programs available at the facility. ADMINISTRATION

715 4th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32962

(772) 567-5537

 

RESIDENCE CENTER

720 4th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32962

(772) 567-5537 x 332

Website: The Hope for Families Center

Safe Space Domestic violence, outreach program, emergency shelter, counseling and referrals to other agencies  (800) 500-1119 24-hour hotline 
The Samaritan Center A transitional residential facility for homeless families (locations and services).

1924 Zephyr Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34982

3650 41st Street
Vero Beach, Fl 32967

Online Contact Form

The Source

The trusted symbol of hope for poor & homeless. Meeting the needs of the homeless and at-risk. Serving as many as 120 individual guests for lunch and dinner daily. Offering a variety of services.

 

OPERATING HOURS

Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri. 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

* Continental breakfast 9:00 – 10:00 AM
* Lunch served at 12:00 PM
* Bible study 1:00 – 1:30 PM
* Showers open 9:30 – 11:30 AM & 2:00 – 4:30 PM

Wed. 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Breakfast, Lunch, Showers and Laundry

 

Evening Programs: Mon., Tue., Thu.
Dinner served at 5:00 PM

Sat. 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Continental breakfast at 9:30 AM
Light lunch served at 11:30 AM
Showers open 9:30 –11:30 AM & 2:00 – 4:30 PM

 

Sunday Celebration 11:30 AM family style service with lunch included for those who attend.
Coffee and pastries available at 11:30 AM
Worship Service begins at 11:45 AM
Lunch is served at 12:30 PM
Showers open 9:30 – 11:30 AM & 2:00 – 4:30 PM

The Source is now open seven days a week, providing critical care to the homeless and desperately needy.

 

1015 Commerce Ave.,

Vero Beach, FL 32960

(772) 564-0202

Wave C.R.E.S.T. Shelter for teens

 

Children's Home Society of Florida

 

Wave C.R.E.S.T. (Counseling Residential and Evaluation Services for Teens)

Program description: Provides emergency shelter, counseling and basic necessities to youth ages 10 to 17 who are in crisis. May also serve as an immediate short-term safe haven for children and teens in foster care. Incorporates both the following: National Safe Place Program and Street Outreach Program. The Street Outreach program is for 14-21 year olds.

Services available through this program: Abuse Prevention - Child, Abuse Prevention - Domestic Violence, Emergency Services - Shelter, Safety

4520 Selvitz Rd. 

Ft. Pierce, FL 34981

 

(772) 460-9752

or

1 (800) 881-8855 

Legal Services

Organization Service   Contact Info
Florida Law Help  The Florida Law Help Organization is funded by the Florida Bar Foundation. They help you find local help for many issues like going to court, housing, jobs and working, debt and more. Help available through the online application. 

Florida Rural Legal

Services, Inc. 

YOUR SOURCE FOR FREE LEGAL SERVICES - 

Legal matters for low income residents.

1 (888) 582-3410

If you are a farm worker call

1 (855) 771-3077

Website: frls.org

 USA.gov Find a Lawyer and Affordable Legal Aid

Call USAGov at 1-844-USA-GOV1

(1-844-872-4681) to ask us any

question about the U.S. government

for free. 

Website: usa.gov/legal-aid

Senior Services

Organization Service   Contact Info
Council on Aging Adult daycare, elder services, Meals on Wheels, and transportation. 

(772) 336-8608 

Website: coasl.org

Your Area Agency on Aging Your Aging & Disability Resource Center is a dynamic, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them. Their Circle of Care promotes independence, dignity, health and well-being. Services are available to the entire community regardless of ability to pay. Professional, dedicated staff is here to help in English, Spanish and Creole.

Helpline
1 (866) 684-5885

 

Website: youragingresourcecenter.org

Volunteers & Donations

Most all of the non-profit organizations in our area are open to accepting volunteers and donations. Please contact any organization directly in order to inquire about volunteer opportunities or making donations. Listed in this section are some of the larger organizations with mandates to act and coordinate volunteers in emergencies. Learn how to help by visiting anyone of these links.

Organization Service Contact Info
American Red Cross South Florida Chapter

Comprised of five community chapters, the South Florida Region

serves 8 million people across 13 counties in Florida. They provide

relief to victims of disaster, prevention training, and emergency preparation. If you are interested in helping or making a donation.

Explore volunteer opportunities online.

 

Online contact form.

The Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (FLVOAD)
FLVOAD is a statewide coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters. Learn more about volunteering and make sure your organization is following State guidelines.

Website: 

flvoad.communityos.org

United Way

Join the United Way Volunteer Movement! 

 

Founded by local community leaders to support the health and

welfare of the community. United Way recruits individuals and organizations that bring passion, expertise and resources needed

to improve lives. They provide a comprehensive range of health

and human services needed in St. Lucie County and support the efforts of 2-1-1.

Sign up online.

For info call (772) 220-4472

4800 S. U.S. Hwy 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34982
(772) 464-5300
Online Contact Form
Website: unitedwayslc.org

Volunteer Florida

Volunteer Florida is officially recognized as the Florida Commission on Community Service and was established to administer national service programs throughout the State. 

Volunteer Florida runs Volunteer Connect, the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform. The platform serves as an intermediary between Floridians who are interested in engaging in community service and 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental entities that mobilize volunteers.

Website: 

volunteerflorida.org