Housing Assistance
Helpline Directory for age < 60: Dial 211
or (727) 210-4211
from a cell phone in Pinellas

Clearwater Housing Authority
(727) 461-5777
Provides rental assistance to low income families, elderly, disabled and handicapped individuals. Fees: according to income; Service area: Clearwater

Community Service Foundation
(727) 461-0618
1) Provides limited financial assistance to qualified individuals on an emergency basis for past due utility bills, overdue rent or mortgage payments, when funds are available.
2) Also provides a training program for the general public to assist those who are seeking to purchase a home. Available classes include budgeting, home maintenance, and obtaining a mortgage. Fees: none; Eligibility: general public interested in home buying or meeting financial goals. Service area: Pinellas County.

Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County (HFA),
phone number (727) 464-8210.

Pinellas Housing Agency
(727) 467-9494
Public program for assistance with 1st time home buyers. Fees: One-time $35 application fee. Service area: Pinellas County

Pinellas Opportunity Council Emergency Financial Assistance with Utilities
Pinellas County (utility assistance only): (727) 937-9393
Provides limited financial assistance to help families resolve emergencies threatening their safety

Pinellas Opportunity Council Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Pinellas Park: (727) 822-4492
St. Petersburg: (727) 894-5176
South Pinellas County: (727) 822-4492
Provides limited financial assistance for rent/mortgage in emergency cases to eligible individuals. Fees: none.

Weatherization Assistance Program
Public program for homeowners who meet low income guidelines. Reduce your utility costs by making your home more energy efficient. Fees: none; Service area: pinellas, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Martin Counties.

Homeless Shelters in Pinellas County, Florida

There are numerous additional agencies that can assist with housing that are not listed here. For more information call one of the Helplines listed in the above tabs.

Internet References (Academic & National Organizations)
  • Housing from the Area Agency on Aging
  • Senior Helpline for age 60 and over Online information and assistance program for the elderly ages 60 and greater (also see tabs above)
  • 2-1-1 Tampabay Cares Online comprehensive database of community resources for ages < 60 (also see tabs above) On the homepage, locate and click on the link entitled "Online Database". You can search the database by keyword, program, or agency.
--Written by N Thompson, ARNP in collaboration with C Thompson and M Thompson, MD, Internal Medicine, August 2005

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