Alachua County, FL Assistance Programs

Alachua County Housing Assistance Programs

Our housing assistance programs include HUD, housing assistance, Section 8, subsidized housing programs in Alachua County.

VETSPACE

1220 A NE 8th Avenue
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352)225-3995
Provides transitional housing and permanent supportive housing along with support services to veterans. Does not provide emergency shelter. Eligibility: Must have served in the U.S. armed forces and must be homeless...

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USDA Rural Development

4440 NW 25th Pl
Gainesville, FL - 32606
(352)338-3482
Provides financing for adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary housing through purchase or improvement, also refinances certain housing debts in rural areas. Eligibility: Must meet program requirements for income, family size, ability to repay loan and current credit standing. Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm..

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United Way of North Central Florida

6031 NW 1st Place
Gainesville, FL - 32607
(352)331-2800
The United Way provides free and confidential information and referrals about food, housing, employment, health care, and counseling...

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St. Francis House

413 S. Main Street
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 378-9079
Soup kitchen, emergency shelter, transitional housing program, and long-term housing..

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St. Francis House

413 S. Main Street
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 378-9079
Soup kitchen, emergency shelter, transitional housing program, and long-term housing...

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Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network

2100 NW 53rd Avenue
Gainesville, FL - 32653
(352) 377-8255
Peaceful Paths is committed to providing emergency shelters, support groups, counseling, legal advocacy, transitional housing, children's programs, and violence prevention. Hours of operation: Between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Monday to Friday ..

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Lazarus Restoration Ministries

3019 NE 20th Way, Box 5
Gainesville, FL - 32609
(352)317-3928
This is a community outreach program that provides housing, clothing, food and other assistance to homeless and indigent people in our community. Hours: Mondays 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m...

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Interfaith Hospitality Network: Family Promise of Gainesville

PO Box 5189
Gainesville, FL - 32627
(352)378-2030
Family Promise of Gainesville provides homeless children and their families with compassionate care that includes case management, education, housing, meals and transportation until they can transition to a home of their own...

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Habitat for Humanity Alachua County

2317 SW 13th St
Gainesville, FL - 32608
(352)378-4663
Works in partnership with low-income families to build low-cost housing. Eligibility: Must presently be living in substandard housing and meet income requirements. Hours: M-F 9:00am-5:00pm..

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Gainesville Housing Authority

1900 SE 4th St
Gainesville, FL - 32641
(352) 872-5500
Provides quality housing or rental assistance to certified clients. Must meet program requirements, including income, family size and background check...

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Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County

4424 NW 13th St, Bldg A
Gainesville, FL - 32609
(352)375-4110
Helps ensure children are prepared to enter school by age 5, resource and referral program assists parents in finding child care providers and funding child care services, offers health and developmental screenings of school-ready children, parent education and home visitation programs, technical assistance to child care service providers through workshops . Subsidized child-care based on sliding fee scale available at 150% of poverty or below. Eligibility: Resource and referral program is free to everyone, parents of children ages birth-5 yrs are eligible for services or income subsidized childcare. Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm..

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Arbor House

2618 NW 6th St
Gainesville, FL - 32609
(352)505-3521
Transitional housing for women or women with children who are working a min of 20 hours a week or are enrolled in school. Rent is income based. Eligibility: Must be female with no more than 2 children 9 years and younger and either working or enrolled in school. Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm..

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Alachua County Housing Authority

703 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 372-2549
Provides rental subsidies and manages affordable Public Housing units for low income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities throughout the Alachua County area...

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Alachua County Food Assistance Programs

Our list of food assistance programs includes: food pantries, soup kitchens, congregate meal programs in Alachua County.

SWAG Family Resource Center

807 SW 64th Terrace
Gainesville, FL - 32607
(352) 505-6823
The SWAG Family Resource Center works to address needs, provide opportunities, and improve the quality of life for the residents of the following neighborhoods:     Majestic Oaks     Holly Heights     Harbor Cove     Pine Meadows     Hidden Oaks Mobile Home Park     Gordon Manor     Tower Oaks/Tower Oaks Glen     Linton Oaks Service includes: Emergency Rent Assistance, weekly free meals (community dinners), weekly free clothing closet, early child care and education for ages 0 to 5 years old. (child early learning center). ..

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St. Francis Pet Center

501 SE 2nd St
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 372-4959
Free pet care services: Offer food, shot, spay/neuter, flea control, heart worm, etc. Eligibility: Registered homeless with pets. Hours of Operation: Tuesdays: 9:00 am without your pet 2nd Tuesday of each spaying or neutered month ..

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Salvation Army

639 E. University Avenue, suite 108
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 376-1743
Food pantry, utility assistance, furniture assistance, clothing vouchers, Angel Tree program (Christmas gifts for children). Free Clothing Vouchers: Apply in person, Mondays 10am to 12noon. 1pm - 3pm. provide documentation of proof of financial hardship. ***Furniture Vouchers: Apply in person, Mondays 10am to 12noon. 1pm - 3pm. Must have suffered a hardship such as a fire. *** Food Pantry hours: Breads and Sweets: Mondays and Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon, 1pm to 3pm or while supplies last.***Emergency Food Assistance: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 12 noon. while supplies last. Documents needed: Picture ID, birth certificate, household income verification, proof of residence. ..

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Interfaith Hospitality Network

PO Box 880
Gainesville, FL - 32602
(352)378-2030
They shelter, care, meals and case management for homeless children and families. ..

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High Springs Social Services

15 SE 1st Ave
High Springs, FL - 32643
(386) 454-1000
Food pantry, clothing, rent/utility assistance..

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Helping Hands Clinic

509 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 519-5542
Provides medical services to the poor and the homeless. Clinic Hours Mondays 4:00pm - 7pm. Patient signup begins at 2:30 pm, with practitioners seeing patients until 7 pm. Thursdays 1:30pm - 7pm. Activities and showers for women begin at 1:30pm. Clinic starts at 3pm in addition to food served...

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Gospel Food Ministries

3536 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL - 32605
352-271-1115
Low Cost Food Boxes that can be ordered at a low cost. Eligibility: no restrictions if ordered on line much bring receipt to pickup. Hours: 4th Sat of the month 8 10:30am..

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Gainesville Harvest Pantry

7257 NW 4th Blvd
Gainesville, FL - 32607
(352)665-0726
Gainesville Harvest offers a food pantry to those in need. Open from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Please call for more information...

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Gainesville Community Ministry

238 SW 4th Ave
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 372-8162
Utilities, rent, clothing, furniture, emergency food, Free GED classes, parenting classes, assistance with obtaining state IDs...

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Fire of God Ministries Food and Meals

619 Northeast 1st Street
Gainesville, FL - 32601
352.375.0200
Dinner is served Downtown Plaza at 7 PM. Our ministry will offer food to anyone in need. Please call us or visit our website for more information...

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Compassionate Ourteach Ministries Clothing Assistance

320 Southeast 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL - 32641
352.373.1888
Services: Offers clothing, counseling, food pantry services, and household items. ..

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Catholic Charities, Inc.

1717 NE 9th St
Gainesville, FL - 32609
(352)372-0294
Food pantry; FAITHH: Mobile food outreach program that serves the 6 counties with food on a monthly basis; BackRoads: Rural food program brings food and companionship to those who are housebound due to illness and cannot get to the FAITHH distribution locations. Eligibility: Needy families and individuals. Interested parties, call for more information. Hours: M-Th 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm (call for more information)...

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Bread of the Mighty Food Bank

325 NW 10th Ave
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352)336-0839
Services: Serves non-profit food distributors. Eligibility: Non-profit organizations incorporated that are members of the agency - social services, shelters, retirement homes, assisted living facilities, all must have a 501C3. Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm for agencies, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm for donations ..

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Archer Church of the Nazarene

3327 SW State Road 45
Archer, FL - 32618
352.495.2291
The Food Pantry is available every 30 days on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ..

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Alachua County Rent and Bill Pay Assistance Programs

Our financial assistance programs include rent assistance, bill pay services, prescription assistance programs, utility assistance, mortgage assistance programs in Alachua County.

UF Health General Dentistry

1395 Center Drive, Lobby
Gainesville, FL - 32610
(352) 273-6701
Services: Patients who do not have coverage or cannot pay for their portion of the health care they receive may be eligible for financial assistance based on their income level. Area Served: Bridges, crowns, dental care - adults, dental x-rays, dentures, fillings, root canals, tooth extractions. Hours of Operation: Monday-Frieday, 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., ..

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Tacachale Dental Clinic

1621 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, FL - 32609
(352)955-5616
Proper care of your child's teeth and gums includes brushing and rinsing daily. It also includes having routine dental exams, and getting necessary treatments such as fluoride, extractions, fillings, or braces and other orthodontics. Those patients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive, may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level. Call for appointment...

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Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

100 SW 75 Street, Suite 301
Gainesville, FL - 32607
(352)378-6649
This office provides Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP), assists low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency. A home energy emergency may result from a delinquent utility bill, lack of fuel or wood, or the receipt of a shut off notice. Payments are for home heating or cooling and other emergency energy-related costs during the heating (October-March) and cooling (April-September) seasons.Eligible households may be provided one benefit per season, up to $600 per season. Program beneficiaries may receive vouchers to purchase blankets, portable heaters, and fans. The program can also help pay for repairs to existing heating or cooling equipment or for re-connection fees. Eligibility: Documented heating or cooling emergency, at least one individual age 60 or older in the home, and a gross household annual income equal to or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 5pm...

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Family Endeavors, Inc.

5800 NW 39th Avenue, Suite 102
Gainesville, FL - 32606
(352)415-0203
They offer Homelessness Prevention & Stabilization Services to Veterans and their families. They also have supportive services include outreach, case management, help in obtaining VA benefits, emergency financial assistance for rent & utilities and assistance in obtaining and coordinating other public benefits. ..

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ElderCare of Alachua County, Inc.

5701 NW 34th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL - 32653
(352)265-8744
This office provides Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP), assists low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency. A home energy emergency may result from a delinquent utility bill, lack of fuel or wood, or the receipt of a shut off notice. Payments are for home heating or cooling and other emergency energy-related costs during the heating (October-March) and cooling (April-September) seasons.Eligible households may be provided one benefit per season, up to $600 per season. Program beneficiaries may receive vouchers to purchase blankets, portable heaters, and fans. The program can also help pay for repairs to existing heating or cooling equipment or for re-connection fees. Eligibility: Documented heating or cooling emergency, at least one individual age 60 or older in the home, and a gross household annual income equal to or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 5pm...

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Community Action Agency

1405 NW 13th Street, Suite B
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 373-7667
Services: Immediate financial assistance (Utility/Rent), Self-Reliance Program (helping families become independent of social/public assistance) ..

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Alachua County Community Support Services (ACOSS)

218 SE 24th Street
Gainesville, FL - 32641
(352) 264-6750
Services: Utilities, rent, and other resources. Rental and mortgage assistance may be available to eligible residents to help prevent eviction and seizure and reduce homelessness. Eligible residents may receive utility assistance to prevent utility service interruptions. Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ..

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Alachua County Clothing Assistance Programs

See our list of free clothing assistance programs below.

Haven Hospice Attic

300 NW 8th Avenue
Gainesville, FL - 32608
(352) 378-7484
Services: Clothing (free with reference letter). Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ..

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Goodwill Industries

3520 SW 34th St
Gainesville, FL - 32608
(352) 376-9041
They provide clothing and furniture. ..

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Alachua County Health Care Assistance Programs and Clinics

Our list of clinics and healthcare assistance programs includes free and income based clincs: dental and medical, health care assistant payment programs, etc.

UF and Shands Dental Clinic

1395 Center Dr
Gainesville, FL - 32610
(352) 273-6701
Reduced-cost general dental services performed by dental school students (approximately 30%-50% discount from average private practice prices- extractions $148), Emergency walk in clinic is daily Monday thru Friday. All participants must be there by 645 AM, with a lottery drawing taking place at 7:00. All appointments for the emergency clinic are by lottery drawing. Eligibility: Low-income, uninsured individuals must be complete phone interview before being accepted. The screening number is (352)273-9097. Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm (call to schedule appointment - some appointments start at 7:00am)..

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Operation Catnip

PO Box 141023
Gainesville, FL - 32614
(352)380-0940
Free spay and neuter services for stray and feral cats; pets of homeless persons qualify. Eligibility: Stray and feral cats in Alachua county. Hours: Monthly clinic offered, usually the 2nd Sunday of the month. Call to confirm...

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Alachua County Homeless Shelters and Homeless Assistance Programs

Our list of homeless programs include emergency homeless shelters, day shelters, homeless resources for men, women, and families. Free public showers, etc

Interface Youth Shelter

1400 NW 29th Road
Gainesville, FL - 32605
(352) 244-0618
The residential program is voluntary for youth age 10-17. Youth stay in the shelter for a night or two in emergency situations or can stay 3-5 weeks to work on developing skills needed for success in the future. Interface Youth Shelter, Central..

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Interface Youth Shelter

1400 NW 29th Road
Gainesville, FL - 32605
(352) 244-0618
The residential program is voluntary for youth age 10-17. Youth stay in the shelter for a night or two in emergency situations or can stay 3-5 weeks to work on developing skills needed for success in the future...

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Helping Hands Clinic

509 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 519-5542
Provides medical services to the poor and the homeless...

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Helping Hands Clinic

419 NE 1st St.
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 519-5542
Provides free, basic medical services to deal with acute and chronic health problems, psychiatric, acupuncture and chiropractics, support and referrals, personal hygiene items. Also beginning a new program for womens health screening, education and referrals for mammograms and pelvic exams. Eligibility: Homeless individuals. Hours: M 5:00pm-7:00pm, basic services, Psychiatric services 2nd and 4th Monday 5:00pm-7:00pm; 1st and 3rd Thursday 3:00pm-7:00pm, Womens health screening and education every Thurs 3:00pm-7:00pm..

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Alachua County Alcohol and Drug Rehab Assistance Programs

Alachua County, FL Alcohol and Drug Rehab

Local Rehab Assistance: 866-481-4384
Specialists trained to find the best treatment solutions at little to no cost. Call for location and rates for rehab.

Alachua County Various Assistance Programs

Below we list an array of other helpful resource programs we have found in Alachua County.

University of Florida Levin College of Law- Source Program

PO Box 117626
Gainesville, FL - 32611
(352)273-0805
Provides free legal and social services. Eligibility: Victims of domestic violence who meet specific income requirements. Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:00pm..

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Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.

901 NW 8th Ave, Suite D-5
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352)372-0519
Services: Offers assistance to persons requesting a civil injunctions for protection against domestic violence. Also helps victims of repeated violence, sexual violence or dating violence if they have been sent either by peaceful means or by another route. Eligibility: Low-income individuals and families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, with a focus on abused, disabled or elderly clients. Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm ..

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The Rotary Boys and Girls Club Mentor Center

1100 SE 17th Drive
Gainesville, FL - 32641
(352)372-1485
Kids Count is a non-profit organization that provides a free after school program for kindergarten through 3rd grade students in low performing elementary schools in Gainesville, Florida. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:45pm - 5:00pm., Wednesday, 12:30pm - 4:00pm...

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Reichert House

1704 SE 2nd Ave
Gainesville, FL - 32641
(352) 334-2320
Reichert House is an after school program for youths. The program has a elementary (3rd grade - 5th grade) located in the Sims building, middle school (6th grade - 8th grade) located in the Baxter building, and a high school (9th grade - 12th grade) located in the Jones building. Reichert House is operated as a para military program. Reichert Hours: Mondays through Fridays 7am to 4pm. ..

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Rahma Mercy Clinic

5220 SW 13th
Gainesville, FL - 32608
(352)792-8324
Promote the well-being of the community by providing access to free quality health care. Eligibility: Individuals and families without health insurance and income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Hours: Sat 9-1..

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Latina Women's League

4510 NW 14th Place
Gainesville, FL - 32605
(352)378-9787
This program offers free English classes...

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Kids Count in Alachua County Faith Mission

3701 NE 15th Street
Gainesville, FL - 32609
(352)244-9723
This program provides a free after-school program for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 in low-performing elementary schools in Gainesville. Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 2:45 p.m. - 5:45  p.m. , Wednesday, 1:30  p.m.  - 5:00  p.m. ..

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Kids Count in Alachua County Duval

2106 NE 8th Ave.
Gainesville, FL - 32641
(352)244-9723
This program provides free after-school programs from kindergarten to third grade at low-grade elementary schools in Gainesville. Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm ..

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Hawthorne Senior Center

21930 S.E. 67th Place
Hawthorne, FL - 32640
(352)481-3100
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FloridaWorks/One-Stop Career Center

4800 SW 13th St
Gainesville, FL - 32608
(352) 955-2245
Provides career counseling, workshops/assessments, resume and interview assistance, job leads, funding for job training, support services and phones, computers, and supplies for jobseekers; services are free of charge. Available for every Alachua and Bradford county resident looking for employment...

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Family Promise Gainesville

P O Box 5189
Gainesville, FL - 32602
352-378-2030
Services: Temporary family home. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ..

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Diversified Program Services, Inc./Praxis Network, Inc.

7003 NW 11th Pl, Suite 6
Gainesville, FL - 32605
(352)333-9960
Offers batterers intervention and anger management classes for perpetrators, also other adult intervention counseling services. Eligibility: Court-ordered in Judicial Circuits 7 or 8. Hours: M-F 9:00am-5:00pm..

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Children’s Medical Services

1701 SW 16th Ave, Bldg B
Gainesville, FL - 32608
(352)334-1400
Provides a health plan for children with special health care needs; nurse case managers assist in coordinating care. Eligibility: Children up to age 21 yrs with special health care needs; costs based on familys income. Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm..

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Alachua County Public Schools- Fearnside Family Services Center

3600 NE 15th St
Gainesville, FL - 32609
(352)955-6875
Provides Head Start (increases school readiness in very young children who have special needs or are from economically disadvantaged families; federally-funded). Eligibility: All programs are based on income and family size. Eligibility for participation at the Center is determined by active enrollment in one of the specific programs incorporated into the Family Service Center including WIC (pregnant women living in Alachua County and their children up to 5 yrs old). Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm..

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Alachua County Health Department

224 SE 24th St
Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 334-7900
Primary care services for adults and children. Eligibility: Clients must meet financial guidelines; fees based on sliding scale. Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm..

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Alachua County Assistance Locations

Government and Private Assistance Programs

Housing Assistance

There are many non-profit and government based organizations dedicated to providing housing and support. We find them for you.

Food Pantry Assistance

Food pantries, soup kitchens, food baskets. We find these local resources and list them.

Free clothing assistance

Thousands of churches and religious organizations offer low-cost or free drug and alcohol treatment as part of their missions.