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COVID Vaccine Information

Key Facts:

  • Register on the CDR Health Patient, or by phone at (844) 770-8548
  • Florida residents are now eligible to register for the vaccine at
  • Anyone 50 and older, (with proof of age) 
  • Eligible health care workers 18+ (with ID) 
  • Medically vulnerable residents with a physician form 
  • Teachers under the age of 50 may schedule their vaccine appointment at Publix, CVS, Walmart or Sam’s Club, or may go to the Federal Vaccination Site at the Tampa Greyhound Track. 
  • Vaccine supply is limited, and you must be a full-time or part-time resident to be vaccinated in Florida. 
  • Homebound residents can let the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) know they are in need by emailing FDEM will send them a survey and then work with DOH strike teams to deliver vaccines. FDEM is working on writing up more information for how this program will work and will provide information to counties when complete. 
  • For more information, please visit:  

Pinellas COVID-19 Vaccine Sites

  • Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County
    • All Florida residents 18 years and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
    • Locations: St. Petersburg, Largo & Clearwater (see website for details)
    • (727) 824-6900, option 4, or (727) 824-6931
  • Bayfront St. Petersburg

For more resources to find COVID-19 vaccine in your area, go to 

Testing Sites

  • Tropicana Field Parking Lot 2
    • Located on W side of the stadium off 16th St. S, St. Petersburg, FL
    • Free COVID-19 Testing, regardless of symptoms (no insurance required). Limit 4 people per car.
    • Download the FDA EUA patient fact sheet for rapid testing performed on site.
    • Tuesday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m
  • BayCare-Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Community Health Centers of Pinellas (CHCP)
    • Insurance card and ID requested – insurance will be billed for those insured, but no out-of-pocket charges for anyone, including uninsured.
    • Call (727) 824-8181 and select option 0
  • CHCP at Clearwater
    • 707 East Druid Road, Clearwater
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • CHCP at Pinellas Park
    • 7550 43rd Street North, Pinellas Park
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • CVS
  • AFC Urgent Care – Clearwater
    • Appointment NOT required
    • 1500 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays & Sundays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • (727) 266-1266
  • AFC Urgent Care – Pinellas Park
    • 7101 U.S. Highway 19 N., Pinellas Park
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays & Sundays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 201-8585
  • AFC Urgent Care – Seminole
  • AFC Urgent Care – Tyrone/St. Petersburg
    • 2241 66th St N St. Petersburg
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays & Sundays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 273-1700
  • Your Kids Urgent Care – St. Petersburg
    • 4040 49th St. N., St. Petersburg
    • Monday – Friday: 7 – 10 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • (727) 526-6483
  • Your Kids Urgent Care – Largo
    • 12190 Seminole Boulevard, Suite A, Largo
    • Monday – Friday: 7 – 10 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • (727) 586-6483
  • Midnight Medicine, Inc – Pediatric and Adult Urgent Care
    • Jeffrey A. Hirschfield, MD
    • 6705 38th Avenue North, Suite A, St. Petersburg

Voting / ID Assistance:

Tax Information:

The deadline for tax filing has been extended to May 15th.


SNAP Benefits:

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), otherwise known as Food Stamps, is a federal food assistance program that is distributed by the Department of Children and Families. To apply for food assistance, Medicaid, and/or cash assistance, or to manage your benefits and receive information, visit:

As a result of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021”, SNAP benefits will increase starting in January through June 2021. For the month of January, the additional supplement will be issued on or around January 22nd. Florida has increased all SNAP recipients’ benefit amounts to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size for the months of March through December 2020, and January 2021.

DCF has launched a pilot program for SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online. If you are already receiving benefits, you do not need to apply. On April 21, both Walmart and Amazon will offer these services statewide. 


  • Interview requirements are no longer waived

If you have questions about your SNAP benefits, please contact the ACCESS Florida website at 850-300-4323.

If you are in need of recertifying or applying for SNAP, CareerSource is currently providing assistance with both. To schedule an appointment:

  • St. Petersburg Office: 727.608.2512 
  • Clearwater Office: 727.608.2508

Pandemic-EBT or P-EBT:

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures.

Families who are eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals program under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive P-EBT. P-EBT benefits will be issued retroactively. For 2021, the first distribution will be April 2021. The second distribution will be June 2021 and then August 2021.

For existing SNAP customers with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be added to your current EBT card automatically. For Medicaid and/or TANF recipients with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be automatically mailed to the address on your Medicaid and/or TANF file. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefits.

If  you have not received your P-EBT card, please call 1-833-311-0321.


FreshEBT is an app (iphone or android) that allows SNAP recipients to track their benefits balance and purchases.  They can clip virtual coupons that help the benefits go farther.  There is also access to job postings.   

Link to app information:

WIC (Women, Children & Infants) Program:

WIC stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health. Services provided by the program include the following:

  • Healthy Foods
  • Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Referrals for Health Care

To apply for WIC, please call (727) 824-6914

Who is Eligible?

  1. You must be a pregnant woman, or a woman who has recently been pregnant, a breastfeeding mother, an infant, or a child under five years of age.
  2. You must meet certain income guidelines.
  3. You must live in Florida.
  4. You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff.

You could be eligible if you or other family members are currently receiving Medicaid, WAGES, or Food Stamps. However, you do NOT have to be on a public assistance program to qualify for WIC.

Before eligibility is completed, WIC staff will verify your gross household income. You need to bring proof of household income so that the staff can determine your eligibility.

For more information, please visit:

If you are in need of a mask, please visit these locations:

(Please be mindful that this is based on a first come, first served basis)

  • Clearwater Countryside Library
  • Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College
    • 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater
    • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday: noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 562-4970
  • Highpoint Neighborhood Family Center
  • Clearwater North Greenwood Library
  • Clearwater Beach Library
    • 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach
    • Monday – Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
    • Thursday & Friday: 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 562-4970
  • Dunedin Public Library
    • Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • (727) 298-3080
  • Largo Public Library
    • 120 Central Park Dr., Largo
    • Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 587-6715
  • The Gulf Beaches Public Library
    • 200 Municipal Dr., Madeira Beach
    • Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 391-2828
  • Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • East Lake Community Library
  • Palm Harbor Library
  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
    • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 7 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 369-0669
  • Lealman Exchange
  • Downtown St. Petersburg 
    • Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave
    • The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave
    • PSTA stations (Grand Central Station and Williams Park)- 
    • The St. Pete Store & Visitors Center, 100 2nd Ave. N. #150 
    • People Empowering & Restoring Communities, 1601 16th Street S 
  • Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College
    • 9200 113th St. N., Seminole
    • Monday – Wednesday: 9 to 11 a.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Thursday: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
    • (727) 394-6905
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 943-4922
  • Union Academy Family Center
    • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • (727) 934-5881 ext. 10

Residents can also make their own masks. Details, as well as instructions on how to keep your mask clean, are available here:

Children’s Services:

Bay Area Pregnancy Center4090 58th Avenue N. Assisting with diapers. Must call (727) 200-9166 for more information.

The Littlest Trunk– 6260 4th St N- Assisting with baby formula. Please call (727) 289-7069 for more information.

Help Me Grow– A program via 211 that provides assistance to caregivers and families for developmental and behavioral concerns. Help Me Grow is currently providing educational resources for crisis learning and assisting with basic needs.  Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:00. Please contact 211 for more information or text Help Me Grow to 898211

Meals on Wheels for Kids serves kids when school is closed, with a meal delivered to their home, by a volunteer. This is for kids, ages 18 and under. Participants must be home to receive the meal. MOW4Kids is an alternative option for  kids that are not able to access any of the school meal distribution sites throughout the county; and/or  kids that have difficulty accessing open food pantries. This is delivered to the following St. Petersburg zip codes: 33701, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33707, 33708, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714. MOW4Kids delivers a nutritious meal pack directly to the homes of kids between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To apply for this program, please visit:

Children’s Home Society is providing a Family Support Warm Line that is open to everyone – families, adults, teens and kids. Whether you need a confidential outlet or greater mental health support, CHS is here – and it’s never been easier to get the support you’re looking for. Please call 1-888-733-6303 or you can text 1-888-733-6303

Early Learning Coalition to expand School Readiness program in Pinellas County

The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County is excited to announce it’s offering over 1,000 additional School Readiness scholarships to families with children, ages 0-12, in Pinellas County. 

The Early Learning Coalition’s School Readiness program pays a portion of tuition for children from low-income, working families and those with other risk factors that influence healthy child development. Parents pay a fee based on their household income. Access to affordable care is critical so parents can work to support their families.

The School Readiness program is not just child care. Providers use age-appropriate curriculum delivered by trained early childhood educators that work closely with parents to assess developmental achievements. The program’s play-based learning environments and nurturing care foster a child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.

Parents can choose the best setting to meet the needs of their family. Child care services are available at contracted private preschools, family child care homes, school-age care providers and faith based schools.

How to Apply: Visit us online at and click For Families, School Readiness Scholarship section.

Florida Abuse Hotline

If you suspect child or  vulnerable adult abuse, please call 1-800-96-ABUSE to discuss your concerns.

Pinellas County Schools Food and Nutrition Free Meal Distribution 

Starting Thursday, October 29, children in Pinellas County 18 years & younger are eligible for:

  • 7 days’ worth of breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner meals, FREE
  • Distribution on Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 30 school locations
  • Child does not need to be enrolled in Pinellas County Schools or be present for pickup No ID required for pickup
  • Meals are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis

Clothes to Kids

At this time, CTK is not providing any appointments but is providing  pick up service for families. Children who receive a Clothes To Go bag from Clothes To Kids, Inc. are eligible for free or reduced price lunch or who are in crisis. Clothes To Go bags will include: 5 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of socks, 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 1 dress (optional) and a pair of shoes.   If your child attends a uniform school they may receive up to 3 uniform tops and 2 uniform bottoms.  

At this time, we are not requiring your child’s free or reduced price lunch letter but ask that you respect our guidelines:

  • Your child must live and attend school in Pinellas or Hillsborough County. We currently serve kids in PreK4-12th grade (this includes traditional – in person school, home school, virtual students, private and charter school attendees, etc)
  • Your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch or in crisis;
  • Two Clothes To Go bags per child may be requested within their twelve month period.  

Once the request form has been submitted, Clothes To Kids, Inc. will contact you to schedule a time to pick-up your Clothes To Go bag.  Please do not come to the store until we contact you.  Typical turnaround time is two-five business days. Given current circumstances, we cannot accept returns or offer exchanges. If you have more than four children in your family, please complete the form twice. Please visit the website to fill out the form:

If you have any questions or concerns about your rent or mortgage, you can contact the following legal services:

Bay Area Legal Services: 1-800-625-2257 or visit their website at

Gulf Coast Legal Services: 727-821-0726 or visit their website at You can also view the Gulf Coast Legal Tenant Handbook here for more information 

Income Assistance:

Reemployment Assistance Benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online using CONNECT. If you have never filed in Florida before, use the “File a New Claim” link to start your application and create a profile. If you have filed previously, please log in using your Social Security Number and PIN. If you no longer have your PIN, select the “Forgot PIN” button to regain access to your account.

Before filing, make sure you have the following information available:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License of State ID number
  • Your employment for the last 18 months including for each employer:
    • Name, address, and phone number
    • First and last day of work
    • Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) during the listed dates
    • The reason for separation
    • FEIN (this is found on any W2 or 1099 tax forms you have received)
    • If you don’t have the FEIN, you can use the employer details off of a recent pay stub.

For more information, or to apply, please visit:

DEO is also accepting paper applications that are available here: (English | Spanish | Creole) DEO now has a phone number to reach them for any claim questions: 1-833-353-6799.

Paper applications are also available at the locations below. For the purpose of social distancing, the papers are stocked in red boxes near the entrance of each location:

  • Pinellas Public Library Cooperative building
  • 1330 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL
  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library 
  • 7770 52nd St. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781 
  • St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Library 
  • 9200 113th St. N., Seminole, FL 33772 
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library 
  • 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 

Employment Opportunities:

If you have lost work due to COVID-19 and are interested in enrolling in short-term training or earning money while giving back to your community, you may be eligible for Pinellas Gives Back or Pinellas Training to Work.Visit: for more information and eligibility requirements

Financial Assistance:

211 Tampa Bay Cares

211 Tampa Bay Cares is an information and resource line for any resource available in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Dial 2-1-1 or Text 898211


Spectrum is providing low rates for clients who are recipients of the following progams:

  •  National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  •  Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP
  •  Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)

For more information, please visit

Comcast is offering free internet for 60 days to help low-income families who may not have access to the internet at home through its Internet Essentials program. For more information, visit

Daystar can assist with utility or mortgage assistance. For more information, please call (727) 825-0442.

Pinellas Opportunity Council is currently assisting with rent and utilities. Please contact (727) 823-4101 and leave a message. You can also visit and apply online for assistance.

We Help can assist with water bills. Please click here for the application. If you require a paper version or have questions, please call (727) 821-1200 ext 115

Pinellas County Urban League

PCUL has financial assistance for electric available remotely. Clients can apply online at or by calling 727-327-0977. For more information on Pinellas County Urban league, visit them at

Metropolitan Ministries

For residents of Pinellas County, apply here

Catholic Charities

For more information or questions about available programs, contact us below. Your message will be forwarded to the first available Case Manager. Or, call (727) 893-1313. You can also apply online:

Boley Centers 

To apply for assistance, please visit for requirements and eligibility. If you require a paper application or have questions, please call 727-490-0509

Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Applications open 3/31/21- For updates text pinellasrent to 888777

Check back for more information or visit

Economic Impact Payments:

Even if you don’t normally file taxes, you may still qualify for an Economic Impact Payment.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or qualifying resident alien, not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number, you’ll likely receive an Economic Impact Payment. You don’t have to have income to claim a payment. If you’re experiencing homelessness, you may still be eligible. The payment is not income and you will not owe tax on it. It won’t affect your eligibility for federal government assistance or benefit programs.

If you didn’t get the full amount of the first or second payment you were eligible for, you may be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return even if you aren’t required to file. The third payment will not be used to calculate the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit.

Visit for more information.

Small Business Assistance:

Due to COVID-19, small businesses may take a financial hit due to the closing of businesses not deemed essential. The U.S. Small Business Bureau has multiple funding options available. For more information, visit

The Florida Veterans Foundation is teaming up with The American Legion and The Department of Florida to support those who are affected by this pandemic. For more information, visit

Mental Health/ Stress Assistance:

If you find yourself experiencing issues with your mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Suicide Hotline: connected through 211 Tampa Bay Cares. Dial 211 or Text 898211

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

Suncoast Centers has a mental health agency that is providing telehealth services at this time. Call (727) 388-1220 for more information.

Directions For Living provides mental health services for children and adults. If you are in need of any mental health services, please call (727) 524-4464. Directions For Living also has an Emotional Support Line, for anyone who is having a difficult time coping or adapting during the pandemic. You can call (727) 524-4465 ext 1001. You will leave your name and number and someone will return your call within two hours. The support line is available from 8am-8pm. This line is not for resources, life-threatening emergencies, or mental health emergencies.

PEHMS Crisis Hotline – if you are experiencing a mental Health crisis, please contact (727) 541-4628.


Since the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have observed a crisis that is causing a significant impact on low wage workers across the Tampa Bay area.

Project LINK implemented a telehealth program titled ‘eMergU’ Telehealth. EMergU Telehealth is an online teletherapy platform accessible via a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, that will provide access to No Cost mental healthcare for Tampa Bay area workers and their families. eMergU Telehealth offers HIPAA-compliant video sessions, voice calls, live chats, and messages.

This program target residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties who may be dealing with stress, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and other challenges brought on by COVID 19 pandemic. Individuals seeking counseling can visit, complete a brief assessment, and will be assigned a licensed counselor within 24 hours to help set goals and work through their mental health and life challenges. Patients are able to receive up to three NO COST sessions.

After completing 3 sessions, individuals may continue with their counselor at their own expense. For more information, please visit

CABHI (Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals and Families):  This is a Pinellas County program that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to individuals and families who have experienced homelessness and have serious mental illness, substance abuse disorder, serious emotional disturbance, or co-occurring disorders. If you are in need of a referral or have questions, please contact the Client Advocate at 727-821-1200 x 126

Helping Teens Cope withe the Stress of Isolation:

CDC – Manage Anxiety & Stress

PBS -How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus:

Mobile Crisis Unit -available for adults and children (727) 362-4424

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook:

Coronavirus Coloring book:

Rape Crisis Hotline: If you have been sexually assaulted, please call:

  • the Sexual Assault Services Hotline at (727) 530-7273 anytime 24 hours a day
  • RAINN, the national hotline at 1-800-656-4673

Domestic Violence Hotline: If you are experiencing domestic violence, please call:

  • CASA (727) 895-4912, or (727) 828-1269
  • RCS Pinellas (727) 442-4128, or (727) 446-2448
  • The statewide hotline at 1-800-500-1119. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Pinellas Wellness Connection – Please call 727-791-3131 if you are in need of behavioral health services 

Food Assistance:

If you are unable to seek food resources due to illness, disability or injury, Meals on Wheel St. Petersburg can be an option. Please visit to apply for this program 

For other food pantries, call 211 or visit or download the following list:

Mobile Pantries:

Senior Services:

Neighborly and Meals on Wheels can assist seniors over 60 years of age with meals. If you are in need of assistance, please contact (727) 573-9444 to register.

Mobile Medical Unit:

April Calendar -The Mobile Medical Van will re-start services this month at sites open for services from outside providers.

After Hours Help: Clients have access to an on-call physician or nurse after regular business hours through the Florida Department of Health by calling the clinic’s main phone #727-453-7866

Homeless Services


Showered & Empowered is an organization that provides free showers for homeless people in the community. These are the places that will be hosting showers this month:

  • The Refuge Church – 606 Alden Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755 
    • Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:30 AM  11:30 AM 
  • Praise the Lord Outreach Ministries – 900 Martin Luther King Jr Street South (4.59 mi) 
    Saint Petersburg, FL, FL 33705 
    •  Saturday May 8th 8:30 AM  11:30 AM 
  • Florida Dream Center – 4017 56th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714 
    • Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 
  • First United Methodist Church of Pinellas Park – 9025 49th St N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782 
    • Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 
    •  minimal laundry services will be available  
  • Daystar – 1055 28th St S  
    • Friday, May 21, 2021 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 
  • First United Methodist Church Clearwater – 411 Turner St, Clearwater, FL 33756 
    • Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:30 AM  11:30 AM  
  • Northwest Church – 6330 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709 
    • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church – 4661 82 Avenue North Pinellas Park, FL 33781 
    • Thursday, May 27, 2021 9:00 AM  11:30 AM 
  • Radius Church – 165 13th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 
    • Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 AM  1:00 PM 
    • minimal laundry services will be available  


  • Pinellas HopeCatholic Charities, Phone: (727) 556-6397
  • Safe Harbor  – 14840 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762
  • Hope Villages of America – 1552 S. Myrtle Ave  (727) 446-5964 

If you are a family in need  of shelter, please contact 211 to go through the Family Services Initiative.

The team at recognizes that students experiencing homelessness might have questions about applying for and attending college that might be difficult to find answers to. That’s why we have recently developed a comprehensive college guide for students experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to inform them about critical information regarding their college education and share different resources that will help set them up for success. Our College Guide for Students Experiencing Homelessness offers in-depth information in several areas, including:

  • A guide to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Homeless Bill of Rights
  • A comprehensive list of resources for housing help, essentials assistance, health assistance, community support, and academic support
  • Information regarding FAFSA and scholarships available to students experiencing homelessness

Veteran Services:

Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or visit If you are having a health crisis, please call 727-541-4628.  

If you are a veteran and are seeking employment, you can contact John Sanaxay at CareerSource Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) 727-608-2532

Pet Care Assistance:

If you are in need of pet food, please visit these sites:

  • Pinellas County Animal Services
    Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    12450 Ulmerton Rd.
    Largo, FL 33774
    Phone: (727) 582-2600
    Details: An employee will meet you at the entrance or you may call from the parking lot and an employee will come out to assist. Each citizen is limited to two bags or six cans of food per visit.
  • Humane Society of Pinellas 
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    3040 State Road 590
    Clearwater, FL 33759
    Phone: (727) 797-7722
    Details: To pick up food, knock on the door at the Humane Society’s Volunteer Village, located at their facility, and a representative will assist you and bring the food out to you.  
  • SPCA of Tampa Bay
    Tuesdays from 1-5 p.m.
    9099 130th Avenue North
    Largo, FL 33773
    Phone: (727) 586-3591, ext. 121
    Details: Call ahead to ensure the food pantry has adequate food stocks to meet your needs. If you are planning to pick up canned food, bring plastic grocery bags to transport the food home. When you arrive for your appointment, be sure to have a valid photo ID. 
  • Grassroots Kava House and Pup Active Pet Food Pantry
    Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturdays and Sunday
    s 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    957 Central Avenue
    St. Petersburg, FL 33705
    Phone: (727) 220-3041
    Details: If you’re unable to leave your home due to quarantine or being immuno-compromised, you can send Grassroots Kava House a message via their Facebook page to discuss possible delivery within St. Petersburg city limits.
  • We Help provides dog/cat food upon request. 
  • Animeals – Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg and Friends of Strays Deliver Pet Food to Homebound and Seniors
    • Those who receive Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg and have companion animals can qualify to receive pet food through the Animeals program.
    • Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH), a tri-county leader in hunger relief, research and program development, announces new partnership with Friends of Strays to provide pet food for Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg recipients through the “Animeals” program. This new pet food assistance program will provide monthly food deliveries to recipients who need help to feed their cats and dogs.


PSTA has suspended all fare for bus riders at this time. 

The Essential Workers Program is for essential employees who rely on the bus, but because of PSTA’s reduced bus service, the employees are no longer able to reliably get to or from work. PSTA will work to get these employees rides to or from work curb to curb on either Uber, United Taxi, or Care Ride. Click here to apply today!

If you have a permanent or temporary disability and are unable to independently use the regular, wheelchair accessible PSTA buses, call PSTA at 727-540-1800 for a DART application form. These forms are also available at the PSTA facility located at 3201 Scherer Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33716, and also available for download.