Financial Assistance

Applications open 3/31/21- For updates text pinellasrent to 888777 – To apply for assistance, please visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/where-to-get-help/ You must create an account with Neighborly to access the application.


OurFlorida: Assistance from the State of Florida for rental and utility relief to support residents from COVID –19. https://www.ourflorida.com/  Visit this website for qualifiers and to apply for assistance.


211 Tampa Bay Cares: An information and resource line for any resource available in Pinellas and Pasco County. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 211 or Text 898211 


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

  •  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 https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html 


Internet Assistance 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband internet service for eligible households.  

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. 

 As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org. 

Frequently asked questions and program updates can be found on the FCC’s website. 


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


Pinellas Opportunity Council is currently assisting with utilities. Please contact 727-823-4101 and leave a message. You can also visit https://poc-inc.org/emergency-services-program/ and apply online for assistance.  


We Help can assist with water bills.
If you have not received assistance during this calendar year (2021), then you are eligible for assistance. Please apply using the link: Water Assistance Application. It can be completed and submitted on a computer or a mobile phone. 


Pinellas County Urban League 

PCUL has financial assistance for power available remotely. Clients can apply online at https://www.shahsoftware-casemanager.com/CTSOnline/frmClientIntakeVertical.aspx?CID=PINELLASCOUNTY or by calling 727-327-0977.  

For more information on Pinellas County Urban league, visit them at https://www.pcul.org/liheap 


Metropolitan Ministries 

For residents of Pinellas County, apply here https://form.jotform.com/201818803624151 


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: https://www.ccdosp.org/financial-assistance-pinellas-county/ 


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 IRS.gov/coronavirus for more information. 


Small Business Assistance  

Due to COVID-19, small businesses may take a financial hit due to the closings of businesses not deemed essential. The U.S Small Business Bureau has multiple funding options below. For more information, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options 

The Florida Veterans Foundation is teaming up with The American Legion, Department of Florida, to support those who are affected by this pandemic. For more information, visit https://helpflvets.org/covid-19-support/