Rent & Utility Assistance

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Location: 701 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Phone: (941) 747-1509 Closed on Government Holidays
Fax: (941) 567-6941 Closed Daily, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for Lunch

Overview

You or your partner have lost your job and now do not have enough income to pay rent and utilities and are facing eviction. Your car broke down, and you need it to get to work and to take your toddler to day care, so you are forced to fix the car and now are behind in all your other monthly bills. You are diagnosed with an acute condition that requires you to be off work for a couple months and you have no insurance of any kind.

These are just a few of the common scenarios that may confront you causing you to seek financial assistance from our Transitional Development Program. Depending on the availability of funding, this program assists households facing the prospect of eviction and also men, women, and children who are trying to get into stable housing from homelessness.

Requirements

To be eligible for financial assistance:

  1. You have to document financial sustainability,
  2. Verify you have been resident in Manatee County for at least one month, and
  3. Your income must meet eligibility guidelines for the funding program that may assist you.  Eligibility is difference for each program.

First Step:  Application Process

All applicants must contact United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota by dialing 211 from any phone.  Trained individuals will guide you through the application process.  If you have any problems dialing 211, you can call 941-308-HELP(4357).

Second Step: Evaluation and Notification

After submitting through 2-1-1, your application is reviewed by Turning Points staff. If you meet basic criteria and funding is available, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to see a case manager within 10 business days. If you are not eligible, you will be contacted and, if appropriate, information and a referral will be provided regarding other options you may want to consider.  Please note that our front desk staff does not have access to your information.  

Third Step (if applicable): Meet with a Case Manager

When you meet with a case manager, you will have the opportunity to discuss your situation and need with a trained, professional case manager. They will assess your situation and help you develop a basic budget to determine household sustainability. 

Fourth Step (if applicable): Receive Funding

If you meet with a case manager and funding is identified for you, Turning Points will draft the necessary legal documents and issue payments directly to your landlord and/or utility companies.