Rent & Utility Assistance

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.

Turning Points - General Information

Location:

701 17th Avenue West,
Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone / Fax:

T: (941) 747-1509
F: (941) 567-6149

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm

Requirements

To be eligible for financial assistance:

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

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First Step: We have reached the limit for applications already for this week. The Online Application is now closed. It will reopen again on Monday at 9am.

All applications must be submitted through this site to be considered for assistance. Due to the overwhelming need for assistance, we can only open up the application process every Monday morning at 9am. It will be turned off as soon as the appointments are filled with the case managers, which is usually about an hour or less. The process will reopen again the following Monday at 9am. Thank you for your patience.   

Second Step: Gather Your Documents

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Take notes concerning what items and documents you were requested to bring with you to your appointment at Turning Points and start gathering them together. These items will be crucial for the Case Manager to try and determine if eligibility can be verified. Bring anything else you feel could be important.

Third Step: 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. Based on your eligibility and ability to meet funding guidelines, you may qualify for financial assistance for rent, deposits, and/or utilities.

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Fourth Step (if applicable): Receive Funding

Man in a wheel chair receiving a document from a Turning Points employee

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 company.

Testimonials

his place is great for people who need help or are going through rough times, they can help with food stamps, clothing, showers, food (to take home for those who have a home, or a meal Mon-Fri), they have computers available to use, they also have housing assistance for those who qualify. There is also a lot more that they do, this place helped me so much when I had nowhere to go.
Justin Balser
Went to the One Stop Center and Turning Points today for a tour of the facility - was excellent and informative - if interested, make an appointment - takes about an hour and well worth the time to see all that is going on there - there were clients in all areas - the place was a beehive of activity - a wonderful facility for our community and one of the top in the country - highly recommend checking it out.
Sue Wait
Turning points is so awesome. Without them I would not have a wonderful home for my family and I.
Tammi Wallin
I volunteered at the Stand Down held in Palmetto on Nov. 1st. I was so impressed with the services available for the all those in need. There was a separate building just for veterans. I was in that building and saw how they helped the men and women with any paperwork. They serviced breakfast to all and had a bounce house for children. I give this organization an A+.
Sally Helmbrecht