Community Services

Divisions

Administration

Business Office

The Business Office provides managerial, fiscal, and compliance support for grants and state mandated programs such as:county health,adult & amp; child mental health medical examiner services, and community services. Financial Services include: oversight and stewardship, grant administration, accurate and timely reporting, and budgeting.

For more information please contact our office at 407-665-2300.

Homeless Advocacy Office

Homeless Advocacy Office is aimed at reducing homelessness in Seminole County by coordinating resources,implementing strategies and providing ongoing support to the various partners and sectors addressing homelessness throughout the County. Staff participates in the Coordinated Entry System (CES) with Homeless Services Network to prioritize and house the most vulnerable homeless families/ individuals. The Homeless Advocacy Office is also working to launch a capacity building Initiative including training and technical assistance to increase the capacity of Seminole County Homeless Service Providers.

Financial Assistance

Rental, Mortgage and/or Utility Assistance

Rental, mortgage and utility assistance for eligible Seminole County households experiencing financial hardship. Orientation-Application

Security & Utility Deposits

Security & Utility Deposits up to $2,000 to eligible households in danger of becoming homeless or are currently homeless due to inability to pay security and/or utility deposits. Orientation-Application

Dental Assistance

Dental Assistance for extractions, fillings,dentures, partial dentures, root canals, crowns,x-rays, sedation, and consultation for eligible residents. Orientation-Application

CSBG Block Grant Program

CSBG Block Grant Program, provides training scholarships for vocational/technical education, before/after, and summer Camp assistance; and the Family Self-Sufficiency Program for income eligible households in Seminole County. Orientation-Application

Homeless CoC/Shelter Plus Care Program

Homeless CoC/Shelter Plus Care Program, provides rental assistance and supportive services for eligible chronically homeless households.

Emergency Solution Grant Program (ESG)

Emergency Solution Grant Program (ESG), provides rental assistance and case management for eligible Seminole County Households so these families can become self-sufficient.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA)

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA), provides rental assistance and case management to eligible elderly and disabled residents of Seminole County.

Cremation/Burial Assistance

Cremation/Burial Assistance, financial assistance to cover the cost of burial or cremation is available for indigent individuals who die within Seminole County borders. Assistance may also be provided for those who die and are unclaimed and/or are unknown individuals. Application

HCRA/Indigent Care

Health Care Responsibility Act (HCRA)/Indigent Care provides uninsured indigent households with financial assistance to cover medical service at Central Florida Regional Hospital.

For more information please call our office 407-665-2300

Seminole County Homeless Prevention Program (SCHP)

Seminole County Homeless Prevention Program (SCHP)-Seminole County Government through its Community Assistance Division, has allocated approximately $1.4 million to assist homeless Seminole County households. Assistance available to qualified households is rental assistance for short term (up to 7 months) to medium term (up to 21 months), one time utility assistance, and emergency housing vouchers. The program is closed at this time.

Community Partnership & Quality Assurance (CPQA) Office

The Community Partnership & Quality Assurance (CPQA) Office seeks to ensure all federal, state and locally funded programs are administered effectively and make efficient use of resources and funds, in accordance with contract provisions and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and related statutes. This is achieved by providing technical assistance, training and regular contract monitoring. Monitoring reviews also include examination of agency files and supporting documentation that may include: income verification and property restricted rents; reviews of the physical and financial condition of an entire project; as well as, inspections for health and safety concerns. If deficiencies are found the team works with customers to reach a resolution that results in compliance.GENCY COMMUNICATIONS

For more information please call our office 407-665-2300

Veterans' Services

Veterans Service Office provides services to support Seminole County Veterans, their survivors and Dependents.

Services provided include:

  • Assistance with claims and appeals for benefits as Service connected Disabilities, Burial and Memorials benefits;

  • Property Tax Exemptions assistance;

  • Non-service connected Pensions (income based);

  • Education and Training benefits and resources to aid Veterans who are experiencing a financial hardship;

  • Aid and Attendance;

  • Property Tax Assistance for disabled veterans;

  • Enrollment for VA Healthcare, acquiring military service and treatment records, and other military related issues; and

  • Annual Veterans Stand Down, a community outreach event in which homeless veterans are connected with the Veterans Administration and other vital supportive services. Showers, clothing and haircuts are also provided during this event.

    The Veterans Services Office is also an active participant in the Seminole County Veterans Treatment Court which provide non-adversarial therapeutic justice program for Veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other illnesses.

    The Veterans Services Section is staffed by three accredited Veteran Service Officers. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • For more information or to make an appointment please call our office 407-665-2300 or visit our website.

Community Development

FamilyThe Community Development Division supports the affordable housing and community improvement needs of Seminole County through the implementation of programs, directly or through community stakeholders, to help improve the living conditions of County residents through    infrastructure    improvements,    public services, housing activities, homeless services and economic development. The following programs are administered directly by the Community Development Division:

Immediate Needs Program

The Immediate Needs Program is designed to provide assistance in the form of a grant to eligible low-income homeowners in Seminole County, who would not otherwise be able to make necessary repairs to correct safety concerns and improve the immediate livability of their homes. In order to be eligible for the program, the homeowner must be residing in the home as their primary residence and have a total household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The five trades in which assistance can be provided are roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC (heating and cooling systems) and repairs to improve accessibility for household members. Flyer and Application

Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Program

The Homeowner Rehabilitation Program is intended to meet the housing rehabilitation needs of income eligible households and to preserve affordable housing in Seminole County. The program provides funding in the form of an interest free, deferred payment loan to qualified homeowners who need more extensive repairs than what can be provided under the Immediate Needs Program. Eligible repairs are completed by County approved licensed building contractors, and are restricted to repairs necessary to improve the health, safety, and well-being of the household or contribute to the structural integrity and preservation of the home. In cases where the structure has deteriorated to a point of being unsafe and no longer habitable, and rehabilitation would not bring the dwelling to property standards, the existing home may be demolished and a new home constructed under this program.

For more information please call our office 407-665-2300

Purchase  Assistance Program

The Purchase Assistance Program provides down payment assistance to income eligible first-time homebuyers of up to $50,000 depending on income level and need to help cover the costs to purchase a newly-constructed or existing home in Seminole County. Applicants must meet the minimum criteria of having a total combined household income at or below 120% of the area median income level; must be a first-time homebuyer, by definition has not owned a home or had interest in a home during the three-year period immediately prior to applying for Purchase Assistance; and pre-approved for a first mortgage through a private lender approved by Seminole County.

For more information please call our office 407-665-2300

Neighborhood  Stabilization Program

Seminole County utilizes federal funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed and/or abandoned homes. After the homes are brought up to property standards, the homes are offered as affordable homeownership opportunities to income eligible households, or provide affordable rental options through partnerships with community stakeholders.

For more information please call our office 407-665-2300

We Do Business in Accordance With the Federal Fair Housing Law
(The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988)

Conducimos nuestros negocios de acuerdo a la Ley Federal de Vivienda Justa (Acta de enmiendas de 1988 de la Ley Federal de Vivienda Justa)

Seminole Continuum of Care Initiative

CoC Membership Policy

CoC Application

Seminole Action Board Presentation

The Seminole County Stakeholders meetings will be held at Seminole State College, Heathrow Campus, 1055 AAA Drive, Room 138A, Heathrow FL, 32746. The meetings will begin at 9:00am.

Friday,  August 24, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018

County Funded Agencies

The county provides funding to non-profits who provide various types of services to address a multitude of unmet needs within our community that may not otherwise be addressed. The county provides this funding out of a longstanding commitment to improve the quality of life of its residents.

*Are You Looking for Help from Local Charities and Non-profit Groups? To find community assistance groups in Seminole County, please utilize the free 2-1-1 service.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Inc.

The East Altamonte Branch is a Supportive Service which will provide after school and summer programs to at-risk youth. The core areas emphasized by this program will be Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, the Arts and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation.

  • Address:801 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 305 Orlando, FL 32803
  • Phone: 407-841-6855
  • Web Site: http://www.bgccf.org/

Boys Town Central Florida, Inc.

The Emergency Intervention and Assessment Center is an Essential Life Service that provides emergency shelter to abused, neglected, abandoned, runaway, and delinquent children between the ages of 10-18 years old. In addition to shelter every child is provided a clean, warm bed, wholesome nutritious meals, clothing, personal hygiene products and other basic items needed for daily survival as well as being evaluated by trained staff within 24 hours of their arrival to determine their specific needs. Boys Town Family Home Program provides care for youth ages 10 to 18 who can’t live at home and whose special needs require more intensive care. Children living in family-style homes and receive treatment and care from specially trained married couples called Family-Teachers. Boys Town In-Home Family Services help at risk families in the community by preventing children from being placed outside of their home, or reunifying them with their family if outside placement is necessary. At this fastest-growing continuum level, trained Family Consultants deliver services to families in their homes and provide support 24/7. Boys Town Common Sense Parenting® offers training for parents who want to build on their existing skills or learn new ways of dealing with their children’s difficult behaviors. CSP adapts Boys Town’s proven child-care methods for troubled children to meet the needs of just about any family. A six-session workshop (12 hours total) allows parents to learn, practice and demonstrate new parenting skills. The Behavioral Health Clinic offers a wide range of outpatient services for children of all ages who are experiencing behavioral, emotional, academic, or substance use concerns. The Clinic serves youth of all ages, from infancy to 19, and offers families a wide range of specialized services.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc.

The Pathways to Care Program is an Essential Life Service that provides shelter and recuperative care to homeless individuals who are discharged from hospitals, emergency rooms, and other medical agencies. In addition each client is offered mental health counseling and case management and encouraged to complete a social recovery plan which addresses the root causes of their homelessness.

  • Address: 1819 North Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL 32807
  • Phone: 407-658-1818
  • Web Site: http://www.cflcc.org/

The Christian Sharing Center, Inc.

The food pantry is an Essential Life Service that works to address the need of hunger in the community by providing individuals and families in Seminole County with a two-day supply of food. Every household receiving food is also assessed by a Case Manager to determine any additional needs such as physical and emotional health, parenting concerns, shelter concerns, legal issues and long-term budgeting strategies.

  • Address: 600 N. Hwy 17-92, Suite 158, Longwood, FL 32750-3638
  • Address: 515 E. 25th Street, Sanford, FL 32773 (Sanford, Lake Monroe and Geneva Residents Only)
  • Phone: 407-260-9155 (Longwood) - 407-691-3142 (Sanford)
  • Web Site: http://www.thesharingcenter.org/

Heart of Florida United Way, Inc.

The 2-1-1 Information and Referral helpline is a Supportive Service that will service Seminole County along with the Tri-County area by connecting callers facing foreclosure, eviction, hunger, health care resources and other emergencies with appropriate resources to stabilize their families. In additional to assisting callers with resources, 2-1-1 is also trained to provide crisis and suicide intervention services.

Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc.

The Early Intervention Services Program is a Supportive Service serving infants and children of Seminole County who are blind and visually impaired and who often have additional disabilities. Each child is paired with a Mentor who develops a Plan of Service with the family that identifies goals for the child and helps the child reach these goals until they are ready to transition into Kindergarten.

Intervention Services, Inc.

The Village Transitional Housing Program is an Essential Life Service that provides a housing option for former Seminole County foster youth who turn 18 and “age out” of the foster care system. The Village assists them is accomplishing their employment and educational goals, while teaching them independent living skills and providing a range of essential services such as behavioral health services and accessing medical services.

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Inc.

The Family Stabilization Program (FSP) is a Supportive Service which entails a six-month intensive case management program that provides an array of wraparound services to stabilize Seminole County families before they descend into homelessness. The FSP addresses money management skills, effective family functions, emotional and mental health coping skills, employability or job security, and improving or maintaining housing.

Kids House of Seminole, Inc.

Kids House is an Essential Life Service that provides critical services to abused children and their families in Seminole County. These services provided include crisis intervention consisting of face to face intensive crisis counseling, child advocacy during the judicial process, and risk reduction services which consist of emergency assistance with emergency funds and/or referrals for the victim and non-offending family members in need.

Meals on Wheels, Etc., Inc.

The Meals on Wheels program is an Essential Life Service that provides the elderly of Seminole County with home-delivered meals and medical/shopping transportation. Two home-delivered meals are provided daily to home bound seniors who cannot prepare a nutritious meal for themselves. The transportation services assist those seniors who cannot afford private fare and are not capable of walking to a bus stop or getting on and off a bus by themselves.

Safehouse of Seminole County

SafeHouse is an Essential Life Service that provides 24-hour emergency shelter to Seminole County victims of domestic violence and their children who are in imminent danger and are seeking safety. Residents receive food, clothing, safe shelter, safety planning sessions, individual crisis counseling, support groups, case management (including individual need assessment, development of service plans, written safety plans and the coordination of appropriate services and follow-up), referrals to community resources, child assessments, children’s healing programs, transitional housing and personal advocacy.

Seminole County Victims’ Rights Coalition (Y.A.N.A) – The “You Are Never Alone” or Y.A.N.A. Project is a Supportive Service that offers supervised visitations which consist of on-site visitations with a trained supervisor who is present with the children at all times, safe monitored exchanges which are on-site supervised exchange of child(ren) between custodial and non-custodial parties, and parenting classes. These services provide a safe space for children to visit with the non-custodial parent, help keep children and adult victims of domestic violence safe during exchanges and visitation, and provide access to meaningful referrals.

The Seminole County Coalition for School Readiness, Inc.

The Early Learning Coalition of Seminole is an Essential Life Service that provides assistance to low/moderate income working families with the cost of child care in settings that build the foundation children need to enter school ready to learn. This program reduces out-of-pocket childcare costs for struggling Seminole County families with children birth to 12 years and gives their children access to reliable care in quality learning environments.

The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, Inc.

The Midway Safe Harbor program is a Supportive Service providing community-based learning and enrichment opportunities for students within the northeast sector of Sanford. This program presents opportunities for remedial education and academic enrichment in reading, math and science, physical education and recreation, dropout prevention and character education, and adult family member educational support.

Seniors First, Inc.

Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) provides community-based services that meet Supportive Service needs and are organized in a continuum of care to assist seniors to live in the least restrictive environment suitable to their health conditions and abilities. Support is provided to Seminole County elderly clients as needed and can include case management, case aide, homemaker, personal care, adult day care, home delivered meals, respite, companionship, emergency response, medical supplies, and nutritional counseling.

Special Olympics Florida, Inc.

Special Olympics Seminole County is a Supportive Service that provides free year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. They will provide at no charge uniforms, equipment, transportation and lodging which is all needed to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities residing in Seminole County can participate safely in program activities and develop as individuals in the community.

Special Service Contracts

These funds are designated to the division for services mandated by Florida statue or federal regulations to help cover the costs of services primarily needed by indigent families who have no other means of paying. Funding designated for these projects are another example of the County’s efforts to care for their residents which ultimately enhances communities within Seminole County.

Seminole Community Mental Health Center

  • Services: Provides in-patient and out-patient mental health services to low income Seminole County residents.
  • Address: 237 Fernwood Boulevard Fern Park FL 32708
  • Phone: 407-831-2411
  • Fax: 407-831-0195
  • Web Site: http://www.scmhc.com

Central Florida Regional Hospital (Indigent Care)

  • Services: Provides financial assistance for indigent Seminole County residents who have needed emergency medical assistance.
  • Contact: Heather Hoover
  • Address: 1401 W. Seminole Blvd. Sanford, FL 32771
  • Phone: 407-321-4500
  • Web Site: http://www.centralfloridaregional.com

Child Protection Team

  • Services: Provides medical exams and assessments on children where "alleged abuse" has occurred.
  • Address: 5467 North C.R. 427 Sanford, FL 32773
  • Phone: 407-324-3036
  • Fax: 407-324-3045
  • Web site: www.kidshouse.org

 

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)


Education

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training Program

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training Program will provide financial assistance to eligible individuals for training program tuition, books and training supplies. Financial assistance will be provided to individuals that need training in order to attain employment, maintain employment or to increase employment income and/or benefits. This program will begin accepting applications through Orientation beginning at 8:15 a.m. Orientation check-in is from 8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m., Monday and Wednesday mornings. Applications are also accepted online at APPLY.

Click on the above link for more program information. Click on the Application link to view the application version submitted at an in-house orientation only.

Tuition assistance is available to eligible individuals to a school listed on the CareerSource Central Florida Approved Classes Matrix.

Please Note: Seminole County and the approved school/training provider must enter into an agreement before scholarships can be provided. Seminole County has obtained agreements with the following schools for County fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.

Training Providers

AAA School of Dental Assisting
Seminole State College
Truck Drivers Institute

If the school/training provider you would like to attend is not listed above it will take 60 days for an agreement to be entered into if the school/training provider is willing to work with Seminole County Government.

Community Services Block Grant - Family Self Sufficiency Program

The Family Self Sufficiency Program is a voluntary program offered to Seminole County individuals and families to help them in becoming more self-sufficient. These services help overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency and are the tools to help achieve economic independence. When individuals or families enter the program, they meet with the FSSP Case Manager to discuss their needs and to set goals. Together, the FSSP Case Manager and applicant(s) set goals that can be achieved.

This program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Community Services Summer Day Camp Scholarships

Four Happy Children

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides Summer Day Camp Scholarships to income eligible Seminole County families to send their children to a summer day camp program. The purpose of the Summer Day Camp Scholarship Program is to provide a safe environment for youth during the summer months. Additionally, this program enables youth to avoid risk-taking behavior for a defined period of time. This program pays 1 to 10 weeks of summer camp tuition/fees, depending on the day camp provider chosen.  The program is administered through the Early Learning Coalition Web-Site.

Pre-applications for Summer Camp are now being accepted by the Early Learning Coalition.  If you have any questions please call the Early Learning Coalition at (407) 960-2468.  Click here for the application.  

Please note that approval is based on funding and Board of County Commissioner approval. 


Community Services Extended Day Scholarships

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) will provide Extended Day Scholarships to eligible students. The purpose of the Program is to provide a safe environment for youth before and after school while helping their parents maintain employment. Additionally, this program will enable youth to avoid risk-taking behavior for a defined period of time.  For more information contact Early Learning Coalition Web-Site
 

To be eligible for this program the applying household must meet the minimum criteria below:

  • Household must reside in Seminole County; and
  • Household’s income must be at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty
    Limit; and
  • One adult in the household must be working or enrolled in school full time
  • In addition, the household’s child(ren) must meet the following criteria to be determined eligible:
    • Child(ren) must reside in Seminole County (at least 50% of the time); and
    • Child(ren) must be in grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade; and
    • Child(ren) must be enrolled in Seminole County Public School system

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

The CSBG Advisory Board meets every other month, on the third Thursday of the month, in the large conference room located at the Division of Community Assistance office in the Reflections Plaza, at 534 W. Lake Mary Boulevard, Sanford, FL, 32773-7400. These meetings begin at 6:30pm. For more information, call 407-665-2300.

2018/2019 Meeting Dates:

  • November 15, 2018
  • January 17, 2019
  • March 21, 2019
  • May 16, 2019
  • July 18, 2019 
  • September 19, 2019