BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HYBRID IN-PERSON AND ONLINE MEETINGS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE
The Business Office provides managerial, fiscal, and compliance support for grants and state mandated programs such as:county health, adult & 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.
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
The 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.
In effort to ensure the health of our visitors and employees, Seminole County Government has closed public-facing buildings. Our Community Services team will continue to provide financial assistance services via web application and all other services via phone as possible. Please call 407-665-2300 or visit the Community Services Website. If you have documents to drop off please email them directly to your Case Manager, Project Manager, Veteran’s Service Officer, or Program Coordinator or if you are applying for financial assistance please email them to CA_docs@seminolecountyfl.gov. If you need to drop off original documents, please do so in the drop box and we will mail your originals back to you. Thank you.
Rental, mortgage and utility assistance for eligible Seminole County households experiencing financial hardship. On-line Orientation-Application or To Book an Appointment
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. On-line Orientation-Application or To Book an Appointment
Dental Assistance for extractions, fillings,dentures, partial dentures, root canals, crowns,x-rays, sedation, and consultation for eligible residents. Community Assistance Dental Program Flyer On-line Orientation-Application or To Book an Appointment
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
Health Care Responsibility Act (HCRA): Provides uninsured indigent households with financial assistance to cover emergency medical services when admitted to out-of-county hospitals within the State of Florida. Application is made through Case Management at the hospital on the patient’s behalf.
Indigent Care: Provides uninsured very low-income households with financial assistance to cover emergency medical services at the Central Florida Regional Hospital. Application is made through Case Management at the hospital on the patient’s behalf.
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.
The 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:
The Minor Home Repair 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 Pre-Application
The Minor Home Repair Program is now closed.
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 Minor Home Repair 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.
The Homeowner Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Program is now closed. We have reached our funding availability at this time.
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
HUD First-time Homebuyer Education Seminar (no fee for Seminole County Residents)
The Purchase Assistance Program is now closed. We have reached our funding availability at this time
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food and other non-cash assistance is provided to families, individuals and homeless persons Monday through Friday, 9am to noon. Clients are required to bring in documentation each time they visit. (If you need help with food, please visit the Get Help page at (http://thesharingcenter.org/get-helpayudar/3066832) to plan your visit with us.) People in need of food will first meet with a case manager for a comprehensive review of their needs. Each family receives two bags of hand-selected, customized, nutritionally balanced food for each member of the family. A homeless individual will be given enough food to last 2-3 days, or as much as they can carry and store. Clients may request "regular" food assistance up to 5 times per year (a minimum of 30 days in between requests), and may also receive special holiday food at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
The CSBG Advisory Board meets every other month, on the third Tuesday 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 4:00pm. For more information, call 407-665-2300.
2020/2021 Meeting Dates: