Temporary Crisis Intervention

Life sometimes deals you a hard blow.  If you need emergency assistance to stay in your home or pay your utilities, we may be able to help.

One-Time Help for Urgent Financial or Utility Needs

Friendship at Home

If you find yourself in need of temporary help with a financial situation, are in transition and need one-time assistance with a rent or utility bill, or if you find yourself on the verge of homelessness, we may be able to offer short-term help through our Friendship at Home program. This program offers support in collaboration with Season of Sharing in Sarasota County, individual donations and alternate funding – to be used for urgent needs that fall outside of the Elder Helpline system.

EHEAP – Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program

If you are over age 60 and cannot afford your air conditioning or heating bills, EHEAP can help you make ends meet on an emergency basis. Through this program, eligible individuals may receive help with purchasing fans, heaters or blankets with emergency funds set aside for this purpose. There may be additional funds to help repair cooling or heating equipment, or for reconnection fees. Your counselor will determine if you are qualified by asking questions about your eligibility.

If you think you’re in a situation that falls into one of the categories above, you can call the Elder Helpline or talk with one of our Friendship at Home coordinators to assess your needs. To contact a coordinator in your county, click here for phone numbers and locations.