Resources and Services

If you are experiencing difficulties, you are not alone. Whether it is providing food or housing for yourself and your family, finding a mental wellness balance in your life, or finding out where to obtain HIV treatment and how to pay for it, there are services in Brevard County and online that provide information and assistance. 

Food Security

To qualify for SNAP

  • You have a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or
  • You have a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 and share your household with one of the following:
  • A person or persons age 60 and over or
  • A person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).

Food security, ensuring consistent access to nutritious food, is essential for health, economic stability, social equity, and community resilience. SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, addresses food insecurity by providing funds for low-income individuals to buy nutritious food. Eligibility is based on income, expenses, and family size, with applications accepted online, by mail, or in person. Approved applicants receive funds on an EBT card for food purchases, promoting a balanced diet and supporting nutritional needs. Assistance programs offer guidance and support for those navigating the application process, ensuring access to vital resources for those in need.

Housing

Whether it is finding a place to stay or help with rent or utilities, there are several programs in the area that offer assistance with housing. The agencies listed on the right may offer help to those who qualify.

You can also call or visit 211, and it can be used to help finding options to pay your rent, mortgage, or utilities bills and stay in your home. Meanwhile, Brevard County Housing and Human Services offers Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Applications.

Lower Costs: Although moving is a difficult change, finding affordable rent, or downsizing to lower your mortgage, is the best way to ensure you aren’t spending too much income on housing.

If you find yourself in need of a place to stay due to domestic violence, contact Women’s Center of Brevard at 321-607-6809 or visit their website.

Housing Authority Brevard

Housing Authority of Brevard County is based in Melbourne Florida, and the phone number to reach them is (321) 775-1592.


Family Promise of Brevard

Their mission is to end family homelessness in Brevard County. Phone number: 321-209-3391

See site for details


South Brevard Sharing Center

When funds are available, financial support may be provided for prescriptions, utilities, and rent. On site we provide food, health & hygiene items, clothing, and household items. 321-727-8581

See site for details


Community Action

Offer a Self-Sufficiency Program as well as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Call 321-952-6334 for more information.


Brevard Homeless Coalition

Specialists assess callers who are homeless or at risk of homeless and refer to appropriate programs
Call 2-1-1 for more information.

Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is a lifelong journey to strengthen our mental, emotional, social, and psychological resources. Every individual is unique and so is each person’s mental health journey. There is no shame in making ourselves stronger, more independent, or finding our own voice. 

Hotlines

LGBTQ Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262)

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 24/7/365. (Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning—LGBTQ—young people under 25.)

The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline connects LGBT older people and caretakers with friendly responders. 1-877-360-LGBT (5428)

The Trans Lifeline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people:
1-877-565-8860 (United States)
1-877-330-6366 (Canada)

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence: (800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY)

Veterans Crisis Line: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1; text 838255, or go to https://www.veteranscrisisline.net

The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a confidential and anonymous culturally appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Call 1-844-762-8483.

Mental Health Emergency Hotline: 988 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI, or text “HELPLINE” to 62640. Both services available between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday

In October 2023 NAMI launched a Teen & Young Adult HelpLine, for nationwide peer support and resource referrals. Text “Friend” to 62640; chat at nami.org/talktous; call 800-950-6264. Available Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Or, just dial 988

Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support: www.suicide.org

Crisis Text Line: Text REASON to 741741 (free, confidential and 24/7). In English and Spanish

Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)

Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228

Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)

American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency: 1-800-622-2255

Substance Use

We will not pressure you to quit substance use, as it is your decision on how you choose to manage it. You may decide to do it less often or stop substance use completely. 

A substance use disorder (SUD) is a mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to a person’s inability to control their use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications

  1. Narcotics Anonymous: (800) 662-4357
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline: (800) 662-4357
  1. Stay Informed

    Find out how to recognize an overdose

    Visit isaveFL.com to find a naloxone provider near you.

    The Infectious Disease Elimination Act:
    Working to Eliminate Infectious Diseases in Florida

     

     

    Nearly 20% of people diagnosed with mental health disorder also use prescription opioids. Visit Bicycle Health to read about Mental Health & Opioid Use Disorder.

Finding HIV Care

Once you are diagnosed with HIV, you should seek HIV care immediately. With proper HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART) a person can stay healthy. HIV medicine can reduce the amount of HIV in your blood (also called your viral load) to an undetectable level. 

It is also important to inform your sex partner(s) and/or people with whom you inject drugs of your status. This way, you can take steps for yourself and your partner(s) to stay healthy. For tips on how to start the conversation with your partner(s), check out CDC’s Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign.

HIV Services

Find HIV care services across the United States, including HIV medical care, housing assistance, substance abuse, and mental health services.
See site for details

HRSA

Find your state HIV/AIDS toll-free hotline to connect with agencies that can help determine what services you are eligible for and help you get them

See site for details

Ryan White Provider

Find Ryan White HIV medical care providers who can help people living with HIV access the medical care they need but can’t afford

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Take Charge

Taking an active role in your HIV treatment can greatly improve outcomes. Attend all medical appointments to work with your provider on the best treatment plan and monitor progress. Ensure your provider has updated contact information and continue educating yourself about HIV to make informed decisions about your health.
Find out more. 

Paying for HIV Care

Staying in care and taking your medication regularly as prescribed by your physician can keep you healthy. Attending medical appointments can be challenging. However, there are several resources that can assist you in paying for HIV related care. 

Ryan White Program

Ryan White CARE Act was passed by congress in 1990 and is focused on providing care and treatment services to people living with HIV. Services include: HIV medical care, medications, mental health services, dental care, insurance medication co-pays and more. The program is for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to cope with HIV disease. Ryan White fills gaps in care not covered by other sources. 

Medicaid

Medicaid provides coverage to low-income families, qualified pregnant women and children, and individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You can apply for and enroll in Medicaid at any time. 

Medicare

Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease. It covers all medically necessary treatment for a person with HIV.

Private Insurance

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most job-based and individual plans are required to offer new benefits and protections. For example, plans cannot drop someone or deny them coverage just because of a pre-existing health condition, like HIV.

How to apply for Medicare

When you first become eligible for Medicare, you can join a plan. Then, during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (October 15 – December 7), you can join, switch, or drop a plan. Your coverage will begin on January 1. The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is January 1 – March 31 each year.

To get information and learn how to enroll in coverage, visit Medicare.gov or Medicare.gov en Español or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Patient Assistance Programs

Many pharmaceutical companies provides medications to uninsured patients and cost-sharing assistance to offset out-of-pocket costs for higher cost drugs. Below are resources for finding prescription drug assistance information.


Apply for SSI

HIV is listed among the Social Security Administration’s official list of health conditions eligible for disability status, including receiving monetary benefits. If you can demonstrate HIV impairs your ability to work, you may be eligible for SSA.

How to apply

How can someone help you apply