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. 

“Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called food assistance in Florida and formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food benefits, access to a healthy diet, and education on food preparation and nutrition to low-income households. “

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

How to receive assistance 

There are many food pantries in Brevard County. Some are available several times per week, and others are available on a monthly basis. Soup kitchens are also available. For those who would like assistance in applying for Food Stamps, be sure to read the flyer below as there are is a SNAP application assistance program available for those who need it.

Find food pantries & soup kitchens Apply for SNAP




Housing Assistance

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.

“If you are paying more than 1/3 of your income for housing expenses and having difficulties with other bills and basic needs, consider the following:

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.

Public Housing: Public housing was established to provide rental housing for eligible low-income families, older adults, and people with disabilities.”

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.

211                                                          Brevard Housing and Human Services


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 health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” — Noam Shpancer, PhD

Mental Health Hotlines

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. 


One of the most common mental health conditions that people with HIV face is depression. Depression can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms of depression can affect your day-to-day life.

Depression is treatable. Talk to your health care provider, social worker, or case manager to refer you to a mental health provider who can give you the care you need.


HIV and Mental Health

For some, HIV can be a major source of stress. It can also complicate already existing health conditions. A good and reliable mental health resource can help manage the stress related to HIV. Everyone deserves to live their best life and manage their mental well-being. 

Behavioral Health Treatment  Locator



Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT Medications, Counseling, and Related Conditions

Opioid Overdose

Know the Risks of Using Drugs


Other federal websites

Opioids | NIDA

Drug Overdose | CDC

Rx Awareness | CDC


Stay Informed

Find out how to recognize an overdose

Visit 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.

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

“Look forward with hope, not backward with regret”

Find                                                Treatment Options



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 changed my life, but it doesn’t keep me from living. Life doesn’t stop because something happens to you. I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS. It’s a burden trying to keep a secret” – Magic Johnson


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



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


Find 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

See site for details


Learn about PrEP

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) can reduce your chance of getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing 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 or 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


Paying for HIV Care

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

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.

The Health Insurance Marketplace                                      

Established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace, available at, helps uninsured people find and apply for quality, affordable health coverage. 

Medicaid                                                                                        Apply for 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                                                                                       Apply for 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.


The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program                           Testing and services locator

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. 


Federal Programs for Women and Children

There are several federal programs to help low-income women and children access health care. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides free or low-cost health insurance coverage for children up to age 19.  Visit to learn more and see if you are eligible for coverage or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669). 

“A lot of my time was spent searching, thinking and planning my life.”

Ryan White