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.

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. 


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

Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228

LGBTQ National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

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

NAMI Teen & Young Adult HelpLine: Text “Friend” to 62640; chat at; call 800-950-6264. Available Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

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

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

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

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); or dial 988

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

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): (800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY)

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

The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline: 1-877-360-LGBT (5428)

The StrongHearts Native Helpline: domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans. 1-844-762-8483. Available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT.

The Trans Lifeline: is staffed by transgender people for transgender people:

1-877-565-8860 (United States)

1-877-330-6366 (Canada)

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678. Available 24/7/365. (suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth).

Veterans Crisis Line: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1; text 838255, or go to

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.



Substance Use Help

Narcotics Anonymous: (800) 662-4357

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline: (800) 662-4357

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT Medications, Counseling, and Related Conditions

Opioid Overdose

Know the Risks of Using Drugs

Opioids | NIDA

Drug Overdose | CDC

Rx Awareness | CDC

Find out how to recognize an overdose

Visit to find a naloxone provider near you.


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).

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