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Pasco County Available Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought tremendous strain to our country, our community and especially to the most vulnerable. That is why we have decided to give you a daily update on services that are available in Pasco County so you can be aware and get the word out. We are updating these service DAILY.

We also NEED to hear from you. Email Don@pascohomelesscoalition.org with any updates or services you know that are available. It is important that we work together during this time to get help and support to those in need.

Pasco County Services Available:

New Updates Added May 29th:

  • Careersource Pasco Hernando: Our offices are open by appointment only. Call one of the main numbers below to schedule.
    Dade City: 813.377.1300
    New Port Richey: 727.484.3400
    Brooksville: 352.200.3020
  • One Community Now: One Community Now Connections offers assistance with resume building, job search skills, computer and keyboard training, interview training, access to our community resources and more. Doors are open 10AM-2PM Monday-Thursday, and starting June 1st we will be open on Friday. We are located at 5841 Main Street, New Port Richey.

Previous Updates:

  • Pasco County Schools: On Friday, May 29, we will be handing out variety boxes of fruits and vegetables on a drive-thru basis at three separate locations. Each box will include plastic-wrapped boxes of fruits and vegetables, including some combination of cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, oranges, pears, tomatoes, squash and eggplant. These Farm Fresh Pop Up events are intended to help families who are struggling to put food on the table. The school district continues to work with local farmers who are willing to donate fresh fruits and vegetables to help the community. In this case, the vegetables are being provided by Farm Share. The locations are:
    • Fivay High School at 12115 Chicago Avenue in Hudson
    • Pasco High School at 36850 State Road 52 in Dade City
    • Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel
    • The distribution of the boxes of fruits and vegetables is scheduled to start between 9:30 and 10 a.m., and will continue until the boxes run out. We will practice safe social distancing and wear masks. We ask that everyone remains in their vehicles. Just pop the trunk and we’ll do the rest.
  • Pasco County Schools Drive Through Summer Feeding: Summer feeding starts Tuesday, June 2nd. ONE pick up day each week (Tuesdays) to provide 5 days of breakfast and lunch for each child at designated locations. Meals will be served drive-thru style between 11:00AM-1:00PM at these sites. In select areas, meals will also be available at the neighborhood bus stops. Buses will remain at each stop for 30 minutes for meal pick-up. Meals are free to CHILDREN 18 Years and Younger and they MUST be present to receive a meal package otherwise their name, student ID number (if applicable), and home street address must be provided to the site staff. Click here to complete the Meal Request Form that is needed.
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church: Our food pantry is located at 12747 Interlaken Road, Trinity, FL. 34655. Hours: Mon. and Wed. 10:00-12:00.
  • Premier Community Healthcare: We are beginning FREE Drive Up/Walk Up Testing by APPOINTMENT on June 4th. Locations will start in East Pasco/Hernando for now since BayCare and AdventHealth already have Central & West testing locations. Click here for Flyer that details the information.
  • Public Defender Mobile Medical Unit & Mobile Hot Showers: We will be at the following locations next week:
    Wednesday, May 27: Atonement Lutheran, MMU only – 29617 SR 54, Wesley Chapel from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Thursday, May 28: Farmworkers Self-Help @ Resurrection Park, MMU only – 37124 Lock Street, Dade City from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Thursday, May 28: Coalition for the Homeless, Mobile Hot Showers only – 5652 Pine St, NPR from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
    Friday, May 29: Glorious Church of God in Christ, MMU only – 37504 Trilby Rd, Dade City from 10:00 am -1:00 pm
  • Careersource Pasco Hernando: Offices partially opened:
    • New Port Richey and Brooksville offices open: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 8a-1p; then on Tuesday & Thursday 2pm – 7pm
    • Dade City office open: Tuesday & Thursday 9am – 4pm
    • Staff can still be reached through the ‘live chat’ feature on the website.
    • The Non Custodial Parent Employment Program (NCPEP): Accepting new enrollments to assist parents paying child support to find or maintain employment with needed support services. Click here for link. Staff can be reached by phone: 352-251-7452 or through the live chat feature on the CSPH website, bottom right corner Need Help/Child Support.
  • Bay Area Legal Services: Join Melissa Craig and B. Maria Carrubba-Fuentes, of our Senior Advocacy Unit team, as they discuss foreclosure prevention during COVID-19. They will both share different protections and practical tips to keep your home. Tune in Friday, May 22, at 3:30 PM! A live Q&A will follow. Click here for the link.

  • Make A Difference, Inc.: Make A Difference, Inc. has changed its office hours. Here are the dates for the upcoming Mobile Food Pantry:
    • We will be open Monday-Friday, 10 am – 3 pm for curb-side service only.
    • We will still be having our Mobile Food Pantry for drive-through service this Thursday May 21, 2020 at the Dade City Walmart on U.S. Highway 301 from 1 pm – 4 pm. No ID required. First Come, First Served. Contact us at (352) 437-3466 for any questions.
    • The following Mobile Food Pantry will be for drive-through service the following Thursday on May 28, 2020 at the Pasco County Fair Grounds on State Road 52 from 1 pm – 4 pm. No ID required. First Come, First Served. Contact us at (352) 437-3466 for any questions.
    • Contact Information:
      Office: (352) 437-3466
      Email: teamblue@makedifference.org
      Website: www.makedifference.org
      Facebook: Make A Difference, Inc.
      Location: 12311 U.S. Highway 301, Dade City, FL 33525
  • St. Vincent de Paul CARES: St. Vincent de Paul CARES Supports US Veterans in Need with $2 Million During the COVID-19 Crisis. Eligible veterans living in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Desoto, Highlands, Hardee, Lee and Collier counties may be eligible for rent and/or utility assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Click here for information.
  • Public Defender Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) & Mobile Hot Showers: Scheduled dates are as follows:
    • Monday, May 18 from 9:00-2:00 PM – Metropolitan Ministries, 3214 US Hwy 19 No, Holiday – MMU only.
    • Wednesday, May 20 from 9:30-1:30 PM – Keystone Second Serving at Keystone Community Church, 21010 SR 54, Lutz – MMU with Mobile Hot Showers. Church food pantry 9:30-1:30 PM. A meal for the homeless will be provided by the church 11:30-1:30 PM, served outdoors. Clothing will also be available.
    • Thursday, May 21 from 9:30-1:00 PM – My Community Baptist Church, 11441 Osceola Dr, New Port Richey – MMU with Mobile Hot Showers. Church food pantry 10:00-1:00 PM.
    • TeleHeath hours will continue Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 PM.
  • Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando: Here are brochures of Services and Virtual Services.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order: Governor’s latest executive order extends eviction relief until Tuesday morning June 2, 2020.
  • One Community Now: Update to our meals. Tuesday at Joining Hands Mission Church – 5:30pm-6:30pm is not a hot meal provided by Spartan Manor. It is a sandwich, chips, and fruit provided by Metropolitan Ministries.
  • Florida Department of Health in Pasco County: Click here for update of COVID-19 limited services.
  • Farm Share Food Distribution: Pasco Commission Chairman Mike Moore and Representative Randy Maggard are hosting this Farm Share Food Distribution on May 20th at 9am at The Shops at Wiregrass. This is a drive through event, people will stay in their cars for the distribution.
  • St. Vincent DePaul at St. Michaels Conference: Our Food Pantry is Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 1:00pm – 3:00pm and is located at 8020 State Road 52, Hudson, Florida 34667. Any questions, call 727-857-5818
  • One Community Now: Drive Thru Hot Meals Update. The following locations will be handing out Hot Meals provided by Spartan Manor and bags of groceries:
    Tuesday: Joining Hands Mission Church – 5:30pm-6:30pm
    Wednesday: First United Methodist Church – 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Wednesday: Holiday Lake Estates Civic Center – 5:30pm-6:30pm
    Thursday: Joining Hands Mission Church – 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Farm Share Food Distribution: Pasco Commission Chairman Mike Moore and Representative Randy Maggard are hosting this Farm Share Food Distribution on May 20th at 9am at The Shops at Wiregrass. This is a drive through event, people will stay in their cars for the distribution.

  • Healthy Start Coalition Pasco County: Services are offered at a place and time convenient to the family, during COVID-19, we provide services virtually and by phone. Services include breastfeeding education, childbirth education, parenting support, smoking cessation, nutritional care, health education, access to needed resources, counseling, and safe sleep education. Our services are voluntary and at no cost. In addition, New Healthy Start participants get a chance to win an Evenflo Infant Carrier! Each week we will publicize the winning number on our Facebook Page.

  • Covenant Christian Church: The food pantry is now open as a drive through, between the hours of 12:00-2:30 PM, Tuesday and Friday, only. We are located at 6814 Indiana Ave, New Port Richey.
  • St Vincent de Paul Our Lady Queen of Peace Food Pantry: We are now open three days a week for food distribution only. Our new hours are Thursday 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, and Monday and Friday 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Our address 5320 Shaw St, New Port Richey, Florida 34652. Clients are asked to stop on the road in front of the building, stay in the car, and food will be brought out to the car.
  • Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc: Pasco County restaurants are invited to partner with to safely serve seniors during COVID-19 with fresh, nutritious meals. Pasco restaurants interested in joining the Dining Out at Home Program, can email: DiningOutAtHome@AAAPP.org.
  • The United Way of Pasco & The Pasco County BOCC: We are rolling out a new Operation Feed Pasco program to help local food pantries & soup kitchens, and the people they serve – along with our local restaurants! If you’d like to be partner with us, please click here.
  • The Alliance for Substance Addiction Prevention (ASAP): We are seeing a scary surge in overdoses in Pasco County. From May 1-5 we have a total of 29 documented overdoses with 6 of those resulting in death. We are seeing the most overdoses resulting in death in the Northern part of the county, Hudson and North New Port Richey. We are responding IMMEDIATELY to this crisis by teaming up with the Pasco Recovery Community Organization (RCO) and Grace House to field Narcan to those most vulnerable. BEGINNING TODAY, we have 2,000 doses of Narcan ready to distribute. We would like to get these in the hands of people in need, not necessarily providers. We can give them to providers if they are giving them directly out to clients, but our focus is on the substance user’s themselves. If you know someone who needs Narcan, please have them call 727-255-2036 and ask for Rachel Starostin.
  • Public Defender Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) & Mobile Hot Showers: Our Telehealth hours have change. Phone lines are open from 8:00-4:00 PM Monday-Friday.
  • Public Defender Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) & Mobile Hot Showers: We will be heading back out into the community next week. We will also continue Telehealth with phone lines open from 8:00-5:00 PM Monday-Friday.
    • Tuesday, May 12, 10-2:00 PM: New Hope Wesleyan Church, 7208 Terrace Dr, Hudson. MMU with Mobile Hot Showers. A hot meal will be served outdoors provided by the church.
    • Wednesday, May 13, 9:00-2:00 PM: Shady Hills United Methodist Church, 15925 Greenglen Lane, Shady Hills. MMU with Mobile Hot Showers. Church food pantry 9:00-12:00 noon. A hot meal for the homeless will be provided by the church 2-6:00 PM, served outdoors.
    • Thursday, May 14, 9:30-1:00 PM. Farmworkers Self Help, Resurrection Park, 37124 Lock St, Dade City. MMU only.
  • SSVF Program Office: In an effort to respond quickly to providing emergency housing assistance that will meet the unique needs of homeless Veterans, the Program Office will allow Grantees to provide pet fee assistance at the hotel. Our primary focus is to assist Veterans with exiting unsafe situations and quickly getting them into a hotel while they can begin working toward permanent housing. Upon further consideration of the immediate needs to ensure Veteran safety during the COVID-19 crisis, payment of pet fees/deposits or pet rent associated with permanent housing will not be an allowable expense.
  • Steps to Recovery: We have resumed admissions (male veterans). New admissions will be tested for COVID-19 virus and isolated while awaiting results of test. There are currently 5 open beds and 30 veterans in residence. Intake Coordinator: Donnie 727-234-8117.
  • Catholic Charities Services: We are now able to have intakes coming to the Pasco Women’s shelter. A pre-screening phone intake will be conducted with clients, we will be following the state regulations of social distancing for intakes, we will also check on the temperature of the clients once they arrive to the facility. We have an small budget to assist 10 families in Pasco with utility payments, please contact 727-861-4140 for further details.
  • Disability Achievement Center – The Center for Independent Living:
    • Providing Independent Living services remotely
    • Call: 727-539-7550 or email: info@myDACIL.org
    • Normal hours of operation 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday
    • Please call if you are in need of incontinence supplies or durable medical equipment
    • Limited donation pick-up.
  • Solis Health Plans and Florida Family Primary Care Centers: Together they are bringing COVID-19 testing to senior citizens in Tampa beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The testing will focus on residents aged 65 or older who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus. Test kits will be provided by CBS Labs at six locations. Testing will only be offered for those who have scheduled an appointment in advance by calling 813-461-7084. The location in Pasco is at 7463 State Road 52, Hudson, FL 34667. Click here for the flyer with all the information.
  • Bay Area Legal Services, Inc: Our Facebook Live presentations continue on May 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Attorney Raeseen C. Kennedy presenting “Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Restored Hope: Restored Hope’s building is closed but the center is open 9am-5pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for financial services via phone and email. There is a drive through for food on those days as well from 9am-2pm. Those in need of rent or utility assistance can call or email for instructions. 352-437-4815 info@restoredhopefl.org
  • St. Vincent de Paul CARES Pasco SSVF Program: Due to COVID-19, Homeless Prevention guidelines for SSVF have been relaxed. The Veteran is no longer required to meet the VA target threshold score on the prevention screening tool to receive assistance. Any Veteran who needs prevention assistance, such as: rental and utility arrears/rental and utility assistance, will be eligible with proof they are behind/late or a note from the landlord. Some of these cases will be considered “light touch” case management and may not require intensive case management. We are also able to assist Veterans with EHA-Emergency Housing Assistance, for motel stays. The Veteran would need to be 60+ years old, have underlying medical issues, or be living in a congregate situation. The VA has deemed these Veterans to be at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. Under the new COVID-19 guidelines, we can provide rental and utility assistance beyond the traditional 3-6-9 months of rental and utility assistance for Veterans. We are also able to pay for motel pet fees, pet deposits for move ins and monthly pet fees for housing units.
  • Pasco County Community Development: Soliciting applications from community organizations and county departments for funding through its Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Funds (Public Services and Public Development) and Emergency Solutions Grant – Coronavirus (ESG-CV) Funds. These special funds are to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
    • Funding will be targeted to the priorities identified in the current Consolidated Plan, available on-line.
    • Applications will be available May 4, 2020 via Neighborly Software. Application Portal Link. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2020 by 4:00PM eastern standard time.
    • Funding is expected to be available within 60 days with a project end date of September 30, 2021.
    • At this time the approximate funding anticipated will be $2.5 million for all listed programs. Approximately $1,706,818 will be available for CDBG-CV Public Development and Public Services, and approximately $834,545 will be available for ESG-CV funding. The funds are to be used for COVID-19 related expenditures that are not already covered by an existing budget. ESG-CV applications will not be accepted for Essential Services for Emergency Shelter. Applications for expansion of Shelter Services will be accepted. CDBG-CV applications must meet a National Objective and serve low- and moderate-income households.
    • Funding is made available from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    • For further information please contact Pasco County Community Development at 727-834-3447.
  • Messengers of Hope Mission: Weekly food pantries or meal locations for food/pet food for people in need:
    Friday 10-11 am / Drive up – 14426 Black Lake Rd, Odessa, FL 33556
    Saturday 9:30-10 / Drive up – 7831 Gulf Highlands Dr, Port Richey, FL 34668
    Sunday 2-2:30 (Meals for homeless or anyone in need) – 10012 Moon Lake Rd, New Port Richey FL 34668
    Sunday 3-4pm – 8346 Congress St, New Port Richey, FL 34668
  • St. Michael’s Church: Located at 8020 SR 52, Port Richey has Food Pantry services available: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 1-3PM.
  • Florida Department of Health: The website for the Florida Department of Health COVID19 is now fully available in Spanish! Click the Spanish button on the top right corner of the website for information about prevention tips, travel information and more!
  • Pasco Curbing Hunger Drive: Pasco County leaders are joining together to support a curbside food drive to benefit needy families in Pasco County. This Saturday, May 2, we will be at 16400 SR 54 E. – at the southwest corner SR 54 and the Veterans Expressway, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Then, on May 9 we will be at Sam’s Club of Wesley Chapel at 27727 SR 56, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. We’re looking for non-perishable items – make-a-meal items such as canned goods, rice, pasta, and instant potatoes; as well as healthy snacks such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, cereal, and granola bars. We will be practicing social distancing, so just place your donated items in a box or bag, and place it in your trunk. Pop open your trunk when you arrive. We’ll do the rest. You can also make a monetary donation. Just go to www.PascoEducationFoundation.org, click on Donate Now! and specify that your donation is for the Pasco Curbing Hunger Drive. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to feed needy families in Pasco County. Checks can be made payable to: Pasco Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1248, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639.
  • Pasco County Schools: We have expanded the number of student feeding sites to 28. Connerton Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes has been added as a drive thru feeding site starting on Tuesday, April 28. COES will be open 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Here is the updated list.

  • United Way of Pasco County: Need help finding services for financial assistance, childcare, healthcare or something else? Dial 2-1-1! It’s a 24/7 Free Resource Hotline. Click here for tracker of 2-1-1 resource requests
  • Life Community Center: Open daily. Located at 6542 Applewood Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544. Services offered:
    • Laundry and showers for the homeless, by appointment.
    • Limited access to parents or students who need printing and faxing, call for appointment.
    • Tuesdays – Drive Through Hot Meal from noon to 1PM.
    • Fridays 2:30 to 6PM – Food Pantry, currently only emergency food boxes on a case by case basis.
    • Call 813-994-0685 for appointments
  • Comfort Station for Unsheltered Homeless: There will be Food Trucks at the site from 11:30-1:30 daily for take away lunch.
  • Make A Difference, Inc.: Make A Difference, Inc. has changed its office hours. Here are the dates for the upcoming Mobile Food Pantry:
    • We will be open Monday-Friday, 10 am – 2 pm for curb-side service only.
    • We will still be having our Mobile Food Pantry for drive-through service this Thursday April 23, 2020 at the Pasco County Fair Grounds on State Road 52 from 1 pm – 4 pm. No ID required. First Come, First Served. Contact us at (352) 437-3466 for any questions.
    • The following Mobile Food Pantry will be for drive-through service the third Thursday on May 21, 2020 at the Dade City Walmart on U.S. Highway 301 from 1 pm – 4 pm. No ID required. First Come, First Served. Contact us at (352) 437-3466 for any questions.
    • Contact Information:
      Office: (352) 437-3466
      Email: teamblue@makedifference.org
      Website: www.makedifference.org
      Facebook: Make A Difference, Inc.
      Location: 12311 U.S. Highway 301, Dade City, FL 33525
  • The Volunteer Way:
    • The Volunteer Way Food Pantry located at 8061 Congress St., Port Richey has changed their days of service and will be open MONDAY AND TUESDAYS FROM 8 AM TO 10AM WITH DRIVE THRU SERVICES ONLY. Distribution of foods is once per month per individual/family.
    • Our Soup Kitchen located at 10008 Moon Lake Rd., New Port Richey remains open MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 10 AM TO 12 NOON. for distribution of take-away food only. THERE IS NO ADMITTANCE INTO THE BUILDING.
    • Neither location is accepting donations of clothing until further notice, however, The Soup Kitchen is accepting donations of sealed bags of bread and bottled water at 9 AM.
    • Our Brown Bag Program will continue to those who are currently registered. No new clients are being accepted at this time. Volunteers will be screened prior to picking up boxes for delivery to seniors and will be dropped off at each person’s door.
    • The Volunteer Way is a Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Summer Break Spot site. Meals are available for children under the age of 18 and must be present in the car at time of drive through. Distribution at 8061 Congress St., Port Richey Tuesdays between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM.
    • We are also a Pack-A-Sack distribution site through One Community Now. Distribution will be made on Tuesdays at 8061 Congress St., Port Richey between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM.
    • Angel Thrift Store at 7820 Congress St., Port Richey remains closed until further notice.
    • Our staff is working tirelessly to continue to bag foods and keep up with the demand for food to help all during this difficult time. Food is costly and therefore, we ask, if you can, to please make a donation to The Volunteer Way, Inc. either by visiting our website at www.thevolunteerway.org or mailing a check to our Port Richey address.
  • The Rope Center: The Rope Center will be opening May 4th for intakes. We will have limited services the first week – basic, mail, clothing, no feeding until we get replenished. Intakes will be our priority and first on our list.
  • Comfort Station for Unsheltered Homeless: The Comfort Station located on the lot at 8317 US Highway 19, just south of Ridge Road on the west side has extended its hours to 8 am – 8 pm.
  • Pasco Economic Development Council: Announced a RELIEF grant to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Pasco Emergency Business Grant is up to $5,000 of relief. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-submitted/eligible/approved basis. Apply here.
  • Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources: Select locations have reopened today, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, to allow essential recreation activities outlined in Florida’s Safer-At-Home order such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing or running. Federal and state social distancing/gathering guidelines remain in place. Groups of more than 10 will not be permitted, and social distancing of six feet is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.Limited access openings. Restrooms remain closed unless noted, so please plan accordingly. For a complete list, click here.
  • Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando: Still providing the same great services to pregnant women and new families in our community. Healthy Families is a free, voluntary program that gives families useful information on parenting and child development. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, these services will be offered virtually or by phone, to meet the needs of families in the community. There will be no change to the services we provide. The only change will be to the way in which we provide them. We will be providing educational information, child development screens, community resources, activities to do with children, and other individualized information through secure email and texting services or mail. Additionally, we have canceled our groups until further notice. In the meantime, please view our social media pages for up to date and useful information.
    • Eligibility Requirements: If you are expecting a child or have a baby that is under 3 months old and you live in the service area, you may be eligible for services.
    • Know someone who is pregnant that you would like to refer? Call, text or email us at:
      West Pasco: jbeldotti@pascokidsfirst.org 727-243-7737
      East Pasco: ycosme@pascokidsfirst.org 352.585.6727
      Hernando: vpadilla@pascokidsfirst.org 352.585.4156
  • Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida: To schedule an appointment for individual services, call our office at 727-312-3881 or email info@familyhearinghelp.org. If you have a daycare where you want screening for the children once it is safe to do so, please contact us so we can have all your information to schedule.
  • Make A Difference: We will have a mobile food pantry on Thursday, April 23rd from 2-4 PM at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. First come, first serve.
  • Florida Children’s First: We’ve added new publications that may be of interest. While they are directed at young adults, we think many folks will find them useful.
  • Comfort Station for Unsheltered Homeless: A Comfort Station located on the lot at 8317 US Highway 19, just south of Ridge Road on the west side has opened. The Station has two portable toilets (one is handicapped accessible) and one hand-washing station. In addition, there will be electricity available to charge phones. Hours of operation will be 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, however, additional hours will be added in the coming days as use of the facilities expand.
  • Pasco County Libraries: Offering printed Florida unemployment benefit application forms for pick up outside the entrance of five branch locations throughout the county beginning Friday, April 17, 2020. The libraries are otherwise closed to the public.
    • Forms are available outside the following locations:
      • Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Rd, Hudson
      • Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Rd, New Port Richey
      • South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Rd, Holiday
      • Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Pkwy, Land O’ Lakes
      • Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth Street, Dade City
    • Once completed, mail the application to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at the address listed on the form.
    • If unable to visit a library in person and would like to request a blank application form by mail, please contact virtualservices@pascolibraries.org or through the “Ask A Librarian” feature at www.pascolibraries.org.
  • Florida Department of Health in Pasco County: UPDATED – Offering limited services at this time. Please click here for all the information.
  • One Community Now: We continue to provide food through 5 locations and are making home deliveries to those who are shut-in and/or in isolation. People do not need to register, they can just show up on the evening of the distribution. We do ask that they only go to one site each week to make sure there is enough food for all.
    • Drive-thru emergency food for Pasco County Families are at the following locations:
      • Tuesday: The Volunteer Way, 8061 Congress Street, Port Richey, FL 34668. Meals served 5:30-6:30 PM
      • Wednesday: Holiday Lake Estates Civic Center, 3624 Atlantis Drive, Holiday, FL 34691. Meals served 5:30 – 6:30 PM
      • Wednesday: First United Methodist Church, 5901 Indiana Ave, New Port Richey, FL 34652. Meals served 5:00 – 6:00 PM
      • Thursday: Joining Hands Mission Church / Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653. Meals served 5:30-6:30 PM
      • Saturday: Joining Hands Mission Church / Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653. Meals served 5:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Pasco County Women’s Shelter: Because of the stay-at-home order, we are not doing any intakes at the shelter we will resume activities hopefully by May 1st.
  • WellCare: WellCare has a help line to connect people to services, even if you are not a member. Click here for a flyer with all the information.
  • Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco: Good Sam is in need of volunteers for administrative support. If you can help, please call 727-848-7789 and complete our Volunteer Application.
  • Rental Assistance Program: The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County has access to ESG funds through the county for a rental assistance program. Here are some of the initial screening/eligibility criteria below:
    • Household’s that have lost income directly related to COVID-19
    • Fall within the 30% income guidelines
    • Property is within the Fair Market Rent guidelines
    • Household owes for April only
    • Executed lease for occupancy at property
    • Please have potential clients contact the Coalition at 727-842-8605 to speak to a case manager to complete the screening process. Please keep in mind this is limited funding and we cannot assist all household’s calling or all those in need at this time.
  • Pasco County Schools’ Students In Transition Program: For families with school aged children whose housing is in transition or homeless, and students who are living alone or without a parent or legal guardian. Benefits under the Federal McKinney-Vento Act are provided, along with advocacy and other education related needs. Please complete the form in English or Spanish and email to the program at: sitprogram@pasco.K12.fl.us. Program staff can also be reached at 813-794-2262 or the email provided.
  • New IRS Tool: How to Receive Economic Impact Payments: A new IRS tool may help get upcoming Economic Impact Payments to people experiencing homelessness. People who have not previously filed taxes in 2018 or 2019 can now file for the payment if: They did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because their gross income was under $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples). This includes people who had no income. Or they weren’t required to file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return for other reason. Providers are encouraged to visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments web page and information center to learn more about this important potential resource for their clients.
  • COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payment: For those who may not have filed a 2018 and/or 2019 tax return, please use this link to submit banking or address information to which you can receive you economic stimulus payment. This link is just for non-filers. Please check this same site periodically for an additional link for those who may need to update their banking or address information.

  • The Volunteer Way: The Volunteer Way has changed its Food Pantry days of service. We will be open Monday and Tuesday for drive-through service only from 8 am – 10 am until further notice.
  • Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco:
    • Applications for new patients are accepted in-person only Monday-Thursday from 10am-12noon and 1pm-2:30pm only. Click here to access the new patient application.
    • By law, we may only offer telemedicine for existing patients seeing the same exact licensed healthcare provider for the same exact medical condition. New patients can only be seen in-person.
  • Life Community Center is open daily. Located at 6542 Applewood Dr., Wesley Chapel FL 33544:
    • Laundry and showers for the homeless by appointment. Call 813.994.0685
    • Tuesday, Drive Through Hot Meal from noon-1:00 PM
    • Limited access to printing and faxing as needed. Call 813.994.0685
    • Friday, Food Ministry/Pantry Drive Through from 2:30-6 PM
    • Emergency food boxes on case by case basis. Call 813.994.0685
  • Mid Florida Community Services: As a result of COVID-19, All in-person appointments were suspended and will remain suspended until further notice. Clients can now apply online for LIHEAP & Emergency Services. Individuals in Hernando, Sumter, Pasco, and Citrus Counties seeking assistance with Emergency Support Services may now complete an online application. Individuals in Hernando, Sumter, and Pasco Counties seeking assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may also complete an online application for support. The online application can be found here. Clients may also request a paper application be mailed to them, and participate in the intake process via phone.
    • Pasco – Dade City: (352) 567-0533
    • Pasco – Hudson: (727) 857-5495
    • Hernando – Brooksville: (352) 796-1425
    • Hernando – Spring Hill: (352) 606-3372
    • Citrus – Lecanto: (352) 527-3809
    • Sumter – Bushnell: (352) 793-3114
  • Metropolitan Ministries Mobile Brigaide: We have temporarily modified our service delivery. In an effort to maintain physical distance and avoid gatherings, we are scheduling appointments and providing services, over the telephone or through email or where you are. Contact us at 727-756-1952 or mobile.outreach@metromin.org
    • Available Services:
      • Identification Assistance
      • Community Housing Program Assessments & Referrals
      • Social Security Benefits (SSI/SSDI)
      • Community Resources (Health, Transportation, etc.)
      • Employment Assistance & Referrals
      • MyAccess (Food Stamps/Medicaid)
      • Family Reunification Assistance
    • We will be at: Shady Hills United Methodist Church, 15925 Greenglen Lane, Shady Hills, FL 34610 on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • St Vincent de Paul Our Lady Queen of Peace Food Pantry: We are open for food distribution only on Thursday 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm and Friday 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Our address 5320 Shaw St, New Port Richey, Florida 34652. Clients are asked to stop on the road in front of the building, stay in the car, and food will be brought out to the car.
  • Cornerstone Center for Women: We will remain open our regular days which are Tuesday – Thursday 10am-2pm. We are keeping our clients safe by operating by appointment. Our food bank is on Tuesday from noon – 2pm. Keep up-to-date with us by following our Facebook Page.
  • Pasco Public Defender Mobile Medical Unit: While we have suspended traveling throughout the community we have adapted a model of Telehealth. Our phone line, 727-324-7823 is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am-3:30 pm. Our qualifications remain the same in that we are limited to basic care, and patients must be uninsured. In addition, here is a flyer from BayCare of available resources.
  • Salvation Army: We are assisting with TECO (Tampa Electric) by phone. Call 727-815-8539
  • Seniors in Service: TelePals:
    • TelePals is a great resource for our seniors in providing them telephone reassurance safely – and it’s free!
    • If you need a friend and see the value of receiving a call for the purpose of companionship and would like a compassionate person to check in on your well-being, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!
    • If you enjoy, value and love our seniors, if you love listening to their great stories or heartfelt advice, if you love engaging in conversation and knowing that you are bring happiness to a senior simply by listening and caring on the phone – this may be the volunteer opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
    • Please go to www.TelePalNow.org to apply to be a TelePal (A person who makes a phone call) or a TeleClient (A person who receives a call).
    • This service provides telephone reassurance to isolated and lonely seniors and a non-invasive well-check from a mature, compassionate and responsible person that just wants to listen and love. All safety concerns are directed back to Seniors in Service Staff.
    • Training, NSOPW background check and monthly crosschecks is requires for all participants.
    • Currently serving Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: Applying online for Reemployment Assistance: www.floridajobsresources.com
  • Joining Hands Mission Church: We are still doing the breakfast on Sunday morning from 8:30 am to 9:45 am. Located at 4204 Thys Road, New Port Richey
  • Boley Centers: Veterans Reintegration in Pasco County
    • The office is currently closed to the public, but we are working with current program participants and we are still accepting veterans that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
    • Call 727 339-3501 Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4 PM.
    • We are here to help coordinate support and local resources.
    • Provide Job search assistance and Counseling, both currently by phone.
  • St. Vincent de Paul CARES Pasco: We are still operating and providing services to our clients M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. We are accepting referrals for the SSVF Program – all Veterans who are literally homeless or at risk of homelessness. We are accepting referrals for non-Veteran, literally homeless for the Returning Home Pasco Project.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties: The safety and well-being of our staff, homeowners, and supporters are a top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our offices, ReStores and construction sites are currently closed and will reopen to the public on Monday, April 13th. At this time, volunteer opportunities will be unavailable through Friday, May 15th. For the most recent affiliate updates and a list of local resources, please visit our website at www.habitatpwp.org.
  • Youth and Family Alternatives: We are committed to continue to serve our most vulnerable populations. We are also doing our part in helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus by adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local, state, and national government leaders.
    • Case Management: Foster and Adoption Case Management is being conducted via phone, video conferencing or in person based on the needs of the family and risk to the child.
    • Youth Shelter Information: All youth shelters are still open and operational. Volunteers and donations are restricted.
    • In-School Programs: Program staff are working closely with local school board and Principals to provide support for families as they shift to online learning.
  • The Non Custodial Parent Employment Program (NCPEP): Staff can be reached by phone: 352-251-7452 or through the live chat feature on the CSPH website, bottom right corner click “Need help? Ask us now” and select the Child Support Department.
    Staff not attending Pasco or Hernando Child Support Court because Hearings are currently suspended.
    Department of Revenue offices are closed to the public, but they can be reached at their Customer Contact Center at 850-488-5437
  • Disability Achievement Center – The Center for Independent Living: Providing Independent Living services remotely. Call: 727-539-7550 or email: info@myDACIL.org. Normal hours of operation 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. No deliveries of any kind at this time (normally DME & incontinence supplies)
  • St Vincent de Paul Our Lady Queen of Peace Food Pantry: We are open for food distribution only on Thursday 12:00 to 2:00 and Friday 10:00 to 12:00. Our address 5320 Shaw St, New Port Richey, Florida 34652
  • Pasco County Schools Students In Transition Program: We have moved to a virtual setting, and plans remain fluid as we work through this change. We are requesting that agencies and/or families reach out to us through our grouper email: SITprogram@pasco.k12.fl.us. We will continue to register students and families in our program, and reach out to them to provide support. As our primary function under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, we are here to remove barriers to student’s education, and to ensure that our homeless children and youth have equal access to their education and related activities. Because the schools have all transitioned to a virtual environment, we are currently focusing on ensuring that they have computer and internet access to attend to their education. We will also be providing support in other areas, but accessibility is our most urgent focus at this time. Click here for our program’s registration form and click here for Spanish registration form that can be shared widely and provided to any families with children and youth who are identified as homeless. The form can be completed by anyone, and we are asking that it be emailed to the grouper address as a first line of communication, followed by faxing if they are unable to send via email.
  • Metropolitan Ministries: We are committed to continue to serve our most vulnerable populations. We are also doing our part in helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus by adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local, state, and national government leaders.
    • Emergency Food Boxes: Family Support Center located at 3214 US HWY 19 N. Holiday, FL 34691 has moved to a drive-up service model, 10 am – 2 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We are providing food boxes to all families, seniors and those in need.
    • Emergency Shelter Information: We are temporarily not able to accept walk-ins for transitional housing. If you have questions or need to apply, please contact (727) 756-1955 or email at Intakedocs@metromin.org. You can also download the application on our website at www.metromin.org, on home page, clicking on Our Response COVID-19 then, Learn More. Scroll down to Emergency Shelter Information, then to download. It is important you include first and last name, working phone number, email address and best time to contact you. Please also include applying to Pasco.
      Financial Assistance: The financial assistance form should be completed online by going to Bit.ly/MetroMinGetHelp. Please submit this online form for a future prevention assistance appointment. This form can be used for any questions about utilities (water, electric) or rent.
  • Catholic Charities Pasco: Currently providing services as follows:
    • RRH and ESG: No intakes for the month of April, individual visits will be conducting over the phone.
    • Bethany Family apartments: We are providing services to the current residents.
  • The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter: Open, taking new clients. Isolation is available as necessary
  • Pasco County Parks: Parks are now closed. All boat ramps and the Suncoast Trail will remain open.
  • Pasco County Public Transportation: Suspending all fares until further notice. Fare-free ridership assists customers who might be experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 related closures. PCPT is limiting the number of riders allowed on each bus to 10 to 15 riders at a time. To accommodate this change, PCPT will increase the number of buses on the busiest routes by reassigning them from under-used routes, resulting in a temporary suspension of service on Routes 18, 25, 31 & 41.
  • Resource Center at Moon Lake Volunteer Way: Taking appointments only Monday – Friday from 10 – 12. We close promptly at 12 noon. No fevers, no coughing, no sneezing you can not be sick in any way or you will not be allowed in, the volunteers are elderly and we must have 2 people on duty at all times.
  • Pasco County Housing Authority: Office is open but not meeting with clients at this time. Clients may call, email is preferred, with questions and information. Phone is 352-567-0848 and email is Valerie Anderson at vanderson@pascocountyhousing.org. Client’s in Housing Authority programs are encouraged to submit Income Change Forms ASAP. Housing inspections are limited, unless it’s an emergency.
  • Sunrise of Pasco County: Still accepting new intakes with rooms set aside for isolation as needed. Counseling sessions are being done virtually.
  • Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County: Showers and offices are closed to clients. Clients are encouraged to call office for resources and information at 727-842-8605.
  • Premier Community HealthCare: Offices still open – seeing patients, conducting screenings, assisting as DCF access point, and emergency dental procedures. Premier now offers Telehealth for existing Primary Care patients (children and adults). Updates listed on website and via social media.
  • Samaritan Project: Office is still open for appointments and focusing on outreach- providing tents, food, water, etc. Please call the office, 813-810-8670, and leave a message if necessary to reach someone to take your information.
  • Career Source: Offices closed but working remotely. Staff can be reached through the ‘live chat’ feature on the website. SNAP requirements waived at this time – not requiring job search or volunteer hours.
  • ROPE Center: No new intakes at this time and COR Center is closed for services.
  • Bay Area Legal Services: Providing services remotely. Applicants are able to apply for services online at bals.org/apply or by phone at 800-625-2257. Our staff will be available to provide services over the phone. Applications are still being accepted for our following statewide helplines as well:
    • Senior Legal Helpline: (888) 895-7873
    • Veterans Legal Helpline: ( (866) 486 6161
  • The Volunteer Way: Located at 8061 Congress St., Port Richey
    • Days and hours of operation have has changed. We will only be open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 10 AM. Drive thru service only. Distribution is once every 30 days.
    • Our Soup Kitchen located at 10008 Moon Lake Rd., New Port Richey remains open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 12 Noon for distribution of take-away food only. There is no admittance into the building.
    • Neither location is accepting donations of clothing until further notice.
    • The Soup Kitchen is only accepting donations of sealed bags of bread and bottled water at 9 AM.
    • Our Mobile Food Pantry services will be dropped off at the locations with the exception of the South Holiday Library Branch and the Hudson Library since libraries are closed.
    • Our Brown Bag Service will continue to those who are currently registered. No new clients are being accepted at this time. Volunteers will be screened prior to picking up the boxes for delivery to seniors and will be dropped off at each person’s door.
    • The Volunteer Way is a Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Summer BreakSpot site. Meals are available for children under the age of 18 and must be in the car at time of drive through. Distribution at 8061 Congress St., Port Richey will be on Tuesdays between 5:30 and 6:30 PM.
    • Our Angel Store located at 7820 Congress St. is currently closed so that all of our staff can be at the warehouse preparing bags for distribution until further notice.
    • Our staff is working hard to fill bags and distribute in parking lot each and every day to help put food on the table during this difficult time.
    • You can continue your donations to The Volunteer Way either by visiting our website www.thevolunteerway.org or mailing a check to our Port Richey address.
  • Pasco Food and Nutrition Program:
    • Drive Thru Student Feeding Sites: Starting Tuesday, March 31, we will expand the number of student feeding sites to 25. The feeding sites will be activated on Tuesdays only, from 11 AM to 1 PM. The bags of food will include breakfast and lunch for five days for each student. The student(s) must be present to receive food. Click here for locations.
    • Food Buses Feeding Pasco Students: Starting Tuesday, March 31, buses will deliver food to families at 16 bus stops throughout the county. The bus is scheduled for approximately 10 minutes at each bus stop. The bags of food will include breakfast and lunch for five days for each student. The school bus food deliveries are on Tuesdays only. The student(s) must be present to receive food. Click here for locations.