Community resources are available for parents and students.
Click here for more details.
Email your counselors for assistance
Do you need help finding FOOD for your family?
Visit the Feeding the Gulf Coast website for help.
Phone: (888) 704-FOOD(3663) or 2-1-1
Text: "FLKIDSMEALS" to 211-211 or "FOOD" to 877-877 to find Emergency Summer Meals sites for children 18 and under
Catholic Charities Food Assistance Programs
Need help with expenses?
State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program provides one-time rental assistance to eligible Okaloosa County residents who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic only.
St Mary Outreach open Thursday by appointment.
Call 850-435-3534. No walk-ins. See flyer here
New office in the Catholic Charities building
11 First Street SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance for low-income households
The U.S. Treasury has awarded Okaloosa County $6.36 million in emergency rental and utility assistance for low-income households experiencing COVID-19 financial hardships. Beginning April 6, 2021, to ensure a successful economic recovery in our area, grant assistance is becoming available for rent, rent arrears, late fees, utilities and utility arrears.
This program is available to renters within Okaloosa County with a household income of 80% or below of the Area Median Family Income (AMI) adjusted for household size. An application for rental and utility assistance may be submitted online at OkaloosaRentalAid.com by an eligible tenant or landlord on behalf of the eligible tenant.
"Our community has faced and overcome many challenges in the past year," said Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman, Carolyn Ketchel. "While our local economy is strong, we recognize that this grant will fill an unmet need for those who are still struggling."
Funding is available for past-due rental and utility assistance from April 2020 to the present. Visit OkaloosaRentalAid.com to learn more about eligibility, required documents, application assistance and to apply online. Funds will be distributed to landlords and utility providers. Apply soon as awards are made on a first qualified, first assisted basis. Applications are open until December 31, 2021 or until funds are exhausted. For additional information, please call 850-460-3316 or email Help@OkaloosaRentalAid.com
Full release available at myokaloosa.com/cc/news-releases/current
Helping Children and Families Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult and stressful time for children and families around the world. To help children and families cope with the mental health effects of the pandemic, we are sharing this interactive guide with resilience-enhancing strategies designed for an adult to work on together with a child 6-12 years of age.
Download your free copy HERE.
Online Resources available for students and families