Food For Life Network has a proud heritage of serving the HIV/AIDS community since 1987. Today, we can provide limited emergency assistance to anyone in need. In addition, for those who qualify for Ryan White Food Bank services, we can provide up to three months of groceries annually, and for those who meet certain other criteria, an additional three months of assistance may be available.
The cities of Miami Beach and North Miami Beach make these services available to their residents through specific grants targeting their area’s Community Development Block Grant programs.
Home-delivered meals are available to those receiving Medicaid waiver services, and The National Board’s Emergency Food program provides one-time annual emergency food assistance for anyone who needs it.
Working with a combination of funders, we can provide public transportation assistance. Access depends on availability and funding. Check with your case manager to see if you qualify.
National Board’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program
We receive limited funding annually aimed at helping anyone in Miami-Dade County with rental, utility, and/or food assistance. The grants are only available under certain qualifying conditions (Miami-Dade Residency, photo ID, social security number) and only until funds are exhausted. Check with your case manager to see if funds are available.
Care Resource works closely with the City of Fort Lauderdale and the City of Miami to provide services through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. Even though these programs target people with HIV/AIDS, our staff expertise allows us to provide limited assistance to anyone needing housing help by referral to area programs.
Housing Case Management (Fort Lauderdale)
If you have HIV/AIDS, a housing case manager may be able to assist you in preparing a budget, looking for work, applying for emergency rental or mortgage assistance, or apply for assistance with utility bills. Depending on eligibility, they can also assist you with moving expenses, rental deposits, and deposits for water and electric services.
Long-Term Rental Assistance (Dade County):
If you have been diagnosed with AIDS, the City of Miami operates a Long Term Rental Assistance (LTRA) program that assigns cases to Care Resource for our housing specialists to manage. Check the City’s website for an opportunity to apply for their waiting list. We have staff at all locations who are experts in local rental markets and may be able to assist you with your housing questions.
OTHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Care Resource case management and navigation staff provide assistance and guidance in identifying and applying for various county, state, and federal benefit programs. Discuss your needs with our staff so we can assist you in accessing these valuable services. Listed below are some of the programs available.
Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
The purpose of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program is to ensure that underserved and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS have access to life-saving medications. The AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP) is a statewide program for persons who are diagnosed with AIDS or are HIV positive with symptoms and who, because of their illness, are unable to maintain their private health insurance coverage. The program makes direct payments (up to $750/month) to each client’s employer or insurance company for the continuation of medical, dental, mental health and optical coverage. The AICP does not pay for disability or life insurance. The AICP will also pay any fees associated with the conversion of a COBRA policy to an individual policy or policy upgrades. The program will also pay client co-payments and deductibles on an as-needed basis depending on the availability of funds.
Prescription Assistance Programs
A case manager or a health navigator can help you access resources that may help pay for your medications through the manufacturer’s programs or other savings programs. Those programs are also available to access PrEP.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
A federal program for low-income households that provides supplementary food support.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families with Children (TANF)
This statewide program is designed to end the dependence by needy parents on government benefits by promoting training, job preparation, and engagement in productive activities like education, volunteering, and work.
For more information, call us at 305-576-1234