Alachua County Community Resources

Community Resources

Emergency Home Repairs

Emergency Home Repairs are being offered by Rebuilding Together North Central Florida.

Applications for the Emergency Repair Program will open September 7th and will remain open until capacity is reached. Apply online.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Live in Gainesville, Florida
  • Own and live in a home with property taxes current
  • Plan to remain in the home for at least 5 years
  • Meet the household income guidelines (generally HUD 50% and FED 150%)

This program in designed to keep everyone safe as possible during these difficult times. In effort to minimize contact we are only able to provide emergency repairs that, if unaddressed, hinder someone's ability to live safely in their home. Examples of these repairs include major roof and plumbing leaks, accessibility modifications necessary for safety and quality of life -- such as ramps, shower, or toilet modifications -- or lack of air conditioning.

Please keep in mind that resources are limited, and that returning the application or even receiving a visit to your home by someone from RTNCF does not mean you will be accepted into the program. Please visit their website for more information and to apply. 

Contact Rebuilding Together North Central Florida by email or call 352-373-2573.

Community Meetings

Board of County Commissioners
Upcoming Meetings
Past Meetings (Video/Minutes)

City of Gainesville
Communications Office (Live streaming and archives of Telephone Town Halls)
City Commission Videos (including upcoming meeting dates/agendas)

Alachua County School Board

School Board of Alachua County - Updates

2020/21 School Year Calendar

ACPS Live Calendar

School Board Meetings are posted online.

Some Alachua County Public School students may be eligible for Family Empowerment Scholarships provided by the State of Florida. Fliers about the program are provided below. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Education website at www.fldoe.or/FES. You may also contact the district's Office of Student Assignment by email or call (352) 955-7712.

View flyer in English.

View flyer in Spanish.

Florida Department of Health

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and show symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or County Health Department immediately.

Main Site - Gainesville
224 SE 24th Street
Gainesville, FL 32641
Call: 352-334-7900
Email: WebInfoAlachua@flhealth.gov

Fearnside
3600 NE 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
Call: 352-258-5093

Resources

Below you will find a variety of resources for Alachua County residents in reference to Covid-19:

The Community Resource Portal for Alachua County provides a variety of helpful resources to residents.

View the Alachua County COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard for the latest statistics. This information is updated daily.

The Alachua County Cares Act website is now live, and residents are encouraged to fill out the application online. The website and application form are mobile phone friendly. We highly recommend reading the Frequently Asked Questions page before filling out your applications. The site features:

  • Application instructions
  • A frequently asked questions section
  • A link to the application

The application process will be opened in phases as follows:

  • Individual assistance grants opened on August 4, 2020, at 8 a.m. ($21.1 million)
  • Small and medium business grants opened on August 10, 2020 ($15 million)
  • Inter-government organization grants opened on August 17, 2020 ($8.3 million)

Ask a question or request assistance from Alachua County.

Catholic Charities food pantry is open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is closed on Fridays. Clients can receive a 3-day supply of food once a month. Check them out on Facebook for more information.

Peaceful Paths remains open to serve the community. Their office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can contact them by phone (352) 377-5690 or text (352) 727-0948. They also offer a 24-hour hotline (352) 377-8255. You can also reach them on Facebook.

Elder Options and the SHINE program are offering free virtual classes on Medicare topics.

Tobacco Free Florida virtual classes are being offered for free to help you quit your way. (Sponsored by: Suwannee River Area Health Education Center)

Central Florida Community Action Agency Offices are currently closed to the public. However, they still remain available to assist clients via an online application process. For access to the FastTrack Online Application link and requirements, please look under the CFCAA homepage under “Agency Updates.”

Resource Centers

Partnership for Strong Families' three resource centers in Alachua County are open, but please call before visiting a resource center. 

Staff members can assist callers over the phone to best determine how to meet their needs. For patrons who visit in person, PFSF staff are taking additional precautions, including a brief risk screening for patrons before dispensing on-site services, limiting group activities involving more than 10 participants, and changing the format of some services, such as food distribution, to reduce patron contact with one another. 

Library Partnership Resource Center, 912 N.E. 16th Ave., Gainesville, 352-334-0160

Here are some current services available at the Library Partnership Resource Center:

  • Online Sign-up or Call-in for Food Distribution - currently available this week until slots are filled. They plan to serve approximately 85 families. Food distribution will occur on Friday, September 4th between 1:00-3:00pm. 
    • Sign-up online or by calling (352) 334-0160 to speak to a person during open business hours. If calling for food do not leave a voicemail. All food provided will be by sign-up only, not first come first served to avoid issues with social distancing. 
  • Paper Unemployment Applications are available on a grab-and-go basis. For individuals experiencing difficult or who are unable to complete online unemployment applications, they have paper ones that already have the postage paid on them.
  • Notary Services: Free service will be available Wednesday, September 9th from 2:30-4:30pm. Patrons must have an ID.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 updates.

Cone Park Library Resource Center, 2801 East University Ave., Gainesville, 352-334-0456

Here are some current services available at the Cone Park Library Resource Center:

  • Paper unemployment applications and Gainesville Housing Authority applications are available on a grab-and-go basis.
  • Online Sign-up or Call-in for Food Distribution - currently available this week until slots are filled. They plan to serve approximately 85 families. Food distribution will occur on Friday, August 21st between 1:00-3:00pm.
    • Sign-up online or by calling (352) 334-0456 to speak to a person during open business hours. If calling for food do not leave a voicemail. All food provided will be by sign-up only, not first come first served to avoid issues with social distancing.
  • Notary and Faxing Services - please call first (352) 334-0456
    • Available 10:00am-12:00pm or 1:00-3:00pm
    • Patrons must have an ID
    • Walk up to the glass doors (Resource Center) with all documents ready to be processed.
  • COVID-19 Impacted Families and Individuals - Assistance is available for individuals who have lost employment or lost hours due to COVID-19. Families may call (352) 334-0456 to request assistance with resources available through the Resource Center or in the community.

SWAG Family Resource Center, 807 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville, 352-505-6823

Please also visit the Partnership for Strong Families Facebook page for the latest information. They also have a page on their website for ongoing Covid-19 updates.