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 A visit for emergency assistance at any of our four regional offices is often the first contact individuals have with Catholic Charities. 

Catholic Charities helps in emergencies with such basic needs as financial assistance for housing, utilities, prescriptions, and food. Our staff is acutely aware of services provided within our agency and community at large and is knowledgeable about researching new resources that can benefit those in need.

The target population is families in crisis who live in our 18-county service area across Northwest Florida. Caseworkers prioritize and assist potential clients according to needs, housing status, and family composition.

Catholic Charities attempts to assist as many applicants as possible with the emergency situation they face by providing financial counseling and referrals to other resources as appropriate. Catholic Charities does not have income eligibility restrictions for most programs.

Many families are facing multiple problems. Although one problem may be presented, generally financial in nature, our caseworkers are able to assess other possible needs and problems of the family. Appointments are assessed and referred to the appropriate case manager or community resource.

Information needed to apply:

  • Photo ID for all adults in the household
  • Birth certificates for all children in the household
  • Proof of emergency hardship
  • Social Security Cards for all household members
  • Verification of all income for all household members
  • Receipts of any and all payments/expenses made in the last 30 days

**Please make note of the following information**

Each office conducts screenings for Emergency Assistance appointments, by phone, on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Screenings are available until all appointment times have been filled.
Please understand that each office receives a very high volume of calls and appointment times fill up quickly. Due to this high volume, when calling to be screened it may be necessary to call back.
You may call your local office Monday through Friday to have the screening process explained to you.


850.222.2180 option 1
Screenings begin at 9 am Eastern
(ending when all appointment times are filled)

1380 Blountstown Hwy
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Panama City

850.763.0475 option 1
Screenings begin at 8:30 am Central
(ending when all appointment times are filled)

3128 E. 11th Street
Panama City, FL 32401

Fort Walton Beach

850.244.2825 option 1
Screenings begin at 9 am Central
(ending when all appointment times are filled)

11 First Street Southeast
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


850.436.6425 option 1
Screenings begin at 9 am Central
(ending when all appointment times are filled)

1815 N. Sixth Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32503