Social Services is a division within the Neighborhood Development Services Department and was established in 1980 to assist families and individuals in need of short term financial assistance. Our mission is to ensure the availability, awareness, and accessibility of programs and resources in the community, and to assist families and individuals while improving their overall quality of life.
Social Services is a tax-exempt governmental entity funded by the City of North Port. Additional funding sources are received through grants, generous individuals, churches, civic groups, schools and collaborative partners. These charitable funding sources, collaborative partners, and other outreach programs enable us to provide assistance to families and individuals that are experiencing a short term unavoidable financial crisis.
COVID-19 ASSISTANCE - PLEASE CALL 2-1-1 FIRST
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarasota County has enacted the 2-1-1- system to address requests for information and assistance. You can access 2-1-1 by phone, email, chat or text (just text your zip code to 898-211). Reaching out will get you connected to a multilingual 2-1-1 specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations providing critical services to improve and save lives. Visit www.211.org or download this flyer regarding 2-1-1 for further information.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
The Paycheck Protection Program starts tomorrow, April 3, 2020, through June 30, 2020.
You can find the PPP link online here: https://bit.ly/3dPb3XZ.
PLEASE NOTE: CITY OF NORTH PORT EVENT CANCELLATIONS:
Following the newly released recommendations from the CDC and public health agencies, the City will be CANCELLING the Community Baby Shower which was scheduled for March 28th.
Additionally, for the safety of our volunteers and community, The City of North Port along with the United Way will be closing all Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) locations until further notice. At this time, we must all do our part to reduce the spread of the virus. We will reopen sites once we have determined that it is safe to do so.
Taxpayers can still use My Free Taxes (myfreetaxes.com) or the IRS Free File option to prepare their own return. Online support is available to taxpayers if they have questions.
For updated tax information, including when sites will reopen, please visit https://unitedwaysuncoast.org/what-we-do/income/free-tax-help/.
We want to continue to support our community during this time and apologize for the inconvenience.
Some services are provided to North Port residents only. Proof of residency includes a North Port Utilities bill, an FPL bill, a mortgage bill, or a rental lease.
Learn more about the financial assistance that we help facilitate to North Port families.
Check out our annual events, which are designed to connect families with local resources.
Learn more about the Family Service Center and the agencies that are located within our facility.