Crisis Housing Assistance

Step Up Suncoast has a limited amount of funds to help families in crisis.

Season of Sharing supports individuals and families from Manatee County who are on the verge of homelessness to stay in their homes. Funds may be used for rent or mortgage, utility bills, child care, transportation, work tools or other crucial expenses.

Season of Sharing funds are considered assistance of last resort, and clients should only apply when there are no funds available from any other organizations. Recipients must either be employed or be able to show a source of income.

Our offices are closed to the public so ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE BY PHONE

NOTE: Appointment links are active 8:00am – 11:59pm Monday-Friday.

Manatee County

Current scheduling: 8:30am through 10:30am
Appointments are one hour long

Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

Family Sitting with CounselorLIHEAP services are provided to assist families, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of their household income for home energy, meet their immediate home energy needs.

This program is available to individuals living in Hardee and Manatee counties.


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Poverty Income Guidelines*

Effective October 1, 2021

People in the Household 150%
1 $25,296
2 $33,079
3 $40,863
4 $48,646
5 $56,430
6 $64,213
7 $65,672
8 $67,132

Application Process

  1. Pick your appointment time from the available slots on the calendar. (Appointments can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.) It is possible that there will be no available slots. If that is the case, you should try again the next day when more slots open up.  The schedule accurately reflects the number of slots we have and the number of staff we have to fill them.
  2. Once you have chosen an appointment time, you will be asked to fill out our LIHEAP application form. You need to fill out this form in order to keep your appointment time.
  3. Your appointment request will be reviewed to make sure you meet some minimum eligibility requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, your appointment will be canceled and you will be contacted to let you know.

NOTE: Appointment links are active 8:00am – 11:59pm Monday-Friday.

Schedule an Appointment

Current scheduling: 8:00am-10:30am

Please note that our offices are closed to the public and ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE HANDLED BY PHONE