The Gainesville-Alachua area has a range of free and reduced cost services for residents. Please browse this list of excellent resources. If you do not see the resource you need, call us for assistance at (352) 294-4880.
primary and Specialty care
Equal Access Clinic Network
Houses four walk-in primary care clinics which are dedicated to providing a comfortable atmosphere for women, children, predominantly Spanish speakers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
primary and specialty care
Mobile Outreach Clinic
Delivers health care to the medically underserved in low-income neighborhoods and rural areas in and around Alachua County, an average of 5 days a week.
PRIMARY AND SPECIALTY CARE
Helping Hands Clinic
Aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of the homeless and low-income by engaging the community. Clinic services include: primary medical care, HIV testing and counseling, dental care, clothing, meals, and more.
PRIMARY AND SPECIALTY CARE
Gainesville Community Ministry
Provides medical advice and referrals, physical therapy, dental, counseling, and vision services. Walk-ins welcome for most services, excluding dental. For dental services, register in person Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM.
We Care Physician Referral Network
Provides access to primary medical, specialty medical, and dental healthcare to uninsured, low income Alachua County residents. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
Florida Department of Health in Alachua County
Provides clinical and nutrition services, wellness programs, environmental health information, vaccinations, birth and death certificate services, infectious disease services, and more.
Leading providers of high-quality, affordable healthcare, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Services include: birth control, HIV and STD testing, pregnancy testing, and services to women with or without insurance coverage.
Santa Fe College Dental Clinic
Provides low-cost dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, fillings, and crowns. The clinic does not offer emergency services for toothaches, extractions, periodontal surgery, orthodontics, or root canals. Medicaid and Medicare recipients are eligible for half-cost services.
Mental health/crisis counseling
Provides Healing Hearts grief support programs in 18 counties across Florida. For more information, call (844) 544-4836.
MENTAL HEALTH/CRISIS COUNSELING
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
Provides rehabilitative services for adults and youth struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. Services include crisis services, outpatient recovery services, and rehabilitation services with 24-hour care.
mental health/crisis counseling
Alachua County Crisis Center
The Alachua County Crisis Center offers 24 hr./day crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling to all residents of Alachua County. For more information, call 352-264-6785
PAWS (Pets are Wonderful) Support
A student volunteer organization in UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine offers free veterinary care to Alachua County residents suffering from terminal or disabling disease. For more information, 352-392-2213 ext. 5494
Retreat for children
Deliver the Dream Retreat
Provides free retreat weekends to families who have a parent or child living with a serious illness or crisis. Families will be involved in structured scheduling and recreation such as art, play, and drama based therapies.
Healthy Start of North Central Florida
Provides education and support, including nutrition, breastfeeding, care coordination, and access to prenatal and child healthcare, safe sex counseling, inter-conceptual counseling, and smoking cessation support.
Florida Department of Health
Provides many services to Alachua County residents including: clinical and nutritional services, wellness programs, environmental health information, vaccinations, birth and death certificate services, infectious disease services, and more.
Alachua County Adult Education Program
Alachua County Public Schools provide services for adults to continue their education, including GED prep classes, GED test scheduling, adult high schools, adult basic education classes, literacy training, and English classes for people who speak other languages.
ElderCare of Alachua County
Works to advocate for the elderly by providing services that build capacity, maximize independence, and enrich quality of life for seniors. Services include: meal prep and delivery, daycare for Alzheimer patients through Al’z Place, homemaking, and transportation.
Alachua County Housing Authority
The Alachua County Housing Authority provides rental subsidies and manages affordable public housing units for low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Offices are open Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm and Friday by appointment only.
food assistance/Family Resources
St Francis House
Aims to empower families with children in the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. They provide case management, housing, food, training, daycare, and educational resources.
Peaceful Paths Domestic Violence Network
A certified domestic violence center serving Alachua, Bradford, and Union County residents. Provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour helpline, counseling services, support groups, and empowerment education programs.
CareerSource North Central Florida
Provides services and opportunities to employers and job seekers in the Alachua and Bradford areas. They provide career counseling, workshops, resume and interview assistance, job matching, soft skill training, and supplies for job seekers.
TRANSPORTATION, BURIAL, HEALTH, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Department of Social Services
Provides general, health and wellness, waiver assessments, and case management services. Available only for eligible Alachua County residents.
Three Rivers Legal Services
Provides free legal assistance for domestic violence, family law, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and other cases.
HEALTH JUSTICE/IMMIGRANT SERVICES
Rural Women’s Health Project
Support the health justice needs of communities, offers linkage to services, trains communities in health education, coordinates health fairs for immigrant communities.
Latina Women’s League
An all women, non-profit organization dedicated to contributing to the Latinx/Hispanic culture and art in Gainesville. Services include: networking, naturalization workshops, citizen preparation classes, and a bilingual story time for families.
Referral services for immigrants, policy education on welcoming new immigrants to Gainesville, linkage with faith communities, and assistance with learning English.
Cleaning for a Reason
Provides free housecleaning, one time per month for four months, to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. To sign up, an online application must be completed.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
SW Advocacy Group
Offers computers, internet access, printing, copying, faxing, books, games and toys for children, referrals for services, resume and application assistance, community dinners, food pantry, clothing, after school programs, and tutoring.
Community Resource Center
Faxing, job assistance, and social services referrals. Monthly workshops include homework help, youth activities, Zumba, notary, health education, one-on-one computer help, and more.
Hospice Attic Thrift Store
Provides low-cost, used clothing, furniture, and household items. New items restocked daily, and you never know what you’ll find at the Attic.