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Plug into the community!

Let’s start by checking out this Plug for our very own Ocala Housing Authority!!

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As many of you know, the Ocala Housing Authority is an organization that assists with the housing needs of the community like Public Housing and Section 8 Vouchers. With that said, OHA has launched a NEW program to further support, not only long-term housing, but also employment, education, and credit rehabilitation. The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a 5 year program designed to increase overall stabilization for families.

Take a look at the Checklist below to see if this program is a good fit for you:
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OHA wants to empower and help you become economically independent. With all the right tools and guidance, they set you up for success.  In fact, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program sets up an escrow account in your name. What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that anytime your income increases from employment that a portion of your rent increase will be credited to your account. Now, AFTER you complete the program the ENTIRE account will be released to the head of household!

If you are interested in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program make sure to contact the Ocala Housing Authority to call and set up an appointment with a program manager:

Tracy Monroe:352.369.2235 (tmonroe@ocalahousing.org)
Stephanie Reynolds:  352.620.3366 (sreynolds@ocalahousing.org)

If you are needing any other type of assistance, please remember that 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (text zip code to 898-211), and live chat



Friends, Food, Free!

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With school being out for a bit, 2-1-1 wanted to remind you about an awesome opportunity in the community because, let’s face it, our mind goes on summer vacation occasionally, too!

The Summer BreakSpot is a FREE program that offers nutritionally balanced meals to any student 18 and younger! In fact, last year Summer BreakSpot served over 140,000 meals!!!  Students can attend any of 49 the Summer BreakSpot locations from now until July 28th to receive meals. Also, there is absolutely no documentation required.

Make sure to check for a location near you that fits your busy summer schedule!

To find out more information on sites near you contact 2-1-1 via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (text zip code to 898-211), or chat.

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week

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In light of the recent Mass Shooting at a nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, United Way of Marion County 2-1-1 would like to send our gratitude and appreciation to the community of Marion County.  Given our strong sense of community, this tragedy has impacted us as well.  Our sincerest positive thoughts go out to the families and friends of those victimized. Both to those whose lives were lost, and those who have an emotional mountain to climb as a result.

Orlando, Marion County and the surrounding communities are strong and resilient. The turnout for donating blood alone is a testament to the connectivity we have. #LiveUnited #OrlandoStrong #OrlandoLove

Lastly, thank you. As a part of our community, we are proud to know that although this didn’t happen in Marion County, we all have offered support and prayers for everyone that was impacted. In fact, while 2-1-1 was updating local vigils in the Orlando area we saw that there is going to be one right here, in Ocala. This Wednesday evening, at 8pm,  at Copa, 2330 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, there will be a vigil in remembrance of the those lost and those struggling with the weight of such a tragedy. The public is welcome to attend.

Orlando and the United Way of Marion County 2-1-1 thank you, Marion, for your support.

For more information on how to get or give help please call (dial 2-1-1), text (by texting your zip code to 898-211), or live chat with a 2-1-1 specialist.

We are available 24/7 with up-to-date information on where to turn, and also as a place for those who need to reach out for crisis support and counseling.

Father’s Day

Image result for father's dayUnited Way of Marion County 2-1-1 wanted to wish all of the dads in the community a Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19th). In fact, let’s not just celebrate for one day. Let’s join the Children’s Alliance and Kids Central in June’s Fatherhood Month! They have partnered together to create the Building Better Dads Initiative that highlights the important and impacting role that parents, father’s specifically, have on children.  Building Better Dads provides a number of helpful tips on being a better dad, but the most notably being #stayinvolved in the child’s life and interests.


Let’s help Dad celebrate!

Check out some of these FREE activities for dads coming up:


Friday Film Fest- Friday, June 17th, 2pm-4pm at Headquarters- Ocala Public Library

Hooping with HeroesFriday, June 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Boys & Girls Club

Father’s Day Story-time- Saturday, June 18th, 11am-5pm at Barnes and Noble (College Rd. location)

Ghost Walk- Saturday, June 18th, 8pm-10:30pm at Ocala Downtown Square

Free Pint Glass- Saturday & Sunday, June 18th-19th, BJ’s restaurants (drink not included)

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens- Sunday, June 19th, all day, Gainesville

Father’s Day Remembrance– Sunday, June 19th, 4pm at Highland Memorial Park

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone, text, or chat.

Alert yourself about Alert Marion!

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It’s only the first week of hurricane season and we’ve already seen 3 storms. The most recent of which is Tropical Storm Colin that we are still currently experiencing. 2-1-1 and other community members of Marion want to help in the process of becoming as prepared as possible for another potential storm! In fact, yesterday Marion County Emergency Management launched a FREE emergency notification system called: Alert Marion

Alert Marion is FREE emergency alert system that helps you receive the most accurate and breaking information straight to your phone via text! Not only is the information sent directly to your phone, you can also customize what type of information you are interested in receiving (tornado, flood, fire, etc.). Also, you don’t have to worry about this emergency alert waking you up in the middle of the night because, guess what, that’s adjustable, too!! You have the power to choose what you want to be notified about AND when you want to be alerted. With that said, the Alert Marion technology’s purpose is to help keep all of us safe so if there is a tornado warning the Alert Marion notification will go off no matter what times you have set to allow the notifications. You can also adjust your notification settings at any time by logging in.

Emergency Management has made it extremely easy to sign up, too!

Click here to see just how easy! 

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with other severe weather preparation services and locations like where to get sandbags and what shelters are open along with countless other vital information services.

You can contact 2-1-1 by phone (dial 2-1-1), by text (text your zip code to 898-211), or live web chat

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