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- Fair Housing Assistance Agencies in Florida
- Bay Area Legal Services, a non-profit Law Firm
- Florida Commission on Human Relations
- The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service
- U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
The Department of Housing and Urban Development
Local HUD Fair Housing Offices
Jacksonville Field Office
Charles East Bennett Federal Building
400 West Bay Street Suite 1015
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 232-2627
Rights and Duties of Tenants and Landlords by the Florida Bar
Landlord/Tenant Law in Florida provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida Directory of Legal Aid Organizations by County
Dispute Resolution Center
Florida State Bar Association
Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program
Florida Small Claims Court Information
The Houston Apartment Association has compiled the following resources to help your property and residents keep cool this summer. The following sites have information that you can print for distribution...
- The Red Cross's heat wave preparedness site -https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/heat-wave-safety.html
- The Red Cross's heat wave preparedness site - Spanish version - http://www.cruzrojaamericana.org/general.asp?SN=200&OP=216&SUOP=246
- Houston Fire Department heat safety page - http://houstontx.gov/fire/safetyinfo/heatrelatedillnesses.html
- The Center for Disease Control's tips for staying cool - https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html
- NOAA's National Weather Service heat danger chart - http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml
Drowning, the second leading cause of accidental death among children is also the second leading cause of accidental death among adults.
What Parents Should Know About Pool Safety:
- If your apartment has a pool, inspect the fence and gate. If the gate does not lock or you find any other defects with the fence, report it to the apartment management immediately
- NEVER leave a child alone near water –that includes water in a pool, spa, bathtub, toilet, bucket or any standing water in which a child's nose or mouth may be submerged
- Apartment pools have a phone near the pool. Know where it is.
- Use approved flotation devices.
- Enroll children over the age of 3 in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors - REMEMBER- swimming lessons do not make your child "Drown-Proof!"
- Learn CPR.
- Make sure there is no standing water on the pool deck. Standing water is the #1 cause of slips and falls around a pool. NO RUNNING on the pool deck!
- Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy.
- Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. If lightning and thunder are nearby, get out until the storm has passed.
- Call 911 in case of emergencies.
- Throw! Don't go. Throw rescue equipment!
Teach Your Kids these Safety Tips:
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Don't dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump in feet first to avoid hitting your head on the shallow bottom.
- Don't push or jump on others in or around water.
- Swim in supervised areas only.
- Obey all rules and posted signs.
Many prospective residents make the mistake of asking the manager or leasing agent about crime in the neighborhood. While the manager or leasing agent may know about crimes that have occurred, they are not the best source of this type of information. Call the local storefront of the Houston Police Department for crime statistics. The officers at the local storefront should be able to give you the most accurate crime statistics available.
No. Most owners and management personnel have no more experience, training or ability to prevent criminal acts than you do. You should never rely upon the owner or management personnel to secure you from the criminal acts of third parties. If you are in need of security services, call the police. In the event of an emergency, call 911. If you have questions regarding security issues in your neighborhood, contact the local HPD storefront and discuss your concerns with the officers patrolling the neighborhood.
More safety tips are available on www.safeinmyplace.org.
The function of the Victim Services and Advocacy Program is to promote safety, healing, justice and rights for crime victims and survivors. Being a victim of a crime is frightening and unsettling for the millions of Americans who unfortunately experience it each year. Progress has been made in improving the rights of crime victims. Victims and survivors of homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and other serious offenses have transformed their victimization into a vehicle for ensuring that victims of crime receive justice, meaningful assistance and compassionate treatment.
Do you know your rights as a crime victim?
As a victim of violent crime in Texas, you have the following rights:
- The right to be notified of all court proceedings including cancellation and rescheduling
- The right to receive information about the Texas Crime Victim Compensation Fund that provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes.
- The right to have the magistrate take the safety of the victim or their family into consideration as an element in fixing the amount of bail for the accused
- If you so request, the right to information about procedures in the criminal investigation of your case by law enforcement officials, and about general procedures in the criminal justice system, including plea bargaining , restitution, appeals and parole from the prosecutor's office.
- The right to complete a Victim Impact Statement, detailing the emotional, physical and financial impact that the crime has had on you and your family, and to have that statement considered by the judge at sentencing and by the parole board.
Crime Stoppers of Houston's Victim Services and Advocacy Program provides the following to crime victims and survivors:
- Act as an advocate on all states of victimization
- Ensure crime victims and survivors have a voice in our criminal justice system
- Empower crime victims and survivors to assist in rebuilding their lives
- Collaborate with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, probation and parole departments, juvenile justice systems and social services in assisting all victims of crime
- Accompany victims and survivors to Court and Parole Board hearings
- Guide victims and survivors through media inquiries and engagements
- Refer victims and survivors to local, state-wide and national victim assistance organizations
- Work for legislative improvement to enhance victims' rights and public safety
- Conduct community events to commemorate victims and survivors
Connect with Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.org
713-521-4600 or email@example.com
Resources for Victims and Survivors
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Bay Area Turning Point
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Houston Area Women's Center
Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Parents of Murdered Children
Texas Center for Missing
Sexual Abuse of Children
Children's Assessment Center
The following organizations MAY be able to assist with some housing needs and household expenses.
(Please note many of the ministries/organizations listed below have specific zip codes they serve, if possible please visit this site FIRST to see if they service your zip code area)
St. Petersburg (727) 893-1314
Tampa (813) 631-4370
Hudson (352) 523-6958
Dade City (352) 521-1218
Florida Coalition to End Homelessness
Mid-Florida Homelessness Coalition
Citrus, Hernando, Sumter Counties
Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County
Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative
Homeless Coalition of Polk County
Homeless Leadership Alliance of Pinellas County
Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Heartland Coalition of the Homeless
Hardee, Desoto, Highlands
Red Cross of Tampa
Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties
Red Cross of Southwest Florida
DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties
Red Cross of Mid-Florida
Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Polk, and Sumter Counties
Lutheran Services Central Florida
Important Note: Many rental assistance programs are running low or have run out of money, but many have applied for additional funding. We are including links to all area programs, but understand that availability of assistance is NOT guaranteed. Be sure to check the status of each program.
The purpose of this page is to inform renters of various programs and agencies that may be able to provide financial assistance. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. There may be other programs and agencies available. Additionally, please understand that programs and agencies may have limited funds, may have varying qualification processes and requirements and may not be available for all renters seeking assistance. Further, there may be some programs or agencies that only provide services to limited geographic areas in our community.