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Office of Economic Self-Sufficiency
Program Information

The Department of Children and Families Office of Economic Self-Sufficiency helps promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash and medical assistance for individuals and families in Florida.

What types of Help does DCF Offer?

The Department of Children and Families, Economic Self Sufficiency Program has several programs that can help Florida families. They include, Food Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance, Medicaid and Refugee Assistance.

Each of these programs has its own eligibility rules. Florida uses one application for all assistance programs.

Food Assistance Poster - English | Spanish | Creole

The Office of Economic Self-Sufficiency (ESS) self service portal allows customers to connect with their public assistance information 24/7.

Assistance Programs

The Food Assistance Program helps individuals and families purchase nutritional foods needed to maintain and promote good health. The Temporary Cash Assistance program provides financial assistance to pregnant women in their third trimester and families with dependent children to assist in the payment of rent, utilities and other household expenses. The Medicaid Program provides medical assistance to individuals and families to cover or assist in the cost of services that are medically necessary.

Community Partner Network

Did you know that there are local agencies in your neighborhood that are a part of our community partner network? Community partners work with the ESS program by providing a variety of services to individuals seeking or receiving assistance. Click here to find a community partner near you.