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Emergency Assistance Is Available. Apply Online Now!

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In an effort to make applying for services a simple and convenient process, ALPI has implemented online application for our LIHEAP/CSBG and Head Start/Early Head Start programs.  

Upon completing your application(s), a representative will reach out to you within 24 hours or less. 


Assistance Available:  electrical, water, rental/mortgage, gasoline, medical, transportation to medical services, food, HVAC Repair (60+), family self-sufficiency and more.

ALPI has been designated by the State of Florida as the Community Action Agency (CAA) for Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Polk Counties. As such, ALPI receives Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds to assist in the provision of a range of services and activities that have a measurable, and potentially major, impact on the root causes of poverty in the local community. 

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that assists high-energy burdened, low-income households with the costs of heating and cooling their homes. Home energy funds are provided once per calendar year and are based on the client’s gross income and household size.

ALPI’s focus of CSBG funding is to support a Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP); however, there are limited emergency assistance funds available to help alleviate an immediate crisis. Under the FSSP, an eligible client is provided services through ongoing case management with the ultimate outcome being the enhancement of a family’s ability to, ultimately, meet their own needs.


Polk County residents may now apply for up to $2,000 of financial assistance through the Polk County Unites Grant.

This grant is made available through a partnership with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and United Way of Central Florida, and is funded by Polk County’s portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant.

Applicants must confirm that they have not received other financial assistance related to the Polk CARES Act.   However, stimulus recipients, including those on Reemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), can still apply for the Polk County Unites grant.

Required documentation includes:  1. Valid Florida ID or Florida driver’s license.   2.  Proof of loss of income related to COVID 19 (furlough, lay-off letter from employer, unemployment statement or quarantine letter from doctor).   3.  Invoice for requested payment (i.e., mortgage statement, utilities bill, etc.).

Individuals wishing to determine eligibility must complete the online application, via the button below. 


Head Start is a national program, which provides comprehensive developmental services for low income, pre-school children ages three to five, and social services for their families. The Early Head Start (EHS) program serves infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. 

All of ALPI directly operated Head Start/Early Head Start centers are state licensed and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) certified. Six of the seven directly operated centers are NAEYC accredited and have been recognized with the Gold Seal of Excellence from the Florida Department of Children and Families.  ALPI’s EHS program provides intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.

For more information on ALPI’s Head Start/Early Head Start Program, please click here..

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