The core of BEAM services is to prevent homelessness by providing financial assistance for rent and utility bills for people who are unable to meet their obligations due to a temporary setback. Payments are made directly to the landlord or the utility company. Generally, individuals can request assistance once every 12 months. Financial assistance volunteers meet with clients to determine eligibility and make recommendations for levels of assistance. Volunteers may also be trained to assist clients in applying for SNAP benefits (aka food stamps) and Medicaid. Clients will be asked for proof of the amount due, a copy of a lease, proof of income or unemployment, or other documents necessary to verify the need and determine the amount of funds BEAM is able to provide.
Clients who have been provided financial assistance are encouraged to meet with a Financial Coach. Services include budgeting, debt reduction, and savings planning, and assistance in increasing credit scores.
Clients may request an appointment with a financial services volunteer by calling 904-241-2326 or may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistance with rent and utility payments is available for residents who live or work within our service area (32233, 32266, 32250, 32082, 32224, and 32227).
Assistance with Beaches Energy Service (BES) and City of Atlantic Beach (Public Works and Utilities) can be provided at BEAM through their “CARE” programs.
Assistance with Beaches Energy bills is based on eligibility.
Assistance with overdue water and sewer bills for the City of Atlantic Beach Public Works is based on eligibility.
Clients must bring a current lease with their name as an occupant, picture ID for the person requesting assistance, social security cards for everyone in the household, proof of income, and proof of emergency.