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What does ACCESS Florida do?

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Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency, or ACCESS, is the Florida state government program that manages distribution of public assistance of food, temporary cash, medical aid and refugee services for eligible families and individuals. The Florida Department of Children and Families administers the ACCESS program.

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The Food Assistance Program enables low-income families and individuals to obtain healthy food. A special Food Assistance Program called SUNCAP is for those with incomes low enough to qualify for Supplemental Security Income. The Temporary Cash Assistance program provides financial help for pregnant women and families with children 18 years old and under. The Florida Medicaid program allows families and individuals with low incomes to receive medical coverage. Refugee services assists refugees in attaining self-sufficiency by learning English, acquiring job skills, finding jobs, and handling legal and medical issues.

Although each program has unique eligibility standards, individuals or families are able to apply for all of them at the same time by registering for a My ACCESS account and filling out a single application on the ACCESS Florida website. Alternatively, applicants can download and print out an application and mail it to the ACCESS Central Mail Center. They can also apply in person at a Department of Children and Families customer service center or an affiliated community partner.

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