Raising and Improving Self-Sufficiency Expectations (R.I.S.E.) Program

Raising & Improving Self-Sufficiency Expectations (RISE) Program provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to services for entire families by empowering individuals to actively pursue economic independence and obtain employment that pays a living wage.  The program is designed for goal-oriented individuals who are motivated and persistent in their pursuit of self-sufficiency.


Participants work with a Case manager to assess their needs, set goals, and create a specified case plan, designed to address barriers to self-sufficiency such as employment and education.


Other support services may be available to eligible participants, based upon need and availability of resources.  Must be able to attend college or trade school and work between 20 – 40 hours per week.


If interested in participating in the R.I.S.E. Program, please contact the Family Development Specialist in your county.

FasTrack Online Application

New CFCAA online application for electric, rental and educational assistance, utilized to streamline our intake and appointment process.


Application for Service 

Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.  Currently, the turnaround time is up to 30 business days and status will be unavailable during the pre-review stage of the process.  Weekends or holidays are not included in the date count.  You will be contacted by email when your application is reviewed.  Please make sure to check your SPAM or Junk folders on a regular basis. For other community resources, please contact 2-1-1. Simply DIAL 2-1-1 or 352-332-4636, TEXT your zip code to 898211, or CHAT on 2-1-1 Website.

IN THE NEWS – R.I.S.E. to self-sufficiency in Community Action program (February 2017)

The Raising and Improving Self-sufficiency Expectations, or R.I.S.E., Program may be the way to move towards economic stability and self-sufficiency. Check out the Article!


The Community Services Block Grant and Raising and Improving Self-Sufficiency Expectations Program is supported by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, a sub-recipient of the US Department of Health and Human Services, as part of an award totaling $1,259,737 with zero percentage financed from non-governmental sources.



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