Fast Track

Some of the information presented applies only to the Tampa Bay Area. More information coming soon. In the meantime, check your local government websites for more information.

The objective of Fast Track is to inform new Americans of the resources that are available within their local community.There are many programs and organizations that can help individuals and their families in the process of rapidly adapting to their new country. Below is a list of available resources by theme.

A good source for local community services is available by dialing 211. They keep a constantly updated list of service nonprofits that cater to nearly every community issue. The listing is expressed in either English or Spanish and can likewise be sought (for the Tampa Bay area) online at
http://www.211tampabay.org/

Learn English

www.usalearns.org

Hillsborough County ESL Classes

SDHC

Pasco County ESL Classes

http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/cte/adult_ed/programs/

Get a Driver License

http://floridaservices.org/driver-licenses

Find a Job

http://www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/FindJobs/private-sector-job-banks.aspx

Get your First Loan and Build your Credit

http://www.projectprosper.org/

U.S Housing and Urban Development

(Find rental assistant, buy a home, file a discrimination complaint etc.)
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD

Habitat for Humanity

(Great nonprofit with no-interest mortgages)
Hillsborough
http://www.habitathillsborough.com/

Pasco
http://www.ephabitat.org/content/fact-sheet?tm=71&m=667

Social Security

http://www.ssa.gov/

National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services (NACES)

http://www.naces.org/members.htm

Florida’s Early Steps Systems

Offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to 36 months)
http://www.floridahealth.gov/alternatesites/cms-kids/home/contact/earlysteps.pdf

http://www.floridahealth.gov/alternatesites/cms-kids/home/contact/earlysteps.pdf

Free Help Consultation for Business

https://www.score.org/chapters-map

Flexible Schedules and Help to Earn a High School Diploma

(not a GED)
http://www.catapultacademy.com/

Become a Donor, or Request one, at the National Marrow Donor Program

https://bethematch.org/

Florida VPK

(Voluntary prekindergarten for 4 year-olds)

http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/voluntary_pre_k.aspx

Preschool Program for Low-Income Families

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc

Avoid Bullying

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

Book Readings by Actors for Children

http://www.storylineonline.net/

Resources for Homeowners

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/buying_a_home

Free Help to Schedule an Appointment for Health Insurance

https://connector.getcoveredamerica.org/en-us/widget/

Nutritional Information

http://www.nutrition.gov/

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition Programs

http://www.fitness.gov/

Scam Avoidance

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/

Avoid Identity Theft

https://www.identitytheft.gov/

Treat and Prevent the Flu

http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/freeresources/

Community Resources for Seniors

http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx

Finance and Money

http://www.mymoney.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Natural Disaster Preparedness

http://www.ready.gov/

Government Publications

http://publications.usa.gov/

Environmental Emergencies

http://www2.epa.gov/learn-issues/learn-about-emergencies

National Flood Insurance Program

https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/

Florida Bright Future Grants

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/