Program History and Development

The Displaced Homemaker Program was established by the Florida Legislature in 1976 to assist displaced homemakers in making the transition to viable and economically self-sufficient employment. The program provides training, counseling and other work readiness services to eligible participants.

Pursuant to Section 446.50, Florida Statutes, the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)  administers and exercises oversight of the Displaced Homemaker Program. The program is operated by contracted service providers. The service providers deliver specified services to displaced homemakers in communities around the state in accordance with their individual contract. Providers may be public or nonprofit private entities.

Eligibility Criteria of Displaced Homemakers

A displaced homemaker is an individual who:

  • Is 35 years of age or older;
  • Has worked in the home, providing unpaid household services for family members;
  • Is not adequately employed, as defined by rule of the Department of Economic Opportunity;
  • Has had, or would have difficulty in securing adequate employment; and
  • Has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by such income, or has been dependent on federal assistance.

Displaced Homemaker Program Services

Services offered to displaced homemakers are:

  • Job counseling, by professionals and peers, specifically designed for a person entering the job market after a number of years as a homemaker.
  • Job training and placement services, including:
    • Training programs for available jobs in the public and private sectors, taking into account the skills and job experiences of a homemaker developed by working with public and private employers.
    • Assistance in locating available employment for displaced homemakers, some of whom could be employed in existing job training and placement programs.
    • Utilization of the services of the state employment service in locating employment opportunities.
  • Financial management services' information and assistance with insurance, taxes, and other related financial matters.
  • Educational services, such as high school equivalency diploma preparation, literacy skills and English as a Second Language.
  • Outreach and information services with respect to federal and state employment, education, health, and reemployment assistance programs.

Program Funding

The State of Florida established within the State Treasury, a Displaced Homemaker Trust Fund, financed by a fee on marriage license applications and dissolution of marriage filings, as specified in ss. 741.01(3) and 28.101(1)(b) and (d)(1) , Florida Statues respectively. The Trust Fund can also receive funds from any other public or private source.

Current Displaced Homemaker Program Operators

Santa Fe College
Focus on the Future Program
3000 NW 83rd St., Building I-40
Gainesville, FL 32606

The Centre for Women
Success Strategies Employment Program
305 S. Hyde Park Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, Inc.
The Challenge Program
340 S. Tuttle Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Emerald Coast, Inc.
7100 Plantation Road, Suite 11
Pensacola, FL 32504

South Brevard Women's Center
1425 Aurora Road
Melbourne, FL 32935


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