Frequently Asked Questions

Good News Outreach

When is the food pantry open?

As of July 1, 2020, our food pantry is Wednesday from 9 am-2 pm and Thursday from 8 am-2 pm.

Who is eligible for the Elder Services program? What services are provided?

Our elder services program is open to seniors 55 years or older, living independently or in a retirement community. We provide food delivery, and monthly phone contact on a case-by-case basis. We serve a limited area. Please call to see if we can help you.

What are the qualifications for Maryland Oaks Crossing?

To qualify for housing at Maryland Oaks Crossing, your income level must be $1,300.00 or $1,550.00 a month for a two or three-bedroom house respectively. You must have remained eviction free for at least 3 years. You must not have any sexual or majorly violent charges on your record. Maryland Oaks Crossing is a family community particularly for families with children.

What if I do not have children? What if I am currently pregnant?

We have a limited number of units set aside for the elderly, however with the income requirements, subsidized housing might be a better choice for those without children. Our housing director can provide you with a list of some subsidized housing options here in Leon County. 

What do I do if I am coming out of homelessness and meet the required income for Maryland Oaks Crossing, but do not currently have the funds?

Our housing director works with many agencies that may help you with the first months' rent, deposit, and get your power turned on. They maybe able to give you a referral if you qualify. 

Do you allow pets at Maryland Oaks Crossing?

We allow service or support pets with a doctor's order and an additional $200.00 pet deposit. 

Do I need to be a Christian to qualify for Maryland Oaks Crossing?

No, at Good News Outreach we are a Christian based organization tasked to love and serve all.

Is there an application fee for Maryland Oaks Crossing?

Yes, there is an application fee of  $25.00

What schools are Maryland Oaks Crossing zoned for?

The residents of Maryland Oaks Crossing are zoned for Sabel Palm Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, and Rickards High School.  

What is the process to becoming a resident at Mercy House?

Contact staff at Good News Outreach by phone, email, or letter and provide name and DC# of prospective resident. Mercy House staff will then send an application packet to the prospective resident to complete and return to Good News Outreach. Mercy House staff will then provide further instructions.

When should the men begin the application process to Mercy House?

It is best for men to begin the application process several months in advance of their release from incarceration.

How long are residents permitted to stay at Mercy House?

Six to nine months, however, there is no minimum amount of time that a resident is expected to stay.

What are the requirements to becoming a resident at Mercy House?

Mercy House accepts men being released from incarceration who have not been convicted of sexual offenses. 

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Financial support is critical. Tax-deductible donations can be made on our Donate page, or mailed to: Good News Outreach, PO Box 3304, Tallahassee, FL  32315-3304.


The willing hands of volunteers are also needed to help us feed the hungry - volunteers from religious and civic groups are welcomed as well. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact us by phone (850-412-0016) or by email at‚Äč

This organization is an Equal Opportunity Provider