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Unemployment (Reemployment) Assistance

Visit FloridaJobsResources.org for more information and their FAQs regarding COVID-19 and reemployment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Reemployment Assistance program, please call (800) 204-2418.  Tips for applying for unemployment.

Unemployment assistance can be applied for in English, Spanish, and Creole. Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application. Click here to complete the online application for Reemployment Assistance, which is also available in English, Spanish, and Creole.

Check your eligibility for unemoployment using this infographic.

We have assembled some links and tips to help you as you apply for unemployment assistance.  Residents needing assistance with the paper application may email ApplicationAssistance@KeysUnitedWay.org and a volunteer will be able to assist.  Paper applications are available throughout Monroe County and the libraries and public buildings.  

Pandemic Unemployment AssistanceThe Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s state Reemployment Assistance program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed. Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, can visit FloridaJobs.org and select "File a Claim" to apply and be considered for PUA. Click here for PUA Application Process. Click here for PUA Frequently Asked Questions. Click here for COVID-19 Employment Scenarios. 

*The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has suspended the work registration and work search requirements for Reemployment Assistance (RA) applicants.  The suspension of these requirements applies to claims filed from March 15, 2020 through May 2, 2020.

Florida Food Assistance Program (SNAP)

https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1244 for general information, or apply online. See SNAP changes due to COVID-19.  

DCF has been also directed by Governor DeSantis to automatically supplement SNAP allotments of current recipients up to the maximum for families of the household’s size for 2 months. DCF has stated that April supplements will be issued either on April 8th or on a family’s regular staggered issuance date.  

Executive Order 20-137 (Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief)

Governor DeSantis extended Executive Order 20-94, the foreclosure and eviction moratorium, until 12:01 am August 1, 2020.   The order suspends any mortgage cause of action and suspends any eviction as it relates to non-payment of rent by residential tenants due to the COVID-19 emergency.  The order does not relieve individuals from their obligation to make mortgage or rent payments.   

Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

Here is a directory of translated novel Coronavirus health education resources, organized in alphabetical order by language (114 languages). These translated materials are from US government entities, international non-governmental agencies, community-based organizations and other partners. Please click on the appropriate hyperlink on the Directory tab to view the material.  Depending on your browser, you may be prompted to download this file.  

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

If you are a bartender or are the spouse/child of a bartender, and have been adversely effected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for financial assitance at https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap-application.

Baptist Health

Baptist Health is now offering FREE online doctor visits for everyone in South Florida. Our doctors are trained to screen for COVID-19 following the latest guidelines. We can answer your questions, assess your condition and determine the best course of action.
 
The CDC recommends the use of telehealth to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus. By seeing a doctor virtually, you can avoid the waiting room and potentially exposing yourself and others to this contagious disease.
 
If you are not feeling well or believe you may have been exposed, download the Baptist Health Care On Demand App, sign up and have a virtual visit in minutes (use code CARE19 for the FREE visit). Doctors are available nationwide, 24/7.

Business Damage Assessment Survey

Managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the Business Damage Assessment Survey will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy. The information gathered allows State Government to fully assess the comprehensive impact COVID-19 is having on Florida businesses and industries, then mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures. Area businesses are encouraged to complete the survey, as these results inform decisions around the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program and other support resources. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/. For inquiries/assistance with the survey, contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.

CareConnect USA

CareConnect USA provides reliable financial helplines for families and employees. Visit https://careconnectusa.org/coronavirus-hotlines-usa/ for a list of hotlines and resources.

Centers for Disease Control

Reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes.

Coronavirus Aid, Releif, and Economic Securities Act (CARES)

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist nonprofits and small business owners with whatever needs they have right now. The Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA) has created a toolkit about the major programs and initiatives that are available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
 
Along with certain small businesses, private non-profit organizations that are a non-governmental agency or entity that currently have an effective ruling letter from the IRS granting tax exemption under sections 501(c),(d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or satisfactory evidence from the State that the non-revenue producing organization or entity is a non-profit one organized or doing business under State law, as well as faith-based organizations, are eligible to apply for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
 
More information can be found at the Florida Non-Profit Alliance and the U.S. Small Business Association websites.

Department of Economic Opportunity- Short Time Compensation Program and Reemployement Assistance

Voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of laying off employees. If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan and an employee meets the qualifications to file a reemployment assistance claim in Florida, the employee will receive a partial reemployment check to supplement their reduced paycheck. For more information on requirements, please visit covid19.floridajobs.org.

*The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has suspended the work registration and work search requirements for Reemployment Assistance (RA) applicants.  The suspension of these requirements applies to claims filed from March 15, 2020 through May 2, 2020.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 

Book orders for May books proceeded as normal.  

Running Goodnight with Dolly, a 10-week series of Dolly read aloud videos where the Book Lady herself will read one Imagination Library bedtime story each week.

The series can be watched using the newly created landing page, which will feature fun and inspiring music and content: https://imaginationlibrary.com/goodnight-with-dolly/

FamilyWize Prescription Program

The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card helps to reduce the cost of prescription medication. The card has unlimited use, so you can apply it to every prescription you fill. For more information, visit their website at familywize.org and check out their fliers in English and Spanish

FEMA Disaster Unemployment Assistance

For freelancers who do not qualifiy for their state's unemployment inusrance may apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) by using the form here.

Florida Department Agriculture and Consumer Services' (FDACS)

Families can locate free meals for children under 18 through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Summer BreakSpot website. For most sites, no application is required.

Florida Department of Revenue

The Florida Department of Revenue has issued emergency orders pertaining to property tax and sales tax due dates. Please visit their Media page for more information. For more information regarding sales tax due dates, visit the General Tax Administration Program COVID-19 webpage.

Florida House Majority Media

List of go-to resources from agencies providing assistance and answering questions concerning COVID-19, visit floridahousemedia.gov.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

See FloridaDisasterLoan.org for more information.

IRS

Federal tax deadline extended from April 15th to July 15th, 2020. For more information, visit www.irs/coronavirus.

What you need to know about the Economic Impact Payments, in English and Spanish. Here is a handy flyer that you can print and share.

There have been significant enhancements to the “Get My Payment” tool to deliver an improved experience for Americans eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments. Visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-enhances-get-my-payment-online-application-to-help-taxpayers to learn more.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.  Monroe County Social Services may be able to help if you are having trouble paying your energy bill. They administer LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and EHEAP (Elderly Home Energy Assistance Program). To find out if you are eligible, call (305) 292-4408.

Medicare and Medicaid

For general info and updates on Medicare, visit their Coronavirus web page

Medicare Telehealth

Expanded Medicare telehealth coverage will enable beneficiaries to recieve a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility, including; office visits, mental health counseling and preventive health screenings. Beneficiaries will be able to receive services in any healthcare facility including a physician's office, hospital, nursing home, or rural health clinic, as well as from their homes. Patients can access their doctors using a wider range of communication tools including telephones that have audio and video capability. 

Telehealth services are paid under the Physician Fee Schedule at the same amount as in-person services. Medicare coinsurance and deductible still apply for these services.

MusicCares Emergency Financial Assistance

MusiCares is the Emergency Financial Assistance Program that provides critical funds for music people struggling with financial, medical or personal crises. This program offers financial assistance for medical expenses including doctor, dental and hospital bills, prescriptions, addiction recovery treatment, psychotherapy, treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other critical illnesses, as well as basic living expenses such as rent and utilities. Fill out this form and email the required documents MusiCaresRelief@MusiCares.org.

Musicians Foundation Financial Assistance

All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member if they meet the qualifications listed below. Applications may also (but not additionally) be submitted by a friend or family member on behalf of a musician in need. Visit https://musiciansfoundation.submittable.com/submit to apply.

Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released an FAQ document in English and in Spanish detailing how small business owners can take advantage of the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a key provision of Rubio’s bipartisan Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act that was signed into law as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Small businesses and lenders can submit questions to PPPquestions@sbc.senate.gov. Read the press release in it's entirety here.

US Department of Labor

As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Emergency Employee Paid Leave Rights Fact Sheet for Employers: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights and Family and Medical Leave FAQ: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions.

US Small Business Administration

Disaster assistance in response to the coronavirus.  See sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance for more information.

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars (below) to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.  These webinars are free to attend. Each call is limited to the first 750 callers so dial in early.