Brevard County Public Libraries now have paper unemployment forms and applications in English, Spanish and Creole available to the public on a daily basis.
Library facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore visitors who might normally utilize the library to apply online for unemployment benefits no longer have access. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has waived work search, online work registration and waiting week requirements for Unemployed Assistance (now known as Reemployment Assistance) applications, and is allowing the use of paper application forms.
Unemployment forms are available at the front of each Brevard County Public Library.
Brevard County Covid-19 Assistance Program
Funds are now available to income-eligible residents for mortgage assistance, rental assistance and utility and security deposit assistance through Brevard County’s Housing and Human Services Department.
Brevard County’s Board of County Commissioners has allocated up to $4.4 million in federal CARES Act grant funds to assist those financially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those eligible must be a resident of Brevard County; at or below 140 percent of area median income; and able to demonstrate assistance is required as a result of direct impacts from coronavirus.
To qualify, applicants must be able to submit documents supporting income, need and other assistance, including income verification documents such as paychecks, unemployment compensation history, veteran’s check, child support payment history, Aid to Families with Dependent Children/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, bank statements, rental agreements, mortgage statements, documentation for a utility deposit, and most recent tax return, etc.
211 Relief Fund
To assist Brevard’s individuals and families impacted by COVID19, United Way of Brevard is providing information and resources available to assist residents.
In addition, with several other local foundations, United Way is launching the Brevard COVID-19 Response Fund. United Way of Brevard has authorized $50,000 from their emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts. 211 Brevard is taking calls from those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
IF YOU NEED HELP: The 211 Helpline is available 24/7 to connect you with resources for food, mental health, legal support and more. Those in need of help can dial 2-1-1 or call (321) 632-6688. Visit United Way of Brevard for additional information
Free Meals for Children
Food Distribution Center for Cocoa Beach is at:
Cape View Elementary, 8440 Rosalind Avenue
Monday - Friday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Students can pick up 2 days of meals at once. Parents can pick up their students’ meals if they have proper identification of their child.
There will be no meal pick ups on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Coping / Mental Health Resources
Dealing with the unfolding COVID-19 situation can be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you deal with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
During this time, remember to take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories about COVID-19. Be sure to take care of yourself physically by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind and do activities that you enjoy. Most importantly, don’t forget to connect with others by talking with people you trust about your feelings and concerns about COVID-19. Now is a great time to reach out to friends and family via phone, text, or email to touch base and support one another.
If you find that you or someone you know needs help dealing with the stress of COVID-19 resources are available. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service offers a Disaster Distress Hotline available 24/7 at 1-800-985-5990. Users can also text TalkWithUs to 66746 for text-based support.
Cigna has resources to help you and your loved ones prepare for the unexpected, as well as cope during and after a disaster or tragedy. Cigna Disaster Resource Center
Florida Blue has provided a 24-hour, bilingual emotional support helpline to assist Floridians with any stress they may be feeling during the COVID19 pandemic. If you are feeling stressed, contact the helpline at 833-848-1762.
Eviction and Mortgage Foreclosure
On April 2nd, 2020, Governor DeSantis orders a suspension on evictions and mortgage foreclosures as a temporary relief to Floridians. Executive Order 20-94 will be effective for 45 days.
Business Damage Assessment and Emergency Loan Program
In response to COVID-19, the State of Florida has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on local business operations to help direct State resources and enable access to federal programs. The City encourages any business affected by COVID-19 to complete the survey.
Results from the survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-95 suspending assessment and collection of taxation imposed for all notes and written obligations (SBA guaranteed loans) made under Title I of the CARES Act
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides small businesses with working capital loans up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. Guidance for Businesses and Employers.
Express Bridge Loans
The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses.
If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
Short-Time Compensation Program for Employers
Florida DEO offers Short-Time Compensation Program to help employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.
Re-employment Assistance Program for Employees
The Florida DEO provides Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Compensation) offering temporary wage benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. Residents seeking assistance can visit the local CareerSource Brevard office located in Palm Bay on the southeast corner of Babcock Street and Port Malabar Boulevard.
Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announces the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide funding support to small businesses across the State impacted by the pandemic. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. Florida Disaster Loan Website.
Department of Revenue
Department of Revenue has extended the deadlines for Sales Tax for adversely affected taxpayers due to COVID-19. Florida Department of Revenue.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS has announced that it will delay the 2019 tax payments, originally due on April 15, to July 15, 2020. IRS COVID-19 Information Page.
Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast
The EDC of Florida’s Space Coast offers a list of regional resources available to assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. CARES Act Small Business Guide and Checklist