Federal Employees Furlough Information
If you are a furloughed federal employee or government contractor in need of social services or an individuals with questions about the availability of public benefits, you can contact 2-1-1 Brevard. To connect, simply dial 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Crisis Line is available 24/7/365.
2-1-1 Information and Referral Crisis Line can help connect you with food pantries, utility assistance and eviction prevention assistance.
Additional information about unemployment benefits for furloughed employees is available from the United States Office of Personnel Management. Click here for the OPM furlough guidance page: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/
If you are behind in your mortgage or rent you should contact your bank or landlord to request a delay in payment, many banks and credit unions are offering support to furloughed federal employees. Some credit unions are offering bridge loans to help cover expenses during the furlough as well.
Based on the 2017 ALICE Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) more than 40% of American adults don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency. This is especially concerning due to the adverse effects that could occur should federal government programs be reduced or halted.
2019 Health First Mayors’ Fitness Challenge
Eleven Mayors in Brevard are challenging their citizens to get involved in a healthy competition – the Health First Mayors’ Fitness Challenge.
Each Mayor will assemble the largest possible group of people from the community to form a city team. Everyone who joins for a municipality is considered part of that mayor's "team." All you have to do is start moving and track it!
The winning team will be determined by the total number of minutes exercised by the members of each team. The municipality with the most points will win the challenger trophy, “Most Fit City 2019.”
The 8-week challenge begins on Saturday on February 2 and runs through March 30, 2019.
The Challenge also includes a “Great Weight-Off” component. The individual top weight loser (calculated by percentage of weight lost) during the 8-weeks will win a $500 cash prize. There will be a top female winner and a top male winner. All participants of the "Great Weight-Off" must be weighed in at a Health First facility between January 21 and Feburary 1st. You may also weigh in a one of the kickoff locations on February 2.
All participants must register online. (T-shirt deadline has passed.)
Tax time is just around the corner
Did you know the EITC, earned income tax credit is the federal government’s largest benefit for workers? Did you also know one out of five eligible taxpayers who qualify don’t claim it. Millions of people are not taking advantage of this valuable credit they earned. United Way can help. We offer free tax prep! Sites open in January 2019. Click here for dates and times.