COVID 19 Community Resources

COVID 19 Community Resources

To assist Brevard’s individuals and families impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Brevard is providing information and resources available to help you and your family.  This site will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. 
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 321-632-6688.
 
Financial Support
Utilities
Food Pantries
Hot Meal Locations
Meals for Kids
Stimulus Checks
Health Resources
Business Owners

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Brevard County has allocated $4.4 million from the CARES Act to provide residents with mortgage, rent, security deposit, and utility deposit payment assistance as well as funding food stability programs.  This assistance is in the form of a grant that will be paid directly to the mortgage lender, landlord, or apartment rental company and not the individual and will be available to income eligible residents on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are still available.  
The maximum grant amount available is up to three months of housing costs up to $7,200.
In order to be eligible you must meet the following qualifications:
  • Must be a resident of Brevard County
  • Have income not to exceed 140% of area median income ($67,900 for one person; $77,560 for two people; $96,880 for a family of four)
  • Must demonstrate an impact from COVID-19
  • Must have a loss of at least 25% of your income
  • Must not have "liquid assets," such as savings and checking accounts, certificates of deposit, and money market funds, that are more than $8,000 per household
  • Must disclose all other assistance received, such as a tax refund and unemployment compensation. Money received from any unemployment compensation or federal CARES Act stimulus payments of up to $1,200 to individuals would be subtracted from the maximum grant amount
You can find the application and additional necessary forms online here:  https://www.brevardfl.gov/HumanServices/Announcements.  
 For assistance completing the application, and to submit a completed application, email BrevardCARESAct2020@brevardfl.gov.
 Paper applications can be found at all area libraries, and applications can be submitted at the libraries or at the the Housing and Human Services Department.
 Submit copies, not originals, of all required documents, and make sure the application is complete, or it will be rejected.  
 **Please act immediately if you need this assistance.  This is first-come, first serve, and the money is expected to run out.  The county commission will consider adding additional funds to this program, but this is not guaranteed.  

 


Mortgage and Rent payments: Governor Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order suspending mortgage foreclosures and evections due to the coronavirus. The Governor’s Executive Order 20-94 suspended mortgage foreclosures for residential and commercial property owners has been extended until June 2. However, the order does not relieve or forgive any debts
  • Mae and Freddie Mac will suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days.
  • Federal Housing Administration will be putting a sixty-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions of single family homeowners.
  • Borrowers affected by the coronavirus who are having difficulty paying their mortgage should reach out to their mortgage servicers.

Unemployment insurance: New website: https://fldeo-flwork-prod1.pegacloud.net/prweb/app/default/tHGV_g6FQZMSYakWUervaQ%28%28*/!STANDARD or call 1-800-204-2418.  
Beginning May 10, 2020 people receiving unemployment MUST check into CONNECT every two weeks to request and receive their unemployment benefits.  The work search and work registration requirements continue to be suspended until Saturday, May 30, but you still must be available and able to work during this time if work becomes available.  The DEO put out a step-by-step guide to claiming your unemployment weeks that you can find here: http://www.floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/reemployment-assistance-center/guide-for-reemployment-assistance-claiming-weeks.pdf?sfvrsn=928046b0_2

Click here for NEW info and the CARES Act. 


Food Stamps:https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access/food-assistance-and-suncap.shtml   DCF has extended recertification of SNAP, TANF and Medicaid for six months for those scheduled to recertify in April/May. SNAP and TANF have waived their work requirements thru May. Beginning April 21, SNAP recipients can now purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card (limited to only Walmart and Amazon). Click here for more info on SNAP.

Income Taxes:
The IRS has extended the filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, but people are encouraged (if they’re getting a refund) to file ASAP. www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Veterans:
COVID-19 Project Vet Relief Fund https://helpflvets.org/covid-19-support/

Prescription cost relief: FamilyWize provides a free discount card to show to your pharmacist.  Please note this is a discount card and not insurance.   You can download  the card online at https://www.familywize.org/free-prescription-discount-card, or text the word "SAVE" to "700700."  Reply "YES" to the auto response, and the card will be downloaded to your phone.
Student Loans: The U.S. Department of Education is automatically giving most federal student loan borrowers a break from their monthly bills until Sept. 30. And during that time, consumers will not be charged interest or late fees. The six-month pause is automatic, so borrowers do not have to apply. The government’s student loan forbearance does not apply to private student loans.
529 Plans: Make sure you pay attention to those partial college refunds for this semester’s tuition and room and board if you used a 529 plan. The refunded amounts are no longer being used for qualified educational expenses. Kiplinger’s recommends the 529 plan account owners should consider recontributing refunded amounts into their accounts to avoid penalties within 60 days from the date the refund was issued.
Eastern Florida State College has received $4.4 million and Florida Tech has received $3.6 million in funding through the CARES Act to assist students affected by COVID-19 by setting up student emergency financial aid grants.  These grants can be used toward food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.  Students must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year to qualify.  If students did not submit a FAFSA application, they have until June 30th to do so. Students should apply for the emergency grant directly through their schools.
Free financial advice. An #AFCPE certified financial counselor or coach can help you make a plan and provide you with free unbiased financial education. https://www.yellowribbonnetwork.org/afcpecovid19

UTILITIES

Internet Services
Spectrum is partnering with school districts to help students learn remotely. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Florida Power & Light
For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL has resources available online at www.FPL.com/HELP  FPL has also implemented the same policies that we do during major crisis events, which include:
•    Suspending electrical disconnections
•    Providing payment extensions
•    Waiving certain late payment fees for customers in a hardship situation
Water Customers
Cocoa:  The City of Cocoa has temporarily suspended water shut-offs for non-payment. Customers needing to discuss their specific situation and payment plan options should call Cocoa Utility Customer Service at 321-433-8400 or e-mail customerservice@cocoafl.org.
Brevard County: Service shut-offs for customers with delinquent bills have been postponed.
Melbourne: The City of Melbourne has temporarily suspended water shut-offs for non-payment. Customers needing to discuss their specific situation should call Melbourne Utility Billing at 321-608-7100.
Palm Bay:Suspends Late Fees and Shut-Offs

FOOD PANTRIES

Click here for a comprehensive list.
 
Additional Community Food Distributions (Special Onetime Events)


May 28
10 am
Representative Randy Fine's Covid-19 FarmShare Food Distribution
2539 Palm Bay Road NE, Palm Bay
DRIVE THROUGH ONLY
One package of food per car

Sat, May 30th
The Pointe Church
82 N Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach
9 am
 

HOT MEAL LOCATIONS

Central Brevard Sharing Center     
113 Aurora Street    
Cocoa    32924    
11am-1pm M-Sat & 2pm-3pm on Sun
Daily Bread    
815 E. Fee Ave.     
Melbourne    32901   
Meals Daily 11-1
Cornerstone Church of God    
311 E Hibiscus Blvd.    
Melbourne    32901    
Breakfast meals Saturday 9:30-10:30
My Community Cares
1046 Dixon Blvd
Cocoa 32922
Dinner meals 4-6 pm Wed-Friday

Salvation Army North Central (Titusville)
1218 W. Main Street
Titusville 32796
Mon-Sat
11-11:30 am
Pebbles Catering
1046 Dixon Blvd, Cocoa
4-6pm Wednesday-Friday
Free Meals

Time Out Sports Bar Plus
607 Florida Ave, Cocoa
11am Sundays
while supplies last

Hospitality for Life
Free meals for out-of-work hospitality workers (servers, cooks, etc.).
Daily pickups at Pizza Gallery & Grill in Viera; PizzaVola in West Melbourne, Cocoa Beach and Indian Harbour Beach; Pappagallo’s Beachside and Aunt Louise’s Pizzeria of Sebastian.
Must register at hospitality-life.org

Every Wednesday in May, Chateau Madeleine Senior Living and Memory Care in Suntree will be offering free takeout lunch to Brevard residents who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.  "Free Lunch Wednesday" includes those available items up to $15, and you will be asked to pay any difference if you order a meal which costs more than that.  You must order your meal online between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at chateau2go.com and use the promo code UNEMPLOYED.
Chateau Madeleine Senior Living and Memory Care
205 Hardoon Lane
Melbourne, FL  32940
Meals of Love:
Free restaurant-prepared, delivered meal for any senior 60+ years or disabled adult. Government-funded. Each new participant must complete a State Assessment Form 701c. It is available at mealsoflove.org. For assistance, call the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation at 321-253-4430.

Meals for Kids

Food for children out of school
The following schools will open as food distribution centers (Breakspot Sites)  Monday - Friday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Atlantis Elementary (Cocoa)
Cape View Elementary (Cape Canaveral)
Coquina Elementary (Titusville)
Mims Elementary (Mims)
Cambridge Elementary (Cocoa)
Golfview Elementary (Rockledge)
Mila Elementary (Merritt Island)
Central Middle (West Melbourne)
Jupiter Elementary (Palm Bay)
Sherwood Elementary (Melbourne)
Sunrise Elementary (Palm Bay)
Turner Elementary (Palm Bay)
University Park Elementary (Melbourne)
Pinewood Elementary (Mims)
Oak Park Elementary (Titusville)
Saturn Elementary (Cocoa)
Endeavour Elementary (Cocoa)
Fairglen Elementary (Cocoa)
Audubon Elementary (Merritt Island)
Creel Elementary (Melbourne)
Sabal Elementary (Melbourne)
Harbor City Elementary (Melbourne)
Discovery Elementary (Palm Bay)
Palm Bay Elementary (Palm Bay)
McAuliffe Elementary (Palm Bay)
Riviera Elementary (Palm Bay)
Port Malabar Elementary (Palm Bay)

Meals will be distributed to any child age 18 years and younger. Each child will receive a package containing one breakfast meal and one lunch meal. To ensure social distancing, BPS requests that parents drive in to the bus loop and release their trunk; a BPS employee will place one meal package per child in the trunk of the vehicle. The cafeteria and other school buildings will not be opened to parents and students.
PLEASE NOTE: Children will be served even if they are not accompanied by a parent/guardian, however, per USDA regulations, all parents/guardians MUST have the child(ren) present in order for them to receive their meals. Those who arrive on foot or bike/etc. will still be served, however, social distancing will be adhered to.
Children’s Hunger Project will provide children at school Breakspot sites with weekend food packs on Fridays.
Club Esteem 3316 Monroe Street, Melbourne will also serve meals 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM like BPS.  

STIMULUS CHECK GENERAL INFORMATION

Generally, each adult should automatically receive $1,200 and each couple should receive $2,400 plus $500 per child under 17.  You do not have to take any action to receive your stimulus check unless you did not file your 2018 or 2019 taxes.  
  • If you filed your 2019 taxes already, this information will be used to determine payment.
  • If you haven't filed your 2019 taxes, your 2018 tax filing will be used.
  • If major changes have happened since filing your 2018 taxes such as births, deaths, marriage, divorce,  or if you need to update your bank account for direct deposit or physical address for paper check, file your 2019 taxes now so the government has this information to get you the payment you are eligible for
  • If you are required to file taxes and have not filed your 2018 or 2019 you would not be eligible for the stimulus check.  You MUST file your 2019 taxes to get your stimulus check. 
Here is the link the IRS provides to help you file.  At this time in-person help centers are all closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
 
If you currently receive social security benefits (social security retirement, disability (SSDI), survivor benefits) or Railroad Retirement and Survivor Benefits, you will automatically receive your stimulus check the way you already receive your benefits - either direct deposit or a paper check.
 
If you are not required to file taxes because you made less than the income requirement ($12,200 for an individual and $24,400 for a couple) or were not required to file for other reasons, the IRS has created a simple Non-Filer Payment Form that you can fill out on their website to get your payment.  This can also be used to get the $500 benefit per child under 17 years old.  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
 
People who do not qualify for a stimulus check:
  • 17 year old children
  • Adult dependents - young adults and disabled individuals living as dependents with other adults (This unfortunately includes most older high school students, college students, and recent graduates)
  • Nonresident aliens - those residing in the country who do not have a green card.  You must have a social security number to receive a check.
  • Higher income earning individuals and estates 
         Single people earning more than $99,000 and married couples earning more than $198,000 with no children do not qualify
         Single people earning between $75,000 - $98,999 and married couples earning between $150,000 - $197,999 will qualify for a smaller amount - a reduction of the full amount at $5 for every $100 earned over $75,000 individually or $15,000 jointly
The IRS is no longer sending stimulus payments via direct deposit to people who filed their 2018 or 2019 taxes.  All future payments will be mailed as paper checks.  **People who are not normally required to file taxes and need to use the Non-Filer Tool can still input their bank account information to receive a direct deposit payment.
You can use the "Get My Payment" tool to track when the IRS mails your check.  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

HEALTH RESOURCES

Brevard County Testing Locations
The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) is providing COVID-19 viral testing to anyone with or without symptoms. This is a viral test; not an antibody test.
An appointment must be scheduled ahead of time, and you can do this by calling 321-454-7141. DOH-Brevard COVID-19 testing is free.

A community partnership COVID-19 drive-thru testing site has been opened at Eastern Florida State College and will operate daily from 9-5.  This site requires no appointment, and anyone over the age of 18 will be able to be tested whether or not any symptoms are present.  A driver's license is required to verify age.  
Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus
250 Community College Parkway 
Palm Bay  32909
(Enter at San Filippo Drive SE at Manchester Circle)
For more information, please see:  https://floridadisaster.org/globalassets/covid19/walk-in-test-sites/cbts-faq-3.pdf
*Please note that this testing at this site will be a nasal swab
Testing Site Partners:
Brevard County
City of Palm Bay
Eastern Florida State College
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Florida Department of Health
Florida National Guard

Parrish Medical Center’s COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment: The public can complete the free COVIDAware risk assessment by visiting www.parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19HRA, or by texting Coronavirus to 321-204-1966. Care navigation calls are free of charge and help people to know when symptoms become serious enough to seek emergency medical attention and what they can do to take care of themselves at home.
Parrish Healthcare, in collaboration with OMNI Healthcare, has opened a drive-thru testing site at the Parrish Health and Fitness Center located at 2210 Cheney Highway (Highway 50) in Titusville.    You MUST pre-register to be tested by texting "covid test" to 321-204-1966 or by visiting parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19Registration.  If you do not have access to a mobile phone or a computer you can pre-register by leaving a message at 321-268-6139.
Once registered, an appointment time will be made, and insurance information will be requested, but there will be NO OUT OF POCKET COST for this test.  Results should be available within 48 hours, and a Parrish Healthcare physician will review the results with you via Telehealth services

MedFast Urgent Care Centers in Brevard are now providing COVID-19 testing from 9-5 daily.  If you believe you are experiencing symptoms you must call 321-MEDFAST (633-3278) for a consultation first, and if you meet the criteria, you will be give a date, time, and location to get tested.

CDC site for COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Florida Department of Health
For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov or https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection

BUSINESS OWNERS

Businesses affected by COVID-19 are asked to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey. It can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/
The Governor activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program. Up to $50 million has been allocated for the program. Information can be found at: https://floridadisasterloan.org/

For more information on the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans and to apply visit:
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login
The Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses has been re-funded an extra $310 billion. These loans can only be applied for until June 30th.  The application can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf

Last updated 5/27/2020