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.
Note: We have exhausted our individual assistance fund. We are now referring to the Brevard County Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program, Utility and Security Deposit Program. This fund has $4.4M https://brevardflhhs.seamlessdocs.com/f/CARES
Financial Support
Utilities
Food Pantries
Hot Meal Locations
Meals for Kids
Stimulus Checks
Health Resources
Business Owners

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

 

Evictions/Foreclosures
The CDC has extended the moratorium on evictions until March 31, 2021. The $900 billion relief bill includes $25 billion for rental assistance.  It is expected that each state will receive $200 million to be used to assist residents with past and future rent payments, utility bills, or other housing expenses.  People earning less than 50% of the area’s median income and those unemployed for 90 days of more will be prioritized.  Only people making less than 80% of the area’s median income, those who are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic, and are at risk for housing instability will qualify. 
We will update this section with more information as the state releases its application procedure.
In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements:
  • You are unable to pay the full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of payable hours of work or wages, a lay-off, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • You qualified for a stimulus check, you are expected to make less than $99,900 or $198,000 if filing jointly this year, or you were not required to report any income to the IRS for 2019
  • You have made best efforts to obtain all government assistance available for rent or housing
  • You are using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as your circumstances allow, taking into account other necessary expenses
  • Eviction would likely cause you to be homeless or force you to move into and live in close quarters or shared living because you have no other available housing options
In order to make use of this order you must sign a declaration and give it to your landlord or whoever has the capability of having you removed or evicted from the residential property.  Each adult listed on the lease or rental/housing contract must submit his or her own declaration.  This is a sworn declaration and must be truthful.  If a declaration is found to be false you may be subjected to criminal penalties including fines and jail time.  The CDC has provided this form declaration.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/declaration-form.pdf
This order only applies to evictions due to nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 circumstances.  Evictions may still go forward for other reasons.  This does not provide for any rent forgiveness, and full rent and fees will still be owed to the landlord/property owner.
The CDC order does not provide protections for foreclosures.  However, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020 for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages.  If you have a private, non-FHA-insured lender and are experiencing difficulty making mortgage payments reach out to your lender to try and negotiate a plan that works for you.
Reemployment Assistance/Unemployment
If you have exhausted your state unemployment benefits and had been collecting Pandemic Emergency Compensation (PEUC) or are self-employed, a part-time employee, or a gig worker and had been collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), you may need to reapply with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for these benefits because January began a new quarter.  DEO has put out the following videos to assist with step-by-step instructions:
PEUC -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEDl72Fad5o
PUA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhd-cSBcDUw
Congress approved an enhanced federal unemployment payment of $300 per week through March 14, 2021 and an extra 11 weeks of state unemployment benefits.  If you receive unemployment benefits the extra $300 should automatically apply.  Florida is currently working to get these payments out. 
Beginning May 10, 2020 people receiving unemployment MUST check into CONNECT every two weeks to request and receive their unemployment benefits. Gov. DeSantis has directed the DEO to waive the waiting week, work search and work registration requirements have been waived through February 27, 2021. You are still required to answer questions regarding your work search to process your claim, but it will not affect eligibility or payments.  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

Food Stamps:https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access/food-assistance-and-suncap.shtml
All recipients’ benefits amounts are increased to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size through January.  Additionally, the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed in December included an increase of 15% in benefit amounts for SNAP clients from January-June 2021.  Work requirements have been suspended through January as well. ALDI is now included in the online EBT program in addition to Walmart and Amazon.
Click here for more info on SNAP.
Make your SNAP dollars go twice as far!  Buy one, get one on all fresh or frozen produce at Evans Community Market.  1361 Florida Ave NE, Palm Bay FL Mon - Sat 7 am - 5 pm; www.evanscenter.org

Medicaid coverage will not be reduced or limited during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

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. (Message and data rates may apply. FamilyWize Terms and Privacy)  Once you have received the card, you can opt out of getting messages by texting “STOP.”
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.
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 Funding for Florida’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has increased significantly during the pandemic, and FPL estimates that $30 million in financial assistance remains available to customers, and qualifications for this program have been modified so more customers are eligible.  If you are having trouble paying your electric bill, call FPL at 1-800-226-3545 to discuss assistance options.

FOOD and FOOD PANTRIES

Click here for a comprehensive list.

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
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

Free and reduced lunch meals are available for students enrolled in in-person learning and eLearning but are not for students attending Brevard Virtual School or Florida Virtual School. A free breakfast will be offered to all BPS students (in-person and eLearning) regardless of whether the student does or does not qualify for free or reduced meals. 

STIMULUS CHECK GENERAL INFORMATION

Each qualifying adult should automatically receive $600 ($1,200 for a married couple filing jointly) plus $600 per child under 17. 
Automatic Qualifiers:
This includes eligible taxpayers (U.S. citizens and resident aliens who are not claimed as dependents by others) who filed their 2019 income tax returns, those who receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn’t file a tax return.
Payments are also automatic for anyone who successfully registered for the first payment online at IRS.gov using the agency’s Non-Filers tool by November 21, 2020 or who submitted a simplified tax return that has been processed by the IRS.
Most people will receive their payment via direct deposit.  If you do not receive your refund or benefits via direct deposit, a check or an Economic Impact Payment Card (debit card) will be mailed to you.
If you did not receive either the first or second round of payments you may be eligible when your file your 2020 tax return.  People such as recent college graduates may now be eligible for payments.
You qualify for the full payment if you made less than $75,000 as an individual or $150,000 as a married couple.
Changes from first round of payments:
Children under 17 will now receive $600 instead of $500 ** Because the IRS is using 2019 tax returns to determine eligibility, children who turned 17 after taxes were filed last year may still receive a payment.
“Mixed status” families - which are families where American citizens are married to immigrants without green cards – are now eligible for payments
Like the first payment, those making over $75,000 ($150,000 married couple filing jointly) will have the payment reduced by $5 per $100 over $75,000 which means that this round those who make over $87,000 ($174,000 married couple filing jointly) will not be eligible for a payment
Those still left out of payments in the second round:
17-year-old children
Adults who are declared as dependents on another person’s tax return, as is common with many college students, older adults, and disabled adults
Additional information from the IRS including how to track your payment, can be found here:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

HEALTH RESOURCES

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are currently approved for anyone aged 65 or older or healthcare workers who provide direct patient care but are not a part of a hospital system.  However, in Brevard County all COVID-19 vaccine appointments have been filled. No additional appointments are available at this time. Once the county receives additional vaccines, they will make more appointments available. There is no wait list for appointments, and walk-in appointments at the Department of Health are not accepted.
To receive text alerts from Brevard County Emergency Management when additional appointments are available, text BrevardEOC to 888777.
Publix Vaccinations
All COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Publix Supermarkets are currently fully booked.  Beginning on Friday, January 22 after 6:00 a.m., eligible customers can begin making appointments for COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Publix Supermarkets.  Appointments will be available starting Saturday, January 23.  Each store will have the capacity to administer approximately 120 vaccines daily. 
The following people are eligible to request appointments:
Adults aged 65 and older
Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
To make an appointment please visit https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida
The following Publix Supermarkets are providing the COVID-19 vaccine:
Indiavista Center                                              7325 U.S. Highway 1 N.                  Cocoa, FL
Cocoa Commons                                              2301 State Road 524                       Cocoa, FL
Publix Cornerstone Plaza                              5645 N. Atlantic Ave.                      Cocoa Beach, FL
Banana River Square                                       2067 N. Atlantic Ave.                      Cocoa Beach, FL
Publix at Indialantic                                         700 N. Miramar Ave.                      Indialantic, FL
Indian Harbour Place                                      270 East Eau Gallie Blvd.               Indian Harbour Beach, FL
Lake Washington Crossing                            3200 Lake Washington Road       Melbourne, FL
Suntree Square                                                 7777 N. Wickham Road                 Melbourne, FL
Melbourne Shopping Center                       1411 S. Babcock Street                  Melbourne, FL
Post Commons Shopping Center                4100 N. Wickham Road                 Melbourne, FL
Driftwood Plaza                                                3830 Highway A1A S.                      Melbourne Beach, FL
First Merritt Shopping Center                     125 E. Merritt Island Causeway Merritt Island, FL
Merritt Island                                                     1850 N. Courtenay Pkwy.             Merritt Island, FL
Shoppes of Palm Bay                                      1150 Malabar Road                         Palm Bay, FL
Bayside Lakes                                                     3450 Bayside Lakes Blvd., SE        Palm Bay, FL
Rockledge Crossing                                          3820 Murrell Road                           Rockledge, FL
Stadium Corners at Viera                              5380 Stadium Pkwy.                       Rockledge, FL
Atlantic Plaza                                                     1024 Highway A1A                          Satellite Beach, FL
St. Johns Plaza                                                   3275 Garden Street                         Titusville, FL
Colonial Coast Crossing                                  2000 Cheney Highway                    Titusville, FL
Palm Crossings                                                  145 Palm Bay Road NE                   West Melbourne, FL
Windover Square                                             2261 W. New Haven Ave.             West Melbourne, FL      
Brevard County Testing Locations

Palm Bay Drive-through free testing site:
9am-5pm seven days a week at Eastern Florida State College Palm Bay Campus, 250 Community College Parkway (enter at San Filippo Drive SE at Manchester Circle). Must be 18 with photo ID. No appointment. Do not have to have symptoms.
FAQ: https://floridadisaster.org/globalassets/covid19/walk-in-test-sites/cbts-faq-3.pdf (found via the EFS testing web page: https://www.easternflorida.edu/news-events/news-releases/2020/05-12-covid-19-test-site.cfm) EFSC is now testing children with parental consent. 
The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) offers testing for all ages regardless of symptoms. DOH tests are free. Call 321-454-7141 to schedule an appointment Monday – Friday from 8:OOAM to Noon. Parental consent is required for children.  
DOH-Brevard offers free flu shots for ages 6 months and up on Monday – Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM on a walk-in basis at each of our clinic locations in Melbourne, Viera, and Titusville.


Health First:  Drive-through testing is available at Health First Medical Group Gateway 1223 Gateway Drive, Melbourne 32901 from Monday through Saturday from 7 AM – 2 PM.  Testing is available by appointment only, and a physician’s lab order is required.  *Appointment and lab order are waived for first responders.
Health First is also testing Monday-Saturday from 9AM-12PM, Pro-Health & Fitness, 255 Borman Drive, Merritt Island
Parrish Healthcare testing sites: For appointments, call 321-268-6139 or text “covidtest” to 321-204-1699 or visit https://www.parrishhealthcare.com/covid-19-test-registration/?furl=covid19registration to pre-register
Brevard Health Alliance’s primary care mobile clinic. Patients will be required to register. No co-pay will be collected for these services. The sites will “provide access to a medical provider and COVID-19 testing when recommended by the provider."
Monday, 8am-2pm, Our Lady of Grace -St. Vincent de Paul, 300 Malabar Rd. SE, Palm Bay 32907
Wednesday, 8am-3:30pm, Daily Bread, 815 Fee Avenue, Melbourne 32901
Friday, 8am-2pm, Byrd Plaza, 801 Dixon Blvd, Cocoa 32922
Saturday, 9am-1pm, Mosaic Methodist Church, 2100 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay 32905
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) has created a self-assessment risk survey to help people understand the potential risks to themselves and others, especially those most vulnerable in the community.  The survey does the following:
  • Predicts how severely your health would be impacted if you tested posiive for COVID-19
  • Predicts your infection and spreader risk and explains this based on your responses
  • Provides you with a safe behavior score
  • Provides recommendations on how to reduce your risk level
You can find the survey here:  https://floridasafesurvey.com/

The Florida Department of Health and Center for Disease Control make the following recommendations:
In order to try to prevent exposure to the coronavirus, 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially if you have been in a public place, or after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.  If you do not have soap and water available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact.  Stay at least 6 feet away from people if possible, and avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings, and close quarters
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.  Do not place cloth face coverings on children under 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.  Do not use face masks meant for use by healthcare workers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  (Ex:  tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks)
  • Monitor your health.
If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus, 
  • Watch for symptoms
  • Call your doctor or the Brevard Health Department at 321-454-7141 to determine if you need to be tested.
The CDC provides a list of the known symptoms of COVID-19 as well as a self-checker to assist if you believe you are showing symptoms. 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
 
If you are sick and believe it is due to COVID-19,
  • Contact your doctor or the Brevard Health Department immediately.
  • Self-isolate at home.  Do not leave your home for any reason except to get medical care.
  • Stay away from others, including those in your home and your pets.
  • Monitor your symptoms to make sure they do not get worse and turn into an emergency.
  • Wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth (even in your home) if you are in contact with other people and/or pets.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially if you have been in a public place, or after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.  If you do not have soap and water available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.  Wash any of these items thoroughly after use.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  (Ex:  tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks).  If a family member needs to disinfect a sick person's bedroom or bathroom, it should only be on an as-needed basis and with a face covering and gloves.

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

Payment Protection Program
Congress included $284 billion in aid for struggling small businesses through a second round of the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP).  Businesses that received a PPP loan could be eligible for an additional loan in this second round of funding. Although a firm date has not been set yet, it is expected that the program will open some time during the week of January 18th.
In order to be eligible for a PPP Second Round loan, a borrower must be “a business concern, nonprofit organization, housing cooperative, veterans organization, tribal business concern, eligible self-employed individual, sole proprietor, independent contractor, or small agricultural cooperative” and be able to demonstrate the following:
  • It has no more than 300 employees; and
  • It has suffered a 25% or more reduction in gross revenues between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.
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
Last updated 1/21/2021