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

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 five 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.  

Assistance for Palm Bay residents only: Pre-screening for the city’s Eviction Prevention/Rental and Utility Assistance Program is available at www.palmbayflorida.org/assistance. Paper forms are available at City Hall, 120 Malabar Road SE. People who qualify through pre-screening will be sent a full application.
The City of Melbourne’s Emergency Rental, Mortgage, and Utilities Assistance Program has changed. A new program will be in operation until December 30, 2020, if funding is still available. The City will use $112,290 in Coronavirus Relief Funds under the (CARES Act) to fund the program. The Florida Housing Finance Authority is overseeing the grant for the State. The Application process is simpler and easier to complete. Applications can be processed as of March 1, 2020, through December 11, 2020, for rent, mortgage and utility payments. Utility payments now include water, electricity, gas, internet, phone, cable, or other similar services, and people living in mobile homes can also be helped.
The maximum monthly assistance is $2,500 and will be made directly to the creditor. The Emergency Rental, Mortgage, and Public Utilities Assistance Program is open to City of Melbourne residents with a household income at the time of application that does not exceed 120% of the area median income, adjusted for family size. Additionally, a household must have experienced a verifiable loss of income due to the impacts of COVID-19, such as a layoff, furlough, or reduction of hours. At the time of application, the applicant must be delinquent on monthly rent or mortgage or utility payments after March 1, 2020, and have less than $5,000 in liquid assets.
Interested City of Melbourne residents should complete a pre-screening checklist online to verify all required information before they start the application process. For more information, call 321-608-7530.

Evictions/Foreclosures
Gov. DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-211 (extending Executive Order 20-180) extending a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until 12:01 a.m. October 1st.  Included in the order is language stating that all missed rent and mortgage payments are due when the tenant or borrower is no longer adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency, meaning job loss or reduction of income due to the pandemic.  If you are having trouble paying your rent you should speak to your landlord about payment plans or other options to avoid a future eviction.  The foreclosure moratorium continues to apply only to residences and not businesses.  Property owners may begin the eviction or foreclosure process, but the executive order prohibits a court from entering a final order.  This order only applies to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, effective September 4th – December 31st, 2020.  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 your 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.
 
This order is likely to see legal challenges, but for now this is how the order stands.  Governor DeSantis’ executive order on eviction and foreclosure moratorium still remains in effect as well.
 

Unemployment insurance:  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 December 5th. 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
Click here for NEW info and the CARES Act. 
Lost Wages Assistance Program
Gov. DeSantis announced that the DEO has been approved to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program which is administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and provides an additional $300 payment in addition to a person’s unemployment benefit.  Florida is authorized to pay and has processed payments for the weeks ending August 1, August 8, and August 15.  In order to be eligible for this benefit you must have a weekly unemployment benefit amount of at least $100 and must certify that you are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19.  No additional application or action is necessary on your part to receive this extra $300.  Additional weeks of funding may be approved, but this is not guaranteed.  LWA FAQ:  http://floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/reemployment-assistance-center/cares-act/lost-wages-assistance-faq.pdf?sfvrsn=9add4bb0_2

Food Stamps:https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access/food-assistance-and-suncap.shtml Recipients will continue to receive the maximum month allotment allowed through September, and DCF has requested for this to continue through October and is waiting for federal approval. Recertification is being reinstated for September. Work requirement waiver is in effect through October. 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.
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

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.  EFSC https://my.easternflorida.edu/content/main.cfm
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.
Water Customers
Cocoa: Shut-offs will resume Tuesday, June 2, for past-due bills. 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.
Melbourne shut offs will resume August 3rd
Brevard County will begin shutting off water due to delinquent payments beginning July 6
Palm Bay shut offs are suspended through the end of July.

FOOD and FOOD PANTRIES

Click here for a comprehensive list.
Brevard County Farmers Markets
Individuals can obtain $50 in CARES Act dollars, in the form of tokens, for the purchase of fruits, vegetables, honey, coffee, eggs, herbs and other non-prepared food items. 
The markets will be held at these locations: 
3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne.
3 to 6 p.m. Fridays at the Welcome Center, 419 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Riverview Park, Melbourne.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at Paddling Paradise, 4220 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay.
The markets are open to all residents. Those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will be eligible for the CARES Act tokens upon completion of a self-declaration form that will be available on site. A photo identification will be required with matching address as that on the self-declaration form. 

County Supported:
Monday
Eastwind Pentecostal
1021 Emerson Drive N.E., Palm Pay 32907
2pm till food is gone
First United Methodist Church
110 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne 32901
2pm till food is gone
Tuesday
Satellite Beach United Methodist Church
450 Lee Ave, Satellite Beach 32937
10-30am till food is gone
Faith Life Outreach Christian Kathedral
217 Dixie Lane, Rockledge 32955
11am till food is gone
Tuesday and Thursday
River Run Christian Church
1660 Croton Road, Melbourne 32935
11:30am till food is gone
Wednesday and Friday
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
3000 South St., Titusville 32799
11:30am till food is gone
Wednesday
New Shiloh Christian Center
3900 Sarno Road, Melbourne 32934
1pm till food is gone
Islamic Society of Brevard County
500 E. Florida Ave., Melbourne 32901
2pm till food is gone
Living Word Christian Center
302 Main St., Cocoa 32922
2pm till food is gone
Thursday
Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
2295 Dr. Harvey Riley St. NE, Palm Bay 32905
Noon till food is gone
Friday
Parker Memorial Baptist
4101 Melvin Chatman Way, (West) Cocoa 32926
2pm Friday till food is gone

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

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

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.  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

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 5 and older as well with parental consent. 
Health Department is testing people WITHOUT symptoms. DOH tests are free. Call 321-454-7141 (same number) for appointments from 9 AM – 11:45 AM and 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.  DOH is also testing children of all ages with parental consent.


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.
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

The Brevard County Small Business Economic Relief Program was approved by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners to assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations with a grant of up to $10,000 for those that have suffered due to the pandemic.  To qualify the business MUST:
Be physically located in Brevard County
Have had 50 or fewer employees as of January 1, 2020
Have been negatively impacted financially by the COVID-19 public health emergency
Be enrolled in the US Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program
Applicant’s revenue losses or expenses utilized to establish eligibility under this grant cannot have been reimbursed through the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Small Business Administration Debt Relief Program or other similar federal and state programs.  However, if the applicant did receive any of this assistance but can show separate losses or expenses outside of this that have not been reimbursed, you can submit an application through this program for those expenses or losses.
The county commissioners voted to extend the application window, and it is open until further notice.
FAQ:  http://www.brevardfl.gov/BrevardCARES/SmallBusinessEconomicReliefProgram

Application:  https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/BREVARDCOUNTYFL/Participant/Login
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 9/14/2020