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
Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17 -- IRS extend filing and payment deadline.
The CDC has extended the moratorium on evictions until June 30, 2021.
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/EvictionDeclare_d508.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.
Congress approved enhanced federal unemployment benefits through September 6, 2021. The following types of benefits are available for those who qualify:
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) - If you are eligible for regular state unemployment, $300 will be applied in addition to your weekly amount
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - If you are self-employed, a part-time or gig worker and therefore not eligible for traditional state unemployment, you are eligible for up to $300 in federal benefits
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) - If you receive unemployment from the state but have run out of weeks, you will still be able to apply for additional weeks through this program
Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) – This program provides an additional $100 per week to claimants who are receiving unemployment and earned at least $5,000 in net earnings being self-employed for the previous tax year.
People receiving unemployment MUST check into CONNECT every two weeks to request and receive their unemployment benefits. Work search and work registration requirements for claimants began again June 1, 2021. Claimants will need to satisfy these requirements to remain eligible to receive unemployment benefits from the state.
Florida has withdrawn from the FPUC program effective June 26, 2021. Therefore, as of June 27th, claimants will no longer receive the $300 supplement in addition to the state unemployment payment. Florida remains enrolled in the PUA, PEUC, and MEUC programs.
Food Stamps: All recipients’ benefits amounts are increased to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size through June. Work requirements are reinstated effective June 1, 2021. The online EBT program which allows recipients to purchase groceries online with an EBT card now includes the following retailers: ALDI, Amazon, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Publix, and Walmart
P-EBT - DCF is automatically issuing families Pandemic EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. This benefit is for families with students who are participating in the National School Lunch Program and who are distance learning. For more information, see https://www.myflfamilies.com/covid19/pebt.shtml.
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 office of Federal Student Aid continues to provide temporary relief through September 30, 2021 on Department of Education-owned federal student loans including suspension of loan payments, stopping collections on defaulted loans, and a 0% interest rate during this time. Please note that this does not apply to private loans.
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 AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Brevard County has received more than $18 million from the federal government to assist residents with rent, utilities, and other expenses related to housing. The application is available to renters as well as landlords with renter permission. The county will generally be paying out any money directly to the landlords and utility companies.
Applications will be accepted the following ways:
Via the online portal at https://brevardflhhs.seamlessdocs.com/f/EmergencyRentalAssistance
All county libraries
By email at BrevardERA@brevardfl.gov
By mail or hand delivery to:
Housing and Human Services Department
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson way, B-106
Viera, Florida 32940
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
You must be a resident of Brevard County
You/your household must be at or below 80% of Area Median Income ($55,350 for a family of four) – priority will be given to those who fall at or below 50% of the Area Median Income ($34,600 for a family of four). You can find the full income chart on the application.
You must provide and sign all required documents or your application will be rejected or denied. This includes accounting for all members of the household and all income documentation for every person in the household.
The City of Melbourne is providing temporary assistance for city residents only for up to six months of rent, mortgage and/or public utilities payments. The maximum monthly assistance will be $1,600 and will be made directly to the landlord, mortgage lender, and/or utility company. Requirements include the following:
Household income at the time of application that does not exceed 80% of the area median income, adjusted for family size
A household must have experienced a verifiable loss of income due to the impacts of CODIV-19, such as a layoff, furlough, or reduction of hours
The applicant must be delinquent on monthly rent or mortgage or public utilities payments after March 1, 2020, and have less than $5,000 in liquid assets
Titusville’s Neighborhood Services Department is now accepting applications for Titusville residents for rental, mortgage, and utility assistance. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and factors to be considered for assistance are as follows:
Applicant is at or below 80% average median-income
Applicant can demonstrate assistance is required as a result of impacts from the COVID19 virus
Applicant can demonstrate loss or reduction of household income
Applicant can demonstrate benefits under this program are not duplicative of funds received from other sources
By mail to Neighborhood Services, 725 S. DeLeon Avenue, Titusville 32780
Hand delivered to Neighborhood Services, Harry T. Moore Social Service Center, 725 S. DeLeon Avenue, Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-12 noon and 1:00 -4:00 pm
By email to TitusvilleCARESAct@titusville.com
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
HOT MEAL LOCATIONS
Central Brevard Sharing Center
113 Aurora Street
11am-1pm M-Sat & 2pm-3pm on Sun
815 E. Fee Ave.
Meals Daily 11-1
Cornerstone Church of God
311 E Hibiscus Blvd.
Breakfast meals Saturday 9:30-10:30
My Community Cares
1046 Dixon Blvd
Dinner meals 4-6 pm Wed-Friday
Salvation Army North Central (Titusville)
1218 W. Main Street
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 $1,400 ($2,800 for a married couple filing jointly) plus $1,400 per child under and adult dependent. Payments have already begun being distributed. To track your payment, go to https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.
This includes eligible taxpayers (U.S. citizens and resident aliens who are not claimed as dependents by others) who filed their 2019 or 2020 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 and/or second payment online at IRS.gov using the agency’s Non-Filers tool 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.
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 the last round of payments:
Adult dependents who are 17 years old and up now qualify for $1,400 payments. The money will be sent to the adult taxpayer who claims that person as a dependent.
The cap for payments is lower this round - $80,000 for individuals, $120,000 for head of household, and $160,000 for married couples; those with income above this will not receive a payment. Payments will be reduced for those whose income falls between these amounts and $75,000 as an individual or $150,000 as a married couple.
For “mixed status” families - which are families where American citizens are married to immigrants without green cards – only the adult and any children who have social security numbers will be eligible for payments.
If you did not receive the full amounts of the last two checks but believe you would qualify due to a change in financial situation, you would need to file your 2020 taxes to receive the Recovery Rebate Credit. More information can be found here. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/recovery-rebate-credit
Vaccines are readily available throughout the county. Please check with your local pharmacies, large groceries retailers with pharmacies, physicians, and municipality sites. Everyone aged 12 years and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Pharmacy Vaccination Locations:
Other Health Information
You may still apply for Marketplace health coverage until August 15th through a Special Enrollment Period due to the pandemic. Learn more here - https://www.healthcare.gov/coronavirus/
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.
If you are sick and believe it is due to COVID-19,
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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org or https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
Last updated 6/3/2021