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.  

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.
City of Melbourne residents who have experienced a verifiable loss of income due to COVID-19 may be eligible for temporary assistance of up to three months of rent, mortgage, and/or public utilities payment through the city's Emergency Rental, Mortgage, and Public Utilities Assistance Program as part of the CARES Act.  Melbourne will dedicate $233,590 to this program.  The maximum monthly assistance is $1,600, and payments will be made directly to the creditor.  
 In order to be eligible, household income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income, adjusted for family size.  The household must also be delinquent on monthly rent, mortgage, and/or public utility payments after March 1, 2020 and have less than $5,000 in liquid assets.  Residents looking for assistance must call 321-608-7530 to be pre-screened for eligibility before moving forward with the application.  

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 August 1. However, the order does not relieve or forgive any debts.
The CARES Act provides foreclosure protections for "covered dwellings" which include rental units that participate in federal assistance programs, are subject to a "federally backed mortgage loan," or are subject to a "federally backed multifamily mortgage loan." This covers most rental assistance and housing grant programs.  
 The CARES Act prohibits landlords from bringing an eviction action for nonpayment of  rent against tenants in these properties from March 27, 2020 through July 25,2020.  During this time landlords may not charge fees or penalties for nonpayment.  After July 25, 2020 landlords of these properties can begin filing evictions again, but they are required to give tenants a 30 days' notice.  
 Nothing in the CARES Act relieves tenants of their duty to pay rent but is a temporary protection against eviction.  A copy of the chief judge's administrative order regarding this and the Landlord CARES Act Information Sheet which includes a list of the types of properties covered by the CARES Act can be found here:  
http://www.brevardclerk.us/_cache/files/0/9/090a9193-7707-4a51-8fe0-d10ecdc10337/4AE04359F01F80F359BBD7E9566AED9B.20-27-002-.pdf

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. Gov. DeSantis has directed the DEO to waive the work search and work registration requirements for unemployment claimants through July 4.  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
Please be aware that the DEO has implemented a virtual waiting room for CONNECT if too many people are on the system.  This is supposed to allow people to save their places in line; however, many users are experiencing heavy wait times to access their benefit information and claim their benefit weeks. It is important to understand that unemployment benefits, including the additional $600 weekly payments, are considered taxable income by the federal government.  If money is not withheld from each check, you will need to make estimated quarterly payments or be prepared to potentially receive a tax bill next year.  You do not need to pay social security or medicare taxes on unemployment benefits. 

Click here for NEW info and the CARES Act. 

Pandemic ​Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
If you have run out of your 12 weeks of unemployment benefits, the CARES Act allows for up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment of your determined unemployment rate (up to $275 weekly) + $600 weekly.  The additional $600 weekly payment ends July 25, 2020; however the weekly PEUC payments can be paid out until December 26, 2020. You can now begin applying for PEUC in CONNECT. In order to be eligible, your RA claim must have expired after July 1, 2019 or your 12 weeks must have been used up, and you must still be unemployed.  You must first apply for RA.  When it is determined that you have exhausted your RA then you will be able to apply for PEUC.  You must continue to claim your benefits every two weeks once you begin receiving PEUC.  
The DEO PEUC flow chart can be found here:  https://floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/reemployment-assistance-center/cares-act/peuc-cares-act-need-to-know-flowchart.pdf?sfvrsn=a6dc46b0_2
 

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.  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  Shut-offs will resume on July 1 for past-due bills. 
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 will continue to suspend water shut offs through the month of June and is recommending everyone get caught up on delinquent payments before July.
Brevard County will begin shutting off water due to delinquent payments beginning July 6.
Palm Bay will begin shutting of water due to delinquent payments beginning July 1.

FOOD PANTRIES

Click here for a comprehensive list.
UPDATED FOR WEEK OF July 13: COUNTY-SUPPORTED FOOD PANTRIES:
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 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
Central Brevard Community Church of God in Christ
821 Washington St., Cocoa 32922
2pm till food is gone
Friendship Worship Center
471 Canaveral Groves Blvd., Cocoa 32926 (north of Cocoa)
2pm Wednesday till food is gone
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
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

Beginning Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31, the following schools will provide food distribution on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays only (from 10:30AM - 12:30PM):
 Mims Elementary (Mims)
 Cape View Elementary (Cape Canaveral)
 Coquina Elementary (Titusville)
 Oak Park Elementary (Titusville)
 Mila Elementary (Merritt Island)
 Atlantis Elementary (Cocoa)
 Saturn Elementary (Cocoa)
 Golfview Elementary (Rockledge)
 Harbor City Elementary (Melbourne)
 Sherwood Elementary (Melbourne)
 Discovery Elementary (Palm Bay)
 Palm Bay Elementary (Palm Bay)
 Turner (Palm Bay)
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.  

Summer BreakSpot https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com/ Brevard County Parks and Recreation is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program from June 1st until August 7th (except for July 3rd).  Each child (18 and under) will receive free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.  The child must be present to receive the food.  Locations include:
Cuyler Park Community Center (Mims)
Isaac Campbell Community Center (Titusville)
Port St. John Community Center (Port St. John)
Sandrift Community Center (Titusville)
Walter Butler Community Center (Cocoa)
Cocoa West Community Center (Cocoa)
Joe Lee Smith Community Center (Cocoa)
McLarty Park Community Center (Rockledge)
Travis Park Community Center (Cocoa)
Woody Simpson Community Center (Merritt Island)
Max K. Rodes Community Center (West Melbourne)
South Mainland Community Center (Micco)

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)
Health Department is testing people WITHOUT symptoms. DOH tests are free. Call 321-454-7141 (same number) for pre-screening and appointments.
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 AM to Noon at Viera Clinic, 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Saturday, May 30 –9 AM to Noon at Titusville Clinic, 611 N Singleton Ave
Tuesday, June 2 –9 AM to Noon at Cocoa West Community Center, 230 S Burnett Rd
Thursday, June 4 –9 AM to Noon at Woody Simpson Community Center, 1590 Schoolhouse St, Merritt Island
Saturday, June 6 –9 AM to Noon at Melbourne Clinic, 601 E University Blvd
Tuesday, June 9 –9 AM to Noon at New Shiloh Christian Center, 3900 Sarno Rd, Melbourne
Health First: To register for an appointment, call 321-434-3131; Pro-Health & Fitness, 255 Borman Drive, Merritt Island. Monday –Saturday, 9 AM to Noon.
Parrish Healthcare testing sites: For appointments, call 321-268-6139 or text “covidtest” to 321-204-1699
Tuesday afternoons, Parrish Health and Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Hwy, Titusville
Wednesday afternoons, Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 2396 Harry T. Moore Ave. Mims
Thursday afternoons, Harry T. Moore Social Services Center, 725 S. Deleon Ave. Titusville
Friday mornings, Parrish Medical Offices parking lot, 7075 US 1 Port St. John
Saturday mornings, Gibson Youth Center parking lot, 835 Sycamore St. Titusville
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 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

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 7/13/2020