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

Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17 -- IRS extend filing and payment deadline.
Evictions/Foreclosures
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.

Reemployment Assistance/Unemployment
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 - If you are eligible for regular state unemployment, $300 will be applied in addition to your weekly amount  
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - 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 - 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
In order to apply for these benefits, visit https://www.floridajobs.org/.
People receiving unemployment MUST check into CONNECT every two weeks to request and receive their unemployment benefits. The waiting week, work search and work registration requirements have been waived through April 24, 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 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.
The application can be found here - http://www.brevardfl.gov/docs/default-source/housing-human-services-documents/coronavirus-assistance/emergency-rental-assistance-application.pdf?sfvrsn=cb98e3e7_2
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.
Melbourne
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
To determine if you reside within qualified city limits, enter your address here:  https://mgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5233ee348aca440184053bd0c3945fe3

Please complete this pre-screening checklist to make sure you have all necessary information:  https://www.melbourneflorida.org/departments/community-development/housing-urban-improvement/emergency-housing-assistance-program-pre-screening-checklist
Titusville
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
NOTE: Assistance for city-provided utilities such as water, sewer, and garbage is not included.
A copy of the application can be found here  https://www.titusville.com/DocumentCenter/View/2243/Application-for-Assistance-CDBG-CV and are accepted at the following:
Online - https://www.titusville.com/FormCenter/Neighborhood-Services-16/COVID19-EMERGENCY-ASSISTANCE-PROGRAM-APP-74
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
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. 
Meal Finder Map https://www.nokidhungry.org/find-free-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.
Automatic Qualifiers:
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

HEALTH RESOURCES

Vaccinations
Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees put out an advisory prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations for residents of Florida or those people in Florida to provide health care services.  In order to prove residency you will need to bring with you a copy of your valid Florida driver license or Florida identification card.  If you are a seasonal resident who does not have either a valid Florida license or ID card, you can provide two of the following to show proof of your residential address:
Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement
One proof of residential address from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from that person stating that the seasonal resident resides with him or her
A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days of the appointment
A utility bill, not more than 2 months old
Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old
Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old
Any other documentation that provides proof of residential address as determined by Department of Health rules
The following people are eligible to request appointments:
Adults aged 40 and older
As of April 5, any resident 18 and older will be able to get a vaccine.
Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
People determined to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers and physicians.  (Nurses and pharmacists can administer the vaccine with a statement from the doctor that the person meets eligibility criteria.)


Department of Health Vaccinations:
To pre-register for a vaccine and save your place in line, visit https://myvaccine.fl.gov/#/

To receive text alert from Brevard County Emergency Management when additional appointments are available, text BrevardEOC to 888777.
Pharmacy Vaccination Locations:
CVS - https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
Publix - https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine
Sam’s Club - https://www.samsclub.com/pharmacy/immunization?imzType=covid
Walgreens - https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp
Walmart - https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302
Winn Dixie - https://www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine
Federal Government Vaccination Partnership
The federal government has partnered with the state to provide 4 vaccination sites – one each in Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami.  The sites will begin operating on March 3rd and will be open daily from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m.  They will be able to provide 2,000 vaccinations per day at each site.  To schedule a vaccination you should continue to utilize the state’s preregistration website at myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-201-5420.  The addresses for the sites can be found here.  https://www.flgov.com/2021/02/19/governor-ron-desantis-announces-four-covid-19-federally-supported-vaccination-sites/

Brevard County Testing Locations
A drive-through, no-appointment-required, free COVID-19 testing site is available at the Eastern Florida State College Palm Bay Campus.  The Palm Bay campus COVID-19 testing site is open to all ages with parental consent. Testing is available seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. regardless of symptoms, with an "express lane" for those with symptoms. 
The site is located at Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus, 250 Community College Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32909 (enter at San Filippo Drive SE at Manchester Circle).  Drive-through testing sites will not open during inclement weather.
FAQ for the Viera and EFSC drive-through sites:  https://www.floridadisaster.org/globalassets/covid19/walk-in-test-sites/cbts-faq-3.pdf
Health First:  Drive-through testing is available at Health First Medical Group Gateway, 1223 Gateway Drive, Melbourne Monday through Saturday from 7-10 AM and Health First Medical Group Murrell, 7125 Murrell Drive, Melbourne Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m..  Testing is available by appointment only, and a physician’s lab order is required.  *Appointment and lab order are waived for first responders.  Call the scheduling office at 321-434-3131 for an appointment.
Parrish Healthcare – Parrish offers drive-through testing in conjunction with OMNI Healthcare.  Pre-registration and an appointment are required.  In order to pre-register, visit https://ha.healthawareservices.com/ra/survey/4637
Numerous walk-in clinics are administering COVID-19 testing; however, they have their own requirements, so be sure to check with them before arriving.
 
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/

Other Health Information
The Department of Health and Human Services will reopen enrollment for health insurance through the Marketplace on healthcare.gov. from February 15 – May 15.      

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

A second round of the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP) resumed in January.  Visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program/second-draw-ppp-loans to learn more about the loan and see if your business qualifies.
Last updated 3/31/2021