Hardship Info

These are trying times for all of us. Broward County is working night and day as we combat this coronavirus together as a community. Broward issued Emergency Order 20-03 which directs a Shelter-in-Place: Safer at Home Policy. Broward has also issued Emergency Order 20-04 which provides clarifications on certain closures. Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones. I know this is causing hardships for many in our community. The following is a list of updates and resources that I hope can assist you during this time.

RESIDENTIAL CARES COVID RELIEF PROGRAM
The purpose of this program is to provide emergency assistance to families impacted by COVID-19. Forms of assistance include mortgage, rent, and utility payments. Assistance will only be provided for mortgage, rents, and utilities from April 1, 2020, and onward. Applicants must have a verifiable and documented income hardship. Assistance will be provided for up to 9 months and will not exceed $15,000. Funds are awarded as a grant. The program is administered by the City of Deerfield Beach Legislative and Community Affairs Department. For more info click here

REEMPLOYMENT (UNEMPLOYMENT) INSURANCE:
You can apply for reemployment assistance at floridajobs.org

BUSINESS HELP:
For information on programs for businesses, visit our Economic Development page.

MORTGAGE & RENTERS RELIEF:
Many mortgage lenders are willing to postpone mortgage payments during this crisis, without negative credit penalties. Foreclosures and evictions have been suspended for two months. Call your mortgage lender for more information. Contact your landlord if you are unable to pay your rent.

UTILITIES:
Comcast Internet Essential services are free to low-income families. Go tohttps://www.xfinity.com/prepare
AT&T is offering two months of free service for low-income families. Details at about.www.att.com
FPL has payment assistance programs. Information at https://www.fpl.com/help.html

FOOD PROGRAMS:
SNAP - myflorida.com/accessflorida.
FarmShare - https://www.farmshare.org/agencies
Summer BreakSpot - https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com
Feeding South Florida -feedingsouthflorida.org.
Broward Schools Food Programs: https://www.browardschools.com/coronavirus

SENIOR CITIZENS:
If you are currently not participating in a meal program and are experiencing a food shortage due to COVID-19, you can call the Elder Helpline at 954-745-9779 for assistance.

DEPARTMENT OF ELDER AFFAIRS:
Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE): http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/index.php 1-800-963-5337

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS (FDVA):
Veteran Clinical Contact Center 1-877-741-3400

COVID-19 CALL CENTER:
The COVID-19 Call Center954-357-9500 is taking calls from the public from 8AM to 8PM seven days per week.