March 20, 2020 1:55 PM
State & Community Resources
Last Updated: April 1, 2020
RESOURCES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Food Assistance Programs
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County is offering frozen meal delivery to seniors over the age of 60. For assistance, please call (954) 745-9779. Learn more at https://www.adrcbroward.org/foodassistance.php.
Dedicated Shopping Hours for Seniors
Many local grocers have dedicated specific shopping hours for seniors (65+) to ensure they remain as isolated as possible during this time.
The Fresh Market
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Publix Super Markets
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Tuesdays 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Whole Foods Market
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Every day, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE INFORMATION
Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online at https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX. For regular unemployment questions call 1-800-204-2418. For special cases such as legal issues, computer literacy, language barriers or disabilities call 1-800-681-8102.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Business Damage Assessment Survey
Businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey online at: www.floridadisaster.biz
Information submitted by businesses will help the State of Florida determine the type and level of resources needed to continue to help impacted businesses. The survey does NOT serve as an application for resources. After filling out the survey, federal, state or local agencies may reach out to your business through the contact information provided if you indicate your interest.
SBA Economic Injury Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
For details, visit https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Florida Emergency Bridge Loan
Governor DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program that provides short-term, interest free loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Business owners in Florida with two to 100 employees are eligible. The application period ends May 8, 2020.
For more information, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org or call the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232.
Florida Short Time Compensation Program
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) offers the Short Time Compensation Program, designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. For information on qualifications and how to apply, visit http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees
Florida Business Taxes
Governor DeSantis has directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on the deadlines of taxes due such as corporate income tax and sales tax to assist businesses that are adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Small Business Resource Guide
The South Florida Business Journal has compiled a list of resources for small and midsized business owners. For the full list visit http://bit.ly/BizJournalCovid19Resources
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
Who is Eligible? Small businesses and 501(c)(3) non-profits, veteran organizations, and tribal businesses with 500 employees or fewer. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and self-employed individuals are eligible too.
How much can I borrow? PPP loans are designed to cover 8 weeks of payroll. Loans used for payroll including cash tips and hourly wages, and business expenses will be forgiven.
Where can I apply? Available at SBA-approved banks with more banks and non-traditional lenders being approved quickly.
Non-Profit PPP Loan Webinar
Watch this informative webinar designed specifically for non-profit organizations that are interested in applying for a paycheck protection program loan. Webinar includes step-by-step resources and a guide to ensure that loans are forgivable. Webinar live on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10 a.m. Find webinar registration by visiting https://bpbcpa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9CnzXFvoS_K2QkbbYtAtlw
Additional Resources & Information
The IRS has extended the income tax payment deadline. The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020. Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. The extended payment deadline applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. Please visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020 for additional details and specific qualifications.
Florida Power & Light (FPL)
For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL is suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. For additional assistance, please visit www.FPL.com/Help
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For details, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi
Comcast is offering a low-income Internet Essentials package that includes two months of free internet. For details, visit www.internetessentials.com
Comcast is also pausing customer data plans for 60 days, giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
Comcast will not disconnect internet service or assess late fees if customers contact the company and let it know they can’t pay their bills during the 60-day period. For updates from Comcast related to coronavirus, visit www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19
All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through its Access from AT&T program. The company is also offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service. For details, visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
Broward County Evictions Activities Suspended
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the 17th Judicial Circuit, is suspending all eviction activities until further notice due to the current public health crisis.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Florida Department of Health Resources
The Florida Department of Health has created a website with resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions. Especially helpful is a list of mental and behavioral health organizations and resources that offer support during this challenging time. You can also monitor the number of cases statewide daily.
Find English-language resources by visiting https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/#latest-stats
Find Spanish and Creole resources by visiting https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump
Mental Health Resources
There are many resources available for those seeking mental and emotional support during this crisis. Broward residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 for immediate attention or information. You may also text your zip code to 898-211 for assistance.