HELPFUL LINKS TO STAY INFORMED
- COVID-19 Call Center: 1 (866) 779-6121 or email your questions to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Miami-Dade State Attorney Price Gouging Hotline: (305)547-3300.
- State Attorney General Price Gouging Hotline: 1(866) 966-7226.
- List of Resources for South Floridians that includes testing sites, public health information, and ways to support the community.
- If you are experiencing food insecurity, please contact Feeding South Florida or Jewish Community Services of South Florida.
- For those of you with school children in Miami-Dade who may be experiencing food insecurities, check out Feeding South Florida, Share Your Heart and Farm Share for their school breakfast and lunch distribution.
- It’s also important to sign up to Vote By Mail, register to vote, or update your registration online.
RESOURCES FOR COPING WITH COVID-19</divSMALL BUSINESS/HELPFUL TIPS
- Coronavirus response – what you need to know, DCBA President-elect, Jane Muir
STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHYOFFICE MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIPFederal Stimulus Payments to Individuals
- To get free confidential, 24/7 support for anxiety, text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line, 741741
Reemployment Assistance (aka Unemployment Compensation)
- Most individuals earning less than $75,000 (adjusted gross income) will receive a one-time payment of $1,200. Married couples earning less than $150,000 combined would each receive a check. Families with children will also receive $500 per child.
- Checks will be direct deposited in the bank account listed on 2018 or 2019 tax returns. Paper checks will be issued to those who have not filed.
- Those who are not required to file (i.e. SSDI/SSI recipients) will be able to receive the payment without filing a tax return (the IRS previously reported that they would have to file a simple tax return: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know
- Unfortunately, immigrants filing returns without a SSN will not receive stimulus checks even though they have paid taxes. Most immigrants with a Social Security Number will qualify for the Economic Impact Payment. However, if anyone in an immigrant household uses an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), the entire household is excluded from receiving the payment.
Evictions & Foreclosures
- Applicants do not have to wait a week to receive benefits once they file their applications. Filing is of course a challenge due to the already lackluster website being overwhelmed with new applications
- Recipients of RA do not have to register to look for new jobs to stay on benefits (if they filed after March 15)
- Florida’s paltry benefits of $275 max/week will be supplemented by an extra $600/week thanks to the federal stimulus package
- Florida’s previous maximum of 12 weeks of benefits has been extended by 13 weeks for a total of 25 weeks
- Thanks to the advocacy of legal aid attorneys statewide, Governor DeSantis issued a 45 day moratorium on evictions & foreclosures yesterday. Thank you to everyone who pushed for this commonsense measure to keep people housed during the pandemic.