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If you've lost a loved one due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance for funeral expenses suffered after Jan. 20, 2020, through FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program. 

Additional information is available HERE.

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Assistance Programs

Broward County has compiled information on government assistance programs, financial companies, non-profit organizations and utilities willing to help those affected by the Corona Virus.  

A listing of Behavioral and Mental Health Resources is available here. 

Rental Assistance Programs

A new Broward County program can pay up to 12 months in past due rent and utilities if renters have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broward County Commission has launched an Emergency Rental Assistance program for residents who have been impacted by Covid-19 and meet certain income requirements. This Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which provides the County with $53 million in U.S. Treasury Department funds, is different than previous programs offered, so even if renters were not qualified for, or elected not to participate in, other rental assistance programs, they should take a moment to review this new assistance.

ERAP provides up to 12 months of past due rent and utility payments (back to March 13, 2020) for low-income rental households that have experienced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, eligible households can receive up to three months of future payments if needed to ensure housing stability, and if funds are available.

Tenants and landlords must work together to participate in the program, and funds will be paid directly to landlords/rental management companies and utility providers. 

The county has made various resources available to assist in the application process, including local intake centers where help is offered in person, as well as a call center staffed with multilingual English/Spanish/Haitian Creole professionals from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Applications are now being accepted!  Additional information is available at www.Broward.org/RentAssistance. To reach the call center, dial 888-692-7203.

Caring for South Florida

Many of our South Florida hospitals are participating in the Caring for South Florida Campaign which was developed to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to educate our residents.  Visit their website here Headline for resources and information!

Price Gouging

State law prohibits an unconscionable increase in the price of essential commodities needed as a direct result of a declared state of emergency.  With respect to the COVID-19 declared state of emergency, the following consumer products are currently considered essential commodities: Protective masks and face shields used to protect you from others if you are sick; Sanitizing and disinfecting supplies, such as hand gel, wipes, and disinfectant sprays; All personal protective equipment (PPE), including gowns, booties, gloves, and other protective gear; COVID-19 test kits, swabs and related consumable medical supplies used in administering tests.  Are you seeing any of these items being sold at unreasonably excessive prices? Report the store or individual today at the Price Gouging Reporting Form

Medical/ Prescription Resources

Florida Blue has opened a free line to the Public Emotional Support Help Line at (833) 848-1762.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides resources to help address questions regarding FDA regulated medical products and COVID-19.

Check with your pharmacy if you have prescription medication needs. The State of Florida is now allowing for early refills.

United Spinal is accepting applications for COVID-19 Relief grants of $500 for individuals with SCI/D who are experiencing financial difficulty due to circumstances related to COVID-19.

Halt in Residential Evictions

The CDC order temporarily halting residential evictions requires Tenants affected by the coronavirus to fill out the affidavit and provide to landlord/ owner of property. The order is in effect through the end of June, 2021.  Protect yourself and be sure to comply with all order requirements.

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