COVID-19 Resource Update - CARES edition
April 1, 2020
This update includes important details of the CARES Act as well as education, health and financial stability resources that may help you, a family member or neighbor
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What the Coronavirus Relief Bill Means for You
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or “CARES,” Act seeks to help millions of Americans survive this economic and health crisis.
Are you trying to figure out what the economic relief programs are and how they can assist you during this crisis? Here is a snapshot of the various programs in an easy to read format with information and links to help guide you:
CARES Act stimulus payment
- The CARES Act provides cash support to 125 million people. Congress will send payments of $1,200 to individuals earning up to $75,000 or married couples earning under $150,000. Benefits start to phase out above $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for married filers.
- Check out this stimulus check calculator to find out how much you’ll receive.
CARES Act charitable deduction
- Don’t need your stimulus check? Donate for the greater good and get a tax deduction
- The bill includes a temporary “above the line” or universal charitable deduction to enable all Americans to give up to $300 to charities, tax-free, through the end of 2020.
- The CARES act includes an extra 13 weeks of coverage and covers part-time, self-employed and gig economy workers. It also provides an increase in the weekly benefit of up to $600.
- To file for reemployment benefits, visit www.floridajobs.org or view the FAQ.
- The unemployment hotline is now available seven days a week at 1-800-681-8102.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. View the guide.
Paycheck Protection Program
- The program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency.
- If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses and our economy snap-back quicker after the crisis.
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
- The Department of Labor has prepared an extensive FAQ to help guide you through the many questions you may have. Please click here to view.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC): SMALL BUSINESS BRIDGE LOAN
- The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
- These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources.
- Deadline to apply is May 8, 2020.
- For more info visit http://floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/businessrecovery
Small Business Administration (SBA): ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM (EIDL)
- Available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by this coronavirus.
- For more information and to apply visit https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
- The Tax Foundation has prepared an overview of the various tax credits available through the FFCRA and CARES Acts. Click here to view.
Martin County Business Resources
- The Martin County Business Development Board is here to help navigate the local, regional, state and national resources.
- They have created a COVID-19 BIZ Hub to help centralize all current and forthcoming information on key announcements, new services, programs, virtual events and community efforts to assist local businesses through this ever-changing environment.
- You can also call them at 772.221.1380 or email email@example.com with any questions or needs.
Financial Stability Resources
COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund
To assist Martin County individuals and families who are impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Martin County is launching the COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund and has authorized up to $200,000 from our emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts. We are working with local direct service organizations to disseminate emergency funds with the appropriate sense of urgency.
If you need help:
- If you are unable to meet basic needs like housing, food and healthcare, please reach out to the following partners who we will be working with to distribute funds to individuals and families in need:
- House of Hope: (772) 286-4673
- Salvation Army of Martin County: (772) 288-1471
If you can help:
- We anticipate the need to gather significantly more funding to assist Martin County residents and are seeking additional contributions. 100% of donations will go toward the relief funds – no administrative fees will be taken.
- As with the prior emergency funds managed by United Way, safeguards will be put in place to ensure these funds are used effectively and appropriately. Organizations receiving grants will be required to report back on use of the monies granted.
Food for children out of school - Martin County School District -
- The Martin County School District’s Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Department will serve free meals to children in the Martin County community from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. until Friday, May 1, 2020.
- Effective March 27, 2020, the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services will NOT require students to be present to receive meals, but parents/guardians should be prepared to provide one of the following documents to receive a meal for their child(ren) who are not present:
- School ID (any school - MCSD-operated school, charter or private)
- Birth certificate/passport/religious record
- Daycare record
- Meals will be served to children aged 18 and under at the following locations:
- Hobe Sound Elementary School -11555 SE Gomez Avenue, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
- J.D. Parker Elementary School - 1010 E. 10th Street, Stuart, FL 34994
- Port Salerno Elementary School - 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart, FL 34997
- Warfield Elementary School - 15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown, FL 34956
- Jensen Beach Elementary School - 2525 N.E. Savannah Road, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
- St. Lucie Mobile Village in Indiantown
Food for children out of school - Boys & Girls Clubs -
- Martin County Boys & Girls Clubs will provide free meals to children under the age 18—whether or not they are club members. This will continue until further notice. Meals provided will include dinner and a snack, and can be picked up drive-through style outside the clubs.
- Youth can continue to stop by from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Families can pick up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Those receiving can accept the meals regardless if they arrive on foot, by bike or by car.
- Meals are available for pick up at:
- Cloe-Clark Club, 11500 SE Lares Ave., Hobe Sound
- Bill & Barbara Whitman Club, 17375 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown
- H. Wayne Huizenga Club, 1150 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City
- John & Marge Bolton Club, 4731 SE Flounder Ave., Stuart
- For more info call, (772) 545-1255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Food Distribution - House of Hope
- Effective immediately House of Hope pantries will start prepackaged food distributions directly into client's vehicles. Clients will be signed in and emergency service allotments will be offered as appropriate. Clients on foot and bicycle will also be served but no one will enter the pantries. If you are new to House of Hope, be sure to bring the following information needed to access service:
- Picture ID
- Proof of Martin County residency (current lease, mortgage or utility bill within the last 30 days. A utility bill may be either, lights, water or gas bill.)
- If you have any questions or need to speak about financial assistance while pantry locations are closed to foot traffic, call (772) 286-4673.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief & Recovery nonprofit grants
- United Way of Martin County has proudly partnered with other local funders to establish a coordinated COVID19 application process for our nonprofits providing services.
- Funding priorities include:
- Emergency food, shelter and other basic needs
- Expansion of service capacity related to increased demand for direct services
- Access to health care services for uninsured and underinsured clients
- Technology and other resources to allow your organization to continue to provide services
- Click here for more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief & Recovery application process.
LifeBuilders of the Treasure Coast -
- Utilizing a volunteer staff working remotely, LifeBuilders of the Treasure Coast continues to operate as normal, assisting low-income families along the Treasure Coast who have a connection (ex-offender or victim) to the criminal or dependency courts.
- Applicants may apply for housing, utility or other types of assistance online at our website, www.LifeBuildersTC.com.
Resources for seniors
Council on Aging of Martin County has the following resources for Martin County seniors in need:
- Meals on Wheels and Kane Cuisine - To access home-delivered meals, call 772-223-7826 or 772-223-7825.
- Emergency Food Pantry – The emergency food pantry is stocked with non-perishable foods for those in need. Please call meal services for information, 772-223-7826 or 772-223-7825.
- 24-Hour Hotline – Seniors in need, or their loved ones, can call the 24/7 hotline at 772-834-4236.
- Case Manager Navigator – Case managers are still caring for their clients. The case manager navigator is also available for assistance with accessing services and supplies. Call Jeanne at 772-223-7845 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Caregiver Counseling – Those caring for loved ones with dementia can access free caregiver counseling by calling Donna True, LCSW, at 772-223-7879.
- Day Medical Center – The medical center is open. As many patients as possible are being seen via telemedicine. When necessary, patients are still being seen in the office, with additional safety precautions in place. The medical center can be reached at 772-223-7864 or online at www.daymedicalcenter.org.
- Donna True, LCSW, has begun making assurance phone calls to Meals on Wheels clients. These calls serve as welfare checks to ensure that our clients have everything they need and to check on their mental and physical health.
Clothing - 4Cs
- If you know a family with children in need of clothing, our hours are Wednesdays from 12-5 and Fridays from 9-2. In addition we are open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9-1. 772-221-8777. www.4cmartin.org
Free tax filing
- Tax Day has moved from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
- Through United Way’s partnership with H&R Block, every household with a simple return can file their taxes for free at www.myfreetaxes.com
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- Facebook is offering assistance to businesses that may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19 with $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. Sign up for details here.
- Restaurants throughout Martin County are taking additional measures to ensure the safety of all staff and guests. Local eateries are offering carryout, curbside pick-up, and delivery options to continue feeding patrons in the safest way possible.
- To find what restaurants in the Martin County area are open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during this time there are two local resources: https://www.diningatadistance.com/martin-county and ourmartincounty.com
Teleperformace job openings
Amazon job openings
- Amazon in Fort Pierce will have available job openings soon! Please find the hiring links below -- Set up your profile and job alerts and as soon as the positions are posted you will receive alerts to apply http://www.amazon.com/jobsnow
FEMA – Temporary Local Hires
- FEMA hires local residents, who are themselves disaster survivors, to help their fellow citizens in the recovery process to add to disaster operational staffing. They allow disaster survivors to get back to work while adding to the long-term recovery of the local community and bring a special understanding of the problems faced by their fellow disaster survivors. Click here.
Internet Services - Comcast
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
- New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
- All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. We’ve expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, we’re offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
- FPL has a long history of working with its customers during difficult times and it will continue to do so. For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL has resources available to help, and to the extent they are available, it will continue to connect customers with resources from federal, state and local authorities.
- FPL is suspending electrical disconnections, providing payment extensions and waiving certain late payment fees for customers in a hardship situation – policies that will remain in effect while Florida is under a state of emergency.
- A good place to learn more is www.FPL.com/Help
MCSD - Schools closed through May 1, 2020 -
- All schools operated by the Martin County School District will remain closed through May 1, 2020.
- Please continue to monitor the District's dedicated Coronavirus webpage at martinschools.org/coronavirusinfo for video tutorials, updates and current information about our digital instruction plan.
MCSD - Laptop Issues -
- If you are experiencing any hardware (including damage) or software issues with your District-issued device, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
MCSD - Zoom Meetings -
- While Google Classrooms and G-Suite for Education applications remain our delivery method for digital learning, the District is moving to Zoom for all live video instruction effective April 1, 2020.
- Learn more about the Zoom platform and how your child will sign in to access live lessons - https://youtu.be/ZIdI7WP47rw
MCSD - Google Classroom
- The Martin County School District is using Google Classroom for virtual instruction.
- Here is a helpful resource regarding Google Classroom as we transition to online curriculum. View the information.
Boys & Girls Clubs Virtual and Interactive Club Experience -
- BGCMC's Virtual and Interactive Club Experience launches Monday, April 6th!
- Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Arts programming will be provided to Club members daily in both virtual and interactive settings.
- Club professionals will lead members through STEM projects, certified teachers will be available for virtual PowerHour, the HERO team will host regular interactive, social-emotional group activities, and so much more.
- Additionally, Club members will be invited to join in field trips around the world, through space, and beyond!
Advanced Placement resource for High School students
- All high school students will have access to free, live Advanced Placement review lessons by AP teachers from across the US. The classes are optional, mobile-friendly and designed to be used with work that may be given by schools.
- Click here for information.
- Character Counts in Martin County, especially during a crisis. Thanks to a partnership with United Way, students can still build their character muscle during distance learning at https://characterplaybook.com now accessible to all students through a direct-to-parents website.
- Audible just launched a place where anyone anywhere can listen to hundreds of titles for kids and families completely free. While we are all stuck at home, great way to experience stories and minimize screen time. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
- No login required. Can listen via computer, tablet, or phone. Titles sorted by age group and avail in many languages. Even some things in there for parents.
- Khan Academy has compiled great daily learning schedules for students to use when school is not in session. These lessons and resources (including AP and SAT test prep) are 100% free. Schedules are broken up by age group and include time for meals and play/leisure. Click here to learn more.
CPALMS virtual student center
- The Florida Department of Education’s CPALMS virtual student center is a great online learning resource. Browse tutorials and other resources broken up by grade and subject level at floridastudents.org.
- PBS Kids has started a weekday newsletter that offers activities and tips parents can use to help children play and learn at home. Click here to sign up.
- Scholastic has launched a "Learn at Home" website that has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher. Click here for info.
Florida Department of Health
- To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily.
- To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
- For any other 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 COVIDemail@example.com
Center for Disease Control
- For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health -
- Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is now performing drive-through testing at Martin North Hospital for influenza and COVID-19 by appointment only.
- Testing will only be performed for individuals who meet Florida Department of Health criteria for COVID-19. If individuals do not meet criteria, testing will not be performed.
- For an appointment, individuals who may have symptoms must call (772) 419-3360, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Martin Health drive-through testing for COVID-19, visit martinhealth.org/covid19
- As part of their efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Cleveland Clinic is currently waiving co-pays and prepayment for on demand and scheduled virtual visits through Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online for all patients — regardless of health coverage. Learn more and download the app https://my.clevelandclinic.org/online-services/express-care-online
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic -
- VIM Clinic is a free health care clinic for low-income adults who live in Martin County located at 417 SE Balboa Avenue, Stuart, and is currently open and serving patients.
- Routine wellness exams and non-essential appointments have been rescheduled to ensure social distancing where possible.
- Medical staff is still available for in-person visits for critical care patients, which are determined on a case by case basis. VIM Clinic staff is also supporting all patients via telephone for consultations and ensuring they have adequate supplies of their medications.
- To be eligible for services, adults must be between 18 and 64 years old, legally residing in Martin County, not have private health insurance or Medicaid or Medicare, and have a household income of less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
- Forms and detailed information can be found on the website at https://vimclinic.net/what-we-do/.
- United Way of Martin County partners with FamilyWize to provide access to affordable prescription medications.
- The prescription savings card is free, accepted at major chain pharmacies and there is no registration or eligibility requirement.
- Simply download a card and show it to the pharmacy to get the lowest prices. This can also be used for pharmacy delivery orders. https://www.unitedwaymartin.org/discounted-prescriptions
Tykes & Teens
- When a crisis disrupts our lives and routines, maintaining our mental health is critical. Thankfully, Tykes & Teens has implemented HIPPA compliant virtual counseling services to ensure continuity of care for all clients. For more information call 772-220-3439.
- Catholic Charities Counseling Program encourages anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, and fear due to the COVID-19 pandemic to call our toll free hotline number at 1-844-848-6777.
- In addition, we are offering video sessions in lieu of face-to-face meetings with our highly trained therapists. Fees may apply to follow up video sessions (not the initial call), depending on our income-based sliding fee scale.
- Staff and counselors are bilingual - Spanish/English.
Healthy Start -
- Martin County Healthy Start Coalition is still giving out diapers, wipes, and formula while inventory lasts
- Pantry days have been consolidated as follows:
- Stuart location: Thursdays 9am-5pm at 963 SE Federal Hwy in Stuart.
- Indiantown location: Tuesdays 12 - 5 p.m.
- Participants will be able to pick up twice their usual diapers one time instead of their regular twice a month pick up.
- We are enrolling clients in Medicaid and SNAP by appointment only. They must call 772-463-2141 to schedule.
Inner Truth Project -
- The Inner Truth Project has a 24-hour private support group, virtual peer groups, virtual meditation and yoga classes, one on one teletherapy and scheduled peer phone check-ins for survivors of sexual trauma (teen, adult, LGBTQ+ & Veterans).
- They also have Spanish speaking advocates. Interested individuals can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (772) 200 -4599.
Where to go for information
- Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency alerts including information about COVID-19 by phone, text, and/or email. To sign up, text ALERTMARTIN to 888777, or register online.
Community Information Line
- Martin County’s Community Information Center is staffed to answer questions regarding county business, closures, services and general information from our elected and constitutional officers and community partners.
- Community Information Center: (772) 287-1652
- Daily from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Information can also be found online at https://www.martin.fl.us/Coronavirus
United Way of Martin County
Shape your future, take the 2020 Census
In order to be accurately represented, it is important that every Martin County resident be counted in the Census. It is estimated it costs local government $1,600 for every person missed. Martin County’s response rate in the 2010 Census was 78%.
For our community, that means a loss of over $51 MILLION each year that could have been used for vital programs and essential services. Over the 10 year period, that equates to approximately $512 million dollars!
Help us make sure Martin County is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count. It benefits us all!
Bravely, we dream of a day when no one in Martin County goes to bed hungry. We dream of strong, successful families. We dream of a UNITED community where everyone is healthy and has the opportunity to succeed, reaching their fullest potential in a safe and secure place.