2020 Legislative Session
We continue to monitor any legislative movements, and we are keeping watch of our priority bills and will provide updates as they occur. Governor DeSantis has delayed his review of Florida's upcoming FY20/21 budget as he awaits congressional action on a federal stimulus package.

Please continue to encourage your communities and networks to complete the census. At this point in time, only 57.8% of Florida homes have completed the census .
Florida to Participate in USDA's
Pandemic EBT Program
On Wednesday, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida will participate in the USDA's Pandemic EBT Program (P-EBT). The Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows for states to issue P-EBT as a supplemental benefit for households with children who temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Families eligible to receive free or reduced-priced school meals will automatically receive this benefit during the month of June, no further action is needed from recipients at this time.

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions about the P-EBT benefit program, please visit  https://www.myflfamilies.com/covid19/access.shtml .
FL Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
May 29 – June 4
Governor DeSantis and the FL Division of Emergency Management are encouraging Floridians to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday May 29th - June 4th. CS/HB 7097, which included this tax holiday, was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor DeSantis on April 8. During this one-week sales tax holiday, Floridians are estimated to save $5.6 million on critical supplies.

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30. To develop a plan for hurricane season, please visit   FloridaDisaster.org/PlanPrepare .
2020 Census
Please Share with Your Networks!
Approximately only 57.8% of households in Florida have completed the Census.

Only 55.2% of households in Miami-Dade have responded.

Please reach out your networks and remind them that federal funding for Florida relies on an accurate count. Programs for healthcare, education, transportation and housing; strategic planning for private and public organizations and representation depend on an accurate count.
 A complete and correct count in Florida’s communities help young children thrive because communities will receive their fair share to support programs, such as health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development.

We continue to urge you to help us spread the word to please complete the 2020 Census at http://2020census.gov/

The Census is safe, it's easy, it's important!
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Resources during COVID-19
As the state of Florida, along with the rest of the country, reacts to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled a snapshot of resources available below:

General Information

  • 211 Helpline Florida - The United Way is aiding those who are effected by COVID-19. If you or somebody you know needs help, please reach out through calling 2-1-1 24/7 Call 2-1-1, available 24/7

School Aged Resources


Food Assistance
 

Mental Health


Re-employment assistance


Business and Non-Profit Assistance

Webinars

C.A.R.E.S. Act Webinar curated for The Children's Trust

For more information, please contact
Donovan Lee-Sin, Chief Public Policy & Engagement Officer at