Recent Resource Changes
There is a Moratorium on Rits of Evictions, but your landlord can still file paperwork to start the eviction with the courts.
COVID-19 Illness Isolation
- If you get sick, call your doctor and they will instruct you on the next steps.
- Practice social and physical distancing in your home.
- If you are ill, self-isolate yourself in a room in your home away from others in your house. Stay isolated even for meals away from others until the quarantine period passes.
- Continue to wash your hands frequently and clean surfaces immediately.
- Are not doing new intakes.
- Pinellas Safe Harbor is open doing intakes until they reach capacity.
- Are screening current residents for COVID-19
For more information, please visit the Homeless Leadership Alliance.
- Do not hoard food.
- Help support those vulnerable folks without basic necessities.
- The Tampa Bay Hunder Network is working with federal, state, and local partners to ensure food distribution for all. For food-related information, go to the Hunger Network website.
- Summer Breakspot programs are open and available to students in need of food. Find a site by clicking here.
Benefits and Financial Assistance
- Complete your tax returns, if not already done so, to ensure funds during the work transition.
- Free tax assistance suspended. Visit the VITA tax website for more information.
- Reemployment insurance has been expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 layoffs, pay interruption, or illness. Learn more at the Florida Jobs website.
- Pinellas County assistance is available to individuals and families affected by COVID-19 to help maintain housing. Text covidcares to 898211. Applications are still be accepted. Click here for more information.
- Small business help is available starting May 4, 2020 from Pinellas County Economic Development. Applications are no longer accepted.
Utility Provider Updates
- Disconnection has been suspended.
- Duke Energy has waived all fees for late-payments and returned checks, and for credit or debit card payments. Need help from Duke Energy Florida, call 888.634.4354 or check the Duke website here.
- Vendors encourage customers to stay as current as they can with their payments. This will help them avoid building a large balance later that may pose additional hardships.
- The City of St. Pete will not be actively shutting off water for delinquent accounts in order to ensure proper hygiene during COVID-19, bills are still being issued and payment is expected. During this time, it is preferred that accounts be paid online at stpete.org/payyourbill or via telephone at 727-893-7341.
- Clearwater Public Utilities is suspending termination of city utility services for non-payment for 30 days starting March 17. Utility customers can go to their nearby 7/11, Family Dollar, or CVS store to make a cash payment. Utility customers can pay their bills online at myclearwater.com/ebill.
- Pinellas County Utilities is suspending all disconnections of water and wastewater service for non-payment until May 16, 2020. More information can be found on the Pinellas County website.
- Teco Electric and Gas has suspended disconnection for non-payment through April. For more information, visit the Teco website.
Physical and Behavioral Health
- Telehealth is being implemented. Check with your doctors and therapists about methods to continue medical appointments.
- Call your primary care physician first for any health-related issues you are having. Do not show up to their office without alerting them first.