Recent Resource Changes

Text

your zip code to 898211

Call 211

from any phone 24 hours a day. 

Reemployment Assistance

Infographic on the latest COVID-19 Reemployment Insurance Eligibility. 

 

Paper English Reemployment Application

Paper English application. 

 

Paper Spanish Reemployment Application

Paper Spanish Application. 

 

Kid Summer Breakspot Feeding Sites

Flyer with all Summer Breakspot locations. 

 

Meals on Wheels 4 kids

Flyer on how to get access to delivered food. 

 

There is a Moratorium on Rits of Evictions, but your landlord can still file paperwork to start the eviction with the courts.

FL Eviction Protection

Check this website to see if your address is protected. 

 

TENANT RIGHTS

Infographic on tenant rights about evictions from Gulfocast Legal Services. 

 

Can I be Evicted?

Infographic on tenant rights about evictions from Bay Area Legal Services. 

 

Renter Questions

Know your tenant rights about evictions from Bay Area Legal Services. 

 

COVID-19 Testing

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.

Homeless Shelters

  • 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.

 

Food

  • 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.

Public Schools

Transportation

  • Ride United is dispatching free rides. Click here for more on Ride United. 
  • For the latest information on bus routes, click 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.