The City of Fort Lauderdale cares about the safety and well-being of its neighbors and is particularly focused on connecting them with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City created this COVID-19 Community Resources page to help neighbors navigate this challenging time. Please also visit City News for Coronavirus Updates and Coronavirus Business and Employee Assistance for more information.
If you have an urgent need, dial 2-1-1 to access 2-1-1 Broward's live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline to get connected with community service providers that can help you. You may also use the Fort Lauderdale Neighbor Help Form below to submit a request for help for you or a loved one or to share information about other resources available. A City staff member will be in touch within 1-2 business days to follow-up. We encourage you to revisit this page frequently, as we will continue to update it with information to support you.
For updated information regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300. Also, the COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121.
The City of Fort Lauderdale is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic to help inform and protect its neighbors and employees. The City's leadership team recently participated in a conference call with Margaret J. Gorensek, MD, infectious disease specialist at Holy Cross Medical Group, to get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about COVID-19. The questions below are organized into the following categories: General, Transmission/Exposure, Symptoms/Treatment, Testing, Vulnerable Population, and Work Environment.
The information provided is based on the knowledge received at the time of posting. This section will be updated as new information is received. For answers to other FAQs about COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.Please visit the CDC for the latest information on COVID-19.
- How many people in the U.S. are predicted to get the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- What is social distancing?
- What does “Flattening the Curve” mean and how does social distancing accomplish this?
- What is the viability of the “herd immunity” theory for COVID-19?
- What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
- What is the difference between an N95 mask that healthcare workers wear and a surgical mask that infected people wear?
- Do we have adequate hospital capacity for the current level of cases projected for this area?
- What constitutes exposure to COVID-19?
- Why is there a 14-day quarantine period if I am exposed to an infected person, especially if I test negative after the exposure?
- If I touch something and touch my face, but wash my face right away, can I still get COVID-19?
- Should I use a moisturizer after I wash my hands or use hand sanitizer?
- Are there any additional or new CDC guidelines other than social distancing, washing hands routinely, using hand sanitizer, etc. to prevent transmission of COVID-19?
- How long does the virus survive on hard surfaces?
- Can I have COVID-19 without having a fever?
- COVID-19 symptoms seem to mirror the flu or a common cold. How do I know the difference?
- What should I do if I have mild COVID-19 symptoms?
- When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available?
- There seems to be some confusing messaging about when you can get tested for COVID-19 based on symptoms, which include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Do I have to have all the symptoms, a couple symptoms, or just one symptom to get tested?
- Does a negative test mean that I do not have COVID-19?
- If I am quarantined and then test positive, what changes when I move to an isolation status?
- If I have contact with a “source” person who ultimately tests negative, do I still need to quarantine for 14 days?
- If I test positive for COVID-19 and recover, can I get the virus again?
- If I was born prematurely with undeveloped lungs and have lived with respiratory issues my entire life, am I at increased risk for COVID-19 compared to other healthy adults?
- My healthy 75-year-old mother wants to shelter in place at my house. I have an elementary school-aged child who occasionally plays outside with next-door neighbors, and I continue to leave my house to go to work. I’m worried about subjecting my mother to an increased risk of getting coronavirus. Is she better off sheltering with me, or staying at her house?
- Is there a way for healthy people to go back to work in a shared environment (indoor or outdoor) and be certain they aren’t exposed to the virus?
- If I work at a sewage treatment plant or repair sewer lines, do I need to have any additional personal protective equipment outside of what is normally required?
The prediction for the number of people that will get COVID-19 in the U.S. has continually changed. What we know about the virus is that it came from an animal virus and is new to humans, so it is predicted to infect around 40 to 70 percent of the population. However, social distancing and work-from-home practices (when possible) will push this number down.
More than 80 percent of people infected with COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms. We believe increasing evidence suggests that people may have an asymptomatic infection and can still be spreading the virus even from speaking. This underscores the importance of social distancing, as you may be infected, not know it, and transfer it to a high-risk patient.
You can protect yourself and others, and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by regularly washing your hands (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) or using hand sanitizer, not touching your face, wiping down common surfaces such as door handles, counters, keyboards, etc., and by following the social distancing guidelines.
Social distancing is a public health practice that is implemented to prevent people who are sick or symptomatically infected from coming in close contact with other people who are at risk to help reduce the spread of disease.
Practicing social distancing includes canceling large events, closing public spaces, and avoiding crowds. It also means maintaining a 6-foot distance (2 meters) from others, when possible, and no handshakes, hugs, or kisses, especially if someone is coughing, sneezing, or has a fever.
With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing is to slow down the rapid spread of a pandemic virus to flatten the otherwise exponentially rising cases of a disease in a population at risk to "flatten the curve" of the pandemic. Flattening the curve reduces the chance of severe infection among high-risk populations and the risk of overwhelming the healthcare systems and workers.
Finally, in addition to maintaining a physical distance from others, it is important to wash your hands regularly (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) or use hand sanitizer and stay home if you are sick.
When a very contagious virus is new to the human population, like COVID19, and there is no prior immunity it can spread so quickly that the number of cases peaks very rapidly and overwhelms hospitals and their capacity to care for those patients with very severe disease. Therefore, if no changes are made to how people socially interact during a major viral outbreak, there will be a massive spike in the number of people that are infected. This can overwhelm the local healthcare system.
By introducing and practicing social distancing, the spike of infections flattens, signifying a slower infection rate. This is known as “flattening the curve.” A slower spread of the virus allows time for the healthcare system to keep up with cases as they arise, though by flattening the curve it takes longer for the virus to eventually decrease and pass through the population.
The key is preventing the opportunity for COVID-19 to go from person to person.
First, it’s important to discuss how immunity works. Our bodies fight infection through our immune systems. A person can become immune or resistant to a virus after infection or sufficient exposure to the virus because the body produces antibodies specific to the virus, which then protect us from the virus in the future when exposed again. In other words, we become “naturally protected.”
With herd immunity, there is a large group of people, or a herd, that become immune to a virus, either naturally or through vaccinations. It is more difficult for someone who is not immune to the virus, but is in the middle of the herd, to become infected because the virus has a hard time pushing through the herd. Therefore, people at risk in the population who cannot get vaccinated or never had the disease are naturally protected because a critical number of people in the population have immunity, so the virus cannot spread.
While herd immunity is a viable theory and an important part of immunology and epidemic theory, the objective for the coronavirus is to flatten the curve by preventing infection versus allowing it to pass naturally through a community and leading to "herd immunity" because this virus would overwhelm our healthcare system and the risk of severe disease and mortality would be much higher.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Isolation and social distancing keep people apart, so disease transmission is less likely.
Quarantine is the mandatory isolation of people at home who have a disease and are at risk of spreading it to the community at large.
A person in quarantine is someone who tests positive. A self-isolated person is someone who was exposed to the coronavirus and sent home to monitor for signs and symptoms to see if they develop the disease.
What is the difference between an N95 mask that healthcare workers wear and a surgical mask that infected people wear?
Surgical masks prevent the spread of droplets from coming out of a person’s mouth (i.e., cough droplets), therefore they protect others if the person wearing the mask is infected.
Surgeons and healthcare workers wear surgical masks in the operating room to protect patients from common bacteria in their mouths that may fall into the operative field and cause infection in the wound. They also prevent the spread of infection if someone may be sick and does not know it.
Wearing a surgical mask will not protect you from a person coughing in your face for many reasons, one being your eyes are still exposed. But surgical masks do prevent you from inadvertently spreading an infection to others.
An N95 mask is a rigid filtration mask that keeps particles out of the airway of the healthcare worker. Healthcare workers who are around patients that have tested positive for the coronavirus wear N95 masks.
Healthcare workers also wear eye protection to protect the membrane in their eyes.
Many South Florida hospitals, like Holy Cross Hospital, have planned ahead of the coronavirus and are currently are handling it well. Procedures are in place that create separate areas in the hospital for COVID and non-COVID patients to prevent the risk of disease transmission in the hospital.
The current struggle is not space for patients, but rather having adequate supplies and personal protective equipment (i.e., masks, gowns, etc.) for healthcare workers.
For healthcare workers, exposure is direct contact with a person of known infection or suspected infection where the exposed person was not wearing proper personal protective equipment.
For the general public, exposure would be direct contact with a fluid or surface containing the COVID-19 virus. The virus will not permeate intact skin, which is why handwashing (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) is so important.
If a hand contaminated with the virus touches the mucus membranes of the nose, mouth, or eyes then the virus can enter and cause infection. Therefore, we need to wash our hands (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) and use sanitizer regularly.
Never touch your face with hands that are not freshly washed. If you touch your face, then you should wash your hands again to prevent from spreading the virus in case you are non-symptomatic but infected.
Remember, that although infected people who are coughing or sneezing and have the virus are most contagious, even people with an asymptomatic infection can potentially spread the virus to others when speaking.
Why is there a 14-day quarantine period if I am exposed to an infected person, especially if I test negative after the exposure?
The incubation period for the coronavirus is two to 14 days. Out of an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC advises that if you have a known exposure (direct contact with a known infected person or a person’s bodily fluids), you should self-isolate for 14 days until the incubation period is over.
Yes, if you touch your face and the virus enters a mucous membrane (i.e., eyes, inside your nose, etc.) you can get the COVID-19. Immediately washing your face could reduce the potential of contracting this virus, but it will not guarantee it.
Should I use a moisturizer after I wash my hands or use hand sanitizer?
Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer regularly can dry out your hands. Cracks in dry hands can allow an infection to enter. Using moisturizer on your hands often, especially if using hand sanitizer, can help prevent cracks in the skin. Also, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds allows the soap to breakdown any virus on the hands to prevent it from getting in through any cracks.
Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer regularly can dry out your hands. Cracks in dry hands can allow an infection to enter. Using moisturizer on your hands often, especially if using hand sanitizer, can help prevent cracks in the skin. Also, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds allows the soap to breakdown any virus on the hands to prevent it from getting in through any cracks.
Are there any additional or new CDC guidelines other than social distancing, washing hands routinely, using hand sanitizer, etc. to prevent transmission of COVID-19?
No. Practicing social distancing (six feet apart), washing hands regularly, using hand sanitizer, and regularly cleaning surfaces are still the best prevention.
COVID-19 can live on hard surfaces for a substantial amount of time depending on the environment and the type of surface type. The CDC recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (i.e., tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following labeling instructions. Please review the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting households, facilities, and community facilities. The CDC also offers guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes before reopening.
Fever seems to be a main requirement surrounding the ability to get tested. Can I have COVID-19 without having a fever?
People usually do get a fever with coronavirus, but no, you do not have to have a fever to test positive for COVID-19 or be contagious. However, a person that does not have a fever and a cough would be low risk to others, and likely not even know they are positive. As a result, that person would not be tested according to the current testing capability and guidelines. Therefore, it is extremely important to practice social distancing and handwashing.
Key factors to consider in determining whether a person has the flu, a cold, or COVID-19 are exposure history, risk, and whether a person traveled from an area where there is a high incidence of exposure.
A quick way to find out whether you have the flu versus COVID-19 is to get an influenza test.
If you have mild COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your doctor.
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding a COVID-19 vaccine and the timeframe for getting one is ever-changing. The most common response is that it will likely be at least one year before a preventative vaccine is available.
There seems to be some confusing messaging about when you can get tested for COVID-19 based on symptoms, which include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Do I have to have all the symptoms, a couple symptoms, or just one symptom to get tested?
You should get tested if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you only have one or two of the symptoms and they are minor, you need to assess your exposure history. If symptoms are minor and you are confused, call your doctor. If you feel sick enough to go to the emergency room, please call first if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-10. Never walk-in to an emergency room if you feel you may have COVID-19.
Our current testing using the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) method is very sensitive. Although rare, you may have a negative result if the specimen was not collected properly. It is important to note that each case can be different.
If you are quarantined due to exposure or symptoms and your test comes back positive, you will have to self-isolate for at least 14 days, stay away from others, wear a mask around others you are living with, and practice good handwashing. If you do develop symptoms, then your treatment and isolation plan may change based on your doctor’s instructions.
If I have contact with a “source” person who ultimately tests negative, do I still need to quarantine for 14 days?
If you have been in contact with a “source” person (someone with symptoms that has not received test results yet) that is suspected to have COVID-19, you may be asked to self-isolate. If you do not develop any symptoms and the source person’s test results are negative, then your quarantine period should end.
Each case can be different; however, if you were only in quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19 and the source tests negative, then you were not exposed. However, if you are unsure, please contact your doctor.
If you get COVID-19, your body will develop antibodies against it. If you test positive for COVID-19 and recover, it is believed you will have some degree of immunity.
If I was born prematurely with undeveloped lungs and have lived with respiratory issues my entire life, am I at increased risk for COVID-19 compared to other healthy adults?
Any type of lung, cardiovascular, or diabetic condition will make a person more vulnerable to severe disease if exposed to coronavirus, including those with lifelong lung issues related to premature birth. People who are 65 or older are at high risk, and anyone over 80 years old is at even higher risk
My healthy 75-year-old mother wants to shelter in place at my house. I have an elementary school-aged child who occasionally plays outside with next-door neighbors, and I continue to leave my house to go to work. I’m worried about subjecting my mother to an increased risk of getting coronavirus. Is she better off sheltering with me, or staying at her house?
Children are like vectors and spread germs due to less efficient handwashing. It is recommended to keep all children away from people over 65, especially children.
Get creative with elders to stay connected. Say hello from the front porch or use FaceTime or other types of communication. If kids must be around elders, then enforce handwashing (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) and sanitizer.
Is there a way for healthy people to go back to work in a shared environment (indoor or outdoor) and be certain they aren’t exposed to the virus?
It isn’t certain whether healthy people can go back to work in a shared environment; however, following the recommended guidelines, like handwashing, staying home when sick, and cleaning hard surfaces and work areas regularly will help keep the risk as low as possible.
The CDC offers guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting households, facilities, and community facilities. The CDC also offers guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes before reopening.
If I work at a sewage treatment plant or repair sewer lines, do I need to have any additional personal protective equipment outside of what is normally required?
The coronavirus will not aerosolize in this setting because it is not being coughed. If you work around sewage, you should continue to follow the same personal protection and health practices you normally would. You do not need any additional personal protective equipment. You should wear normal face protection, which also protects you from coughing and sneezing, and follow decontamination procedures.
For the latest COVID-19 health guidance please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Additional information on other health resources and testing sites is available from Broward County and the Florida Department of Health Broward County.
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility. Also, the COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121.
Visit the Broward County website for an updated list of COVID-19 testing sites. Both walk-up and drive-through testing sites are available in the County with a walk-up site located in Fort Lauderdale at the Urban League of Broward County. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call 954-412-7300 for an appointment. Please visit the Broward County website for additional information, including eligibility and requirement for each site.
Additionally, the City of Fort Lauderdale -- in partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Health, and American Medical Response (AMR) -- is offering free drive-thru swab testing for COVID-19 at Holiday Park, located at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive. Testing is by appointment only. Call 800-209-7919 to make an appointment or visit the City's news bulletin for more information.
What to Do if You Are Sick
Refer to the Centers for Disease Control for steps you should follow to care for yourself and help protect people in your home and community if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19.
Overview of CDC Guidance. Visit CDC for official recommendations and more details.
Stay home except to get medical care.
Stay away from others (home isolation).
Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
Wear a cloth mask over your face and nose, even when you're at home.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Clean your hands often.
Clean all high touch surfaces daily.
Monitor your symptoms: Know when to seek medical treatment (see below).
When to Seek Medical Treatment. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include*:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
The CDC is now recommending that people should wear cloth face masks in public areas where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., in grocery stores and pharmacies) and where significant community-based transmission of COVID-19 is occurring. You can visit the CDC's website to see their complete recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings.
Cloth face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
- Be secured with ties or ear loops.
- Include multiple layers of fabric.
- Allow for breathing without restriction.
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried regularly without damage or change to shape.
How to Make Face Coverings: Sewn and Non-Sewn Instructions
Please Dispose of Used Gloves and Face Coverings Properly
As more and more people wear gloves and face coverings in public to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to remember to properly dispose of these items after use. Gloves and face coverings should never be left on the ground, on sidewalks and streets, in parking lots or in grocery carts. These items may be contaminated and could potentially pose a risk to workers who have to pick them up. In addition, used masks and gloves are not biodegradable or recyclable. Those discarded on streets and sidewalks can easily make their way into our storm drain system, potentially causing drainage problems and polluting our oceans and waterways. Please throw used masks & gloves away in the nearest trash can or carry a bag with you that you can tie or seal to store them in until you can trash them at home. Please be respectful of others, particularly during this challenging time, and dispose of these items properly. See the CDC guidelines for how to protect yourself and others.
Open Childcare Centers: For an updated list of open childcare centers during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County.
Emergency Personnel Childcare Scholarship: If you are employed as a first responder or essential healthcare worker, you may be eligible for FREE child care. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS)
School Closures: Effective April 6, 2020 school campuses are closed, with the exception of food distribution sites. Administrators, guidance counselors, social workers and mental health professionals, micro-techs, and other staff will continue to support teachers and students remotely from home, which will limit the number of people who are required to be in schools. Parents with questions may still call their child’s school weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
School Calendar: View the BCPS School Calendar, which is updated on a regular basis. The calendar includes a week-by-week snapshot for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year along with the current schedule for issuing report cards and interim reports.
Graduation: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will host virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 honoring the achievements of BCPS high school seniors. Virtual graduation ceremonies are scheduled to take place between June 15 and June 28 and will include the traditional pomp and circumstance, including speeches and roll call of graduates. Each graduation ceremony will be broadcast live on BECON-TV and streamed live via YouTube so family and friends, local and across the country, can join in celebrating this milestone. Read the BCPS press release and get the graduation schedule. You may also refer to Superintendent Runcie's Video Announcement to Host Virtual Graduations. and Letter to Seniors. A listing of virtual graduation dates and times for Fort Lauderdale schools is below:
- Atlantic Technical College and High School: Sunday, June 21 at 1 p.m.
- Dillard 6-12 High School: Sunday, June 21 at 4 p.m.
- Fort Lauderdale High School: Monday, June 22 at 4.p.m.
- Seagull Alternative High School: Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.
- Sheridan Technical High School: Monday, June 22 at 1 p.m.
- Stranahan High School: Wednesday, June 17 at 1 p.m.
- Whiddon Rogers Education Center: Thursday, June 25 at 4 p.m.
Mindfulness at Broward Public Schools: Mindfulness is the intentional practice of paying attention in the present moment to become aware of one’s thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. Broward County Public Schools has created a mindfulness portal with daily sessions to ensure that all students, families, and staff have access to high quality online mindfulness-based education, support, and resources.
Learning Never Closes: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to ensuring that "learning never closes" even when school buildings are closed. BCPS ensures that students have access to a suite of grade level appropriate academic tools available to them through the district's learning management system. Visit BCPS Learning Never Closes website to learn more about the resources available and watch a video message from Daniel Gohl, BCPS Chief Academic Officer, about the array of options available.
Distance Learning: Broward County Public Schools has provided five steps to getting started with distance learning.
Updates on Academics: Broward County has provided an update on academics for the remainder of the spring semester, answering questions related to the following academic topics:
- School reopening and operations
- Computers, internet access and what can be done now
- Marking periods, promotion, and graduation
- State assessments, college readiness, advanced academics, and dual enrollment
- Student services: Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Bilingual/ESOL, counseling, and social work
- Academic Programs: e.g., Head Start, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), Adult Education, Career & Technical Education
- Other topics: transcripts, Bright Futures Scholarships, registration/withdrawal
Update on State Testing: The Florida Department of Education announced significant changes to the state’s requirements, calendar, and other educational expectations of all school districts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View Broward County's "Update on State Testing and Other Requirements" for highlights of the major changes.
Internet Access: Broward County is providing instructions for how to get two months of FREE INTERNET access through COMCAST by visiting internetessentials.com or calling toll-free at 1-855-846-8376.
Food Distribution: For information about food distribution sites at BCPS schools, please visit the "Food" tab on this page or review the BCPS Coronavirus Information Update on Food Distribution Sites and Updated Schedule, published on April 22, 2020.
Social and Emotional Learning Resources: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is partnering with Rethink Ed, a comprehensive K-12 online platform that provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities, as well as teachers, administrators and parents, to access on-demand videos and resources to assist with managing mental health and wellness. The resources are being provided to address the heightened levels of fear, anxiety, and stress that have emerged in students and parents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. BCPS educators and students can access Rethink Ed resources from their Clever launchpad at sso.browardschools.com by clicking on the "Rethink Ed" tile in the Request Center to find the app. Parents and students may access the resources at rethinkEd Supporting Broward County Public Schools.
Boys and Girls Club of Broward County (BGCBC)
BGCBC Daily Lessons: To meet the needs of Boys and Girls Club of Broward County members, BGCBC is sharing daily lessons that can be accessed virtually. Visit the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County to view videos on various topics, such as STEM, the arts, literacy, fitness, character building, and more.
BGCBC Food Distribution: The BGCBC is providing "Grab-and-Go" meals for all Club members at each Boys and Girls Club in Broward County. Meal service is being conducted Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. while supplies last. To receive meals, Club members must present their Boys and Girls Club membership card upon arrival. For more information, please visit the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.
College Planning Resources
Broward Bridge 2 Life - Broward County's Local College Access Network
Are you a college bound senior or parent/guardian of a graduating senior with questions about financial aid? If so, please refer to Broward Bridge 2 Life, Broward County's local college access network, for questions about college financial aid and for information about upcoming workshops related to financial aid, transitioning to college, and other student resources.
Broward County Public Schools Assistance with Federal Student Aid Application Process
Approximately $19 million in federal funds have yet to be claimed in Broward County. To determine eligibility, students have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Broward County Public Schools is offering free online events every week to support students the FAFSA application process. For more information, please visit Broward Schools or contact BCPS' School Counseling & BRACE Advisement at 754-321-1675.
Women In Distress of Broward County: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline
Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. The organization's mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education, and advocacy. Women in Distress offers 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter, as well as counseling and support for victims and their children. The 24-hour hotline is 954-761-1133 or 954-527-5385 TTY/TTD. Women in Distress continues to assist survivors of domestic violence and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more about the organization's response to COVID-19, please refer to the Message from the President & CEO of Women in Distress.
Kids in Distress (KID)
The mission of Kids in Distress is to prevent child abuse, preserve the family, and treat children who have been abused and neglected. In response to COVID-19, KID programming has moved to a virtual environment with therapists and family support workers increasing their face-to-face contact through virtual home visits/therapy sessions. If you or anyone you know is in need of KID services, please call 954-390-7654 or visit the Kids in Distress website.
No More Tears, Inc.
The mission of No More Tears is to assist and empower victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. During the coronavirus pandemic, No More Tears continues to provide hotel stay for five nights, groceries delivered to his/her room, Lyft/Uber services, clothes and basic needs, and online video therapy sessions. For more information, please visit No More Tears or call the crisis hotline at 954-324-7669.
Florida Domestic Violence (FL DV) Hotline
The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline is Florida's 24-hour statewide hotline, available at 1-800-500-1119. Services include support and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and their friends and family. FL DV hotline advocates connect survivors to their local certified center for shelter, support groups, outreach, and ongoing advocacy.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day via phone at 1-800-799-7233, text by sending “LOVEIS” to 22522, TTY: 800-787-3224, and chat at www.thehotline.org. Services are also provided in Spanish.
- The Crisis Text Line offers 24-hour access to crisis counselors. Text “CONNECT” to 741741.
- The RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) National Sexual Assault Hotline is available by phone at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or live chat 24 hours a day.
Local Arts & Culture Programs
Fort Lauderdale and local educational, arts, and cultural organizations continue to provide enriching experiences for the entire family through virtual technology. We encourage you to check out new online programs available to keep us all engaged, connected, and learning during this challenging time.
Bonnet House Museum Virtual Tour: Take a virtual tour of the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts Online Programs: Broward Center for the Performing Arts is offering new online series of performing arts classes and content. Selections include 20-minute singing, acting, dancing, or improv classes; live chats with special guests and Broadway professionals; sing-alongs with Artist in Residence, Tammy Holder; performances by students from the Broward Center's Spotlights class; and more. All of these activities can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. For more details and a complete schedule of offerings, please visit Broward Center for the Performing Arts Education at Home.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts Playlist: Check out a special playlist of favorite show tunes and sensory friendly music prepared by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Broward County Library: Get a free library card online to get instant access to movies, music, magazines, books, and more. Apply for your library card today.
Broward Cultural Division' Broward Arts Relief Fund: The Broward Cultural Division has launched the Broward Arts Relief Fund, a grant program to provide financial assistance to Broward-based, non-profit cultural organizations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations may apply for one-time grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to support arts activities that preserve jobs in Broward County’s arts community. The program’s $456,000 in funding comes from sale proceeds from the Florida Arts License Plate Program. Eligibility is limited to Broward-based arts and cultural non-profit organizations that have received general operating support from the Cultural Division during the 2020 fiscal year (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020). The application deadline is May 15. For more information or to apply online, please visit Broward Arts Relief Grant Program Overview.
Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Virtual Recreation Center: During this time of social distancing, the City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks & Recreation Department is providing virtual recreation opportunities for you and your families. The Virtual Recreation Center offers free, fun, and educational activities and resources for all ages. Visit Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation often for a variety of free instructor-led classes, at-home activities, updates, and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained, and informed.
Friday Night Sound Waves Concerts on Facebook: Don’t miss the Friday Night Sound Waves free weekly Facebook Live Broadcast from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The virtual concerts are presented from the porches, backyards, and home studios of popular solo and acoustic artists who have graced the Sound Waves stage in years past. For more information, please visit fridaynightsoundwaves.com.
Museum of Science and Discovery (MODS) Offers Free Virtual Tours, Classes and Award-Winning Documentaries
- Virtual Camp Discovery: MODS is providing activities, resources, and high-quality educational content that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. These fun STEM programs range from storytime and hands-on activities to science demonstrations. You can access the videos via MODS youtube page.
- Early Childhood STEM Classes: MODS is offering free online early childhood science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each session is tailored for young children with hands-on-activities, story time, science demonstrations, craft projects, and more. Sign up to participate.
- Scientastic Discovery at Home: MODS is providing ways for families to spend quality time together. Through partnerships, MODS is able to offer access to high-quality award-winning documentary films by MacGillivray Freeman Films available for viewing on streaming platforms. You can create your own in-house IMAX experience with powerful documentaries.
NSU Art Museum Offers Free Virtual Tours and Educational Resources
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is bringing the museum to you with the following free virtual tours and educational resources. To learn more, please visit nsuartmuseum.org.
- Virtual tours of the exhibitions Happy!, which explores the full range of human emotion in contemporary art, and I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America that offer 360 views of the galleries and art on view. Consider taking a virtual tour!
- In the Artist’s Studio consists of virtual studio visits featuring artists in the museum’s current exhibitions including Emilio Martinez, José Bedia, and Demi.
- Video Channel features talks by artists, curators, and historians along with features on museum events like the recent Rob Pruitt Flea Market where local artists were invited to participate in this socially engaging art activation.
Stranahan House Museum
Take a virtual field trip to the oldest house in Fort Lauderdale to learn more about Fort Lauderdale's history. Educational programs includ presentations on the women’s suffrage movement and the Seminole Wars, as well as a tour of one of the Stranahan House rooms. You can access the videos on the Stranahan Museum's Facebook page.
Young At Art Museum: Now Live, YAA at Home!
Keep your children artistically engaged at home with virtual tours of YAA's interactive art galleries, downloadable art activities, and creative prompts by special guest artists designed to keep your family's creative juices flowing. Visit the Young At Art Museum website to bring the creativity of YAA into your home.
Other Online Enrichment Programs
Harry Potter at Home
The Wizarding World Team brings you Harry Potter at Home to help children, parents, and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our daily lives. Visit the Harry Potter at Home website to learn more about you can bring some magic into your home.
Home Safari: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Join the Cincinnati Zoo for a Home Safari. Each Home Safari features an amazing animal and includes an activity that you can do at home. Begin a virtual adventure today!
Manatee Virtual Learning
Experience a Manatee Lagoon visit without having to leave your home. Manatee Lagoon is closed to the public right now, but the their teachers, known as manatee masters, invite you to take a virtual step into the world of manatees and Manatee Lagoon.
National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allows you to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from your desktop computer or mobile device. You can also access select collections and research areas at the satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
Distance Learning Resources
Broward County Public Schools Distance Learning Resources
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to supporting students and families in making sure learning never closes. When the school buildings are closed for any reason (e.g., vacation, weekends, unexpected closures), BCPS encourages families and caregivers to engage students in academic activities. For more information on continuing education opportunities for BCPS students, please visit BCPS's Innovative Learning/Learning Never Closes website.
Florida Virtual School Develops New Online Learning Community for Families and Teachers
Florida Virtual School (FLVS®) launched a new Online Learning Community for online educators who teach students kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) and for parents whose children take online courses. Designed to enhance the online learning experience, the FLVS Online Learning Community offers best practices and training for K-12 parents, teachers and administrators.
Embry-Riddle Offers Free Online Courses for K-12
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has ramped up free online course offerings on topics ranging from aeronautics and meteorology, to computer applications to history and more. Zero-cost options are available for the general public. Visit the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University website for more information.
Florida Department of Elder Affairs: Elder Helpline
For information regarding elder services and activities, such as food and nutrition, health and wellness, housing, legal services, long-term or home care, or other support services, please call the Florida Department of Elder Affair’s Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337).
Office of Adult Protective Services, Florida Department of Children and Families
For questions or assistance regarding adult protective services, such as the placement of seniors at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, etc., please call the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Office of Adult Protective Services 1-850-488-2881.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County
The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Broward County plans, develops, coordinates, and evaluates programs; funds services; and is the prime advocate for Broward County residents 60 years of age or older. The ADRC provides information regarding services in Broward County for seniors, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, ages 18 and over, their families, and caregivers. For assistance, please call 954-745-9779 or visit www.adrcbroward.org.
Meals on Wheels South Florida
Meals on Wheels South Florida Volunteers continue to make sure our seniors’ meal deliveries during the COVID-19 crisis. Home-bound seniors over 60 years old may apply online or via telephone for this federally-funded home meal delivery program. To apply for Meals on Wheels, please visit the Meals on Wheels South Florida website or call 954-714-6946.
Senior Touchline Broward 2-1-1
Senior Touchline is a free service that offers a daily telephone call for people over 60 years old who live alone. The purpose of the program is to ensure that older adults can maintain their sense of well-being while remaining in their homes and community. Do you or someone you know over the age of 60 need a daily reassurance phone call? If so, dial 211 or visit their website.
Feeding South Florida
Feeding South Florida is committed to serving the community during this rapidly evolving and unprecedented time of increased need. The organization is offering drive-through distributions in strategic areas throughout the community to supplement closed agency sites, schools, and meal sites. Feeding South Florida also continues to operate their three food pantry sites. The cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors are partnering with Feeding South Florida to support local residents during the COVID-19 crisis with drive-through food distribution days. For updates on upcoming distribution dates and locations, please visit the Feeding South Florida website.
Food Distribution Events:
Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale
The cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors are partnering with Feeding South Florida to host weekly drive-thru food distribution events on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The free event is intended to provide healthy and nutritious food to those who are most in need due to job loss, income loss, or the inability to cover their monthly expenses. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 1,000 vehicles with a limit of one container of food per vehicle (while supplies last). People must remain in their vehicles and will be instructed to open their trunk when volunteers are ready to load it. To access the event, enter Mills Pond Park from southbound NW 9 Avenue. For details, please visit the City's website.
Mt. Olive Church in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale's Mt. Olive Church, located at 649 N.W. 15th Way, will be hosting drive-through food distribution events twice a month on Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and one meal per person will be provided. Upcoming distribution events are scheduled for May 13, May 27, June 10, and June 17. To follow social distancing guidelines, attendees are encouraged to attend by vehicle and leave immediately upon picking up their food.
Grab-N-Go Meal Service
Broward County Public Schools and FLIPANY continue to support students and their families through the COVID-19 crisis by offering Grab-N-Go meal service for breakfast and lunch at locations throughout Broward County.
BCPS School Sites: Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020, all BCPS meal distribution sites will begin operating on a new, more convenient schedule, allowing for multiple days for food to be picked up at the same time. Each of the 51 food distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, meals will be distributed to cover the beginning of the week. On Wednesdays, meals will be distributed to cover the remainder of the week. Schools in Fort Lauderdale that are Grab-N-Go Centers include Dillard 6-12, Stephen Foster Elementary School, Stranahan High School, Sunrise Middle School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, and Walker Elementary School. For a list of all BCPS school distribution sites and the updated schedule, please review the BCPS Coronavirus Information Update issued on April 22, 2020.
Community Locations: Additional Grab-N-Go community locations in Fort Lauderdale include the Christian Life Center and Kids in Distress. See a complete listing of community locations along with addresses.
Food Distribution Locations Map
Together 4 Broward has created an interactive food distribution map to help you identify a food distribution site near you.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
To apply for food assistance, visit the Florida Department of Children and Families or login to your MYACCESS account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is also the way to apply for Medicaid, and/or cash assistance, or to manage your benefits and receive information.
The Pantry of Broward, Inc.
The Pantry of Broward serves seniors on low, fixed incomes as well as grandparents raising their grandchildren throughout Broward County. Typical services provided include -- but not limited to -- nutritional food packages monthly, affordable housing, a helping hand, assisting with guidance to affordable healthcare and medication, as well as assisting with unique individual needs. Please visit their website or call 954-358-1481 for additional information.
For food resources for persons experiencing homelessness, please refer to the "Homelessness Resources" tab on this page. For information about Meals on Wheels for homebound elderly, visit the "Elderly Support" tab on this page.
Homeless Initiative Partnership
If you are experiencing homelessness, please call 954-563-4357 to initiate assessments for homeless services. The Homeless Initiative Partnership Section (HIP) is the designated lead agency for the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Board, as well as the CoC’s Homeless Management Information System. HIP serves as staff to the CoC Board, the County’s focal point for planning and coordinating services for homeless families and individuals. HIP provides support to the Homeless Providers and Stakeholders Council and is responsible for carrying out the CoC Board’s responsibilities designated as the Local Coalition by the State of Florida. For more information, please visit the Broward County website.
Broward Partnership for the Homeless
For information about homelessness resources, please visit Broward Partnership for the Homeless or call 954-412-7300.
United Way of Broward County: COVID-19 Campaign
The United Way of Broward County launched the COVID-19 campaign to provide food assistance and emergency financial assistance to people in need. The emergency financial assistance includes utility assistance, rental/mortgage assistance, food assistance, transportation, and household supplies. For assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or 211 Broward on 954-537-0211.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Homelessness Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared guidance for people experiencing homelessness. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guidance for People Experiencing Homelessness. The guidelines include recommendations for people experiencing homelessness and for homeless providers.
CDC Printable Resources for Persons Experiencing Homelessness
- What to Do When Sick
- Social Distancing
- How to Help Take Care of Someone Who is Sick
- How to Protect Yourself
Meal Sharing & Hygiene Support for Homeless
The following organizations are providing meals and showers for the homeless:
The Salvation Army
- Address: 1450 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
- Meals: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to Noon; Friday 10 a.m. to Noon
LifeNet 4 Families
- Address: 1 NW 33rd Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
- Meals: Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to Noon
- Showers: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
Hope South Florida: Shared hot meals are served 7 days a week by volunteers from churches, corporations, schools, and civic organizations. Meals are hosted at a different church or faith-based partner’s facility each day.
- Monday at St. Christopher Episcopal Church
- Address: 318 NW 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
- Meal: 5:30 p.m. - Grab & Go meals
- Tuesday and Thursday at Vision of Hope Family Worship Center
(HOPE South Florida)
- Address: 1100 N Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
- Meal: 5 p.m. - Grab & Go meals
- Mobile Showers: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
- Wednesday at Mount Olivet Seventh-Day Adventists Church:
- Address: 649 NW 15th Way, Fort Lauderdale
- Meal: 4 p.m. - Grab & Go meals
- Friday at Christ Church Pompano Campus
- Sikes Hall
- Address: Sikes Hall, 210 NE 3rd Street, Pompano
- Meal: 5 p.m. – Grab & Go meals
Broward Connections Guidebook
This website provides a comprehensive listing of contact telephone numbers and websites for various organizations in Broward County. Broward Connections Guidebook has the contact information for:
- Homeless Helpline
- Broward County
- Broward County Family Success Administration
- Broward Meals on Wheels
- Department of Children & Families
- Food Pantries
- Case Management
- Medical Assistance
- Jobs and Training
This can be a very stressful time for adults and children alike. We encourage you take advantage of the mental health services available in our community.
Broward County Public Schools Health Website
The County has updated its Mental Health website with many useful resources for employees, students, and families including resources related to coping with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center
The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center (TBH) provides teens, young adults, and their families the counseling, therapy, and support they and their families need for behavioral health issues and substance use. TBH continues to provide services through telemedicine and has expanded online educational resources to help our community cope during the coronavirus pandemic. Refer to TBH's Mental Health Resources for Coronavirus Anxiety to access a video library with resources for dealing with behavioral health challenges during this time of uncertainty, details about upcoming virtual events, recommended resources, and more. During the month of May, TBH is offering a series free webinars on For more information, please call 954-764-7337.
Henderson Behavioral Health
Henderson Behavioral Health continues to provide support and services to patients, their families, and our community. If you or anyone you know is in crisis, please call the Mobile Response Team at 954-463-0911 for adults and 954-677-3113 extension 3 for youth. For more information, please visit Henderson Behavioral Health.
The Wise Mind Project
The Wise Mind Project's team of professionals is committed to supporting our community during these challenging times. The Wise Mind Project offers simple tools and approaches for students, teachers, administrators, guardians, parents, and communities to connect with inner guidance, clarity, and emotional strength. In partnership with the community, The Wise Mind Project is currently offering unlimited free access to their online resources.
Recovery Support: South Florida Wellness Network
South Florida Wellness Network (SFWN) is a recovery focused support network run and driven by youth, adult, and family peers. SFWN is a community of individuals who have been strengthened by lived experience with behavioral/emotional, mental health, trauma and/or substance abuse.
You can disrupt stigma by sharing accurate information. Stay informed through reputable sources like the Florida Department of Health and Center for Disease Control. Correct false information and remind the speaker that anyone exposed to COVID-19 can get it regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality. Listen to, acknowledge and, with permission, share stories of people experiencing discrimination, along with a message that bigotry is not acceptable in our community.
Helpful reference documents include the Center for Disease Control's "Stop the Spread of Rumors" and the American Psychological Association's article titled, "Combating Bias and Stigma Related to COVID-19: How to Stop the Xenophobia That's Spreading Along with the Coronavirus."
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Click here to access the Housing and Urban Development's HUD COVID-19 Resources and Fact Sheet.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers assistance to residents who are concerned about housing, renting, foreclosure, and eviction.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has instructed mortgage servicers to allow borrowers whose mortgages are owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to delay payments. This forbearance program allows for a mortgage payment to be suspended for up to 12 months due to hardship caused by the coronavirus.
Evictions and Foreclosures
Florida's Moratorium on Evictions
Governor Ron DeSantis, at his news conference on Thursday, May 14, extended his moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until Tuesday, June 2. Governor DeSantis' Executive Order 20-121 prevents landlords from filing eviction proceedings against tenants impacted by the coronavirus emergency. The Order also prevents lenders from filing to foreclose on homes.
Included in the CARES Act was a 60-day moratorium (until May 26th) on foreclosures on homes with Federally backed mortgages (i.e. mortgages insured by the Federally Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or another Federal Agency). This includes foreclosures that are already in progress. The CARES Act also allows multi-family property owners with Federally backed mortgages to request forbearance for up to 90 days due to financial hardship. Forbearance is a delay of mortgage payments with no accrual of interest or fees.
For renters, the CARES Act puts a moratorium on evictions until July 25, so long as the landlord finances their property with a Federally backed mortgage. To find out if Fannie or Freddie is financing the mortgage, search the address on the Making My Home Affordable website.
The City of Fort Lauderdale understands that rental assistance is an area of great need. This page will be updated weekly to provide the most current resources available. As of April 28, 2020, Family Success Center has some available resources to support individuals that meet specific criteria (see below for more information). Many of the other local rental assistance programs have met their capacity and may not be able to support at this time. However, we encourage you to visit this page regularly and to contact the organizations listed directly for more information.
Broward County's Family Success Administration Division Programs
Broward County's Family Success Administration provides assistance with rent or mortgage, electric or water bills, becoming self-sufficient, and financial capability. Applicant must have some sustainable income and provide proof of housing emergency (3 day notice, eviction notice, default notice, etc). Visit the Family Success Administration for more information.
Broward County Human Services Elderly and Veterans Service Division
Broward County Human Services Elderly and Veterans Service Division provides rental support for individuals 60 years of age and older who are homeless or who are at imminent risk of homelessness. Call 954-357-6622 or visit their website for more information.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward provides one-time emergency financial assistance for rent or mortgage in a one step process that helps individuals and families in crisis to meet their basic needs and receive navigation to other resources for long-term stability. Call 954-765-0550 or visit their website for more information.
Legal Aid Broward
Many Fort Lauderdale neighbors are struggling to make ends meet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many residents are finding that for the first time they are at great risk of being evicted from their homes. Legal Aid of Broward is a great resource for residents that find themselves in this type of situation. Legal Aid's mission is to provide high quality, free civil legal advice, representation, and education to those that need it most. Even if you do not qualify for services, Legal Aid has a number of great COVID-19 resources, especially when it comes to your rights as a legal tenant of the community.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The City of Fort Lauderdale administers the HOPWA program countywide. Programs span across Broward County and include Community-Based Housing, Project-Based Rent, Tenant-Based Rental Vouchers, Short-Term Rent, Mortgage and Utilities Assistance, Move-in Assistance, and Housing Case Management. Open and available programs include Short-Term Rent, Mortgage and Utilities Assistance, and Emergency Hotel Vouchers. For more information, please visit Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS on the City of Fort Lauderdale website. You may also contact SunServe directly at 954-764-5150 and Care Resources at 954-567-7141.
Short-Term Rent, Mortgage & Utility Fact Sheet
- Short-Term Rent, Mortgage and Utilities Assistance (STRMU) Brochure (English)
- Short-Term Rent, Mortgage and Utilities Assistance (STRMU) Brochure (Creole)
- Short-Term Rent, Mortgage and Utilities Assistance (STRMU) Brochure (Spanish)
Federal Student Loan Payment Suspended & Interest Rates Waived
As stipulated in the Federal Government's CARES Act, all borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% until September 30, 2020. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments until that same date to allow greater flexibility during this national emergency. For more information, please see the Federal Student Aid website.
For the most current information on reemployment/unemployment benefits, including eligibility and how to file a claim, visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. For job seeker resources, such as virtual career fairs and education events, please visit Career Source Broward.
Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as Unemployment Compensation)
Need to file for reemployment assistance/unemployment? If you lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please call 1-800-204-2418 or visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity website.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is now accepting paper applications for reemployment claims. Note that paper applications could potentially take longer than the online application. Download a paper copy of the Florida Reemployment Assistance Application.
Help Filing for Unemployment Claims
CareerSource Broward is helping to address the immediate Reemployment Assistance needs of individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. To help navigate the online application backlog, CareerSource Broward is providing residents with paper applications and assisting them in completing their claims. Visit CareerSource Broward to learn more about reemployment assistance services and for the locations of the three career center locations where you can pick up a paper application.
Tips for Job Seekers from Career Source Broward
Career Source Broward has created a helpful resource for job seekers in a virtual environment. Check out the "Tips to Job Seekers for Virtual Job Search and Interviewing by Video."
Virtual Job Fairs and Training Resources
Career Source Broward Virtual Job Fair: Career Source Broward is hosting a Virtual Job Fair on Friday, May 1, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Virtual Job Fair will allow job seekers to:
- Register and attend the event through their mobile device or computer.
- Access an all-in-one online portal to view multiple employer booths with immediate hiring needs.
- View various in-demand job opportunities.
- Apply for job opening posted on the virtual booths.
Please note that the Job Fair will be held virtually online and at one of Career Source Broward's physical locations. For more information, please visit Career Source Broward's Virtual Job Fair Registration.
OIC of South Florida Virtual Open House: OIC of South Florida is hosting Virtual Open Houses on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Virtual Open Houses provide free vocational training and job placement assistance. Please remember to complete the OIC Open House Registration to participate.
Our hearts go out to help neighbors in need during this unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the public health crisis, many local organizations have launched expanded services to support community members who are coping with a range of economic, social, emotional, and health issues.
We encourage you to donate to local nonprofit organizations if you are able and to volunteer your time and energy to support our community members in need. With respect to volunteering, please continue to follow all physical distancing directives and health guidelines as we continue to shelter-in-place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Food – Meals Ready to Eat
- Hope South Florida and Churches
- Meals on Wheels
- Broward Partnership for the Homeless
Food - Pantries
Community Engagement | Virtual Volunteer Opportunities