The Department of Economic Opportunity runs the state's re-employment assistance program (formerly known as unemployment). Be warned: the website, which already had problems before the pandemic, has been overwhelmed.
The state has also created a paper application and is working with CareerSource Florida offices to distribute it for those who don't have internet and printer access. DeSantis said on Monday, April 6, he is also working with FedEx to have applications available at their offices, to be filled out and then sent to Tallahassee each night.
And DeSantis said the state is working with local governments to make the paper applications available.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in his daily briefing on Monday, April 6, that paper unemployment forms will be available at 26 of the county's public libraries starting Wednesday.
The forms can be picked up and dropped off between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Every evening, the boxes will be retrieved and a worker, escorted by a county police officer, will take them to a Career Source office. CareerSource is helping workers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties complete applications.
To find out which Miami-Dade libraries have forms, call 305-375-2665. In addition, CareerSource will be available to help applicants reset their PINs between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. For help, call 305-929-1547.
In Broward, the applications are available outside of CareerSource Broward career centers Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In Hialeah, starting on Tuesday, April 7, the city is opening four locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where people can get applications and assistance. They are: Slade Park, Goodlet Park, John F. Kennedy Library and Babcock Park.
In Monroe, the applications are available outside of all public libraries, the Gato Building and Harvey Government Center in Key West, Bernstein Park on Stock Island, Big Pine Park and County Commissioner Michelle Coldiron’s office on Ship’s Way on Big Pine Key and at the Marathon Government Center.
Axis South Florida is a portal for resources, including those who have lost their income because of the coronavirus.
The United Way can help you find resources in your community. In South Florida, these are organized by county:
- United Way of Miami-Dade COVID-19 resource page
- United Way of Broward
- United Way of Palm Beach County how to get help page
- United Way of the Florida Keys community resource guide
The Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center is still open and helping people in the Haitian community - by telephone - to file for unemployment and SNAP benefits. Call 305-573-4871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.