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Updated May 13, 2020
As we all navigate this COVID-19 crisis, Catalyst Miami is listening intently to what our community members need and mobilizing to help them overcome the challenges of this time. Here are some of the ways we are addressing this crisis, as well as a list of resources below.
CATALYST MIAMI SERVICES
- Services for emergency needs
– Helping families apply for the Miami Pandemic Assistance Program
– Helping families find food assistance and other emergency assistance
– Sharing existing local resources (e.g. career centers, food banks, testing sites, etc.)
– Employment assistance: We explain how the unemployment/reemployment process works and help you file your application.
– Small business support: We are providing technical assistance to small businesses in the City of Miami that have suffered economic impact due to the pandemic. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your business!
- Free tax preparation
– Due to the current high volume of appointments and our reduced staff, we are encouraging taxpayers to self-file if they can.
– IRS Free File : Do Your Federal Taxes for Free
– Search for other active VITA sites in your area
- Benefits enrollment and support
– We help you apply for SNAP (also known as food stamps).
– We help you apply for TANF (cash assistance for families).
- Health insurance enrollment and support
– We help you apply for Medicaid, KidCare, CHIP.
- Supporting new and existing clients through:
– Virtual coaching sessions (financial and health)
– Credit-building and credit checks
– Budgeting and debt management
– Enrolling in financial products
– Lending Circles program (recruiting, enrollment, follow-up, monitoring payments).
- Advocating for policies that will support low- and moderate-income people during this time, such as by bolstering safety-net programs and expanding public benefits, and demanding action from our elected officials to protect working families, to name a few.
- Comprehensive list of resources for various immediate needs
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- Rent & Utility Assistance for City of Miami Residents
– UPDATE: No longer accepting applications.
– Rent and utility assistance (up to $1,500) to residents who make 60% or below the area median income.
– Funds will be paid directly to the landlord and/or utility company.
– Loans for small and micro businesses will also start soon.
- Miami Pandemic Assistance Program
– A program developed by United Way of Miami-Dade to help families who may not be eligible for other assistance meet their emergency needs, such as food, rent/mortgage assistance.
– Application for this program can be found in: English, Spanish, Kreyol
- List of COVID-19 testing sites
– In-home testing for City of Miami residents ages 45+ (by appointment only)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
– Symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if you’re sick, and updates
- Food Assistance for All & Services for Seniors
– Apply for ACCESS Florida
– See daily food distribution events around Miami-Dade
– Find information for seniors
- MDCPS (Miami Dade County Public Schools)
– Meal distribution locations (4 – 7 p.m.)
– Hotlines, online resources, and updates
– Distance learning support for students, teachers, and families
– Mobile device distribution sites
- Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Human Trafficking
– If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC)
– Helpline: 305-285-5900
– Services Available: Helpline Calls, Information and Referrals, Crisis Intervention, Relocation Assistance,
Direct Relief Assistance, Food Distribution, Legal Assistance, Protective Order Assistance, Psychoeducational Groups and Telehealth Services
– Latest updates on coronavirus tax relief and economic impact payments
- For Small Businesses
– Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program: Low-interest disaster loans to help businesses with fewer than 500 employees recover from declared disasters; offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business.
*UPDATE: As of March 27, EIDL-eligible small businesses and nonprofits may request an emergency advance grant of up to $10,000 with no requirement to repay it, even if the EIDL application is denied. Please contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov
– Paycheck Protection Program: Loan for small businesses and organizations adversely impacted by COVID-19 to keep workers on their payrolls. Must have been in business by February 15, 2020 and have 500 or fewer employees. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.
– Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: Short-term, interest-free working capital loans to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources.
- Comcast: Internet Essentials
– New customers will get complimentary internet essentials service for 60 days. Speeds will be increased from 15mbps to 25mbps.
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