Updated: Apr 13
As you know, Central Florida and the world are currently facing an unprecedented public health crisis as we work to manage an outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
Please be aware that all residents of Orange County are currently required to shelter at home to prevent the spread of the virus. You can find more information below.
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Thank you. Below is a review of important local updates as we hear about them.
Community Information & How to Help
COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program: Orange County Government has made available this one-time benefit for Orange County residents who qualify. The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide assistance with one month’s rent, so residents will be able to use their limited funds on other necessities. You MUST call for an appointment in order to bring the necessary documents. 407-836-6500 | Program Information
EVICTIONS: Sheriff John Mina has announced that Orange County Sheriff will temporarily suspend all eviction activities until further notice. Read more here.
UTILITIES: Click here to see which utility companies have suspended disconnects amid coronavirus pandemic.
HOUSING PAYMENTS: Homeowners who are facing a temporary hardship due to the coronavirus and heightened safety measures such as businesses shutting down have options to postpone mortgage payments, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Read more here.
COMMUNICATION COMPANIES: Many telecommunications companies are easing shutoffs and waiving late fees to accommodate consumers who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here and also contact your provider and/or visit their website.
Health and Social Services: The Heart of Florida United Way connects residents to critical health and social service resources when they need help. Residents impacted by COVID-19 can contact 2-11 for financial assistance, health programs, crisis support and more. Additionally residents looking to contribute to the area’s COVID19 recovery can donate to United Way’s ALICE Fund. 211 Helpline | Donate to ALICE
Food Insecurity: Residents need of food assistance can visit Second Harvest Food Bank’ online food locator to find a list of feeding partners near their residency. Additionally residents looking to contribute to the area’s COVID19 recovery can volunteer. Food Locator | Volunteer
Reemployment Assistance Application: Reemployment assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online using the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity portal. Reemployment Assistance provides temporary wage replacement (unemployment insurance) benefits to eligible individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. Reemployment Application
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: The United States Bartenders Guild’s National Charity Foundation has launched a program for bartenders impacted by COVID-19. The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is meant to aid service industry personnel experiencing financial difficulties. Program Application
Mental Health Assistance: Aspire Health Partners is offering a dedicated telephone line to assist residents with mental health concerns related to COVID-19. Residents can call the helpline to be connected with a caring mental health professional. 407-875-3700 X2 | Aspire Health Partners
Blood Donation: There is still an urgent need for blood donations in our community and across the nation. Concern over the coronavirus are negatively impacting the blood supply. OneBlood in Centraal Florida is regulated by the FDA and required to follow strict operational guidelines. Blood Donation Locations
Report Price Gouging: Residents can report price gouging online for by phone to the Florida Office of the Attorney General. 1-866-966-7226 | Report
Support Area Restaurants: Visit Orlando has launched its "Orlando To Go" webpage to help support our destination's growing list of restaurants which are currently offering take-out and delivery menu options. Orlando To Go | Program Information