COVID-19 Resource Programs

A large part of what makes the City of Delray Beach thrive are its residents and its vibrant small business community. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delray Beach CRA understands that residents are being asked to make sacrifices and small businesses are being forced to make unprecedented decisions.

Efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in indefinite business closures, scaled down services, reduced business hours, disruptions in cash flow, and loss of employment. These sacrifices and decisions are affecting the very same residents and small businesses that make the City of Delray Beach the Village by the Sea.

To support small businesses and residents during this time, the Delray Beach CRA has compiled a list of different types of assistance currently being offered. The list is meant to serve as a resource and is not all encompassing. Please visit the websites provided for detailed information and program specifics.

The Delray Beach CRA remains steadfastly committed to our redevelopment mission and purpose to revitalize the physical environment and the economy of the Community Redevelopment Area. We remain available to all during this time. Please reach out to us at 561-276-8640 or at crainfo@mydelraybeach.com.

COVID-19 Vaccine Locator

Florida has many sites providing COVID-19 vaccines free to residents. Use the vaccine finder to find a site near you. Supplies are limited and appointments may be required. Vaccines are free at all locations. As of March 22, 2021, the following groups are now eligible:

    • Persons 50 years of age and older;
    • Persons determined to be extremely vulnerable by a physician (form required);
    • Health care workers with direct patient contact;
    • Long-term care facility residents and staff.

The following COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of COVID-19:

    • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in persons 16 years of age and older.
    • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in persons 18 years of age and older.
    • The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine for use in persons 18 years and older.

For more information on vaccine eligibility and general FAQS, LEARN MORE

Resources

IRS has issued approximately 160 million Economic Impact Payments totaling over $270 billion. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the IRS will continue issuing these payments during the remainder of 2020. You can check your payment status with Get My Payment here.

You may still be eligible to receive a payment in 2021 if:

  • You did not register online, by mail and did not get a payment in 2020 or,
  • You received a payment, but it wasn’t the full amount of the Economic Impact Payment. The maximum credit is $1,200, or $2,400 if married filing jointly, plus $500 for each qualifying child.

Then:

  • When you file a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040SR you may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit. Save your IRS letter – Notice 1444 Your Economic Impact Payment – with your 2020 tax records. You’ll need the amount of the payment in the letter when you file in 2021.

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The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payment as soon as possible. No action is needed by taxpayers who file tax returns and most seniors and retirees. Otherwise, payments will be issued by mail for other taxpayers who did not get a direct deposit. For more information on economic impact payments, LEARN MORE

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. The program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Applications are expected to open in early April. For more information on how to apply, LEARN MORE

BizHelpPBC is a county-wide resource for all 39 municipalities with business-focused information regarding COVID-19. Weekly updates containing news and resources will be provided. A 2:00pm Town Hall call will also be held every Friday. LEARN MORE

LISC is committed to working on behalf of small businesses across the country during this crisis. They have collected a list of free mentorship services for businesses. LEARN MORE

Palm Beach County Business Loan Program supports borrowers who are new and existing businesses located in Palm Beach County unable to access traditional lenders or receive favorable terms. Eligible Uses include: Real Estate Acquisition; Construction or Renovation; Machinery and Equipment; Working Capital. Loans from $10,000 and up are available. For more information, contact Meri Weymer, Business & Economic Development Manager, at 561-233-3675 or mweymer@pbcgov.org, or LEARN MORE

The IRS Employee Retention Credit is available for businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Employers can be immediately reimbursed for the credit by reducing their required deposits of payroll taxes that have been withheld from employees’ wages by the amount of the credit. Eligible employers will report their total qualified wages and the related health insurance costs for each quarter on their quarterly employment tax returns or Form 941 beginning with the second quarter. If the employer’s employment tax deposits are not enough to cover the credit, the employer may receive an advance payment from the IRS by submitting Form 7200.  LEARN MORE

The Florida Short Term Compensation Program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees. LEARN MORE

Facebook Small Business Grants will offer $100M in cash grants and advertisement credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. Applications will become available April 22. For more information, LEARN MORE

Gather Later is a site geared toward helping small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a platform that connects consumers to businesses to purchase gift cards or gift certificates. Only businesses in compliance with SBA guidelines may sign up at this time. After you’ve signed up, your submission is reviewed, and expect to see your listing posted within 24 hours.  LEARN MORE

The World Advisory COVID-19 Small Business Relief program is providing one month of FREE consulting services to small businesses through their Basic Package, which allows for up to one (1) hour/week to work with a Business Consultant. A professional Business Consultant will provide guidance and assistance in a variety of ways to help you navigate your business during this challenging time. Consulting services on topics such as strategy, technology, marketing, operations, and more are provided remotely through phone and internet. VISIT

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund is providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers — who are seeing their income decline during this disaster, or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns. LEARN MORE

Craft Emergency Relief Fund is for U.S.-based craft artists looking for emergency funds. Must have been involved in craft-making (there’s a definition of “craft making” on the site) for at least three years before your emergency and must be making a majority of income from your art. LEARN MORE

The following link provides a list of grants and resources for artists and nonprofits: LEARN MORE

The Florida Disaster Recovery jobs portal is a complete set of employment tools for job seekers in Florida. LEARN MORE

CareerSource Palm Beach County’s Virtual Career System is available to help you on your search for a new job. LEARN MORE or call (561) 340-1060. Help navigating the unemployment compensation application process is also available by calling (561) 340-1060, press option 6.  FAQS   MORE RESOURCES

Reemployment Assistance The federal COVID-19 relief package was signed into law extending and providing additional federal unemployment benefits to eligible claimants. For claimants receiving Reemployment Assistance, additional weeks for unemployment may be available for eligible Floridians beginning after the week of December 26, 2020. For more information about each benefit program, go to: LEARN MORE

As a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefit programs have been extended to September 6, 2021.

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) is a federally funded program that provides an additional $100 per week to eligible individuals in addition to the benefits they are currently receiving. MEUC is not available to claimants who are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Claimants may be eligible for MEUC if they have received at least $5,000 in net income from self-employment for the tax year prior to their initial claim. MEUC benefits are in addition to the $300 supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits (FPUC) benefit programs, which expires on September 6, 2021. Florida is one of the few states to fully implement MEUC benefits for eligible claimants. Click here to review the Guide for Reemployment Assistance Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation. To apply, VISIT

The Palm Beach County Library is providing printed employment/reemployment applications for those affected by COVID-19. Forms available at the main entrance of buildings. Library staff members are available to answer questions by phone, email, and chat services seven days a week. Library branches offering this service are listed on the website: LEARN MORE

Home Care Assistance Palm Beach is opening its doors to new employees as caring for the elderly is busier than ever at this time. For more information on qualifications, to search for jobs, and to complete an application, LEARN MORE

Palm Beach County CARES ACT Coronavirus Relief Fund provides a one-time rental and utility assistance to eligible Palm Beach County residents who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic only.  Assistance may be provided as follows:  Rental assistance up to $5,800 or 3 months in arrears beginning in March 2020; Electric, water and gas up to $1,200 or 3 months in arrears beginning in March 2020.  Assistance is based on demonstrated need and funding availability.  Applicants must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 140% of Area Median Income (AMI) limits prior to COVID-19 established by HUD for the jurisdiction of Palm Beach County, FL.  Applicants must apply for unemployment benefits and provide support documentation.  Applicants must have less than $5,000 in liquid assets in checking, savings, and cash card balances.  The program is not designed to assist those who were not financially impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.  For complete eligibility guidelines and to apply, VISIT

Palm Beach County CARES Mortgage Assistance Program provides assistance to income eligible households who are delinquent in their first mortgage and escrow payments (PITI). Additionally, funding may assist with late fees, attorney’s fees, condominium and homeowners’ association payments, special assessments, and other mortgage associated costs related to COVID-19. Maximum award is up to $10,000 (up to four-months mortgage payments. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first qualified, first served basis, subject to funding availability. The application just finished its second round of funding. Check back for updates. For complete eligibility guidelines and to apply, VISIT

Palm Beach County Department of Community Services may help with rental security deposits, utility deposits, connection fees, housing stability counseling, and rent payments up to 12 months. The Department administers the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is designed to provide financial relief from high-energy costs to prevent service disconnection for families in crisis. You may also apply via phone for utility assistance (LIHEAP & EHEAP) at (561) 355-4792. LEARN MORE

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County has published a resource guide that covers a range of subject matter impacted by COVID-19, including landlord, rent, and eviction related information. The information is only provided as a guide. To download the resource guide, LEARN MORE

Florida COVID Response Fund is assisting Floridians facing imminent eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19 with financial assistance or legal representation through a statewide network of attorneys. The team will either negotiate with landlords and stop the eviction process, and if unable to do so, will provide financial assistance to the extent possible. Applications are processed within 24 hours. For more information, LEARN MORE

Delray Beach Experience is designed to drive new customers and revenue for your business by being the premier information and value app (iOS and Android) showcasing all Delray Beach has to offer. Created by Jeff Dash of Dash Travel, this app allows you to market your business for free among the most popular retail shops, professional services, fashion boutiques, spas, restaurant/bars, attractions, entertainment & events. Your business information will be a click away for Delray Beach visitors, locals and snowbirds, 24/7. To learn more, contact Jeff Dash at 561-926-9777 . To download the app on your iOS or Android, DOWNLOAD.

To submit a Partner application:  APPLY

    • Include a special offer/added value. Business approval is required.

The Volen Center is feeding seniors from Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd Street, Delray Beach, FL.

CROS Ministries’ Caring Kitchen Program is serving To Go meals, Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Delray Beach Public Library’s parking lot at 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL in partnership with the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach Police Department.  Bag lunches continue to be given out at Cason United Methodist Church every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. LEARN MORE

The School District of Palm Beach is continuing their food distribution on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 97 school locations. Each day, parents and guardians who pick up food will receive a kit with three days’ worth of meals for each child. Meals are FREE to anyone 18 years of age and younger (22 years of age and younger for ESE students), regardless of financial need. Distribution is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For information on pickup locations and guidelines, VISIT

For a comprehensive list of food assistance programs being offered in and near the City of Delray Beach   LEARN MORE

The Florida Department of Children and Families administers several assistance programs, including, Food Assistance Program (SNAP), Medical Assistance Program, Temporary cash assistance for families with children (TANF), and Family Nutrition Program (SNAP Ed). LEARN MORE

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services programs include food & financial assistance, senior services, counseling & mental health services, career & employment services, family & children’s services and many volunteer opportunities. Regardless of religion and background, the center can offer a wide variety of other services such as emergency needs, housing and health related issues, including direct financial assistance for rent. For more information, call (561) 852-3333 LEARN MORE

For a more comprehensive list of Palm Beach County human services programs, resources, and organizations that provide rent assistance, housing support, and shelter, visit:  LEARN MORE

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County First Responder and Essential Health Care Personnel Scholarship is available to cover child care and out-of-school care for children age 12 and less, for up to an initial period of 3 months. For help with selecting a provider, please contact (561) 514-3300 to speak with an ELC Customer Resource Specialist. LEARN MORE

Access from AT&Toffers discounted internet services. AT&T is expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start and is waiving all home internet data overage fees. Includes free installation, free in-home Wi-Fi, and a data allowance of 150GB or 1TB depending on speed available in your area. LEARN MORE

AT&T is also funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. LEARN MORE

Comcast Internet Essentials, a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households, is now available for free for the first two months. Due to the Coronavirus emergency, households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials. This qualification will be waived if you apply and are approved by 5/13/20. After 5/13/20, standard eligibility rules apply. LEARN MORE

FPL continues to offer a range of relief options for all customers struggling with their electric bills due to COVID-19, including direct credits, payment extensions and waived fees for customers expressing hardship. Their Main Street Recovery Credit Program is the latest of several that the company initiated to show its steadfast support of adversely impacted customers during the global pandemic. Establishments in FPL’s service area that are eligible to apply for the program include:

  • New small businesses
  • Small businesses that were inactive for at least six months in 2020
  • Existing small businesses operating in federal Opportunity Zones in FPL’s service area

Qualifying small businesses would receive a monthly 10% credit on the energy charge portion of their electric bill for the duration of the program. The company will implement the FPL Main Street Recovery Credit Program for qualifying small businesses in January and offer bill credits through the end of 2021. LEARN MORE

ACA Marketplaces The new law extends ACA premium subsidies to higher-income people who did not previously qualify (for 2021 and 2022); increases ACA premium subsidies for lower-income people who already qualify (for 2021 and 2022); offers maximal subsidies to those who receive unemployment benefits (for 2021); and prevents individuals from having to repay excess ACA subsidies at tax time (for 2020). The new law also subsidizes COBRA continuation coverage for laid-off workers (from April 1 to September 30, 2021) and includes new incentives for states that have not yet expanded their Medicaid programs (for two years). The enhanced ACA subsidies will be available through HealthCare.gov beginning on April 1, 2021. This swift action also complements the current COVID-19 special enrollment period that is available through May 15. Anyone who qualifies for marketplace coverage can enroll, or change plans, through HealthCare.gov before this deadline.

There’s a new Special Enrollment Period for the COVID-19 public health emergency. You can enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans through August 15, 2021.

For more information on marketplace health coverage and the coronavirus, VISIT

PBC Medical Society and Services has a comprehensive list of testing sites and facilities updated regularly. VISIT

COVID-19 testing site at South County Civic Center located at 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446. Preapproval and appointments required. For more information, call: (561) 804-0250.

The 211 Helpline is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages. Calls to 211 HelpLine are Free, Confidential, and available 24/7!  LEARN MORE

NAMI Palm Beach County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides virtual Support Groups for individuals, families, and young adults. LEARN MORE

MyStrength.com has released FREE community access to their online supportive and trauma-informed service. To access the My Strength community, please click on the following link and use the access code: SEFBHNFriends LEARN MORE

AETNA Free 24-hour line with counselors providing support to cope with anxiety, fear, stress, etc. Call 1-833-327-2386.

Florida Blue and its partners at New Directions Behavioral Health is offering a Bi-lingual, tollfree, 24-7 helpline for all Floridians. The service is available regardless of membership affiliation, to help individuals cope with the stress and anxiety they may be feeling given the COVID-19 public health care crisis.  For assistance, call:  833-848-1762.

Additional Hotlines If you need to talk to someone, these resources are confidential and available for free 24/7:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line:  Text HOME to 741-741
Disaster Distress Hotline:  1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66-746
The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth):  1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
The National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22-522

The Good Housekeeping Textiles Lab reached out to medical professionals, sewing experts, and fabric suppliers to pull together everything you need to know about making face masks at home, from sewing tutorials with a fabric pattern to guidelines from hospitals.

They consulted Amanda Perna, Project Runway alum and fashion designer behind House of Perna, who has been donating homemade face masks to hospitals after having to close her studio during the coronavirus outbreak. Here is her step-by-step guide to sewing medical face masks, including a fabric pattern you can print at home.   LEARN MORE

If you’re looking for a no-sew version to wear yourself, check out Amanda’s quick and easy DIY instructions using supplies you already have at home. LEARN MORE

The House of Perna designed masks under the guidance of multiple medical professionals. You can purchase masks individually with their BUY 1 – GIVE 1 program, where you receive 1 mask and the other is donated to a medical professional/front line worker in need, or donate money to help produce more masks for medical professionals.  ORDER HERE

Monogram Closet is selling a variety of face masks.  ORDER HERE

Steel Tie Spirits has switched from spirit making to making hand sanitizer to service the needs of the community. Check their Facebook page for operating hours and pick up times or call 561-623-0961.   LEARN MORE

Clinics Can Help is open to serve the community with medical equipment and supply needs, providing wound care supplies, gloves, alcohol, sanitizer and medical equipment for a small donation. Portable cribs and diapers also are available for expectant parents or those with newborns. For more information, call 561-640-2995 or  LEARN MORE

The Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant, announced by Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, is a time tested training model to help residents upskill and acquire a nationally recognized postsecondary credential of value, while ensuring for higher earnings. $10 million is awarded to school districts, colleges, state universities, and private training entities to start or expand registered apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs throughout the state. LEARN MORE

The Palm Beach County School District has a list of at-home learning resources for students, from learning websites and online reading tools to virtual museum visits at facilities across the country. LEARN MORE

The Delray Beach Public Library is providing remote access to a collection of virtual resources, from e-books and audio books, music, TV, and movies to research databases and job search tools. To access these resources, you will need your library card number and your PIN. Your PIN is the last four digits of your phone number on file. LEARN MORE

The Palm Beach County Library System will be curating and posting resources geared towards helping individuals and families cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. A collection of free virtual resources is available for viewing and exploration, from virtual exhibit tours and interactive learning activities to access to live-streamed events and podcasts. LEARN MORE

The Flying Classroom is a supplemental PK-12, digital STEM+ curriculum aligned to national/state standards and based on the global expeditions of Captain Irving, who has revolutionized online learning by piloting the world’s first Flying Classroom. As COVID-19 transforms the educational landscape, The Flying Classroom team would like to help with your distance learning endeavors by offering students with access to a virtual learning experience. For more information,  LEARN MORE. Enjoy free access to Flying Classroom Expedition Videos by visiting: LEARN MORE

GoPeer is a tutoring service that provides low cost, high quality tutoring services to K-12 students. The tutoring company is offering free academic lessons to children who are now learning from home. GoPeer hires students from the country’s top universities like Harvard and MIT. Families are eligible for two hours of free virtual tutoring. LEARN MORE

Scholastic Learn at Home is a free digital learning hub to support students affected by closures due to the spread of coronavirus. The hub provides virtual learning opportunities to help students stay academically engaged and learn from home. The hub offers daily lessons for Pre-K – 9+ students, covering literacy, math, science, and social studies. LEARN MORE

Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway is offering their Lion King-themed curriculum free for families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download either the KIDS curriculum (11 sessions) or the JR curriculum (18) at home-learning modifications by visiting: LEARN MORE

Links listed here are programs that are virtually accessible from home

Arts Warehouse has two virtual exhibitions on their website as well as two exhibitions currently on view. RISE Outdoor is a hybrid exhibition, curated as a part of RISE Climate Change Weekend, that exists around various parts of Delray Beach and also virtually. Their “Resident Access Gallery” is a virtual showcasing of their resident artists that is updated as the artists make work. The Warehouse is now open Thursdays & Fridays 10am – 7pm and Saturdays 10am – 5pm.   VISIT HERE

The Delray Green Market is reopening to the public starting on October 31st, 2020. The Green Market will be at Old School Square Park every Saturday from 9am – 2pm. All vendors listed are taking orders and shipping products from home as well. For a directory of vendors listed with their contact information and social links, VIEW DIRECTORY

The Small Business Development Center can provide local, direct assistance with the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, and the Paycheck Protection Programs.

Florida SBDC at Florida Atlantic University

Jacqueline Ramirez, MBA
(561) 334-6428
jramir11@fau.edu

http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/

Virtual Office Hours: 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Due to the high call volume, you may have to register for services at http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/