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May 18, 2020

Here’s how to sign up for economic help during the coronavirus pandemic [WMNF]

This post was last updated on September 10, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Seán Kinane of WMNF writes:

"In our continuing coverage of the coronavirus, we heard what kind of financial help is available to people struggling during the economic crash brought on by the pandemic.

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Some information is from an online town hall meeting last Thursday evening hosted by The Common Ground Project. According to its Facebook page, it’s a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of all Floridians by advocating for issues that allow communities to focus on their commonalities over their differences, build broad consensus, and create lasting change.

Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] senior policy analyst, Cindy Huddleston, spoke about programs like SNAP, WIC, PEBT, TANF and Medicaid and how to apply."

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