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At the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), providing state and federal resources to communities, businesses and Floridians is our top priority. In coordination with state and federal partners, resources are available to assist employers and individuals impacted by the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  • To assist small businesses and their employees, loans and short-time compensation programs to bridge the gap are available.
  • To assist individuals, resources including Reemployment Assistance are available.

Additionally, on Friday, March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law, which will expand Reemployment Assistance benefits. Changes are being incorporated into program resource guides and additional information will be made available as we receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

         

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FOR INDIVIDUALS

If you are a Floridian who is faced with unemployment due to COVID-19, there are resources in place to assist you. It is our goal to provide the state’s workforce with the tools needed to get back to work.

Reemployment Assistance

22923Reemployment Assistance benefits are available to Floridians who have been negatively impacted as a result of themitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Eligible individuals include those who have lost their job through no fault of their own, are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency, laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer, or caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as Unemployment Compensation, can be filed online below.

Before You Apply:

  • Before applying, it is recommended that you review the Reemployment Assistance Handbook and Claimant Guide.
  • Individuals may apply online or download the Florida Reemployment Assistance paper application available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.
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Governor DeSantis has waived work search, online work registration and waiting week requirements for Reemployment Assistance applications
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Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application. More than 120 FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers are open in Florida. Store hours and locations of the FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers offering this service are available.

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After You Apply:
To review account updates and claim Reemployment Assistance benefits, please utilize the CONNECT portal. 

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

To Reset Your PIN to Access Your Profile on CONNECT:

  1. After entering your Social Security number on the CONNECT login page, select the “Forgot PIN” option to reset your PIN after verifying your information. If you cannot reset your PIN, please contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity toll-free at (800) 297-0586.
  2. You can submit documents verifying your identity to the department by email or fax: Email: IdentityRequest@deo.myflorida.com Fax: (321) 332-6608

Please provide a signed copy of your Social Security card and a copy of your valid driver’s license or state ID. Please allow three business days for the documents to be reviewed and then contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity toll-free at (800) 297-0586 to verify your information.

Individuals may file an appeal by
submitting the Notice of Appeal form.

 Need Help? For assistance, please contact the 
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 
toll-free at (800) 204-2418
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 JOB POSTINGS

20954For Floridians who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, there are resources available to help them get back to work. The State of Florida is seeking individuals with leadership skills, creativity and dedication to their fellow Floridians, and individuals who recognize the professional development opportunities and achievements possible through state service.

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FOR EMPLOYERS

If you are a Florida business owner, we’re here to help. In an effort to assist you and your employees amid COVID-19, there are resources available to support you financially. It is our mission to ensure that all Floridians have the opportunity to keep moving forward.

For a comprehensive overview of all federal and state resources available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, please see below or download business resources here.


 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance Program 

The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program:                   APPLY NOW >            
Need Help? Please contact the Small Business Administration toll-free at 
(800) 659-2955 or by email at DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.
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 SBA Debt Relief

Paycheck Protection Program


The Small Business Administration (SBA) Debt Relief Program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 health crisis. Under this program, the SBA will pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020. The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months. More information on how to apply is coming soon.
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The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses, with fewer than 500 employees, to keep their workers on the payroll. The Small Business Administration (SBA) program provides eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans. The SBA will partially forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.


Need Help?
For inquiries, please contact the
Small Business Administration toll-free at 
(800) 659-2955 or by email at 
DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.

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Small Business Administration toll-free at 
(800) 659-2955 or by email at 
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Small Business Emergency Bridge
Loan Program

Short-Time Compensation Program


The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides short-term, interest-free working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources.

For inquiries, please contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity toll-free at (833) 832-4494 or by email at FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.

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The Short-Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program available to provide prorated Reemployment Assistance benefits to employees. These individuals may have had work hours and earnings reduced due to the implementation of a Short-Time Compensation plan to avoid a total layoff of some employees amid COVID-19.

Before you apply: Review the eligibility requirements.

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Small Business Loan Program


The Small Business Loan Program is available to qualified businesses that demonstrate adequate historical and/or proposed cash flow coverage and other credit underwriting metrics. The loan proceeds must be used for a business purpose. A business purpose includes, but is not limited to: startup costs, working capital, business procurement, franchise fees, inventory, as well as the purchase, construction renovation or tenant improvements of an eligible place of business that is not for passive real estate investment purposes. Loan Participation is up to 50 percent of the total loan amount. With the 504 Bridge Loan Participation, lenders are permitted to finance equipment and owner-occupied real estate purchases up to 90 percent of the total project cost. Loan amounts range from $250,000 to $5 million.



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Black Business Loan Program


Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund


The Black Business Loan Program (BBLP) offers alternative lending solutions to Florida-based black owned small businesses by providing short-term loans and technical assistance.
 
Visit FAMU Federal Credit Union or the Miami Bayside Foundation (MBF) for loan program information.

 
The Florida Business Loan Fund provides financing to assist businesses with resiliency efforts. The funds will address the current gap in available, affordable capital for businesses that can be used for inventory purchases, construction, working capital, equipment financing and more. 
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Microfinance Guarantee Program


The Microfinance Guarantee Program is available to stimulate access to credit for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Florida by providing targeted guarantees to loans made to such entrepreneurs and small businesses. Funds appropriated to the program must be reinvested and maintained as a long-term and stable source of funding for the program.

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FOR COMMUNITIES

If you are a local government in the state of Florida, DEO is here to help you support the communities you serve. It is our objective to help you as your community responds to COVID-19 and the economic impacts it has caused in your community. 


Community Development Block Grant Funding

Steps_to_Homeownership_-_correct_size_photoThe Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act has appropriated $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding nationwide to assist low-income families and the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Additional guidance and an allocation of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide more insight on how these funds may be able to help Florida’s local governments respond to COVID-19 and the economic impacts it has caused.

More information will be provided once HUD issues guidance and funding is available. 

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