Financial Resources for Those Impacted by COVID-19

There are many programs available to individuals and small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. We are trying here to focus on the major ones.
Our PDF for Local Jobs That Are Available Immediately is here: Paradise Covid Jobs.PDF
Our PDF of Resources for Residents is here: COVID Resources for Residents.pdf

Help for Individuals

File for Unemployment

Florida Department for Economic Opportunity, click here.

CARES Act Eligibility - Individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors and nonprofit employees, those that are otherwise ineligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits and those that have exhausted state and federal benefits may be eligible through the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.  The DUA program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have become unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially declared major disaster.

Eligibility Questionnaire,  click here. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance eligibility does not include individuals who have the ability to telework and receive pay or individuals who are receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits.

PDF of FAQs provided by The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, click here.

New Mobile Friendly Website for Florida Unemployment Benefits, click here.

Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Reemployement Assistance, click here. 

English Reemployment Application- Paper Version, click here.

Spanish Reemployment Application - Paper Version, click here.


Medicaid Information via The Florida Department of Children and Families, click here (850) 300-4323

Stimulus Check Calculator & Status Check:

Most Americans will be receiving their stimulus checks between April 15 – April 30,  click here  to calculate how much you will receive.

Click here to check on the status of your payment.

Help for Small Businesses

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA offers a variety of disaster loans to small businesses.  Many of the loans do not need to be repaid if certain conditions are met.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance, click here.  

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):   This loan helps small businesses (less than 500 employees including sole proprietorships, independent contractors, self-employed persons, private non-profit organizations or 501(c)(19) or veterans organizations) affected by COVID-19 to keep their workforce on payroll.  The SBA will forgive the loan if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks, and the funds are used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.  (At least 75% of the loan must be used to keep employees on payroll.)

For A Paycheck Protection  Application, click here. 

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