Policies

Rental Assistance Programs through Volusia County

Who does this apply to? 

Volusia County residents, excluding those in the city limits of Daytona Beach and Deltona.

What is required?

  • Active rental agreement or lease that is in applications name
  • Rent must have been current as of 3/13/2020
  • Documented lost income as a result of COVID-19

Current assistance offered? 

Up to 3 months of payments at no more than $1,500 per month.

To find out more information about Rental Assistant Program and the Application, click here!

State of Florida, Executive Order

March 1, 2020 the Florida Department of Health and Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency as a result of COVID-19.

March 9, 2020 the State of Florida declared a state of emergency

March 16, 2020 President Trump and the CDC issues ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’. Advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing such as avoiding gathering of 10 or more and states of community spread.

March 27, 2020 President Trump signed into law H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

March 29, 2020 President Trump extended such guidance to be in effect until April 30,2020 and expand community mitigation efforts.

multiple Florida counties and local governments have ordered certain business closures and restricted public access outside of the home.

April 1, 2020 Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer directed all persons in Florida to minute their movements and personal interactions outside of the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

Title I of CARES Act created a Pay check Protection Program providing loans to small businesses and keeping American workers paid/employed.

April 3, 2020 assessment and collection of taxation is suspended for all notes and other written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the CARES Act.

Rental Assistance

Health Planning Council

Northeast Florida assist residents navigate the coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Health Planning Council’s Navigators are prepared to assist virtually.

If you find yourself being laid off due to business decisions related to the COVID 19, current ACA rules provide a sixty-day eligibility window for you and your family, called a Special Enrollment Period, to sign up for healthcare coverage available in your county. 

Assistance with resources for Florida KidCare which offers head-to-toe coverage for children from birth through age 18.  Complete a single application, available year round, for coverage through Florida Healthy Kids, Medicaid, MediKids or Children’s Medical Services. Many families pay $15 or $20 per month, but most pay nothing at all!  

To schedule an appointment with a Navigator call 877-813-9115 or go online to http://www.coveringFlorida.org

Critical Needs Funds for Child Welfare

Applicants may receive up to $500 in assistance per child/young adult in the home or residential facility, or $500 per young adult applying on his or her own behalf. Funding must benefit members currently enrolled in the Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan. These funds may only be used for expenses that are not covered by Medicaid.

Click here to fill out the application 🙂

Who is Eligible? 

  • Current specialized therapeutic or medical foster home
  • Young adult are 18-21, who turned 18 while in out-of-home care
  • Group Care Provider, serving youth in one or more of the following capacities:
    • Specialized Therapeutic group care
    • Maternity home for pregnant and or parenting teens
    • Developmental delays
    • Co-occurring behavioural and physical health needs
    • Medical needs
    • Transition-aged youth (18-21)

How to Apply 

Starting April 1, 2020 COVID-19 Critical Needs Fund requests may be submitted by the following:

  • Foster parent
  • Group Home
  • Transition-aged Youth

Before applying, the following documents are required:

  • Childs name, date of birth, Medicaid ID number, CBC/Supporting Agency name
  • Additional information, invoices and other documentation may be provided to support funding request
  • For Group Care Providers: Tax ID and W-9
Click here to complete the application 🙂

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (WIC)

Congress is providing early relief and streamline federal programs to respond to the needs of communities across the country. Governor Ron DeSantis requested work requirements be set aside to allow more participation in SNAP and TANF

  • WIC stands ready to deliver throughout the public health emergency.
  • WIC agencies are already developing innovative solutions to deliver vital nutrition support to pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children, while also reducing the risk of exposure to both participants and clinic staff.
  • The bill includes an additional $500 million in funding for WIC, to ensure that the program can serve additional participants as the nation prepares for an economic downturn.
  • Paid sick leave and nutrition provisions was passed. It provides additional funding for unemployment insurance and establishes free testing for COVID-19.
  • This bill is an important first step in addressing the public health and economic challenges from the outbreak and for promoting food security for low-income and vulnerable people.

For more information visit, https://www.nwica.org/blog/press-release-national-wic-association-applauds-early-steps-by-congress-to-address-covid-19-crisis-#.Xnyh53dFzcs

Florida MEDICAID

New Centralized Website for Agency Issued COVID-19 Alerts

  • The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) has launched a new resource website for Agency issued COVID-19 alerts for facilities and Medicaid providers. The Agency’s new COVID-19 alert website ensures providers have all Agency guidance in one centralized location. The website can be accessed through the following link: http://ahca.myflorida.com/covid-19_alerts.shtml
  • The Agency is working closely with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), health care providers, and stakeholders on COVID-19 prevention and response efforts, ensuring facilities across Florida are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of patients, residents and health care staff.