Helpfull Government and Resource Links

Sorry, should have thought of this sooner, but thought I’d share some helpful links. These are general, but if anyone has Veteran specific resources that they vouch for, or any others, leave in a comment and we will post. Thanks!

If you are currently laid off or unemployed,
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (also has a system to help find jobs during regular times)
http://www.floridajobs.org/
To apply for unemployment, use their system (it is down during the evening due to high demand
https://connect.myflorida.com/
They also put up another one (might be a better option if you haven’t already used the above:
https://mobile.connect.myflorida.com/prweb/app/default/

IRS, In regards to stimulus (thanks to Drew for sending)
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

If you are a senior or know a senior in need of assistance (these people are really nice). They offer help with getting things such as food, in-house care, transportation, some utilities help, etc.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward
https://www.adrcbroward.org/
and on the same page there is this search for specific services under ‘Community Resources’..
https://www.navigateresources.net/psa10/

Florida Department of Children and Families (Food help and Medicaid for low income and in need households)
https://www.myflfamilies.com/
To Apply
https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/

Seniors with SS that don’t file…

Hi everyone, Bartender Chris here!

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe, can’t wait until we can all get back to seeing each other!

To our awesome seniors, I wanted to share a quick tidbit with you. If, like my mom, you receive Social Security as your only income, not enough to file, and have NOT received your Stimulus payment, it seems there may be a requirement to go to IRS.gov and fill out a ‘Non-Filers’ return. It’s a very simple process, takes about 10 minutes. You will need to receive a text message and email confirmation codes to begin, as well as your ID for the form. If you need any help, get in touch with me and I will try and walk you through the process over the phone.

There is a lot of misinformation and conflicting stories out there that SS recipients are in line for the ‘next phase of payments’ and it will magically show up one day. This may be true, but, being in limbo with the bills piling up, I wasn’t getting that vibe! Within an hour of completing the return, we received an email that the IRS accepted mom’s return and the stimulus will be coming for her. If you are not required to file, I think it is better to be proactive and certain they know who you are and have that peace of mind. JMO

Stay safe! If anything, this is probably the only time in American history you can walk into a store or bank with a mask on, like a cat burglar, and not have the police called on you! Roll with it, YOLO!

Regards, Chris