We join Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties in urging all South Florida residents, businesses, and visitors to continue following important common sense precautions and requirements to fight COVID-19 including wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and frequent sanitizing, as we work together to stay vigilant and protect our communities in what we hope is the final chapter of this fight.
Let's continue to work together to prevent the spread, and most importantly save lives.
Check Caller ID to Avoid Contact Tracing Scams
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) encourages everyone to avoid scams by checking caller ID for phone numbers from official COVID-19 contact tracers. The FDOH is asking Floridians to answer calls from the following three phone numbers: (833) 917-2880, (833) 443-5364 and (850) 583-2419. The Department’s team of contact tracers will discuss potential exposure to COVID-19 with you. For more details, visit Prevention.
Residents are encouraged to participate in the compliance process by reporting violations to MyBroward. Enter the location of the violation, and select “COVID-19 Business Complaints” as the Type of Issue. You can also call the Broward County Call Center at 311 or (954) 831-4000. Both types of reports can be made anonymously.
Hallandale Beach Code Enforcement can be contacted at CodeIssue@CoHB.org or (954) 457-1390.
Per Broward County Emergency Order, Any person at any gathering in violation of the limitations in Chapter 5 of the Emergency Order is individually liable for the violation and subject to all applicable civil and criminal penalties. Additionally, the owners, operators, and landlords of residential or commercial property are individually liable for any prohibited gathering that occurs on their property, regardless of whether such owners, operators, or landlords are in the residence or on site at the time of the violation.
If you've lost a loved one due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance for funeral expenses suffered after Jan. 20, 2020, through FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program.
Additional information is available HERE.
Rental Assistance Programs
A new Broward County program can pay up to 12 months in past due rent and utilities if renters have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Broward County Commission has launched an Emergency Rental Assistance program for residents who have been impacted by Covid-19 and meet certain income requirements. This Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which provides the County with $53 million in U.S. Treasury Department funds, is different than previous programs offered, so even if renters were not qualified for, or elected not to participate in, other rental assistance programs, they should take a moment to review this new assistance.
ERAP provides up to 12 months of past due rent and utility payments (back to March 13, 2020) for low-income rental households that have experienced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, eligible households can receive up to three months of future payments if needed to ensure housing stability, and if funds are available.
Tenants and landlords must work together to participate in the program, and funds will be paid directly to landlords/rental management companies and utility providers.
The county has made various resources available to assist in the application process, including local intake centers where help is offered in person, as well as a call center staffed with multilingual English/Spanish/Haitian Creole professionals from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Applications are now being accepted! Additional information is available at www.Broward.org/RentAssistance. To reach the call center, dial 888-692-7203.