During these unprecedented and unforeseen times, we must make changes to our operations to accommodate the directives sent by local government regarding COVID-19. The NHSSF staff is committed to serving you, and we have taken steps to move as many of our services online as possible. We made this difficult decision in order to protect the health and safety of our employees and clients.
Until further notice, Neighborhood Housing Service of South Florida offices will not be open to the public. The housing orientations, financial education and first-time homebuyer workshops, as well as any other group or individual meetings will take place through video conferencing and telephone calls until the national emergency is withdrawn. If you need assistance, please call us at 305-751-5511 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you throughout the day.
Please be safe and follow the directives from local officials and the Florida Department of Health.
We are here with you!
Resources and tips for coping with the Coronavirus
We are living challenging times. We understand the ongoing measures to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus are having a direct effect on each of us. At NHSSF, we want to let you know that you are not alone. Based on past experiences and the information available, we came up with a list of online resources and some tips to help you cope with this crisis. If we stay together, attending health authorities’ recommendations, we will find some relief in these crucial moments.
As the authorities’ response to the Covid-19 situation is changing by the minute, we strongly recommend you to check on updates from the Florida Department of Health https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ and the Miami-Dade County website http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page.
- If Covid-19 has impacted you professionally (you have been laid off temporally, your working hours have been cut or reduced, and your paycheck is affected), you can apply for reemployment assistance. You can learn more about the program and how to apply online here: http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/disaster-unemployment-assistance
- You won’t have to add more stress to an already anxious-triggering situation guessing if your essential public services are going to be cut off or if you might be kicked out from home. Miami-Dade Police Department has suspended all evictionactivities until further notice. On the other hand, it has been announced the temporary suspension of any services disconnection (water, sewer, or power light): https://www.miamidade.gov/releases/2020-03-12-wasd-mayors-statement.asp and https://www.fpl.com/coronavirus.html.
- Meals for students and people in need. The public-school systems of Miami-Dade and Broward counties are providing free/reduced meals (breakfast and lunches) for the students’ community. The organization Feeding South Florida launched a fund to support anyone in need during this pandemic.
- Miami-Dade County information is available here:http://api.dadeschools.net/WMSFiles/223/pdfs/RLS%20-%20M-DCPS%20Supports%20Community%20-%203-15-20%20-%20FINAL.pdf
- For the Broward County program information follow this link: https://www.browardschools.com/cms/lib/FL01803656/Centricity/Domain/13457/Food%20and%20Nutrition%20Schedule%203-16%20to%203-19.pdf
- If you require assistance from Feeding South Florida, visithttps://feedingsouthflorida.org/benefits-emergency-services/
Tips for coping with the confinement
- First, follow the general health recommendations (wash your hands, avoid touching your face, keep social distancing, etc.) from the authorities. You can find them here, at Florida Community Mitigation plan: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/florida.html
- Keep some cash on hand. After stocking your cupboards with sufficient provisions and making sure you have a well-supplied first-aid kit, it is a good idea to have $200-300 on cash, for any eventuality that may present.
- Take care of your body and your mind. Now that you have to stay at home try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get some good replenish sleep, unwind from stressful thoughts, and avoid excessive consumption of alcohol or any other depression agent. A break from the news can be helpful in this case too.
- Stay connected. Even with social distancing in place, you can still keep the communication open. Don’t isolate. There are plenty of online resources to reach out to your family, friends, and colleagues, even if you stay at home.
- And please take care!