Think You Have the Virus and Need to Get Tested?
• Miami-Dade County is hosting testing centers for older adults. You can view regular updates, including a list of testing sites on the county website.
• For those living in the City of Miami, the City will be testing homebound Miami residents ages 65 and older. City staff will first reach out to low-income senior towers. Call 305-960-5050 to make an appointment.
Are You Aware of an Older Adult Who Has Problems Getting Meals?
• If you are or know of an older adult who has any problems getting meals, please call the County’s 311 Call Center to be patched in with the Emergency Operations Center in order to obtain meals or other services. By dialing 311 or 305-468-5900 you can get one-on-one personal customer service in English, Spanish, or Creole. You may now also submit a request for meal here.
• Are you aware of a veteran requiring food assistance? The United Way of Miami-Dade and Mission United are providing food assistance to veterans. Please have them complete a food assistance form here.
Are you are concerned about paying for electricity?
EHEAP is a program that provides assistance for home energy emergencies to qualified, low-income households with at least one person 60 years of age or older. Applicant households must meet financial eligibility guideline , and have an imminent energy crisis. A crisis may be an impending cut-off of utility services or an unusually hot or cold season energy expense, resulting in a past due account.
Are you currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless?
The Housing Assistance Network of Dade (HAND) Program is promoting housing stability by providing temporary rental assistance for eligible individuals and families who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The HAND Program has been expanded to assist those who have lost their jobs, or have less income, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and have received notice from their landlord of a plan to file for eviction. To see if you are eligible, learn more, and to apply, please click here.
In an effort to help Miami-Dade County residents applying for state unemployment benefits, especially those who do not have computers at home, the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) will be providing printed copies of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Reemployment Assistance Applications at 26 library locations beginning Wednesday, April 8. For more information and drop-off locations, review the news release. Residents can also download and print a copy of the application from DEO’s website and return it to any participating library’s book drop.
Stay Updated on COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade’s 311 Contact Center is the best place to get information or be directed to services. You can find all the ways to reach this service here: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/311.page.
Stay Updated on COVID-19 Food Assistance and Senior Services
Visit the Miami-Dade County Food Assistance and Senior Services page to stay updated on COVID-19 emergency orders, for community centers serving seniors, food distribution and food assistance resources, and more. Click here to learn more.
• The Helpline is often the first point of contact for seniors, caregivers, and professionals seeking information and guidance through the network of service delivery. Helpline staff advocate for clients who are in need of additional assistance in finding services. To access this database, called REFER, click here or contact a Helpline Specialist at 305-670-HELP (4357).
• The Health Council of South Florida is providing free, unbiased assistance with and information about applying for the right federal and state programs, depending on household needs. Call the appointment hotline at 786-708-0836 or make an appointment online.
Looking for the closest testing center or age-friendly food access including stores with senior-only grocery shopping hours?
Check out this map, which is updated regularly and provides information on:
• Drive-through COVID-19 testing sites
• Food assistance (including some specifically for seniors)
• Availability on senior-only grocery shopping hours
• Mental Health Services (including virtual services)