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Employment Assistance

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) is providing printed copies of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Reemployment Assistance Applications at 26 library locations.

Unemployment applications in English, Spanish and Creole and envelopes to return them in are available for pick up at tables outside the library entrances from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Residents can take the application home to fill out and then return it in the sealed envelope by dropping it off in the library location’s book drop or at any CareerSource South Florida location.

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. Security measures are in place to protect residents' personal information. Applications are picked up from the book drops by Miami-Dade County police officers every day and delivered to CareerSource South Florida where trained staff will send them securely overnight to DEO in Tallahassee for processing.

Additionally, three Department of Children and Families (DCF) applications are also available at the 26 library locations
:

  • Food Assistance (SNAP)
  • Medical Assistance (Medicaid)
  • Temporary Cash Assistance (TANF)

All applications are available in English, Spanish and Creole.

The applications can be returned by mail or fax, or dropped off at a DCF drop-box location or returned to a staff member at any of the library locations, where MDPLS will securely transport them to one of the drop-box locations. Instructions and more information can be found on the top page of the application.

MDPLS is practicing social distancing at the library sites, with informational signage and markings on the ground spaced six feet apart.

Stimulus Checks

You can track the status of your stimulus checks using the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Get Your Payment application. You can find out when it’s scheduled to be mailed or deposited into your bank account.

You can also use the application to provide your direct deposit information as well as update your mailing address if you have moved since you last filed federal income taxes.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who did not have to file federal income taxes in 2018 or 2019 can enter their direct deposit information to receive their stimulus check.

Business Assistance

RISE Miami-Dade Small Business Loan

The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners has approved $25 million for the RISE Miami-Dade Fund to help small businesses in the County that were impacted by COVID-19. RISE, which is an acronym for Re-Investing in our Small Business Economy, has been created by drawing on flexible funds provided to local governments through the federal CARES Act. 

To see if your business qualifies for a RISE loan, visit risemiamidade.com.

Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program

Miami-Dade County has launched the Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program to help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

More business assistance resources

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is providing resources to support local businesses and employees. For more business information about COVID-19, visit the Beacon Council website or email [email protected].

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce also has a business resource guide.

Through the federal CARES Act, billions of dollars are available for small businesses in the form of loans and grants, such as Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program, both of which are administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In addition, local businesses can start applying for Florida Emergency Bridge Loans by calling 833-832-4494.

April 9 Town Hall with The Beacon Council

C.A.R.E.S. Act and 1099, Sole Proprietors and Gig Economy Workers Virtual Town Hall with Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

April 1 Virtual Town Hall

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez joined officials, among them representatives from the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, for a Virtual Town Hall on April 1.

Online Services

Practice social distancing by filling out the Reemployment Application online.
Online Application

Reemployment Application Form

Download and print the Reemployment Application Form.

Florida Reemployment Assistance

Small Business Development Center disaster hotline

The Florida Small Business Development Center disaster hotline is 866-737-7232.