What can I do if I’m laid off or not being paid because of COVID-19?

You can apply for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida and are now:

  • Quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency.
  • Laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period of time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.

To learn more about the program and how you can apply online.  Click here to apply.


Beginning April 8, 2020, you can also pick up a paper application at the Homestead Branch Library (700 N. Homestead Blvd., Homestead, FL 33030).  Unemployment applications in English, Spanish and Creole and envelopes to return them in will be available for pickup at tables outside the library entrances from 8 a.m. – 7 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. Applications will be picked up from the book drops every day and delivered to CareerSource South Florida where trained staff will send them securely overnight to DEO in Tallahassee for processing. 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.


In addition, many companies are now hiring additional workers.  Click here to read a Miami Herald Article with the information of companies currently hiring.

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1. Are there any grants for rental or utility assistance?
2. Are there any ongoing or planned food distributions in Homestead?
3. What can I do if I’m laid off or not being paid because of COVID-19?
4. I am in self-isolation and need food. Can the City help?
5. I am a senior and have been attending a facility that has been closed. How can I receive meals?
6. Hand sanitizer or cleaning supplies– where can I get them?