CARES Act Grants
Get a grant to pay your rent, mortgage, utilities and more. Check out our list of programs by county and city.
2020 Voter’s Guide to State Unemployment
We learned from a South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial that several politicians who voted for the 2011 law that decimated worker benefits are still in office, running for re-election, and voted against a special session in 2020. Find out who they are.
Get Help with Your Unemployment Benefits
Ready to give up on getting your unemployment benefits? Fed up with getting nowhere with DEO and CONNECT? See our list of the best people to contact for outside help and get all the benefits you’re rightfully entitled to receive.
Made to Fail: Disconnected in Florida
“The governor admitted publicly that the system may have been designed to discourage users…After a deep dive into the history of the state’s attitude towards federal unemployment as a whole, it’s clear that there’s more going on in Florida than just a faulty computer system.” Listen to a new podcast by The Hub Project, Goat Rodeo, and the Roosevelt Institute.
Got SNAP Food Assistance?
If you haven’t applied for SNAP yet, read our Florida Food Assistance Explainer to find out if you qualify. If you’ve already been approved, find out about other benefits that SNAP recipients automatically qualify for.
Lies, Damn Lies, & Statistics: What’s Wrong with Florida’s Unemployment Claim Numbers
Despite its increasing cheery press releases touting its accomplishments, the Florida DEO has some serious explaining to do about the unemployment claim numbers it’s reporting, and what happened when they broke federal law last spring. Coming soon.
DeSantis Appoints Pro-Trump Conservative with No Experience to Run DEO
Florida Rep. Dane Eagle (R), the current Florida House Majority Leader, will take over as chief executive of DEO. Eagle lost his party’s primary race last month for election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s on record opposing a special session of the legislature to address unemployment issues, and tweeted his opposition to extending the $600/week supplemental benefit. Read more.