2020 Florida voter’s guide to state unemployment: Who’s on your side?

We don't think a reasonable system of unemployment benefits should be a partisan issue, but in Florida, it clearly is. Here are our recommendations for some of the most notable 2020 races for state legislature. #FloridaUnemployment #VoteBlue

Are you eligible for Florida Food Assistance (SNAP)? Find out now

Florida isn’t very transparent about how its benefits programs work, so we’re taking a deep dive into the eligibility rules and procedures for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This can help you anticipate whether you're eligible for food stamps, how much you may qualify to receive, and how the program works in general.

Our Stories: “The Unemployed Mermaid,” a Disney/DEO parody

Unemployed Florida actress Alea Figueroa shares her personal struggles with DEO and deals with her frustration in the best way she knows: in a film parody of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," who loses her voice in pursuit of her dreams. In an interview with WESH-TV, Figueroa said she didn't anticipate how difficult it would be … Continue reading Our Stories: “The Unemployed Mermaid,” a Disney/DEO parody

DeSantis names new head of DEO and we’re not optimistic

Florida District 77 Rep. Dane Eagle (R), the current Florida House Majority Leader, will take over as chief executive of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on September 14. Eagle replaces Ken Lawson, who resigned as head of DEO on August 31. Eagle lost his party's primary race last month for election to the U.S. … Continue reading DeSantis names new head of DEO and we’re not optimistic

Get electric and gas bill help from the Florida LIHEAP program

The federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps pay energy bills for heating or cooling your home, and offers additional help in crises like pending utility service disconnection. LIHEAP makes payments directly to your energy provider on your behalf. The amount of help you can receive depends on where you live, your income, … Continue reading Get electric and gas bill help from the Florida LIHEAP program

Eligible for SNAP? You automatically qualify for additional help

Have you applied for food stamps, known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)? If not, see our SNAP explainer here. Most people don't realize that once you've applied and been deemed eligible for SNAP, there's a host of additional resources that are available to you. Check out our list of government and private programs to … Continue reading Eligible for SNAP? You automatically qualify for additional help

Our Stories: These extraordinary people can help you get answers

If the Florida "Reemployment Assistance" program has left you penniless, frustrated, and despairing, don't give up. It's not you. The CONNECT information system was famously "designed to fail" under the previous administration of now-Florida Senator Rick Scott (R). But determined state legislators, community activists, and even the jobless themselves have formed a relentless army that … Continue reading Our Stories: These extraordinary people can help you get answers

Get help with living expenses from Florida CARES grants

Need assistance with your rent, mortgage, or utility bills? Now there's federally-funded help for people affected by COVID-19. These grants don't need to be repaid.

This energy-saving program is almost too good to be true (but it isn’t)

Home Weatherization Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Home Weatherization program will retrofit your house for improved energy efficiency, for free. That's right. The U.S. government will do home improvements on your residence, for free. Why? Because reducing the country's dependence on fossil fuels make good sense. This is a real program, folks, … Continue reading This energy-saving program is almost too good to be true (but it isn’t)