COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a new disease and information regarding its spread and appropriate protective measures continue to evolve. The CDC and the Florida Department of Health are your best sources of information about the disease.
One Orlando Alliance’s coalition members are proactively responding to and preparing for the uncertainty that COVID-19 brings.
Together, we are committed to addressing the needs of Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ community. You are not alone. Together, we will get through this.
Central Florida LGBTQ+ Relief Fund
The Central Florida LGBTQ+ Relief Fund is meant to assist Orlando area LGBTQ+ community members who are most in need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Anchored by the Contigo Fund, The LGBT+ Center, QLatinx, the One Orlando Alliance, and our 42 member organizations, this grassroots effort is led by LGBTQ+ community members, nonprofit leaders, and allies. Together, we stand united to support our community.
To make a contribution to our relief fund or to apply for financial assistance visit www.gofundme.com/central-florida-lgbtq-relief-fund. For inquiries regarding this resource, please contact the Central Florida LGBTQ+ Relief Fund Steering Committee at LGBTQReliefFund@gmail.com.
For individuals seeking support, please apply using this application:
The Central Florida LGBTQ+ Relief Fund is committed to supporting those most marginalized in this crisis, addressing immediate needs that are becoming more critical as each day passes. We have put together this list of resources to help our LGBTQ+ family in Central Florida navigate the crisis. Please contact us if there are additional resources that you would like to add to this document. We will continue to update it as the situation develops.
Orange County’s CARES Act Funding for Small Business Grants and Individual and Family Assistance
As you may have heard, Orange County Government is allocating approximately $142 million in Federal CARES dollars towards funding for small businesses, rental/mortgage assistance, social service programs, and other COVID-19 related items.
The Small Business Grant Program will distribute $72.9 million to approximately 6,500 small businesses ($10,000 per business). The Individual and Family Assistance Program will distribute $36.5 million to Orange County households. (Another $36.5 million have been allocated to expand funding for Orange County partner social-service organizations). The Individual and Family Assistance Program will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 per household for residents affected by COVID-19. Funds for this program will assist residents to bridge financial gaps for overdue rent, mortgage, medical or an eligible utility expense.
Information is now available online for small businesses and residents at www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares. The application for the Small Business Grant Program and the Individual and Family Assistance Program will open June 8, 2020. As a reminder, residents are urged to visit the website to review (1) how to apply for the programs, (2) required documents and (3) eligibility criteria, before applications open on Monday, June 8, 2020.
NATIONAL AND GLOBAL COVID-19 RESPONSE HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS
You can find additional information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the following Health & Safety Resources:
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 INFORMATION
For the most up-to-date information, go to: www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19.
The Florida Dept. of Health’s #COVID19 Call Center is 1 (866) 779-6121 and it is available at all times (24/7) or you can email COVIDemail@example.com with your questions.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORANGE COUNTY COVID-19 INFORMATION
In support of the state’s efforts, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) has established a Coronavirus Call Center phone number for Orange County, Florida residents. The phone number is 407-723-5004. The DOH-Orange Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents outside of Orange County can use The Florida Dept. of Health’s #COVID19 Call Center which can be accessed via email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1 (866) 779-6121.
Florida Department of Health in Orange County Testing Site – The site is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. Call the Florida Department of Health in Orange County at 407-723-5004 to set an appointment.
City and County Government Resources
The Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (HOLA) will be offering services virtually and residents can call 407.246.4310 or email email@example.com.
Osceola County COVID-19 (English)
Seminole County COVID-19 (English)
Volusia County COVID-19 (English)
Mental and Emotional Wellness
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful. If you are experiencing anxiety or in need of mental and/or emotional health support, you can find help from the following resources:
Crisis Text Line (COVID-19 Anxiety): Text SHARE to 741741
NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide: https://bit.ly/38PPfaQ
NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-6264 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST
- Check out these tips from the Center for Disease Control on Managing Anxiety & Stress during infectious disease outbreaks in English or Spanish.
- To connect with a crisis counselor about anxiety, isolation, concerns about school, financial stress, etc. related to COVID-19, text SHARE to 741741 for free, confidential, 24/7 support.
- This texting services provides support for transgender and gender diverse communities who are experiencing stress, anxiety, and isolation related to COVID-19.
- Peer Support Space is running twice daily digital support groups: peersupportspace.org/covid-response.
- If you are looking for a mental health resource during this time, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida is here to serve you! They will be completing referrals for mental health providers and resources remotely. Visit www.mhacf.org/mental-health-connections/ or text (863) 866-7025 to chat with a staff member today.
- Florida Blue has launched their free 24/7 Bilingual Helpline Open to Provide Emotional Support during COVID-19 Health Crisis: 833-848-1762.
- In response to COVID-19 and its impact on Black and Indigenous People/Person(s) of Color (BIPOC), The Bros in Convo Initiative in partnership with Liberate Meditation App is hosting community virtual gatherings for BIPOC twice weekly.
- 26Health has compiled a resource guide for LGBTQ+ individuals impacted by COVID-19 and offer daily support groups to help community members stay connected and well.
- Greater Orlando TRN Trauma Recovery Network Humanitarian Assistance Program is providing pro bono services for citizens impacted by COVID-19. The populations that they are serving this time include individuals who have contracted Coronavirus, lost a family member to Coronavirus, or are a hospital or doctor’s office staff member fighting the virus on the frontlines (doctors, nurses, techs, janitors, receptionists, etc.). In order to address the specific challenges of this crisis, all of their pro bono counseling sessions will be offered through HIPAA-compliant TeleHealth platforms. The services will still be EMDR Therapy, as adaptations are available for web-based platforms. Contact Greater Orlando TRN, Trauma Resource Network, Humanitarian Assistance Program www.GreaterOrlandoTRN.org.
*For a list of Central Florida Queer Therapists or Trans Doctors, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting To Free/Low-Cost Resources & Financial Relief
- Equality Florida has compiled a COVID-19 Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ siblings across the state.
- In response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, Heart of Florida United Way has established a fund to support Central Florida residents whose financial stability is being impacted (English, Español).
- Experiencing hardship due to decreased hours or unpaid leave? Search the Heart of Florida United Way online database for services.
- Call or text 2-1-1 for information and support, or chat online with an operator – whether for financial assistance, health programs, crisis support and more.
- Seniors First, Inc. is the largest social services organization in the region, providing direct service and programs to our community’s vulnerable elderly population. Programs that help older Americans live independently in their own homes have not kept pace with the needs of seniors.
- Black Trans COVID-19 Community Response Grant Program provides rapid response funds to individuals at their point of need during a government declared crisis. Financial assistance is provided for emergency food, shelter, utilities, transportation and health care to ensure the basic needs of our most vulnerable populations are met.
- To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
- Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) Mini-Grants generally average $250, and are intended to assist with such things as: art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, etc.
- The One Fair Wage Emergency Fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
- The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation is providing direct financial assistance for short-term needs to restaurant workers affected by COVID-19.
- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation created the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund which will provide $500 grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
- United States Bartenders’ Guild National Charity Foundation has launched the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to bartenders that have been impacted by COVID-19.
- SPJ Florida has launched the Hands Up Fund to provide financial assistance to Florida journalists who have recently been laid off or that have lost work this year because of budget constraints or newsroom downsizing.
- If you’ve been struggling to pay bills lately, you’re not alone. With millions experiencing economic hardship due to COVID?19, many businesses are offering assistance. From auto insurance to utilities, we’ve reviewed dozens of company websites. Here’s a summary of what we found that some businesses are offering.
Food / Nutrition Assistance
- Central Florida Food Insecurity Relief directory contains a list of over 25 local food pantries.
- If you are in need of food assistance, visit the Second Harvest Food Bank’s online food locator to find a list of feeding partners near your residency.
- With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness encourage families to take advantage of alternative school meals that may be offered at designated locations: Text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211
- For assistance applying for the Food Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Cash Assistance For Families With Children (TANF) or Medicaid, call the Department of Children and Families’s ACCESS Florida Helpline: 850-300-4323.
- Orange County Public School Grab-and-Go meals are available for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the car loop of each school site. Students must be present to receive the meals, except ESE students. District staff will distribute the meals directly to those in their vehicles.
- Meals of Love is an emergency response program connecting seniors and disabled adults with fresh, restaurant-prepared meals delivered safely to their homes for free. Made possible due to a partnership between Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Senior Resource Alliance – SRA Florida, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Meals of Love is currently accepting applications via its website at www.mealsoflove.org.
Resources for Youth, Families and Elders
- The Florida Department of Education has built a dedicated COVID-19 Response page with information for students, parents/caregivers, and educators.
- Equality Florida, Side by Side, and All Rainbow And Allied Youth, Inc.have compiled a comprehensive statewide youth and families guide, with resources ranging from FAQs regarding COVID-19, mental health support, Florida-specific services and information, and entertainment and activities to do at home.
- Gender Spectrum is coordinating a series of daily virtual support groups for youth and their families.
- The YMCA of Central Florida is offering Emergency Childcare to resolve that need and allow essential employees to continue to make a difference without having to worry about their children. At this time, childcare is for essential employees as defined by the Executive Order from Governor DeSantis. For additional information and to apply, please visit https://ymcacentralflorida.com/emergencychildcare/
- SAGE Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders has added an isolation hotline for older adults struggling with loneliness. Simply call 877-360-LGBT (5428) to talk with someone. Elders can also call SAGE CONNECT to receive information about additional support at 929-484-4160. Visit https://www.sageusa.org for more information.
Immigrant Community Resources
- United We Dream has compiled a resource guide for navigating healthcare access for undocumented communities in the time of COVID-19.
- The Florida Immigrant Coalition has a statewide hotline to one on one support to callers in the areas of COVID19 information: 1-888-600-5762.
Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence
- Victim Service Center of Central Florida has activated its 24/7 Crisis Hotline, available for people who experience sexual assault during this time and need a forensic exam evidence collection kit done: 407-500-4325.
- Harbor House of Central Florida has activated its 24/7 hotline, staffed by advocates to help people get through this time when they may be in close quarters with someone who is abusive: 407-886-2856
- If you or a loved one are in need of support, call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) or text LOVEIS to 22522 anytime, for free and confidential support.
- Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. has activated their HELPline (1-800-405-1417) to support those in need of legal assistance (e.g. filing for unemployment assistance, understanding your tenants/renters rights, etc.).
- Find out how you can get help from a staff attorney or pro bono attorney by contacting the Legal Aid Society of Orange County Bar Association.
- You can also call the Florida Bar for a referral for a lawyer at (800) 342- 8011 or locally to the Orange County Bar Association for a referral for a lawyer at (407) 422–4551 for lease issues.
Housing, Rental Assistance, and Homelessness
- Orange County Government worked with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida to put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, received from residents, to help navigate tenant rights, evictions and other housing assistance information. FAQs are in English, Spanish and Creole. You can find them at ocfl.net/HousingFAQ.
- If you are in a housing crisis, Dial 2-1-1. 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be accessed by phone or computer.
- Homeless Services Network of Central Florida provides referral services for permanent and rapid rehousing services.
- No one should be without safe shelter, nutritious meals, clean clothes, or access to showers. The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida offers a variety of emergency services to meet the needs of our community.
- Legal Services Clinic of the Puerto Rican Bar Association is available to assist residents with orientation regarding tenant rights.
- Orange and Osceola Clerks of Courts have been directed to suspend all actions related to mortgage foreclosure, residential eviction, and mortgage foreclosure sales. The Ninth Circuit’s Order is not to be construed as relieving obligation to pay rent or mortgage. Residents seeking legal advice regarding their rights as tenants may contact the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar or Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida.
- Several protections are in place to prevent evictions in Florida and across the country. For more information on housing rights and protections go to https://florida.evictionprotection.org/ and http://communityjusticeproject.com/covid19.
- Orange County Utilities is committed to serving the residents of unincorporated Orange County and has temporarily suspended late payment fees for residential water and wastewater customers, as well as disconnections for nonpayment. Tap water remains a reliable and safe source of drinking water for residents. Additionally, garbage, recycling, yard waste, and large item collections will continue their regular schedules. Residents should avoid traveling to County facilities to dispose of waste and use their curbside collection services instead.
Health Care & Insurance
- Residents who have lost their health insurance or have experienced a change in income within the last 60 days may be eligible to qualify for a special enrollment period through the federal ACA Marketplace. Licensed health-care navigators from Covering Central Florida are available to provide over the phone, confidential assistance for the ACA Marketplace, as well as Florida KidCare.
- The Primary Care Access Network in Orange County may be able to assist. underinsured and uninsured residents with access, quality, and coordination of health care services.
- Those in need of insulin can reach out to Novo Nordisk, they are offering a 90-day insulin supply to people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Call 1.844.NOVO4ME (668.6463) or go to https://www.novocare.com
Resources for LGBTQ Youth
- Q Chat Space- Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time. https://www.qchatspace.org/
- The Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/about/programs-services/
- Trevor Lifeline—The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25, available at 1-866-488-7386.
- TrevorChat—A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily.
- TrevorText—A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available daily by texting START to 678678.
- Gender Spectrum – https://www.genderspectrum.org/audiences/youth– Online programming for LGBTQ youth and parents
Local Support Organizations for LGBTQ+ Youth
- Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) – http://www.orlandoyouthalliance.org/ Offers online meetings on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 pm. Email email@example.com to get connected to a text line that gives out the online links.
- Zebra Coalition – http://zebrayouth.org is closed for programming other than mental health counseling and coordination with existing clients. Drop in services have been temporarily suspended. If you need immediate assistance, contact info@ZebraYouth.org.
- Rose Dynasty Foundation https://www.rosedynastyfoundationinc.org holds weekly virtual “Teen Nights” and “Drag Storytime with Momma”
As more information becomes available, we will share it at OneOrlandoAlliance.org/COVID-19