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COVID Vaccine Information

Sign up for a free vaccine with a participating pharmacy or other community site  

Pfizer approved for age 12 and up 

  • Minors as young as 12 are now eligible for the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine per the FDA
  • A signed Vaccine Consent Form is required before the vaccine is given. 
  • They must be accompanied by a parent or caretaker during their appointment.  

Homebound residents can let the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) know they are in need by emailing HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com. FDEM will send them a survey and then work with DOH strike teams to deliver vaccines. FDEM is working on writing up more information for how this program will work and will provide information to counties when complete. 

For more information, please visit: https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/vaccines/  

Important Reminder: Stay safe until your vaccine reaches full effectiveness: 

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines take up to 2 weeks after the 2nd dose for full effectiveness; 1-dose Johnson & Johnson can take up to 28 days
  • All three vaccines are highly effective at preventing life-threatening illness, but they do not offer 100% protection from catching or spreading COVID-19; no vaccine gives 100% protection. 
  • While the virus continues to spread, mask-wearing and social distancing remain critically important. 

Pinellas COVID-19 Vaccine Sites

Florida Dept. of Health in Pinellas County Centers Appointments can be scheduled by calling (727) 824-6931. 
 
Starting May 17, DOH-Pinellas will begin offering vaccines by appointment at St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Mid-County centers. Appointments available at St. Petersburg and Clearwater on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Mid-County appointments will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pinellas Park location will also offer appointments after May 24.  
CDR Maguire Patient Portal 
Second dose only 
First dose appointments have concluded. To check on a second dose appointment, visit 
www.patientportalfl.com or call 844-770-8548. 
 
 
Publix Pharmacies www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida    
Walmart & Sam’s Club Pharmacies www.walmart.com/covidvaccine 
www.samsclub.com/pharmacy  
Costco https://book.appointment-plus.com/d133yng2/#/  
CVS https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or call (800) 746-7287  
Winn-Dixie https://www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine  
Walgreens https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19  
Veterans Veterans of all ages and health conditions who receive care from Bay Pines VA Healthcare System can get a COVID-19 vaccination Monday-Friday. Call 727-395-2400. 
Spouses and caretakers are also eligible for vaccines through the VA.  
Federal Vaccine Site (Tampa Dog Track) 
(755 E. Waters Ave., Tampa) 
Walk-up site – no appointment necessary. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the FL Vax website. First come first serve 
State Vaccine Site 
Suncoast YMCA 
(950 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater) 
 
Drive-thru only. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Appointments not required, but expedite the process by pre-registering at: commvax.patientportalfl.com 
 
Administered by Florida Dept. of Emergency Management. 
Homebound Veterans Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to coordinate with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to identify veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are unable to travel to receive a vaccine. 
 
Visit https://www.floridavets.org/homeboundveterans 
or call (850) 487-1533, extension 9 
Homebound residents Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) will send a survey to homebound residents and then work with Department of Health strike teams to deliver vaccines. 
 
Homebound residents can let FDEM know they are in need by emailing HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.co
Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. (CHC) Vaccines for all eligible individuals as supply is available. Sign up for CHC’s waiting list
Visit www.chcpinellas.org for more information. 
 

For more resources to find COVID-19 vaccine in your area, go to vaccinefinder.org 

COVID Testing Sites

  • BayCare-Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Community Health Centers of Pinellas (CHCP)
    • Insurance card and ID requested – insurance will be billed for those insured, but no out-of-pocket charges for anyone, including uninsured.
    • Call (727) 824-8181 and select option 0
    • www.chcpinellas.org  
  • CHCP at Clearwater
    • 707 East Druid Road, Clearwater
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • CHCP at Pinellas Park
    • 7550 43rd Street North, Pinellas Park
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • CVS
  • AFC Urgent Care – Clearwater
    • Appointment NOT required
    • 1500 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays & Sundays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • (727) 266-1266
    • www.afcurgentcareclearwater.com
  • AFC Urgent Care – Pinellas Park
    • 7101 U.S. Highway 19 N., Pinellas Park
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays & Sundays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 201-8585
  • AFC Urgent Care – Seminole
  • AFC Urgent Care – Tyrone/St. Petersburg
    • 2241 66th St N St. Petersburg
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays & Sundays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • (727) 273-1700
  • Your Kids Urgent Care – St. Petersburg
    • 4040 49th St. N., St. Petersburg
    • Monday – Friday: 7 – 10 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • (727) 526-6483
  • Your Kids Urgent Care – Largo
    • 12190 Seminole Boulevard, Suite A, Largo
    • Monday – Friday: 7 – 10 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • (727) 586-6483
  • Midnight Medicine, Inc – Pediatric and Adult Urgent Care
    • Jeffrey A. Hirschfield, MD
    • 6705 38th Avenue North, Suite A, St. Petersburg

Food Assistance:

If you are unable to seek food resources due to illness, disability or injury, Meals on Wheel St. Petersburg can be an option. Please visit https://networktoendhunger.org/mowsp/ to apply for this program. For other food pantries, call 211 or visit https://feedingtampabay.org/findfood or download the following list.

For other food pantries, call 211 or visit https://feedingtampabay.org/findfood

(TEXT ‘FOODFL’ TO 877-877 ) that can be used to find the closest location to you 

Site Serving Days Time Address City 
Lake Vista Center           M-F 8:00-9:30 1401 62nd Avenue South St. Pete 
Lake Vista Center            M-F 11:30-1:30 1401 62nd Avenue South St. Pete 
TASCO Office        M-F 8:00-9:30 1320 5th Street N. St Pete 
TASCO Office M-F 12:30-1:30 1320 5th Street N. St Pete 
Willis S. Johns Center         M-F 8:15-9:30 6635 M.L. King Street St Pete 
Willis S. Johns Center   M-F 12:00-1:30 6635 M.L. King Street St Pete 
Meadowlawn MS TH 4:00-6:00 6050 16th St N St. Pete 
Roberts Recreation Center             M-F 8:00-9:30 1246 50th Avenue North St Pete 
Roberts Recreation Center         M-F 11:15-1:30 1246 50th Avenue North St Pete 
Shore Acres @ Gathering Ch            M-F 8:00-9:30 4400 Shore Acres Blvd.    St Pete 
Shore Acres @ Gathering Ch M-F 12:00-1:00 4400 Shore Acres Blvd.    St Pete 
TAOS – The Art of Science, LLC M-F 12:00 – 1:00 301 37th Avenue North St Pete 
PAL – St. Pete M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1450 16th Street North St Pete 
Northside Club M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1035 Burlington Ave North St Pete 
Campbell Park       M-F 8:30 – 9:30 601 14th Street South St Pete 
Campbell Park                                 M-F 12:00 – 1:00 601 14th Street South St Pete 
Frank Pierce Recreation Center                               M-F 8:15-9:30 2000 7th Street South St. Pete 
Frank Pierce Recreation Center          M-F 12:00-2:00 2000 7th Street South St. Pete 
Boyd Hill Nature Pres.       M-F 12:00-1:00 1101 Country Club Way S. St Pete 
Johnson Branch Library M-F 12:00-1:00 1059 18th Avenue South St Pete 
Azalea MS TH 4:00-6:00 7855 22nd Ave N St. Pete 
 J.W. Cate Center             M-F 8:30-9:30 5801 22nd Avenue North St Pete 
J.W. Cate Center             M-F 11:30-1:30 5801 22nd Avenue North St Pete 
Azalea Recreation Center      M-F 7:30-8:30 1600 72nd Street North      St Pete 
Azalea Recreation Center        M-F 12:00-1:00 1600 72nd Street North      St Pete 
Walter Fuller Center      M-F 8:00-9:30 7891 26th Avenue North St Pete 
Walter Fuller Center          M-F 11:30-1:00 7891 26th Avenue North St Pete 
Thurgood Marshall MS TH 4:00-6:00 3901 22nd Ave S St. Pete 
YMCA – Childs Park (Octavia Youngblood) M-F 12:00 – 1:00 691 43rd St S St Petersburg St Peter 
Prayer  Tower Church of God In Christ M-F 12:00 – 1:00 3940 18th Avenue South St Pete 
Mt. Moriah Christian Academy M-F 12:00 – 1:00 3500 18th Ave South St Pete 
Childs Park Center         M-F 8:00-9:30 4301 13th Avenue South St Pete 
Childs Park Center              M-F 12:00-2:00 4301 13th Avenue South St Pete 
YMCA-Gills YMCA (Bryan Santiago) M-F 12:00 – 1:00 3200 1ST Ave  S St Pete 
James Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center M-F 12:00 – 1:00 2335 22ND AVE S St Pete 
SPPF: M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church M-F 12:00 – 1:00 3300 31st Street South St Pete 
Royal Theatre M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1011 22nd Street South St Pete 
SPPF: M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program at  Mt. Zion Progressive M-F 12:00 – 1:00 955 20th Street South St Pete 
Thomas Jackson Center   M-F 8:00-9:30 1001 28th Street South      St Pete 
Thomas Jackson Center     M-F 12:00-1:30 1001 28th Street South       St Pete 
Dell Holmes Park    M-F 11:00-1:00 2741 22nd Street South St Pete 
South Branch Library M-F 12:00-1:00 2300 Roy Hanna Drive St Pete 
Gladden Park Center             M-F 8:00-9:30 3901 30th Avenue North St Pete 
Gladden Park Center M-F 11:45-2:00 3901 30th Avenue North St Pete 
YMCA Lealman Exchange M-F 12:00 – 1:00 5175 45th St  St Pete 
PAL Lealman Sports Complex M-F 12:00 – 1:00 3755 46th Ave N St Pete 
Artz 4 Life Academy M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1751 KINGS HWY Clearwater 
N Greenwood Rec Center – POS 1 and POS 2 M-F 12:00 – 1:00 900 N MLK Jr Ave Clearwater 
Hispanic Outreach Center M-TH 12:30-1:30 612 Franklin St Clearwater 
YMCA – Clearwater (YMCA of the Suncoast) M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1005 S HIGHLAND AVE Clearwater 
Ross Norton Community Center M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave Clearwater 
Eisenhower El TH 4:00-6:00 2800 Drew St Clearwater 
YMCA – Camp Muskogee at Camp Soule M-F 12:00 – 1:00 2201 Soule Rd, Clearwater Clearwater 
Wood Valley Club M-F 12:00 – 1:00 2816 Park Trail Lane Clearwater 
High Point El TH 4:00-6:00 5921 150th Ave N Clearwater 
HighPoint Neighborhood Family Center M-F 12:00 – 1:00 5812 150th Avenue North Clearwater 
Countryside HS TH 4:00-6:00 3000 FL-580 Clearwater 
Genesis Christian Academy & Preschool M-F 12:00 – 1:00 2122 N. Hercules Ave Clearwater 
Largo HS TH 4:00-6:00 410 Missouri Ave N Largo 
St. Pauls UMC Camp XP M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1498 Rosery Rd NE Largo 
City of Largo – Camp Cool Kids M-F 12:00 – 1:00 400 Highland Ave Largo 
City of Largo – Camp Funshine M-F 12:00 – 1:00 400 Alt Keene Rd Largo 
Ridgecrest Club M-F 12:00 – 1:00 12301 134th Avenue North Largo 
City of Largo – Kids City M-F 12:00 – 1:00 13120 Vonn Rd Largo 
Seminole MS TH 4:00-6:00 8701 131st St N Largo 
Ridgecrest YMCA – Camp Tuskegee M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1801 119th Street Largo 
Youth Park Recreation Center M-F 11:30-12:30 4000 66th Ave N Pinellas Park 
Broderick Recreation Center M-F 11:00-12:00 6101 66th Ave N Pinellas Park 
Barbara Ponce Library M-F 11:30-12:30 7770 52nd Ave Pinellas Park 
Pinellas Park MS TH 4:00-6:00 6940 70th Ave N Pinellas Park 
Pinellas Park Club M-F 12:00 – 1:00 7790 61st Street North Pinellas Park 
Girls Inc M-F 12:00 – 1:00 7700 61st Street North Pinellas Park 
Forbes Recreation Center M-F 11:00-12:00 6401 94th Ave Pinellas Park 
Palm Harbor MS TH 4:00-6:00 1800 Tampa Rd.  Palm Harbor 
Tarpon MS TH 4:00-6:00 501 N Florida Ave.  Tarpon  Springs 
Tarpon Springs Club M-F 12:00 – 1:00 111 W. Lime Street Tarpon  Springs 
Citizens Alliance for Progress, Inc M-F 12:00 – 1:00 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Tarpon  Springs 
Cops ‘n Kids Tarpon Springs M-F 12:00 – 1:00 555 E. Harrison St. Tarpon  Springs  
Dunedin MS TH 4:00-6:00 70 Patricia Ave Dunedin 
Dunedin Community Center M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1920 Pinehurst Rd,  Dunedin 
Mattie Williams NFC M-F 12:00 – 1:00 1001 Dr MLK Jr St N. Safety Harbor 
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Mobile Pantries:

ID Assistance:

FL State DMV Van will be at Daystar on Wednesday, June 16 9 AM-3 PM 

You must bring with you: 

  • Birth Certificate (if married, please bring your marriage record) 
  • Social Security card or SS print out or tax form with your name a full social on it 
  • If you have had a FL ID in the past, you may be able to state your social security number  
  • Proof of residency with 2 pieces of mail  
  • If you are homeless and living in a shelter or transitional housing program, please provide a letter verifying homelessness and residency 

Housing:

SNAP Benefits:

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), otherwise known as Food Stamps, is a federal food assistance program that is distributed by the Department of Children and Families. To apply for food assistance, Medicaid, and/or cash assistance, or to manage your benefits and receive information, visit: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/

As a result of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021”, SNAP benefits will increase starting in January through June 2021. For the month of January, the additional supplement will be issued on or around January 22nd. Florida has increased all SNAP recipients’ benefit amounts to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size for the months of March through December 2020, and January 2021.

DCF has launched a pilot program for SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online. If you are already receiving benefits, you do not need to apply. On April 21, both Walmart and Amazon will offer these services statewide. 

Interviews:

  • Interview requirements are no longer waived

If you have questions about your SNAP benefits, please contact the ACCESS Florida website at 850-300-4323.

If you are in need of recertifying or applying for SNAP, CareerSource is currently providing assistance with both. To schedule an appointment:

  • St. Petersburg Office: 727.608.2512 
  • Clearwater Office: 727.608.2508

Pandemic-EBT or P-EBT:

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures.

Families who are eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals program under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive P-EBT. P-EBT benefits will be issued retroactively. For 2021, the first distribution will be April 2021. The second distribution will be June 2021 and then August 2021.

For existing SNAP customers with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be added to your current EBT card automatically. For Medicaid and/or TANF recipients with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be automatically mailed to the address on your Medicaid and/or TANF file. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefits.

If  you have not received your P-EBT card, please call 1-833-311-0321.

FreshEBT:

FreshEBT is an app (iphone or android) that allows SNAP recipients to track their benefits balance and purchases.  They can clip virtual coupons that help the benefits go farther.  There is also access to job postings.   

Link to app information: https://www.freshebt.com/

WIC (Women, Children & Infants) Program:

WIC stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health. Services provided by the program include the following:

  • Healthy Foods
  • Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Referrals for Health Care

To apply for WIC, please call (727) 824-6914

Who is Eligible?

  1. You must be a pregnant woman, or a woman who has recently been pregnant, a breastfeeding mother, an infant, or a child under five years of age.
  2. You must meet certain income guidelines.
  3. You must live in Florida.
  4. You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff.

You could be eligible if you or other family members are currently receiving Medicaid, WAGES, or Food Stamps. However, you do NOT have to be on a public assistance program to qualify for WIC.

Before eligibility is completed, WIC staff will verify your gross household income. You need to bring proof of household income so that the staff can determine your eligibility.

For more information, please visit: http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/wic/index.html

Children’s Services:

Bay Area Pregnancy Center4090 58th Avenue N. Assisting with diapers. Must call (727) 200-9166 for more information.

The Littlest Trunk– 6260 4th St N- Assisting with baby formula. Please call (727) 289-7069 for more information.

Help Me Grow– A program via 211 that provides assistance to caregivers and families for developmental and behavioral concerns. Help Me Grow is currently providing educational resources for crisis learning and assisting with basic needs.  Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:00. Please contact 211 for more information or text Help Me Grow to 898211

Meals on Wheels for Kids serves kids when school is closed, with a meal delivered to their home, by a volunteer. This is for kids, ages 18 and under. Participants must be home to receive the meal. MOW4Kids is an alternative option for  kids that are not able to access any of the school meal distribution sites throughout the county; and/or  kids that have difficulty accessing open food pantries. This is delivered to the following St. Petersburg zip codes: 33701, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33707, 33708, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714. MOW4Kids delivers a nutritious meal pack directly to the homes of kids between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To apply for this program, please visit: https://networktoendhunger.org/mow4kids/

Children’s Home Society is providing a Family Support Warm Line that is open to everyone – families, adults, teens and kids. Whether you need a confidential outlet or greater mental health support, CHS is here – and it’s never been easier to get the support you’re looking for. Please call 1-888-733-6303 or you can text 1-888-733-6303

Early Learning Coalition to expand School Readiness program in Pinellas County

The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County is excited to announce it’s offering over 1,000 additional School Readiness scholarships to families with children, ages 0-12, in Pinellas County. 

The Early Learning Coalition’s School Readiness program pays a portion of tuition for children from low-income, working families and those with other risk factors that influence healthy child development. Parents pay a fee based on their household income. Access to affordable care is critical so parents can work to support their families.

The School Readiness program is not just child care. Providers use age-appropriate curriculum delivered by trained early childhood educators that work closely with parents to assess developmental achievements. The program’s play-based learning environments and nurturing care foster a child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.

Parents can choose the best setting to meet the needs of their family. Child care services are available at contracted private preschools, family child care homes, school-age care providers and faith based schools.

How to Apply: Visit us online at ELCPinellas.org and click For Families, School Readiness Scholarship section.


Community Dental Hygiene Care 

Did you know that the clinic also provides low-cost dental cleaning services throughout the week for individuals 5 and up? The cost for a regularly scheduled appointment is as follows: 

Cost: 

  • $45 for cleaning and full mouth x-rays 
  • $30 for cleaning if full mouth x-rays are current 

Services Provided

  • Oral examinations- screening or cursory only 
  • Radiographs (digital and analog) 
  • Cleanings (healthy mouth and periodontal) 
  • Oral hygiene instructions 
  • Limited sealants applied only if indicated and after cleaning is performed 
  • Nutritional counseling 
  • Fluoride treatment 

To reserve a Five Dollar Friday appointment this summer for your child, or to schedule a general appointment at SPC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, please contact the clinic directly at 727-341-3668

For more information about the SPC Dental Hygiene Clinic or to learn about SPC’s Dental Hygiene program, please visit us online at bit.ly/SPCDentalClinic


Florida Abuse Hotline

If you suspect child or  vulnerable adult abuse, please call 1-800-96-ABUSE to discuss your concerns.


Pinellas County Schools Food and Nutrition Free Meal Distribution 

Starting Thursday, October 29, children in Pinellas County 18 years & younger are eligible for:

  • 7 days’ worth of breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner meals, FREE
  • Distribution on Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 30 school locations
  • Child does not need to be enrolled in Pinellas County Schools or be present for pickup No ID required for pickup
  • Meals are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis
  • MORE INFORMATION – https://www.pcsb.org/food

Clothes to Kids

At this time, CTK is not providing any appointments but is providing  pick up service for families. Children who receive a Clothes To Go bag from Clothes To Kids, Inc. are eligible for free or reduced price lunch or who are in crisis. Clothes To Go bags will include: 5 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of socks, 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 1 dress (optional) and a pair of shoes.   If your child attends a uniform school they may receive up to 3 uniform tops and 2 uniform bottoms.  

At this time, we are not requiring your child’s free or reduced price lunch letter but ask that you respect our guidelines:

  • Your child must live and attend school in Pinellas or Hillsborough County. We currently serve kids in PreK4-12th grade (this includes traditional – in person school, home school, virtual students, private and charter school attendees, etc)
  • Your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch or in crisis;
  • Two Clothes To Go bags per child may be requested within their twelve month period.  

Once the request form has been submitted, Clothes To Kids, Inc. will contact you to schedule a time to pick-up your Clothes To Go bag.  Please do not come to the store until we contact you.  Typical turnaround time is two-five business days. Given current circumstances, we cannot accept returns or offer exchanges. If you have more than four children in your family, please complete the form twice. Please visit the website to fill out the form: https://clothestokids.org/clothes-to-go-bags

If you have any questions or concerns about your rent or mortgage, you can contact the following legal services:

Bay Area Legal Services: 1-800-625-2257 or visit their website at https://bals.org/get-help/housing

Gulf Coast Legal Services: 727-821-0726 or visit their website at https://gulfcoastlegal.org/. You can also view the Gulf Coast Legal Tenant Handbook here for more information 

Income Assistance:

Reemployment Assistance Benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online using CONNECT. If you have never filed in Florida before, use the “File a New Claim” link to start your application and create a profile. If you have filed previously, please log in using your Social Security Number and PIN. If you no longer have your PIN, select the “Forgot PIN” button to regain access to your account.

Before filing, make sure you have the following information available:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License of State ID number
  • Your employment for the last 18 months including for each employer:
    • Name, address, and phone number
    • First and last day of work
    • Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) during the listed dates
    • The reason for separation
    • FEIN (this is found on any W2 or 1099 tax forms you have received)
    • If you don’t have the FEIN, you can use the employer details off of a recent pay stub.

For more information, or to apply, please visit: https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX

DEO is also accepting paper applications that are available here: (English | Spanish | Creole) DEO now has a phone number to reach them for any claim questions: 1-833-353-6799.

Paper applications are also available at the locations below. For the purpose of social distancing, the papers are stocked in red boxes near the entrance of each location:

  • Pinellas Public Library Cooperative building
  • 1330 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL
  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library 
  • 7770 52nd St. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781 
  • St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Library 
  • 9200 113th St. N., Seminole, FL 33772 
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library 
  • 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 

Employment Opportunities:

If you have lost work due to COVID-19 and are interested in enrolling in short-term training or earning money while giving back to your community, you may be eligible for Pinellas Gives Back or Pinellas Training to Work.Visit: https://careersourcepinellas.com/dwg/ for more information and eligibility requirements


The St. Petersburg Downtown Job Fair, in partnership with CareerSource Pinellas, St. Pete Works and St. Petersburg College, will feature more than 35 local businesses that are looking to fill immediate job openings in areas including hospitality, law, financial services, banking, manufacturing, health care and retail. 

  • The event will be hosted from 1-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, at the SPC Downtown Center, Second Floor, 244 2nd Ave. N 
  • Confirm your spot by registering today for the job fair at stpe.co/jobfairrsvpYou’ll receive emailed updates about participating employers. 

Tax Assistance:

Financial Assistance:

Applications open 3/31/21- For updates text pinellasrent to 888777 – To apply for assistance, please visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/where-to-get-help/ You must create an account with Neighborly to access the application.

OurFlorida: Assistance from the State of Florida for rental and utility relief to support residents from COVID –19. https://www.ourflorida.com/  Visit this website for qualifiers and to apply for assistance.

211 Tampa Bay Cares

211 Tampa Bay Cares is an information and resource line for any resource available in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Dial 2-1-1 or Text 898211

Spectrum

Spectrum is providing low rates for clients who are recipients of the following progams:

  •  National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  •  Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP
  •  Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)

For more information, please visit https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html

Internet Assistance

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org. Frequently asked questions and program updates can be found on the FCC’s website

Daystar can assist with utility or mortgage assistance. For more information, please call (727) 825-0442.

Pinellas Opportunity Council is currently assisting with rent and utilities. Please contact (727) 823-4101 and leave a message. You can also visit https://poc-inc.org/emergency-services-program/ and apply online for assistance.

We Help can assist with water bills. Please click here for the application. If you require a paper version or have questions, please call (727) 821-1200 ext 115

Pinellas County Urban League

PCUL has financial assistance for electric available remotely. Clients can apply online at https://www.shahsoftware-casemanager.com/CTSOnline/frmClientIntakeVertical.aspx?CID=PINELLASCOUNTY or by calling 727-327-0977. For more information on Pinellas County Urban league, visit them at https://www.pcul.org/

Metropolitan Ministries

For residents of Pinellas County, apply here https://form.jotform.com/201818803624151

Catholic Charities

For more information or questions about available programs, contact us below. Your message will be forwarded to the first available Case Manager. Or, call (727) 893-1313. You can also apply online: https://www.ccdosp.org/financial-assistance-pinellas-county/

Boley Centers 

To apply for assistance, please visit http://boleycenters.org/covid-19/ for requirements and eligibility. If you require a paper application or have questions, please call 727-490-0509

Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Applications open 3/31/21- For updates text pinellasrent to 888777

Check back for more information or visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/where-to-get-help/

Economic Impact Payments:

Even if you don’t normally file taxes, you may still qualify for an Economic Impact Payment.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or qualifying resident alien, not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number, you’ll likely receive an Economic Impact Payment. You don’t have to have income to claim a payment. If you’re experiencing homelessness, you may still be eligible. The payment is not income and you will not owe tax on it. It won’t affect your eligibility for federal government assistance or benefit programs.

If you didn’t get the full amount of the first or second payment you were eligible for, you may be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return even if you aren’t required to file. The third payment will not be used to calculate the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit.

Visit IRS.gov/coronavirus for more information.

Small Business Assistance:

Due to COVID-19, small businesses may take a financial hit due to the closing of businesses not deemed essential. The U.S. Small Business Bureau has multiple funding options available. For more information, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

The Florida Veterans Foundation is teaming up with The American Legion and The Department of Florida to support those who are affected by this pandemic. For more information, visit https://helpflvets.org/covid-19-support/

Mental Health/ Stress Assistance:

If you find yourself experiencing issues with your mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Suicide Hotline: connected through 211 Tampa Bay Cares. Dial 211 or Text 898211

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

Suncoast Centers has a mental health agency that is providing telehealth services at this time. Call (727) 388-1220 for more information.

Directions For Living provides mental health services for children and adults. If you are in need of any mental health services, please call (727) 524-4464. Directions For Living also has an Emotional Support Line, for anyone who is having a difficult time coping or adapting during the pandemic. You can call (727) 524-4465 ext 1001. You will leave your name and number and someone will return your call within two hours. The support line is available from 8am-8pm. This line is not for resources, life-threatening emergencies, or mental health emergencies.

PEHMS Crisis Hotline – if you are experiencing a mental Health crisis, please contact (727) 541-4628.

EmergU:

Since the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have observed a crisis that is causing a significant impact on low wage workers across the Tampa Bay area.

Project LINK implemented a telehealth program titled ‘eMergU’ Telehealth. EMergU Telehealth is an online teletherapy platform accessible via a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, that will provide access to No Cost mental healthcare for Tampa Bay area workers and their families. eMergU Telehealth offers HIPAA-compliant video sessions, voice calls, live chats, and messages.

This program target residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties who may be dealing with stress, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and other challenges brought on by COVID 19 pandemic. Individuals seeking counseling can visit www.emergu.org, complete a brief assessment, and will be assigned a licensed counselor within 24 hours to help set goals and work through their mental health and life challenges. Patients are able to receive up to three NO COST sessions.

After completing 3 sessions, individuals may continue with their counselor at their own expense. For more information, please visit https://www.emergu.org/

CABHI (Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals and Families):  This is a Pinellas County program that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to individuals and families who have experienced homelessness and have serious mental illness, substance abuse disorder, serious emotional disturbance, or co-occurring disorders. If you are in need of a referral or have questions, please contact the Client Advocate at 727-821-1200 x 126

Helping Teens Cope withe the Stress of Isolation: https://possibilitiesforchange.org/how-to-help-teens-cope-with-the-stress-of-isolation/

CDC – Manage Anxiety & Stress https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

PBS -How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus: https://tinyurl.com/sctrgxe

Mobile Crisis Unit -available for adults and children (727) 362-4424

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: https://lamistad.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/coronavirus-anxiety-workbook.pdf

Coronavirus Coloring book: https://lamistad.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/coronavirus-coloring-book1.pdf

Rape Crisis Hotline: If you have been sexually assaulted, please call:

  • the Sexual Assault Services Hotline at (727) 530-7273 anytime 24 hours a day
  • RAINN, the national hotline at 1-800-656-4673

Domestic Violence Hotline: If you are experiencing domestic violence, please call:

  • CASA (727) 895-4912, or (727) 828-1269
  • RCS Pinellas (727) 442-4128, or (727) 446-2448
  • The statewide hotline at 1-800-500-1119. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Pinellas Wellness Connection – Please call 727-791-3131 if you are in need of behavioral health services 

Medical Services:

Senior Services:

Neighborly and Meals on Wheels can assist seniors over 60 years of age with meals. If you are in need of assistance, please contact (727) 573-9444 to register.

Mobile Medical Unit:

July Calendar -The Mobile Medical Van will re-start services this month at sites open for services from outside providers.

After Hours Help: Clients have access to an on-call physician or nurse after regular business hours through the Florida Department of Health by calling the clinic’s main phone #727-453-7866

Homeless Services

Showers:

Showered & Empowered is an organization that provides free showers for homeless people in the community. These are the places that will be hosting showers this month:

  • Florida Dream Center – 4017 56th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714 
    • Thursday, July 8, 2021 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 
  • Daystar – 1055 28th St S  
    • Friday, July 9, 2021 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 
  • First United Methodist Church of Pinellas Park – 9025 49th St N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782 
    • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 
    • minimal laundry services will be available  
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church – 4661 82 Avenue North Pinellas Park, FL 33781 
    • Thursday, July 22, 2021 9:00 AM-11:30 AM 
  • First United Methodist Church Clearwater – 411 Turner St, Clearwater, FL 33756 
    • Saturday, July 24, 2021 8:30 AM -11:30 AM  
  • Radius Church – 165 13th St N St. Pete 33705 
    • Saturday, July 31 10 AM-12 PM 
    • Minimal laundry services will be available 

Shelters:

  • Pinellas HopeCatholic Charities, Phone: (727) 556-6397
  • Safe Harbor  – 14840 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762
  • Hope Villages of America – 1552 S. Myrtle Ave  (727) 446-5964 

If you are a family in need  of shelter, please contact 211 to go through the Family Services Initiative.

The team at Study.com recognizes that students experiencing homelessness might have questions about applying for and attending college that might be difficult to find answers to. That’s why we have recently developed a comprehensive college guide for students experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to inform them about critical information regarding their college education and share different resources that will help set them up for success. Our College Guide for Students Experiencing Homelessness offers in-depth information in several areas, including:

  • A guide to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Homeless Bill of Rights
  • A comprehensive list of resources for housing help, essentials assistance, health assistance, community support, and academic support
  • Information regarding FAFSA and scholarships available to students experiencing homelessness

Veteran Services:

Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or visit veteranscrisisline.net If you are having a health crisis, please call 727-541-4628.  

If you are a veteran and are seeking employment, you can contact John Sanaxay at CareerSource Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) 727-608-2532

Pet Care Assistance:

If you are in need of pet food, please visit these sites:

  • Pinellas County Animal Services
    Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    12450 Ulmerton Rd.
    Largo, FL 33774
    Phone: (727) 582-2600
    Details: An employee will meet you at the entrance or you may call from the parking lot and an employee will come out to assist. Each citizen is limited to two bags or six cans of food per visit.
  • Humane Society of Pinellas 
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    3040 State Road 590
    Clearwater, FL 33759
    Phone: (727) 797-7722
    Details: To pick up food, knock on the door at the Humane Society’s Volunteer Village, located at their facility, and a representative will assist you and bring the food out to you.  
  • SPCA of Tampa Bay
    Tuesdays from 1-5 p.m.
    9099 130th Avenue North
    Largo, FL 33773
    Phone: (727) 586-3591, ext. 121
    Details: Call ahead to ensure the food pantry has adequate food stocks to meet your needs. If you are planning to pick up canned food, bring plastic grocery bags to transport the food home. When you arrive for your appointment, be sure to have a valid photo ID. 
  • Grassroots Kava House and Pup Active Pet Food Pantry
    Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturdays and Sunday
    s 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    957 Central Avenue
    St. Petersburg, FL 33705
    Phone: (727) 220-3041
    Details: If you’re unable to leave your home due to quarantine or being immuno-compromised, you can send Grassroots Kava House a message via their Facebook page to discuss possible delivery within St. Petersburg city limits.
  • We Help provides dog/cat food upon request. 
  • Animeals – Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg and Friends of Strays Deliver Pet Food to Homebound and Seniors
    • Those who receive Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg and have companion animals can qualify to receive pet food through the Animeals program.
    • Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH), a tri-county leader in hunger relief, research and program development, announces new partnership with Friends of Strays to provide pet food for Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg recipients through the “Animeals” program. This new pet food assistance program will provide monthly food deliveries to recipients who need help to feed their cats and dogs.

Transportation:

PSTA buses will return to pre-COVID levels of service without COVID passenger capacity limits, and return to front door boarding – masks still required thru mid-September by USDOT 

Starting June 6, regular bus service will resume. There will be no more limits for how many people can ride the bus.  

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The Essential Workers Program is for essential employees who rely on the bus, but because of PSTA’s reduced bus service, the employees are no longer able to reliably get to or from work. PSTA will work to get these employees rides to or from work curb to curb on either Uber, United Taxi, or Care Ride. Click here to apply today!

If you have a permanent or temporary disability and are unable to independently use the regular, wheelchair accessible PSTA buses, call PSTA at 727-540-1800 for a DART application form. These forms are also available at the PSTA facility located at 3201 Scherer Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33716, and also available for download.

If you are in need of assistance with the application, please call our Client Advocate at 727-821-1200 x 126