Unemployment Guide

We realize that this may be a stressful time for you and your family. If you have lost your job or have had your salary reduced. Below is a resource guide regarding how to sign up for unemployment, funds/grants that are available and links for job postings in the Miami and Miami Beach area. 

Any questions for the City of Miami Beach regarding unemployment or general questions for residents and businesses, please call 305-604-2489.  


Today, the Miami Beach Mayor & Commission unanimously approved the creation of a rent relief fund for qualifying residents adversely impacted by COVID-19. A total of $549,111.54 will be available through state and federal funds for those residents who have fallen behind in payments as a result of job loss.

The City will be harnessing resources from three entitlement programs: Community Development Block Grant Program & CARES Act CDBG-CV, HOME Investment Partnership Program, and State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP).

Starting Monday, May 18, 2020, interested residents should call the Office of Housing and Community Services to schedule an appointment at 305.673.7491. Staff will inform callers of the required documentation to bring to the appointment. Once staff has a complete application with all required documentation, the application will be reviewed for eligibility. Applicants will be provided with correspondence to provide to their respective landlord that an application for rent assistance has been filed with the City of Miami Beach. Once the file is approved, a check will be mailed to the landlord within 7-10 business days.

The City will provide assistance to households earning no more than 80% AMI until funds are exhausted. Below are details on each program, including eligibility requirements. Click here for a checklist of documents needed to apply for tenant-based rental assistance. For more information, visit the “Rent Assistance” tab on our dedicated Coronavirus webpage.


Within one week of becoming unemployed, you should begin the claims process to receive your reemployment assistance benefits. The date your application is finished determines when you will begin receiving benefits. Claims always begin with the Sunday prior to the completion of the application. For example, an application completed on Wednesday will take effect on the Sunday before that Wednesday.

All claims in Florida must be completed online. The process should take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete, and must be completed within 72 hours of beginning, or you will have to restart the process.



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Reemployment Assistance

As many Floridians do not have access to the state website at this time, Governor DeSantis has instructed DEO to make paper Reemployment Assistance applications available for 

  • Beginning this week, CareerSource locations across the state will be providing paper applications and assisting Floridians with submitting their Reemployment Assistance applications. Click here for information and center locations.
  • FedEx is offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state.
  • Applications can be downloaded at here. Once the application is complete, individuals should mail them to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

P.O. Box 5350

Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

Additionally, to make it easier for Floridians to receive Reemployment Assistance, Governor DeSantis waived:

  • The waiting week, so individuals can claim their very first week of Reemployment Assistance. 
  • The work search and work registration requirements so individuals filing for Reemployment Assistance are not required to register in Employ Florida or submit information on a biweekly basis regarding the employers that they contacted each week while the state mitigates the spread of COVID-19.









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Funds or Relief Available for Individuals and Families


United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have launched the Miami Pandemic Response Fund to help families and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Support will include rent/mortgage assistance, food, medication, and utilities and issue micro-grants to small businesses. If you are able to give, United Way of Miami-Dade is taking donations through its Operation Helping Hand. If you need assistance, call the United Way’s 2-1-1 switchboard. (Note, the 1-866-211-9966 phone number going around on social media is for Indianapolis only. Call 2-1-1 to be connected to your local resources.)


Miami-Dade Police has suspended evictions during the coronavirus crisis. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins posted on Twitter she confirmed that also applies to commercial tenants.

Florida Association of Community Health Centers   

Lists 550 healthcare sites that provide healthcare to the community with out insurance, click here

Feeding South Florida

Program that gives away food to people who are in need, click here

Free Food For Students, Families During COVID-19 School Closure

Click here

Student Relief Fund

With the COVID-19 health crisis sweeping across the nation, we know how challenging these coming weeks and months will be for students and their families. In Scholly’s unrelenting effort to support students in need, we are providing cash assistance to those in need during this unprecedented crisis. Click here

Resources From the Florida Department of Education

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Go Fund Me Pages for Golf Course Employees

Due to the unexpected Covid-19 closures, the staff at Miami Beach and Normandy Country Clubs have been laid-off indefinitely. Many of these employees live paycheck-to-paycheck and need the community’s help to overcome this challenging time. Since these folks have no active income, funds raised will be split evenly amongst the staff to help pay rent, buy groceries/medication, and care for their children. The staff live with us in Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Bal Harbour, Surfside and many other surrounding communities. We have managed to raise over 34 thousand for the 70 employees and are close to reaching the goals. Any assistance would be appreciated. Click here to view the page for Miami Beach and here for Normandy.

Information from Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works

Click here

Information on Relief for Taxpayers

All you wanted to know about the recent irs tax payment relief but were afraid to ask.

Unemployment Benefits and the Coronavirus