Forty Percent of Habitat Homeowners Have No Work or Less Work Due to COVID-19

Submitted by Trena Brae

A new study by Habitat Broward has found more than 40 percent of the homeowners it serves have been furloughed, laid off, or had their hours cut due to COVID-19.

Not surprisingly, 27 percent of the more than 350 working families polled reported financial strain, including an inability to pay bills for utilities and essentials like groceries.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward CEO and Executive Director, Nancy Robin said the results demonstrate that low-income working families are already struggling with the impact of a shuttered Broward.

“As the economic shocks from this crisis ripple out, these are the families that are being hardest hit; they always are,” said Robin. “As more businesses close and hourly workers lose jobs, we’re going to need to work just as hard to flatten the curve of economic insecurity as we are COVID-19.”

The Community Foundation of Broward and other partner organizations are helping Habitat Broward to provide immediate relief to families in danger of losing ground on the tremendous strides they have made towards economic independence.

Part of Habitat’s study has involved calls to hundreds of Broward residents, like homeowner, Rudy Simpson, who was laid off at a shipping company and his wife Tricia’s hours have been severely cut.

“We’re low on money and food but are filled with hope and pray this will get better soon,” said Tricia Simpson.

“Now, more than ever, low-income working families like the Simpsons need our support,” said Robin. “Bold, decisive action and partners like the Community Foundation will help us do just that.”

Habitat Broward continues to build homes during the crisis and will conduct its first ever virtual dedication ceremony on May 16th for four families moving to homes they have worked more than a year for.

As the state and South Florida cautiously begin the reopening process, Habitat predicts that income and financial health will lag behind for these families who are often one or two paychecks away from financial collapse. The support of partners like the Community Foundation of Broward, the City of Pompano Beach, faith–based organizations and campaigns like the new Giving Tuesday NOW on May 5th prompted by COVID-19, provide urgently needed resources to bridge this gap.

To support Habitat’s efforts and find out about its efforts to combat COVID-19 visit:  habitatbroward.org.

Broward County Emergency Order 20-06 Issued

BROWARD COUNTY, FL –  Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-06 today, effective as of 12:01AM Friday, April 10, 2020.The Emergency Order clarifies essential businesses and essential services, as well as encourages essential businesses to provide enhanced sanitary practices at their locations.

The Governor’s Executive Order 20-89 issued on March 20th requires Broward County to restrict public access to business and facilities deemed nonessential under Miami-Dade Emergency Order 07-20. The Governor’s subsequent Executive Order 20-91 issued on March 30th orders that all persons in Florida limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their homes to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. The current order clarifies and codifies the Governor’s order to make it applicable to Broward County.

In addition, all businesses providing essential services are strongly encouraged to:

– Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees;

– Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations for customers to disinfect carts, shopping baskets, and point of sale terminals; or, alternatively, designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, shopping baskets, and points of sale terminals after each customer use; and

– Implement procedures for custodial or janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touch points through the day, including point of sale terminals at registers, conveyor belts, door handles, door plates, shelves, and other appropriate locations.

This Emergency Order does not limit religious services at any location, but all persons performing or attending religious services are urged to fully comply with all measures advised by the CDC including limiting gatherings to no more than ten (10) people and practicing social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons.

Except as otherwise provided or required by any other applicable Executive Order, this order does not affect or limit the operations of Broward County, any public utility, any municipality, the Broward County School District, the North Broward Hospital District, the South Broward Hospital District, any other local government entity in Broward County, or any State or federal office or facility.

For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email [email protected] or call the Call Center at 954-357-9500. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

See Essential Services Frequently Asked Questions.

DATE: April 9, 2020 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ric Barrick, Assistant Director
Office of Public Communications
PHONE: 954-357-8541
EMAIL: [email protected]

News Releases:

https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Updates.aspx?=Releases

Current COVID-19 Situation in Florida

Current Situation in Florida

What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida
Adults 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness

See the numbers updated:
https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

The Graphic:
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale closing beaches, limiting hours at restaurants due to COVID-19 outbreak

A joint press conference was held with two South Florida cities that see massive spring break crowds every year.

The Cities of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale addressed the public regarding new measures taken due large spring break crowds and ongoing concerns over COVID-19 outbreak.

There was a lot of information disseminated at the press conference.

These measures will last until April 12.

Read more:
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/15/watch-live-miami-beach-fort-lauderdale-officials-discuss-spring-break-crowds-and-covid-19-outbreak/

Broward County COVID-19 cluster nearly doubles in 1 day, officials say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Amid a spreading worldwide pandemic, Broward County’s newly confirmed COVID-19 cases nearly doubled in one day. About half of them include patients ages 19 to 27.
Health officials: 20 new coronavirus infections in Broward

Read more:
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/14/broward-county-covid-19-cluster-nearly-doubles-in-1-day-officials-say/

Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19

Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.

#2020-51 Executive Order Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency
Released:3/1/2020

The CDC clinical criteria for COVID-19 Persons Under Investigation (PUI) have been developed based on available information about this novel virus, as well as what is known about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These criteria are subject to change as additional information becomes available.

Follow online with the updates:
http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/

 

For information from the CDC and the World Health Organization on COVID-19, please visit: