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Critical Support and Resources

  • COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Grant

    Have you lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic? CareerSource Research Coast has received grant funds to provide you with temporary, paid employment during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing much-needed disaster relief services to our local communities.

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  • Employer Rapid Response

    Providing rapid response services to affected workers prior to workforce reduction due to coronavirus (COVID-19) will allow your employees to access services and programs that will help them through this difficult time.

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  • State Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has launched the State Reemployment Assistance Claims Workflow dashboard, which will be updated daily to reflect the total number of Reemployment Assistance Claims submitted, verified, processed, and paid.

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  • Reemployment Assistance

    To receive unemployment benefits under Florida's Reemployment Assistance Program, you must file through the state's CONNECT website.

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  • ARP Act/Restaurant Revitalization Fund

    The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is a $28.6B SBA grant program established through the American Rescue Plan Act. The grant is calculated by taking your 2019 gross receipts and backing out your 2020 gross receipts and PPP loan funds.

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  • Claimant Guide for Accessing Your Reemployment Assistance Account

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has released the Claimant Guide for Accessing Your Reemployment Assistance Account

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  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide - COVID-19

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has released the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide - COVID-19 to address Reemployment Assistance (RA) eligibility requirements, COVID-19 waivers, general RA questions,

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  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

    The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

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  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. FPL urges customers struggling to pay their bill to take action by calling toll-free at 8000-226-3545.

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  • Paycheck Protection Program

    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided 100% federally guaranteed loans to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. The Paycheck Protection Program resumed on January 11, 2021, at 9 am ET. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

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  • Short-Time Compensation Program for Employers

    The Short-Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short-Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.

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  • Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

    The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program was created to assist small business owners located in Florida who are experiencing economic damage as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applications are not being accepted at this time. Applications for the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program are no longer being processed due to funding. For more information about the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, see the attached FAQs

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  • U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program

    If your business has sustained substantial economic injury due to COVID-19, you may qualify for an EIDL. Federal Disaster Loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters are available through the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

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  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Webinar

    December 9 & 21, 2021

    Register now! The deadline to apply for a COVID-EIDL loan is December 31st. Do not miss this webinar to hear about the benefits, use, terms, and how to apply for the COVID - EIDL loan. This federal small business loan program supports small businesses’ recovery from the COVID-19 disaster’s economic impacts by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital. This webinar is free.


    Funders in St. Lucie County have joined together to establish a coordinated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery application process. This funding process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in St. Lucie County whose staff, services and clients have been impacted by a disaster.

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  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Enacts Recovery Plan

    On May 4 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis released the State's coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery plan.

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  • COVID-19 Travel Advisory

    Please visit the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs for up-to-date information regarding travel advisories for COVID-19 in the United States and abroad.

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The CareerSource Florida Network


CareerSource Research Coast Services

Career Services

CareerSource Research Coast recruiters can help employers find qualified candidates, just like you, who are trained and equipped with the right skills to fill their positions. CareerSource Research Coast can provide you with job search and job placement activities, career and technical training scholarships, career planning, assessments, work readiness certification, resume building, and support services that help you prepare for and retain employment. Trained professionals work closely with you to ensure you succeed in the workplace.

Effective January 4, 2021, CareerSource Research Coast Career Centers will no longer require appointments. We continue to abide by the CDC’s sanitation guidelines.


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Welfare Transition

The Welfare Transition Program (WTP) provides emphasis on work and personal responsibility as well as opportunities for temporary cash assistance recipients to achieve self-sufficiency. To be eligible for the program and benefits, you must first apply with the Florida Department of Children and Families. Complete the WTP Orientation and Assessment and register in Employ Florida prior to scheduling your orientation with CareerSource Research Coast.


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CareerSource Research Coast can help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who have received a Notice of Mandatory Participation from the Florida Department of Children and Families identify the activities required to retain benefits. SNAP customers must complete the online orientation and online assessment before being seen by a SNAP Career Planner.

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