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The City understands how the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting our residents and employment. 
This page is to provide some resources that you or your neighbor may need. The City is not endorsing or recommending any one group or organization to go to, nor is the City representing any external agencies, their policies, or their available programs. 


Social Service Programs:
United Way of Pasco County 
2-1-1. If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing child care or other services, visit 2-1-1 or: 

Dial 2-1-1 from any phone in Pasco; Call toll-free 1-877-828-8929; Text your zip code to: txt211 (898211)

UnEmployment/ReEmployment Resources: 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federally funded benefit program that assists individuals who become unemployed because of a disaster.

Employ Florida provides job seeker services for free, including training, testing, and job placement. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On Wednesday evening, March 18th, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) and may be also known as the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. This law uses the existing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as a framework to provide certain employees with the right to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave.  

What does it do? Qualified workers may receive two weeks of paid sick leave if they are ill, quarantined or are caring for sick family members with coronavirus. If you are unable to work because your children's school and daycare provider are closed, you may receive 12 weeks of paid leave. There are other eligibility requirements in this law that most workers at small and midsize companies and nonprofits can get the paid leave.  Please check with your human resources/personnel manager at the company you work for to talk to them about this addition to the Family Medical Leave Act. The law can be found at


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic hardships due to COVID-19.

  • Qualified Applicant: Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and suffered economic injury as a result of the designated disaster. Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with 2 to 100 employees.
  • Amount: Up to $50,000 per eligible small business.  Loans of up to $100,000 may be made in special cases as warranted by the need of the eligible small business.
  • Term: 1 year.
  • Limitation: Only one loan may be made per eligible business. All previous bridge loans received MUST be paid in full.
  • Interest Rate: Loans will be interest-free for the loan term (1 year). The Interest rate will be 12% per annum on the unpaid balance thereafter, until the loan balance is repaid in full.  Loan default is subject to a normal commercial collection process.
  • Application Period: Applications will be accepted by qualified Florida small businesses under this program through May 8, 2020, contingent on the availability of funds.

For an application and additional information, visit

The Emergency Bridge Loan Program is intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.  This loan is not designed to be the primary source of assistance, which is why loan eligibility is linked to pursuit of other sources with the expectation that repayment will be made out of receipts from other sources of longer term disaster recovery assistance.

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries. Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. This means each store location could be eligible.

For applications and more information, visit: 

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance
Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

 If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):

  • Small Business
  • Small agricultural cooperative
  • Most private nonprofit organizations
The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company's financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

For more information, terms, eligibility requirements and application assistance, please visit :


The Small Business Adminsitration provides local assistance via 68 district offices and a nationwide network of resource partners. To find resources near you, please click hereFB Logo