Pasco County Offers More Assistance Through Community CARES

~~First-come, first-served opportunity to help approximately 800 customers~~

PASCO COUNTY, FL  —-  The Pasco Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is pleased to offer another round of CARES assistance through our Community CARES program to help pay your bills directly if you live in Pasco County and have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19.  This one-time assistance will be available Tuesday, September 1, 2020, to 800 people on a first-come, first-served basis.  *More assistance will be available in the coming months, so please monitor MyPasco.net for updates.

WHAT:          Community CARES Program

WHERE:       Apply online at: bit.ly/2EtSEml

WHEN:          Applications Open: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 9 a.m.

WHO:             Anyone who has not yet received Community CARES assistance

The types of bills eligible for payment under the Community CARES program include:

ü  Mortgage (for homesteaded properties)

ü  Rent

ü  Utilities (water & electric only)

Pasco County received funding for this program through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.  The BCC initially appropriated $4 million to Pasco CARES.  Community CARES will use the remainder of that funding, with a maximum allowance of $3,500 per household.  Residents will be income-qualified at or below 80% of the Area Median Income and must prove Pasco residency and economic impact from COVID-19.

For more information about this program or the application process, please call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411.

Community Services will administer the Community CARES program as part of our mission to improve the lives of Pasco’s residents through housing and community partnerships using state and federal funding.

DAC & FAAST Partner to Bring More Technology to Floridians with Disabilities!

Disability Achievement Center (DAC) partners with the Florida Association for Assistive Services and Technologies (FAAST) as a Regional Reuse Center to provide and obtain items that improve the lives of people living with disabilities.

FAAST is administered through the FL Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364).  Its mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology.

As a Regional Reuse Center, we accept used assistive technology devices, clean and sanitize, then repair, or refurbish the devices so that they can help someone else.  Our ability to repair, refurbish, & recycle Assistive Technology means that these devices can be used by people in need, rather than be sent to a landfill where their usefulness is wasted. FAAST provides funding so DAC can repair AT such as walkers, wheelchairs, and other low-tech items. Tire and battery replacements on power chairs are common, as well as refurbishing worn out armrests and hand grips. These activities can be done for your equipment as well as equipment you donate. We post available items on the Assistive Technology Exchange website (https://faast.org/listings/) and open the doors of technology to people with disabilities statewide.  Simply call the Center on the listing to obtain free or low cost items needed.

What do you need help with? Call us at 727-539-7550.

Able Trust Host Transportation Town Hall. You Input is Valuable!

The Able Trust is hosting a Town Hall on September 2, 2020 to collect comments and feedback from Floridians with disabilities about transportation experiences and challenges, what needs attention and change to assist individuals in driving, public transport, flying, trains, services like Uber, Lyft, cabs etc. and we invite you to participate in this opportunity to provide comment.

We do need your help also in sharing the invitation to a wider audience so please share this opportunity!  We are looking for as many Floridians with disabilities as possible to get connected.  Transportation has been one of the biggest lingering barriers to obtaining and retaining employment and will take a collaborative effort to change.  This is one step in that process.

There are three ways that everyone can provide comment that day see below and the registration page for more info about social media, email statements and Town Hall day chat.

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To Register: bit.ly/FloridaTransportation

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This pandemic required Disability Achievement Center to shift gears to effectively respond to the needs of people with disabilities. In addition to providing our normal CORE services: Information & Referral, Independent Living Skills training, Peer Mentoring, Advocacy, and Transition services, we have put together CARE packages and partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay to provide necessary PPE and food to those who are unable to pick up items. By week’s end, we will have provided 142 CARE packages and 900 food boxes to 133 consumers!