Happy Mother’s Day & COVID19 Updates


Each week we update our COVID19 Guide in English and spanish to share with you the most up-to-date COVID19 information. You can access each guide by clicking on their respective graphics below.


Florida’s unemployment insurance (UI) system has been a complete disaster and hundreds of thousands of Floridians are suffering because of it.


As we continue to navigate Florida’s unemployment insurance crisis, we’ve remained vigilant on issues impacting housing security. Many families and individuals we are working with are one paycheck away from becoming homeless, and some already live in Florida’s hotels, paying a weekly fee to keep a roof over their head.


Our advocacy to protect small businesses has been another constant area of focus in our COVID19 response. Three weeks ago we sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis outlining six key areas of focus for our small business community, including increasing the funds available in Florida’s Bridge Loan Program. As you may already, these funds quickly evaporated, and only 1,000 small businesses out of 38,000 that applied received an emergency loan. PPP and EIDL — two of the federal relief programs — have also been plagued with major corporations benefiting, versus smaller mom-and-pop small businesses.


Orange County has increased testing capability, including one location in Winter Park. Please click here for a full list of COVID19 testing options.


This past week we have seen parts of Florida reopen through the Governor’s “Phase 1” plan, and tomorrow Orange County’s curfew will end. Barber shops, hair and nail salons can reopen in most of Florida tomorrow, too. There are guidelines to follow when it comes to how businesses that are open should operate and we’ve included more specifics in our Central Florida COVID19 Guide which you can find here. You can also read the FAQ on Phase 1 of Florida’s reopening plan here.


We know that this is a really tough time for us all, but we want you to know that you are not alone. Below is a list of resources available to you 24/7 that you can reach out to if you need help, or just want someone to talk to. Know these resources, and share with family and friends. Also consider joining us on Facebook Live this Wednesday at 7:00pm for a Mental Health Awareness Month Q&A hosted alongside NAMI of Greater Orlando.



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Anna V. Eskamani

Anna V. Eskamani

Orlandoan, daughter of working class immigrants and UCF grad elected to serve FL HD47. Working for you, fighting for us. #OnwardWithAnna