Romance or “Sweetheart” scams
from the Department of Elder Affairs State of Florida
Beware! “sweetheart scams,” are a type of scam on the rise especially around February.  These scams are prevalent in Florida and seniors are often the targets although younger folks also fall prey to them. Please see the attached flyer with more information on how to protect yourself.
United Way Resource List for Government Shutdown

United Way has compiled a list of resources for those who have been effected by the government shutdown. If you or a loved one are being effected by the shutdown, you may also call 2-1-1 to speak to a specialist about how to handle specific situations. The list of resources is linked below.

Amendment 4- Felon Voter Rights Restoration
Written by Hannah Jacobson, Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

January 8, 2019, Florida Constitutional Amendment 4 became effective as per Article XI section 5 of the Florida Constitution.  This section requires constitutional amendments or revision to be approved by vote of at least sixty percent, a supermajority, and shall be effective on “the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January following the election.”  With a passage rate of 64%, Amendment 4 automatically restores the voting right to convicted felons, excluding felons convicted of murder or sex crimes.  The excluded felons must still apply for clemency for rights restoral.  The Amendment altered the language of Article VI section 4 of the Florida Constitution, adding the underlined.

No person convicted of a felony or adjudicated in this or any other state to be mentally incompetent, shall be qualified to vote or hold office until restoration of civil rights or removal of disability.  Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any disqualification from voting arising from a felony conviction shall terminate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation.

(b) No person convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense shall be qualified to vote until restoration of civil rights.
This modification to the Florida Constitution allows qualified felons to participate cogently as members of their community, state and country.  Enfranchised felons will be able to vote on their state and local representatives including judges, school board members, mayor, city commissioners, and council members.  It is estimated that over 1.5 million Floridians will regain their voting rights.  Not since the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution, which gave women the right the right to vote, has the United States seen such a large granting of voting rights.   

Program Spotlight: Community Coordinated Care for Children
"Early Head Start and Head Start"
Written by Erin Roche, University of Central Florida


Head Start is a federally funded program for low-income children and children with disabilities, with an emphasis on cognitive, social, emotional, physical and mental development for the child. Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc. (4C) is the approved non-federal entity that provides Head Start services for Seminole county, and Early Head Start in Seminole county. Head Start is from ages 3 to 5 and combines services such as education, early childhood development, health, nutrition, mental health, disability services, family support, and parental involvement with the goal of enhancing the child’s life and building a strong family unit. Head Start’s goals are not only in helping children, the program places an emphasis on helping the family and the whole community writ large. They will reach out to the parents of children involve in the program to see if there are any specific resources that they can provide or refer to for the rest of the family. Early Head Start is open to children under 3 years old. Early Head Start also offers child care for six hours at no cost to eligible parents who are working or in school.
Each program has 4 components that represent their goals. EHS and HS have multiple offices in Seminole county, ranging from Altamonte Springs to Lake Mary. If you would like to contact them for further information, you can call their Longwood office at 407-332-5090 or their Sanford office at 407-915-6510.

Seminole County Community Service Agency Partnership Program: Dental Assistance
Written by Erin Roche, University of Central Florida

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Seminole County's Community Service Agency Partnership Program works with agencies in the Seminole County community to enrich and better the lives of the county's residents. One of the ways that they do this is by helping low income individuals receive dental care. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated a grant which will be partially used to cover these types of services.
Some of the dental services provided include: extractions, fillings, dentures, partial dentures, root canals, crowns, x-rays, sedation and consultations. If you are interested in this assistance, be aware that there is an application process. There is an application (linked below) and a mandatory orientation that applicants must attend to understand the process of receiving assistance. The applicant must have evidence of financial hardship which can include job loss due to circumstances outside of your control, burglary or theft of funds, unexpected car or home repairs, documented on-going loss of child support and other situations.
Comprehensive Summary of Application Process

Seminole County Home Purchase Assistance Program
Written by Erin Roche, University of Central Florida
In Seminole County, first-time home buyers who require financial assistance with their down payment, principal reduction and/or closing costs may apply to receive funding from the county to cover some of these costs. This is an income based application, applicants will be given assistance based on their income and household size. There are also other qualifications that applicants must meet. They must be a first time home buyer, have a purchase contract on a home located within Seminole County, purchasing a home that will be their primary residence, and depending on how much assistance is provided, they will be obligated to remain in the home for a certain period of time.

If you are interested in this service, contact a Seminole County Certified Lender. The Certified Lender will be able to assist and submit the application. If you have any further questions about the program, contact the Seminole County Community Services Department- Community Development Division at 407-665-2300.

Upcoming Events:
  • February 14, 2019: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans
    • 1-4PM Seminole County Public Library, 215 N Oxford R, Casselberry FL
  • February 20, 2019: Sealing and Expungement Workshop
    • 10AM-12PM Sanford Job Connection Center 4516 W State Rd. 46 Sanford, FL

New Administrative Orders

  • Administrative Order 19-11
    • Requirement to complete the Parenting and Family Stabilization course following Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity Proceedings
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