During these challenging times we are committed to serving as a resource and support system for our community and will do everything we can to ensure stability for all.

Below you will find a collection of resources divided by region. We will update this page as more resources become available and known to us. If you need additional assistance, you will find a contact button for the program director in each region. Please do not hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to connect you with the resources you need!

If you have health concerns or questions, please reach out to your doctor.

 

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General Resources

Steps to Protect Yourself

  • Wash hands often w/ soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wipe down surfaces daily, including your phone.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, especially with people who are sick.
  • Practice safe social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

 

Employment Assistance

Unemployment Insurance

The New York Times has published a helpful guide with answers to commonly asked questions. The Department of Labor has a list of all 50 states’ offices, with phone numbers and links to websites where you can find more information.

Employment Opportunities

Who is hiring during the coronavirus? Try these industries if you need a job now: Link

Indeed has a large guide to COVID-19: Unemployment and Job Loss Support: Link

The Muse has also compiled some job opportunities, from Account Manager at Unilever to Content Strategist at Clearlink, there are a variety of roles and opportunities available in a mix of industries—not only in the grocery and healthcare spaces (though there are plenty of roles there, too): Link

Work From Home

LinkedIn has put together a great, free resource to answer all of your work from home questions: Link

Free Software

There are many companies offering free software and online resources. Find a large list here.

OpenOffice is a free suite of software similar to Microsoft Office.

GIMPShop, despite the name, is a free Photoshop-esque software for graphic design. (Adobe is also offering its creative suite for free for two months.)

Foxit is a free Adobe Reader-esque software (With more features than Adobe’s free PDF software).

Computers with Causes has an application to apply for a free computer.

Skill Building

IBM is offering free online courses and digital training programs in a variety of tech fields.

 

Community Resources

Information on organizing mutual aid networks: Link

Find a food bank near you to donate, or to find food assistance: Link

 

Health and Safety

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – (Link) or 1−800−799−7233
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (888) 793-4357
  • In case of emergency call 9-1-1
  • National Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Services, US text 741741
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness has a pdf full of resources and support groups for folks, found here: NAMI Resources 
  • Find treatment for mental health and substance abuse: Link

Detroit Resources

Resources for Families and Individuals

Tax Foreclosure Deadline Extended

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order extending the deadline for Michigan residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure on their property during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Executive Order will move the tax foreclosure deadline from March 31, 2020, to May 29, 2020, or 30 days after the state of emergency declared is terminated, whichever comes first.
For Wayne County residents, tax foreclosures have been halted for the remainder of the year. Link.

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Please find attached an Unemployment Insurance Agency Fact Sheet. Under the governor’s order, unemployment benefits will be extended to:

  1. Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  2. Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  3. First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
  4. Workers laid off with an expectation of returning to work or who suffer a reduction in work hours due to the COVID-19 business closures.

 

There are two ways to file a new claim or re-open an existing claim:

– Fastest and preferred method: Online – Visit www.michigan.gov/uia and sign into MILogin to access or create an account on the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM).

– Telephone – Call 1-866-500-0017. If you are hearing impaired, TTY service is available at 1-866-366-0004.

 

Free Meal Programs

The Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation is providing meals for children at participating recreation centers. Parents and children can pick up two meals (breakfast and lunch) and additional meals can be requested on Friday to last through the weekend. Meals are offered, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at these locations:

  • Adams Butzel Family Center, 10500 Lyndon , Detroit, MI 
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 
  • Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort St., Detroit, MI 

 

The City of Detroit is also working with Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest to provide alternative sites where families can get groceries. Starting this week, Gleaners will begin providing two weeks worth of groceries to families with children at two additional Recreation Centers:

  • Clement Recreation Center, Every-other Wednesday, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, Every-other Saturday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Meals for Seniors
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is proving frozen meals for seniors ages 60 and up. Senior can pick up five days worth of meals every Wednesday from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the following recreation centers:

  • Adams Butzel Family Center, 10500 Lyndon , Detroit, MI 
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 
  • Patton Community Center, 2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI
  • Joseph Walker Williams Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI

 

 

For Families with SNAP Benefits, Get an Extra $50 for Groceries (one time)

Expensify launched a new program where they will match SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family (one time). It works like this:

  1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card
  2. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free
  3. Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy
  4. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card
  5. Submit it to volunteer@expensify.org
  6. Set up your bank account to receive the funds
  7. So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.

 

To be clear, they can’t commit to reimbursing every single person in need — we have no idea how many people will do this, and unfortunately, they don’t have unlimited funds.

 

Mental Health & Safety

 

Utility Service Resource & Update

DTE Energy

  • Suspending shutoffs for non-payment for those customers who are low income eligible through April 5, 2020.
  • Customers impacted by COVID-19 — those with a sudden loss of income or medical condition — as well as our vulnerable senior citizens, are encouraged to contact DTE Energy at 1.800.477.4747 to determine eligibility for the payment assistance program.

 

Consumers Energy

  • Suspending shutoffs for non-pay for low-income and senior customers through April 5, 2020.
  • For senior citizens and low-income customers, all shut-off notices will be withheld to prevent any additional stress for these customers.
  • Customers impacted by COVID-19 seeking flexible payment arrangements, are encouraged to call 1-800-477-5050.

 

Resources for Small Business

Temporary Small Business Tax Relief

The Michigan Department of Treasury will grant small businesses that have experienced disrupted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic additional time to make their sales, use, and withholding tax monthly payments.
Effective immediately, small businesses scheduled to make their monthly sales, use and withholding tax payments on March 20 can postpone filing and payment requirements until April 20. The State Treasury Department will waive all penalties and interest for 30 days.

The waiver is not available for accelerated sales, use or withholding tax filers. Businesses with questions should call the Treasury Business Tax Call Center at 517-636-6925.

Solutions for Small Businesses

Congress passed legislation that makes $1 billion available to the Small Business Association (SBA) to provide low-interest loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once granted, an SBA Economic Injury Disaster declaration will make disaster loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
In the interim, small businesses that could benefit from SBA loans are encouraged to start collecting the information they’ll need to complete and submit their application.
Examples of information needed can be found here.

For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application in advance of the declaration, please contact the Michigan SBA offices in Detroit or Grand Rapids.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for additional information.

 

Department Guidance

Secretary of State Guidance

  • All SOS visits are now by appointment only and will be limited to critical transactions: driver’s license renewals, title transfers regardless of type, and testing for an original CDL, Chauffeur’s, mechanic and recreational license.
  • Appointments should be made far in advance at Michigan.gov/SOSAppointments or 888-SOS-MICH.
  • You can complete many Secretary of State services online at ExpressSOS.com.
  • Renew vehicle registrations on self-service stations. To find one near you, visit Michigan.gov/SOSSelfService.
  • All late fees have been suspended.
  • Law enforcement and courts have been asked to not penalize expired tags or licenses through April 6.

 

 

Health Resources, Tips, and Hotlines

Beaumont Launches Risk Assessment Tool and Curbside Screening

Beaumont launched an online risk assessment tool for those who may have symptoms that line up with the coronavirus: Link.

Beaumont is providing limited curbside screening at all their hospitals. This limited screening is only for patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath).

Please, call ahead to Beaumont’s COVID-19 hotline, 800-592-4784, or your physician’s office before attempting to get screened.

 

DMC Launched After Hours Hotline

The Detroit Medical Center established an after hours COVID-19 hotline for anyone with questions regarding the virus.

  • DMC COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-DMC-3370
  • Open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day

 

Helpful Hotlines

  • Beaumont COVID-19 Hotline: 800-592-4784
  • Wayne County Coronavirus Hotline: 734-287-7870
  • Oakland County Coronavirus Hotline: 248-858-1000
  • Macomb County Coronavirus Hotline: 586-463-3750
  • State of MI Health Services Hotline: 888-535-6136
  • United Way 24hr Resource Hotline: dial 2-1-1
  • In case of emergency, call 9-1-1

 

New York City Resources

Financial Resources

Unemployment Benefits:

NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.

If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. If your last name starts with A – F, file your claim on Monday. For last names starting with G – N, file your claim on Tuesday. For last names starting with O – Z, file your claim on Wednesday. If you missed your filing day, file your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Filing later in the week will not delay your payments or affect the date of your claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.

Here is a step by step process to file a claim online.

Telephone filing hours are extended as follows:
Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7:30 pm.
Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Saturday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.

 

Housing Insecurity

  • Explore the Disaster Recovery Housing Coalition for information on response initiatives: Link
  • CDC Resources for Homelessness: Link

 

Food Assistance

If you are facing food shortages or would like to make a donation to a food bank, you can find your local food bank through Feeding America, Food Bank for NYC, or City Harvest.

The City of New York is providing free meals to all NYC children, Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 1:30pm. Pick up requires no registration or forms of ID. Pick up three meals a day at once. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for their child. To find more information and find pick up locations, visit the city website.

 

College Student Resources

Network for College Success has put together a college student specific resource guide, found here.

 

Health & Safety

Mental Health:

  • NYC Well is a free service that offers mental health counseling to New Yorkers. Call 1-888-692-9355 to be connected.
  • Take a course on mental health from Yale: Link
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (888) 793-4357
  • New York State Mental Health Hotline: 1-844-863-9314
  • In case of emergency call 9-1-1
  • National Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Services, US text 741741
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness has a pdf full of resources and support groups for folks, found here: NAMI Resources 
  • NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-4673
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – (Link) or 1−800−799−7233

 

Substance Use:

  • New York State HOPEline for assistance with substance abuse: 1-877-846-7369 or texting HOPENY (467369)
  • Remote AA Meetings: Link
  • Find treatment for mental health and substance abuse: Link

 

Technology Assistance

Remote Learning Devices 

To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the Request form.

  • There is a limit of one device per student
  • Families with multiple students will need to fill out a separate form for each device needed
  • The device should be used only to access remote learning activities
  • The device is being loaned for the student’s use during remote learning
    • The device is the property of the NYCDOE and contains a tracking device so that the device can be located.
    • The device must be returned when on-site learning resumes, unless otherwise instructed by the NYCDOE

 

CUNY Student Devices

Any CUNY Students in need of a laptop or tablet for remote learning may contact individual campus offices. A directory of contacts may be found here.

Internet Access

Many Internet providers are extending free offers for students remote learning

Spectrum offers free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don’t currently have internet or WiFi service. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. They’ll waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started.

You can qualify for this offer if you:

  • Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs
  • Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days

Call (855) 243-8892 to sign up for this offer. 

Optimum is offering Altice Advantage broadband free for 60 days to any new household in our service area with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access. If you live in the Optimum service area, please call 866.200.9522In addition they have opened up their Emergency Optimum WiFi outdoor hotspots for public use to non-subscribers. To find an Emergency Hotspot, click here.

Free Software

There are many companies offering free software and online resources. Find a large list here.

 

Employment Assistance

Indeed has a large guide to COVID-19: Unemployment and Job Loss Support: Link

Immediate hiring for shipping and delivery companies, online learning companies, grocery stores and delivery services, remote meeting and communication companies, and culinary and food service: 

    • Article on industries that are currently hiring: Link
    • Explore culinary and food service careers through Northwell Health: Link

Washington D.C. Resources

Financial Resources

Unemployment Insurance:

  • Department of Employment Services DC (Link) – Information on who is eligible and how to apply for unemployment now or call (202) 724-7000
  • In Virginia, the waiting period to file for unemployment has been waived, as has the weekly job search requirement. Apply online or call the interactive voice response system 800-897-5630. (You can find instruction for how to file online here)
  • In Maryland, there is no waiting period to file for unemployment. If you have been laid off permanently or temporarily because of COVID-19, you may apply immediately at the state website or by calling the your local claim center open M-F from 8am – 2pm (find the appropriate number here).

 

Unemployment Insurance

The New York Times has published a helpful guide with answers to commonly asked questions. The Department of Labor has a list of all 50 states’ offices, with phone numbers and links to websites where you can find more information.

Employment Opportunities

Who is hiring during the coronavirus? Try these industries if you need a job now: Link

Indeed has a large guide to COVID-19: Unemployment and Job Loss Support: Link

Work From Home

LinkedIn has put together a great, free resource to answer all of your work from home questions: Link

Service Industry Aid in DC – (Link

 

Hospitality Workers

Street Vendors – send message to Many Languages One Voice

Resources for Artists

 

Utilities

  • Pepco suspending service disconnections and waiving late fees through May 1st on a case-by-case basis and have many helpful assistance resources on their website. Customers who may be challenged in paying their Pepco bill should contact Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500.

 

Food Assistance

Student Food Access:

  • Student Lunches (DC) (Link)
  • Alexandria Student and Family Lunches (VA) (Link)
  • Arlington Student Lunches (VA) (Link)
  • Montgomery County (MD) (Link)
  • Prince George’s County (MD) (Link)
  • Loudoun County (Link)

 

Other Food Resouces

  • Capital Area Food Bank (Link)
  • Free Food Pantries in Fairfax (Link)
  • Maryland Food Bank (Link)
  • Food for Seniors (Link)
  • Food for homebound individuals (Link)

 

Child Care

Child Care Vouchers (More Info) – Applications can still be dropped off at 4049 South Capitol St SW or 1207 Taylor St NW.

Resources for Children For Children at Home

  • DreamBox Online Learning (90 day free trial) (Link)
  • Virtual Tours of Smithsonian Museums (Link)
  • Khan Academy Kids (Link)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home (Link)
  • Free Education Websites for Kids (Link)
  • Brookings’ Guide for Parents (Link)
  • DC Public Library Online (Link)
  • Kennedy Center – Lunch Doodles (Link)

 

Technology Access

  • Free Zoom Accounts for K-12 Students (Link)
  • Comcast is offering 60 days of complimentary Internet service for new customers, and increasing speeds for new and existing customers. (Link)
  • Free RS Fiber Internet for 3 months (Link)

 

Free Software

There are many companies offering free software and online resources. Find a large list here.

 

Safety Resources

Domestic Violence 

  • DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Link) – Call (844) 4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) or go to www.DCvictim.org/chat
  • DC SAFE (Link)- Call response line (800) 407-5048
  • Workplaces Respond National Resource Center (Link) – This site provides a variety of resources for workers who are survivors or maybe forced to co-quarantine with their abuser. 
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – (Link) or 1−800−799−7233
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (888) 793-4357
  • In case of emergency call 9-1-1
  • National Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Services, US text 741741
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness has a pdf full of resources and support groups for folks, found here: NAMI Resources 
  • Find treatment for mental health and substance abuse: Link

 

Other Urgent Care Resources:

  • DC Healthlink special enrollment for uninsured DC residents (Link)
  • Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Assessment, counseling, and psychiatric evaluation at 35 K St NE from 8am-3:30pm
  • Pharmacy open for uninsured residents at 35 K St NE from 8am-5pm
  • Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Services (ChAMPS) for youth (age 6-21) in crisis: (202) 481-1440 
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