Basic COVID-19 Need-Based Resources for
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and Greater Community Members
LAST UPDATED: 8/27/20
Here’s a list of resources to help with a variety of crisis-related needs. Continue to check these resources, as these organizations rapidly continue to update information. While this list is not meant to be a clearinghouse, nor meant to be an exhaustive list, it does serve to quickly direct and connect our members with the organizations and agencies that can best help them. And please share with your friends and neighbors! Call volumes for these organizations and agencies is extremely high, so whenever possible, use their websites. If members and neighbors don’t have internet access, please help them to find the phone numbers for the resources listed below.
Episcopal Church in Minnesota COVID19 Resources
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Minnesota Department of Health
For updates on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and related guidance from the Department of Health, dashboard for quick links: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
Daily Situation Update: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html
MN COVID-19 Stats Dashboard: https://mndps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f28f84968c1148129932c3bebb1d3a1a
How to Reduce COVID-19 Related Stress and Anxiety: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/behavioral/anxiety.pdf
Low Cost Health Care and Help Getting Health Insurance: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/hcresources.pdf
COVID-19 Information and Updates by City
St. Paul: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/STPAUL/bulletins/28362ba
Minnesota COVID-19 Response
GREAT GENERAL RESOURCE PAGE by TOPIC: https://www.mncovidresponse.com/resources
TEXT MNCOVID to 79606 for up-to-date announcements!
Hennepin County Community Resources
Good general resource website. Search by need and location: https://gis.hennepin.us/waypoint/
Ramsey County Community Resources
Good general information including food and shelter resources:https://www.ramseycounty.us/covid-19-info/community-resources
Greater Twin Cities United Way
If you, or someone you know, is in need, dial 211 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211. United Way Certified Community Resource Specialists are trained to make appropriate referrals for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. They also are available to provide local resources related to accessing food, paying housing bills and other essential services: https://www.gtcuw.org/211-find-help-3/IC
United Way COVID-19 specific resources: https://www.211unitedway.org/2020/04/20/coronavirus-information-2020/
How to Support Neighbors and Vulnerable People
If you are looking for ways to support your neighbors and community members, please check out these two offerings of ways to create mutual aid (think Nextdoor, etc.).
COVID Mutual Aid: https://covidmutualaid.org/resources/#setting-up
Help a Neighbor 2020: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1306542072854295
How to support others during the COVID-19 pandemic:https://optionb.org/advice/how-to-support-others-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
Public Schools Offer Food/Meals During School Closures
Minneapolis Schools: https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/COVID19
St. Paul Schools: https://www.spps.org/Page/38722
Kids not in Minneapolis or St. Paul Schools? Contact your specific school district for more details.
Groveland Emergency Food Shelf in Minneapolis IS open (as of 3/24), Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 12:30. They recommend calling ahead: 612-871-0277.
Hunger Solutions, get help connecting with the food shelf nearest to you, 1-888-711-1151: http://www.hungersolutions.org/find-help/#map
City of Minneapolis Resources
Spreadsheet of Minneapolis food shelves and their current hours and requirements, updated weekly: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@citycoordinator/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-223358.pdf
Ramsey County Resources
For a comprehensive list of, with links to, benefits being offered by the US Food and Nutrition Service: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19
Second Harvest Heartland is providing emergency food boxes in response to the expected
increase in need of food assistance: https://www.2harvest.org/
Minnesota Food Helpline: 1-888-711-1151
Loaves and Fishes MN, offering take-out meals in select locations: https://www.loavesandfishesmn.org/covid-19-information/
Meals in Minneapolis:
Central Lutheran: Offering a “walk-through” bag lunch on Mondays starting at 11:30am and breakfast ‘to-go’ on Thursdays at 8:30am
Basilica of St. Mary: Sandwiches to-go only, daily
House of Charity: Public Meal Times, Monday-Friday: 8:30-9 am Breakfast for women and children ONLY, 12-1 pm Lunch open to all. Weekends: 12:00-1pm Brunch open to all.
Minneapolis Downtown Congregations EVERY Sunday Community Meals: Bagged hot ‘to-go’ meals, beverages, and a bag of fresh bread, fruit and select items from Groveland Food Shelf. Starts at 5pm. Located at: Plymouth Congregational Church
Metro Mobility Delivers Groceries
Stay home and stay safe. Certified Metro Mobility customers and existing Transit Link customers can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pick up. We will pick your order up and deliver to your house. And the service is free — no fares for delivery: https://metrocouncil.org/News-Events/Transportation/Newsletters/Let-Metro-Mobility-pick-up-your-grocery-order-2020.aspx
Help for Workers and the Recently Unemployed
Help Finding Employment
CareerForce connects people who need work with the employers who need them now. Many companies in Minnesota are currently hiring, and CareerForce has provide a list of the Top 30 in-demand jobs right now. DEED staff and workforce development partners throughout the state offer services including: identification of transferable skills for in-demand careers; counselor-approved training and education for Minnesotans eligible for Dislocated Worker services; assistance with job search strategy, resume writing, interview preparation and more. CareerForce also helps connect employers with workers who have the skills their businesses need right now. CareerForce services are available at no cost to customers online, over the phone and in person by appointment. More resources for the currently unemployed:https://www.uimn.org/applicants/help-support/comm-organizations/index.jsp
Information for Minnesota Workers Affected by COVID-19
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance/Benefits
People should apply immediately if they have been laid off or furloughed. The department is working overtime to get everything accommodated but expect delays. Go to https://www.uimn.org/applicants/index.jsp or call 651-296-3644 from 8am-4:30pm.
Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services: https://mn.gov/dhs/covid-19/
If you are usually served by MN HHS, see how your benefits and services are affected by COVID-19.
Emergency Assistance and Support for Basic Needs
Minnesotans who are concerned about making ends meet are encouraged to learn more about food support, economic assistance, child care, health care and other programs they may be eligible for on the DHS website: https://mn.gov/dhs/. Log onto ApplyMN, which helps Minnesotans apply for multiple programs. Minnesotans in need of emergency assistance should contact the county human services or tribal agency where they live. Phone lines and language accessibility vary across counties.
- Hennepin County: 612-596-1300
- Ramsey County: 651-266-4884
- Dakota County: 651-554-5611
- Anoka County: 763-422-7200
- Washington County: 651-430-6459
- Scott County: 952-496-8686
- Carver County: 952-361-1600
The City of Minneapolis will provide housing assistance for low-income families to help with rent and utilities. They will begin accepting applications in the coming weeks. Immigration or documentation status will not impact your eligibility for this program: http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding
Child Care Questions and Concerns
The Minnesota State Child Care Information Hotline is open between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Metro number: 651-297-1304, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-657-3504
The YMCA is collaborating with local government and health officials to deliver school-age care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) for essential employees and critical workers in 38 sites across the state of Minnesota. Starting Monday, March 23, the YMCA sites are open for school-age care from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration: First come, first served. To Call 612-230-9622.
Resources for Mental Health, Physical Health, and Wellness
Child Trauma and Wellness
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Cope with Covid-19
English, Spanish, and Chinese versions available
Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
World Health Organization Resources for Parents: https://www.sprocketssaintpaul.org/sites/default/files/news/COVID-19%20Children%20Coping%20WHO.pdf
Mental Health and Crisis Resources
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. To learn more about things you can do to cope and support yourself and your loved ones, go to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fcoping.html
Mental Health Resources by Minnesota Counties:https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/people-with-disabilities/health-care/adult-mental-health/resources/crisis-contacts.jsp
If you need to talk to someone, these resources are confidential and available for FREE 24/7:
• Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
• Text HOME to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/
• Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for the Disaster Distress Hotline: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
• Call 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678 or go to the Trevor Project (LBGTQ youth): https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
• Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 to connect with the National Domestic Abuse Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/
While many gyms are closed to prevent the spread of this illness, being active can help your stress and anxiety. YouTube and other streaming services offer many guided practices you can do in your own home, and getting out for a walk, run, or bike ride – as long as you keep your distance from others – is still advisable.
Substance Abuse Support
Many substance abuse support groups are going virtual right now. On their websites, you can find links and guidelines to stay connected to your community:
AA Options for Meeting Online: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/options-for-meeting-online
Minneapolis AA: https://aaminneapolis.org/
St. Paul AA: https://www.aastpaul.org/
Supporting someone with a problem with alcohol: https://al-anon.org/
Narcotics Anonymous: https://www.naminnesota.org/, Twin Cities: https://www.naminnesota.us/tc/
Help with Utilities, Phone, Taxes, Health Insurance, Rent/Mortgage Payments, Legal Issues
Help to Avoid Utilities Being Shut Off
Excel and CenterPoint Suspend Disconnections: http://www.startribune.com/utilities-temporarily-stopping-disconnects-because-of-coronavirus-disruption/568832022/
Excel Energy, 1-800-895-4999: https://www.xcelenergy.com/covid-19_response
CenterPoint Energy, 1-800-245-2377: https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/Corp/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
Have another provider for your utilities? Visit your specific utility provider’s website or call. Many municipalities have agreed to suspend water- shut offs for 30 days. Visit your city’s public works office or call.
MNsure is offering a special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This SEP will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.
FREE or Low Cost Internet Service
Available from Comcast: https://internetessentials.com/
Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service.
Minneapolis City-Wide Wifi: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/wireless/index.htm
The citywide Wi-Fi internet is now open and free for everyone.
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance has a resource page to offers across the U.S. for low and no cost internet: https://www.digitalinclusion.org/free-low-cost-internet-plans/
Housing Assistance for Hennepin County Residents
The economic impacts of COVID-19 are further threatening to exacerbate these challenges. To prepare for the risk of thousands of people newly threatened with homelessness, Hennepin County recently announced $15 million for rental assistance for low income households who cannot afford their housing costs due to COVID-19: https://www.hennepin.us/rent-help
Governor Walz has ordered a temporary ban on evictions, so if you miss a rent payment you should not be evicted during this time. Rent is still due and you should apply for assistance right away. Current information about the stay on evictions can be found here: https://homelinemn.org/6356/executive-order-on-evictions-covid-19-information/ UPDATE 8/27/20: On August 12, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-83, extending the peacetime emergency declaration through September 11, 2020. This means the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations currently remains in place until September 11th. Given what we have seen in previous months, it is unlikely we will know for certain about a future extension into October until the last day of the current extension, Friday, September 11.
The state’s rental assistance program funded by CARES money is accepting applications starting 8/24/20. It’s statewide, obviously, and has the same income requirements as the Hennepin county CARES program. And covers utilities! http://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/np/covid19housingassistanceprogramFAQ To start the application process:
- Call 211 (Toll Free: 1.800.543.7709; Local: 651.291.0211)
- Visit 211unitedway.org
- Text “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211
Contact the Conflict Resolution Center: http://crcminnesota.org/services-ind/landlord-tenant/
OR call 612-822-9883
For legal assistance with housing, finance, work, benefits, or other matters:
Apply for free legal help: https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/covid-19-other-planning-ahead-topics/coronavirus-covid-19
If you don’t have internet access: Hennepin or Anoka residents call 612-334-5970
Free legal help for renters in Minnesota: HOMELine: https://homelinemn.org/6356/executive-order-on-evictions-covid-19-information/
OR call 612-728-5767
Emergency Rental Assistance in Minneapolis
Saint Mark’s is a member congregation of Align MPLS. Rental Assistance for Minneapolis (only) residents is available through Align MPLS. For rental assistance application criteria and to learn more about the program process and how to get access to an online application: https://www.alignmpls.org/era. Applicants must be prescreened in order to receive a link to the online application and an intake appointment. Questions? Contact Nate Merrill, Align MPLS Emergency Rental Assistance Coordinator, at: 612-703-9978.
Help for Homeowners in Minnesota
If you are a homeowner worried about your ability to pay your mortgage, reach out to your loan servicer as soon as possible, ask for the loss mitigation department, and discuss your options. You can find the number to call on your mortgage bill.
Several federal agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates mortgage owners Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have recently announced a temporary moratorium on foreclosures during the crisis to help people stay in their homes.
A network of nonprofit Homeownership Advisors offers nonbiased advice to homeowners in Minnesota to help them keep their homes. Find a Homeownership Advisor offering services in your area.
Minnesota Home Ownership Center:https://www.hocmn.org/covid-19-information-and-resources/
OR call 651-659-9336
Go to EveryoneOn to find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area. EveryoneOn also includes resources for schools to help students stay connected while at home.
See the Get Connected guide for additional low cost internet and computers resources in Minneapolis.
Phone Resources (Land-line and Mobile)
Minnesota Health and Human Services Telephone Assistance Programs
Tax Deadline Extensions and COVID-19 Tax Relief Information
Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know
Help for MN Veterans
COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Minnesota Veterans, information about MVA Disaster Relief Grants : https://mn.gov/mdva/blog/?id=1066-425565
Help for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Single Adults: The Adult Shelter Connect office at St. Olaf Catholic Church is closed to walk-ins and shelter reservations must be made over the phone: 612-248-2350
Families: Call 612-348-9410 Monday-Friday until 11pm, 211 (651-291-0211) and ask for the after-hours shelter team on holidays weekend, and evenings until 11pm.
Youth: Youth Services Network can help with shelter, medical, food, basic needs and more: https://ysnmn.org/
In Ramsey County:
Family Housing Crisis: For shelter space, call 651-291-0211 or Visit Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke Street,
Maplewood, MN 55109
Single Adult 25 years or older only: For immediate shelter space or experiencing homelessness: call Dorothy Day Center at 651-647-2350
Need help with something that’s not listed? Please reach out to Deacon Rena Turnham directly at: [email protected] or 612-308-1898.
*Note: Please do not contact me to update this list. I will update this list if absolutely needed, otherwise, please rely on the organizations listed above to connect you with up-to-date information. This keeps me free to respond to our Cathedral members, as well as to broader community need.