COVID-19 Resources

We’ve assembled the following lists resources to keep our community members safe and healthy. During this time, follow our #StayHomeMN order. Practice social distancing. Support the helpers who staff our hospitals and clinics, emergency services, grocery stores, nonprofits, schools and care-giving facilities. Check in with neighbors who may need assistance with groceries, essentials, outdoor maintenance, or just a friendly phone call or text. ❤️


Employment, Insurance, Transportation & What's Open in MN


Small Business, Nonprofit & Individual Loans/Grants


Housing, Utilities & Internet

  • State of MN Housing Hub: info on the Eviction Suspension Executive Order, renters rights, grant programs, links to file complaints and more at http://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/np/covid-19
  • First Call for Help: Call 211 or 651.291.0211 (Available 24 hours a day to provide information on a variety of resources in your area)
  • Shelter Hotline: 1.888.234.1329
  • Renter Rights: HomeLine @ 612.728.5767
  • City of Minneapolis Gap Funding provides emergency housing assistance and forgivable small business loans (not currently accepting applications): http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding
  • If you need a safe place to stay: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/help-for-crime-victims/Pages/default.aspx
  • If you are experiencing homelessness: https://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/emergency-assistance
    • Adults: Call 612.248.2350.
    • Families: Call 612.348.9410. On holidays, weekends, and evenings until 11 p.m., call 211 (mobile: 651.291.0211) and ask for the after-hours shelter team.
  • Utilities:
    • Minnesota Energy Assistance Program: assistance paying utility bills for renters and homeowners who meet income guidelines: https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp
    • Citizens Utility Board: If you are overdue on your bills or are currently disconnected, contact your utility provider immediately and ask them to keep service on or reconnect you. For help advocating, contact CUB: at info@cubminnesota.org or 651.300.4701.
  • Free Internet:
    • Comcast: Two free months (sign up at  www.internetessentials.com) The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. Or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish
    • Charter/Spectrum: Their Spectrum Internet Assist program is available to anyone who doesn’t have Internet access free for 60 days. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.
    • Free WiFi (USI Wireless): City of Minneapolis is providing free WiFi in Minneapolis for those who may need temporary internet access during COVID-19: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/wireless/index.htm


Schools, Parks & Childcare


Coronavirus & Health Links


Emergency Assistance, Mental Health & Chore Help


Food Access

 


Local Businesses Offering Delivery or Curbside Pick-up

 


Online Kids' Activities

 


Be a Helper

  • Donate PPE to health care workers and essential employees:

  • Kingfield’s Volunteer/Donation Hub: our friends at the Kingfield Neighborhood Association have organized this city-wide list of urgent volunteer/donation needs.
  • Sheridan Story is a food program aimed at feeding kids when school lunches are not available. The organization has 30,000 bags of food ready to give to needy kids this week in 31 different school districts.
  • Second Harvest has a food warehouse waiting for volunteers and they’re also looking for donations. You can find out more at 2harvest.org.
  • Metro Meals on Wheels is looking for on-call volunteers in the event of a volunteer shortage. The nonprofit is accepting new customers and people can enroll in the service here.
  • Open Arms of Minnesota is currently providing medically tailored and shelf stable foods to people living with life threatening illnesses who often also have compromised immune systems. They are in need of donations and are adding new volunteer shifts.
  • The Aliveness Project is a meal program, food shelf and community center for low-income and homeless people living with HIV. They are accepting volunteers to help bag groceries and are accepting donations — learn more about how they are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak on its site here.
  • House of Charity serves free meals daily and needs volunteers. View open volunteer shifts and sign up to help at https://houseofcharity.galaxydigital.com/