COVID-19 Resources Update June 9th
- COVID-19 testing for people attending protests, vigils or events. The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil or community cleanup get tested for COVID-19. COVID-19 can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Even people who do not have symptoms can still spread the virus to others. If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, get tested as soon as you can, but no later than five-seven days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event – even if you don’t feel sick. Talk to a doctor or a local clinic, or find testing locations near you.
Free COVID testing for critical neighborhoods, for people recently involved in large gatherings
- Updated food medication and supplies resource list. With the loss of grocery stores and other damage affecting people’s access to food, clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication, the City is compiling this list of resources to help residents. Note: Information is changing rapidly. Please confirm the locations are still accepting or handing out donations before heading out.
- DHS updates on online EBT purchases. Minnesota families that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) food benefits are now able to purchase eligible food items with their EBT food benefits online. Participants statewide can order online from the two retailers currently authorized to accept EBT food benefits in Minnesota: Amazon and Walmart. The MN Department of Human Services has detailed information available on their website, including a Frequently Asked Questions document. A shareable social media post and participant flyer are in the works.
- Mental health resources. Please see attached for various mental health resources for adults, families, and youth in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health has developed recommendations for families to support mental well-being of older adults living in long-term care facilities.
- COVID-19 educational videos. The Minnesota Department of Health has created numerous videos in multiple languages on coronavirus topics including testing, proper cloth mask usage, and physical distancing. Please visit the MDH video resource page for links.
- New renter resources for Hennepin County residents. Hennepin County has up to $15 million available to help low-income renters who can’t afford their housing costs this month due to COVID-19. Individuals may qualify for emergency assistance if they rent anywhere in Hennepin County, had household income below 50% of the area median income before COVID-19, lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance, can’t afford housing costs this month, and are not currently receiving Section 8 or other rental assistance. There is no deadline to apply. Priority will be given to households with the lowest incomes and those not eligible for Unemployment Insurance. Learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/rent-help. If you do not have internet access or cannot complete the form in English call 612-302-3160.
- Workshop for Landlords: Resources and Changes due to COVID-19. Given that the Minnesota and federal eviction moratoria are scheduled to end June 12 and August 23, respectively, landlords may be in need of guidance on pandemic-related procedures and resources.Housing Link and Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc. are hosting a webinar for landlords on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1pm via Zoom. Registration is HERE (free but registration required). Please see the attached flyer for more details.
- Safe Routes to Healthy Food (SRTHF) Request for Applications (RFA). This application is for individuals or organizations to receive funding to implement projects that work towards: increasing access to healthy food, increasing safety for individuals or communities when accessing food, and/or projects that are at the intersection of food access and transportation safety (including walking, biking, and transit options).
Given the traumatic events that have consumed our community in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, we are extending the deadline for this RFA from Friday, June 5th to Monday, June 15th at 4:00 p.m. to allow organizations additional time to respond to the RFA. Please see the attached timeline for more details.