We have put together a list of helpful resources should you find yourself in need during this time. We will update it as more resources become available.
Info on the Coronavirus
MN Dept of Health (English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish)
Coronavirus Material and Resources in Multiple Languages
Metro Transit Info
Metro Transit’s response to COVID-19
Coronavirus: An Almanac Special from TPT
Information available in multiple languages
International Institute of MN
COVID-19 resources in multiple languages
Apply online for unemployment insurance. Do not call their office as they will direct you to the website.
Small Business Owners Loans
If your small business has been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, this program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private non-profits. These loans can go toward working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments that can’t be paid due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The non-profit rate is 2.75%. These loans have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years.
Job search resources and services you can access from home.
Food, Utilities, and Housing
Food Pantries in MN
Food pantries listed by city.
Programs and Restaurants Offering Food
This list updated as of March 15, 2020.
Second Harvest Heartland
Emergency food boxes and other food resources.
MN Housing and COVID-19
A centralized location for all Minnesota Housing updates and information related to COVID-19.
Free Internet Access
Free temporary services in response to COVID-19.
Technology Resources – EveryoneOn
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. EveryoneOn aims to leverage the democratizing power of the Internet to provide opportunity to all Americans – regardless of age, race, geography, income, or education level. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. They work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.
Plans in place to ensure reliable electric and natural gas service.
United Way 211
United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. Whether you are in crisis or need a little support, they are there to help.
Health Insurance and Mental Health Resources
MNSure COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period
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. This SEP runs Monday, March 23 through Tuesday, April 21.
Walk-in Counseling Center
Due to the COVID-19 virus, walk-in clinics in Minneapolis, Family Tree and Neighborhood House in St. Paul have moved to a call-in ONLY counseling application through Zoom. Click on the link for hours and more info.
Mental Health Resource Page
This link offers more information with tips on how to ease anxiety and stress.
Families and Education
Census (Census resources in multiple languages)
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. When you take the Census, you help ensure that your family and community receive the resources that they need! Take the Census today!
Virtual Field Trips
Many organizations have created virtual field trips and educational resources that allow families to explore zoos, museums, and other exciting places while still staying safe at home.
Helping Kids Understand the Coronavirus
A comic especially for kids to help them understand the virus.
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus
Helpful information from PBS on how to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus.
Other Financial Resources/Updates
Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Payments) from the IRS
Stay up-to-date with all the latest info on the Economic Impact Payments from the government, and if you don’t normally file a tax return, you can click here to access the form to request a stimulus payment–certain income requirements, etc. apply.
How does the CARES Act affect benefits eligibility?
Helpful fact sheet outlining how the CARES Act unemployment insurance and economic impact payments affect (or not) eligibility for several key benefits programs.
Community Resources Toolkit on Financial Assistance during COVID-19
A resource toolkit put together by the U.S. House of Representatives, summarizing key assistance programs available to help consumers with their financial needs. It includes information and the latest policy/funding updates on food assistance, energy assistance, unemployment, homeowners and mortgage forbearance, the upcoming direct payment checks, and emergency assistance.
Protecting Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Communities continue to announce the temporary closure of businesses, schools and other public facilities or events. While these actions are necessary steps to help reduce exposures, it may bring financial uncertainty for many people who could experience a loss of income due to illness or workplace closures. If you are facing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic, this site offers information on how to protect and manage your finances.
LISC Financial Stability Resources
LISC has put together a number of resources to support COVID-19 related hardships and needs.
Federal Tax Deadline Extended
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
State Tax Deadline Extended
The MN Dept of Revenue has extended the deadline to file from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
National Consumer Law Center
A list of resources to help families navigate their financial lives during these turbulent times.
Law Help MN
Legal information related to COVID-19