Dear friends and neighbors,
To help keep our community safe and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak, SSCO will begin holding virtual meetings starting in April, and we encourage anyone interested to participate. We will provide links to these virtual meetings on our website with directions on how you can participate.
In the meantime, we encourage you to help keep yourself and others safe by following recommendations of the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health. Their recommendations include keeping distance, regularly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are sick. To learn more, you can visit health.mn.gov, or call the Minnesota Health Department Hotline at (651) 201-3920.
If you have friends and neighborhoods who need information in another language, the Minnesota Department of Health has online information available in Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
Please contact us with any questions about future SSCO meetings and programs.
COVID-19 Helpful Resources
- Neighborhood Mutual Aid SurveyHello Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighbors! The coronavirus pandemic has changed daily life around the world and it’s no different in our neighborhood. As much uncertainty as we’re all facing during […]
- Make your own face maskWith recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and even requirements starting […]
- Testing locations near Stevens SquareFind Minnesota testing locations here. Looking for a testing site near you? Here are the closest locations to Stevens Square: 1. Community-University Health Care Center University of Minnesota2001 Bloomington Ave Minneapolis, […]
- Food for Children During School ClosureMinneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is offering free, WEEKLY food pick up for all children 18 and under at nearly 50 food distribution sites across the city of Minneapolis. Each day, up to 10 different sites […]
- Food AssistanceIf you are new to seeking food assistance: SNAP: If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance for food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers […]
- Meals on Wheels is still accepting sign-ups for meals. Sign up today!
- Metro Transit’s adjusted hours of service.
- Need health insurance? Enroll through MNSure.
- Learn more about the federal stimulus payment here.
- Need food? See Groveland Food Shelf in our own neighborhood. Other Minneapolis food shelves can be found here.
- Check out this helpful Bush Foundation page with 44 fund resources for individuals here.
Resources for Small Businesses
During this challenging time, we know our local businesses are feeling the deep impacts of COVID-19. We’ve gathered some resources that may be helpful.
- Check out the MN Symptom Screener is a new web-based tool that allows businesses to enter non-personal health information to help make a determination about someone entering their facility.
- Feeling overwhelmed? The City of Minneapolis has expanded their Business Technical Assistance Program services to make sure that you have an expert to talk to about your specific situation.
- State of Minnesota Safely Returning to Work guidelines
- FAQs for local businesses: Find information about how to stay updated on the latest orders, how to pay license fees, curbside pickup zones.
- City’s Small Business Team
- Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program
- Minnesota Employment and Economic Development Department COVID-19 resources
- Federal Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Check out this helpful Bush Foundation page that has 24 fund resources for business here.
To stay up to date as new information is available
- MN DEED has an excellent guide to the federal and state programs.
- Visit the City’s Coronavirus website and review the FAQs for business.
While we know that following the Stay Home MN guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 is necessary and important, we recognize many of us are also struggling with loss of work or stressful essential workplaces. We’ve gathered some resources that will hopefully be useful in your current situation.
- Self-Employed Now Eligible for Unemployment InsuranceSelf-employed workers and contractors are typically not eligible for unemployment benefits. However, in this unprecedented crisis the State of Minnesota is […]
- Lost job or reduced hours? Apply for unemployment.
- The deadline to file taxes has been extended to July 15.
- Emergency relief for artists.
- PFund COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grants for LGBTQ+ individuals
- State of Minnesota child care resources for critical workers
Housing has been at the forefront of conversation, as jobs and businesses are impacted by the spread of the new coronavirus. It’s especially important as we follow the Stay Home MN guidelines. Here you can find a short list of resources and links to them if you need support.
- Low Income Energy Assistance ProgramIn these challenging times, Minnesotans may find themselves having to choose between paying their energy bill and other necessities – […]
- State Executive Order Suspends EvictionsGovernor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-14 suspended evictions and writs of recovery for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. The order […]
- Update: Resources for Renters and Home OwnersUpdate on Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing. Approximately 8,000 applications were received for the City of Minneapolis’ Gap Funds for […]
- Free Virtual Home Energy VisitsMinneapolis (May 11, 2020) – As people in Minnesota continue to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a new option […]
- Apply for short-term rental assistance.
- Guide to Renter’s Privacy Rights During the Pandemic
- Apply for rent, food and/or childcare help.
- Get help and guidance on mortgage payments from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
- Renting? Call Home Line at 612-728-576 for free legal help in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
- If you are currently unhoused or need to flee domestic violence here are available resources in Hennepin County.
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