COVID-19 Resources and Information
During these tumultuous times, we’ve compiled some resources that may be helpful for you. We will continue to update these as the situation develops, so check back frequently.
If there are other resources or services that you would like us to provide, please share that feedback with us.
- Our partner Aunt Bertha provides both general information and health resources as well as a database that you can search to find local resources near you. This includes categories like medical care, food, job training, housing, and more.
- If you need assistance buying food, paying bills, accessing childcare, or other essential services, search 211.org.
- Find your state’s health department to learn more what actions your state is taking to keep you safe and what they recommend for your community.
- Read about what the federal government is doing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to develop effective treatments.
- Scammers may try to exploit the news that the federal government will be sending a stimulus check. Make sure you know if someone contacting you is a scammer or a real government employee.
Employment and Job Loss
- The AFL-CIO has put together industry-specific resources and materials for the pandemic. This may be helpful for the general public, employers, and specific worker groups.
- If you’ve been laid off, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. The process will depend on your state, so check out how to get started in each state.
- If you are a restaurant worker, see what support may be available to you.
- Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks. Search by your zip code to find a food bank near you.
- If you receive SNAP benefits, Expensify is offering $50 to help purchase groceries. Just follow the instructions on the Expensify Hunger website to upload your receipt and receive an extra $50 to help with grocery expenses.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) provides great and trustworthy information about how to stay safe. Check out their YouTube account. It includes what the novel coronavirus is and how you can protect yourself and prevent the spread of the disease.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has lots of helpful information about how to respond to the pandemic.
Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus
- As schools around the country shut down, parents are facing the challenge of keeping their kids entertained and educated. Check out these lists of free subscriptions and resources from education companies: Amazing Educational Resources and Kids Activities Blog.
- Scholastic is also offering day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing while schools are closed.
- The Cincinnati Zoo is closed, but they’re holding regular Facebook Live events to make the break from school fun and educational.
Free Tax Resources
- Even with everything going on, it’s still tax season! If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, check to see whether you’re eligible for free name-brand tax prep.
- The IRS has delayed the April 15 tax payment deadline by 90 days. However, you still need meet the April 15 filing deadline if you are expecting a refund or requesting a six-month extension.
Coronavirus responses vary significantly by state. We have collected resources for some states and will continue adding to this list as the situation develops.
- California: Employment Development Department and Labor & Workforce Development Agency
- Florida: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is offering reemployment assistance if you’ve been impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns
- Georgia: How to file for unemployment and resources from Congressman John Lewis, including how to get meals for kids who are out of school, unemployment assistance, and assistance for veterans
- Louisiana: The New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund for gig workers like musicians, rideshare drivers, and festival production staff
- Nevada: Resource guide from The Nevada Independent outlining food, cash assistance, dental care, and special enrollment for free health insurance
- New York: Paid sick leave and job protection for New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19
- Texas: Unemployment news from the Texas Workforce Commission
- Washington: Resources for businesses and employees from the Employment Security Department
- Additionally, the One Fair Wage Fund is providing emergency relief in California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
- Many local authorities are pausing or suspending evictions during the coronavirus crisis. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose have already taken this measure to protect residents. Plus, some expect Governor Newsom to suspend evictions across the state.
- St. Louis has also suspended evictions and parking tickets for the duration of the coronavirus response.