COVID-19 Information and Resources
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) acknowledges the difficulties that our residents and businesses are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. As circumstances continue to change, we continue to develop our response and the best way we can play a role in offering support to the neighborhood.
We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of neighborhood residents and MHNA staff, board, and volunteers by operating within the current CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines on social distancing.
• See Events for our revised calendar of meetings and events for updates on virtual meetings and other meeting and event postponements. Community engagement with our various projects and initiatives continues in alternative ways.
• Click HERE to sign up to join the MHNA COVID-19 task force or check out the COVID-19 Response task force page: This group meets monthly to consider the best ways MHNA can continue to innovate engagement and play a role in offering support to the neighborhood.
What do I need to know about COVID-19?
Information is changing rapidly. Due to a recent revamp of the City of Minneapolis website, its links may have changed -- please visit the new City of Minneapolis website for updated city information: https://www.minneapolismn.gov/. For organizations accepting or handing out donations, please confirm the information is current with the location before heading out.
• City of Minneapolis: Click HERE to see Mayor Frey's "Declaration of Local Public Health Emergency" and links to Minneapolis-specific Impacts to Services, Community Support, and general COVID-19 FAQs.
— Sign up HERE for the City's COVID-19 newsletter to receive important resource and updates.
— The City of Minneapolis will answer questions during business hours in English, Spanish and Chinese at email@example.com.
— Click HERE to see Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Coronavirus updates on park amenities modified or closed for public health and safety, while parks remain OPEN.
• Hennepin County: COVID-19 Updates and Announcements
— Hennepin County Library System Offering Curbside Pickup; library staff are also available to help with finding information and connecting with resources.
— In Marcy-Holmes: The Arvonne Fraser Library offers curbside pickup & returns: Visit our Curbside pickup service page for details on locations, hours, and how to place holds on materials for pickup.
The Minnesota Department of Health is leading the statewide response to COVID-19:
— Click HERE for basic information prepared by the Minnesota Department of Health:
— Click for MN Department of Health Situation Update for COVID-19
— Call the COVID-19 Public Helpline from 7 am to 7 pm: 651.201.3920 or 800.657.3903 - interpreters available if needed.
— Visit this MN Department of Health website to help Minnesotans find a testing location within their community.
• Nation and World:
— Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Get information about "how to protect yourself" and what to do "if you think you are sick"
— Coronavirus.gov: Provides comprehensive information about the federal government's response.
— World Health Organization: Get information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
What can I do to protect myself and my family?
• Read: Minnesota Department of Health guidance, Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
• Read: Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
• Check out this hand-washing guide to make sure you know the proper steps for hand-washing to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
• The CDC and Minnesota Department of Health also recommend covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The CDC website offers instructions for making homemade cloth masks with or without sewing.
What kinds of local help and resources are available?
• Food Resources
— Information about food assistance resources is available on the state’s food emergency webpage.
— Visit Minnesota Food HelpLine or call Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm: 1-888-711-1151
— Click HERE for a listing and map of Minneapolis food shelf resources and locations
— Second Harvest Heartland - Minnesota Central Kitchen is a new collaboration involving local restauranteurs to help address rising food insecurity
— Click HERE for a growing list of programs and restaurants offering food to families in Minnesota
• Housing and Tenant's Services
— Click HERE to see Governor Walz's March 23, 2020 Order to put a temporary moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the current peacetime state of emergency, recently updated on August 4, 2020.
— Click HERE to visit the centralized resource for all Minnesota Housing updates and information.
— Click HERE to learn about and apply for Hennepin County emergency rental assistance.
— Tenant Resource Center (TRC): will continue to operate and provide resources virtually until the pandemic has subsided. Residents can call 612.302.3180 and leave a message on the voicemail. These calls will be returned within 24 hours and service partners will assist them as needed. They can also visit www.TRC2020.com for the most current information on the TRC.
— Statewide 90-day mortgage forbearance period for customers facing financial hardship -- More information is available here.
• Job loss and Unemployment
— Minnesota Unemployment Insurance: Click HERE to learn more about new, expanded Unemployment Benefits available for payroll employees and for those who do not typically qualify such as independent contractors and self-employed people.
— Visit the Department of Employment & Economic Assistance website for resources for workers and for businesses.
— Visit CareerForce: the metro workforce development areas have joined together to adapt in-person career and resource fairs to virtual formats, providing career seekers with on-line job connection opportunities.
• Emergency Funds, Services and Programs
— Hennepin County Emergency Programs and Services (including emergency assistance and shelter)
• Small Business Assistance
— City of Minneapolis Local Business Coronavirus FAQ page
— Visit the Department of Employment & Economic Assistance website for resources for businesses and for workers.
— Minnesota businesses damaged in the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd can apply for disaster assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
— Federal funding for small business relief program: the Economic Injury Disaster Loans
• Child Care: Find resources and information for child care providers and families HERE.
• Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness:
— Read about the current City of Minneapolis response to increasing homelessness during the pandemic.
— Learn about the current Hennepin County Continuum of Care Partnership to End Homelessness, including COVID-19 Shelter tips.
— The City, Hennepin County and Downtown Improvement District (DID) have partnered to provide handwashing and portable toilets at downtown locations.
• MNSure Emergency Special Enrollment Period
— MNSure has a new special enrollment option to enroll in private coverage for those whose household income has recently decreased and who meet the eligibility criteria. Additional resource information is available for those who may be eligible for special enrollment due to a "qualifying life event" that may or may not be related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
• Mental Health Resources
— 24-Hour Metro Crisis Line: 612.379.6363
— Minnesota Department of Health Mental Health Resources Page
• Domestic/Family Violence
— Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center: "remote services, including advocacy, Orders for Protection, and safety planning, can be accessed by calling 612.348.5073."
— Safety at Home: Safe At Home should never mean you stay somewhere unsafe. If you are facing abuse or violence you can call Minnesota's statewide crisis hotline - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - at 1.866.223.1111 or text 612.399.9995.
— Tubman 24-hour crisis resource hotline: 612.825.0000
- Voting by Mail: Sign up online to vote early by mail this year
With health officials advising everyone to reduce contact with others during the pandemic, the City of Minneapolis is recommending voting early by mail this election year. Voters can sign up now to get ballots for the November general election mailed to them. Ballots will arrive approximately six weeks before those elections, along with postage-paid envelopes for return.
All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote early by mail. Ballot applications should be made no later than 10 days before an election so the ballots can arrive in the mail with enough time for voters to return them.
Although voting early by mail is recommended, voters will still be able to cast their ballots in person at the City’s Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Ave., or at their polling places on the day of the election. Sign up to vote by mail at vote.minneapolismn.gov.
- Other Local Resources:
— Minneapolis Forward: resources for recovery, rebuilding: To find information about legal actions related to George Floyd's death, plans to transform public safety and resources for residents and businesses impacted by recent violence, civic unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic.
— City of Minneapolis COVID-19 e-newsletter. The City of Minneapolis sends out a formal e-newsletter every week. Please visit the City’s COVID-19 website to sign up. Past editions are also available to review here.
** With the recent 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 here. **
— University of Minnesota Office of Off-Campus Living: COVID-19 Resources for Off-Campus Students
— Hennepin County Library Community Resources for Seniors and People Living with Disabilities
— Click HERE to review the State Resource Document with resource information compiled by the following State of Minnesota Departments: Economic & Employment Development (Unemployment), Education, Health, Human Services, Housing & Finance Agency, the Courts & Attorney General's Office
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Share your ideas with our new COVID-19 Response Taskforce for how we best work together with our Marcy-Holmes neighbors to be part of the supportive response:
• Contact: Nick Tangen, COVID-19 Response Task Force Co-Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Connect with your Marcy-Holmes community in a new way
— Share info, resources, ideas & opportunities for involvement and collaboration
— Find out where you can access needed resources and give your time and resources to help your Marcy-Holmes neighbors
Support our local businesses in Marcy-Holmes: Check out this new resource, Dinky2Go, to get updated info about what Dinkytown businesses are open, current services and hours.