In addition to connecting neighbors in need through our Neighborhood Support Network (learn more here) and regularly updating our local business listing (see here), we wanted to share a variety of resources for you during this challenging time.
- The City of Minneapolis offers an up to date map and listing of food shelves here.
- Visit the Hunger Solutions website or call their hotline 1-888-711-1151 weekdays during business hours to learn how to find food and whether you might qualify for SNAP.
- United Way 211 can be reached 24 hours/day for food support questions by dialing 2-1-1 on your phone or by texting your zip code to 898-211
- YMCA locations including Blaisdell and Southdale are offering free healthy meals to families in need Noon – 2pm Monday through Friday
- Metro Meals on Wheels delivers prepared meals to seniors, sign up online or call 612-822-6040
- Help at Your Door helps seniors and people with disabilities with grocery assistance, transportation and home support. You can request a service online or call 651-642-1892.
- Minneapolis Public Schools is offering weekly food pick up at nearly 50 sites across the city. Food pick-up is offered from 10 am – 2 pm, Monday-Friday, you can visit their website for location details. Closest locations to Tangletown include MLK JR Park on Tuesdays and Windom School on Thursdays.
- Neighbors in Kingfield put together this chart that compares grocery delivery and pick-up options and costs which can be helpful in evaluating your options.
Financial Support, Employment and Transportation
- The CARES Act will be providing Economic Impact Payments to qualifying households. Learn more here. If you are financially secure, we encourage you to consider donating a portion of your stimulus check to an organization helping those most in need.
- If you have recently lost your job or your hours have been reduced, apply online for unemployment benefits as soon as possible. The CARES Act includes $600/week additional compensation for people receiving unemployment benefits, allows benefits for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and others not typically eligible, and also extends benefits an additional 13 weeks.
- Metro Transit is available for essential trips only on reduced schedules. Learn more here.
- Tax deadlines have been extended to July 15.
Small Business Support
- If you are looking for ways to support small businesses, check out our Tangletown business listing for updated hours and operations which is being updated regularly.
- If you are an owner of a small business in need of resources and support, we recommend visiting the Southwest Business Association COVID-19 page which has consolidated information. We also recommend following the City of Minneapolis “Plan. Launch. Grow.” email list which is providing weekly updates on offerings from the city, state, and federal governments. Their April 13 email had a detailed overview of many programs available.
Housing & Utilities:
- Eviction Suspension: On March 23, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-14 to suspend eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency
- City of Minneapolis Gap Funding provides emergency housing assistance to qualified renters. Applications for City of Minneapolis Gap Housing Assistance will open Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00pm. Funds can be used for rent payments, utility payments and/or other housing stability related costs. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 27 at 12:00pm. Apply online or by calling 612-302-3129
- Free legal advice for renters is available through HOME Line, call 612-728-5767.
- CenterPoint Energy has suspended residential disconnections for non-payment for the duration of the national security or state peacetime emergency.
- Minneapolis will not turn off water service for any unpaid bills during the COVID-19 emergency.
- If you are overdue on your bills or are currently disconnected, contact your utility provider immediately and ask them to keep service on or reconnect you. For help advocating, contact CUB: at [email protected] or 651.300.4701.
- If you are experiencing homelessness visit the Hennepin County website which lists a variety of resources for shelter.
Latest Government COVID 19 Information
We are currently under Governor Walz’s Stay At Home Order which means all Minnesotans should stay at home except for essential needs. Recommendations include maintaining social distancing of at least 6ft between people. Additionally, the CDC now recommends that all people wear face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Here are links to the government agencies related to COVID-19:
- Federal Government: Center for Desease Control
- Minnesota Department of Health
- COVID-19 hotline 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Hennepin County
- County Resource helpline 612-348-3000 available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week. Help available in different languages. If you’re impacted by COVID-19, call for help with clothing, financial assistance, grocery and household supplies, medical care and equipment, or medication.
- City of Minneapolis
- Email [email protected] with health-related questions, guidance or health assistance needs.