Have had household income below 80% of the area median income (about $57,600 for a three-person household) before COVID-19.
Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance.
Can’t afford housing costs this month.
Not currently receive Section 8 or other rental assistance.
Priority will be given to households with the lowest incomes and those not eligible for unemployment insurance. If you do not have internet access or cannot complete the form in English call 612-302-3160.
Utility Bill Payment Options During COVID-19
Both of our local utility providers -- Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy -- have suspended shutoffs for non-payment until further notice. In addition, both companies are working with customers to provide help where possible. Arrange a payment plan by contacting Xcel Energy at 800-895-4999 and/or CenterPoint Energy at 800-245-2377.
Provides benefits to pay for home heating ranging from $300 to $1,600.
Provides help with energy disconnections, no/low fuel in the tank, and homeowners’ furnace repairs.
Benefit amounts are based on the household’s heating costs, household size, and income.
Eligibility is based on the household’s past 3 months of income and assets are not counted.
Wireless Minneapolis during Coronavirus
The City of Minneapolis is unique because we have an outdoor wireless network that covers nearly 100% of our City. The wireless network allows the City to serve its residents and businesses and provides a level of convenience and connectedness to the people who live, work and play in Minneapolis. List of providers below to see what they are doing to help provide internet access due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Includes information about free WiFi connectivity through USI hotspots http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/wireless/index.htm
Minneapolis Public Schools Response
Additional resources for students and parents during the pandemic. Includes technology support, childcare information, and more regarding grading scales for the year and standardized tests. https://mpls.k12.mn.us/covid_response
Hennepin County Resource Helpline
If you’ve been impacted by COVID-19, get help with: Clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, or medication, call the resource helpline: 612-348-3000. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – 7 days/week, help is available in different languages: English, Hmong, Oromo, Russian, Somali, and Spanish.
COVID-19 Hotline for the Black Community
A fully staffed hotline to support Minnesota’s Black community through the pandemic is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can get important information about virus testing sites, food security, physical and mental health, employment, housing, childcare, legal rights and other pandemic-related challenges. The hotline will also help callers looking for information and resources such as reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. Call the hotline at 612-254-1145 with questions about COVID-19.
Spanish/English COVID-19 Hotline
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to launch a COVID-19 hotline in Spanish and English. This statewide service provides accurate and culturally relevant information regarding COVID-19 to Latinx communities. Call 651-304-6145 for assistance in Spanish with questions or concerns about where to get tested, what to do while you wait for results, and how to manage if you're test is positive. Program coordinators and hotline specialists are trained to best understand the needs of the Latinx community around the state as they relate to COVID-19 and will offer resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local organizations.
Free Minneapolis COVID Testing Events
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. It’s one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus. Refer to the city's website for an extensive list of testing sites.
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