Last Updated - 4/6/2020

ST. LOUIS & EAST ST. LOUIS - RESOURCE GUIDE 

This document is created as a resource and guide for the St. Louis region. Please share widely and use it as a tool to share resources with family, friends, and the community.

Update - 4/1/2020

We are partnering with WEPOWER to merge our two resource guides into one. As we work on the transition, please continue to check back here and at wepowerstl.org/covid19-resources for up to date information.

Funding resources: For non-profits, small businesses, employment assistance, and resources based on type of employment can be found on pages 13 to 19.

More local resources:

List of government-initiated mandates and closures in Metro St. Louis: https://bit.ly/3bFmn7d 

National

LOCAL ADVOCACY SUPPORT REQUEST

COVID-19 is an unique challenge that is impacting our vulnerable populations the most and as such communities will suffer greatly. Organizations have come together who are committed in justice and equity in the region to recommend policy and practice changes. As they shared, “If our region is to effectively combat the spread of this virus, and truly prioritize the health of all its people, we must today adopt an approach that centers the needs of those who are otherwise likely to be most impacted. For this reason, local and state policymakers should implement a comprehensive set of policies targeted at the following populations most at risk of contracting this disease, and the institutions and practices that pose the greatest threat. Our shared safety and health depends upon it.” To learn more and support these initiatives – sign the petition: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stlmocovid19response 

Lemay and Afton fire departments are in need of protective equipment such as gloves and masks to keep their first responders safe. If you have any supplies that you are willing to sell or donate please contact them directly. For afton fire department contact Chief Nick Fahs nfahs@afftonfire.com.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LOCAL ADVOCACY SUPPORT REQUEST        1

COUNT OF KNOWN CORONAVIRUS CASES        3

NATIONAL UPDATES        3

ST. LOUIS, MO UPDATES        5

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL UPDATES        10

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RESOURCES        11

WHERE CAN I GET TESTED FOR COVID-19?        12

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES        14

RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS        16

COVID-19 MUTUAL AID        16

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE        17

RESOURCES BASED ON TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT        18

HEALTH        20

FOOD        21

TRANSPORTATION        24

EDUCATION        25

FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS        28

INTERNET ACCESS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES        30

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS        30

FAIR HOUSING RIGHTS        31

MORTGAGES        31

RENT        31

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE        32

SELF-CARE        32

COVID-19 MULTI-LANGUAGE SUPPORT        33

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY        34

LEGAL        34

OTHER RESOURCES        35

 
National, St. Louis, and East St. Louis updates highlight general updates that may be most commonly asked questions. For more LIVE updates St. Louis Post Dispatch -  https://bit.ly/2wjD9d5 

COUNT OF KNOWN CORONAVIRUS CASES

Numbers updated at 8 a.m. April 6

Missouri: 34 deaths, 2,367 known cases. Health officials report 985 cases in St. Louis County and 358 in St. Louis. There were 179 reported cases in St. Charles County.

Illinois: 274 deaths, 11,256 confirmed cases. Cases include 82 in St. Clair County, 48 in Madison County and 10 in Monroe County.

National: At least 336,776 people across the country have tested positive for COVID-19, according to The New York Times database. At least 9,655 patients with the virus have died.

Worldwide: There have been 1,174,855 cases worldwide, and 64,471 confirmed deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

NATIONAL UPDATES

CDC Information -

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 

WHO Information -

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus 

Coronavirus Support Network -

http://coronavirusnetwork.org/resources/

3/29/2020

Federal guidelines will ask U.S. residents to socially distance until April 30. More information to be released by Tuesday, March 31.

3/27/2020

COVID-19 information for those with Health Insurance - https://www.ahip.org/health-insurance-providers-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

3/25/2020

$2 Trillion Stimulus Bill for COVID-19 - Below summarized high level information

The Senate and White House have finally delivered a long awaited stimulus package (although, politically correct the package is “relief” not “stimulus”) that totals $2 trillion.  The new fiscal plan, combined with the Fed’s monetary packages totals $6 trillion in stimulus/relief. Here is the breakdown of the payments:

Individuals:

*$1200 for individuals making up to $75k

*$2400 for couples making up to $150k

*$500 per child

*Unemployment insurance extended to 4 months...bolstered by $600 weekly (eligibility expanded to cover additional workers)

  • Below is a flowchart from the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Coordinating Committee (AEMI) to provide initial guidance on how to access the expanded unemployment insurance benefits.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (S. 3548). The Senate hopes to pass the bill today and send it to the House, which is also expected to pass the proposal either Thursday or Friday.

 

Rapoza Associates prepared a summary of the legislation with a particular focus on community development.

Federal Student Aid Postponing Student Loan Payments

  • You may be able to temporarily stop making your payments
  • To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. Read the borrower Q&As below to learn more, and contact your loan servicer to find out your specific options.
  • https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus 

3/20/2020

The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15 to July 15. The secretary of the treasury announced the decision in a tweet on Friday. Read more. 

3/19/2020

New C.D.C. data showed that nearly 40 percent of hospitalized patients in the U.S. were aged 20 to 54. But the risk of dying was significantly higher in older people.

3/18/2020

White House announced a suspension in foreclosures and evictions for Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages for single family properties for the next 60 days.

The FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for “at least 60 days” on all single-family mortgages backed by either organization.

3/16/2020

White House urged the public to avoid gatherings no larger than 10 people. CDC recommends cancelling all events of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks (March 15, 2020).

 

ST. LOUIS, MO UPDATES

4/6/2020

The city on Monday began leasing part of the former Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home at 3225 North Florissant Avenue. The city will work with City Hope St. Louis, a nonprofit agency, to operate and manage the facility. Each person housed at the building will undergo a health screening test before admittance. City Hope will provide several services to people staying at the facility, such as workshops on résumé writing, job search techniques and health and wellness.

Meals and laundry service will be available as well. People can stay there 24 hours a day, city officials said.

There will be space for up to about 175 people.

https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/coronavirus/city-leases-former-north-st-louis-nursing-home-to-shelter-homeless-during-pandemic/article_21573fc0-284a-583b-8827-852ebeda9fbc.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1 

4/5/2020

Dierbergs Markets Inc. announced Sunday that its 23 Missouri stores, and Edwardsville and Shiloh locations, will start asking customers to only send in one person per household. And once a store reaches capacity, customers will wait in lines at the entrances.

Schnuck Markets Inc. announced Saturday that they will only allow one shopper per household in a store to collect groceries.

4/2/2020

St. Louis County closing all parks at 8pm Friday, April 3 - http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/st-louis-county-closing-all-parks-at-8-p-m-friday/article_30532640-7550-11ea-92b3-cf4d81fac578.html 

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones on Thursday extended until April 22 her policy of not enforcing parking meter violations.

3/31/2020

Pritzker set a new deadline of April 30 for keeping people inside except if necessary to go to a job deemed essential or take care of needs such as getting food or going to a health care provider. Stay-home orders in St. Louis and St. Louis County are effective through April 22, but may also be extended.

3/30/2020

City of St. Louis Restricts Vehicular Traffic Inside Several Parks

  • Effective immediately, all roads inside O’Fallon Park, Willmore Park, Fairground Park, and Carondelet Park (except for Loughborough Drive to Grand Drive/Holly Hills), will be closed to traffic until at least April 22. Violators are subject to tow.
  • In Forest Park, the three road closures are as follows:
  • Government Drive from Wells Drive to Washington Drive
  • Fine Arts Drive from Government Drive to Lagoon Drive
  • Lagoon Drive from Fine Arts Drive to DeBaliviere Circle

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of March 30, 2020 at 6 a.m. is the following:

  • All parks and trails will remain open. Many park restrooms are open. Click here for a complete list of open park restrooms.
  • All park playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, indoor facilities (recreation centers and museums) and Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex will be closed thru at least Wednesday, April 22nd.
  • All programs, activities, events and rentals (regardless of size) are canceled thru at least Wednesday, April 22nd.
  • Any programs, activities, events and rentals that are gatherings of 50 or more people are canceled thru at least Sunday, May 10th.
  • The Tails & Trails Dog Park is closed thru at least April 22.
  • Park Rangers are continuing their duties as normal.
  • Further closures and cancellations will be reevaluated by April 15th.

3/29/2020

St. Louis City officials announced on Sunday that they are further restricting use of park facilities during the coronavirus pandemic. The city is closing tennis, basketball, racquetball and handball, pickleball courts and roller rinks until at least April 22.

Tower Grove Park

  • Road Closures
  • The east end roads in the park are closed to vehicle traffic, allowing pedestrian visitors to have additional space to maintain social distancing. Park staff is monitoring daily and adjusting as necessary. The west end remains open to vehicles for now.
  • Facilities
  • The playgrounds, pavilions, drinking fountains, restrooms, exercise stations, and tennis center are closed until further notice to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 and to encourage social distancing.

Metro Transit

  • Effective immediately, MetroLink passengers will not be able to board or exit the train using the first door at the front of the train. This door will remain closed to help maintain social distancing between operators and passengers. Riders may use any other door to board or exit MetroLink trains.
  • Metro is shifting its available personnel and transit vehicles in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Beginning Monday, March 30, Metro Transit will temporarily suspend service on four Missouri MetroBus routes: #1 Gold | #5 Green | #17 Mackenzie | #59 Oakland.        

3/27/2020

Effective immediately, @CityofSTLDOH has decided to close all @STLCityGov @StLCityRec playgrounds. This will be in effect for as long as our mandatory #COVID19 Stay at Home order is in place.”

3/24/2020

“In response to the nutritional needs of low-income Missourians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Services Family Support Division requested and has been approved for a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend Food Stamp/SNAP certification periods by six months for those re-certifications coming due in March, April and May. This action prevents Food Stamp benefits from ending during the COVID-19 pandemic. DSS is also currently waiving all work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents through the end the federal emergency COVID-19 declaration.” More info at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SRKAlHiLI08CHSsCWP90CPanBh7IxFhR15OwP8h5Igk/edit?fbclid=IwAR2CYE-iFjRxN3L3n80f0Yzbmm4HDXTsWVqXKAG1TWDyQWL4QYg8mVk_Kuo

3/22/2020

Metro Transit System wide Alert

DETAILS

Metro is making several adjustments to transit services and operations for the safety of transit riders and Metro employees, and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through the community.

Beginning Monday, March 23, Metro Transit will begin operating a modified weekend schedule on weekdays until further notice. In addition, Metro is temporarily waiving fare enforcement of cash fares on MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride. Fare enforcement will continue on MetroLink.

Click here for more information.

ALERT EFFECTIVE:

Mar 20, 2020 - Apr 20, 2020

3/21/2020

St. Louis County suspension of enforcement of certain writs of restitution, writs of replevin, writs of attachment and any other writs of execution - includes federal government authorizing a moratorium on foreclosures and eviction actions for homeowners with mortgages backed by FHA, Fannie Mae, and Feddie Mac...

St. Louis County FAQ on Stay at Home

St. Louis City information about stay at home

St. Louis region to enact stay at home orders to prevent spread of COVID-19 starting Monday, 3/23/2020.

3/20/2020

St. Louis County introduced a text message service Friday for alerts with new information about the coronavirus. Read more.  To receive alerts, text STLOUISCOALERT to 67283.

3/19/2020

While jobs are drying up at restaurants, bars and many retailers, some St. Louis businesses are hiring. Schnucks and Dierbergs, for instance. Both grocery chains said they need to add workers to meet the demand created by the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the jobs will be temporary, but some could last beyond the immediate crisis. Read more. 

3/18/2020

City of St. Louis and St. Louis County is restricting the size of events and social gatherings to no more than TEN people.

3/17/2020

Carry-out only: Restaurants in St. Louis County and City ending eat-in service by midnight Thursday

3/16/2020

Ameren Missouri - Suspends all disconnections for non-payment and forgive any late payment fees for residential and business customers

Spire has suspended disconnects and late fees until May 1 for residential and business customers.

St. Louis Housing Authority and Sheriff Betts - there will be a moratorium on evictions until further notice to ensure individuals can maintain access to housing. *note from author - evictions can still occur if a judgement has already been entered - individuals should take note[a][b][c][d]

City Office of Treasurer - All tickets written today, 3/16 are voided. Parking meters will be free and no tickets will be written through April 6, 2020. Penalties will be frozen through April 15, 2020.

St. Louis County Housing Authority confirmed there will be no eviction proceedings in public housing for at least the next 30 days.

All scheduled events and social gatherings with more than 50 people in attendance are prohibited in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, St. Clair County, and Madison County.

Recommended that by March 18, all public, private, charter, and parochial schools in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, St. Clair County, and Madison County close until further notice. Decision reevaluated by April 3.

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL UPDATES

4/6/2020

East Side Health District reports first COVID-19 death, total of 23 cases. The East Side Health District – which is responsible for approximately 60,000 residents of St. Clair County who reside in East St. Louis, Canteen, Centreville and Stites – reported its first death from COVID-19. An older female, with previous underlying health conditions, passed away on Sunday, April 5.

It also reported its first COVID-19 case involving a child under the age of 10. As of 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 6, the district reported 23 positive tests, 17 negative nests,  and six pending. The age range of people tested is 0 to 80 years.

4/5/2020

Dierbergs Markets Inc. announced Sunday that its 23 Missouri stores, and Edwardsville and Shiloh locations, will start asking customers to only send in one person per household. And once a store reaches capacity, customers will wait in lines at the entrances.

Schnuck Markets Inc. announced Saturday that they will only allow one shopper per household in a store to collect groceries.

3/29/2020

St Clair County COVID-19 Update - 03/29/2020

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — A woman in her 30s is the second person to die of COVID-19 in the county, officials said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

Metro Transit

  • Effective immediately, MetroLink passengers will not be able to board or exit the train using the first door at the front of the train. This door will remain closed to help maintain social distancing between operators and passengers. Riders may use any other door to board or exit MetroLink trains.
  • Metro is shifting its available personnel and transit vehicles in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Beginning Monday, March 30, Metro Transit will temporarily suspend service on four Missouri MetroBus routes: #1 Gold | #5 Green | #17 Mackenzie | #59 Oakland.        

3/20/2020

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered all residents across the state to stay home, venturing outside only for essential jobs and errands. The order will take effect Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and last through April 7, and instructs all non-essential businesses to stop operating.

3/19/2020

While jobs are drying up at restaurants, bars and many retailers, some St. Louis businesses are hiring. Schnucks and Dierbergs, for instance. Both grocery chains said they need to add workers to meet the demand created by the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the jobs will be temporary, but some could last beyond the immediate crisis. Read more. 

3/18/2020

Bus fares in Madison County will be suspended starting Wednesday to eliminate the passing of cash, tokens and bus passes between passengers and drivers, according to Madison County Transit. Also included are the transit's runabout paratransit services for elderly and disabled riders.

3/16/2020

Ameren Illinois - Suspends all disconnections for non-payment and forgive any late payment fees for residential and business customers

All scheduled events and social gatherings with more than 50 people in attendance are prohibited in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, St. Clair County, and Madison County.

 

Recommended that by March 18, all public, private, charter, and parochial schools in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, St. Clair County, and Madison County close until further notice. Decision reevaluated by April 3.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RESOURCES

Missouri residents: For general questions about COVID-19 and Missouri’s response, contact 877-435-8411 or visit health.mo.gov.

St. Louis City: For general questions, contact City of St. Louis Department of Health -

314-657-1499 or visit https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/covid-19/ 

St. Louis County: For general questions, contact the St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline 24/7 314-615-2660 or visit www.stlcorona.com 

St. Charles County: Community Council Resource List http://www.communitycouncilstc.org/resources/covid-19-resources 

Illinois residents: For general questions about COVID-19 and Illinois’ response, contact 1-800-889-3931 or visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/ or visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/ 

St. Clair County: For updated information visit https://www.facebook.com/stclaircoilema/ or additional information can be found here http://www.co.st-clair.il.us/Pages/default.aspx 

East Side Health District: http://www.eastsidehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/ 

East St. Louis: For updated information visit https://www.cesl.us/310/COVID-19-Update 

United Way 2-1-1

The United Way 2-1-1 Navigation Center - The community response team is continuously monitoring local and national resources available and updating our resource database. You can find more information on available resources here or dial 2-1-1 for assistance

WHERE CAN I GET TESTED FOR COVID-19?

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Regional

  • St. Louis County has mapped out all available testing site locations as well as helpful education materials
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Online Screening - https://www.bjc.org/coronavirus 
  • If you do not have a primary care provider, you can schedule a new patient appointment by calling (314) 312-4749.
  • SSM Health
  • Anyone interested in the virtual screenings can click here to learn more.

Missouri

  • St. Louis Region
  • HomeSafe1st app
  • People can use the app to self-report their symptoms and seek appropriate medical attention to help limit the spread of the virus and reduce strain on the healthcare system
  • Volunteers will call back and gather more information, or they will send the request directly to one of the four volunteer physicians to determine next steps.
  • The link to HomeSafe1st is http://homesafe1st.com/custom_form/. Or for the hotline, call 314-735-0220
  • St. Louis County, MO
  • Testing locations and current screening process information can be found at www.stlcorona.com and:
  • North County – (314) 653-5000
  • Mid County – (314) 747-3000
  • West County – (314) 251-0500
  • South County – (314) 966-9666
  • Mercy Clinic
  • 3/20/2020
  • https://www.mercy.net/newsroom/2020-03-20/mercy-to-open-three-additional-covid-19-test-collection-sites/ 
  • Mercy Test Collection Sites are exclusively for patients who meet the Centers for Disease Control and state health department guidelines for testing. To qualify for testing at the drive-through site, patients must have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath, and either recent travel to a high-risk area or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient. Anyone seeking a test must call Mercy’s COVID-19 Clinical Support Line at 314-251-0500 before arriving.
  • The Washington test site will be located on the Washington Fairgrounds, 6 Fairgrounds Rd. Washington, MO, 63090. The site will be near the Mercy First Aid Building and the Motorsports Arena. It is scheduled to open on Monday, March 23.
  • The South St. Louis County site will be located in the parking lot of the MetLife building at 13045 Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63128. It is scheduled to open on Wednesday, March 25.
  • The Hillsboro site will be located at the Hillsboro Community Civic Club Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 10349 Business 21, Hillsboro, MO, 63050. An opening date for this site is to be determined.
  • Mercy’s first test collection site opened Saturday, March 14, in Chesterfield at the Mercy Virtual Care Center, 15740 S. Outer Forty Rd. In the first six days at that site, Mercy has collected samples from 441 patients and is now seeing about 120 patients per day.
  • Patients seeking a COVID-19 test must first call Mercy’s clinical support line at 314-251-0500 to be screened, and if appropriate, they will be given a time to arrive at the test collection site nearest them. Mercy will collect a sample and send it to a designated lab, either the state health department or a private lab. Results may take a couple days or up to a week depending on the lab conducting the test. There is a cost associated with the testing; most insurance companies along with Medicare and Medicaid have committed to covering the cost. No one will be turned away from the testing site due to cost.
  • 3/14/2020
  • St. Louis City
  • A testing site will open April 2 at 1717 Biddle in the Carr Square neighborhood. Affinia Healthcare will be using one of its mobile medical units for testing.  A tent will be used for drive-thru or walk up testing.
  • Call (314) 833-2777 to set up an appointment, complete a pre-appointment screening and receive instructions related to an appointment.
  • There will be no cost to the patients. They will collect insurance information, but not charge co-pays. If uninsured, they won’t charge a fee either. People must call ahead for phone screening and appointments to drive up (or walk up). They cannot just show up, Affinia officials said. If they do, they will be asked to call from their cars (or go someplace to make the call) for the phone screening first, and depending on the criteria, they will be given an appointment time to come through.
  • On April 6, CareSTL Health will begin testing at its location at 5471 Martin Luther King Drive, in St. Louis’ Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood.
  • For testing at CareSTL Health, call 314-633-6363.
  • BJC Cortex corridor in Central West End. The site is available to those who are referred by BJC providers after completion of the CDC's pre-screening guidelines.

Illinois

  • Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with the St. Clair County Health Department, Thursday opened the Metro East’s first drive-through COVID-19 testing sample collection site. All patients must first get a referral from their primary care doctor who will screen them for testing in order to be tested at the site. As of Thursday, only people who had a fever or respiratory symptoms and had been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or had those symptoms and has travelled to an area with a known large outbreak were eligible for testing in Illinois. The site will be open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. at 4000 North Illinois Lane in Swansea, the former location of Siteman Cancer Center.The samples collected at the site will then be sent to an Illinois Department of Public Health's laboratory for analysis.” - reported by St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • https://www.bjc.org/coronavirus 

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

  • The Gateway Resilience Fund
  • This fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • https://stlgives.org/covid19/gateway-resilience-fund/
  • STL Partnership
  • https://stlpartnership.com/small-business-resource-fund-for-companies-that-sustained-economic-damage-due-to-the-covid-19/ 
  • The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and the St. Louis Development Corporation are offering a zero percent loan program for small businesses in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
  • Businesses are eligible to apply for loans of up to $5,000 for working capital. Any for-profit business in the city of St. Louis or St. Louis County that has sustained economic damage due to the COVID-19 crisis may apply. To obtain a zero percent interest loan, businesses must be current on all taxes through 2019, be in good standing with state and local governments, and have been in business for at least one year. Applicants must demonstrate that their company’s jobs are threatened by the health crisis, and they must explain how the loan would retain those jobs. Financial institutions and lenders are not eligible.
  • For questions about the program, please email bizhelp@stlpartnership.com.
  • SLEDP has also set up a Small Business Resource Hotline at 314-615-1777 to help connect businesses to needed resources.
  • Spanish speakers can contact Suzanne Sierra at (314) 749-6004 or email ssierra@worldtradecenter-stl.com. Préstamos de hasta $5k con cero interés para dueños de negocio en la ciudad y condado de St Louis. Preguntas o para más información comunicarse con Suzanne Sierra al (314) 749-6004 o al correo ssierra@worldtradecenter-stl.com 
  • St. Louis Regional Chamber
  • SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19 
  • Small Business Majority Resource Portal
  • State Of Illinois Hospitality Emergency Grant Program
  • Grant funds are available for small businesses to support working capital like payroll and rent, as well as job training, retraining, and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.
  • Due April 1, 5PM
  • https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/EmergencySBAIntiatives.aspx

RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS

  • COVID-19 Regional Response Fund https://stlgives.org/covid19/regional-response-fund/ that will “direct resources to regional nonprofits that are serving local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout”
  • Flexible funding available from Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo is redeploying their existing local philanthropy budgets to focus 100% on COVID-19 economic impact and recovery in the markets they serve. Grant applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through September 2020.
  • Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund
  • How the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Bill Would Affect Nonprofits: UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program put together this clear and forward analysis of what the economic stimulus bill being discussed at the federal level means for nonprofits.

COVID-19 MUTUAL AID

NATIONAL RESOURCE

  • AOC Mutual Aid Tool Kit
  • COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources
  • COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks
  • Service Workers Mutual Aid Fund

LOCAL RESOURCE

  • STL COVID Mutual Aid
  • Team of organizers in the St. Louis area who have come together to coordinate on-the-ground needs for people during the coronavirus outbreak. To offer or request mutual aid visit: https://linktr.ee/stlcovidaid 
  • For more information contact stlcovidaid@gmail.com 
  • STL Quarantine Support
  • Their aim is to run errands like grocery shopping and picking up medications and delivering those items so vulnerable and sick people don't have to leave their homes. We hope this will have a positive impact on public and individual health.
  • If you are quarantining, or need to begin quarantining, please fill out this form: : https://tinyurl.com/STLQSintake and a volunteer will contact you soon to discuss your needs and arrange for deliveries.
  • If you're interested in volunteering fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/STLQSvolunteer and someone will reach out with how you can help.
  • Please note, while volunteers will follow CDC guidelines on hand-washing and social distancing, we will not be attempting to sanitize any of the goods delivered. Participants should understand that delivered goods are coming straight from the grocery store, and should take necessary actions once the goods arrive to keep themselves and their families safe.

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

  • Employment Connections
  • Assists in employment for St. Louis region (Missouri and Illinois)
  • Visit the website at www.employmentstl.org or call 314-333-5627. Recently shared they are being contacted by employers who are looking to hire - noted on 3/24/2020
  • The Local Job Network provides a searchable list of job openings in St. Louis and surrounding areas, including East St. Louis and Cahokia in Illinois to Wentzville and Washington in Missouri. Posts updated regularly: http://www.metrostlouisjobs.com/jobs
  • 1575 remote jobs from 100+ companies hiring remotely in Feb 2020

RESOURCES BASED ON TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT

  • National
  • For resources for freelance artists, click here!
  • Individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters
  • Dramatists Guild Foundation
  • For resources for bartenders, click here!
  • Service workers
  • One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
  • Providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers — who are seeing their income decline during this disaster, or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns.
  • https://ofwemergencyfund.org/help
  • Service Workers Mutual Aid Fund
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Resources for Music Creators 
  • Recording Academy
  • https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund 
  • Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Should we receive additional funding, we will evaluate the grant amounts available. All items below must be included in your request:
  1. A completed MusiCares application
  2. Proof of cancellations and bookings
  3. Copy of your lease agreement or mortgage statement which includes account numbers, vendor address and your name on the lease or statement
  • Musicians Foundation
  • Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
  • Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.Those wishing to apply must provide the following:
  • A completed Sweet Relief Application 
  • Supplementary documentation proving that at least 50% of all income comes from working within the music community
  • Proof of cancellations and bookings
  • Relevant medical documentation
  • We help corporations make emergency hardship grants for their employees when they face unexpected and unavoidable financial hardships or disasters.
  • https://emergencyassistancefdn.org/ 
  • Missouri
  • For artists
  • The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 or $1,000 to working artists who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County whose immediate creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Luminary, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts: Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists
  • The Grants will offer sixty $1,000 grants over two cycles and will reserve funds from a total grant from the Warhol Foundation of $100,000 for further infrastructure and support. Applicants are not required to use funds for a project: these unrestricted $1,000 grants may be used for shelter, food, seeds, childcare, communal care -- whatever makes life possible for these uncertain months. Projects emerging out of this unique moment are welcome, but not required, though we encourage grantees to work with us to report out stories of support and survival -- the persistence of art in the midst of emergency, the ways in which we still reach to respond to what feels insurmountable.
  • http://theluminaryarts.com/programs/futures-fund 
  • Ameren Missouri COVID-19 Hardship Funds
  • https://uwgsl.tfaforms.net/4602908
  • Grant information: This grant is available for Ameren Missouri bills only. The maximum assistance available is $250 per household.
  • Eligibility:
  • Must be hourly wage employees who have experienced an interruption in income due to COVID-19 and:
             ◦  Employer closing or cutting hours
             ◦  Childcare closing causing Employee to lose hours
  • Must be 250% of poverty level or below (Not eligible if 135% and below or if currently eligible for LIHEAP - refer back to LIHEAP)
  • Childcare for Healthcare Workers
  • Missouri - Childcare resources for First Responders, Health Care Workers, and Essential Personnel
  • Illinois
  • For artists
  • The Luminary, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts: Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists
  • The Grants will offer sixty $1,000 grants over two cycles and will reserve funds from a total grant from the Warhol Foundation of $100,000 for further infrastructure and support. Applicants are not required to use funds for a project: these unrestricted $1,000 grants may be used for shelter, food, seeds, childcare, communal care -- whatever makes life possible for these uncertain months. Projects emerging out of this unique moment are welcome, but not required, though we encourage grantees to work with us to report out stories of support and survival -- the persistence of art in the midst of emergency, the ways in which we still reach to respond to what feels insurmountable.
  • http://theluminaryarts.com/programs/futures-fund 

HEALTH 

Illinois

  • Comprehensive Mental Health Center continues to provide crisis and mental health services via phone at (618) 482-7330 or visit http://cbhc1.org/ 
  • Touchette Regional Hospital is offering a 24/7 Pandemic Mental Health Support and Resource line for community and hospital staff 618-482-7158 to call for support or resources in regards to the COVID-19. Staff available in-person for hospital staff or community hospital staff for debriefing or support.

National

  • CDC COVID-19 Prevention & Treatment
  • CDC Handwashing
  • Harm Reduction
  • Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak
  • COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs
  • Food Handling During Outbreak
  • Mental Health Support
  • Local company Best Wardrobe Solutions offering KN95 certified masks - please spread the word if you know of health facilities, first responders, etc. who need more:

FOOD

  • Regional (Missouri & Illinois)
  • Known & Grown STL

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  • Food Bank
  • The St. Louis Area Foodbank is available to facilitate food distributions in the community. They can add additional partners to provide disaster mobile distributions to families if there is a need. Mobile distributions include fresh, frozen and shelf stable food. This is a free service. Please contact me at nhawkins@stlfoodbank.org or 314-283-4594. You can find current pantry partners at www.stlfoodbank.org and clicking "Find Food" or our mobile distributions at https://stlfoodbank.org/events/.
  • Stores
  • Schnucks | From 6 to 7 a.m. there will be exclusive shopping time for customers over the age of 60 and for those who run the highest risk of COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions. Schnucks store pharmacies will open at 6 am on Monday and Thursdays to allow older people to visit the pharmacy during the hour from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Dierbergs | 8 a.m. is reserved for buyers who have a higher risk of serious illness by COVID-19, which includes those over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems.
  • Target | First hour of every Wednesday for vulnerable customers
  • Dollar General | The first hour of every working day is dedicated to its buyers over the age of 60
  • Fields Foods | Lafayette Square location will have special schedules from 7 to 8 a.m. for over 60 years old.
  • Whole Foods | Open an hour before opening to the public for over 60 years old.
  • Fresh Thyme | 6 to 8 a.. m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for elderly people and those who may be at risk.
  • St. Louis Region - Missouri Focus
  • STL Take It Home
  • Curbside Information to support small businesses
  • Food Programs
  • Operation Food Search
  • www.operationfoodsearch.org 
  • This organization provides an automated list of food pantries by zip code. You’ll be directed to put in your zip code, and they’ll give a list of all of the pantries in your area.
  • Call our Hunger Hotline at 314-726-5355 to find food near you, or use our interactive MAP HERE. You can also TEXT your ZIP CODE to (785) 503-3310.
  • Meal Distribution
  • St Patrick Center.  800 N Tucker, bagged lunches at noon - 12:30 every day
  • Christ Church Cathedral.  1310 Locust, bagged breakfast plus coffee Sat. 7.30am
  • St Vincent's. 1408 S 10th, lunch M to Sat at 11am, dinner on 22nd to 1st of month to go.
  • Gateway 180. 1000 N 19th, no street lunches during shutdown.
  • Karen House residents only.
  • City Hope STL. 4371 Cook Ave.
  • (in lieu of Bridge of Hope). No longer serving breakfast.  first come first served.  Lunches at 1pm and dinner at 7pm
  • All Our Kids  
  • STL FOOD: Restaurants, Farms, and Diners in COVID-19
  • This is a catch-all resource on STL's food community during COVID-19. This contains resources for pretty much anyone at any level of income.
  • Where and how to buy groceries without shopping inside the store
  • List of restaurants that are still delivering, OR how to support them if you can't afford/don't feel safe to buy meals from them
  • Where to find local food and *how to support local farmers*
  • Mutual aid efforts (Potbangerz, stlcovid@gmail.com, etc.)
  • Local and national donation efforts for hunger
  • Crazy Bowls & Wraps offering free meals to local kids impacted by school closures
  • St. Louis County, MO  
  • St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search will provide drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at nine SLCL branches starting Monday, March 30. Participating branches will provide two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 18 and under. Meals will be distributed in the branch parking lots. To find locations: https://www.slcl.org/drive-thru-meals 
  • City of St. Louis, MO
  • St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA) regularly provides home meal delivery and essential transportation to home-bound individuals in St. Louis City who are older adults or persons with disabilities (18-59 yrs). For assistance call (314) 612-5918 or visit SLAAA.
  • East St. Louis, IL
  • Catholic Urban Programs food bank allows residents of East St. Louis to pick up a box of food once a month
  • Connections to Success East STL office will serve as a drive-thru only pick-up site 4/1, 1-4pm: 1401 E Broadway, Bldg 16, ESTL, IL, 62201
  • Sweet Potato Patch, a healthy foods company-whose goal is to create easier access to healthy foods to people that reside in Urban Food Deserts; and the American Heart Association, has teamed up to deliver heat and serve meals to Senior Citizens that live in East St. Louis. As we solidify the details of this program, we have opened up our 800 line so that Senior Citizens in the East St. Louis area can submit their information for consideration to receive FREE Meals through this program.
  • Please call the Sweet Potato Patch Senior Meals Call Center line at 888-290-1240 and Press 2 for the East St. Louis Area.

TRANSPORTATION

Metro - https://www.metrostlouis.org/health/ 

3/29/2020

Metro Transit

  • Effective immediately, MetroLink passengers will not be able to board or exit the train using the first door at the front of the train. This door will remain closed to help maintain social distancing between operators and passengers. Riders may use any other door to board or exit MetroLink trains.
  • Metro is shifting its available personnel and transit vehicles in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Beginning Monday, March 30, Metro Transit will temporarily suspend service on four Missouri MetroBus routes: #1 Gold | #5 Green | #17 Mackenzie | #59 Oakland.        

3/22/2020

Systemwide Alert

DETAILS

Metro is making several adjustments to transit services and operations for the safety of transit riders and Metro employees, and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through the community.

Beginning Monday, March 23, Metro Transit will begin operating a modified weekend schedule on weekdays until further notice. In addition, Metro is temporarily waiving fare enforcement of cash fares on MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride. Fare enforcement will continue on MetroLink.

Click here for more information.

ALERT EFFECTIVE:

Mar 20, 2020 - Apr 20, 2020

3/20/2020

New MetroBus Boarding Procedure – At this time, all MetroBus customers using a pass, Gateway Card, ticket or transfer will need to present their fare to the operator at the front door, and then board the bus via the rear door. Customers paying with cash or who require the use of a lift or bus kneeling will continue to use the front door to board their bus.

EDUCATION

Federal Student Aid Postponing Student Loan Payments

  • You may be able to temporarily stop making your payments
  • To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. Read the borrower Q&As below to learn more, and contact your loan servicer to find out your specific options.
  • https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus 

COVID-19 Education Response Survey

EdHubSTL and SKIP are wondering how organizations can be immediately helpful to the educational community. Help us identify gaps and needs for yourselves and/or the children and families you serve.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUYePiD6LivvOsgaflmgbd8kmvQEC1tiiuBjgpT1quL2i2HQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0UDs8HKuX4bKsjErXvI7gWJQQPsmFNnamyRz4eeCtRzltlpSZ0by6L4dw 

School District Offices & Updated Information

East St. Louis School District 189 - https://bit.ly/2Qlifkx 

St. Louis Public School - https://www.slps.org/CovidFAQs 

Missouri Charter Public School Association - https://mocharterschools.org/covid19-resources/ 

ESL School District 189 Grab and Go Student Meals 

TIME CHANGE - NOW SERVING 10:00AM-NOON!

FOOD PROVISION IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE - SHELTER IN PLACE DIRECTIVE FROM GOVERNOR STILL ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO GET FREE STUDENT MEALS!

Grab and go student meals will be provided during school closure. In order to limit large groups of people gathering, meals will be delivered in a new method. Details include:

  • Meals will be provided daily Monday through Friday.
  • Meals will only be available from 10:00am - Noon at all 9 K-12 schools and participating centers.
  • Meals will include one day of breakfast and lunch provided in one bag.
  • Meals will be available for pick-up and taken home to eat.
  • Meals can be picked up by students or their families. Parents/guardians may pick up to 4 meals at a time.
  • Meals will be delivered via school bus to a number of locations in the area, including all schools, some bus stops and some community centers.
  • The schedule for brief bus stops (estimated at 3-5 minutes each) for Grab and Go meals can be found here:Brief bus stop locations
  • Centers include:
  • All 9 K-12 schools (not preschool center)
  • John DeShields Community Center: 1235 McCasland Avenue
  • Orr Weathers Community Center: 1400 East Broadway, Building 12
  • Griffin Center: 2630 Lincoln
  • Forest Village: 4313 Forest Blvd
  • Roosevelt Center: 1328 North 44th Street
  • Sinai Family Life Center: 1200 St. Louis Avenue
  • Mary Brown Center: 606 South 15th Street
  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House: 1200 North 13th Street
  • Christian Activity Center: 540 North 6th Street
  • Jackie Joyner Kersee Center: 101 Jackie Joyner Kersee Circle
  • Earnest Smith Sr. Resident Center: 515 S. 47th Street
  • John Robinson Center - NEW SITE ADDED!

School District 189 Student Support Text Helpline: 618-249-4443

  • District 189 Student Support Staff are only a text away during these stressful times. If students have social-emotional needs, staff can be reached at 618-249-4443. 

ESL School District 189 - Chromebook

  • Support
  • Chromebook trouble-shooting instructions for students and families
  • If you have other tech difficulties, contact your school principal by email and describe the issue. find your principals' email address here:
  • Additional Information
  • Pick Up
  • If any households need Chromebooks then they need to contact their principal at dependents school  

St. Louis Public Schools Meals

  • Free grab-and-go meals for kids under 18 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm Monday-Friday. No student ID required. List of school distribution sites here: https://www.slps.org/meals 

St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search Meals

  • St. Louis County, MO  
  • St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search will provide drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at nine SLCL branches starting Monday, March 30. Participating branches will provide two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 18 and under. Meals will be distributed in the branch parking lots. To find locations: https://www.slcl.org/drive-thru-meals 

St. Louis Public Schools

  • Students at St. Louis Public Schools Technology Distribution: https://bit.ly/3dA1Pi9 
  • The District’s direct hotline for students and parents requiring social and emotional support is: 314-345-6900 or studentservices@slps.org.
  • SLPS Materials
  • In partnership with the City of St. Louis Government and area charter schools, Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) and its food services vendor Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE) will provide free grab-and-go meals at 33 school sites throughout the city while the District is closed.
  • Serve meals free of charge for all St. Louis children 18 and younger from 8am to noon, Monday through Friday for the dates listed (most up until 4/3/2020). No student ID is required. Students must be present to receive the meal. Grab-and-go meals are available for students, but students cannot stay at the school to eat them because of social distancing guidance from state and local health agencies.
  • For more information and an interactive map visit www.slps.org/meals.

More Information on where to pick up meals for kids in St. Louis region

  • All Our Kids  
  • Belleville, IL

FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS 

Regional

  • Baby/Newborn Supplies

Illinois

  • Baby/Newborn Supplies
  • Join Hands is partnering with St. Louis Diaper Bank and can be reached at (618) 857-2600 or visit https://joinhandsesl.org/ 
  • East Side Health District is partnering with the St. Louis Diaper Bank and are distributing diapers for all WIC families. Visit http://www.eastsidehealthdistrict.org/ for more information.
  • Childcare Services
  • Coordinating childcare for first responders and both our CCAP and CCR&R 800 numbers are being answered for local childcare needs.
  • Providing counseling services to any youth and their family, ages 10 -21 through video and telephone. Provide support to homeless youth through age 24.
  • Referrals to the ESL office at 618-874-0216, ext 303 for Shirly Moore.

National

  • VERY COMPREHENSIVE - There are many national resources that are mobilizing to help. Parents/Teachers: Check out this comprehensive compilation of free educational resources as you move forward into uncharted territory.

  • Coronavirus quarantine resources for parents and caregivers

  • Anti-Oppressive/Anti-Racist Home School Options During Quarantine

  • Lesson Plans
  • General online learning tools -
  • Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense, funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, for teachers and families PreK-12th grade.
  • Tips for talking to your kids about coronavirus:

FOR TEACHERS

  • Distance learning tricks and tips for teachers:
  • Free 30 day trial membership for teachers to ixl online learning:

INTERNET ACCESS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

  • Spectrum call 1-844-488-8398
  • Comcast/Xfinity call 1-800-934-6489
  • Additional Support
  • Verizon call 1-800-922-0204
  • Mediacom
  • AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are advertising reduced rates for WiFi or increased data usage for free.
  • EveryoneOn.org Internet & Device Search
  • Who:  Anyone who is in need of internet or devices.
  • What:  EveryoneOn.org created a search tool for internet & device support that you qualify for. Just enter your zip code and check the boxes that apply to you to see what your options are.
  • https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers 
  • Open-source document to track all the updated COVID19 offers made by Internet Service Providers across the nation.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

  • Information includes:
  • Interim guidance for homeless service
  • Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
  • People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness
  • East St. Louis
  • Call for Help, Inc. helps people overcome a variety of personal crises, ranging from sexual assault and poverty, to homelessness and mental illness. Call 618-397-0968 for assistance.
  • Community Life Line and New Life Community Church have partnered to provide food buckets that will feed a family of four for a week.  Food backpacks available for the homeless too. Community Life Line, can also assist with emergency housing needs for families in the area. Contact at (618) 477-6900 for appointments or pick up.

FAIR HOUSING RIGHTS

  • EHOC COVID-19 and Fair Housing Rights

MORTGAGES

  • Mortgage lenders are also assisting aid during COVID-19. Call the respective company to learn more about their hardship services due to employment changes for COVID-19 relief. Foreclosures and evictions for FHA loans and loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac have been suspended until May 17, 2020.
  • Anyone who is having trouble paying their mortgage should also contact www.995hope.org for assistance with loan modifications if needed.

RENT

*assistance is not guaranteed.

  • United Way
  • 2-1-1
  • Employment Connections
  • Urban League
  • 935 N. Vandeventer
  • St. Louis, MO 63108
  • (314) 615-3642
  • St. Louis County
  • 8960 Jennings Station Rd.
  • Jennings, MO 63136
  • ​(314) 388-9840
  • St. Clair County Division
  • 10220 Lincoln
  • Fairview Heights, IL 62208
  • (618) 274-1150
  • Salvation Army

  • East St. Louis,IL
  • Catholic Urban Programs (CUP)
  • CUP provides rental and utility assistance to prevent at risk households from becoming homeless. CUP supports individuals by covering utility and rental arrears, first month’s rent and security deposits.
  • Call 618-398-5616
  • https://catholicurbanprograms.org/human-services-office/ 
  • Community Life Line
  • Can assist with emergency housing needs for families in the area. Contact at (618) 477-6900 for appointments or pick up.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

  • If you are concerned about being quarantined in an unsafe home situation or need help, all DV shelter resources are generally available on: domesticshelters.org
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3223 (TTY)
  • Safe Connections
  • Violence Prevention Center

SELF-CARE

  • Toolkit Support for Anxiety/Stress from impact of COVID-19
  • St. Louis Public Library
  • Music
  • Free Calming Playlist from NPR
  • Exercise
  • Down Dog -Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until April 1st.
  • CorePower Yoga Offers Free Online Classes
  • Peloton
  • Meditation
  • Headspace
  • Online Therapy
  • Talk Space
  • Better Help
  • Therapy for Black Girls
  • Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. They have a feature that searches for a great therapist for black girls in your area.
  • https://therapyforblackgirls.com/ 
  • Entertainment
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

COVID-19 MULTI-LANGUAGE SUPPORT

Illinois

  • Puentes de Esperanza provides support to Limited English Speaking individuals and families. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural team is working remotely at this time. Please have families contact us at 618-398-0557 and leave a message.
  • Contact information is Kristen Shinn, Director of Community Support Services at Hoyleton Youth & Family Services & Puentes de Esperanza. Kshinn@hoyleton.org or 618-688-4739

National

  • Information available in 15 languages from King County in Washington
  • Multiple Languages (from the IRC)
  • Health information in Spanish
  • CDC (Spanish)
  • AAP Healthychildren.org (Spanish)

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY

  • Petition - COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Debt Forgiveness in St. Louis
  • Public charge information/chilling effect:
  • Many families are extremely concerned about participating in public programs to keep families safe and healthy.  Most families are not eligible for the services that are included in the Public Charge regulation and can safely participate in services that are offered.  Remember that use of WIC, school lunches/summer feeding programs, food pantries, etc, are not included for public charge.   The Protecting Immigrant Families campaign has a lot of information participation in public programs, available in MANY languages
  •  https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/know-your-rights/ 

LEGAL

  • St. Louis employment law firm HKM is offering a free advice hotline to employees in St. Louis with legal questions regarding COVID-19: hkm.com/stlouis/coronavirus. Anyone with questions can call 314-582-5806 or email stlouiscoronavirus@hkm.com to get answers which will be posted on the site. A free online roundtable is set for 2 p.m. on March 25.
  • Legal Services’ staff includes attorneys, paralegals, social workers, support staff and volunteers.We remove the legal barriers to help low-income families overcome poverty and violence, maintain or obtain independence, and to achieve self-sufficiency: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri:
  • Land of Lincoln
  • If you need legal assistance, please call our Legal Advice & Referral Center at 877-342-7891 or go to https://lincolnlegal.org/apply to apply for our services.
  • At Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, we work to provide free legal aid to families and individuals in need throughout central and southern Illinois. Our team handles certain kinds of civil cases. The kind of help we provide our clients ranges from telephone advice and brief service to representation in court or at administrative hearings.
  • We provide legal assistance in the following areas of law:

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Stray Rescue needs people to foster/adopt animals since they have an overload currently and they are opening up a pet food pantry for people who can't buy food due to covid-19 financial hardship https://www.strayrescue.org/coronavirus 
  • Bankers and Consumers -
  • Caring Across Distance: Some Things to Consider Before Movement Gatherings During COVID-19
  • Resources for undocumented communities
  • Hotlines
  • Crime Victim Center: 314-652-3623
  • Provident Crisis Line: 314-647-4357
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
  • Missouri Crisis Line: 888-761-4357 (can also text "HAND" to 839863 to text with a crisis intervention worker)
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
  • VictimConnect (national line for crime victims): 855-484-2846
  • Also, SAMHSA's Disaster and Distress hotline is assisting individuals who are in crisis mode or in distress about the COVID-19 situation.
  • That number is 800-985-5990 or text "TalkToUs" to 66746.
  • BHR: 314-469-6644 or 800-811-4760
  • City of St. Louis Department of Health COVID-19 hotline (open 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.) - call 314-657-1499

[a]Is this just for St. Louis city or county? I called government offices for both and neither were able to offer any help or clarification. Also does this apply to public and private housing?

[b]From what I've understood, prior to the new orders from the federal and local level if your household whether private or public was already in the process of eviction then evictions can still occur.  Currently, under new legislation from federal (HUD) to local level (St. Louis County/City and Illinois - key to check dates though) your household is protected from eviction; however, this does not mean the landlord will not pass your case onto legal to start the process for eviction. I found this resource from EHOC super helpful - https://www.facebook.com/EHOCSTL/photos/a.820464991306950/3056877920998968/?type=1&theater

[c]St. Louis Post Dispatch posted this today as well - https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/rent-is-still-due-manchester-apartment-owner-says/article_15fc2540-c8d8-57b5-b41c-0189df17b588.html

[d]"EHOC wants to renters to know about steps that have been taken by both the Missouri and Illinois court systems. In these confusing and scary times, it is important that renters have accurate information." https://www.facebook.com/EHOCSTL/photos/a.820464991306950/3075394222480671/