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COVID-19

Current information on COVID-19 and Minnesota’s response is available here. You can also call the Information Hotline from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 651-201-3920.


evictions

Governor Walz declared a Peacetime Emergency and issued an executive order that suspends evictions. Up-to-date information on the order can be found on the HOME Line website.

What the Order means:

  • A temporary suspension of eviction activities for renters
  • A temporary suspension of foreclosure activities for home owners

What the Order does not mean:

  • The Order does not relieve renters’ and homeowners’ obligations to make payments. Missed payments could have serious negative credit and rental history impacts to families.
  • The Order does not stop evictions of renters who endanger the safety of other residents.

This is an important proactive step taken to protect and stabilize Minnesota’s families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to remember, however, that while evictions may not take place right now, you must still pay your rent. Unpaid rent will accumulate and create a greater burden and risk to your housing stability later. If unpaid rent adds up it will eventually exceed Interfaith Outreach’s ability to assist. If you are struggling with housing or other expenses please reach out and consult with your Case Manager now.

More information about working with your landlord during this time can be found at the HousingLink website.


Unemployment Insurance

– Don’t wait, apply now! –

If your hours or rate of pay have been substantially reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits (UI), all workers affected by COVID-19 should apply. The UI Program will review your application and determine your eligibility for benefits.

Unemployment Benefits

  • Apply online (see the chart below for your assigned day)
  • Only contact Customer Service if you need extra help. Due to volume of calls, expect long wait times. Assistance available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or any other language you prefer. Available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Within a few days of applying for benefits, you will receive an Information Handbook and password so you can access your account.

NEW!  Due to the high number of applications currently being processed, new applicants are asked to apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN). You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day — or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

Application Schedule
If the last digit of your SSN is: Day of the week you should apply online:
0, 1 or 2 Monday
3, 4 or 5 Tuesday
6, 7, 8 or 9 Wednesday
Any number Thursday
Any number Friday

If you have questions visit the “Need to Know” page on the UIMN.org site.


wayzata & orono schools covid-19 updates


utilities

  • Xcel Energy suspends service disconnections until further notice. Read more.

internet


food

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Home-delivered meals through Senior LinkAge Line (age restrictions may apply)
  • Meals on Wheels: Food delivery for senior citizens that are 65+, people with disabilities, and people recovering from surgery or major illnesses who are having difficulties preparing meals
  • Loaves and Fishes (Openings and closures, drive thru options)
    • Plymouth Covenant Church Loaves and Fishes location is doing drive-up meals Tuesdays and Saturdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Help at Your Door: Grocery delivery for a fee (sliding scale) for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Hunger Impact Partners: Mobile app to locate kids’ meals during school closures
  • YMCA and Sheridan Story: Families can stop by the front door at a participating YMCA and take a free bag of food. Membership is not required. Supplies are limited. We ask that you please practice social distancing when picking up food. Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. West metro location: Ridgedale YMCA, 12301 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka.

JFCS Passover Program

For the 18th year, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) will provide referred individuals and families in need with gift bags of ritual Passover foods and items to help them celebrate the holiday.

What is provided: matzo, matzo ball soup, macaroons, grape juice, gefilte fish, candy, holiday candles and a Haggadah by request.

How to sign up: Contact Ashley Wyatt at awyatt@iocp.org or 763-489-7505 by March 13 to complete a referral form.


U.S. Census 2020

The Census is a Constitutional mandate to count ALL people living in the U.S. once every 10 years. YOU can help make sure our community gets its fair share of money from the government for services like Medicaid, SNAP, Affordable Housing, and Home Energy Assistance by completing the Census in March or April.

You will receive a postcard in the mail inviting you to respond to the Census in March by going to the Census website to answer a few basic questions about your household. The Census takes about 10 minutes to complete. For each person counted, the government will allocate about $2,800 in federal money for public programs to our community. So, for each person who does not get counted on the Census, we lose $28,000 over 10 years for programs like Special Education, Adult Basic Education, and the School Lunch Program!

Click here or see an Interfaith staff person for more information about the Census.


tenant resource center

A tenant resource center opened Wednesday, Jan. 8 on the first floor of Urban League Twin Cities at 2100 Plymouth Avenue N, Minneapolis. The center is a collaborative set of resources that are co-located to prevent eviction and housing displacement for people in our community. Resources will include emergency assistance, legal help, mediation, and workforce. The Tenant Resource Center website provides additional information on hours of operation, services and workshop dates.


Housing Link – Housing Search Support

Are you interested in locating affordable housing? Do you have questions on the requirements when applying for housing? Would you like to know more about your rights as a tenant?

HousingLink is a great online resource to answer all of these questions and more. Click here for more information on affordable housing resources and information for renters, landlords, researchers and policy makers.


Mental Health Crisis Text Line

With support from the MN Department of Human Services, the Crisis Text Line is offering text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota.

People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here for more information.

 

Interfaith shifted to an Essential Services model during COVID-19.

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