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COVID-19 Relief and Resources

This page features a list of local resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list is being generated by community members and verified to the best of our ability before posting below. We hope you utilize this page to share updates, get help, and stay healthy.

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COVID-19 Response Hotline

COVID-19 Information Sources

CDC Regional & Local Resources List

  • Each day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding new content to their website for COVID-19. Their page, titled Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations is a great place to find information for both home and community.

Michigan Department of Health Website

  • The Michigan Department of Health Website related to coronavirus includes all State-issued updates and Governor mandates/statements, along with current numbers of Covid-19 cases in counties across the State. It is also a valuable repository of assistance offerings and information.

Central Michigan District Health Department

  • Central Michigan District Health Department staff remain committed to this response. In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, we will be closing our doors to the public and will continue to provide as many services as possible by appointment only. Click here for more information.

Businesses

Management

Financial Assistance

Childcare

  • Essential Workers Child Care Assistance
    • If you are a member of the essential workforce defined by Governor Whitmer (health care, first responders, sanitation workers, postal workers, public health employees, court personnel, critical infrastructure providers, etc.) and are in need of tuition-based child care, please visit this website and your information will be routed to someone in your community who can help you find care.
  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • 211 helps with housing needs, accessing free child care, and food. During the Coronavirus call 211 for any type of assistance.
  • Central Michigan District Health Department As the days go by, and our children are at home, parents and caregivers may notice different behaviors and feelings. Helping Children Cope with Emergencies is one of the many great resources to read. It talks about how to help children cope and also provides some common reactions of children, by age.
  • Communicating with Children Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has put together a kit intended for families, parents, and guardians of children. The documents included in this kit are intended for caregivers and families to help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress parents/guardians are feeling as they strive to comfort frightened children as well as oversee their education at home.
  • Youth in independent living situations, now more than ever, need to have steady flow of payments. With the COVID-19 crisis, there may be some delays or inability to reach the primary foster care worker or supervisor when payment problems arise. To mitigate that risk, Children’s Services Agency created an email box MDHHS-fostercarepayments@michigan.gov to receive, assess, and quickly resolve those issues. Analysts in the Children’s Services Agency – Federal Compliance Division (FCD) will be monitoring and responding to messages from placement providers (licensed resource and relative providers, residentials) and independent living youth having problems with receipt of expected payments.
  • Educational Resources for Children and Families

Counseling/Mental Health

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Mental Health America has compiled a list of resources and information to aid individuals and communities during this time.
  • Crisis Text Line is available to help comfort anyone who may be suffering with a mental illness. This line also is helping people who may be anxious about the Coronavirus. Text BELONG to 741741.
  • Community Mental Health of Central Michigan provides mental health assistance throughout the mid-Michigan region and also offers screenings to see if anyone may have the Coronavirus. There are also Crisis teams available 24/7.
  • Center for Community Counseling and Development Mid students can schedule a telemental health appointment by emailing the clinic at cccd@cmich.edu.
  • Chipp-A-Waters, Island, and Horizon Parks These parks are open to the public and can be a great way for people to get some fresh air and help with anxiety and depression during this time. Get details at (989) 779-5331.
  • Ten Percent Happier-Free Corona Virus Sanity Guide In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.
  • Center of Hope Counseling Center of Hope Counseling is providing telehealth for their services to help prevent the spread of the virus. New clients are welcome, but note that sessions will be over the phone. (989) 954-4673
  • Drug Enforcement Agency offers alist of smartphone apps to assist in addiction counseling. Individuals can use these tools to maintain their recovery.

Food & Meals

  • The Michigan Department of Education is providing an online map, showing locations of free meals for children ages 0-18. These meals are available to all children at no cost. Up to two meals per day may be served to all children ages 0-18. This includes students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active individual education program (IEP). This program assists Michigan’s school districts and community partners to ensure that kids receive nutritious meals during the school closure announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on March 12, 2020.
  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • 211 helps with housing needs, accessing free child care, and food. During the Coronavirus call 211 for any type of assistance.
  • Mid's Campus Cupboard Food Pantry is still operating for students who are in need of food assistance. Visit midmich.edu/campus-cupboard for order and pick-up details.
  • Clare County Transit Grocery Pick-Up
    • CCTC is offering free grocery pick-up and porch delivery for senior passengers and those with risk factors associated with COVID-19. Currently Steve's Country Market in Harrison and Carrow's Supermarket in Farwell are participating. Other stores are working on a system and CCTC is able to work with any stores that may want to start this service for their shoppers. To use this service call your store of choice, give them your shopping list, arrange payment over the phone, and leave your address. When your order is complete your store calls CCTC for transportation of your groceries. If you would like to call CCTC's dispatch to notify us as well you are welcome to do so at (989) 539-1473. Watch the CCTC Facebook Page for updates.
  • Sacred Heart Mission in Gladwin
    • Sacred Heart Mission is assisting residents of Gladwin County with food and utilities. Currently (March 23-April 3) the hours will be Monday-Friday 10am-2:30 pm. To receive food come to the gray gray door by the ramp, knock on the door, and have a picture ID ready.
      • For electric, heat, and clothing assistance call ahead at (989) 426-4661.
  • Isabella County Soup Kitchen
    • During the COVID-19 temporary closures within Isabella County, the ICSK is offering take out meals for residents in need. For information call (989) 772-7392 or visit the website.
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank Assistance Line
    • The Greater Lansing Food Bank Assistance Line can provide assistance applying for food benefits or help locate other food resources. Call (517) 899-9457 or (517) 898-3165.
  • The Community Compassion Network (CCN) covers food needs not covered by State food assistance. Drive-thru services begin April 1 from 2pm-6pm. The care store specifically has hygiene products and emergency kits such as shampoo and toothpaste. This also includes 2 rolls of toilet paper. The CCN's food pantry offers free boxes of food according to the size of the family. CCN repeats the process on April 8 and 11, 9am-Noon. The infant pantry is providing emergency diapers and formula through request. Email ptsherlock@aol.com.

Housing

  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • Listening Ear
    • Listening Ear Crisis Center, is a private nonprofit, United Way human service agency based in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan providing services across mid and northern Michigan. The mission of Listening Ear Crisis Center, guided by the communities served is to offer hope and opportunity by listening to, supporting, and advocating for people who need quality services and safe, affordable housing. Call (989) 772-2918 or visit the Listening Ear website.
  • EightCAP
    • EightCAP is assisting with bills that need to be paid. This includes emergency financial assistance, utility bills, referrals such as loans, and general assistance, such as Medicaid. Call (616) 754-9315 or visit the EightCAP website.

Internet/Phone/Utilities

  • 211 helps with housing needs, accessing free child care, and food. During the Coronavirus call 211 for any type of assistance.
  • Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply online or call (877) 533-4251 by April 30, 2020.
  • EightCAP
    • EightCAP is assisting with bills that need to be paid. This includes emergency financial assistance, utility bills, referrals such as loans, and general assistance, such as Medicaid. Call (616) 754-9315 or visit the EightCAP website.
  • Sacred Heart Mission in Gladwin
    • Sacred Heart Mission is assisting residents of Gladwin County with food and utilities. Currently (March 23-April 3) the hours will be Monday-Friday 10am-2:30 pm. For electric, heat, and clothing assistance call ahead at (989) 426-4661.
  • Consumers Energy is protecting customers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic in the following ways. If you anticipate challenges with your energy bills, reach out to Consumers Energy to see if they are able to offer any assistance.
    • Consumers Energy and DTE Energy are both suspending shutoffs for non-pay for low-income and senior customers beginning March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020. These time frames could be adjusted depending on the spread and severity of the virus. If you have questions or need assistance, Consumers Energy can be reached at 1-800-477-5050 and DTE Energy can be reached at 1-800-477-4747.
      • Senior citizens and qualified low-income customers already enrolled in our Winter Protection Program have had their end dates extended through May 3, without any additional actions required on their part. This will ensure that our most vulnerable customers have the services they need during this state of emergency. All shut-off notices will be withheld to prevent any additional stress for these customers.
      • Modified current medical hold policy to cover those infected or quarantined by either the COVID-19 or Influenza virus. Impacted customers will be eligible for a 30-day medical hold.
      • Customers that are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for existing payment programs. Additionally, Consumers Energy will refer the customer to energy assistance through 211 or partner agencies, waive down payments for enrollment into SP, waive reconnection fees, and waive the deposit.
  • Sprint is offering unlimited data, 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month, waiving all activation and upgrade fees, free next day shipping, and waiving per-minute calling rates from The United States to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3. Visit sprint.com or call 1-888-211-4727 for details.
  • Safe-Link If you receive food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, or have low income you may be eligible for a program that offers cell phones. Applications available at EightCAP, Inc. offices. Safe-Link provides a free phone with 250 minutes a month. Call 800-898-4888 for information.

Pets/Pet Food

  • Claws & Paws Rescue, located in West Branch, has a pet food pantry and connect pet owners with resources.
  • Many local animal shelter offices are closed, but they are checking messages. Contact your local animal shelter if you are in need of assistance with resources or animals that appear in need.

Specific Community/Regional Resource Lists

Travel

Unemployment/Income

  • Unemployment Insurance Agency and Michigan Works! Agencies offer user-friendly online resources for unemployment assistance. Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. A fact sheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found here. Review a step-by-step How to File document here. Michigan Works! resources can be found at MichiganWorks.org or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.
  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
  • Support for Restaurant and Tipped Workers
    • One Fair Wage is 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. Visit the website for details.
  • Fifth Third Bank is offering assistance with loans, and any financial questions during this time. Visit online or call (800) 972-3030.
 
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