Resources and Information: Dealing with Coronavirus

Updated June 1, 2021

Communities United For Action's building is currently closed to outside visitors. Here's what we are doing to make sure we all stay connected: 

  • Our planned meetings will take place over the phone or online. We will send you emails for call-in numbers, agendas, and other details;
  • We will use this time to dig in on the issues with you one-on-one and in small groups. We will use video conferencing as well as the old-fashioned telephone.
  • We publish a bi-weekly Activist Tool-kit to help you take action in a safe way.  Remember, the virus doesn't stop Social Justice!
  • We've made a CUFA Facebook group, where CUFA members and the public can post information about our issues and share resources. 

Mary & Alison will be available Monday - Friday by contacting CUFA at (513) 853-3947 or [email protected] or by emailing us directly. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  

Below are some updates and resources we've gathered to help keep you informed and safe. Locally, the Center for Closing the Health Gap published a comprehensive COVID-19 resources page with news and information you may find helpful. 

What if I lost my job?

The State of Ohio has an unemployment help website to guide you through the process of filing for unemployment. If you've been displaced from your job by Coronavirus shutdowns, gather your recent pay stubs and apply online for unemployment here. You can also apply by calling toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408. If you are having trouble navigating unemployment, here's a list of how-to videos from Job & Family Services.

Who is hiring?

Ohio's Job and Family Services has put together a job search website for workers displaced by COVID-19 to search for jobs available in their area.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is offering Job Help, including half hour Zoom meetings with a librarian for basic resume, job search and job application help. 

What if I'm going back to work, but can't find child care?

Job & Family Services has a search tool to find local certified child care providers: find it here.

What if I miss utility payments?

Duke Energy restarted residential shutoffs for non-payment beginning Sept. 16, 2020. Check out their FAQ page for updates here. Request an extension or payment plan online here, or call the number listed on your bill. 

Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District have partnered with Community Action Agency to help ratepayers experiencing hardship avoid water shutoffs. Read their announcement here.

There are currently two local programs available for rent & utility relief for COVID-related hardships:

***Hamilton County Commissioners have set up a one-stop relief portal at 513relief.org to help you navigate available assistance programs. The United Way has a help line and website to help you find currently available assistance: dial 211 or visit 211.org.***

What if I can't pay my rent or mortgage?

RENTALS

On September 1, 2020, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a nationwide moratorium on evictions. "The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which the agency says in its order 'presents a historic threat to public health.'" On March 28, 2021, the CDC extended the eviction moratorium order to June 30, 2021.

There have been some recent changes to the Centers For Disease Control's eviction moratorium. From National Housing Law Project (NHLP): "On Wednesday [May 5,2021], a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued a ruling vacating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Eviction Halt Order. Also on Wednesday, the judge issued a temporary stay of her order. There has been significant confusion about the legal status of the CDC moratorium. For now, Wednesday’s ruling has no effect on the CDC eviction moratorium, and individual tenants may continue to seek protection under the CDC's halt order if they qualify."  The recent court actions are confusing, but NHLP recommends that if you think you may qualify for protection from eviction under the CDC's order, use this form to declare your qualification to your landlord

The courts are currently open for eviction proceedings, but the order from the CDC may offer some renters temporary relief. The order does not cancel rent, and any money due to the landlord under lease agreements will still be owed. Landlords can still evict renters for reasons unrelated to nonpayment.

The Clerk of Courts is located in the Hamilton County Courthouse on the first floor, room 113, and can assist tenants facing evictions with navigating the legal system and speeding up the process of getting financial assistance form the local agencies above that are administering the programs. You can also call the Clerk's eviction office at (513) 946-5731. 

There are currently two local programs available for rent & utility relief for COVID-related hardships:

***Hamilton County Commissioners have set up a one-stop relief portal at 513relief.org to help you navigate available assistance programs. The United Way has a help line and website to help you find currently available assistance: dial 211 or visit 211.org.***

Download this PDF from Legal Aid "What to do if you receive eviction papers".

MORTGAGES

The Biden Administration extended the foreclosure moratoriums on federally-backed mortgages to June 30, 2021. The protection extends to mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), and for single family mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or guaranteed by the Office of Native American Programs’ Section 184 and 184A loan guarantee programs."

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is offering tips on how to stay on top of your finances during the Coronavirus pandemic, including steps to take if you get behind. 

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati is accepting phone calls for assistance with foreclosures, evictions and other issues. Check out their "Get Help" page or give them a call at (513)241-9400. 


Upcoming Mobile Food Pantries and Cincinnati Public Schools Dining Services

Cincinnati Public Schools continues to provide free meals to students during school and if they are enrolled in virtual learning. See CPS' updates about provided school meals here.

For continuing meal service for in-person school, CPS encourages families to complete the 2020–21 school year meal eligibility form online or on the app SchoolCafe.com

Community Action Agency (CAA), in partnership with other agencies, hosts mobile food pantries each month. They take place outdoors and social distancing and CDC hygiene protocol will be implemented to ensure safety. Fruits, vegetables, and baked goods will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Here are the dates and locations:

June 2021
Tuesday June 8 11:00a - 1:00p The Welcome Project
2936 Colerain Avenue 45225
Wednesday June 16 2:00p - 4:00p Community Action Agency
1740 Langdon Farm Rd. 45237
Thursday June 24 3:00p - 5:00p Corinthian Baptist Church
1920 Tennessee Ave. 45237
Monday June 28 9:00a - 11:00a Tryed Stone New Beginning Church
5550 Reading Rd. 45237


Tikkun Farm has free produce pickup, every week for anyone who could use extra food support. Produce pickup days are Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 6:00pm - OR - Fridays & Saturdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Tikkun farm is located at 7941 Elizabeth Street, Mt. Healthy 45231. 

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market sells produce below market value at various locations all over Cincinnati weekly. You can check for dates and locations here

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is offering free meal boxes households with children on Mondays at select libraries from 3-5PM. For more information on availability and eligibility check here.

Where is my stimulus Economic Impact Payment?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set up an information page where you can check the status of your payment. Most people don't need to take action to receive payment, but if you have questions about your eligibility or are having trouble with their online tool, you can check the IRS's FAQ page here.

How can I get my taxes done now? 

The United Way has offered free remote assistance to prepare taxes for qualifying individuals, as well as other resources for those who prefer to file on their own. Check out their tax assistance website here.

What if I don't have internet access and/or an internet ready device for remote schooling or work?

If you are low-income and do not have internet access at home, Spectrum has an "Internet Assist" program for discounted WIFI. Spectrum's phone number is 1-844-488-8395.

Families and individuals struggling to afford internet service can now receive up to $50 off their monthly internet bill by signing up for the federal government’s new emergency broadband benefit. Visit getemergencybroadband.org to learn more about this benefit. 

Are City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners meetings still happening? 

Yes. City Council is now allowing in-person testimony, with a virtual option. Hamilton County Commissioners meetings are still completely virtual.

You can stay up to date by visiting the City Council website here. Council meetings are always broadcast on CitiCable. Public comments can be emailed to the Clerk of Council before each meeting or delivered virtually or in-person one half hour before the start of each meeting. See more information about public speaker registration here.

Hamilton County Commissioners meetings are televised as well and archived on the Hamilton County, Ohio Youtube channel. Spectrum channel 4 and Cincinnati Bell channel 834 also televise live meetings. Hamilton County Commissioners are urging residents to watch the live televised hearings. Public comments can be submitted here or delivered virtually during Commissioners meetings.

What if I am having mental health or addiction issues and don't have access to care?

The state has set up a Careline 7 days/week 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM: 1-800-720-9616

Locally, the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board can connect you with an appropriate care provider. 

Where do I sign up for vaccinations? 

All Ohioans age 16 and up are eligible for the COVID vaccine

Register with Hamilton County Public Health for availability through the Health Dept. or check the map for other Hamilton County providers here.

Use Ohio's Get the Shot website here to find open appointments with local providers.

From the Cincinnati Health Department: 

Many appointments are currently open for Ohio Residents age 16+. How to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through ArmorVax - the mobile application that connects people with local healthcare providers to provide access to vaccines. For people under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must create the account and register for the minor as well as accompany them to the appointment. THREE WAYS to use ArmorVax: 

  • Registration with ArmorVax online  – Patient Login  -  If this is your first time, please take a moment to register with your email. Once you register, a One Time Password (OTP) will be emailed to you. You will use that One Time Password to log in. 

  • Registration with ArmorVax – The mobile app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. This is a free mobile app software to schedule COVID-19 vaccination. 

  • Register by phone - If you have any trouble registering or have limited access to the internet, please give our Covid-19 Command Center a call at 513-357-7462. 


Where do I find the latest health information and advisories on COVID-19/Coronavirus?

International: World Health Organization
National: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
State: Ohio Department of Health
Local: Hamilton County Public Health & Health Department - City of Cincinnati

What do I do if I am sick?

The Ohio Department of Health has established a call call center to answer your questions about COVID-19, open 9 AM to 8 PM every day: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH

The Centers For Disease Control & Prevention makes these recommendations for people exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus/COVD-19.

Local and regional hospitals have testing sites, but you may have to call your doctor. Some testing sites are requiring a doctor's note or symptoms, and an appointment. The Health Department is hosting free pop-up sites, providing testing to all, regardless of symptoms. Check out the state's coronavirus website for the latest on available testing sites and requirements.

Hamilton County Public Health has a map of testing sites here as well. When you click on the test sites, you can get more information about the requirements. 

 

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  • Alison Auciello
    published this page in Issues 2020-03-17 11:16:01 -0400