COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES

We have assembled a comprehensive list of links to community resources to help you during this crisis. Click on the link in the TABLE OF CONTENTS to take you to the corresponding section below. If you can’t find what you are looking for, call the United Way of Greater Cleveland at 211 or chat via the 2-1-1 HelpLink (https://www.211oh.org/). It is available 24/7 to help those with questions about the coronavirus and to provide access to support services and programs.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. COVID-19 INFORMATION, HEALTH CARE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  2. COMMUNITY RESOURCE PAGES
  3. EMERGENCY FOOD & MEALS
  4. HOUSING & UTILITIES
  5. TRANSPORTATION
  6. LEGAL
  7. INTERNET/WIRELESS SERVICE & COMPUTER ACCESS
  8. MONTESSORI AT HOME
  9. ENRICHMENT – LITERACY/MATH/SCIENCE/ARTS

SECTIONS:

  1. COVID-19 INFORMATION, HEALTH CARE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Each of these sites contains similar information about prevention, managing at home,  what to do if you get sick, and much, much, more. Select whichever one is easiest for you to read on your device.

Take everyday preventive steps to stay healthy and not spread the coronavirus.

  • Stay at or near your home if your job is not deemed essential. Governor DeWine has issued a stay at home order for the State of Ohio. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-At-Home-Order-Amended-04-02-20.pdf
  • Limit the number of trips to other locations and stores as much as possible. When going out, consider wearing a simple, no sew, handkerchief facemask and wash it upon returning home. https://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie
  • Stay at home if you are feeling sick and call your primary care physician. If you think you need to visit the hospital, call before going in person. See HOSPITAL resources below.
  • Physical/social distancing prevents virus droplets in the air from reaching your body. Stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid shaking hands or hugging when you greet someone.
  • Soap destroys the virus, but we need to wash our hands for 20 seconds for it to work. If hand washing facilities are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands to prevent the virus from entering your body.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (then throw the tissue in the trash) or your sleeve on the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as door knobs, light switches, tables, countertops, chairs, phones, remotes, keyboards, and touchscreen electronic devices.
  • Get a flu shot — it’s not too late.

FEDERAL

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Daily Life and Coping: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/index.html

 

STATE OF OHIO

Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH/833-427-5634

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services: https://unemployment.ohio.gov/PublicSelfServiceChoice.html

If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, file for unemployment.

Ohio Benefits: https://benefits.ohio.gov/

If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for:

  • Medicaid
  • Cash Assistance
  • Food Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance

 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

Includes links to information in Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Russian, and Spanish

Cuyahoga County Coronavirus Help Line: 855-711-3035

 

CITY OF CLEVELAND

Cleveland Department of Public Health: http://www.clevelandhealth.org/

If you do not live in Cleveland, check your city’s website for coronavirus updates and resources.

 

HOSPITALS

Cleveland Clinic: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/preparing-for-coronavirus

MetroHealth: https://www.metrohealth.org/infectious-disease/covid-19

MetroHealth Support Line: 440-592-6843

University Hospitals: https://www.uhhospitals.org/services/coronavirus

 

COMMUNITY CLINICS (May offer free services or sliding fees, depending on your ability to pay)

Care Alliance: https://www.carealliance.org/

Neighborhood Family Practice: https://www.nfpmedcenter.org/

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON): https://www.neonhealth.org/

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Cleveland Metropolitan School District: https://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Coronavirus

Includes information on school meal pick up locations and times, as well as College Now and Say Yes. Both programs are operating and providing assistance remotely.

 

NONPROFIT

The Refugee Response: https://www.refugeeresponse.org/

COVID-19 Videos and Resources in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Swahili, Karen, Pashto, Burmese, Nepali, and Kinyarwanda.

 

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Active Minds: https://www.activeminds.org/about-mental-health/be-there/coronavirus/community-resources/

National Association of School Psychologists: COVID-19 Resource Center for Families & Educators. https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/covid-19-resource-center

 

PREGNANCY

Birthing Beautiful Communities: https://www.birthingbeautiful.org

Pregnant with Possibilities: https://www.facebook.com/Pregnantpossibilitiesresourcecenter/ (Recently had an emergency diaper distribution. Visit their social media pages for future events.)

 

2. COMMUNITY RESOURCE PAGES

Cleveland Pandemic Response is designed to facilitate community preparedness and recovery. Residents can request help or sign up to donate and volunteer. Organizations can help by clicking “I Represent a Local Organization” at the upper-right. https://cleveland.recovers.org

 

Check your local Community Development Corporation (CDC) for food and other resources near where you live:

 

MyCom Cleveland: https://mycomcle.org/covid-19-community-resources-stay-healthy-engaged-safe/

 

HFLA of Northeast Ohio: https://interestfree.org/

Emergency interest-free loans up to $1,500 may be available for anyone impacted by COVID-19.

 

3. EMERGENCY FOOD & MEALS

Greater Cleveland Food Bank: https://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/

Call their Help Center, Monday – Friday from 7am – 6pm, at 216.738.2067 if you are in need of food assistance.

 

Food Pantries: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/oh-cleveland

 

Map of student meals and emergency food: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1COndQyEauUer7gyGMiK45pof0gK5F6m0&ll=41.49795735352247%2C-81.58005531875222&z=12

 

Shuttle locations to CMSD pick-ups: https://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/cms/lib/OH01915844/Centricity/Domain/6268/CMSD_Coronavirus_MealPickup_v1_on%20back.pdf

 

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

 

4. HOUSING & UTILITIES

The Ohio Supreme Court has advised local courts to temporarily halt evictions and foreclosures. See this article for information about cities in Cuyahoga County: https://www.cleveland.com/business/2020/03/people-have-to-have-a-home-to-stay-in-how-cleveland-area-housing-courts-are-handling-evictions-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html

 

How to get help paying your mortgage, credit-card bills and student loans if you’re laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-get-help-paying-your-credit-card-bills-and-mortgage-if-youve-been-laid-off-because-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-2020-03-19?mod=article_inline

 

The City of Cleveland has ended utility cut-offs during the crisis. Contact your utility provider if necessary:

  • Cleveland Water: (216) 664-3130
  • Cleveland Public Power: (216) 664-460
  • First Energy / The Illuminating Company: 1 (800) 589-3101
  • Dominion Energy: com/coronavirus

 

5. TRANSPORTATION

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority: http://www.riderta.com/coronavirus

 

Ace Taxi Service has created a new campaign called RideCLE to offer free rides to medical personnel and reduced fares to all customers during the Covid-19 outbreak. All customers, including medical staff must reference account ‘RideCLE’ when booking a ride. Call 216-361-4700. https://www.gofundme.com/f/RideCLEFREE

 

6. LEGAL

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, https://lasclev.org/, can help with civil legal issues related to family, health, housing, money, or work. Services are free for eligible clients.

 

7. INTERNET/WIRELESS SERVICE & COMPUTER ACCESS

Your Guide to No Cost Internet Service During COVID-19: https://www.highspeedinternet.com/resources/internet-guide-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

Cleveland Public Library:  WiFi can be accessed at the main library downtown or at the 27 branches in neighborhoods. You can log in from your car, or when the weather is warmer, outside.

 

PC’s for People offers low-cost Internet access and gently used computers for a lower price. https://www.pcsforpeople.org/

 

8. MONTESSORI AT HOME

Learning from Home: A Handbook for Parents (from the Montessori School of Tokyo) [link to doc in sharepoint]

 

Montessori Parent Coronavirus Survival Guide: Thriving in an era of extended school closures, https://www.trilliummontessori.org/survival-guide/

 

9. ENRICHMENT – LITERACY/MATH/SCIENCE/ARTS

All subjects:

 

Literacy:

  • Imagination Library, https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/, offers monthly free book delivery for children from birth to age 5. Sign up for each of your children.
  • OgStar Reading, https://www.ogstarreading.com/, offers an Orton-Gillingham app for a home or school-based full structured literacy curriculum for early readers, dyslexics, English language learners, or struggling students from ages 4 – 13.
  • Great Minds, https://gm.greatminds.org/en-us/knowledgeonthego, offers grade level literacy content that is updated daily.
  • Tumble Books, https://www.tumblebooks.com/, a world leader in online book databases, announced it will make its family of online libraries available for free to all libraries until at least August 31.

 

Online Story Times:

 

Math:

 

Science:

 

Arts & Music: