SECIA is actively working to respond to the needs of our community during this turbulent time. Please use our request form and offer form to indicate whether you are in need of support or have support to offer others. Organization staff and volunteers will use this information to match those requesting support to those offering particular support. SECIA may also use this information to inform program and service offerings during our response to COVID-19.
To ensure you are reading the most accurate and up-to-date news regarding the Coronavirus, follow the CDC’s updates on cdc.gov. If you have health questions about COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health offers a specific COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time).
The Minnesota Department of Health has made their site for Coronavirus available in multiple languages. Informational materials in more language options can be found here.
- (English) https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
- (Hmong) https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/hmong.html
- (Somali) https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/somali.html
- (Spanish) https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/spanish.html
Southeast Seniors is providing rides for essential doctors’ visits, friendly phone visits, and assistance with deliveries of groceries and household items. Please call 612-333-2302 if you are in need of these services. They are open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Friday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Please leave a voicemail if staff are unavailable. Click here if you would like more information on senior services during COVID-19.
- Click here to view the City of Minneapolis’ document for senior services during COVID-19
Forgivable No-Interest Loans for Small Businesses
The City of Minneapolis has launched a program that offers $5,000 or $10,000 forgivable no-interest loans for small businesses in targeted areas of Minneapolis. Click here to learn more and apply. These loans allow eligible businesses to meet immediate working capital needs such as payroll and employee benefits, rent or mortgage payments, accounts payable and payments due to supply chain, and other critical working capital needs. Applications close Monday, April 20.
Eligible borrowers either have had 20 or fewer employees or $1 million or less in annual revenue. All for-profit business types, including self-employed people, can apply for these loans. Loans have no-payment and no-interest. The loans are 100% forgivable after 12-months if the business continues to operate in Minneapolis and remains in good regulatory standing. The City will not be looking at credit scores or immigration status, and no collateral is required.
MDVA is accepting applications from Minnesota veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. MDVA will award one-time financial relief grants in the amount of $1,000. To apply for the Disaster Relief Grant, Contact your local County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) or MDVA Field Operations Representative at FO.MDVA@state.mn.us OR apply online at MinnesotaVeteran.org/COVIDRelief. To apply for the Special Needs Grant, Contact your local County Veterans Service Officer or MDVA Field Operations Representative.
Artist Relief Fund
Artist Relief Fund, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers, will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Eligibility:
- Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
- Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
- 21 years of age or older;
- Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
- Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
- Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
- Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.
Find Low-Cost Health Care or get Health Insurance
Click here to view the Minnesota Department of Health’s document for low-cost health care and health insurance resources in the Minnesota.
Free Meals for Families
For families whom rely on schools for regularly provided meals, here are a few amazing restaurants in the area that are offering free meals. With our ever-changing environment, please be sure to call ahead if you are in need to ensure the services are still being offered.
|Hope Breakfast Bar||651-330-8996 | 1 S. Leech Street, St. Paul||Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner for families in need from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM|
|Station 280||651-244-2165 | 2554 Como Avenue #7, St. Paul||Free lunch each day starting at 11:00 AM for children|
|MAYA Cuisine NE||612-789-0775 | 1840 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis||Free lunch for children|
|Loring Bar & Restaurant||612-378-4849 | 327 14th Avenue SE, Minneapolis||Free lunch for kids 12 and under|
|Que Viet||612-781-4744 | 2211 Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis||Free fried rice from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM for children|
|Key’s Cafe & Bakery||Multiple locations in Minneapolis & St. Paul||Free takeout meal for children (call first)|
|Saprino’s Pizzeria||612-455-8385 | 1028 S. Washington Avenue, Minneapolis||Free eight-inch pizza for children ages 5-18 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on weekdays|