We are doing our best to provide information quickly and accurately. Check back regularly for updates.

Our physical office is closed in order to adapt fully to the COVID Safety measures that we value deeply as a community and as a staff.
We have a P.O. Box and we continue to work adamantly from our homes in order to continue the projects that are ongoing and burgeoning.
Please email jessica@sapcc.org for any questions or concerns!

Vaccination Info

The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will:

  • alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;
  • connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
  • notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.

If you have questions about the Vaccine Connector or need assistance filling it out, please call our Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Hotline at 833-431-2053.


COVID Testing

Eleven new COVID-19 testing sites to open across Minnesota; mail order program now available statewide. Check here.
In addition to the 11 new testing sites, the COVID-19 Test at Home program is now available to all Minnesotans across the state. This is an expansion from the pilot, which was previously made available in 23 counties and the Red Lake Nation. Note: Test at Home kits are free but they do ask for insurance information.


Relief Programs

UTILITIES HELP

Find out more information and apply for assistance
Programs available to help customers with energy bills
New program provides up to 75% past-due forgiveness to help residential customers
 
MINNEAPOLIS (May 26, 2021) – Customers who have fallen significantly behind on their Xcel Energy electric bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a new program provided by the company that will help them pay off their bills. Since its launch earlier this month, more than 1,200 eligible customers have enrolled in the Payment Plan Credit Program, which forgives up to 75% of their past-due balance when customers enroll in a payment plan and stay current on that plan. The Payment Plan Credit Program is available to Xcel Energy residential electric customers who have between $1,000 to $4,000 in past due charges. The program, which is funded by Xcel Energy, is still open for eligible customers to enroll.
 
“The COVID-19 pandemic challenged our customers and took its toll on our economy,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “We are happy to offer this new option to help customers most in need during this difficult time and provide direct relief to those who need it.”
 
Programs and assistance for customers still available
Additional payment assistance through government programs and partner agencies, as well as other bill payment plans, are available for customers who need help with their energy bills. Customers can enroll in other payment plans we offer through the My Account feature at www.XcelEnergy.com, or contact customer care at 1-800-895-4999 for more information. Additional information about financial assistance for energy bills is available at xcelenergy.com/EnergyAssistance. Information about the Payment Plan Credit Program is available at xcelenergy.com/PaymentPlanCredit
 
In addition to providing this direct assistance to residential customers, Xcel Energy is also working to support business customers who have seen reduced sales through the pandemic and has proposed more than $2.5 billion in accelerated and incremental energy infrastructure projects to help jumpstart the economy and create new jobs.
 

FOOD RESOURCES

BrightSide Produce — a 501(3)c non-profit that seeks to improve access to healthy foods in the Twin Cities — has recently launched a weekly fruit and veggie home delivery service in St. Paul. It’s a win-win! You receive an assortment of our high-quality, fresh produce right at your doorstep each week AND you help advance BrightSide’s mission of eliminating food insecurity in urban areas.
BrightSide Home Deliveries consist of bundles of conventional fruits (e.g., banana bunch, mangos, oranges, apples, grapes, cherries, pears, lemons, limes) and vegetables (e.g. avocados, green peppers). The exact number of items each week depends on the bundle size you choose (Large or Small) and current product costs. You can indicate item preferences, and
issue a “vacation hold” for any weeks you will be out of town. BrightSide also offers tiered pricing: those who can contribute to a more equitable local food system pay a food justice surcharge, and those who experience food insecurity receive a lower price option.


Help folks get fresh produce!

Mental Health Resources

The attached information is from the National Alliance on Mental Health, please share.
COVID-19 Updated Guide

Ramsey County residents who are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the county’s Crisis Team for support and resources. The county’s two crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878. 
  • Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900. 

 CDC: Helping Children Cope During and After a Crisis  
 CDC – Printable Coping Strategies Activity and Coloring Book  
 PBS – How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus 

How to Help Our Community Members Who Use Drugs:
What is Harm Reduction? “Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.“- Harm Reduction Coalition
Never Use Alone is an organization to help folks who want or need to use drugs and don’t want to be alone when doing it. There is a hotline to call so you can be on the phone with someone during the time that you use- 1(800)484-3731

Resources for Artists

Public Art Saint Paul has compiled a comprehensive, easy to navigate list of resources for artists who will be hit especially hard.
Check it out, share with your friends who make art!

Support Black, Trans, Indigenous, Two-Spirit Artists  Especially when it comes to black trans women/femmes/and indigenous two spirit people, artists are equally the most impacted by this and the most capable of envisioning a holistic and effective response to it. You need only to look at the two black trans legends on Minneapolis City Council and the work of Little Earth of United Tribes to know that.
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