Quarantine, Office Closure, Online Meetings, and Resources

As your Community Council, built and sustained on the mission of serving the people who live in this neighborhood, we are urging all human contact be suspended.  We continue to encourage community members and people who commute to St. Anthony Park to be diligent about wearing facemasks in and outside as well as maintaining 6 ft distance and refraining from tasks that are inessential.

Though we personally serve and represent folks in St. Anthony Park, we are undeniably a part of a local ecosystem of our immediate City. Everyone must do their part to slow the spread. With that in mind, SAPCC is cancelling all upcoming events and moving our Board and Committee meetings online. Our office will be closed, though staff will continue to work remotely. Details on joining meetings will follow shortly.

Minnesota COVID-19 Response
A People-Centered Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

***Immediate Actionable Items***

Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia is organizing/providing resources for a Rent Strike in MN. Click here for more information on how to file a Rental Non-Payment Letter and more. This is for folks who are unable to pay rent next month AND for those who stand in solidarity.

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Group, Interactive Map of supply donation sites for drop off/pick up.

Most recent update from City of St. Paul:

  •  ***You should not go to work unless providing an essential service; socialize or gather in groups; or visit loved ones in the hospital or nursing homes, except under limited circumstances.***

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. If you are not having any symptoms and are going out in public, wearing a cloth face covering will help you from spreading any infection. If you do wear a cloth face covering, the CDC notes it is important to wash it every day to get rid of any trapped viruses or bacteria.
  • Here are some links to information about making a homemade mask from credible sources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 
  • *(3/24/20)- Gov. Walz enacts a 30-day suspension of EVICTIONS

ST. ANTHONY PARK LOCAL BUSINESSES/RESTAURANTS

This is a current list of our local businesses and restaurants that are open for takeout/online ordering.
This is NOT an encouragement to leave your home or eat out if you have the ability to cook at home, this is so that if you need the option of ordering food or if you are an essential worker, you can look to this resource to support your neighbors!

General Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City of Saint Paul Information Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information from Ramsey County Public Health 
Information from the Minnesota Department of Public Health 

New Language Resource Line to Call- The City of Saint Paul has a new phone line and email address to answer questions about the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Interpreters are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Learn more at stpaul.gov/coronavirus.
Phone Number: 651-266-6000
Email: LanguageResources@ci.stpaul.mn.us

St. Paul Public Schools Updates

The City of Saint Paul is partnering with Youthprise, Arts-Us, and the Sanneh Foundation to provide free meal service through June 5 to Saint Paul families in need. Families with a minor child in the home are eligible to pick up one meal bag per child per week. Each meal bag contains seven dinners and seven snacks.
For pickup times and locations, please visit the City website.

Announcements from State/Nation:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 webpage

Resources for Unemployment

Multiple languages listed below.
COVID-19 and Unemployment(English)- this link provides information on how to apply for unemployment if your job has been affected by businesses needing to close, it also can be applicable if your hours have been cut or if you have decided (admirably so) to take a voluntary unpaid leave because of COVID-19. Read through for more FAQs 
Ku soo Dhawaada Barnaamijka Caymiska Shaqo la’aanta ee Minnesota (Somali)
Bienvenido al programa del Seguro de Desempleo del estado de Minnesota (Espanol)
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance – Xeev MN Pob Nyiaj Thov Pab Thaum Poob Haujlwm (Hmoob)

Extended time for FILING TAXES! Information available here! – In line with the state’s continued peacetime emergency response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced that taxpayers filing their annual Minnesota Individual Income Tax return for tax year 2019 now have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file and make their payments without any penalties or interest.

FOOD RESOURCES

LET METRO MOBILITY OR TRANSIT LINK PICK UP YOUR GROCERY ORDER
Metro Transit buses and Northstar Commuter Rail will resume at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3. We hope to resume light rail service on June 4. An update will be provided no later than 6 p.m. on Wednesday about service the following day. Read more from Metro Transit.

From the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative
Due to COVID-19 outbreak, most of the sites on our Free Community Meals Calendar are canceling meals for the foreseeable future.  Two Loaves and Fishes sites will provide a “to go” meal this week (this is subject to change so please advise families to call ahead).  
In the meantime, here is a great resource of restaurants that are offering a free box lunch for children

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 on their resilience hub pilot to know that.
DONATE YOUR MONEY!! SHARE THIS WITH OTHER PEOPLE YOU KNOW!! Fundraiser Here

Resources for People Without Shelter/Housing Insecure

Hennepin County Library compiled a list of shelters/services/organizations providing shelter or help to those who don’t have a place to sleep or live.

Please consider donating money to these places that are providing basic resources, especially if you still have an income/home.