Midwest Music Foundation Coronavirus Resources
Who’s hiring: KCCN (KC Career Network) Special Edition.
Red Dirt Relief Fund (Oklahoma) resource guide to to benefits available to self-employed artists and 1099 “gig” workers:
KC METRO AREA RESOURCES:
Talking with children about COVID-19 – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
Managing Anxiety and Stress – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Jazz Ambasador’s Resources:
Learning for kids while schools are closed https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Provides diapers, baby supplies and other supplies not usually covered by assistance programs to low income families
UTILITY & COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE:
Evergy and WaterKC has stopped disconnections due to nonpayment during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Many internet companies are delaying service stoppage due to nonpayment for at least 60 days.
Grandview assistance program
Assists families in Grandview, MO with housing, utilities, and food
Community services league
Connects families to a variety of financial supports in Missouri
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 842-0416 x132
For Emergency Utilities Assistance, call Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City
Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City (CAAGKC) targets individuals who are homeless or in immediate danger of being homeless. Besides financial assistance, they use a case management approach to help the client to become more self-sufficient. Please contact one of their offices to speak to a case manager about eligibility and to schedule an appointment. View Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City locations that serve residents of Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri.
Call agency for more information: (816) 358-6868
Various programs/resources for Latino communities
1015 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez
Kansas City, MO 64108
Bethel-Riverview Coordination and Development
Emergency financial assistance for utilities; Food pantry
Kansas City, KS 66105
Crosslines Cooperative Council, Inc.
Emergency Assistance for individuals and families with opportunities to receive necessities such as: free clean clothing, Rent and Utility Assistance, Shower facilities, Laundry services, Medicine Cabinet
736 Shawnee Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66105
Economic Opportunity Foundation Inc.
Emergency assistance to help families obtain needed supports such as utility and rent assistance, and mortgage default counseling, and to address emergency situations.
1542 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
Evergy Economic Relief Program – provides assistance to Missouri families needing assistance in paying their electric bill. To qualify, applicant must reside in Missouri and reside in home and be the person responsible for paying the bill. Gross family income may not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level guideline. Applicant must be current on bill. Funding is limited and distributed on a first come, first served basis. Approved applicants may receive up to $50 towards electric bill for 12 months.
For more information or to receive an application, please call the Economic Relief Program hotline at 1-877-566-2769 option 1. You may also contact your local Salvation Army community center for an application.
City Union Mission Community Assistance
City Union Mission provides compassionate service to low-income and homeless community members. Relief efforts include distribution of food, clothing, school supplies, household items, utility assistance, case management, affordable housing referrals, Life Skills classes, and services for homebound elderly and disabled people.
1310 Wabash Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64127
Community Assistance Council
Offers direct assistance programs to families in need residing in South Kansas City area. Services include utility/housing assistance, clothes closet, food pantry, home-delivered meals, medical/dental/optical assistance
10901 Blue Ridge
Kansas City, MO 64134
Call for appointment. Will need proof of income; proof of residence via current utility bill; picture ID; Social Security cards for household.
Della Lamb – Community Services
Della Lamb serves thousands of Kansas City people annually through rent, utility, food, back-to-school supplies and holiday assistance. Residency restrictions apply.
500 Woodland Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64106
Ask for Social Services Department
Provides childcare, education, food, clothing, and household supplies.
United Way – 816-474-5112
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: https://www.
-Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: https://www.
-SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.sba.
-211 – if you need assistance finding food, paying house bills, need free child care, or other essential services, find your local 211 for help: http://www.211.org/
Disability Insurance: “If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. How to file a disability claim
Paid Family Leave: If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. How to file a PFL claim
Unemployment Claim: “If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.” How to file an unemployment claim
Federal Unemployment Assistance: The Department of Labor gave states leeway to amend their laws so people impacted by COVID-19 could get unemployment insurance: “Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide UI benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where: (1) An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work; (2) An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and (3) An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member. In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.” More details on the Department of Labor’s website.
Bank & Credit Card Relief
Citibank: They are waiving monthly service fees and penalties for early CD withdrawal for retail bank customers.They are also providing fee waivers on monthly service fees, remote deposit capture, and penalties for early CD withdrawal. They also have assistance programs for eligible credit card customers including credit line increases and collection forbearance programs and for eligible Mortgage Customers. More information
PNC Bank: They released the following statment: “We stand ready to work with those experiencing financial difficulty as a result, and we are taking the necessary steps to avoid potential disruptions of service to our customers. PNC is prepared to offer assistance, as needed, to impacted customers through a range of measures.” They are urging customers to call them at 1-888-762-2265 (7 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET Saturday & Sunday). More information here
Wells Fargo: The bank says they will help customers experiencing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19: “If in need of assistance, we encourage customers to call us at 1-800-219-9739 to speak with a trained specialist to discuss options available for their consumer lending, small business and deposit products.”