FREE N95 MASKS
According to GoodRx Health (Where can you get your free N95 mask?), “you can pick up your free masks at many of the same grocery store and pharmacy chains that provide free COVID-19 vaccines. The U.S. government is using the same network of 21 partners — called the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRPP) — to distribute masks to the public. It’s also sending masks to some community health centers.”
FREE AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS
- Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
- Get free at-home COVID-19 tests
- A New Way for Medicare Beneficiaries to Get Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests
TRANSPORTATION ACCESS TO COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
- GoGoGrandparent can help people get to vaccine clinics: https://gogograndparent.com/whitehouse
- Lyft can provide rides to vaccine clinics: https://www.lyft.com/vaccine-access
Over the counter COVID-19 tests
“An added boost for COVID-19 testing came on January 15, 2022, when the Biden Administration mandated that health insurers must cover over-the-counter at-home tests without requiring an order from a healthcare provider.
According to the Marin County COVID-19 Status Update: January 25, 2022:
Federal law now requires health insurers to:
- Cover up to eight FDA-approved or authorized over the counter at-home tests for each insured person each month.
- Cover over-the-counter tests without a provider’s order, without any cost sharing requirements (deductibles, co-payments or coinsurance), without prior authorization.
- Note: Insurers may require you pay up-front and submit a claim for reimbursement)
- Cover over the counter tests bought from in-network pharmacies and direct shipping
- Note: If no up-front payment is required, reimbursement is limited to $12 per test. If up-front payment is required, full cost will be reimbursed.”
- Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
- LIHWAPs-Improper-Restrictions-on-Access-for-Immigrants-December-15-2021.pdf (nhlp.org)
- Government COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults
- Money Smart for Older Adults COVID-19 Scams and Planning Tips (gpo.gov)
SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT
EMERGENCY RENTAL & MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE
The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Disaster Financial Assistance for Food, Housing & Bills is available on USA.gov, and includes stimulus checks, food stamps, and meal programs, rent assistance and eviction moratorium, and mortgage relief related to COVID-19.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has compiled a list of rental assistance resources and contacts by state and region.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Find Help with Rent and Utilities
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness provides a Comprehensive Step by Step Guide for People at Risk of Eviction, educating those in need about how to get informed, reach out, apply for emergency aid, claim your pandemic relief, and helps landlords connect to resources to help their tenants in an effort to avoid evictions.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides COVID-19 Resources for Renters and answers common questions that are pertinent to renters.
The U.S. Department of Treasury has compiled a list of emergency rental assistance programs by U.S. states, U.S. territories, and Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs).
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs describes VA Assistance to Help Avoid Eviction.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Help for Home Owners and Renters During the Coronavirus National Emergency
HUD also provides COVID-19 Resources for Home Owners.
COVID-19 Hardship Forbearance