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Gov. Kate Brown directed the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Early Learning Division to make changes to childcare benefits to support Oregon’s working families dealing with the spread of COVID-19. The temporary changes, which are effective immediately, will help more low-income, working family’s access childcare and help providers stay in business during the state of emergency.
211 Info is being updated with child care provider closures and increased capacity with the assistance of NeighborImpact Child Care Resources. Parents are highly encouraged to access 211 Info when seeking care options. Child Care Resources is maintaining a list of providers who have openings and/or expanded capability and those that have opted temporary closure.
The Treasury Department & IRS announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
Central Oregon Resource Directory was launched in March of this year in response to the need for centralized information in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The website features resources from Warm Springs to La Pine.
Family Access Network advocates are available to help families with children ages 0 - 18 navigate the social service system. Advocates will work closely with those affected by the COVID crisis due to job loss, barriers to education, access to health care, etc. All families with children, regardless of if they are in public school can access services.
Every Child is partnering with the Department of Human Services to launch My NeighbOR, an initiative to help foster families meet the critical needs of youth in foster care. This initiative mobilizes 36 counties to step forward and match community goods and services with youth in foster care.
Deschutes County for Women, Infant and Children (WIC), is a program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, and help accessing health care.
Deschutes County and several of its cities are working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations by offering a new map that shows the locations of hand-washing stations, public restrooms, free Wi-Fi hotspots and more.
The Central Oregon Resource Directory is now available in Spanish! This includes all resource listings and news updates. https://www.centraloregonresources.org/inicio
Embrace Bend and Mecca Bend have partnered to raise awareness and put together a Mutual Aid group with an immediate cash relief fund, prioritizing our undocumented, BIPOC, queer, and disabled neighbors. https://meccabend.com/la-voz-de-oregon-central
Bend Mecca, Central Oregon’s online Latino directory. https://meccabend.com/
Thrive Central Oregon’s services are open to ALL. Thrive offers phone services in Spanish: www.thrivecentraloregon.org
Pandemic Partners websites- available in Spanish
Better Together is willing to support those that want to translate their information so that the Latino community has appropriate and professional services. Please reach out to Dulce Pelayo if you need additional information on how to get connected. Dulce can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Food & Supplies
Pandemic EBT provides families financial support to cover the cost of groceries while your children are missing free meals during school closures. This benefit is provided to ALL families whose children receive free and reduced-price school meals in Oregon. If you already get SNAP or free school meals, you’ll get the benefits automatically. If you weren’t getting help before the pandemic, apply online for free school meals at www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp. Apply for SNAP at www.govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits.
The Giving Plate is now offering a drive-up style food-box service. Drive-up in our back lot and get in line and one of our amazing volunteers will come to your car, at a safe 10-foot distance, to get the information needed for us to get you a box of food.
Shepherd's House will continue to provide critically needed services to the Central Oregon homeless community, and to anyone in need during this state of emergency. Services include: food, clothing, supplies, and walk-up help at Shepherd’s House Ministries.
SNAP participants will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP amount for your household size if your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum amount for your household.
Bend-La Pine Schools’ will offer free grab and go meals e to children age 0 to 18, Monday to Friday through April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Each grab and go meal includes items for both breakfast and lunch.
Local Restaurants stepping up during COVID-19 include:
Laughing Planet: Giving free lunches to kids on meal assistance programs during closures. Just walk into a location and request a meal for your child. They are providing quesadillas or burritos, corn or broccoli, with apple juice or milk.
Olive Garden: Offering takeout orders of mac & cheese or spaghetti for children.
Great Harvest Bread Co: Offering free bread to anyone in need.
Village Baker: Giving turkey & cheese sandwiches or peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with fruits/veggies and a cookie to kids while supplies last.
We Are Bend, a coalition of restaurants in NorthWest Crossing, have come together to help feed service professionals who are out of work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Restaurants include:
Bend Pizza Kitchen
La Rosa Mexican Kitchen
To receive a meal at the partnering restaurants, all you have to do is share where you've been laid off from.
Thrive Central Oregon has received funds to help with rent and mortgage payments! Specifically, individuals and families eligible for this rental assistance must be within Bend or Redmond city limits, financially impacted by COVID-19, and under 60% AMI.
Oregon Community Health Worker Association has put together renters rights videos in both Spanish & English!
Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Sunday temporarily halting residential evictions for nonpayment during the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bethlehem Inn remains committed to providing a safe place to stay for the adults and children in Central Oregon amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In response to the coronavirus, they are following the most current directives and recommendations from our public health and government authorities. The Inn is modifying some work practices to enhance the health and safety of staff, residents, volunteers and community members.
BendBroadband will be offering broadband access to low-income individuals and/or families with children and college students for 60 days. This offer is for new customers in communities where BendBroadband provides service.
Local utility billing companies have undertaken the following policies:
- City of Bend has temporarily suspended all water service shut-offs for non-payment. Utility customers will continue to be responsible for the water, sewer, and stormwater charges that accrue during this time. However, water services will not be shut-off.
- Cascade Natural Gas is implementing a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payments related to hardships incurred from COVID-19.
- Pacific Power is suspending shut off/disconnect and late fees for non-payment.
- Central Electric Cooperative Inc. will not be disconnecting power or charging late fees.
St. Charles Health System and Deschutes County Health Services joined together to open a new phone line to answer questions from the public about COVID-19. The FREE phone line is available to individuals in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and will be staffed by caregivers and county health services professionals.
Phone line: 541-699-5109. Calls answered Monday- Friday 8am-6:30pm.
Mosaic Medical is offering phone OHP enrollment support. If your income has changed, contact them to see if you qualify for Oregon Health Plan.
Phone line: 541-383-3005
Oregon Family Support Network is offering a Parent Warmline through a program called Reach Out Oregon. If you are struggling with social isolation or sheltering in place with a child who has heightened behavior needs, this may be a helpful resource.
Phone line: 1-833-732-2467
Oregon Health Plan (OHP) has updated their eligibility policy during the COVID-19 health crisis. They have also created a blog for COVID-19 updates with great videos that are very informational.
Deschutes County Mental Health Resources has a website & hotline dedicated to the well being and safety of community members.
Jefferson Country Mental Health Resources has a website & hotline dedicated to the well being and safety of community members.
Did you know BGCB has a YouTube Channel?!
If you have a girl at home, be sure to check out Girls on the Run! Now more than ever, our girls could benefit from activities that promote positive self-esteem & healthy lifestyles!