The City of St. Louis has the answers to some of your most pressing Covid-19 related questions. An “EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES” webpage for answers on testing sites, public utility companies’ mandates, utility assistance, food/children/housing/older adult resources, general health assistance and Covid-19 contacts is available.
Visit the CITY OF ST. LOUIS website to view the resources information.
COVID-19 FREE Testing (Testing sites and Registration link below)
Community testing events serve the residents of Missouri. DHSS is partnering with the Missouri Community Health Centers and MAKO Medical Laboratories to offer these free testing events. There is no eligibility other than to have a Missouri address. If you do not see any community testing events in your area, you can continue to check back with this page as new sites will be added as events are planned.
The test is a PCR test done by an anterior nares or midnasal swab to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is not an antigen or antibody test.
You can take steps to protect yourself and others during a COVID-19 outbreak.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Visit the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website for information on how the virus spreads, how to protect yourself, cloth face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting your home and social distancing.
On April 2, 2020 the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) responded to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) by quickly implementing changes to directly benefit Public Housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants. HUD has issued a temporary moratorium (120 days) on evictions for nonpayment of rent as well as fees and penalties related to non-payment of rent.
If you have had a change in income due to employment loss or decreased wages, please report your income to your Public Housing Manager or Housing Choice Voucher Client Analyst. They will perform an interim income adjustment to reflect a modified rent obligation for your household.
- USE YOUR EBT CARD TO BUY GROCERIES ONLINE If you get Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits, you are now able to use your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to buy eligible food online. At this time, you can use your EBT card to buy the same approved food items you would usually buy in the store online at Walmart and Amazon. More grocery retailers may be added later.
For more information about using your EBT card to buy food online, review our frequently asked questions.
NOTE: SNAP benefits do not cover delivery fees or other associated charges.
If you are in crisis and need assistance with your summer cooling bills, you now have until October 31, 2020 to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This allows low-income Missourians more time to apply for the summer cooling program and remain safe in their homes.
The Department of Social Services also increased the income level for Missourians to qualify for help and added the option to apply online.
To apply for LIHEAP, complete and submit one application form online for your household. You can also mail or fax the completed paper application form to the office serving your community listed on last page of the application.
- Visit AMEREN MISSOURI’s website to learn about their COVID-19 policies and energy assistance, or call them at 800-552-7583.
- Visit SPIRE’S (formerly Laclede Gas) website to learn about their COVID-19 policies and energy assistance, or call them at 800-887-4173.
- CITY OF ST. LOUIS WATER DIVISION
“On March 12, Mayor Krewson ordered the City of St. Louis Water Dept. to stop all water shut offs until at least May 15.”
You can contact them at the City of St. Louis Water Division website or calling 314-771-2255.
If you are interested, please send the following information to Keithen@TheAccessFoundation.net
Childs Name, Age, Grade and School
Parents name, email address and phone number.
They are also looking for college aged mentors and recent graduates to assist in mentoring. See below flyer for details.
- Children can continue to learn on-line in the safety of their homes by visiting SLPS’ CONTINUOUS LEARNING DURING COVID-19 website.
- VIRTUAL FUN ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS
VARSITY VIRTUAL TUTORS–virtual learning free and free tutoring sign up soon! K-12 We’re open! Call now to set up tutoring (855) 499-4846. https://www.varsitytutors.com
- READY TO PREPARE FOR YOUR HISET (GED) EXAM?
The St. Louis Public Library can help you prepare online for the HiSET Exam. CLICK HERE and follow the below instructions to get on the path to earning your HISET/GED today!
You will need a library card to access the training courses. CLICK HERE to get a free library card.
- Click on “Digital Library”
- Then, click on “Online Learning”
- Scroll down and click on “Learning Express Library”
- Click on “High School Equivalency Center” and “Build Your Skills”
- On the Blue section at the top, click “Register” to get started at EBSCO Learning Express.
All you need is an email address and a password.
- take the TABE Assessment
- build your Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies skills
- take practice tests, view tutorials, study eBooks and use flashcards, and
- access a Video Guide
NOTE: You cannot take the HiSET Exam on this website, but you can prepare for the exam.
- Social distancing, quarantining, and isolating can be very taxing on our mental health. A 24-hour mental health line continues to through Behavioral Health Response and is an excellent FREE resource for anyone just needing to talk to someone during these difficult times.
Adults: 314-469-6644 or 800-811-4760
Youth and Young Adults: 314-819-8802
- City of St. Louis Department of Health Department – 314-657-1499
- MO Department of Health & Senior Services – 877-435-8411
- Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri – 314-773-1399
- St. Louis Crisis Nursery – 314-768-3201
Metro Transit has implemented a number of changes to transit operations to protect riders and operators and minimize potential exposure to coronavirus, while continuing to provide transportation options for anyone who needs to connect with essential jobs and services. Visit Metro’s website to stay updated on routes, schedules and fees. Metro has temporarily waived fares for Metrobus and Metro Call-a-Ride. Metrolink fares are still required.
If you are a Food Stamp (SNAP) recipient ages 16-59, SkillUP is here to offer free help.This is a voluntary program to help Food Stamp recipients get free help with skills, training, and employer connections to get a job or a better job. CLICK HERE for additional information.
Under the CARES Act, people who are self-employed or contract employees are eligible for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Visit the Missouri Department of Labor website for additional information.