COVID-19 Resident Resources
While we’re all trying to figure out how to stay well and adjust to our routines at home, the City of Urbandale is curating a list of resources to help you during this time. Since health and wellness are top of mind right now, here are a few resources to help you be well. If your non-profit organization has new resources or services in response to COVID-19, we invite you to submit your information to us.
Help Washing Your Hands
The WHO recommends washing your hands for 40 seconds, which might be longer than you’re used to.
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Information from the CDC explains that older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Find more information about being at higher risk for serious illness on the CDC website.
NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
NAMI released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce - Shop Local Website
The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded an online e-commerce website to bring central Iowa businesses together to sell their products and services virtually. The site is a fully functional e-commerce site where anyone can place orders and buy local products online.
Endow Urbandale Establishes Emergency Relief Fund
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Urbandale’s Community Foundation—Endow Urbandale—has established an Emergency Relief Fund. The fund was begun with an initial matching grant of $10,000 from the Endow Urbandale General Endowment Fund. Three private donors quickly offered an additional $15,000 in matching funds.
The first grant from the emergency fund was made to assist UCAN in providing food items, personal care items, and cleaning supplies to seniors and others in need; essential baby items to families in need; and school supplies to students in need. An additional grant has been approved to Youth Emergency Services and Shelter. Other grant applications are pending.
State's Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program
Iowa Finance Authority's COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program provides short-term relief to income-eligible renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a documented COVID-19 related loss of income. On August 4, 2020, Iowa Finance Authority announced that the program's eligibility criteria have been expanded to allow Iowans who have been receiving $600 a week in federal unemployment stimulus benefits to apply for assistance. Applicants who have applied previously and were declined due to unemployment benefit status are welcome to reapply for assistance. For additional details, visit IowaHousingRecovery.com. Housing Recovery Helpline 855-300-5885.
Iowa COVID-19 Free Legal Hotline
Iowa COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline 800-332-0419 Iowans experiencing legal issues related to COVID-19, such as eviction, denial of unemployment benefits, employment issues or identity theft may call the hotline. Callers can leave a message, and a representative will call them back. The hotline is a project of Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Free Counseling - COVID Recovery Iowa
The stress of COVID-19 is taking on a toll on the mental health of Iowans, including health care workers. The Iowa Department of Human Services' program, COVID Recovery Iowa, offers free virtual counseling and resources for all Iowans affected by COVID-19. Iowa Concern line 800-447-1985; Spanish line 531-800-3687.
Iowa food resources such as state programs, school meal services, and food banks, can be found at the State’s coronavirus website: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/feedingiowa..