Resources for Help (Updated 3/27 @ 2 p.m.)
- The New York Times has a great list that breaks down the new paid leave law, social security assistance, questions you may have about your 401K, homeowner help and more.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus pandemic
- Unemployment If you have lost your job or been furloughed, you can apply for unemployment insurance to receive financial assistance.
- Social Security assistance is available online or by calling 800-772-1213. You can get help with Social Security or Medicare benefits, request a new card, and more.
- Taxes: The IRS has announced that the deadline for filing federal taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. Oklahoma has extended the deadline for filing and paying taxes that would be due to July 15. If you need help preparing your taxes, information and costs for some online and local options are available here.
- First Methodist Church Community Dinner (400 W. 7th) - Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Get meals to go.
- Our Daily Bread (701 E. 12th) - Tuesdays 2-6 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3rd Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Food boxes to go. Bring an ID and proof of Payne County residence (if different than what's on your ID)
- Presbyterian Brunch (524 Duncan) - Saturdays at 11 a.m. Get meals to go
- Salvation Army (1101 S. Lowry) - Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Food boxes, call ahead for pickup time at (405) 372-1554
- Stillwater Public Schools (various locations & bus delivery) - Free sack lunch and breakfast for all children (not just SPS students) starting March 23
- Mobile Meals - Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Continues to provide lunches to current clients. Volunteers are also providing groceries to clients. No new volunteers are being accepted.
MORTGAGE, RENT & UTILITIES
- Salvation Army (1101 S. Lowry) - Limited assistance with rent and utilities available starting April
- City of Stillwater - The City Council and Stillwater Utilities Authority approved resolutions suspending disconnection of City/SUA provided utility services for non-payment until further notice.
- Oklahoma Natural Gas - ONG is temporarily suspending disconnects due to nonpayment through April 15. They also offer help paying bills. Apply for assistance here.
- Central Electric Cooperative - If you have utility services through Central Electric Cooperative and have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, you can call the office at 405-372-2884 to discuss assistance options.
- Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae - If you have a mortgage owned by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae you may contact your loan servicer for help if you have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Fannie Mae - To provide relief to renters, Fannie Mae will provide forbearance for multi-family property mortgage holders for 3 months if they agree to suspend evictions of tenants who are facing financial hardship due to the current crisis
PHONE & INTERNET
- Keep Americans Connected Initiative - The FCC is asking broadband and phone service providers to pledge to ensure Americans do not lose connectivity as a result of COVID-19. They have a complete list of companies that have signed the pledge.
- Chickasaw - Suspended cutoff for nonpayment through 4/15
- AT&T - Will not cut off service for nonpayment. Also offering internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. Eligibility has been expanded to include households participating in Head Start and the National School Lunch Program. Additionally, they're offered new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.
- Suddenlink - Service will not be cut off for nonpayment. They are also offering broadband for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their area. Call 888-633-0030 to enroll.
- Lifeline - Offers discounted phone and broadband internet service to eligible low-income subscribers. The FCC has waived some of its rules to ensure that low-income Americans have affordable services.
- Other phone companies like Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Cricket, AT&T, Boost Mobile, Verizon are expanding data, waiving activation fees, offering payment plans, providing a variety of other services.
- Grand Lake Mental Health (Adult clinic -1624 Cimarron Plaza, Children's clinic - 604 S. Walnut) - Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Provides mental health services by appointment, phone, or walk-in (adult clinic only.) The fee varies depending on income and insurance. Call 405-372-2202 for more information.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Information on maintaining mental health during COVID-19. Includes a guide with FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications. You can call the NAMI helpline at 800-950-NAMI, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text "NAMI" to 74174
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) gives tips to help us manage social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during a pandemic and other mental health resources.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741
- Disaster Distress Hotline - Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66-746
- Guidance on Essential Businesses - Details from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Email questions to CISA.CAT@cisa.dhs.gov
- U.S. Small Business Administration - All 77 Oklahoma counties have been approved to apply for low-interest disaster relief loans. Apply here. The SBA also provides additional guidance and loan resources. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce will have staff available to assist small businesses with filing forms
- Announcement of Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020
- Oklahoma Department of Commerce - COVID-19 resources for businesses and nonprofits.
- Employer FAQs About Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19
- Lender and Corporate Small Business Assistance Programs - Forbes' list of banks offering relief. You can also search for your bank on the American Banker's Association ongoing list of A-Z list of coronavirus response programs.
- Facebook Small Grants Program - Facebook has committed to offering up to 30,000 small businesses $100 million in cash grants and Facebook advertising credits. There aren't a lot of details yet, but you can sign-up to get more details from Facebook when they are available.
- American Farmland Trust - Providing relief funds for small to medium-sized direct to market producers.