Unemployment and Wage Losses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

What can you do if you are out of work due to COVID-19? You may qualify for South Dakota Reemployment Assistance. The Department of Labor assesses each case on an individual basis. To apply for RA benefits, apply online at raclaims.sd.gov or call (605) 626-3179. For more information from the Department of Labor regarding COVID-19, visit: https://dlr.sd.gov/covid_19_resources.aspx. *The contents of this post…

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COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 Resources

As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved, more information and resources for those affected have become available. Below is a list of important resources to help you and your family during this time.

Below is a list of resources available during the Covid-19 closures in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas.

General Resources

https://www.helplinecenter.org/2-1-1-community-resources/helplist/

CDC Information

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus, such as how it spreads, what common symptoms are, and how to protect yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

The CDC has given guidance on whether it is safe to travel within the US, and has advised non-essential travel and to stay away from places with community spread of Coronavirus or travel that involves being in close contact with others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

School at home (K-12)

HUGE list of amazing educational resources http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

Scholastic Learn at Home   https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/resources/scholastic-learn-at-home--free-resources-for-school-closures.html#

Food/meals

Food pantries   https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/sd-Sioux%20Falls

School breakfast and lunch meals  https://www.coronahelpsf.com/fooddistribution

Delivery of household necessities – detergent, diapers, t. paper, hygiene products, food https://www.coronahelpsf.com/deliveries

Mental health and anxiety

Local Mental health resources https://www.helplinecenter.org/2-1-1-community-resources/helpsheets/covid-19-and-your-mental-health/

Mental health  https://peak-resilience.com/blog/2020/3/15/covid-19-amp-your-mental-health-a-comprehensive-resource-guide?fbclid=IwAR2ORZVGlZxc4w-nf1d-W7PVRkkVNNi_z72p0kM_TPhQobgN7QyXAhseb7k

Meditation apps for kids  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/meditation-apps-for-kids

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus

CDC - Mental health and coping COVID-19   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Financial

COVID-19 Relief Fund   https://www.siouxfalls.org/news/2020/03/17/relief-fund

One Sioux Falls fund – rent/mortgage assistance. There has been a fund established in the Sioux Falls area for those unable to pay rent and other expenses due to the impacts of the Coronavirus that do not qualify for federal housing assistance:https://www.helplinecenter.org/2-1-1-community-resources/one-sioux-falls-fund/

Income Tax Relief - https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Community

City of Sioux Falls    https://www.siouxfalls.org/covid19

Better Together Sioux Falls Facebook group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/795082001002486/

Local Sioux Falls churches have also come together to bring food and supplies to those in need during the pandemic. Follow this link to request assistance or to volunteer in the distribution efforts: https://www.coronahelpsf.com/

Employment

Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Insurance) due to COVID-19   https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/covid_19_ra_eligibility.aspx

Job opportunities   http://opportunitysf.com/job-opportunities.cfm

Government agency resources  https://dlr.sd.gov/covid_19_resources.aspx

Legal

East River Legal Services (civil legal issues) – www.erlservices.org

Access to Justice State Bar Pro Bono Program (civil legal issues) – www.statebarofsouthdakota.com/access-to-justice

South Dakota Network (domestic violence) - https://sdnafvsa.com/home/

Ask Questions to SD lawyers anonymously – SD Free Legal Answers – https://sd.freelegalanswers.org/

Entertainment – virtual tours while social distancing

Museum tours https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Zoos and aquariums, museums and theme parks https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

 

Questions about COVID-19???

COVID-19 Information Line – https://covid.sd.gov/   or call #1-800-997-2880

 

Apply for Legal Assistance

Legal Services offices are limiting staff interaction with applicants and clients for the safety of our staff and clients, we are taking in applications for legal assistance online at https://www.sdlawhelp.org/apply

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Wills for Heros

Wills for Heros is a free monthly legal clinic for Veterans and their spouses to receive simple wills and Power of Attorney. This clinic is for income-qualifying individuals and is available by appointment only. You must call and schedule an appointment to meet with the attorneys on the day of the clinic.

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WORKS Program

Need help filing out UJS Divorce Forms?

Want a neutral third-party Mediator to assist you in discussing and resolving issues, such as custody & parenting time, for your Settlement Agreement Form?

The South Dakota State Bar is offering a program to help parties filing for Divorce in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties by assisting with completing UJS Divorce forms and offering mediation services to help parties come to agreements. There is no charge for WORKS sessions.

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