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COVID-19 in Louisville

Information and resources on the coronavirus pandemic in Louisville, Kentucky.

NEEDS AND RESOURCES

The purpose of this page is to share resources and needs related to the COVID-19 situation in Louisville. The focus includes LGBTQ issues, but is not limited to that. Our goal is to provide assistance to as many people as possible during this unprecedented time and make sure our community is informed about some of the resources being provided thanks to the extraordinary efforts of people throughout Louisville.

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NEWS

LGBTQ Substance Abuse Resources

Members of the LGBTQ community are statistically more at risk to have substance abuse issues, and need to be met with LGBTQ+ friendly care and treatment. While the physical treatment center is located in the Pacific Northwest, they also offer multiple levels of treatment including intensive outpatient programs.

Please explore The Ridgefield Recovery Village website for LGBTQ substance abuse and addiction resources here.

Protecting Your Kids and Home During Covid-19 Crisis

Reviews.com consolidates helpful resources and information on managing the Covid-19 crisis within your home and family. Read the article here.

  • Download this Emergency Contact Form PDF to help easily streamline all emergency contact information for your children

Do you know about the #TransgenderFirst Scholarship?

Are you a U of L student who identifies as Transgender?

It is the first national scholarship exclusively dedicated to helping underserved Transgender students get affordable access to a college education.

Amount: $2,500 (awarded annually)

Payment is made directly to your accredited U.S. College or University.

Current Deadline: 12/31/2020

Read more and apply here

Applicants must:

  • Identify as Transgender
  • Plan to pursue a degree, or currently pursuing a degree, at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

3 Financial Assistance Opportunities

1. Team Kentucky Fund Financial Assistance

Description: Up to $1,000 in vouchers provided for the following approved expenses:  rent, mortgage, food/grocery, utility

EligibilityMust have experienced an adverse financial impact due to COVID-19. Household income 1) was below four hundred percent (400%) of the official poverty income guidelines prior to March 6, 2020 and (2) is at or below two hundred percent (200%) of the official poverty income guidelines at the time of applying.

Apply at https://teamkyfund.ky.gov/

Benefits are available on a first come, first served basis.

 

2. One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

Description: Up to $1,000 payment assistance for eligibility households to help with rent, childcare, transportation, food and/or utilities.

Eligibility: Households within 100% AMI with a demonstrated loss of income related to COVID-19.

Apply at OneLouHelp.itfrontdesk.com or call 502/874-5060.

Benefits are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more info: See “One Lou Response Fund” flyer

 

3. LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Spring Subsidy

Description: Utility assistance for income eligible households.

EligibilityHouseholds must be within 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Apply at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com or call 502/991-8391.

Benefits are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more info: See “LIHEAP Spring” flyer

 

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round: Emergency Assistance Grants for Individuals and Families

Please check in as there are upcoming opportunities opening up early this month.

We opened this application on May 21 and on May 22 at 8:30pm closed the application after receiving the number of applications that reached our maximum funding allocation for this phase.  Please check back for the next round of funding in early June. Thank you to all for your ideas, passion, and support as we work to move resources to support LGBTQ Southerners. We know this is a challenging time, and we’re sending our strength, love, and support.

Vote For Access

“We want disabled folx and non-disabled allies to fight for our vote. Together.” – Imani Barbarin

Did you knowif people with disabilities voted at the same rate as non-disabled voters, 2 million more votes would be cast”?

Inclusivity at the polls should be a priority at every election.

Imani Barbarin hosts Vote for Access, a five part series addressing voting problems for people with disabilities, including important solutions everyone should know about. Please watch, and explore Vote for Access to learn more. 

Vote For Access Promo Video

Important Election Information

This information is from the County Clerk’s office.

  • NOW THROUGH JUNE 22, 2020: County Clerk’s offices are available to answer voter questions. 
  • NOW THROUGH JUNE 23, 2020: Voters can contact County Clerk’s office to schedule appointment to vote.
  • NO LATER THAN MAY 22, 2020: State Board of Elections will mail postcards to eligible voters explaining the absentee and in-person voting process.
  • NO LATER THAN MAY 22, 2020:  State Board of Election will have an online portal for voter to request an absentee ballot.  Votes can request absentee ballot on-line at www.GoVote.ky.com.  Voters will supply social security number and birth date.  Other information is requested (driver license number and email address), but not mandatory.  Voter can also telephone the County Clerk.
  • MAY 26, 2020: Last day to register to vote
  • JUNE 15, 2020: Last day to request absentee ballot and have ballot mailed.  Ballot can be picked up in-person at the County Clerk’s office. Hours are established at the discretion of the County Clerk’s office.
  •  JUNE 8-13, 2020:  In-person absentee voting by appointment. (At the discretion of the County Clerk, some counties will have in-person voting on Saturdays.)
  • JUNE 15-22, 2020: In-person absentee voting by appointment.
  • JUNE 23, 2020:  Primary Election with voting by appointment. Eligible voters with appropriate ID who show up at polls without appointment will be allowed to vote.
  • JUNE 23, 2020: Ballots returned by US Postal Service must be postmarked June 23, 2020.
  • JUNE 27, 2020: This is the last day that County Clerks can receive absentee ballot by mail.
  • JUNE 29, 2020: If signature on absentee ballot does not match registration signature, County Clerk will notify voter.  A voter will have until the 29th to correct. This usually means going to the County Clerk’s office to verify signature on absentee ballot is theirs. Questioning signature is at the discretion of each County Clerk or legally designated person(s) to review and count ballots.

Louisville Pride continues to connect people through Digital Pride

The Louisville Pride Foundation has launched a Digital Pride initiative to continue bringing people together during social distancing. Digital Pride is evolving, but so far it includes bi-weekly Community Conversations, hosted by the LPF Executive Director Mike Slaton, and a weekly virtual drag show, sponsored by United Auto Workers Local 862.

Community Conversations happen Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 PM on Facebook Live, and topics have included Racial Disparities, and COVID-19, Transgender Day of Visibility, and Community Efforts to Provide PPE. Archived videos are available on YouTube.

The Virtual Drag show is hosted by Syimone and happens every Friday night at 8:00 PM on Facebook Live. Louisville Pride is paying the performs, and all tips are split between the Louisville Pride Foundation and the One Louisville COVID-19 Response Fund.

Community Ministries has increased funds for rent assistance

Louisville Community Ministries has received $350,000 in funds for rent and mortgage assistance from the One Louisville Fund. Up to $1000 can be distributed to people in need through their community ministry. You’ll need to show proof of residence and have a copy of your lease. All Community Ministries in Louisville serve LGBTQ people. Learn more at http://www.louisvilleministries.org/

TARC limits service to essential trips only

According to Mayor Fischer, TARC is limiting ridership to “essential services only.”

Essential trips include:

  • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home; or
  • Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family, household members and pets, including things such as seeking medical or behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies; or
  • Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, and to transport a family member, friend or their pet for essential health and safety activities, and to obtain necessary supplies; and
  • Employment in essential business services, meaning an essential employee performing work for an essential business as identified by the Governor as “necessary to sustain life.”

Additionally, TARC is asking riders who need to make essential trips to avoid riding the bus during peak travel times of 6-9 a.m. and 2-6 p.m. to give more social distancing space to essential workers heading to and from their jobs.

“TARC continues to monitor the developments of COVID-19 daily,” said Laura Douglas, TARC Co-Executive Director. “We are asking our passengers to limit their trips with TARC to ‘essential trips only’ in an effort to help practice the important measures of social distancing. We provide a crucial service to the community and we take that responsibility seriously; we want to continue to serve that role as effectively as possible with the health and safety of both our passengers and our team members top-of-mind.”

Please visit www.ridetarc.org and click on the COVID-19 button for details and updates on how TARC is responding.

City’s March for Meals ends; more than 83,000 meals distributed

The city’s “Metro March for Meals” effort ended on April 3. The meals pick-up program for seniors 60 year and older began in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisville.

Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services, is focusing its limited funding by returning to its original intent of serving those already deemed eligible through the Meals on Wheels and Senior Congregate Meals programs, as well as an additional 255 people who are currently on the waiting lists for home-delivered programs.

Going forward, there will be no distribution of meals at the seven sites that had been operating through the Metro March for Meals program since March 17, 2020.  More than 83,000 frozen meals were handed out over that three-week period.

Beginning Monday, April 6:

  • The nearly 400 homebound senior clients served by Senior Nutrition’s Meals on Wheels program will continue to receive their meal delivery once per week with a five-frozen meal pack until daily, hot meal delivery can resume. In addition, 255 pre-certified individuals will be added to home-delivery routes over the course of April.
  • Though the nearly 20 Senior Congregate Nutrition Sites across Jefferson County remain temporarily closed, the Senior Nutrition staff will continue working with congregate participants to ensure their nutritional needs are being met  during this critical period.

The city continues to explore options for other resources to serve even more vulnerable residents of our community.

Local medical staff desperately need donations of masks and exam gloves to fight COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads, frontline health workers are running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as n95 masks, surgical masks, exam gloves, and face shields to keep themselves and their patients safe. There is a shortage of PPE across the country because so many people have become sick at once. Businesses and members of the public may have some of these items at their homes. Local volunteers have created a website to facilitate donations in Kentucky.

At maskmatchky.com, you can find healthcare organizations across the state that have asked for help. Please consider checking to see if you have these items and give what you can. Instructions for making donations can be found on the website. In this time of crisis, getting this equipment to healthcare providers will be life saving.

LG&E suspending disconnects until May 1

Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Kentucky Utilities Company and Old Dominion Power announced on March 16 measures to assist residential customers who may be facing financial difficulties in the near-term due to impacts from COVID-19. The utilities, until May 1, will suspend disconnects for residential customers who may have difficulty paying their bill and waive new late fees incurred during this time. Visit http://www.lge-ku.com/ for more information

Louisville Water Suspends Turn-Offs Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

This is a temporary measure and customers are still responsible for paying their water bill. Louisville Water will continue to work with customers who can’t pay by the due date. For more information go to https://louisvillewater.com/newsroom/louisville-water-suspends-turn-offs-amid-covid-19-outbreak

MSD is also waiving late fees. Both companies stress that it is important to contact Louisville Water at 502.583.6610 or MSD at 502.540.6000 if you are having trouble paying your bill.

Black Lives Matter Louisville has experience in mutual aid

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted many of the gaps in our social service safety net, and left many people vulnerable to food insecurity and other needs. For many of us, the idea that members of our community face food insecurity is a new reality, and people are stepping up and trying to figure out how to help.

Even before COVID-19, many parts our community were already “food deserts” and there are organizations that have been facing this issue for years. For example, Black Lives Matter Louisville has been bringing  supplies to people in need since 2016. The group pulled on that experience to quickly put out a comprehensive Mutual Aid guide to help people find resources during the crisis.

According to one of the organizers, BLM has an immediate need for volunteers and donors, and they are prepared to train helpers on how to stay safe. One of the best ways an individual can help out right now is to join an established group that has experience helping vulnerable people. Sign up here or Donate Here.

LGBTQ Community at greater risk of COVID-19

USA Today reports that some members of the LGBTQ community may be “particularly vulnerable” to the effects of the virus. While LGBTQ individuals have not been found to be more susceptible to contracting COVID-19, some health habits within the community,including significantly higher rates of smoking than the general population, have raised concern among health professionals.

Dare to Care distributing food

Dare to Care is continuing to operate and is monitoring the situation, visit https://daretocare.org/covid-19/for updates, or to find out how to get food or how to help.

One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

Mayor Greg Fischer announced on March 18 that a coalition of government and philanthropy has joined together to create the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to households, businesses, and community-based organizations (nonprofit organizations) working at the front lines of the Louisville-area coronavirus outbreak.

The fund is seeking donors, and is available to help those impacted.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS

ElderServe needs volunteers

ElderServe is an agency supporting adults over 60 in Jefferson County.

They 2-4 volunteers to help distributing commodities to seniors:

  • April 8 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • April 17 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

They also need help maintaining the grounds at their center. Contact Lisa Smith to volunteer.

Volunteers needed

The Courier Journal has a report on places needing volunteers. The Red Cross, APRON, Community Ministries, the Center For Women and Families, Dare to Care, and JCPS all need volunteers. Find out more.

Black Lives Matter Louisville has experience in mutual aid

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted many of the gaps in our social service safety net, and left many people vulnerable to food insecurity and other needs. For many of us, the idea that members of our community face food insecurity is a new reality, and people are stepping up and trying to figure out how to help.

Even before COVID-19, many parts our community were already “food deserts” and there are organizations that have been facing this issue for years. For example, Black Lives Matter Louisville has been bringing  supplies to people in need since 2016. The group pulled on that experience to quickly put out a comprehensive Mutual Aid guide to help people find resources during the crisis.

According to one of the organizers, BLM has an immediate need for volunteers and donors, and they are prepared to train helpers on how to stay safe. One of the best ways an individual can help out right now is to join an established group that has experience helping vulnerable people. Sign up here or Donate Here.

Volunteers of America needs help

Volunteers of America needs help. Visit voamid.org/covid

Metro United Way identifying volunteer needs

Metro United Way is coordinating efforts to fill volunteer needs related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Sign up now! 

Dare to Care Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for various projects at Dare to Care’s warehouse, including building emergency food boxes for families in need. We have limited volunteer shifts to 10 volunteers at a time and adjusted our usual volunteer model in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. All volunteers must be at least age 14. Click here to sign up.

Franciscan Kitchen

The Franciscan Kitchen is looking for volunteers to help feed their clients.

Many of their regular volunteers are in the category of “most vulnerable” when it comes to the Corona virus. Could you step in and help us serve our forgotten brothers and sisters at this time? We need volunteers from 10:00 until 1:00 on weekdays to help pass out to-go lunches. Our guests are taking their hot lunch outside to eat it, minimizing the time that we share the same space. Volunteers are also needed for early morning prep work. since our meals are now to go, there are a lot of things to put in small containers.

If you are able to help us please call 589-0140 and ask for Chuck.

Community Ministries

The 13 Community Ministries that serve Louisville are in need of volunteers. Sign up here.

UP for Women and Children

Needs volunteers on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays during the day to operate shelter. Contact Andrea Scott at andrea@uplouisville.org

St Vincent de Paul

Need for 3 or more volunteers to help out in their food pantry in Shelby Park/Smoketown on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm. To help out, contact Donna Young at dyoung@svdplou.org or 301-8688.

RESOURCES

LGBTQ Substance Abuse Resources

Members of the LGBTQ community are statistically more at risk to have substance abuse issues, and need to be met with LGBTQ+ friendly care and treatment. While the physical treatment center is located in the Pacific Northwest, they also offer multiple levels of treatment including intensive outpatient programs.

Please explore The Ridgefield Recovery Village website for LGBTQ substance abuse and addiction resources here.

Protecting Your Kids and Home During Covid-19 Crisis

Reviews.com consolidates helpful resources and information on managing the Covid-19 crisis within your home and family. Read the article here.

  • Download this Emergency Contact Form PDF to help easily streamline all emergency contact information for your children

Do you know about the #TransgenderFirst Scholarship?

Are you a U of L student who identifies as Transgender?

It is the first national scholarship exclusively dedicated to helping underserved Transgender students get affordable access to a college education.

Amount: $2,500 (awarded annually)

Payment is made directly to your accredited U.S. College or University.

Current Deadline: 12/31/2020

Read more and apply here

Applicants must:

  • Identify as Transgender
  • Plan to pursue a degree, or currently pursuing a degree, at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

3 Financial Assistance Opportunities

1. Team Kentucky Fund Financial Assistance

Description: Up to $1,000 in vouchers provided for the following approved expenses:  rent, mortgage, food/grocery, utility

EligibilityMust have experienced an adverse financial impact due to COVID-19. Household income 1) was below four hundred percent (400%) of the official poverty income guidelines prior to March 6, 2020 and (2) is at or below two hundred percent (200%) of the official poverty income guidelines at the time of applying.

Apply at https://teamkyfund.ky.gov/

Benefits are available on a first come, first served basis.

 

2. One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

Description: Up to $1,000 payment assistance for eligibility households to help with rent, childcare, transportation, food and/or utilities.

Eligibility: Households within 100% AMI with a demonstrated loss of income related to COVID-19.

Apply at OneLouHelp.itfrontdesk.com or call 502/874-5060.

Benefits are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more info: See “One Lou Response Fund” flyer

 

3. LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Spring Subsidy

Description: Utility assistance for income eligible households.

EligibilityHouseholds must be within 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Apply at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com or call 502/991-8391.

Benefits are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more info: See “LIHEAP Spring” flyer

 

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round: Emergency Assistance Grants for Individuals and Families

Please check in as there are upcoming opportunities opening up early this month.

We opened this application on May 21 and on May 22 at 8:30pm closed the application after receiving the number of applications that reached our maximum funding allocation for this phase.  Please check back for the next round of funding in early June. Thank you to all for your ideas, passion, and support as we work to move resources to support LGBTQ Southerners. We know this is a challenging time, and we’re sending our strength, love, and support.

Vote For Access

“We want disabled folx and non-disabled allies to fight for our vote. Together.” – Imani Barbarin

Did you knowif people with disabilities voted at the same rate as non-disabled voters, 2 million more votes would be cast”?

Inclusivity at the polls should be a priority at every election.

Imani Barbarin hosts Vote for Access, a five part series addressing voting problems for people with disabilities, including important solutions everyone should know about. Please watch, and explore Vote for Access to learn more. 

Vote For Access Promo Video

Important Election Information

This information is from the County Clerk’s office.

  • NOW THROUGH JUNE 22, 2020: County Clerk’s offices are available to answer voter questions. 
  • NOW THROUGH JUNE 23, 2020: Voters can contact County Clerk’s office to schedule appointment to vote.
  • NO LATER THAN MAY 22, 2020: State Board of Elections will mail postcards to eligible voters explaining the absentee and in-person voting process.
  • NO LATER THAN MAY 22, 2020:  State Board of Election will have an online portal for voter to request an absentee ballot.  Votes can request absentee ballot on-line at www.GoVote.ky.com.  Voters will supply social security number and birth date.  Other information is requested (driver license number and email address), but not mandatory.  Voter can also telephone the County Clerk.
  • MAY 26, 2020: Last day to register to vote
  • JUNE 15, 2020: Last day to request absentee ballot and have ballot mailed.  Ballot can be picked up in-person at the County Clerk’s office. Hours are established at the discretion of the County Clerk’s office.
  •  JUNE 8-13, 2020:  In-person absentee voting by appointment. (At the discretion of the County Clerk, some counties will have in-person voting on Saturdays.)
  • JUNE 15-22, 2020: In-person absentee voting by appointment.
  • JUNE 23, 2020:  Primary Election with voting by appointment. Eligible voters with appropriate ID who show up at polls without appointment will be allowed to vote.
  • JUNE 23, 2020: Ballots returned by US Postal Service must be postmarked June 23, 2020.
  • JUNE 27, 2020: This is the last day that County Clerks can receive absentee ballot by mail.
  • JUNE 29, 2020: If signature on absentee ballot does not match registration signature, County Clerk will notify voter.  A voter will have until the 29th to correct. This usually means going to the County Clerk’s office to verify signature on absentee ballot is theirs. Questioning signature is at the discretion of each County Clerk or legally designated person(s) to review and count ballots.

Loan Programs for Micro-Level Businesses

Many community partners offer capital and help low and moderate income individuals start or grow a business. If you have an existing loan, please contact your lender organization for more information about relief efforts as they may not be automatically applied.

    • Optional three-month deferment on existing loans in good standing through Navigate Enterprise Center. Email Cynthia Brown.
    • Borrowers should call (859) 231-0054 to discuss options.
    • Existing borrowers are allowed a three-month forbearance period; borrowers can choose to exte