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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

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.

Free Meals for Seniors

The Metro March for Meals program provides frozen meal packs to Jefferson County residents over 60 who are self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meal packs each contain 5 meals.

Meals may be picked up between 10:00am-12:00pm. There are six locations across the city, with pick up at each once per week.

The eligible senior should be present at time of pick up.

Pick up sites (subject to change- Check for updates or call 502-574-5223)

  • Mondays – St. Stephen Church Parking Lot (1019 S. 15th St., 40210)
  • Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Ave., 40214)
  • Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272) and East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
  • Thursdays – Slaughter Elementary School (3805 Fern Valley Road, 40219)
  • Fridays – Former Old Louisville Kroger Site (924 S. Second St., 40203)

 

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

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

“What Kentuckians Need to Know about COVID-19,” from Kentucky Voices for Health

Kentucky Voices for Health has put out an info graphic called What Kentuckians Need to Know about COVID-19.This is a comprehensive set of FAQs that can be used for talking about coronavirus in your communities. It includes basic facts about the virus and touches on transmission, who’s at risk, prevention, testing, when to seek care, social distancing, flattening the curve, the economic impact, available resources, and how people can help in their communities.

 

“Help for Kentuckians During COVID-19” from Kentucky Voices for Health

Kentucky Voices for Health has published: Help for Kentuckians During COVID-19

This describes the public assistance programs  available to help Kentuckians weather this recession. This incorporates all of the recent policy changes made through executive order and emergency regulations that consumers need to know. Please note major changes have been made to the Medicaid program, in particular. During the current state of emergency, no one will lose coverage, income eligibility has been expanded, documentation requirements will be more flexible, and absolutely NO copays or prior authorizations will be required for ANY Medicaid service. Many reporting requirements for SNAP, KTAP, and CCAP have also been suspended.

Campaign for Southern Equality Announces Rapid Response Grants to Support LGBTQ Southerners

The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) has created a rapid response grant round to quickly route funds to individuals, families, and community organizations across the LGBTQ South. The grant round of $25,0000 will be distributed through CSE’s Southern Equality Fund. Learn more at their site.

U of L COVID-19 & Student Support Resource Guide

Offices across the University of Louisville campus are working together to support our students in every way we can at this difficult time. Please visit the UofL novel coronavirus site for the latest information on the university’s response to COVID-19.

The U of L COVID-19 & Student Support Resource Guide page will be updated as new information becomes available, and students can email succeed@louisville.edu or call the Student Success Center at 502-852-7969.  First year students also have peer mentors to help.

Neighborhood Place available to help

Neighborhood Places offer assistance throughout the year, and are managing the One Louisville COVID-19 Response Fund.

Call  (502) 574-5050 or go to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/neighborhood-place for more information

Credit cards may waive fees

USA Today reports that with repercussions from the outbreak including job cuts, furloughs and business closings, credit card companies are preparing for some cardholders to have problems making their monthly bills.

Information about tenant’s rights

Here are some fast facts for renters from the Legal Aid Society. 

Addiction Services cope with pandemic

WFPL has a story about how addiction recovery services are coping with the wave of closures.

Greater Louisville Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous – 502-582-1849

Louisville Area of Narcotics Anonymous – 569-1769

The Healing Place – Men’s campus: 502-583-0369 – Women’s campus: 502-568-6680

Centerstone – (502) 589-1100

Resource Spreadsheet

Tyler Dippold, MT-BC, has assembled a spreadsheet of resources. Tyler is a board-certified music therpaist for Personal Counseling Service, Inc. in Southern Indiana.

This database has categories for education, mental health, health and safety, relief efforts, music, entertainment, local categories.

The spreadsheet is here: COVID Resources

Metro United Way 211

As always, Metro United Way is available to help. Visit their website or call 211 any time of the day or night. If you don’t know where to turn, 211 is a good place to start. https://metrounitedway.org/get-help-now/

Community Ministries in Louisville available to assist

The Louisville Association of Community Ministries is a group of 13 networks of faith based organization helping people in need. The ministries serve anyone in Jefferson County, and can provide assistance with food or rent and utility payments. The ministries are also seeking donations and volunteers.

Find the one that serves your neighborhood here: http://www.louisvilleministries.org/directory/

They are all open to serving LGBTQ people and do not discriminate.

Free Meals for Seniors

The Metro March for Meals program provides frozen meal packs to Jefferson County residents over 60 who are self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meal packs each contain 5 meals.

Meals may be picked up between 10:00am-12:00pm. There are six locations across the city, with pick up at each once per week.

The eligible senior should be present at time of pick up.

Pick up sites (subject to change- Check for updates or call 502-574-5223)

  • Mondays – St. Stephen Church Parking Lot (1019 S. 15th St., 40210)
  • Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Ave., 40214)
  • Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272) and East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
  • Thursdays – Slaughter Elementary School (3805 Fern Valley Road, 40219)
  • Fridays – Former Old Louisville Kroger Site (924 S. Second St., 40203)

 

Household assistance through Neighborhood Places

According to Mayor Greg Fischer, households seeking assistance should call their nearest Neighborhood Place location. Those locations are closed to walk-ins but will have drop-boxes available to leave verification documents required for getting assistance.

To be eligible for support, individuals/households must be Jefferson County residents with an income at or below 100 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), which is determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The AMI for the Louisville region is $76,400 for a four-person family (100 percent AMI).

Applicants will be asked to offer proof of identity and supporting documents that demonstrate a loss of earned income due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to medical reasons, business closure, or school closure.

To find a Neighborhood Place in their area, residents may call Metro311 or (502) 574-5000, or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/neighborhoodplace.

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.

Relief for Restaurant Workers

Local Chef Edward Lee is organizing a relief effort for restaranut workers. Accorsing to the Courier-Journal, The LEE Initiative, in partnership with Maker’s Mark and Lee’s restaurant 610 Magnolia at 610 W. Magnolia Ave., is becoming a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or had a significant reduction in hours.

 

Here are some additional national resources that also apply to service employees in Kentucky and Indiana impacted by restaurant closures:

Kentucky Health Justice Network

People seeking gender affirming care can contact the KHJN Trans Health Program at 502-694-2227 or fill out our confidential form.

People seeking access to abortion care can contact the KHJN Abortion Support Fund at 1-855-576-4576.

BCBenefits can help cover the costs of getting free birth control. See if you qualify for a year’s worth of the method of your choice by going to the All Access EKY website.

Emergency contraception is still available by appointment, please reach out to us on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or via email at info@khjn.org to schedule a time for pick up in Louisville.

http://www.kentuckyhealthjusticenetwork.org/trans-health.html

Mutual Assistance Sites

Several people are organizing sites to share information and match people in need with potential helpers.

Black Lives Matter has put together a VERY comprehensive page with lots and lots of information: Black Lives Matter mutual aid page

Louisville COVID-19 matches people who are seniors or immune compromised, with young and healthy people who can do their shopping or otherwise help. Louisville COVID-19 Match 

 

LGBTQ INFORMATION

Resources for Transgender People

The best first step for anybody is to be sure they understand what their insurance covers, and to touch base with their insurance providers to see if they’re offering any enhanced assistance during the COVID-19 issue. For example, Humana is offering co-pay free virtual appointments and is allowing people to refill their scripts early. Medicare and Medicaid both provide coverage, and most personal insurers do as well.

For folks in KY: http://www.kentuckyhealthjusticenetwork.org/

KHJN is the best first step if they need funds. KHNJ has a limited amount of funds for this type of assistance, and I’m sure with the covid-19 issues, they know that the level of need will rise.

 

Below are additional resources that Louisville Youth Group has gathered on finding funding to support costs related to transition. These are national points of contact, but some may be regional or state-based as well. The National Center for Transgender Equality provided help assembling this information.

Resources: Video on insurance navigation

Health Care, Insurance and Additional Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National network of mental health care providers, as well as a provider database

http://www.nami.org/Find­-Support/LGBTQ
Help Line   800­-950-­6264

 

National Council for Behavioral Health

National network of community behavioral health centers, as well as a provider database

http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/

 

Psychology Today Therapist Finder

A list of therapists around North America. Once a city or state is selected, there is a filter for therapists working with transgender clients under the ‘Issue’ area on the left

https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

A national database for local professionals and agencies that provide addiction recovery services and mental health care.

https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

800-662-HELP (4357)

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC)
Clinics around the United States that offer basic health care for those without insurance or experiencing homelessness.
http://www.nafcclinics.org/

RAD Remedy
Community­-sourced list of trans-­affirming healthcare providers
https://www.radremedy.org/

Out2Enroll

Resources to help transgender people select and enroll in insurance 

https://out2enroll.org

TransHealth
Health and guidance for healthcare providers, as well as a list of trans­affirming health clinics in Canada, the United States, and England.
http://www.trans-health.com/

Transcend Legal
Transcend Legal helps people get transgender-related health care covered under insurance.
https://transcendlegal.org/

TransChance Health
Helps transgender people navigate health care and insurance to receive respectful, high-quality care, and get transition-related care covered  

https://www.transchancehealth.org/

JustUs Health
Leads the work to achieve health equity for diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities in Minnesota, including the Trans Aging Project and a Trans Health Insurance guide
https://www.justushealth.mn

Jim Collins Foundation
Financial support for transition-related expenses for people without insurance or who have been excluded by insurance
http://jimcollinsfoundation.org/apply/

Point of Pride Annual Transgender Surgery Fund
Provides direct financial assistance to trans folks who cannot afford their gender-affirming surgery
https://pointofpride.org/annual-transgender-surgery-fund/

Community Kinship Life Surgery Scholarship
Provides the trans community with assistance while having a sense of community and kinship
http://cklife.org/scholarship/

Transformative Freedom Fund (Colorado)
Supports the authentic selves of transgender Coloradans by removing financial barriers to transition related healthcare
https://transformativefreedomfund.org/

Kentucky Health Justice Network Trans Health Advocacy
Works to help Trans Kentuckians access the healthcare they need, as well as reaffirm our autonomy and community
http://www.kentuckyhealthjusticenetwork.org/trans-health.html

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.

Fairness Campaign Page

The Fairness Campaign has a COVID-19 page with lots of important information for the LGBTQ community. Fairness Campaign COVID-19 Page

Transgender health and COVID-19

The National Center for Transgender Equality has published information about “What Trans People Need to Know” during the COVID-19 outbreak.

GCN Magazine has guidance on binding during COVID-19. “If you bind and you get symptoms of #COVID19, the safest thing to do is to avoid binding while you have symptoms,” according to Dr Karl Neff, the Clinical Lead of the National Gender Service.

FUNDRAISERS