COVID-19 RESOURCES

(updated daily since Mar. 16)

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(UPDATED June 6)

 

Through the lens of my prior social work and current legal background, I'm continuing to try to provide info and resources for those locally who need assistance because of COVID-19. This information is updated daily (with info on 9 other standing resource guides we developed pre-COVID-19 at the end). NOTE: to secure individual relief from the $2 trillion federal stimulus package, the IRS recommends folks who aren't normally required to file (e.g., low income) to enter payment info on their website OR file tax returns for 2018 or 2019. For tax assistance help, see "FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE" below. Also: this is not legal advice, but general info.

COVID-19 HOTLINE


The State of Georgia now has a COVID-19 Hotline, where questions or concerns regarding the virus can be directed. Call 1-844-442-2681.

 

GENERAL ASSISTANCE


-Gwinnett Helpline: (770) 995-3339
-United Way 2-1-1 Contact Center: dial 211. See also: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/coronavirus

 

HEALTHCARE


-the Gwinnett-Rockdale-Newton Health Department has two COVID-19 specimen collection (testing) sites currently open, one in Lawrenceville (the other in Covington). 200 drive-through testing appointments are open daily to anyone who thinks they may be ill with COVID-19. Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday; referral from a doctor is NOT necessary any more. Call (770) 513-5631 to find out if you’re eligible and schedule a day and time for their appointment. www.gnrhealth.com/covid-19-info
-limited drive-up COVID-19 testing locally: LifeHope Church is sponsoring several area drive-up COVID-19 testing sites, including Sugar Hill. To qualify for testing, people who believe they are at risk should visit lifehope.com. Those who are approved will be directed to a testing site and will get their test results back within 24 hours.
-AU Health ExpressCare is an app for Georgians to be screened by a medical clinician via video chat or phone. If residents meet symptom criteria to warrant a test, or are first responders, health workers and other high-risk individuals, they will be provided an appointment at the nearest state testing center. The app works on smartphones or computers at augustaexpresscare.org. For those without access, call the hotline at (706) 721-1852.
-if you suspect you have symptoms, and can't access the testing listed above, see your medical provider. Per the Mar 27 federal stimulus package, private insurers are now required to cover COVID-19 treatments.
-for those who need low-cost healthcare for any reason (inc. flu shots), call: (1) Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett (on Jimmy Carter Blvd. near Britt Rd): (678) 280-6630 (you can also call their COVID-19 hotline at (404) 523-6571, ext. 4928), (2),Southside Medical Center (on Jimmy Carter), (404) 688-1350, (3) CPACS COSMO Health Center, 6185 Buford Hwy. Bldg. Suite G, Norcross, GA 30071, https://cpacscosmo.org, or (4) Gwinnett County Health Department, Norcross Health Center: (770) 638-5700. By federal law (ACA), you are entitled to a "qualified interpreter" if you need one.
-for persons with disabling conditions, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities provides a variety of resources, including a COVID-19 Positive Patient Intake Support form for people with I/DD who need healthcare because of COVID-19 symptoms: https://gcdd.org/covid-19-resources-for-georgians-with-deve…
-the Georgia Insurance Commissioner has directed insurers not to cancel any health insurance policies for failure of payment "until further notice": www.oci.ga.gov. Please note that, if you have lost health insurance because of loss of job, you may qualify for Special Enrollment through the federal marketplace: www.healthcare.gov/coverage-outsi…/special-enrollment-period
-for those who are pregnant or supporting a pregnant person, the GA Birth Task Force seeks to support you to ensure that you and/or your birth worker are protected: https://tinyurl.com/utdro7s
-GoodPill is providing 3 months of medications free and delivered. To sign up, visit www.goodpill.org
-PAN Foundation provides info on other sources of health-related financial assistance for people with health insurance, but remain underinsured: www.panfoundation.org/get-help/apply-for-assistance
-the Patient Advocate Foundation is providing small grants to those who are, or have been, diagnosed with COVID-19: www.patientadvocate.org/covidcare/help

-the American Transplant Foundation is providing Emergency Assistance Grants of up to $1,000 that cover expenses (hotels, groceries, utilities, etc.) posing a barrier to patient's post-transplant care b/c of COVID-19. www.americantransplantfoundation.org/programs/pap

-Navigate Recovery Gwinnett has made recovery meetings available online, as well as recovery coaches ready to take calls  M-Sat, 9am-9pm. Call 678-743-1808,  ext. 101. www.navigaterecoverygwinnett.org

FOOD


-Lettum Eat! Gwinnett is offering drive-thru meals throughout Gwinnett. A different location every M-F, on Fridays they serve Norcross/30093 at Nett Church (5320 Jimmy Carter Blvd).
-Norcross Cooperative Ministry and Lilburn Cooperative Ministry continue their regularly scheduled food bank client hours. See www.norcrossco-op.org (30093) and www.lilburncoop.org (30047/30084).
-on Mon, May 18, Gwinnett County Community Services begins its Summer Meals program, offering pick-up meals to those 18 years or younger AND those 19+ with a physical or mental impairment. The meals will be distributed M-F, 11am-1pm (while supplies last) at a variety of locations, inc. within or near HD 99: Lucky Shoals Park (4651 Britt Rd), Graves Park (1540 Graves Rd), Cemetery Field (211 Cemetery St), and Best Friend Park (6224 Jimmy Carter Blvd in Norcross; and Bryson Park (5075 Lawrenceville Hwy) and Lilburn Activity Bldg (788 Hillcrest Rd) in Lilburn. See here for more details and locations:  www.gwinnettcounty.com/…/parksandrecrea…/gwinnettsummermeals
-Food4Life Atlanta Survival Program is accepting applications for free grocery delivery, for those at-risk (inc. those who can’t afford groceries because of lost work): https://atlsurvival.org/food
-Goodr is sponsoring meal and food deliveries in the Metro Atlanta area. Sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfzSp3hjERycdSVmR…/viewform
-Concrete Jungle is providing grocery delivery for those who are quarantined or have existing health issues that could be worsened by exposure to coronavirus. https://bit.ly/ConcreteJungleFood
-Full Cart is providing grocery delivery to those facing financial uncertainty or unable to find sufficient food in your area because of COVID-19. https://fullcart.org/good-deeds-apply/
-Atlanta Community Food Bank: ACFB's new "Text For Help" feature will identify the 3 closest food pantries to you. Text FINDHOOD (or COMIDA for Spanish) to 888-976-2232. Then give your zip code when prompted.

CHILDCARE


-the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is expanding its Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program to frontline emergency/healthcare professionals and food/grocery/restaurant/food manufacturing personnel. Click here for details and to apply: https://families.decal.ga.gov/Parent/Add
-the YMCA of Metro Atlanta is offering childcare to frontline workers who are required to work from home. Cost is $40 per day per child, though financial assistance is available (contact Marjie Mitchell at IAYchildcare@ymcaatlanta.org). https://ymcaatlanta.org/community-update (see first responders section)
-Quality Care for Children’s helpline is assisting people in finding childcare centers that remain open: 1-877-255-4254

-HOPE Inc. provides rental and childcare assistance to folks in the Metro Atlanta area. Please see the requirements and applications here: www.hopbe.org/index.php/apply

 

SENIORS


-Gwinnett County Senior Services is providing home-delivered meals to seniors - as well as health and mobility assistance - for those who need assistance during this time (even if they were not already enrolled in services, pre-COVID): call 678.377.4150.
-AARP Friendly Voices program is connecting seniors and other individuals interested in hearing a "friendly voice" on the other end of the phone line. Submit at: https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/friendly-voices. Or call 1-888-281-0145.

 

ERRANDS


-SafeRide America is providing free emergency errand service to those affected by COVID-19: https://saferideamerica.org
-TaskRabbit and the United Way are connecting immunocompromised, elderly, disabled, healthcare workers to folks who have volunteered to complete their tasks for free (e.g., picking up groceries, meals or medications, etc.) Request help here: https://uwvolunteerhelp.tr.co

 

HOUSING/UTILITIES


-per the federal stimulus package on Mar 27, there is a 180-day moratorium on foreclosures (including those already pending) and evictions of homeowners with FHA-insured loans* (e.g., by lenders Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac). Borrowers of such loans may request and receive forbearance on payments during this period (though interest will still accrue). You can check online to see if your loan is owned by Freddie Mac (https://ww3.freddiemac.com/loanlookup) or Fannie Mae (www.knowyouroptions.com/loanlookup). If you need additional resources or information, visit: https://dbf.georgia.gov/foreclosure. And even if your loan doesn't qualify, your bank may be offering its own relief: www.cnbc.com/…/what-banks-are-doing-to-help-americans-affec…
-per the federal stimulus package, landlords with FHA-insured mortgages (see above) temporarily cannot evict their renters or charge any fees or penalties for nonpayment of rent, for a period of 120 days (~Jul 25, 2020)
-Star-C is an Atlanta-based non-profit providing assistance for renters living in lower-income areas. The tenant approaches the landlord with an application, the landlord registers for the program, and the tenant funds 50%, landlord 10%, and Star-C 40% of the outstanding balance. See here to apply: www.star-c.org/eviction-relief
-if you're facing an eviction or other housing emergency due to COVID-19, the Housing Justice League has launched its Housing Emergency Call Center: (404) 946-9953
-for those at risk for eviction from extended-stays or experiencing homelessness, you may request assistance through the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeMLy0fI6xzKvQnsu…/viewform
-Atlanta Legal Aid is also extending legal assistance to folks facing eviction, including from extended stay hotels. See here: atlantalegalaid.org/apply
-Atlanta Displaced Students: request temporary housing & storage here: https://tinyurl.com/sz4ccz2
-the Georgia Public Service Commission is keeping a running list of utilities that have suspended disconnections. Note: this does not include cable, internet, or water, as PSC does not regulate those. List: https://psc.ga.gov/…
-Gwinnett Dep't of Water Resources encourages any customer who is having a difficult time making water bill payments to contact its Customer Care Team: (678) 376-6800.
-other standing utility-assistance programs: the Salvation Army of Gwinnett County is continuing to provide utility and other financial assistance through its Project SHARE. Call (770) 724-1661. See other utility assistance programs here: www.psc.state.ga.us/consumer_corn…/cc_advisory/payassist.asp
-HOPE Atlanta is providing emergency housing/utility assistance: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSextj_515N9omTyBn…/viewform

-HOPE Inc. provides rental and childcare assistance to folks in the Metro Atlanta area. Please see the requirements and applications here: www.hopbe.org/index.php/apply

 

EDUCATION


-per the federal stimulus package, payments and interest on all federally held students loans are waived until Sep. 30. Note: this relief does NOT apply to federal loans held by guarantors or higher education institutions, or to private loans.
To check on who owns your loans: https://studentaidhelp.ed.gov/…/viewing-your-loan-and-grant…. For more info: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus…. (Note: beyond COVID-19, borrowers always have the option to request forbearance from their lenders for hardship and other reasons, though typically documentation is required in various instances.)
-per the federal stimulus package, the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund allow universities to distribute grants to students in need to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The amount of each HEER Fund Grant is based on eligibility for need-based federal financial aid and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Contact your university's financial aid office if you haven't heard about whether you qualify.
-HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education) have made various English and Spanish educational resources available, including offering virtual educational appointments in either language: www.hopestrong.org/education
-Rise is providing "case management" assistance to help students affected by COVID-19 to find emergency financial aid, apply for public benefits, and connect with local resources: https://risefree.org/covid-19-help
-Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to students, parents of a student, or graduates. http://myscholly.com/relief

 

EMPLOYMENT


-for those who don't quality for Georgia's State Unemployment Insurance, you may still quality for FEMA's Disaster Unemployment Assistance, which is also administered through the state's Department of Labor (DOL): https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/24418. For folks having trouble, note that their customer service contacts are: 1-877-709-8185 and customerservice@gdol.ga.gov
-WSB-TV is curating a list of companies, like grocery stores and retailers, that are hiring in Atlanta in the midst of COVID-19 (and in some cases temporarily increasing pay): www.wsbtv.com/…/these-are-compan…/5GYRDGADH5HXFKGP4FCDODNM6Q
-see also the job boards at Partnership Gwinnett (www.partnershipgwinnett.com/job-board) and Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce (www.gwinnettchamber.org/job-board), and ATL Insider Blog (https://www.atlanta.net/Blog/Atlanta-Job-Openings-and-Resources-during-Coronavirus-Crisis)

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


-the $2 trillion federal stimulus package signed into law on Mar 27 will grant relief to Americans in the form of a one-time check (most will receive $1,200). You may now check the status of your check (i.e., "Economic Impact Payment") online: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. There is no need to apply, but for those who aren't normally required to file federal income taxes, it's recommended that you visit the IRS website and fill out your information here: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here. SSA/RRB/SSI/VA beneficiaries who are non-filers: you will receive your individual payment with no further action, but if you have a qualifying child, you must enter your payment info with the IRS to receive the $500 per dependent payment by Apr 22 (SSA/RRB) or May 5 (SSI/VA). The deadline for folks to enter their payment info to receive their check via direct deposit is May 13 (after which physical checks will be sent). The IRS has also updated its FAQs at www.irs.gov/coro…/economic-impact-payment-information-center
-non-filers may also choose to complete and fill out your tax return for free at http://turbotax.intuit.com/stimulus-check. For additional help, see the "TAXES" section below.
-Penny Appeal USA (national org) is taking applications for financial hardship grants due to COVID-19: https://pennyappealusa.org/…/covid-19-financial-hardship-gr…
-One Fair Wage is accepting requests for cash assistance from service workers, through its Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund: https://ofwemergencyfund.org
-the National Domestic Workers Alliance has started a fund to provide emergency assistance to home care workers, nannies and house cleaners. Funds will first be distributed to for those who have participated in NDWA activities, but the fund is asking others to fill out an interest form: https://domesticworkers.org/coronavirus-care-fund
-Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation is offering a relief fund for restaurant workers. Apply here: www.restaurantworkerscf.org/covid19faq
-Another Round Another Rally is providing $500 relief grants to folks in the hospitality/service industry. Apply here: https://forms.gle/cBq1M6jpcbWaDW9b6
-the Restaurant Strong Fund is providing relief grants to restaurant workers who have worked for 3 months over 30 hours a week. https://thegreghillfoundation.submittable.com/…/restaurant-…
-the Professional Beauty Association is providing $500 relief grants to licensed beauty professionals unable to work due to COVID-19: www.probeauty.org/covid-relief-fund-ap…/covid-19-application
-various relief funds have been established for those in the film industry: www.georgia.org/covid19film
-the Lambda Theta Alpha Foundation Disaster Relief Fund is providing relief to displaced students, individuals who've contracted COVID-19, and families/individuals impacted even without contracting COVID-19. www.jotform.com/LTAfoundation/Covid-relief
-Modest Needs is providing financial assistance to those who are living just above the poverty level, and so ineligible for conventional public assistance: www.modestneeds.org
-COVID-19 Financial Solidarity is distributing small grants to impacted individuals: https://docs.google.com/…/1TteQjjyhmferxIT6kETUhU…/viewform…
-the Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund is providing financial assistance to those from traditionally vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19: www.atlantamutualaid.org/apply
-Expensify.org is reimbursing SNAP recipients up to $50 for essential goods and groceries purchased on their SNAP card: www.expensify.org/hunger#reimbursement
-immigrants, particularly those who don't qualify for the stimulus payment: see "IMMIGRANTS" section below.

 

CONSUMER/FINANCIAL PROTECTION


-the federal and state governments have warned consumers to watch out for scams and fraudulent behavior, including those selling
bogus products, as well as fake emails, texts, and social media posts designed to steal people’s money and personal information. See http://consumer.ga.gov. Complaints to Georgia's Consumer Protection Division: http://consumer.ga.gov/consumer-services/filing-a-complaint. For more consumer protection links, check out the first section of our Know Your Rights Compilation, at www.marvinlimforga.com/neighborhood.
-consumers should also watch out for price gouging, as the Governor has declared that businesses may not sell common COVID-19 response products at a price higher than they were sold or offered before the Governor's declaration of State of Emergency. To report violations, consumers should call 404-651-8600 or complete the online complaint form: http://consumer.ga.gov/…/price-gou…/step1/price-gouging-form
-the AG's office is additionally warning against 3 newer types of scams: contact tracing scams, false promises about additional stimulus money, and work-at-home/car advertising scams. https://law.georgia.gov/…/consumer-alert-fraudsters-perpetr…
-for those who need free or low-cost financial or credit counseling, see the following organizations: (a) Money Management International, call (404) 260-3196. Counseling is also available by MMI 24/7 at 1-866-550-8004 or 1-866-889-9347, (b) Hispanic Center for Financial Excellence, 2125 Beaver Ruin Rd, Ste. 200, Norcross, GA 30071, call 1-877-705-3167, or (c) Boat People SOS-Atlanta, 6107 Oakbrook Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30093, call (770) 458-6700
-all 3 credit bureaus - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion - are now offering free weekly online credit reports (credit scores not included) through Apr. 2021. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com

 

IMMIGRANTS/MULTICULTURAL/LINGUAL


-for immigrants, including those who do not qualify for the federal stimulus payment, there are several sources of relief, including: 
-Mission Asset Fund is providing $500 grants for those who do not qualify for the stimulus payment b/c of immigration status: https://missionassetfund.org/immigrant-families-grant
-NAKASEC is providing $500 grants for those who do not qualify for the stimulus payment b/c of immigration status: https://tinyurl.com/y9qat877
-# RentRelief is providing $200 grants for immigrants and their families: https://tinyurl.com/y8bvl7tl
-the Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund is providing financial assistance to day laborers, migrants, and other low-wage workers. There is no application, so please contact them directly. Details at: https://ndlon.org/immigrant-worker-safety-net-fund
-Movimiento Cosecha is giving financial assistance to undocumented workers through its Undocumented Worker Fund. Applications reopen on Fri, May 22 at 7pm: www.lahuelga.com/undocumented-worker-fund
-the Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation is establishing a fund for undocumented immigrants who need assistance during this crisis: call (360) 524-3664
-Betancourt Macias is also providing free protective masks for undocumented immigrants. https://bit.ly/34XCuLa
-see HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education) under EDUCATION above (English and Spanish educational resources available, including virtual educational appointments in either language)
-for information on eligibility for various public programs, see https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/immigrant-eligibili… and & https://mydocumentedlife.org/…/resources-for-undocumented-i…
-note:COVID-19 treatment/preventative care, even if paid for by public benefits, and unemployment benefits will not count in any “public charge” determination by the USCIS. Payment from the federal stimulus relief, for which DACA and TPS recipients are eligible having SSNs, is also not a "public charge."
-the Latin American Association, Lawrenceville Outreach Center, continues to provide rent and other assistance through its Financial Assistance program: (770) 676-2852
-for resources in other languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, etc.): Marvin Lim for GA, originally published February (www.marvinlimforga.com/find-resources); Center for Pan Asian Community Services (https://tinyurl.com/s5t9enz); Asian Americans Advancing Justice (http://advancingjustice-atlanta.org/tab/show/38); Latino Community Fund (https://lcfgeorgia.org/covid-19); Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (https://bit.ly/3bYZxI9); Latin American Association (https://thelaa.org/esp/covid-19)
-for those, such as Asian-Americans, who have experienced discrimination, racism, or xenophobia, please call the Stop Hate hotline by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights: 1-844-9-NO-HATE

 

SMALL BUSINESSES


-the federal Small Business Administration is extending disaster assistance to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes. See: www.sba.gov/…/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-…. I also did a quick primer in English and Spanish available here: www.marvinlimforga.com/neighborhood. For a sample of docs to compile before applying see here: https://aceloans.org. For lenders: https://hankjohnson.house.gov/ppp-lenders-georgia. US Rep. Hank Johnson has also encouraged questions to be directed at his small business liaison Xeron Pledger, at Ga04.SmallBusiness@mail.house.gov

-USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments, is now open through Aug  28, for agricultural producers who've suffered a 5% or greater price decline. https://farmers.gov/cfap, 1-877-508-8364
-the Georgia Small Business/Nonprofit COVID-19 Pro Bono Clinic is providing a free, 45-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney for entrepreneurs and small businesses with fewer than 25 employees as well as 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Sign up here: www.lawyersforgoodgovernment.org/covid-small-business-georg…
-CASE at Duke has created COVID19 Capital Relief, a searchable database for global, national and regional capital sources for profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs at risk due to COVID19: https://bit.ly/COVID19CapitalRelief
-the James Beard Foundation has established a relief fund for restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis: https://airtable.com/shr4d9x0OwCFCkCLn
-Facebook will be administering a Small Business Grants Program in response to COVID-19. Applications are not available yet, but stay tuned (and sign up to be updated) here: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grant
-LISC and Verizon are offering small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of COVID19 up to a $10K grant, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. The next round of applications will be in mid-April: https://www.lisc.org/…/small-business-relief-grants/verizon…
-Kiva, a non-profit that provides 0% loans to entrepreneurs serving underserved communities, is expanding eligibility for its loans in responsive to COVID-19. See here: www.kiva.org/…/support-local-businesses-during-the-coronavi…
-Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to impacted small business owners: www.covid19businesscenter.com
-the Red Backpack Fund is making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to impacted female entrepreneurs in the U.S.: www.globalgiving.org/redbackpackfund
-the SheaMoisture Fund is supporting impacted women of color entrepreneurs and minority-owned businesses: www.sheamoisturefund.com/about
-Opportunity Fund is providing assistance to low- and moderate-income immigrants, women, and underserved small business owners: www.opportunityfund.org/assistance-for-small-business-owner…
-the Doonie Fund is providing $100 grants to black women-owned businesses: www.digitalundivided.com/the-doonie-fund 
-Moms as Entrepreneurs is providing $500-$1,000 grants to mom entrepreneurs: www.maeentrepreneur.com/covid-19-fund 
-the Mom Project Stronger Together Fund is providing funding for "family friendly" businesses to help fund contractors or new full-time roles: https://work.themomproject.com/stronger-together-fund
-the Georgia Insurance Commissioner has directed insurers not to cancel any commercial insurance policies for 60 days beginning Mar 20. If your insurer violates this directive, visit the Consumer Complaint Portal: www.oci.ga.gov/consumerservice/complaintprocess.aspx
-Georgia's Secretary of State has extended the deadline for renewing annual registration to May 1, at which point penalties and late filing fees will now apply.
-Gwinnett County has also extended the deadline for business license renewals (Occupation Tax Certificates) from Mar 31 to Jul 1.
-an article on legal considerations for businesses reopening: www.natlawreview.com/…/legal-considerations-reopening-busin…

 

TAXES & RETIREMENT


-the deadline for federal and Georgia state income tax filings AND payments has been moved to Jul. 15 (though note that, in Gwinnett, homestead tax exemption applications are still due Apr. 1). For assistance to those making $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, seniors, and limited English speaking taxpayers, the federal VITA program is administered locally to provide assistance with taxes. In Gwinnett, the providing organization is BPSOS-Atlanta (assistance in English and Vietnamese). Call (770) 458-6700, as they are currently providing assistance virtually because of COVID-19. For other locations in Metro Atlanta (and other language assistance), please see: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/…/did-you-know-that-you-ma…
-per the federal stimulus package, you may quality to withdraw up to $100,000 from your 401(k), IRA, or workplace retirement plan without penalty, if you've experienced certain physical or negative consequences because of COVID-19. Details forthcoming.

 

GWINNETT COUNTY GOVERNMENT INFO


-the Governor's shelter-in-place order ended on May 1, though Georgians are still urged to stay home whenever possible, and elderly and medically at-risk must continue to shelter in place through Jun 12. Beginning June 1, gatherings of up to 25 people provided six feet of social distancing exists between persons. The State of Emergency lasts until July 12. www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Alert
-Gwinnett service updates are at the same link: www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Alert
-City of Lilburn elections were held on May 19, 2020.
-all other primary elections will be on June 9. Voter reg deadline is May 11, early voting begins May 18, and absentee ballots should be requested ASAP (then mailed in or dropped off at select sites, closest being Lucky Shoals Park). For more info, visit: www.marvinlimforga.com/voting.

-Gwinnett Qualify of Life Unit (to report violations of litter and other ordinances on private property): gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/planninganddevelopment/codeenforcementqualityoflife, (770) 513-5020 (or (770) 513-5004 for 24-hour reporting)

-Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful (to report graffiti), gwinnettcb.org/contact-us/report-graffiti, (770) 822-5187

-Gwinnett Citizen Self-Service (to report public road/signage, water, and parks issues): gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/Services/CitizenSelfService

-Gwinnett Solid Waste Management (to resolve waste management issues or request 65-gallon recycling bin): gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/services/solidwastemanagement/residentialservices, (770) 822-7141. For other ways to recycle: gwinnettcb.org/recycling

-Gwinnett Animal Shelter (enforcement of animal leash laws and provision of shelter for abandoned animals): (770) 339-3200

-Gwinnett County Senior Services: (404) 463-3333, gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/communityservices/healthhumanservices/seniorservices

-Gwinnett County Police Department, West Precinct (serves HD 99 in unincorporated Norcross & Lilburn): (678) 442-6551. See also website for helpful numbers and personnel: bit.ly/2L5Gtww

(for community outreach: henry.mesa@gwinnettcounty.com, for crime-prevention in rental units: christian.matos@gwinnettcounty.com); GCPD Complaints and Commendations: (770) 513-5500

-Gwinnett County Police, Emergency Management Office (for disaster preparedness and response): (770) 513-5600, gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/Departments/Police/EmergencyManagement

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Resources Related to Policing  (added Jun. 1):

-protesting: staying healthy (https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/06/01/answering-questions-about-protests-and-covid-19); Know Your Rights - ACLU (www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights); our Know Your Rights compilations (www.marvinlimforga.com/neighborhood); keeping technology secure (Electronic Frontier Foundation, https://bit.ly/2TZYOPS)

-policing Know Your Rights: iAmerica (https://iamerica.org/know-your-rights); AAAJ (https://advancingjustice-atlanta.org/page/47)

-surviving law enforcement encounters: “10 Rules of Survival If Stopped by the Police,” by The Dare To Be King (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqJ-psD9vJw)

-Gwinnett County Police Department: GCPD West Precinct, which serves our area (678-442-6551; for community outreach, henry.mesa@gwinnettcounty.com;  crime-prevention in rental units: christian.matos@gwinnettcounty.com); GCPD Complaints and Commendations, (770-513-5500

-human trafficking: National Human Trafficking Hotline (888-373-7888, text 233733)

-crime victims: Georgia's Crime Victims Compensation Program (http://crimevictimscomp.ga.gov/about-us; 800-547-0060); Crime Victims Advocacy Council Helpline (770-333-9254)

-for other resources and numbers, see www.marvinlimforga.com/find-resources (“Most Commonly Requested Resources” document)

Beyond these programs, please peruse our extensive "COMMUNITY RESOURCES" guide, which regards existing resources/organizations: www.marvinlimforga.com/find-resources (in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, & Korean). This guide includes various categories, inc. mini-outlines on re: various forms of public assistance, from economic to employment (inc. filing for unemployment in Georgia) to healthcare, as well as multicultural resources for helping various minority groups navigate. (Note: there are two versions, the original and the “Most Commonly Requested” version). These organizations are experiencing higher volume than usual, but equity of access to information is important, so I want to provide it.

 

Feel free also to check about other 15 resources I've developed that might be helpful in your situation @ www.marvinlimforga.com/neighborhood. These include:
-Know Your Rights Compilation (inc. section on rights in emergencies, utilities, etc.), 
-General Labor Jobs (inc. workplace rights)
-Tenant Rights 
-Emergencies & Crises: Prevent & Plan

-Healthcare: Advocate for Yourself | Managing Your Costs
-Local Business, Global Flavor, for supporting local restaurants in HD 99 (uninc. Norcross/Tucker/Lilburn)

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