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Senior Nutrition Resources during Covid 19 Outbreak

Senior Resources

  • Grocery Delivery Options: Peapod, Wegmans
  • Senior Connection Shoppers Program: Grocery assistance for senior residents
  • Meal Delivery Options:
    • Villages: The Villages Programs are found at various locations throughout the County, and are offering grocery assistance and other volunteer support to our senior community.
    • Medical Reserve Core: This volunteer-led organization is comprised of healthcare professionals and community members that can offer grocery assistance, meal delivery, etc. to seniors during this emergency.
    • Prepared Meals are also available for grab-and-go at Senior Congregate Meal Sites for enrolled participants (Damascus, Holiday Park, Schweinhaut, and White Oak) each Wednesday
    • Meals on Wheels is continuing to conduct home deliveries to seniors throughout the County.

COVID-19 – COPING WITH ANXIETY AND STRESS

Repost from Every-mind.org As we navigate this unprecedented crisis, its imperative that we tend to our mental well-being. Concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, a stream of sometimes confusing and contradictory information, disruptions to routines, worry about the impact on personal finances and uncertainty about how and when life will return to some semblance of normal – these are just a few ways COVID-19 has impacted our mental health.

During this time of heightened anxiety, we know that you or a loved one may need someone to talk to. Please know that our phone, text and chat call specialists are available 24/7 to listen and provide support.

This service is free and open to all members of our community. You do not have to be in crisis to connect with us. Reach out even if you are just looking for ways to support someone you are concerned about.

CALL/TEXT: 301.738.2255

CHAT: HTTPS://SUICIDEPREVENTIONLIFELINE.ORG/CHAT/

EveryMind staff have recorded a webinar with tips and tools to help manage stress and anxiety.

Apply for Montgomery Cares On-line

During this period of COVID19 response, we urge residents to apply online. Below are fillable applications for County safety-net health programs. Complete the online form, print it and return to one of the offices listed here:

English Application

Spanish Application

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/PHS/PHSAdultMedforUninsured-p1440.html#apply

https://www.infomontgomery.org/search-results/?id=39820687  

SMYAL’s virtual programming for LGBTQ

I wanted to send out a link about SMYAL’s virtual programming for LGBTQ youth, that you could share with your participants.   We are not limiting it geographically, and youth do not need to be connected with SMYAL already.  We are creating online support spaces during this time when young people might be struggling to find community.   https://smyal.org/virtualprograms/virtual-programming/

Legislative Alert from Montgomery County Delegate Chair Marc Korman

Since the beginning of the crisis, the Maryland House of Delegates and the State Senate have been united in their support of the Governor and his efforts to respond to the outbreak. Prior to our early adjournment, the legislature took immediate action and passed bills related to the present emergency. SB 1079 (State Budget – Revenue Stabilization Account Transfers – Coronavirus) provides the Governor with up to $50 million from the State’s Rainy Day Fund to help respond to the public health threat. COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020 (HB 1663) allows the Governor to take specific actions to expand healthcare benefits and protect workers in response to the public health threat. These actions include requirements that the Maryland Department of Health cover the cost of COVID–19 testing, a vaccine (should one become available) and any associated costs not paid for by insurance or another third party. The legislation also includes protections against price gouging, expands telehealth services and expands unemployment insurance benefits to workers who are temporarily out of work or quarantined due to the virus. For more information on unemployment insurance, please visit https://www.dllr.state.md.us/. No doubt, further action will be required later to support our working families, small businesses, and others significantly impacted by the pandemic and the public health response. The General Assembly has also created a Joint COVID-19 Response Legislative Workgroup to provide oversight and support to the Administration in the coming weeks and months. Please also visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/, which is regularly updated with information regarding COVID-19 and the current rules in Maryland to try to limit its spread.

Mortgage help for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Mortgage help for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic

If your ability to pay your mortgage is affected due to the coronavirus pandemic and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to delay making your monthly mortgage payments for a temporary period, during which you won’t incur late fees;

• you won’t have delinquencies reported to the credit bureaus; and

• foreclosure and other legal proceedings will be suspended

Property owners who hold non-federally backed mortgages may be similarly covered by their lenders, primarily major banks.

If you have trouble catching up at the end of this temporary relief period, additional assistance may be available. You can work with your servicer to resume making a mortgage payment. Or if you need additional assistance, you can work with your servicer on other foreclosure prevention options to keep your home.

Contact your mortgage servicer (the company where you send your monthly payments) as soon as possible to let them know about your current circumstances. The telephone number and mailing address of your mortgage servicer should be listed on your monthly mortgage statement.

For more details, see the Federal Housing Finance Agency website and listen to FHFA Administrator Mark Calabria on NPR this morning.

Senior Call Check Program Recommended During COVID-19 Outbreak

Senior Call Check Program Recommended During COVID-19 Outbreak
The Maryland Department of Aging is issuing additional information on the Senior Call Check program as a free resource to MD residents over 65+ and recommending all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm. During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register. Registration is also available online at aging.maryland.gov.
  • The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.
• This service will provide free daily calls to Marylander’s 65 and over who register. We will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak where to find support if you need it.
• Finally, regarding our emergency preparedness for handling possible disruption from COVID-19, we can provide you information at this time of need.
  This program is the first-in-the-nation, statewide, free program designed to help keep older adults safe while aging in their homes. All Maryland residents, 65 and older, are invited to sign up for a daily call at a time convenient to their lifestyle.
 
The Senior Call Check participants receive an automated call every day. These calls will take place within a time frame chosen by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be called two additional times in the same day. If those calls go unanswered, an alternate person, selected by the participant, will be notified. This alternate could be an adult child, a neighbor, or anyone designated as a reliable contact. The alternate will then be asked to check on the participant. For those who do not have an alternate or whose alternate is unresponsive, the state will call local law enforcement to conduct a wellness check.  
For more information on this program and to register, call 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-4325) or visit aging.maryland.gov. Please help spread the word to seniors living alone at home.
 

Service Modifications Montgomery County

Department of Health and Human Services – DHHS will remain functional across most of its operations and will continue to provide safety-net services.
  • Department of Health and Human Services – DHHS will remain functional across most of its operations and will continue to provide safety-net services.
  • Alcohol Beverage Services – Beginning on Tuesday, March 17,  ABS’ 25 retail stores will reduce hours of operation and will be closed on Sundays. Until further notice, its retail stores will be open Monday – Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. For a list of retail stores, hours and locations, please click here. All in-store tastings and events have been canceled indefinitely. ABS retail stores have also reinforced enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures with store employees to ensure the retail environment is as sanitary as possible.
  • Department of Environmental Protection – DEP offices at 255 Rockville Pike and the Executive Office Building are not open to the public. Services are still being provided through DEP staff teleworking.  Effective Wednesday, March 18, the Transfer Station will open daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: All County provided trash and recycling collections are on a  NORMAL schedule.
  • Department of Finance – Taxes may be paid online or left in the dropbox next to the Treasury Cashier Lobby. There will be potential delays in processing and returning property transfer work.
  • Department of General Services – DGS is performing enhanced cleaning in County buildings and employees have been informed of precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Department of Housing and Community Affairs – The DHCA offices are closed to visitors.  If you need to speak to a DHCA staff person, please call 311 (240-777-0311), send an email to the person you’re trying to reach, or use one of the following emails:
  • Department of Permitting Services - The Department of Permitting Services Lobby is currently open to receive payments and to submit plans. Operations continue to be delivered remotely on a telework schedule. DPS encourages customers to apply and submit plans electronically. Permit applications and plans will be accepted at the DPS offices for submission only. eServices is open 24/7. Check the DPS website for updates.
  • Department of Transportation – Starting Monday, March 16, MCDOT will temporarily suspend fare collection for Ride On bus servicesRide On and Ride On extRa bus service will be reduced beginning Wednesday, March 18. Passengers will be directed to board through the rear doors of the bus to limit close contact between passengers and drivers. Passengers can board through the front doors if a lift is needed to accommodate a disability or stroller. Ride On Flex will not be in service. DOT has established free temporary parking in two County-owned parking garages including the Bonifant/Dixon Garage at 1101 Bonifant St. in Silver Spring and the Auburn/Del Ray Garage at 4910 Auburn Ave. in Bethesda. Curbside parking changes have been implemented to support restaurants that will depend upon carryout, curbside pickup and deliveries and help residents.
  • Montgomery County Planning Department – The Planning Department will be closed to the public starting March 16 but will still be open for business through online services. Montgomery County Planning Board meeting on March 26 will take place via a video conferencing service. Details about this meeting will be made available later. Additional information can be found in the Planning Department’s news release.
  • Office of Consumer Protection – Consumer Protection matters will be handled via email at ConsumerProtection@montgomerycountymd.gov. Investigative staff will continue working on their pending cases remotely but, investigators will not be performing site visits, inspections, and in-person meetings. OCP will be able to issue and administer business registrations but there will be delays processing and issuing registrations.
  • Office of Human Resources –
    • Retirees will have to mail health insurance packets. There are no more signing seminars until further notice.
    • You may reach the EEO Division Monday through Friday during core business hours of 8:30-5pm.
    • All in-person training programs and training conferences/events through March 2020 are cancelled.
    • All mandatory Preventing Workplace Harassment, EEO and Diversity Management for Supervisors and Management, and custom departmental training are cancelled until further notice. The EEO division will reschedule the training sessions at a later date.
    • There will be no walk-in or face-to-face interviews during this time.
    • Vendor payments and student reimbursements for tuition assistance will be delayed as a result all staff teleworking.
    • Core HR will be open from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm for walk-ins.
      • Core HR employees will report to work on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 as they must be able to complete the hiring transactions.
    • Occupational Medical Services will maintain normal schedule and will continue to process applicant physicals, health exams, medical determinations, etc.
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Emergency Food for Montgomery County Residents during Covid-19 Closures

Repost from the Montgomery County Food Council

During the upcoming school closures due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Montgomery County Public Schools Division of Food and Nutrition Services will provide free meals to children in 20 community locations in a method similar to their Summer Feeding program.

A map of the Emergency Closure Meals Service for MCPS Students can be found here: MCPS Meal Sites

The USDA is providing a waiver to the requirement that meals be consumed onsite in a congregate setting, so these meals will be served in “grab-and-go” packaging.

 

Food Assistance Resources for Local Residents

The Food Council’s Food Assistance Resource Directory includes information on the location, hours, and eligibility guidelines for over 100+ sites in Montgomery County where residents can access food and benefits application assistance. Listings are searchable by location and service features such as home delivery. Maryland Hunger Solutions also offers a toll-free phone line that residents can call and schedule online SNAP Application Assistance sessions at 1-866-821-5552.

     

Information for Montgomery County Residents on Covid-19

Residents can find the latest information regarding the COVID-19 situation at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19 Information on the associated County government service closures and schedule modifications are being updated at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OEMHS/COVID19-Closures.html Emergency Closure Meals Service for MCPS Students can be found here: https://www.infomontgomery.org/search-results/?id=67353162    
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