Community Resources

Governor Holcomb's Announcement 3/19/20

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb took additional unprecedented actions today to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak by signing executive orders that extend the closure of schools, provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses, and expand unemployment insurance benefits for those impacted by job loss.

“Every day we learn more about how to tackle this monster. We are being thoughtful about how to approach every action we are taking in this national public health emergency and putting Hoosiers’ health and safety first,” said Gov. Holcomb.

Economy

  • The state of Indiana will align with the federal government to delay state income tax payments from April 15 to July 15. The U.S. Treasury extended the deadline to pay federal income tax by 90 days.

  • Penalties will be waived for 60 days for property tax paid after May 11. The state will work with counties that may experience cash flow stress because of the delay.

  • The state will not immediately move forward with using $300 million in reserves to pay for several capital projects approved in the just-concluded legislative session and instead maintain flexibility to utilize the funds as needed for relief efforts and to maintain current services. The state will consider using bonding authority to move forward with the just-approved capital projects. 

  • Providers of essential utility services such as gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services are prohibited from discontinuing service to any customer during the public health emergency.

  • The state’s application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was approved on Wednesday. This program provides targeted, low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help small businesses and nonprofits overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. See more at SBA.gov/Disaster.

 Unemployment Insurance Benefits

  • The state will interpret Indiana’s unemployment laws to the broadest extent possible to cover Hoosiers who are out of work because of COVID-19.

  • Benefits will be paid to individuals who file their initial unemployment claims late.

  • The Department of Workforce Development will allow individuals to continue to accrue unemployment eligibility if they take work leave because of COVID-19.

  • DWD will seek federal authorization to provide unemployment benefits for those who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment, such individuals who have recently started a job.

  • For employers, DWD will not assess certain experience rate penalties because of employees who receive unemployment benefits because of COVID-19.

 Housing

  • No residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions may be initiated during the public health emergency. This does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.

  • All public housing authorities are requested to extend deadlines for housing assistance recipients and required documentation to show eligibility for housing programs.

  • The Indiana Department of Financial Institutions and Indiana Community Housing Development Authority are required to work with financial institutions to identify tools to help promote housing stability.

Social Services

  • Participants in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are not required to make premium payments.

  • Job search requirements are waived for those applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

  • The Family and Social Services Administration will seek a federal waiver to extend renewals for existing Medicaid and HIP recipients.

  • Telehealth services for mental health, substance use disorder and prescribing for Medicaid covered services will be expanded.

Insurance

  • The commissioner of the state Department of Insurance will request that insurers institute a 60-day moratorium on policy cancellations for non-payment of premiums. This does not suspend a policyholder’s obligation to make payments.

  • The commissioner will ask health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing without requiring prior authorization.

  • The commissioner will request that health insurers not increase prices or coverage costs that involve medical care for COVID-19.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

  • To limit the number of in-branch transactions, late fees will be waived for several driver’s licenses and identification card renewals, vehicle registrations, titles, and certain other transactions.

  • Other operational changes in branches are being instituted to provide for the safety of employees and customers in branches, such as spacing between terminals and limiting the number of customers in the lobby.

Veterans

  • Requirements have been relaxed for veterans to qualify for awards from the Military Family Relief Fund. 

  • Awards in excess of $2,500 may be approved by the IDVA director during the public health emergency.

During the moratorium period for evictions and disconnection please contact Love, Inc. to access funds for those affected by COVID-19 317-468-6300. 

In addition for information regarding the federal relief package click the link below:

Unemployment Filing

Contact Work One to file a claim for unemployment by following the link below or contacting via phone     

317-798-0335

https://workoneindy.com/resources/covid-19/

 

Central Indiana COVID-19 Resources

Please follow the link below to find additional resources: 

https://www.cicpindiana.com/organizations-here-to-help/

Local Food Pantries

Click on our Food Pantry to page to see the most recent information regarding food pantry operations as well as map that can be downloaded and/or printed.

Mt Vernon Schools Meal Program

Each week, MVCSC Food Services will be offering a package per student (18 years of age and younger) that includes: (5) free grab and go breakfasts and (5) free grab and go lunches.
The drive-through for food will be offered from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, Door #7 (by auditorium/cafeteria) on:

  • Tuesday, March 31

  • Monday, April 6

  • Monday, April 13

  • Monday, April 20

  • Monday, April 27

We ask those choosing to pick up food to follow these guidelines:

  • Enter Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) from State Road 234, and exit the parking lot by the MVHS gym on 200 West.

  • Place a large sign in your windshield with the number of children needing meals and pop your trunk.

  • MVCSC staff will place the meals in the trunk of your car.

  • Most meals have items that require refrigeration. Once the package of (5) breakfasts & (5) lunches are in your possession, it is your responsibility to keep items refrigerated.

  • Do not get out of your vehicle. 

 

Internet Services

Check out the following sites or call to see if your address is serviced

Spectrum- 1-844-488-8395

Comcast-   https://www.internetessentials.com/

AT&T-  https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/#!%23startedStep