|TOP RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS
Click here to download the Southwest Michigan Coronavirus Resource Guide
The U.S. Small Business Administration is helping to support small businesses impacted by the
coronavirus crisis. If you are a small business owner who needs assistance, visit their website to learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advances, and other programs available to help small businesses stay open.
The U.S. Treasury will be issuing checks of $1,200 per individual and $500 per child to most Americans. To learn more about this benefit, please visit IRS.gov/coronavirus or visit page four of this guide for more information.
You can learn about the status of your check or add your direct deposit information by using the IRS' "Get My Payment" portal. Click here for their "Get My Payment Portal."
3) State of Michigan Helpline: 1-888-535-6136
For questions about the coronavirus or help navigating the state government, please call the state of Michigan helpline at 1-888-535-6136, which is open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM, or email COVID19@michigan.gov. Emails will be answered seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM.
4) CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION UPDATES: www.coronavirus.gov
The federal government continues to share updates and the latest information at www.coronavirus.gov.
5) SUPPORT AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM UNITED WAY: WWW.MI211.ORG
Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? Just call, text, or search online and we’ll get you connected.
6) APPLY FOR MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: WWW.MICHIGAN.GOV/UIA
If you need to apply for unemployment, please visit www.michigan.gov/UIA. You can also call over the phone at 866-500-0017. To provide better service, if your last names begins with letters A-L, you are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays. If your last name begins with letters M-Z, you are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window. Please note, the office of Congressman Fred Upton is a federal office. Unemployment benefits are managed by the state of Michigan.
7) LEARN WHERE TO VOLUNTEER OR DONATE: michigan.gov/fightcovid19
The state of Michigan has a website to connect individuals with volunteer opportunities in their communities during the coronavirus crisis. The state especially needs health care professionals and medical experts. The State of Michigan is collecting donations to address the most pressing needs of Michigan residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are able to volunteer or donate, please visit
8) CDC DISTRESS HELPINE: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions during the coronavirus crisis. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
The state of Michigan has launched launched a helpline for residents to receive mental health support. Texting “RESTORE” to 741741 will launch a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Stay Home, Stay Well” initiative.
9) SIGN-UP FOR DAILY @MyKitchenTable EMAIL UPDATES FROM FRED UPTON: upton.house.gov
Congressman Fred Upton is sending daily email updates while he works at his kitchen table during the coronavirus crisis. These updates include updated resources, critical news, and other valuable information for his constituents in southwest Michigan. You can sign up to receive these updates at upton.house.gov.
10) GET ASSISTANCE WITH FOOD, HEALTH INSURANCE, AND OTHER NEEDS
The state of Michigan has a website that can help individuals with getting food, health insurance, child care, emergency relief, and other assistance. Please click here for additional information.
MichiganWORKS! Southwest also provides important resources and information for individuals about unemployment resources, community resources, and other assistance. Their website is
Find job opportunities at mitalent.org
FAQ about Michigan Unemployment Insurance
Food distribution sites (provided by United Way of SW MI)
St. Joseph County Food Pantries
Allegan County Resources
Allegan County Food Resources
Food Service Program Interactive Map
To find food assistance near you, call the USDA National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1- 877-8-HAMBRE
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
VA FAQ on COVID-19 available here
STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS
If you have student loan debt, there are a number of resources available to provide relief through September 30, 2020.
- Students with federal student loan debt will have their payments paused if the borrower has Direct Loans and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), which means these borrowers will not be required to make any payments toward outstanding interest or principal balance.
- Congress suspended interest for such loans so that these balances don’t accrue.
- Avoid forced collections such as garnishment of wages, tax refunds, & Social Security benefits.
- Ensure a borrower continues to receive credit toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Income-Driven Repayment forgiveness, and loan rehabilitation.
Please see the U.S. Department of Education website's for additional information or their page on Student Aid FAQ for COVID-19.
Click here to see what education professionals should know about the coronavirus stimulus bill.
All SSA field offices are currently closed and as a result Americans should expect service delays. You can still reach the SSA by phone, however, click here to identify your local field office.
EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE RIGHTS
Fact sheet for employees explaining expanded family and medical leave rights
The IRS announced that deadline to file your taxes has been extended to July 15. Please share this important update with your family, friends, and colleagues.
The IRS recently went live with a website that provides tips for taxpayers and tax pros. You can find that site here.
The IRS also recently pushed FAQs regarding this year’s tax filing deadline extension. You can find that site here.
Governor Whitmer extended all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020. State of Michigan and cities with income taxes due on April 15 will now be due on July 15, while cities with income taxes due on April 30 will now be due on July 31. More information on Michigan taxes available at www.Michigan.gov/taxes
Suspension of routine visa services
General COVID-19 Information for Travelers (DoS)
Passport operations in response to COVID-19
Guidance for Travelers Returning from High Risk Countries (CDC)
COVID-19 Country Specific Information
COPING WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY
Managing Stress and Anxiety (CDC)
National Alliance for Mental Illness
State of Michigan Helpline for Mental Health Support
Reporting consumer complaints on price gouging
Avoid coronavirus scams