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Community Resources for Coping with Coronavirus Challenges

Community Resources for Coping with Coronavirus Challenges

We’re facing a situation unlike anything we’ve experienced before. Schools are closed, grocery shelves are empty, businesses are reducing hours or closing their doors, and leaders are asking people to stay home as much as possible. In these uncertain times, we’re sure you have questions.

We don’t have all the answers, but we’ll do what we can to help. To start, we’re gathering and sharing information about community resources for coping with coronavirus challenges.

Food, Finances and Education

This document (click to view), prepared by the Hamilton County Department of Educations’ Family and Community Coordinator, is an excellent place to start finding community resources. Click through the tabs to find the names and contact information of organizations and businesses providing assistance. It includes places to find food for your student or family, get household support, and find educational resources to keep your kids busy and learning, even while they’re not at school. 

You can also call the Hamilton County Schools’ Continued Help Hotline to talk to a school staff member: 423-498-5437. Also, Hamilton County’s  Department of Youth and Family Development is providing free online tutoring for homework through Google Hangouts. The tutors and academic supervisors will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the beginning of each hour. Click here to log into the hangout session, and contact education@chattanooga.gov with any questions.

Here’s an excellent compilation of educational resources for kids. This guide to virtual museum resources (click here to view) includes coloring pages, virtual tours, podcasts, learning labs, and more. 

Tax Extension

Taxpayers who owe $1 million or less have been granted a 90-day extension for paying their taxes. You still have to file by April 15, but you have an extra 90 days to pay. During those 90 days, you will not be charged interest or penalties. (Click here to learn more.)

Food Pick-Up Locations

Here’s a map and listing of sites providing meals for pickup for students in need. The meals (breakfast and lunch) are free of charge to children ages 0-18. (Click here to view the map.)

Restaurants Offering Carryout & Food for Students

Groceries are in short supply at many stores, but many area restaurants are offering carry-out and curbside pickup options. It’s a good way to not only get lunch or dinner, but also to support local small businesses who are hurting from social distancing. Some restaurants are also offering meals to students who normally get breakfast and lunch at school. (Click here for the list of restaurants.)

Tips for Service Workers

Want to help workers in the food and beverage industry? They may be experiencing reduced hours or even closures at their places of work, so this is a way you can help make up for their lost tips. Click here to visit the Chattanooga Beverage Alliance site, and you’ll get a randomly selected person to tip. Pay by Venmo or CashApp. 

If you’re in the food or beverage industry and want to sign up to receive tips, do it here.

Health Information

Get current, unbiased information about COVID-19. The WHO and CDC both publish regular updates. You can count on them for accurate information about all things related to the coronavirus.

World Health Organization (click here)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (click here)

On the local level, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has made its stories about the coronavirus available without a subscription. Find local updates here

Self-Care

Taking care of your mental and physical health is important right now. You may be feeling worried and anxious, and so are your kids.

Get helpful tips about protecting your mental health during social distancing, isolation, or quarantine from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (click here for SAMHSA tips for social distancing)

Also, the CDC has issued a guide about caring for yourself at home if you think you have COVID-19. (click here for the guide)

Working From Home

Have you suddenly found yourself working from home for the first time? Working remotely can be a little lonely and hard to manage when you’re not used to it. Here’s a guide with tips for helping you stay productive and connected while you’re working at home. 

Contact Us

There are still many unknowns about how we’ll all be affected by this virus and the community measures we’re taking to slow its spread. But we’re committed to helping you. Please contact us with questions about your rental property or the home you’re leasing.