- FEMA, HHS and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of the American people.
- USDA’s Federal Rural Resource Guide offers a matrix of technical assistance, training, financial assistance, and other resources available to each individuals, businesses, nonprofits, communities, and governments.
- Individuals and organizations can learn How to Help in the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. (FEMA)
- Center for Disease Control Stop the Spread of Germs
- Review current White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
Resources for Faith-Based and Community Leaders
Faith-based and community leaders continue to be valuable sources of comfort and support for their members and communities during times of distress, including the growing presence of COVID-19 in different parts of the country.
- Prevention: Recommended Preventive Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders (HHS)
- Faith, Community and Mental Health during COVID-19: According to a recent survey released by the American Psychiatric Association, many people have significant anxiety and concerns related to coronavirus. (HHS)
- Additional Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders (CDC)
- FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Liaisons have created a Voluntary Organization System for Engagement (VOISE), which provides updates from FEMA, National Private Not-for-Profit Organizations, and a network of information from around the nation.
Federal Financial Assistance
- The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries. (Treasury)
- The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus includes the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) – low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 – as well as loan advances and debt relief. Review the FAQ for Faith-Based Applicants interested in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
- Private Nonprofit Organizations: Certain PNPs are eligible to apply for funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance program.
- Online Courses: Browse online training related to COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and other organizations (Public Health Foundation)
- Cloth Face Coverings: Lean how to wear and make a face covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19. (CDC)
Key Contacts and Local Help
- State and Territorial Emergency Management Agencies (FEMA)
- Local Health Departments (National Association of County and City Health Officials)
- Local Assistance from SBA Partners may include counseling, mentoring and training for small businesses.
- State-by-State COVID Information and Resources are available from state and local government, nonprofit organizations and businesses. (AARP)
Food and Nutrition
- The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)provides assistance to farmers, ranchers, and consumers. (USDA)
- This directory of Food Nutrition Help can be filtered by State and program. (USDA)
- Homelessness Assistance Programs: HUD provides funding to States and local governments and nonprofit providers to serve individuals and families across the United States who are affected by homelessness. The Daily Resource Digest lists additional resources for homeless service providers.
- Disease Risk and Homelessness: People experiencing homelessness often have a higher risk for exposure to communicable diseases and have little access to health care systems and treatment in their communities. The emergence of COVID-19 calls for enhanced cooperation and partnerships. (HUD)
- Homelessness Resources: Information and support are available for homeless and meal service providers, as well as emergency and day shelters, on planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19. (CDC)
- The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with senior leaders across our 19 federal member agencies, and has been active in COVID-19 response efforts.
The DHS Center does not endorse any non-government entities, organizations, or services. Claims made by third parties have not been independently verified.
Learn more about the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives online.
If you have any questions, please contact the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at Partnerships@fema.dhs.gov.
Covid-19 Diocesan Resources
There is a wealth of information on the diocesan website regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. There are three different web pages:
1. Pandemic Policies and Resources: https://www.davenportdiocese.org/flu
2. Prayer and Support: https://www.davenportdiocese.org/prayer-and-support
3. Q and A: https://www.davenportdiocese.org/qa
Diocesan Faith Formation Resources
The Office of Faith Formation is curating online resources that can be used for Faith Formation, personal prayer and faith growth during this time.
Please visit the Children’s Faith Formation, Family Faith Formation and At-Home Resources.