Critical Industries Hotline
SBA Loan Assistance
Association of Indiana Municipalities (AIM)
For a general overview of the current COVID-19 situation and how to address concerns about the illness in your workplace, the Association of Indiana Muncipalities (AIM) has collected helpful links and resources to help answer your questions.
COVID Concierge Portal
The Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) has launched the COVID Concierge Portal to compile assistance information from multiple sources into a single ‘no wrong door’ portal where business, personal, and health information can all be accessed.
This portal is meant for community leaders and organizations to use when connecting clients to the resources they need.
Next Level Jobs Program
Indiana's Next Level Jobs program has been extended to the end of 2020. Thanks to $50 million allocated by the CARES Act for this program, Hoosiers can apply for funding to level up their skills, receive job training or to develop their own skill training programs to elevate the community's workforce.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled a variety of resources geared towards the business community to help them determine the best courses of action during disaster situations, including a Business Preparedness Checklist to determine what employers and companies need to do to handle challenging times like this head-on.
Internal Revenue Service: American Rescue Plan Act
After passing by a narrow majority in the United States Senate, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed by President Joe Biden. This third round of support in response to the ongoing needs of Americans one year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit includes $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans as well as increased payments for dependents and unemployment insurance. Student loans are also being kept in forbearance until Fall 2021 as part of this package.
For additional information and FAQ's regarding stimulus payments, visit the IRS' Economic Impact Payments page.
Indiana Small Business Development Center
The Indiana Small Business Development Center is continuing to offer free business counseling and will also help businesses navigate the application process for disaster relief loans. Click here to find and contact the SBDC rep for your region.
This can be a stressful time for many families as parents try to balance work and caring for their child while schools remain closed, or figuring out how to make ends meet due to reduced hours at work. Wabash County has multiple resources available to give a hand up to those who may need it during these times.
The Indiana State Department of Health has published a brief overview of resources made available to Hoosiers. View that reference guide here.
2-1-1 Resource Line
2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that can connect Indiana residents with local resources that fit their needs. The line is operating 24/7. You can also find resources on the 2-1-1 website.
COVID-19 Assistance Program - Community Foundation of Wabash County
The Community Foundation of Wabash County has developed the COVID-19 Assistance Program to provide short-term financial assistance to people who are out of work and are in need of support and essential employees that continue to work and are in need of childcare for their family.
The expenses covered by these grants may include:
- Rent and Utility payments
- Medical expenses
- Childcare expenses for children aged 0-12 for people that continue to work as an essential employee
Wabash County citizens who meet the above criteria can request applications for assistance by contacting REACH in North Manchester, Wabash Area Ministerial Association (WAMA), or their respective Wabash County township trustee.
The Community Foundation is also asking for donations to help support this assistance program. Those who are able and interested in donating may do so on the Community Foundation website or by mailing a check to the Community Foundation of Wabash County with "Community Foundation COVID-19 Assistance Program" included in the memo line. This contribution may also be tax-deductible.
Questions about the program or how to donate can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to call ahead to ensure hours or days have not changed.
- LaFontaine United Methodist Food Pantry, 2 W Kendall Street LaFontaine, IN, 765-981-4021
- Open Monday –Thursday, 10 a.m. - Noon
- Must be a resident of LaFontaine and Liberty Township.
- May use the pantry one time per month.
- Lagro Community Church, 730 Main Street Lagro, IN 46941, 260-571-4639
- Open third Saturday of each month, 9 - 10 a.m.
- Fellowship Food Pantry, 500 N Front Street North Manchester, IN, 260-982-7127
- Open Thursdays 2 - 5 p.m.
- Manchester Meals on Wheels, 260-982-6010
- Roann Food Pantry, Roann Town Hall, 110 N Chippewa Street Roann, IN, 765-833-2100
- Open Wednesdays 2 - 4 p.m.
- Available for families within 7-mile limit of Roann
- Friends in Service Here (F.I.S.H.), 770 ½ Hill Street Wabash, IN, 260-563-5151
- Open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Living Well in Wabash County Community Cupboard, 239 Bond Street Wabash, IN 46992, 260-563-4475
- Open Monday and Tuesday 3 - 5:30 p.m.
- Open Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Will be CLOSED on Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Friday
- Area Five WIC, 1149 Cass Street Wabash, IN 46992, 260-563-4310
- Open Tuesday 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. AND 2 - 7 p.m.
- Open Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - Noon AND 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Open Friday 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Housing Assistance: Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network
Indiana is also working to help Hoosiers that are having trouble making their mortgage payments and would be at risk of foreclosure.
For more information about these options, visit the 877 Get Hope website or call 1-844-463-7368.
Housing Assistance: Moratorium on Evictions and Home Foreclosures
Gov. Eric Holcomb and the State of Indiana recently announced that they would extend the moratorium on evictions and home foreclosures until August 14.
Housing Assistance: Rental Assistance Program
The CARES Act Rental Assistance program is available for Hoosiers outside of Marion County (Marion County has its own program) that may be unable to make their rent due to lost or lowered wages because of COVID-19. The program will send payments directly to your landlord to help cover the rent during low- to no-income times while also ensuring that the landlord is able to pay for the taxes and other expenses needed to maintain the safety and upkeep of their tenants' homes.
Hoosiers concerned about making rent can learn about their options by calling 1-877-285-0401 or by visiting www.877gethope.org.
Housing Assistance: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
As the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across our nation, an escalating foreclosure crisis among FHA-insured borrowers is reaching a cataclysmic point impacting hundreds of thousands of borrowers. HUD understands that many homeowners may be struggling and unable to make mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you or someone you know are one of the many FHA-borrowers in communities across the country having difficulty paying your mortgage due to the pandemic, we urge you to act now. FHA’s special COVID-19 mortgage payment forbearance is currently available to FHA-insured borrowers.
There are two ways to get more information on the special COVID-19 mortgage payment forbearance:
- First, contact your mortgage servicer, the entity to which you make your mortgage payments.
- Call, email or visit the website of your mortgage servicer using the contact information on your monthly mortgage statement.
- State that you have a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and request a COVID-19 forbearance. A COVID-19 forbearance allows you to reduce or suspend your mortgage payments for a period of time.
- If you are unable to contact your mortgage servicer right now, get help from a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency.
- Contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency in your local area. To find a HUD-approved agency, call (800) 569-4287, or use the online search at www.hud.gov/housingcounseling
- Explain your situation. Housing counselors are trained to assess your financial situation and explain the options available to you.
- A HUD certified housing counselor may be able to help you work with your mortgage servicer to obtain a COVID-19 forbearance.
Income Assistance: Applying for Unemployment
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) allows for people who are currently out of work to apply for unemployment insurance benefits. Further information and access to online filing can be found here.
Income Assistance: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
Questions regarding the unemployment insurance process can directed to the DWD's FAQ page.
Income Assistance: General Info
As business revenue numbers dip due to state-mandated closures or reductions in services, many employers may have to make the difficult decision to reduce hours or even decrease the size of its staff to stay afloat. This can be financially stressful for many part-time and hourly workers. If such a decision needs to be made at your business, please connect your employees with these various resources for support.
Income Assistance: Unemployment FAQ Fact Sheets
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has also updated its list of Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance. Click the hyperlinks below to download the FAQ sheets. All of these FAQs and more information regarding unemployment insurance can also be found on the DWD website.
Income Assistance: U.S. Department of Labor
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions for both employers and employees regarding staff shortages, job termination and other complications that may arise due to the closures and reduction of services recommended for various industries.
Mental Health: Be Well Indiana
The State of Indiana has launched a new website to help Hoosiers access mental health resources. BeWellIndiana.com features an assortment of information from regular updates about COVID-19 to a self-assessment to determine what sort of assistance you may need. The website also offered information about how to access crisis counseling or other state departments that could help them through this difficult time.
Mental Health: Bowen Center
The Bowen Center has transitioned many of its services to allow Hoosiers to access mental health services over the phone or by secure video conferencing during this time of social distancing. They also have helpful blogs and information about how to cope with the unexpected stress brought on by this pandemic.
Visit The Bowen Center website to find out how they can help you through this challenging time.
Bowen Center Student Assistance Program (SAP)
In a particularly stressful times such as this, students can have a tough time adjusting or coping. The mental health services afforded to Wabash County students while school is in session through SAP and the Bowen Center are still available for Wabash County students learning remotely.
Student looking to utilize their SAP benefits and talk with a professional counselor can do so by phone. To set up a counseling appointment, students or their parent/guardian can call 1 (800) 342-5653. More information about SAP can also be found here.
Talking about COVID-19 with kids
With a situation like this where words like "pandemic" and "disaster" are used regularly, it can be a scary, confusing things for children or students to come to terms with. The Bowen Center encourages caregivers, parents and teachers to reference "Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks" from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to learn how to navigate those conversations.
Of course, the most important thing to keep in mind during this time is to keep yourself, your employees, your colleagues and your loved ones healthy and safe. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control have made public many recommendations to help prevent the spread of any potential illnesses.
The CDC recommends:
- Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay home if you have a fever or other flu-like symptoms, cough or cold.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Regularly cleaning high-traffic and high-touch surfaces in your home or business.
- Avoid large public gatherings or high-traffic areas.
Utilities: Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
For Hoosiers that are still struggling to pay their electric bills during this pandemic, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is still offering support through its Eanergy Assistance Program (EAP)
Through EAP, eligible households can receive a one-time annual benefit to cover the costs of energy bills to prevent disconnections of service.
Those looking to learn more about if they qualify for this support, is encouraged to visit the LIHEAP website for more information.
Utilities: Internet Access
In light of workplaces going remote and students participating in E-Learning, we are aware that access to reliable, affordable internet is important. Here are a few resources to help your household get connected.
Families that meet income or government assistance requirements may qualify for discounted or low-cost internet. AllConnect can help you navigate the different options and find out what you and your family can qualify for. Visit their website here.
The National Locator Tool for Low-Cost Internet Service Offers allows people to punch in their zip code and answer questions to determine if they qualify for low-cost internet. It has been recently updated with new offers created by major providers in light of COVID-19. Click here to use the Locator Tool.
Access from AT&T: One family member must be eligible for SNAP to qualify. AT&T has also advised it will not charge data overage fees during this time.
Spectrum Internet Assist: Based on eligibility for National School Lunch program. Charter is now offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have service through Spectrum. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees are waived. There are no data caps.
Internet Essentials from Comcast: Free to new customers. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Data overages will not apply and Xfinity WiFi hotspots will still be open and operational for public access.
Cox Connect2Compete: For families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. For a limited time, the first month of service will be free, $9.95/month thereafter.
Lifeline: provides a subsidy to HUD-assisted residents for phone and/or Internet service.
As of Tuesday, March 16, the State of Indiana has agreed to expand vaccine access to now include Hoosiers that are aged 45 years and older. The vaccine clinic continues to be hosted in Wabash County by the Honeywell Center, 275 West Market Street in Wabash.
To register for a time slot to be vaccinated, Hoosiers can visit www.vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov.
Your Next Step
As we reside in the "new normal" of post-pandemic life, you may find yourself at a crossroads of where to go next. Your Next Step is Indiana's newest "hub" to help you chart your next path. Whether you are looking for a new job, want to refine your current or new skills or need a little more support right now, Your Next Step wants to help.
The website has access to job listings, various certificate and degree programs and information about unemployment insurance, food benefits and health care.
How You Can Help
Even in the face of Gov. Eric Holcomb's 'Stay At Home' Executive Order, Wabash County is still OPEN for business. Here's how you can help them stay that way:
- Order carry-out or delivery from your favorite local restaurants!
- The Paper of Wabash County recently compiled and published a list of Wabash County restaurants offering carry-out and delivery. Download the complete list here.
- Check out the Eat & Drink page on the Visit Wabash County's website to find out which of your favorite spots in Wabash County are offering takeout and delivery!
- Curb-Side Pick Up is still up and running for businesses to encourage revenue and shopping local during this time. The service is free for businesses through Wabash Marketplace.
- Buy gift cards! A lot of our businesses will be hit hard by low revenue and minimal traffic due to the State's 'Stay At Home" recommendations. Get a jump start on buying gifts for birthdays, holidays or "just because" while also supporting your favorite local businesses through this difficult time.