COVID-19 City Resources
Use the Find Food Resources Near You button (above) to see a map of food distribution sites across Detroit that are currently open.
Free Meals for Children (up to 18 years old)
Meal Service is paused this week and resumes on Monday, September 14.
The Parks and Recreation Division of the General Services Department is providing meals for children at participating recreation centers. Parents and children may pick up multiple meals to suit their needs. Meals are offered, Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at these locations:
- Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon
- Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 Outer Dr E
- Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort St.
- Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere
- Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks
- Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser
- Lasky Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon
Meals for Seniors
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is providing frozen meals for seniors ages 60 and up. Seniors can pick up five days worth of meals every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following recreation centers:
- Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, MI
- Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI
- Patton Community Center, 2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI
- Joseph Walker Williams Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI
Groceries for Families
While Detroit area grocery stores are restocking their shelves regularly, The City of Detroit is also working with Gleaners to provide alternative sites where families can get groceries. Gleaners will provide two weeks of groceries to families with children at four Recreation Centers:
- Roberto Clemente Recreation Center, 2600 Bagley, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Every other Wednesday starting August 12
- Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive, 1:30 – 4:30 PM, Every other Saturday starting August 8th
- Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, every other Monday starting August 10
Get a Ride, Get a Test
Beginning Monday, April 6th, Detroiters can get a $2 ride to the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse at the State Fairgrounds to receive a COVID-19 test. People that can't provide the $2 will still be able to get a ride. The COVID-19 tests at the Fairgrounds are free, and you DO NOT need a prescription to get a test.
How it works:
- Make a Fairgrounds Appointment - If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 of have come in contact with an infected person, call 313-230-0505 to make an appointment.
- Don’t have transportation? - Tell the call taker who books your Fairgrounds appointment. They will connect you directly to the car service to book your $2 ride. The rides are only for Detroiters being picked up and dropped off at a Detroit residence.
- Wheelchair accessible transportation options to the testing site are separate from the city's existing paratransit service.
- Patients will be able to have a family, friend, or caregiver go with them.
- The day of your test - When your driver arrives, bring your identification (if you don’t have a state issued ID, you can bring any other piece of identification such as a work badge, utility bill, etc.). Both the driver and passenger will be asked to wear masks and gloves for their protection. After the test, the driver will take you back home.
Special thank you to IntelliRide for providing transportation services, and Gary Torgow and ITC Holdings for their generous contributions that made the transportation program possible.
Detroiters who need their water turned on can sign up for DWSD’s Water Restart Plan. If you sign up before April 9, you don’t have to put any money down. The State of Michigan will cover it for you! Just come in, sign up and turn your water on. Since the $25 Water Restart Plan was announced on March 9, more than 1,300 customers have taken advantage of it.
If you’re a Detroit resident living without water in your home or have received a notice of service interruption, call Wayne Metro at 313-386-9727 to make an appointment and sign up.
Customers also must make a monthly minimum payment of $25 during the time there is a risk of outbreak in Detroit to avoid service interruption. The amount of each customer’s previous bills will be deferred until after the COVID-19 situation is under control. At that time, residents will be transitioned to the WRAP or a 10-30-50 Payment Plan, both of which will keep their water service on as long as they remain current.
Click here for more information.
Income Tax Deadline Extended
Following the Federal and State decisions to push back the filing deadline for income taxes to July 15, the City of Detroit has pushed back the deadline for residents and non-residents who must file city income taxes to July 15 as well. Residents may still apply after the deadline if they were unable to do so earlier.
The Eviction Moratorium in Detroit has lifted.
If you or someone you know is facing eviction and has received a notice to quit or a court order summons, complaint or judgement, please access the Detroit Eviction Prevention Program by calling the Eviction Prevention Helpline at 866-313-2520 or visit www.DetroitEvictionHelp.com to access the online intake form.
The City of Detroit and the State of Michigan, in coordination with Southwest Counseling Solutions and the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND), will provide eviction-prevention programs to Detroit tenants. These eviction defense programs are administered by City partners at United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC), MI Legal Services and Lakeshore Legal Aid.
To access Eviction Prevention resources please call the Eviction Prevention Helpline at 866-313-2520 or visit www.DetroitEvictionHelp.com.
If your case involved non-payment of rent or land contract forfeiture or you need financial help to move, you may also want to contact:
Wayne Metro CARES, (313) 388-9799
Michigan Department of Human Services, [email protected]
Moratorium on Foreclosures
Effective, March 16, 2020 no homes will be foreclosed on for the remaining of 2020 because of COVID-19. The City is urging all residents in need of current year and/or delinquent property tax relief to apply for the HPTAP.
Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program Deadline Extended
The Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) is a program to reduce your CURRENT YEAR property taxes based upon household income or circumstances. If approved, you will still be responsible for the $120 solid waste fee. You must apply for the property tax exemption every year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City has extended the deadline for HPTAP applications and will approve applications on an on-going basis instead of four times a year. You no longer need to have your application notarized for 2020. You can email your application and documents that do not contain SSN to [email protected]. Information about how to apply for HPTAP and the application can be found here.
- Pay As You Stay. If you are approved for the HPTAP, you may also qualify for the new Pay As You Stay (PAYS) payment program that can reduce your BACK TAXES OWED significantly by removing all fees, penalties and interest or capping the amount owed at 10% of the properties taxable value, whichever is less. You must be approved for the HPTAP property tax exemption first. Eligible residents for PAYS will receive a letter from the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office with next steps to enroll in PAYS. Information about PAYS can be found here.
A network of 14 community organizations across the city is available for free help with these applications. Find one in your neighborhood here.
The City and it's shelter partners are expanding shelter in order to adhere to CDC standards, allowing for isolation of symptomatic people. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please contact Detroit's Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) for shelter placement. CAM will first attempt to divert the household to another safe housing location, such as with friends or family. If CAM is not able to find another safe housing location for the household, they will direct them to a shelter. Prior to receiving a bed, shelter staff will take the household's temperature. If any member of the household has a fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19, staff will call for transport so the household can stay in another shelter location where they will be able to isolate from other shelter guests. Please see information provided for CAM contact information.
Individuals typically have to go in person to see CAM but due to COVID-19, CAM has closed all in person locations. Effective Monday, March 23rd, CAM will be operating a phone line 7 days a week from 7:00am to 8:30pm. If you are in need of shelter, please call CAM at (313) 484-4449.
If you are a veteran, the Veteran Access Points will remain open for in-person visits.
Veteran Access Points Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
4646 John R.
Veteran Comm. Resource & Referral Center (VCRRC)
301 Piquette St.
Medical teams visit homeless shelters to check for COVID-19 symptoms
The City is working closely with the 31 shelter providers in the city to ensure they have necessary personal protective equipment. It also has set up a 125-bed facility in partnership with the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries where homeless individuals at shelters who are exhibiting symptoms of illness can be taken and screened. Each individual will have his or her own private room so they will not be exposed to others. After being examined by medical staff, it will be determined on a case-by-case basis if each individual needs to be taken to the hospital, held for further observation or is well enough to return to the shelter.
List of Homeless Shelters in Detroit
- Alternatives for Girls
903 W Grand Blvd, (313) 361-4000
- Cass Community Social Services
11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, (313) 883-2277
26 Peterboro St, (313) 831-3777
- Covenant House Michigan
2959 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, (313) 463-2000
- Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, (313) 993-4700
150 Stimson Stree
12900 W. Chicago
3535 Third St.
- Freedom House
1777 N Rademacher St, (313) 964-4320
- Love Outreach
17646 Greenview Ave, (313) 371-9100
- Mariners Inn
445 Ledyard St, (313) 962-9446
- Michigan Veterans Foundation
4626 Grand River Ave, (313) 831-5500
- NSO, (313) 883-7246
- Operation Get Down
6821 Medbury St, (313) 925-4100
- St. John
14320 Kercheval, (313) 823-8323
- The Salvation Army
3737 Humboldt, (313) 361-6136
- YWCA, (313) 259-9922
Free rapid testing for restaurant and bar employees
Detroit restaurant and bar employees may schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 rapid test at the Detroit Health Department, 100 Mack Ave. To schedule an appointment call (313) 251-4488. Testing may be conducted every two weeks.
The test takes about 30 minutes, with results in 15 minutes. Employees who test negative will receive a sticker to display at their work place. Individuals who test positive will be asked to self-quarantine for 14-days. You will also be asked for a list of those you may have been in close contacts so they too may be consulted and protected from COVID-19.
City of Detroit
The City of Detroit created a hub for all the resources and information your business needs during the COVID-19 crisis.
Detroit Means Business
The City and other regional partners have come together to provide businesses guidance and recommendations for safely reopening their businesses and navigating the COVID-19 crisis moving forward.
City, DEGC announce $7.25 million grant program for small businesses
If you have a small business in Detroit and lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for a new $7.25-million grant program announced by the City of Detroit and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). Read more.
Resources for Artists
The Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship is searching for foundations and organizations offering emergency grants for artists and entertainers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The following is a partial compilation of possible resources for artists and entertainers. Please do not use these sites to promote your talents or products. It is a list of places where you might get help during this difficult time. If you learn of others, please send them [email protected]. We will update this list and continue to search for local funding every day. –Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture
- First, take a look at the COVID freelancers resources
- Artists' Fellowship
If you are an artist dealing with an immediate medical emergency and need funding to help cover medical expenses, funeral costs or disaster repairs, you may qualify for financial assistance from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. Apply here.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those who self-identify as black, indigenous, or person of color pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has directly impacted their income or earning ability. The fund is awarding one-time, $200 grants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply here.
- Emergency Artist Relief Fund
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Arison Arts Foundation have joined together with 23 additional arts groups to give $5,000 to 100 artists every week until September. These funds can be used flexibly by the artists who receive them to meet their most pressing financial needs and to enable their continued creative practice. Apply online here. Find out more about the program and its sponsors here.
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants Program
Created in 1993 to further FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes 12-15 grants ranging from $500 to $2,500. The FCA recommends that artists review all eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. Then complete our Eligibility Questionnaire, but please know that the questionnaire does not replace a thorough review of program guidelines.
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to offer new emergency one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. Applicants must demonstrate current and ongoing activity in artistic disciplines and cannot be enrolled in any degree-seeking program. Grants cannot be used to cover expenses for non-emergency medical conditions. To get more information and find out if you qualify, contact the grants administrator at [email protected]. There is no deadline; applications will be accepted and reviewed by the panel on a monthly basis beginning in late May/early June 2020.
- Carnegie Fund for Authors
The applicant must be an American author who has had at least one full-length work — fiction or nonfiction — published by a mainstream publisher. Works that applicants paid to have published are not eligible. Applicants must demonstrate need; the emergency may be because of illness or some other urgent need such as fire, flood, hurricane, etc. Documentation should be included with the application and can mean a doctor’s letter or other proof of the emergency situation. Get more information here.
- American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund helps established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Membership in ASJA not required. No grants will be awarded to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects or for works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant $3,500. More information.
- Authors League Fund
The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.
- CERF + (Formerly the Craft Emergency Relief Fund)
CERF+ provides a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. CERF+ is currently focusing its relief aid on those infected with COVID-19 who require intensive medical care. More information.
- The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of 10 years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. More information.
- MusicCares Foundation
MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses. Applicants must be able to show that they have worked in the music industry for at least five years or that they have six commercially released recordings or videos (singles).
- Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
SRMF provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. The applicant must be a musician who has regular public performances or performed on at least three widely released recordings (audio or audiovisual), or written music that has been performed on three widely released recordings or published on three occasions.
Coordination on Employment
The City is offering guidance to business owners on how to handle employees during this time. More information can be found here.
How to claim unemployment benefits in Michigan
If you have become unemployed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. These benefits are intended to provide temporary income as you seek new employment. To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must be unemployed and able to, available for, and actively seeking suitable full-time work. Sign up online HERE or call 1-866-500-0017. If you are hearing impaired, TTY service is available at 1-866-366-0004.
Claim Your Stimulus Check
The vast majority of Detroiters are eligible to receive a stimulus check from the federal government this year. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019 and most seniors and retirees. Even if you have no income, you are still eligible, but you need to enter your payment information on the IRS website to receive your stimulus payment. This includes individuals with low or no earnings who normally don't file taxes. You could receive up to $1,200 for yourself ($2,400 for a married couple) and an additional $500 for each dependent child.
If you haven't filed taxes or have no income, don’t miss out
If you are not required to file taxes, or if your income is under $12,200 ($24,400 for a married couple), you need to enter your payment information on the IRS website to get your stimulus payment. Even if you have no income, you are still eligible, and need to enter your information through this portal. If you are required to file taxes but did not file in 2018 or 2019, you can find free filing options through the IRS free file site, United Way's MyFreeTaxes, or Virtual VITA for free tax prep assistance.
Virtual VITA is safe and reliable way for Accounting Aid Society or Wayne Metro to prepare your federal, state and city tax returns without in-person contact and at no cost. Using a secure, IRS-approved software, VIRTUAL VITA lets you use your smartphone, tablet, or computer’s camera and email address to upload your tax documents and electronic signature–without leaving your home. Schedule an appointment here.
Want to check on the status of your return
The Get My Payment tool has features to let taxpayers check on their stimulus check date and update direct deposit information. Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the “Where’s My Refund tool” many taxpayers are already familiar with. Get My Payment also allows people a chance to provide their bank information. People who did not use direct deposit on their last tax return will be able to input information to receive the payment by direct deposit into their bank account, expediting receipt.
Get My Payment is updated once daily, usually overnight. The IRS urges taxpayers to only use Get My Payment once a day given the large number of people receiving Economic Impact Payments.
If you don’t have a bank account or prepaid debit card
It could take up to five months to receive your stimulus check by mail. To get your stimulus payment quickly through direct deposit, sign up for a bank account online and add your account information on the IRS website. This applies to non-filers and some individuals who did not receive direct deposit last year. If you don’t want to sign up for a bank account, you can link your prepaid debit card instead.
Here is a list of safe and affordable accounts that are certified as meeting the BankOn standards and can be opened online or through drive-up banking.
- Bank of America, Advantage SafeBalance Banking Account
- Chase, Secure Banking Account
- Citi, Access Account
- First Independence Bank, First Choice Checking
- KeyBank, Hassle-Free Account
- Wells Fargo, EasyPay Card
- Flagstar Bank, SimplyOne (cannot be opened online, but will open accounts through drive-up banking locations. Call the branch ahead of time to ensure you have the information needed to open an account.)
After you sign up, make sure to add your account information on the IRS website.
If you receive your stimulus payment by check, cash it without a fee! Chase will be cashing non-customer government stimulus checks with two forms of identification and waiving the cash checking fee. Find the approved ‘forms of identification’ list here, note that one form of identification must be from the primary ID column. JPMorgan Chase recognizes that not everyone has the ability to set up bank accounts online or is comfortable with financial institutions. This is an exception to their standard policy and will only apply to government stimulus checks.
To open an account, you may need one or more of the following on hand:
- Social Security Number or ITIN number
- State-issued identification (Driver’s License or State ID)
- Country-issued identification card (passport)
- Mailing address
- Date of Birth
If you filed a tax return for 2019 or 2018, but didn’t choose direct deposit for tax refund. You may be able to use the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov to provide direct deposit account information once the IRS has processed your return. If this tool doesn’t offer you the option to provide your direct deposit information, it means the IRS will mail your Economic Impact Payment.
Note: Each financial institution has its own procedure for account opening. None of these banks are associated with the City of Detroit, and bank names are being provided for informational purposes only. The City of Detroit is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any bank's policies, procedures, or actions, and expressly disclaims any such responsibility. For any banking-related issues, please contact the bank directly.
If you’ve moved since you last filed taxes
If you recently moved and need to update your address, you can update it through the IRS website.
If you receive Social Security benefits
If you receive Social Security benefits and have no dependents, you don’t need to file a tax return. Your stimulus payment will be automatically deposited into the same account as your Social Security payments. If you have dependents you may need to file a tax return. Social Security is not the same as SSI. If you receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income), you will need to file a tax return to receive your stimulus payment.
Developed in partnership with the University of Michigan's Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility.
Wayne Metro CARES Assistance
Wayne Metro understands that Detroiters are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to respond to the immediate needs of Detroit residents, Wayne Metro is implementing the CARES Relief & Recovery Services. Through this new initiative, residents of Detroit may qualify for assistance in the following areas; Food and Income Support, Water and Energy Assistance, Rent and Mortgage Assistance, Property Tax Assistance, Emergency Home Repair and Funeral Services for qualifying residents.
How to Access CARES Funds
Access the Wayne Metro CARES Relief & Recovery Services visit here or call the Wayne Metro CONNECT Center at (313) 388-9799. The CONNECT Center hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
- 200% of Poverty
- Layoff, Decrease in Hours, Recipient of Unemployment
- Child in Head Start or have a child receiving free or reduced lunch
- Receipt of benefits through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS)
- Benefits to include but not limited to: SNAP, TANF, SDA, Medicaid and childcare benefits
- Current enrollee in other assistance programs (Ex. WRAP, MEAP, HUD programs) that currently have income guideline restrictions
Fill out the Census
The Census Bureau will send a notice to all addresses in the US beginning in March 2020. Only one person per household needs to physically fill out the census but they need to count EVERYONE in the household. So, if 6 people live at the house as of April 1, 2020, then the person filling out the form counts all 6 people. The Census can be completed online, by phone or using a paper form. If you don’t have access to a computer, the city has Census kiosks where residents can take the Census for free. More information can be found here.