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Lincoln County residents have ALWAYS pitched in when needed!  With this same energy and compassion, we will help our neighbors through this situation also.

Your United Way will update this information as we learn more. 

To donate to the United Way of Lincoln County's COVID-19 Emergency Fund, click here.

To apply for grants from the United Way of Lincoln County's COVID-19 Emergency Fund, click here.

  

Remember, to view accurate information concerning COVID-19 visit nc211.org - The United Way's community service resource help line and website.

Governor Roy Cooper announced 3/27/2020 that parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
Additionally, No Kid Hungry has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map can be viewed at nokidhungrync.org/covid19/ and is updated daily. Visit this link to learn more:
https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/governor-cooper-announces-texting-tool-access-food-children

 

BUSINESS/EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

1. The U.S. Small Business Administration has granted a disaster declaration covering all North Carolina counties, allowing affected small businesses and non-profits as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for low interest SBA disaster loans. The interest rates are 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofit organization with terms up to 30 years. Visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

2. The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover. Visit: https://ncrapidrecovery.org/

3. The North Carolina Employment Security Division is publishing instructions and guidance on the following link to help you understand new changes to the state’s unemployment system, due to the current impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus in North Carolina.  Visit: https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information

4. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a foreclosure and eviction moratorium Wednesday for single-family homeowners for the next 60 days if they have Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages.  Visit:  https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_042

5. The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition will lead recurring national calls on Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing every Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET until Congress includes housing and homelessness resources in the COVID-19 stimulus package.  Visit:  https://nlihc.org/coronavirus-and-housing-homelessness

RECENT STATE GOVERNMENT UPDATES: Effective March 24, 2020

-Governor Roy Cooper ordered tighter limits on gatherings and extended school closures statewide to May 15, 2020.

The governor directed $50 million in school funding flexibility to help public schools and support the greatest needs to serve students during the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Cooper has ordered North Carolina public schools to remain closed to in-class instruction through May 15. 

The State Board of Education (SBE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will establish a new $50 million flexible allotment for public school units to address COVID-19-related expenses.This allotment is comprised of unused funds from the current and previous school years as well as the State Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund. 

The executive order also closed some businesses that require close social interaction and limited visitors to long-term care centers including: Bingo Parlors, including Bingo sites operated by charitable organizations,Bowling Alleys, Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, martial arts facilities, indoor trampoline and rock-climbing facilities), Health Clubs, Indoor Pools, Live Performance Venues, Movie Theaters, Skating Rinks, Spas, Sweepstakes Lounges, Video game arcades, Barber Shops, Beauty Salons (including waxing and hair removal centers), Hair Salons, Nail Salons/Manicure/Pedicure Providers, Massage Parlors, Tattoo Parlors.

Grocery stores and restaurants providing takeout and delivery will remain open.

-Medicaid is temporarily modifying its Telemedicine and Telepsychiatry Clinical Coverage Policies to better enable the delivery of remote care to Medicaid beneficiaries. In addition to telephone conversations and secure electronic messaging, the modifications will include the use of two-way real-time interactive audio and video to provide and support physical and behavioral health care when participants are in different physical locations. 

For more information visit: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/nc-medicaid-increasing-eligible-technology-and-provider-types-telemedicine

-Governor Roy Cooper has waived restrictions to increase access to caregivers to provide flexible child care and elder care during the coronavirus emergency. The Order provides flexibility to local health departments working to adapt to the increased need for their resources. Additionally, it provides for ways for Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices to enact social distancing protections, and waives some registration requirements to ensure resources can be delivered by truck throughout the state.

For more information visit: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/governor-cooper-orders-increased-access-childcare-dmv-clarifications

 
 

What is NC 2-1-1?

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina and supported by local United Ways and public and private partners. Accessible via an easy-to-remember three-digit number or by visiting nc211.org, families and individuals can obtain free and confidential information on health and human services and resources in their community.

When can I call NC 2-1-1?

NC 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by dialing 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162.

Is NC 2-1-1 statewide?

NC 2-1-1 is available by landline, cell phone, and VOIP in all 100 counties of North Carolina.

Is 2-1-1 available in languages other than English?

NC 2-1-1 has Spanish language call specialists on staff and also utilizes professional language interpretation services to assist callers in over 170 languages.

What information is available by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting nc211.org?

NC 2-1-1 maintains a robust database with information on more than 19,000 human service programs and services in North Carolina. Callers are referred to organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, healthcare, substance abuse, specific resources for older adults and people with disabilities, and much more.

When an individual dials 2-1-1, a trained call specialist conducts a search based on the caller’s location to identify resources that meet the caller’s needs. In addition to contact information for the resource, call specialists provide eligibility requirements, intake process information, hours of operation, any requirements for appointments, and accessibility information, when available.