Helpful Resources for Individuals

We are all in this together. 

May 18, 2020

Update: September 18

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted so many individuals and businesses within the community. Some are struggling in many ways including mentally, physically, financially and more. The following resources are available to hopefully lessen the burden that individuals have given the current circumstances.


CARES Act provides cash payments
Most individuals earning less than $75,000 can expect a one-time cash payment of $1,200 ($2,400 for joint taxpayers). Married couples would each receive a check and families would get $500 per child, so a family of four earning less than $150,000 can expect $3,400.

Ohio Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment Insurance is an employer-paid insurance program that helps workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. It provides temporary income to qualified individuals while they are looking for other work.

Increased Benefits
The CARES Act provides most individuals an emergency increase in traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits of $600 per week through July 31, 2020 (on top of State benefits). The Act also created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment insurance to people not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment compensation (including the self-employed and those who have exhausted their regular and extended benefits).

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Ohio during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by the guidelines. You must also be able, available and actively seeking work for each week that you are collecting benefits.

To apply and expedite the claims process for those laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Apply for Food, Cash, & Medical Assistance

Healthcare Coverage
For workers – and their families – who have had a lapse of employment or who have become unemployed during the outbreak, COBRA Continuation Coverage may offer continued benefits for those who have a lapse in coverage or have become unemployed — click here. The Medicare program typically provides health insurance for people who are 65 and older, learn more here. The Medicaid program provides insurance to low-income individuals, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities, learn more here. Browse the Healthcare and Medical Assistance category to explore different programs.

Free Online Fitness Classes
A list of gyms and companies offering free workout classes that you can stream at home:
CBS News Fitness Class List
Good Housekeeping Fitness Class List
At-Home Exercises without Equipment

Mental Health
Caring for your Coronavirus Anxiety
Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic
31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health
Behavioral Health Resources
Virtual Counseling through Nemeth Counseling

How to Make Homemade Masks — JOANN Resource
CDC Guide on How to Care For Cloth Masks — Includes resources on how to make sew and no-sew masks with household items


Local Resources
Support Columbus Eats — Updated list of restaurants and services provided
Grow Eat Ohio 2019 Local Food Guide — Order directly from local growers’ websites

Meal Delivery Services
Hello Fresh is offering $80 off right now — click here to take advantage of this promotion.
Looking for other meal delivery kits? Check out this list.

Meal Prep Suggestions
What to buy at the grocery store, suggestions for substitutions if you can’t find certain food items, healthy meals you can make with frozen foods and items in your pantry, and more — learn more here.

Check out this site for endless recipes including meals with five ingredients or less, recipes that freeze well, big-batch recipes you can prep and eat all week and cooking projects that can keep you busy.


Cost Saving Strategies
Ways to save money on a tight budget
How to simplify your spending
Ways to save money

Job Seekers
Ohio Job Search — COVID-19 Job Search
Wagner-Peyser is a federally funded program designed to help job seekers obtain meaningful employment opportunities and assist employers in obtaining skilled and productive employees. Click here to learn more.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Short Time Assistance
CareerSource Florida

Media Inquiries
Please direct all media inquiries to:

Lauren Bowers
(614) 744-3422

Residential Media Inquiries
Please direct all media inquiries to:

Natalie Smith
(614) 744-3417 

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