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What’s Next When You Lose Your Job Because of COVID-19?

What’s Next When You Lose Your Job Because of COVID-19?

1.   Apply for unemployment benefits.
Even if you’re not sure that you qualify – many restrictions have been lifted.

  • Log on to michigan.gov/uiato apply online. To apply by phone, call 1-866-500-0017 
  • Consider having taxes taken out of your benefit check, as this benefit is considered income and is taxable.

2.   Prioritize your bills and try to stay on track with a budget

    1. Although there may be protections against foreclosure or eviction, make every effort to keep your rent or mortgage payments current. Missed payments during this time may incur additional fees, or higher rent payments after you return to work. You will have to pay the rent/mortgage payment when this situation is over.
    2. Pay as much as you can toward your utilities. Although many areas are suspending shut offs, you will still owe the money after this event.
    3. Cut spending where you can. If you will not be driving, you may be able to reduce your insurance to low mileage options. You may be able to suspend cable or entertainment packages or get a cheaper phone plan, etc.
    4. Contact lenders to let them know you are out of work due to COVID 19.The more they know, the higher the chance they will work with you.
    5. Make your food dollars or snap benefits stretch further. Get creative and try some new recipes. Cut out non-essential food purchases.

3.  Use available resources for food and other necessities.

Love in Action’s food pantry partners are open and serving clients in the Tri-Cities area.

  • To schedule a pantry visit call Love in Action @ (616) 846-2701
  • Food delivery may be requested If there are extenuating circumstances that require assistance

Food service program:

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for any one 18 years old and under. A school weeks’ worth of meals can be picked up on Mondays now through the end of April.

Pickup times are 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00 – 7:00 pm

  • Ferry Elementary:1050Pennoyer Ave, Grand Haven
  • Lake Hills Elementary: 18181 Dogwood Dr., Spring Lake
  • Robinson Elementary: 11801 120th Ave, Grand Haven
  • River Haven Office parking lot, 14546 Mercury Dr., Grand Haven

Feeding America Mobile Pantry:

Friday 10:00 am @ St. Patrick Church, 920 Fulton St. Grand Haven

  • Friday April 3, 2020
  • Friday April 17, 2020
  • Other dates and locations may be available, call Love in Action at (616) 846-2701 for more information
  • For information on additional resources call 211

4.  Pay attention to your mental and emotional health. 

The stressors that come with dealing with a national crisis may affect many aspects of your life and can take a toll on your mental and emotional health.

  1. Stay in touch with your friends and family by phone, FaceTime, text or other technology. Take care of yourself, and practice patience with others.  If you find this overwhelming, you are not alone.
  2. Reach out for help:
  • Contact your local church
  • Support Hotline: Spectrum Health created a behavioral health support line for any staff member/patient/community member that is experiencing anxiety/depression related to this pandemic. Please see information below.
  • COVID-19 Behavioral Health Support Line – A menu has been added to the COVID-19 screening hotline (833.559.0659) with the following options.

                    A.  If you are calling to schedule a COVID-19 screening, press 1.

                    B.  If you are experiencing increased anxiety or depression related to COVID-19, press 2.

                    C.  This menu will be active from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. the screening hotline will default to the previous set up without this menu.

                    D.  Contact CMH in Ottawa County: (616) 393-5698


5.   Call Love in Action at (616) 846-2701

  • Discuss issues such as decreasing resources or loss of health insurance. Staff members standby for resource and health questions. Relationship during this time and just being able to talk to a person is helpful to mental health.
  • Love in Action’s Facebook page has information with all current updates in the ministry, including food pick-up points.