COVID-19: Stay at Home and Updates

St. Paul Ward 5 Update

Mayor Carter announces RElief fund

Mayor Carter at Council

View the meeting by clicking the photo above.

Today Mayor Carter announced a $3.25 million investment that will provide relief for our families and small businesses in Saint Paul as early as April 1st. 

The Saint Paul Bridge Fund includes a $1 million investment to provide families $2,000 of direct assistance for rent or mortgage payments.​​ Eligible families will:

  • Have income at or below 40% Area Median Income, which is $40,000 for a family of four
  • Have at least one Saint Paul Public School student (Pre-K to 12 eligible)
  • Have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.

The Saint Paul Bridge Fund includes a $2.25 million investment to provide  $7,500 grants for immediate business expenses, including but not limited to:

  • Rent/mortgage payments
  • Employee health benefits
  • Leave payments and payroll
  • Accounts payables Payments due to suppliers

Eligible small businesses will have 20 or fewer employees, gross revenue of $2 million or less, been in operation for the last six months in Saint Paul, and had their revenues significantly impacted by at least one of the Governor's COVID-19 executive orders in 2020.

For Bridge Fund for Families Inquiries

For Bridge Fund for Small Businesses Inquiries

Please visit the city's website by clicking the photo below.  

Saint Paul Bridge Fund

Governor Walz orders Minnesotans to Stay at Home

Minnesotans are urged to take part in significant and smart mitigation of COVID-19 by staying at home for the next two weeks. Until April 10th, please only leave the house for necessary items. After April 10th, we could anticipate an additional three weeks of physical distancing.

By staying home we can reduce the spread of virus through contact by 80%. This pushes out the virus' anticipated peak to 14 weeks.

If we do nothing to slow the virus, we would run out of ICU beds in 6 weeks and the virus would peak in 11 weeks.  

The additional time is critical. We will have more time to increase our ICU beds, set up mobile hospitals or create hospitals in our arenas, build our capacity to manage the virus by sending much needed supplies to care sites and reduce the infection rate

We all need to do our part. Stay home Saint Paul. 

To watch the full announcement, click on the photo below. 

Walz Stay at Home Order

DeED establishes small business emergency loans

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is offering zero interest loans that range from $2,500 to $35,000 for businesses experiencing economic injury and financial need. Loans will be paid back monthly over five (5) years and the first payment will be deferred six (6) months and some will have partial loan forgiveness depending on circumstances. These loans will be provided to only Minnesota-based businesses.

To apply using DEED's website, click the photo below. 

DEED Application

Saint Paul Public Schools Meals update

School meal pickup will be available at six schools on March 25-27 from 10-11:30 a.m. (or until all food is handed out).

Participating schools include: Battle Creek Middle School, Cherokee Heights Elementary, Como Park Senior High School, Harding High.

School meals will be paused during the week of spring break, March 30th - April 3rd. 

For regular updates regarding meals and distance learning, visit 

SPPS Meals

Walz suspends evictions and writs of recovery

Public health and safety are promoted by stabilizing households which, through no fault of their
own, may suddenly have the inability to afford rent.

Providing a temporary moratorium on
eviction actions allows these households to remain stably housed as they safeguard the health of
themselves, their families, and other Minnesotans.

This moratorium will stop terminating tenancies, eviction actions, or issuing of writs of recovery
during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced they will suspend all foreclosures and evictions until April 30, 2020. 

Walz suspends evictions

Know the difference: Fact or rumor

The purpose of this page on the FEMA website is to distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the Federal Government's response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A good rule to follow is to use trusted sources of information. 

Click on the photo below to visit FEMA's Rumor Control page. 

FEMA Rumor Control

Inspiring stay-at-home fun

Saint Paul Public Libraries are hosting live streamed story and songs every weekday morning at 10:30 am. Join in the fun and check out other resources for families and parents on their website!

Click on the photo below to go to SPPL's Facebook page. 

Story time SPPL

A hopeful thought

This week folks have dusted off their Holiday lights (or have never taken them down) to help bring some cheer to these uncertain times.

Wash your hands, stay at home and don't forget to find ways to connect with one another. We are in this together. 

Hang in there everyone. 

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Ramsey County Mental Health Services: RamCo Mental Health Resources

Apply for Unemployment online: Apply online here

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Xcel will not disconnect service to any residential customers until further notice: Xcel Energy COVID-19 Response

Saint Paul Public Libraries are closed March 16th - 27th, use the link below to discover the digital library resources:

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation facilities, including recreation and community centers, municipal athletic facilities, Great River Water Park, and Como Zoo and Conservatory will be closed beginning March 16th through the 27th: Parks and Rec Information

Ramsey County Health is also providing guidance and resources regarding the coronavirus: Ramsey County COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health's web resources: Department of Health: guidance for all Minnesotans

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