covid-19

IowaCASA staff will be working remotely until further notice. We will be posting regular updates and information onto this page as soon as it becomes available. Click the button below to request COVID-19 specific assistance for victim service directors and advocates.

General Guidance

Digital Services

Survivor Resources

Iowa Service Models

Multilingual Resources

Additional information

Legal Advocacy

Funding & Legislation

General Guidance

  • CVAD Guidance for Grantees Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic - click here

  • CDC guidance on COVID-19 - click here

  • CDC recommends sweeping changes to offices - click here

  • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from OSHA - click here

  • Iowa Dept. of Public Health Guidance on Reopening and Public Health - click here

  • Hospital accompaniment guidelines - click here

  • Policy guidance from IowaCASA - click here

  • Protecting Survivor Privacy When Working From Home: A Guide for OVW-Funded Victim Service Providers - click here

 

Iowa Programs' Service Models Amid COVID-19

Victim service programs across the state have taken the initiative to adjust their service models and policies to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Here are some sample policies from programs. Please let us know if you have questions about how your program can modify services while still meeting the needs of survivors during this difficult time.

 

Legal Advocacy

Updated summary of the modifications to court procedures and operations.

  • May 26, 2020 ​summary of modifications to court procedures and operations - click here

  • Based on this summary, landlord will be able to go back and late-file an eviction based on nonpayment of rent that occurred during the Governor's emergency order prohibiting new eviction proceedings. 

  • If you have questions or would like to consult with our legal team, please email legal@iowacasa.org.

You can find all Iowa Judicial Branch COVID-19 Information and Updates at https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/covid-19-information-and-updates/ 

 

IowaCASA's legal team is currently accepting survivors in educational settings who need civil legal assistance. We can accept cases for survivors over age 11 in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities. Need additional support or have questions about legal services for survivors during COVID-19? Contact Sonci at legal@iowacasa.org.

 

Digital Services: Teleadvocacy & Counseling

Digital services offer more ways for survivors to connect to advocacy and support services. 

The Resource Sharing Project pulled together some practical tips on protecting survivors’ privacy. We are all working in less than ideal circumstances right now, so these privacy tips address how to meet survivors with the most privacy possible. Click here for the resource.

Here are some customizable teleadvocacy forms and resources your program can utilize when working with survivors:

  • TeleAdvocacy Informed Consent Form > click here

  • TeleCounseling Informed Consent Form > click here

  • TeleAdvocacy/TeleCounseling Informed Consent Talking Points > click here

Here are some resources from the National Network to End Domestic Violence: 

  • Digital Services Toolkit > click here

  • How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis > click here

  • Best Practices When Using Email > click here

  • Using Mobile Phones to Communicate with Survivors: Best Practices & Policy Recommendations > click here

  • What’s New: Changes and Details with Communication Platforms > click here

Here’s a sample letter to send to clients who are detained or incarcerated to inform them that advocates are no longer able to enter facilities, but are still available via phone and mail. You can personalize it based on the relationship you have with your client and your agency’s protocol regarding COVID-19. Click here.

Need additional support or have questions about utilizing technology for advocacy and/or counseling? Contact Kelsi at kelsi@iowacasa.org.

 

Multilingual resources for COVID-19

  • EMA​RC Multilingual Helpline: click here

  • Iowa Covid-19 Help Line for Iowans with limited English Language: 1-877-558-2609

  • Iowa Department of Public Health translated materials - click here

Staying Safe During COVID-19 (in Spanish) - click here 

Need additional support or have questions about multilingual resources or working with non-English speaking survivors the during COVID-19 pandemic? Contact us at membership@iowacasa.org or jocelyn@iowacasa.org.

 

Funding and legislation 

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has developed a resource guide to address some of the most pressing questions that it has received related to grantee obligations and options regarding how to operate, provide services, and manage OVW grants. Click here to learn more. ​Click here to access.

CARES ACT 2020: Retirement Fund Access and Student Loan Relief - click here​

Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources from the U.S. Small Business Association: click here

There are a number of programs under the CARES Act, but the one non-profit leaders should pay extra attention to is SBA 7(a)—the “Paycheck Protection Program.” The short version is that if your organization is a 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees, you could be eligible for a loan that covers about two months’ worth of operational costs, such as payroll, health benefits, and rent. Click here to find out more from the Management Center.
 

Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Click here for an overview​ from the National Employment Law Project

Federal Policy Updates, a collection of resources from the Resource Sharing Project: Click here

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19 from Nonprofit Quartlery: Click here

OVW is working to respond to the many questions this national emergency has raised for its award recipients. Click here for OVW's letter to Award Recipients. For frequently asked questions about COVID-19 for OVW grantees regarding the payment and use of leave for grant-funded staff, click here

What you need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Click here for a summary from Bose McKinny & Evans LLP about the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. 

Need additional support or have questions about funding and legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic? Contact Matty at communications@iowacasa.org and/or Beth at director@iowacasa.org.

 
 

Survivor Resources

Testing: Individuals who are uninsured who may be positive for COVID-19 now have the option of getting tested at Broadlawns Medical Center and Primary Health Care. Through special funding through the CARES Act, both healthcare systems can test and treat uninsured individuals for free. Click here for more information.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that provides temporary income to eligible individuals who became unemployed as a result of COVID-19, and are either self-employed, do not have sufficient work history to be eligible for a claim, or have exhausted other forms of unemployment insurance benefits.  For more information and eligibility guidelines, visit https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/pua-information. Scroll to the bottom of the page to translate the information in additional languages.  

The COVID-19 stimulus payments to individuals and families are not countable income for Medicaid applicants and recipients. Stimulus payments not spent in the month it is received are excluded as a resource for 12 months. Find more guidance related to the stimulus payment and its effect on Medicaid recipients on the DHS website.

The Iowa Department of Human Rights' network of local community action agencies administer the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist eligible households with a portion of their utility bill. Applications are being accepted at the local agencies through May 31, 2020. Find out how to apply for assistance through your local Community Action Agency.

 

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) COVID19 web page has a new resource on Iowa Food Assistance. To view resources, click here.

COVID-19 Resources for parents and caregivers to help keep children safe from StopItNow.org - click here​

Frequently Asked Questions, Immigrant Workers' Rights and COVID-19, a resource for workers and their advocates from the National Immigrations Law Center. Click here.

Here’s a sample letter to send to clients who are detained or incarcerated to inform them that advocates are no longer able to enter facilities, but are still available via phone and mail. You can personalize it based on the relationship you have with your client and your agency’s protocol regarding COVID-19. Click here.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Guide for Transgender and Gender Non-conforming people, a resource from the National Center for Transgender Equality: click here

Many transgender and gender non-conforming students have been forced to hide their true selves because of school closures. Click here to read more. ​​ Take Action: If you're a part of someone's chosen family, now is the time to step up. Offer your support, set up virtual hangouts, call them just to check in, and go out of your way to use their name and pronouns! Do whatever you can to validate their true identities and create space for them to live authentically. 

 

We must support each other's wellness. One way to do this is to create a wellness plan for yourself, and encourage folks in your community to create a wellness plan for themselves. Strategize with your community about your wellness plan and meeting your needs. Check out these templates from the Audre Lorde Project. Very cool. Click here​ for resource.

 

Health Well Foundation providing up to $250 assistance to families to help cover costs during COVID-19 pandemic: click here​

COVID-19 Iowa specific resources and documents > click here

COVID-19 information by and for people with disabilities > click here for English > click here for Spanish

Iowa Legal Aid COVID-19 resources > click here for English > click here for Spanish

Iowa COVID-19 Legal Hotline > Provided by Iowa Legal Aid > 1-800-332-0419

National Alliance on Mental Illness resource to address mental health issues in Q&A format: click here

Please Pass the Love weekly sessions for children, teenagers, and educators during COVID-19 pandemic: click here​

A resource from the National Alliance on Mental Illness to address mental health issues in Q&A format: click here

Division of Community Advocacy and Services: streamlines access to services offered by the State of Iowa for underserved populations, connects Iowa's diverse communities and the programs, events, and information that can provide understanding and equity. Click here for more information.

The Iowa Dept. of Public Health and other state agencies and nonprofits has developed a new web resource for Iowans who are at higher risk for health concerns related to COVID-19. This includes: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Iowans, Iowans with disabilities, Iowans with a first language other than English, caregivers, people at risk of violence, Iowans who are homeless, LGBTQ+, or households with mixed or undocumented status and those who are at higher risk and may need additional resource or information. Click here for resource.

If you or a survivor are laid off due to COVID-19 or have to stay home to self-isolate, care for family members, or due to illness related to COVID-19, you can receive unemployment benefits, provided you meet the eligibility requirements. For an explanation of benefit eligibility, click here. 

 

Searching for childcare during this time? DHS has created a map of all registered child care providers that are still currently open during this time.  Click here for resource.

 

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program application period extended to May 31, 2020: click here for English; click here for Spanish

Immigrant eligibility for public programs during COVID-19, a resource from Protecting Immigrant Families > click here

Fact sheet for immigrant workers, a resource from the Migration Policy Institute > click here

Frequently Asked Immigration Questions > A resource from Sonia Parras Law Office > Available in English and Spanish > click here

Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs COVID-19 Handout for Undocumented Workers > click here

Resources for Undocumented Immigrants and their Families During COVID-19 > click here

The National Domestic Workers Alliance is raising $4 million to support 10,000 gig workers, including in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners. They do not ask for immigration status. Text RELIEF to 97779 for more information. Click here for the National Domestic Workers Alliance website, which includes links to additional resources.

Undocuscholars.com has put together a list of resources for undocumented immigrants. This list includes national and state-by-state resources, and includes resources specifically for Iowa. Click here for resource.

The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation is launching a GoFundMe fundraiser to raise funds to support undocumented families and individuals during these times of crisis. Please fill out this survey to apply for funds. Click here for survey.

Additional information that's relevant to programs

The Opportunity Agenda has some amazing resources for programs who want to improve their COVID-19 messaging. Though the coronavirus itself does not discriminate, it has revealed the critical level of race-class disparities in this country. The ability to survive this pandemic--to isolate safely at home, to access quality healthcare, to not be on the frontlines making a meager wage--should not come down to the "haves" versus the "have nots" or be based on racial lines. Yet that is what we are seeing. We can change this. This crisis presents us with an historic opportunity to step up our advocacy for the communities and individuals most vulnerable--communities of color, immigrant communities, incarcerated communities, and low-income communities. The Opportunity Agenda has put together this AMAZING toolkit of various messaging memos on how to talk about COVID-19, its disproportionate effect on communities of color, and the shared struggle ahead to contain it. Click here.​

Bystander Intervention online training to stop anti-Asian, Asian American, racism, and xenophobic harassment from Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Presented throughout the month of May. Click here for more information and to register for a training.

The Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa is tracking the statistics, news, and policy decisions relevant to the impact of coronavirus on Iowa's state prisons and county jails. This is a helpful resource and helps illustrate how this vulnerable population is being impacted by the pandemic. Click here.

​Here is an excellent document from the Resource Sharing Project that explores considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it relates directly to SASP Administrators, I think it's super relevant right now. Check it out by clicking here​. ​​

A thoughtful COVID-19 toolkit from Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) on Combating Anti-Asian Racism. Click here​ for the resource.

The Resource Sharing Project has some handy tips and tricks while hiring during the COVID-19 crisis. Check it out by clicking here.

The Resource Sharing Project has a great resource page for supervisors and leadership related to COVID-19: Click here to find out more.

COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information that we hope will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul. Its COVID-19 Resources are arranged in categories to help you sift through the material. Click here for resource.

Move to End Violence has put together a great list of resources, tools, and articles in response to COVID-19 that can help programs navigate these uncertain times. This includes trusted news sources, resources for survivors and advocates, healing justice and collective care, financial resources, and more. Click here for the resource. 

PreventConnect, a national project of CALCASA, has a wonderful round-up of online resources and ways to get involved this month to prevent sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Staying connected to others may look different than it did in past Aprils, but connection to others and hope and working for a world without violence are crucial. Click here for the resource.

 

NSVRC is recycling it's "I Ask" campaign for April 2020, which is super relevant because so much of it is relatable to the current times we're going through. Check out their resources by clicking here.

We've seen a resurgence of efforts by manufacturers of so-called "DIY" at-home evidence collection kits during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's unfortunate to see manufacturers capitalizing on the fear around victims being able to go to the hospital to receive medical and forensic evidence collection. IowaCASA and others released statements during the fall of last year when we first heard about these kits amid concerns that victims would be left without services and pathways to justice. You can find our statement here, or click here for a great statement from our friends at PCAR. If anyone sees these kits popping up in Iowa, please alert the coalition asap. 

Google announced that it's extending free access to some advanced features in its teleconfering service "Google Meet" until September 30th. For programs that currently utilize "G Suite" through Google, you can host meetings via Meet with up to 250 participants, live-stream to up to 100,000 people within a single domaine, and save meeting recordings to Google Drive. For more information, click here.

 

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