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COVID-19 Aid and Assistance

Use this thread for posting only resources to help hosts and others economically effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Add new resources as you find them, or reply to comments to add, update, or correct info.

Let’s try to stay on topic and keep it organized. Thanks in advance for your contribution.

First up:

Relief fund established for New Orleans Gig Economy Workers

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New Zealand


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USA - Internal Revenue Service

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Despite the fact that this displays as a solicitation for donation, there is a list of relief funds for bar, food service, and restaurant workers and businesses.

Update: Another resource for restaurant workers

Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency

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Massachusetts, USA

Relief adminstered by:


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Houston, TX, USA

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Small Business Administration
Disaster Assistance Loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19



SBA COVID-19 Assistance Page

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Plus I’ll chip in a few bottles of Fino and Oloroso. Beneficiary must collect though.

Good topic, hats off to you for doing the research.



I think I have exhausted the search engine for now. I invite people not in the USA to post up local resources. … Search engines tend to make assumptions about what we want to see based on geography.

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Information for Canadian hosts:

The Big Six banks — Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia and TD Bank Group —have banded together to provide support to personal banking customers and small businesses coping with pay disruptions, illness and layoffs.

It is a case-by-case basis. I’d like to post this article because it goes into what actually happens once people began applying. There is also a good list of questions to ask for your own application be it with these particular six banks or somewhere else:

I sent an email to my own mortgage broker, Dominion Lending. The email is cap@paradigmquest.com. You can’t really call, but the number is: 1-866-928-6810 if you can get through to their “COVID-19 Assistance Team”. Make sure your mortgage number, address, full name and a description of your request is in your email. We’ll see what exactly this entails. I know that my fiance’s mom tried to defer payments through her broker in California, and they said while they can provide up to 4 deferred payments up to July as “relief”, when July comes around, you’d have to pay it in full - one lump sum. I don’t quite understand how that is any type of relief, but that’s their “plan”. I don’t know the name of the broker.


USA and Canada
Search for aid and assistance by zip code or by city and state.

Includes resources for assistance with:

- supplemental food and nutrition programs
- shelter and housing options and utilities assistance
- emergency information and disaster relief
- employment and education opportunities
- services for veterans
- health care, vaccination and health epidemic information
- addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
- reentry help for ex-offenders
- support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
- a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse
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Massive compilation of local Covid-19 mutual aid groups.
(scroll down the page for the list)


It’s Greek to me :rofl: No idea if this is useful or not, but …


Info page specific to Malta, in English.



Canadians stranded outside of Canada:



Door Dash drivers

company assistance program

(If nobody minds, I will continue to include all links I find to help those of us in the sharing economy: I imagine many hosts have side hustles like this.)


You may qualify for up to two weeks of financial assistance* if:

You are diagnosed with COVID-19 or put under quarantine individually by a public health agency, and

You have been active on the DoorDash platform for at least 60 days and have completed at least 30 deliveries in the last 30 days.

Uber Drivers

14 days financial assistance



Washington State, USA
Governor’s resource page


State Aid and COVID-19: The EU Commission’s Approach


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