***Last Updated March 23, 2020***
Stay tuned as this Resource Guide will be frequently updated with new resources.
Help is needed for a wide array of items and services, including: food insecurity, housing assistance, bill payment, unemployment, healthcare, childcare, business loans, and more. This is impacting people from all walks of life, no matter where they live.
Our national government has been busy working on relief packages and options for those affected. On March 18, 2020, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” was signed into law, which put together a wide relief package for families, workers, and businesses. This includes provisions to expand access to food and nutrition services for low income families, emergency paid leave for employees, support for health care professionals, and also requires private health plans to cover costs associated with COVID-19 diagnostic testing. The federal government is also offering additional programmatic support. The Small Business Administration's, Disaster Relief Loan program is available for affected small businesses. FEMA's Public Assistance program is available for eligible governments and non profits, and the IRS is introducing a number of measures to provide tax relief. This is an evolving situation, and we expect programmatic offerings to increase.
Meow Wolf is currently assessing the best way we can partner with existing organizations to support our local communities, artists, and humanity as a whole. We believe that if we work together, lift each other up, and share our resources with those who need it most, we can navigate these uncertain times. Let’s do this together!
Our company believes that partnerships are the best way to both strengthen ties with our neighbors and give back to our communities in need. To that end, we have put together a list of Santa Fe and New Mexico Resources below.
Southern Nevada Health District information line (M-F 7am - 7pm): (702) 759-4636
City of Las Vegas Information line (M-Th 7am - 5:30pm) 702-229-CARE (2273)
Nevada Independent Resource Guide - where to find food and assistance doing COVID-19
Las Vegas - Clark County Library - resources for library card holders
United Way of Southern Nevada Resource Guide - donate to response fund and find help
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance Business Resource - receive updates for small business
Unemployment Insurance: The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) is encouraging claimants to use the internet to file their unemployment insurance (UI) claims. File online or call:
How to apply for unemployment and knowing your rights.
Welfare Services & SNAP: Nevadans may apply for welfare services through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, which provides food assistance (SNAP and WIC), cash assistance (TANF), and medical and child care assistance through Access Nevada or by calling (702) 486-1646 for Southern Nevada offices; (775) 684-7200 for Northern Nevada offices to be connected with a representative. Automated voice instructions are provided in both English and Spanish.
Non-Citizens: Ineligible non-citizens who do not meet citizenship eligibility criteria may qualify for some limited Medicaid coverage. These applicants must meet all other eligibility requirements except for citizenship. Non-citizens are ineligible for all other benefits.
DMV: As of March 18, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) offices are closed statewide, and customers will only be served online or at kiosks.
A list of common transactions that can be performed online:
Nevada State Senator Catherine Cortez Masto with New Jersey Senator Bob Menedez are trying to get a bill passed for interest-free disaster loans.
Small Business Relief from Communicable Disease Induced Economic Hardship Act
NV Energy - Will be temporarily suspending disconnections for non-payment, along with waiving deposits and late fees. They will also be offering payment plans to customers. If you experience a financial hardship or isolation due to COVID-19, please call an NV Energy customer service representative at 702-402-5555 in southern Nevada or 775-834-4444 in northern Nevada to discuss payment options and receive payment support.
Las Vegas Valley Water District - Temporarily suspending customer shutoffs. Customers can call 702-870-4194 for more information.
United Citizens Foundation (UCF), is offering therapy sessions at no out-of-pocket cost to Nevadans during this global coronavirus pandemic. The services are available through Telehealth or at the nonprofit’s two community locations:
Las Vegas Strong has also posted mental health and wellness resources:
Please reach out to the Resiliency Center by phone or email for mental health provider referrals. Some Nevada providers have made telehealth options available, though the Resiliency Center can make referrals regardless of where you live. Call us at 702-455-2433 or email [email protected]
***Health insurance is not required to receive COVID-19 testing.
Silver State Health Exchange is holding a special period of open enrollment for Nevadans who have yet to sign up for health insurance. You can sign up from March 17 – April 15. Use this link. Individuals seeking special enrollment are encouraged to contact the Customer Assistance Call Center between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-800-547-2927; TTY: 711. The Call Center will extend its hours on Saturdays and Sundays (except for Easter Sunday) from March 21 through April 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST.
Dr. Steven DeLisle, a pediatric dentist in Las Vegas, said that Children’s Dentistry of Las Vegas is now offering free dental care for Southern Nevada children whose parents have been laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Children’s Dentistry has nine offices spread throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Pahrump. Parents wishing to schedule services should call (702) 99-TOOTH (998-6684) to be routed to the closest office to their home.
UNLV Resources for Students Includes:
UNLV IT Resources for Students - A compilation of resources available to students through the university.
UNLV Academic Success Center - The center offers a variety of services for students including advising, coaching, and tutoring. All services will be online as of March 19.
Enterprise - The rental car company is offering to waive the “young renter” fee through May 31, 2020.
Gov. Sisolak announced Sunday that all K-12 schools in Nevada, including public, private and charter, would be closed through April 13.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) will continue providing breakfast and lunch to students during the closure of their schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.
Student food distribution pods will be set up at various school locations throughout the valley from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Parents can also pick up academic resources at these sites. For a list of locations, click here.
The following charter schools are also providing food:
The YMCA of Southern Nevada will continue to operate as a Three Square Open Meal site at the Heinrich Y, Durango Hills Y and SkyView Y, starting Tuesday, March 17. These sites will be open Monday through Saturday, from approximately 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages 18 and under are welcome to a free meal. Individuals do not have to be YMCA members to participate. This will be a “grab-and-go” method where staff will meet participants at each facility’s front door.
Thanks to our continued partnership with Three Square, kids can join us for FREE after-school meals from March 1 through May 20, 2020! The Three Square Kids Café Meals will be available at four of our libraries located throughout Southern Nevada. Stop by our Clark County Library, Enterprise Library, Spring Valley Library, and Whitney Library locations as we'll be serving up shelf-stable meals to anyone under the age of 18 years old. No registration is required. Just show up!
In addition to school meal sites, Three Square Food Bank has set up 43 emergency food distribution sites across Southern Nevada. Three Square has temporarily suspended normal food distribution to any agency partners that are not on the emergency distribution list. The nonprofit also has services available for seniors. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, anyone in Southern Nevada over the age of 60 can speak to an advocate at (702) 765-4030 to help determine what services are available to help them access food.
Will be distributing over 2500 free meals to the elderly weekly.
If you and your kids are hungry, please stop by one of our Aloha Kitchens for a chicken teriyaki bowl between the hours of 2PM-4PM on these designated days until April 3rd.
The Helpful Hoodlums are collecting donations of various items (water, diapers, etc.) in exchange for a slice of pizza and a fountain drink.
11 am- 1pm, Mondays through Fridays offering a meal to children in need.
Grocery Stores offering Senior Hours
The Coronavirus has had an effect on the artist community in Las Vegas. With travel and tourism numbers on the decline, artists are being laid off from shows and many artists are unable to pay rent. Sarah O’Connell from Eat More Arts Las Vegas has been a leader in determining the outcomes for the arts. She has started a survey and petitioned Gov. Sisolak and Mayor Goodman for help for the arts and rent forgiveness. Coco Jenkins, Founder of There’s Nothing to Do in Vegas, has also been a leader in keeping the Las Vegas Arts Community up to date on news and how to get help.
Current Las Vegas news report - regarding the arts community affected by COVID-19 scare
Help from our heARTS - details the updates, surveys, petition and how to be proactive
IATSE Letters to Congress - to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package
Canceled gigs for entertainment workers - how to cope (National article)
5-Minute Survey - The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts Sector
There’s Nothing to Do in Vegas - Coco Jenkins provides up to date information and resources on her social media pages.
Nevada Arts Council
Washoe County Artist Relief Fund
No more than $500 per artist
The National Endowment for the Arts
Business as usual. Grants will still go out and artists affected can apply for extensions to their projects
For your convenience, we’ve also provided a list of Santa Fe & New Mexico Community Resources, Denver & Colorado Community Resources, and Artist Resources. Please share these lists with anyone and everyone who might be in need.