- Starting March 31, the Bloomington Housing Authority will start accepting online pre-applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). It is a rent subsidy program for low-income residents. Click here for more info about how to apply.
- Shalom Community Center, New Hope for Families, Middle Way House, Wheeler Mission Bloomington, United Way of Monroe County, and the Monroe County Health Department have established an isolation shelter for people diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19. They are looking for donations and will have drop-offs at the shelter site at 310 W. Hillside Dr. (off of S. Rogers St.) from 4-6 every day from March 23-27. Check out the Shalom Facebook page for details.
- Letters for Renters: Housing4Hoosiers provides sample letters to communicate with your landlord and help you find a solution if you can't pay your rent.
- "No money for rent or mortgage? Here’s what to do." Washington Post Personal Finance column.
- Indiana Food Assistance Availability Map: A searchable site that allows you to find food resources near you.
- Fresh Thyme special hours: Seniors and those at high risk can shop Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-8 a.m. First responders, healthcare workers and law enforcement can shop Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 a.m.
- Kroger special hours: Seniors 60 and older and high risk-shoppers can shop 7-8 a.m. Monday through Thursday.
- Eateries offering Delivery, Takeout, Curbside - Visit Bloomington
- Monroe County Humane Society Pet Food & Supply Pantry – Click here for details.
Free WiFi, Special Programs for Internet Service
- Parking lots at the downtown Bloomington location of the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood) and Ellettsville branch (600 W. Temperance) are available for free, 24-hour, high-speed WiFi access. Also, library cards are available to all Monroe County residents. Details here.
- Indiana University's Orange Lot between Memorial Stadium and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, near the corner of E. 17th and N. Woodlawn. Details here.
- Smithville has wi-fi hotspots at the Monroe County Fairgrounds (5700 W. Airport Road in Bloomington) and Marci Jane Lewis Park (106 S. Park St. in Ellettsville, in the parking lot between the shelter house and basketball courts). Details here.
- Monroe County Community School Corporation has set up hotspots at Bloomington High Schools North (in the school’s Athletics/Hoosier Hills Career Center parking lot) and South (in the school’s main parking lot). Students are asked to use their school-issued laptops for these hotspots and only for school-related work. These hotspots are available daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Comcast is offering low-cost subsidized Internet access, including two free months of service for new customers. | Click here for details. Click here for additional information on Comcast's COVID-19 response.
- Through the end of March, Rural Transit’s Park 48 Connector route is suspended. Individuals who need transportation due to this change should call Rural Transit at 812-876-1079 to schedule door to door transportation.
- Rural Transit will be taking calls and appointment’s for prescription and grocery deliveries in all four service counties: Monroe, Owen, Putnam and Lawrence countries. These are no-person trips to coordinate getting necessary supplies to home-bound individuals. **For Monroe County, these must be from inside city limits delivered outside city limits to qualify, not city to city. Rural Transit will not charge the individual for this service. Certainly donations will be accepted and encouraged. To schedule this service in Monroe County, call 812-876-1079.
- Bloomington Transit is offering Saturday service hours with free rides with rear-door entry until further notice. Some university-centric routes have been suspended. The Transit Center and BT headquarters are closed to the public. FAQ SHEET - Click here for details.
The May 5 primary election has been moved to June 2, and any registered voter is allowed to vote by mail. More information on absentee voting is on the Monroe County Election Central's website.
Parks & Recreation
- Monroe County parks and park facilities are closed. However, Limestone Greenway, Karst Farm Greenway, and Bloomington trails are OPEN for public use. Check the Monroe County Parks & Recreation site for details.
- City of Bloomington parks facilities and playgrounds are closed and events have been canceled. Parks and trails remain open, though social distancing is recommended. Check the Bloomington Parks & Recreation site for details.
Additional City & County Services
- City of Bloomington offices are closed. Meetings are held via Zoom and Facebook live. Check the city's website for additional info.
- Monroe County offices are closed. Meetings are held via Zoom. Check the county's website for additional info.
- Building Permits: The Monroe County Building Dept. is processing building permits online. Click here for details.
- Documents Processing: The Monroe County Recorder's Office is still processing documents, including documents used for real estate closings. Click here for details.
- Information about Monroe County Circuit Court is available on the Indiana Judicial System website.
- No Space for Hate's COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources for Monroe County: A Google doc with community-organized guides and information on a range of issues, including food, housing and volunteer assistance needs.
- Helping Bloomington Monroe is a free service that provides basic needs to individuals and families in need. Click here for more information or dial 2-1-1 to talk to someone over the phone.
- Childcare Worker Call Out! The Monroe County Emergency Childcare task force is seeking healthy childcare workers or those with relevant youth experience for paid employment opportunities. | Details