Information and Resources: COVID-19 Response
Mayor Stewart joins 20 other chief elected officials in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in urging residents to abide by the area’s stay-at-home orders and slow the spread of COVID-19. Read the statement.
How to Stay in touch with the City
- Please also be sure you are signed up for Takoma Park Alerts to receive emergency alerts. This is very important.
- Please email us at email@example.com to ask questions or make suggestions.
- Subscribe to the Takoma Insider, the weekly digital City Newsletter.
- Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter.
City Facilities and Services
Facilities Closed – Emergency Police and Services Continue
- City of Takoma Park facilities, including City offices, the library, and the Recreation Center are closed until the health emergency ends. City Staff are working remotely.
- Police Department offices are closed to the public, but all emergency police services remain available 24/7.
- Most meetings, classes, and events have been canceled, along with rentals of City facilities,
- Police COVID-19 Resource page
- Police Department offices are closed to the public, but all emergency police services remain available 24/7
- Temporary Response Protocol during a health emergency
- Statement on local enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order
Although the City building is closed, the Finance Office is staffed and accepting payment for City fees by phone and credit card.
Payments associated with a City-issued invoices may be made either by phone or online by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. A convenience fee of 2.9% or $1.50, whichever is greater, will be charged. The following fees can be paid online:
Please call 301-891-7212 to talk with Finance staff or to make a payment by credit card.
Public Works: Services
- Residents can continue to request public works services or report hazardous conditions via phone at 301 891 7633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Regular collection service for trash, recycling, food waste, and yard waste will continue as normal until further notice.
Permits and Licenses
- Public Works is still processing permit applications for tree removal, tree protection, storage pods or dumpsters in the right of way, driveway aprons or work in the right of way. Permit applications can be accessed on the city’s website and should be mailed with fee payment to the Public Works office: 31 Oswego Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
- Municipality Letters for construction or renovation can be obtained by following these directions.
- Rental Housing Licenses: Routine licensing inspections for new and renewing rental properties in the City are currently suspended. New licenses cannot be issued at this time, and pending renewals with open inspections cannot be completed until inspections are resumed.
- Phone a Neighbor: Sign up for the Rec Dept’s “Phone a Neighbor Program.” We are looking for seniors who want to receive occasional phone calls and the residents who can volunteer to make them. To sign up please email JavonteM@takomaparkmd.gov or call Ms. Paula at 240-687-4132.
- Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter to see Recreation Approved Resources, for crafts and activities from around the world. And in case you missed some they are all listed at the bottom right of this page.
City TV is on the job helping to make City programs accessible at a distance, such as Ms. Karen’s popular Circle Time.
- Find local programming on RCN – Channel 13, HD Channel 1060; Comcast/Xfinity – Channel 13; Verizon Fios – Channel 28)
- Archives of programs can be found on the City TV YouTube channel.
Due to the public health crisis, City Council meetings will be held remotely by video conference.
Watch live (or view afterward) the City Council meeting in all the usual ways:
- on the City Council Video Page of the City Website
- on City TV (RCN – Channel 13, HD Channel 1060; Comcast/Xfinity – Channel 13; Verizon Fios – Channel 28)
- on Facebook
- on YouTube
Public Comments on Voting Items Only
Persons wishing to submit comments for the City Council meeting should send the comments to email@example.com. Public comments on voting items will be read aloud.
City Manager Comments :
The City Manager’s comments continue to be available following City Council meetings.
As COVID-19 cases rises in in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, Adventist HealthCare continues preparing its facilities to respond to the increase in COVID-19 patients. Adventist HealthCare has been working closely with the state of Maryland in the U.S. to coordinate additional capacity to care for COVID-19 patients. Adventist HealthCare is adding 178 beds across our three acute-care hospitals. Additionally, 200 temporary beds will be added at the former Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park for patients recovering from COVID-19, in partnership with the state.
There is no set time for when Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park may open, but they are currently working on preparing the hospital, gathering supplies, and looking at staffing needs.
Resources and Programs to Give or Receive Assistance
This is not a complete list. Please let us know if there are any additional resources we should share with our community. Before visiting businesses please make sure nothing has changed in their status.
- Takoma Park residents in need of masks should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-891-7119.
- Residents willing and able to donate masks for residents in need, please bring masks to drop off box in Police Station lobby.
- Make your own face coverings, both sew and non-sew instructions.
- Business Sales Tax payments deferred until June 1, 2020
- Maryland Business Relief Wizard Tool to connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.
Maryland FAQs for Businesses and Residents
- COVID-19 FAQs in several languages covering State services, general safety guidance, and health information.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health Information – Trusted Sources
- Hotlines for Health Information
- Hotline #211- The State of Maryland public hotline for questions about testing and potential exposure to COVID-19
- Hotline #240-777-1755- The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
- CDC Health Information
- Montgomery County COVID-19 Resources.
- State Health Exchange Enrollment – Maryland Health Connection – Coronavirus emergency extends special enrollment period until June 15
- Takoma Park To Go Directory of the many Takoma Park Restaurants are offering take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery.
- Directory of Mongtomery County Grocery Stores with dedicated hours for seniors and other at-risk groups. Scroll down to Takoma Park section for the closest stores.
- Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has established numerous locations where children up to 18 years old can receive a nutritious meal. No appointment is necessary.
- Silver Spring Cares raises funds to pay local Takoma Park and Silver Spring restaurants to prepare meals to be distributed for free to those in need through Small Things Matter.
- Meals on Wheels– There are local Meals on Wheels programs that provide assistance for those who need meals delivered.
- YMCA, 9800 Hasting Drive, Silver Spring is distributing food: produce (Wednesday, 4pm to 6pm and Thursday, 9am to noon) and meals for children under 18 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am to 2pm).
- Food Pantry at TPMS – The Difference Makers at TPMS have a food pantry for families. During the school closing, volunteers will continue to provide food for families’ needs. Donate food by ordering nonperishable items that will be delivered to TPMS.
- Manna Food Center
- Capital Area Food Bank
- Adventist Community Services: The pantry is at 501 Sligo Ave. Normal service hours are 10-2 pm Monday-Thursday.
- Takoma Park Farmers Market: Sundays Seniors and immunocompromised shoppers only 9-10am; regular market 10am-2pm. Parking Lot behind the Shops on Laurel Avenue. Pedestrian Entrance next to Suntrust Bank, 6931 Laurel Ave. Street Parking. Please send one person per family, no kids, wear a mask. Pre-orders available.
- Crossroads Community Food Network Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, 11am-3pm
- Small Things Matter
- Grocery Assistance for Low-income Seniors | Montgomery County, MD
- Emergency Assistance Fund– The City of Takoma Park offers an Emergency Assistance Fund to support residents in need of emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as housing, utilities, prescription drugs, or food. Donate to the fund here.
- Ministries United Silver Spring Takoma Park (MUSST)
- Ayuda launched an emergency relief fund for their low-income immigrant clients.
- Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP)
- SCAM ALERT: Scammers are contacting clients offering “assistance” for the EARP. Please note: the County will mail EARP checks, do not pay for this free “assistance,” and do not set up any kind of account. Be extra careful about what information given over the telephone and never disclose personal information!
- Civil Justice, Inc. 410-706-0174, Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for help with garnishment of stimulus check, auto fraud and repossession abuse
- Catholic University of America Community Legal Services 202-319-6788 for help with Chapter 7 bankruptcy, IRS disputes and payment agreements
Especially for Seniors
- Maryland’s Caregiver Services Corps Seniors or their loved ones may call 2-1-1 to be connected with the help center if a friend or family member who typically provides care becomes temporarily unavailable. Volunteers can be deployed to seniors’ homes to provide assistance, including with maintaining daily hygiene routines, preparing meals, picking up groceries or medications, or connecting virtually with health care providers. The call center is available 7 days a week and is capable of taking calls in many languages.
- Village of Takoma Park– The Village of Takoma Park provides support for older adults and people with disabilities.
- Maryland Seniors Call Check-in Program
- Resource Packet for Older Adults compiled by Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services.
Montgomery County Resources for Residential Buildings
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Guidance for Multi-Family Building Residents
- Evictions Suspended
- Sixth District Court Order to Suspend Evictions.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Resources for Mortgage and Housing Assistance
- Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Tools to Help When You Can’t Pay your Bills
- NORC is hiring interviewers to serve as Contact Tracers for the Maryland COVID Link initiative. This opportunity will allow interviewers to contribute to the fight against the disease while working from home as part of the Contact Tracing Call Team.
- Jobs – • GET SHIFT DONE
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- Maryland Department of Labor
How to apply for Unemployment Insurance
COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Update
- WorkSource Montgomery
- Job Opportunities
- Employment Assistance Webinars. Join our employment partner, WorkSource Montgomery, for virtual workshops on job-seeking skills, and on keeping productive with telework. See the list here: https://
- First Tuesday of the Month. Next session: June 2nd
By appointment only. Contact Housing@TakomaParkMd.gov
- Support for local businesses – Donate to these funds to support local businesses:
- City fund to provide micro-grants to local businesses throughout the City
- Old Town Business Association micro-grants program supporting Old Town-based businesses
- Virtual Tax Preparation in Spanish and English from CASA de Maryland. Contact Francisco Cartagena, Member Services Coordinator at 240.491.5747 or email@example.com
- Civil Justice and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service are providing free one-on-one legal advice and consultation for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation. There are no income restrictions.
Helpline 443-808-0076 Mondays 1:30 pm—6:00 pm, Wednesdays 8:00 am—12:30 pm
- Residents who have had stimulus funds garnished by a creditor or debt collector can get those dollars returned by contacting Attorney Alexa Bertinelli at Civil Justice at 410-706-0174
- Ride-On Bus reduced schedules/routes
- Current Metro schedules and station closures
- Metro-Specific COVID-19 Information
Utility, Phone and Internet Reconnections During the Maryland State of Emergency
- EveryoneOn helps identify low-cost internet connectivity options based on location and need.
- Update on Service during Coronavirus emergency
- Statement on Service during health emergency
- COVID-19 Water Filter Scam Warning
- Keep the Wipes Out of the Pipes
Things to Do from Home
Virtual Community Center
Find virtual classes and events for all ages from the Recreation Department’s Virtual Community Center.
- Make your own face coverings, both sew and non-sew instructions.
Takoma Park Library
- This is a good time to get to know the Takoma Park library’s online offerings. Check out e-books and audiobooks, language-learning, offerings for kids, and more!
- Need help navigating these resources? Here’s an introduction.
- Share Circle Time with Ms. Karen, each Tuesday morning through Zoom.
- Enjoy story time with Ms. Kati and her children. Check the Library Facebook Page for new videos and craft-at-home ideas regularly.
- Join Dave for Comics Jam on Wednesdays and Sketch Club on Fridays. Both are from 4pm-5:30, and both are via Zoom using meeting code 734-913-6285
Library of Congress
- Visit the Engage page to engage with authors you love and explore the Library’s resources.
- Culture Spot: Virtual classes, archived perfomances.
- Library: Online ebook options and streaming video.