Visit the Prince Georges County Coronavirus (COVID-19) site for FAQs and guidance on best practices to minimize your risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Vaccinations, booster doses and masking are your best defense against the potentially deadly virus.
COVID-19 Vaccines: Visit the COVID-19 vaccine web page for information on COVID-19 vaccines and links to make appointments. Anyone 12 and older is eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.
COVID-19 Testing: The COVID-19 testing site at the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road, is offering free non-appointment testing for ages 10+ on Mondays & Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visit the City's COVID-19 web page for more information.
Free Diaper Distributions: In a partnership with the Greater DC Diaper Bank, the City will be serving as a distribution point for free diapers. Sign up for City notices in English or Spanish to receive updates on future distribution dates. Families must provide proof of the child's date of birth at pick-up. This may include but is not limited to a birth certificate, insurance card, passport, immunization record, childcare bill or other document that includes the child's name and date of birth. For questions, call (301) 985-5000.
To locate other local diaper distribution events taking place, visit the Greater DC Diaper Bank's web site.
Mobile Food Market: The City of Hyattsville and Capital Area Food Bank are partnering for a monthly FREE fresh produce distributions on the third Tuesday of the month, at noon, in Driskell Park, 3911 Hamilton Street. Produce bags will be distributed to walk-ups only.; Drivers will need to park their vehicles to pick up the boxes. No registration or City residency is required. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (301) 985-5000.
Find Food and Other Services: The Prince George's County Food Equity Council has a list of food assistance resources during this crisis, and the County has created a locator map to find the sites closest to you.
Housing Assistance: The State of Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund will support homeowners with financial hardships experienced after January 21, 2020. Find more information and apply online.
Find resources for resolving Tenant/Landlord disputes.
Find A Job: Employ Prince George's (EPG) is dedicated to helping those unemployed during this crisis seek new employment opportunities.
File for Unemployment: Visit the Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance's BEACON One-Stop Application to file a claim for many unemployment benefit programs using a single application.
Health Insurance Enrollment: Eligible residents may opt-in to Medicaid or private health coverage plans through the Maryland Health Connection. To enroll go to the Maryland Health Connection or call 1-855-642-8572.
Community Crisis Services, Inc. (CCSI): CCSI provides information and referrals to assist community members in any type of crisis. Using a database of over 6,000 agencies and programs across the state, CCSI directs individuals facing a crisis to information and referrals. Call 211 to obtain information about:
- Disability Services
- Employment and Job Training
- Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
- Housing and Homeless Services
- Legal Aid
- Mental Health
- Rental Assistance
- Senior Services
- Substance Abuse
- Utility Assistance
Mental Health Resources: The stress of the pandemic can be overwhelming and seriously affect mental health.
- Call or text 988, the Suicide and Crisis Hotline, for 24/7 support
- The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Prince George’s County Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 301-864-7130
Domestic Violence Hotline: 301-731-1203. A 24-hour crisis intervention hotline staffed by trained counselors who connect individuals and families in crisis with information, support, and referrals.
Homeless Hotline: 888-731-0999. The first point of contact for shelter placement in Prince George’s County, CCSI staff connect individuals and families to resources to stabilize difficult housing situations and emergency shelter.
Mobile Shower and Outreach Services: The Neighborhood Well meets the immediate needs of persons experiencing homelessness through outreach services and a new mobile shower trailer that will be located at First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. The mobile shower offers individuals access to a safe and welcoming place to bathe and groom. More information is available at The Neighborhood Well's web site.
Utility Assistance: Find resources for covering utility bills at:
- Office of Home Energy Programs
- Fuel Fund of Maryland
- Office of People’s Counsel Energy Assistance Toolkit
- Call 211 for information about other financial assistance resources in your community
The Maryland Department of Human Services has established a Low Income Household Water Assistance Program which will offer up to $2,000 in assistance, focusing on households whose water bills are 30 days or more past due.
Telephone & Internet Assistance: Lifeline is a federal program that provides discounts for limited income consumers on their telephone and internet services.
Eligible households can apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). The temporary program will provide discounts off the cost of broadband service and equipment rentals, as well as laptops, desktops or tablet computer purchased from a participating broadband provider. Read more about the program and eligibility.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Learn more about eligibility and apply on the FEMA website.
Fact vs. Myth: Rumors can easily circulate during a crisis. The Federal Emergency Management Agency website to help distinguish between rumors and facts in the Coronavirus pandemic.
For Seniors and those with health conditions
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. Senior citizens are encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves.
Transportation to Medical Appointments & Grocery Stores: The City’s free Call-A-Bus curbside pickup service to help seniors and residents with a disability get to medical appointments and grocery stores is available weekdays. Appointments for medical visits can be made from 9 a.m. to noon and for grocery store visits and other appointments from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. No more than four passengers can ride the bus at the same time. Passengers must wear also face coverings when entering, riding, and exiting the bus. To make a reservation or to learn more, please call City staff at (301) 985-5000
Meals on Wheels: Seniors or individuals with a disability and cannot prepare food on their own can reach out to Meals on Wheels of College Park (which also serves Hyattsville). For $5 per day and up to 5 times per week, Meals on Wheels can deliver a hot lunch, dinner, and breakfast for the next morning. Hyattsville residents that meet income requirements may also qualify for free meals. To sign up or for more information, please call Meals on Wheels at (301) 474-1002.
For Students and Parents
Visit the Prince Georges County Public Schools website for more information about school operations for the 2022-2023 school year.
Resources from PG County Memorial Library System: PGCMLS is offering a daily schedule of virtual activities for learners of all ages. Some branches have also begun offering in-person services. Visit their website for details.