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Public Community Relief Resources

Our Inclusive Excellence team has made a compilation of public community resources for support with housing, food, and economic insecurity related to COVID-19. Please search the list below to find help.

Public Community Relief Resources
Name Resource Type State Description
Scholly COVID-19 Student Relief Fund Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide Scholly will provide $200 in cash assistance to help cover expenses during the global crisis. The application takes less than two minutes.
United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide Connects people with disaster, food, housing, utility, health care resources and more
Sweet Relief Fund Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide To support musicians and industry workers for medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work
Where to Find Financial Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide Nationwide relief for everyone, nationwide relief for workers in specific industries, and local relief that’s available to affected individuals and businesses in certain cities and states.
Spectrum Internet Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide Free internet broadband access, equipment and installation.
Resources for Undocumented Communities Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide A comprehensive list of resources organized by state for undocumented immigrant communities - everything from mental health to financial.
Renters: How to Get COVID-19 Rent Relief Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide Programs to support renters, nationally.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters
HUD Covid-19 Resources and Facts Sheet; Rental Assistance Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Nationwide Offers more insight on Privately Owned Subsidized Housing; Public Housing; Housing Choice Vocher Program, and HUD Resource Locator
Grammy's MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund Employment Resources Nationwide Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employment Resources Nationwide Provides paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expand food assistance and unemployment benefits, and require additional protections for healthcare workers.
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Employment Resources Nationwide RWCF has established a Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to immediately direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community and to establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.
One Fair Wage Emergency Relief for service workers Employment Resources Nationwide For restaurant workers, delivery drivers, or Uber/Lyft drivers affected by coronavirus and the economic downturn.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program Employment Resources Nationwide For service workers in the bartending industry (bartender, spouse or child of) for financial relief
Hook Hall Helps & Workers Relief Fund Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources DC DMV Area Distributing care kits and family meals from 6-8pm daily in D.C.
Free Meal sites for DC students Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources DC DMV Area FREE meal sites in D.C. for students
Arlington Food Assistance Center Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources DC DMV Area Weekly FREE groceries
Capital Area Food Bank Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources DC DMV Area Food distribution, meals, and pop-up pantry service
Mutual Aid Resources Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources DC DMV Area D.C. area community members are helping with childcare during the day, grocery runs and food delivery, and periodic check-ins for seniors and other vulnerable neighbors, etc.
Mi Casa - Apartment Rentals Housing Resources DC DMV Area Affordable listings for apartments in DMV area
Affordable Rentals and Transitional Housing Housing Resources DC DMV Area DC Habitat for Humanity lists affordable rentals and transitional housing resources
Rental Assistance Housing Resources DC DMV Area DC Habitat for Humanity lists organizations that can assist individuals with rent
D.C. Gov - Housing Resources and Emergency Shelter Housing Resources DC DMV Area Lists available housing services vetted by the D.C. government
Human Rights Campaign Housing Resources Housing Resources DC DMV Area Specific lists for college students
UDC Homelessness and Housing Assistance Housing Resources DC DMV Area Comprehensive list of housing resources for college students
AU Off-Campus Housing Resource Housing Resources DC DMV Area AU's guide for students to live off-campus
DC Virtual Tip Jar Employment and Financial Resources DC DMV Area For service workers - randomized tip jar to help economically
A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers Employment and Financial Resources DC DMV Area A list of different relief funds for service workers in the food industry
Another Round, Another Rally Employment and Financial Resources DC DMV Area If you are a chef, server, bartender, dishwasher, sommelier, manager or someone who holds any other type of hospitality role, this fund is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak
WAMU: Your Guide To Getting Unemployment And Other Relief In D.C., Virginia And Maryland Employment and Financial Resources DC DMV Area WAMU shares resources for unemployment
Unemployment Benefits Employment and Financial Resources DC DMV Area File a claim
Virginia Unemployment Insurance Employment and Financial Resources DC DMV Area For individuals who have worked in VA over the last 18 months
New York Fed Coronavirus Resources Page Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York The New York Fed created this resource center where individuals, businesses, and non-profits can find out what’s available to them at the federal, state, and city level.
Beware of Credit Repair Scams Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York Information on how to avoid common credit repair scams.
Debt Collection Guide Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York Information for consumers to be aware of in dealing with debt collectors.
File a Consumer Complaint Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York Protocols for consumers to file a complaint against a business.
Financial Empowerment Centers (general info) Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York Free financial counseling for anyone 18 or older who lives or works in NYC.
Financial Empowerment Centers Appointment Page Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York Portal to make appointments.
NYC Free Tax Prep Website and Map Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York Free tax preparation services for New Yorkers with low incomes.
Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York What you need to know: -How unemployment insurance works -Who and what the new paid leave law covers -How to pause your federal student loans -You have three more months to file your federal taxes -Help for renters and homeowners -Ways to keep the lights on and the phones working -More advice that will help
Dealing With the Financial Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Resource Guide for New York City Residents Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York From the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) How to use this guide: Most of the tips and resources provided in this guide apply to individuals, consumers, small business owners, renters and homeowners of New York. There are topics relevant to each group.
Coronavirus Update: Tips To Protect Your Credit Score While Under Financial Strain Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York
Resources for Individuals Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New York Emergency grants for individuals
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Resources New York The Administration announced a suspension in foreclosures and evictions for Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages for single-family properties for the next 60 days.
Fannie Mae Housing Resources New York Fannie Mae is providing assistance options for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19. Homeowners can find out if they have a Fannie Mae-owned mortgage and access to the Disaster Response Network by visiting this site.
Freddie Mac Housing Resources New York Freddie Mac is providing mortgage forbearance for up to 12 months; waiving assessments of penalties and late fees; suspending reporting to credit bureaus of delinquency related to forbearance; and offering loan modification options that lower payments or keep payments the same after the forbearance period.
Connecticut State Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs Housing Resources New York Connecticut State Attorney General announces moratorium on utility shut-offs (electric, natural gas, and water).
Getting Ready for Affordable Housing Housing Resources New York Describes the Ready to Rent: Financial Counseling for Affordable Housing program, which helps New Yorkers prepare for and navigate the Affordable Housing application process.
NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates’ Local Housing Solutions COVID-19 Resource Page Housing Resources New York A curated list of links for Homelessness Service Providers, Renters/Homeowners, Affordable Housing & Community Development
Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund Employment Resources New York Fund can be accessed by cinema workers whose hours have been curtailed because of this crisis and who are not being otherwise compensated
NYC Financial Assistance Resources for Small Businesses Employment Resources New York 3 relief programs for small businesses across the City seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19
For help with food, medicine, or finding housing Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources North Carolina For help with food or other assistance, contact 2-1-1 to be directed to organizations in Mecklenburg County.
Local Mental Health Resources Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources North Carolina Free mental health services in the region of Greensboro, NC
Unable to pay rent or utilities? Housing Resources North Carolina Utility companies (Charlotte Water, Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy) have announced that they are temporarily suspending disconnections and the courts have put a hold on all evictions and foreclosures through at least April 17.
James Beard Foundation Relief Fund Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources California a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
CA Association of Food Banks Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources California California Association of Food Banks and its food bank members continue to work to ensure that our most vulnerable communities have consistent and safe access to nutritious food. Their food banks are putting solutions in place that will mitigate potential disruptions to their programs and services during this national emergency.
San Diego Food Bank Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources California If you are in need of food assistance, please call 2-1-1 from your phone, and a 2-1-1 operator will provide you with the location of your nearest food distribution site. You can also call the Food Bank’s toll free number: 1-866-350-FOOD (3663)
Meals on Wheels Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources California Delivering and volenteering to deliver food to/for people in dire need and senior citizens. applications are on website
San Diego Youth Services Housing Resources California Provides overnight shelter and day center for homeless youth (including pregnant teens on a case-by-case basis) and runaways. Services include family reunification, information and referral, counseling, case management, independent living and social skills development, job development, transportation assistance, food, and clothing.
National Low Income Housing Coalition Housing Resources California They're thoroughly devoted to ensuring members of our community, from across the country, are fully equipped with the information and resources they need to respond to this national outbreak of Coronavirus and its impact on people experiencing homelessness and low-income households.
San Jose Gov Housing Resources California The City of San José is working closely with the County of Santa Clara, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Destination: Home, Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP), and many partner agencies and nonprofits on a coordinated effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact COVID-19 could have on homeless individuals and families.
United Way of San Diego county Housing Resources California Who It’s For: Low-wage workers who need support for a limited but undetermined length of time. What The Money Goes Toward: Utilities and rent/mortgage payments
California Restaurant Foundation Housing Resources California Restaurant grants, "we will continue to provide financial assistance to those in crisis due to an unexpected illness, injury or natural disaster"
California Community Foundation Housing Resources California Donations to the fund will support community needs identified by our nonprofit partners in human services, health, housing and education, and will make grants to nonprofits providing aid to impacted individuals and families in Monterey County.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New Jersey States largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. Working together with volunteers, donors etc; filling the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope.
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New Jersey Collection of resources was complied for references purposes only to aid New Jersey pet guardians in the finding assistance with pet food and supplies
New Jersey Financial Aid and Assistance Programs Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New Jersey Locate grants and financial assistance in all New Jersey counties and cities listed, including Newark and Jersey City. Finding assistance paying bills, a mortgage or rent payment, medical care, free food, and transportation help as well.
Food Programs and Community Resources Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources New Jersey Optional fresh fruits and vegetables a limited locations in Jersey. No ID or income verification is required.
New Jersey Housing Resource Center Housing Resources New Jersey For residents in need of housing.
Affordable Housing in New Jersey Housing Resources New Jersey Affordable housing is housing that has lower rents as through programs like NJ Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.
HUD Covid-19 Resources and Facts Sheet; Shelters and Emergency Housing: New Jersey Housing Resources New Jersey Shelters and Emergency Housing in the area of New Jersey listed by the County's
Greater Boston Food Bank Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Massachusetts The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) continues to work alongside our 500+ partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts
Amherst/Pelham Regional School District Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Massachusetts Grab and go breakfast and lunch available for all children 18 and under, M-F
Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Massachusetts Grab and go breakfast and lunch available for all children 18 and under, M-F
Citizens Housing and Planning Association Housing Resources Massachusetts Providing housing for citizens during COVID-19 and further resources
United Way Massachusetts Bay relief fund Housing Resources Massachusetts In Massachusetts, 2 in 5 workers lack sufficient savings to withstand a sudden loss in wages. Our COVID-19 Family Support Fund will help hourly, low-wage workers weather the losses from this epidemic.
Texas Eviction Prevention Programs and Help for the Homeless Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Texas Programs listed below vary based on organization and funding levels, families may qualify for emergency rental assistance, free legal advice, and more.
Food Bank Provides Food and Cleaning Kits Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Texas Provides food and cleaning kits to low-income elderly amid coronavirus fears
Houston Food Bank Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Texas Houston Food Bank has put together and donate quarantine food kits and providing supplies.
Little Free Pantry Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Texas Feeding Neighbors, Nourishing Neighborhoods; Little Free Pantry is a grassroots, crowdsourced solution to immediate and local need, whether a need for food or a need to give; this gives the opportunity to facilitates feeding neighbors, nourishing neighborhoods.
Meals on Wheels; Texas Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Texas Allows Texans to search for local Meals on Wheels chapters that are providing meal to elderly individuals that can be picked up or home delivered.
Free Motel and Hotel Voucher Programs Housing Resources Texas Towns, Charities, Churches, and Cities provide free motel vouchers or hotel rooms to the less fortunate. While a number of conditions will need to be met by applicants.
Housing Resources Housing Resources Texas How Texans can get answers to housing, payment questions.
Low Income in Texas Housing Resources Texas Gives Texas residents the oppornity on how to calculate low income in Texas; providing step by step help.
Texas Benefits Center Housing Resources Texas The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is a way for low-income families or individuals to afford housing. To get a housing voucher, you apply for Section 8 through local publuc housing agencies (PHAs), which assess your income and family size; then is devided into to types where you then have the option to choose.
Free Wifi Hotspots Employment Resources Texas Provides locations where employers can receive access to free wifi
Resoruces in Houston and Texas Employment Resources Texas If one had lsot their job, this provides resources on what to do and how to take the next steps; offtering jobs and other resources.
Washington Food Coalition Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Washington We are your coalition of emergency food providers, governed and directed by people in the trenches, representing all areas of the state. We are based in community to serve our communities. Gathering strength through peers, organizing to find common goals, bringing our shared values together to create a strong collective voice of the emergency food system.
Department of Financial Ins Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Washington The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus.
Department of Commerce Housing Resources Washington New Covid-19 Emergency Housing Grant
National Low income housing coalition Housing Resources Washington The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition will lead recurring national calls on Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing every Monday at 2:30pmET until Congress includes housing and homelessness resources in the COVID-19 stimulus package.
Washington County Resources Housing Resources Washington Washington County Department of Housing Services is committed to the health, wellness and safety of our program participants during the COVID-19 outbreak. Your housing stability and your health are our first priorities.
Asscociation of Washington Business Employent Resources Washington Resources for Coronavirus
Employment Security Department Employent Resources Washington Employment Security has programs designed to help individuals and employers during this unprecedented time.
Washington Government Employent Resources Washington The Governor’s Office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Pennsylvania The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is committed to meeting the elevated need that we believe will be developing as the COVID-19 situation continues, and we want our communities to know that the health of our clients, employees, volunteers, and other friends are our top priority.
Pennsylvania Agriculture Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Pennsylvania The Wolf Administration today reminded Pennsylvanians of food assistance resources available and what actions it is taking to ensure access to food does not stop in spite of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Pennsylvania Food Merchant Association Food, Financial, and Supplies Resources Pennsylvania Providing resources to access various food banks in Pennsylvania
Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Housing Resources Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is playing a leadership role during thevcoronavirus pandemic as it works to reduce the impact on Pennsylvanians with limited housing budgets. It is promoting information sharing and recommended practices with organizations across the commonwealth that provide housing and supportive services.
Allegheny County Housing Resources Pennsylvania The Health Department is the lead agency providing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page contains information on the virus, its impact in Allegheny County, information and guidance from the department and its partners, and resources for residents and specific groups.
PA Chamber Employment Resources Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is dedicated to helping business across the Commonwealth. Now that the coronavirus has made its way to the U.S., Pennsylvania businesses are inquiring about information to be prepared to help their company, their employees and their families.
PA Labor & Employment Employment Resources Pennsylvania Resources for employment in PA
PA Gov Employment Resources Pennsylvania If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefits. The Department of Labor & Industry will continue to provide important employment benefit updates as the situation evolves.