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COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families

March 19, 2020

The below collection of links and resources is designed to provide additional options for students and families in search of more guidance or particular areas of assistance. Do you know of a resource that would be great to add to this list? E-mail us at connect@emilyk.org

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Emergency Rental Assistance

Presbyterian Urban Ministries (for small amounts under 100.00) Phone: 919-220-8757

Durham County DSS provides rental/utility assistance, but not the full amount. Families are eligible to receive funding from multiple sources 919-560-8301

Catholic Charities https://www.catholiccharitiesraleigh.org/dcfp/

The Durham County Emergency Rental Assistance Program serves North Carolina families whose household incomes do not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income for the county where they live, and are obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and meet both of the following conditions:

  1. Financial Assistance Eligibility
    • Has either qualified for unemployment benefits;
    • Experienced a reduction in household income;
    • Incurred significant costs, or
    • Experienced other financial hardship
      All of the above must be directly or indirectly, as a result of the COVID-19 emergency
  2. Can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, by providing documentation of total past due amounts such as a past due utility, rent, or eviction notice, or documentation of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions

To register for assistance, visit https://durhamerap.dconc.gov/cares.

Health Literacy Sessions

RIDE UNITED NC and the United Way of the Greater Triangle will offer health literacy sessions to educate and empower communities to make the best decisions about their health. Registration for these sessions can be found here: http://tiny.cc/dropinhours. All sessions will be livestreamed on Facebook at YouTube (directly from the Zoom platform).

North Carolina Child Care Hotline to help families find child care programs that are open and meeting NCDHHS health and safety guidelines. Parents and caregivers can call (888) 600-1685 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Care options are available in licensed child care facilities for children from infants through age 12.


Food NC

Access food for children via text: Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.

End Hunger Durham

End Hunger Durham has launched a free app to help Durham residents find food resources. Download this app via your app store by searching Durham Food Resources. For more information on the app, click here

Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative

The Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative is providing contact-less free meals, Monday-Friday, through local restaurant Geer Street Garden.  For more information visit www.DurhamFreeLunch.com


Durham County Social Services

Provides an array of emergency supports, including assistance with rent, utilities, and food. Schedule an appointment to begin the process.

Salvation Army of Durham

Provides emergency financial and food assistance. 

Durham Congregations in Action

Database of agencies and organizations in Durham that offer various forms of financial assistance.






Internet Connectivity Options

Spectrum

Free broadband and wi-fi for 60 days, including installation, for K-12 households. To sign up, call (844) 488-8395

AT&T

Internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through Access from AT&T program (available to SNAP participants).

Sprint

Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost, and Sprint will provide customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost. Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will now get 20GB as well per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.


US Dept of Education

Academic and financial considerations.

Resources for Homeless Youth

Comprehensive resource guide covering basic needs, mental health, and learning resources.

Minorities to Majorities

Comprehensive database of resources for transportation, financial assistance, internet resources, and free educational resources.


NC Dept. of Health & Human Services printable fact sheets in English, Spanish, and simplified Chinese covering COVID-19 facts, what to do if you’re sick, symptoms, hand washing, and more.