It seems almost everyone is adjusting to a new way of life in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. College students specifically have been asked to leave campus and resume their education remotely. This along with a projected unemployment rate of 32% presents a multitude of challenges for millions of people and we are here to help.
As a community-driven organization, we want to make sure that nobody feels alone during this difficult time. We want you to succeed and stay healthy. Below you will find resources for cash assistance, tips on how to apply for government-funded programs like food stamps and unemployment, and more. We will update this list as more resources become available.
We remain committed to serving communities during this time and are adapting our food marketplace in order to make positive impacts on food businesses and neighborhoods at large. If you are interested in learning more and collaborating to bring Last Call to your community, please reach out to us.
The resources that follow were adapted from The Hope Center’s Guide for College Students Affected by COVID-19 and the efforts of the Student Relief Fund. Both are great organizations committed to helping students succeed.
With any funding you apply for related to COVID-19, make sure to explicitly state that COVID-19 has negatively affected you.
Find out if your college has an emergency aid fund by googling your university + “emergency aid/fund”.
Most cities/communities have a mutual aid program (this is a fancy way of saying we should all help each other get through this pandemic, giving what we can to neighbors and strangers alike) Here is DC’s, and GW. Find yours by googling your community + mutual aid + coronavirus.
Scholly COVID-19 Student Relief Fund: Apply today to receive $200 in cash assistance to help cover expenses. The application takes less than two minutes.
If you have lost your job:
- Appy for unemployment
- March 30 update: New federal law allows states to extend benefits to self-employed and gig workers, and to provide an extra $600 per week as well as an additional 13 weeks of benefits. Read more at COVID-19 Information.
- If you had a work-study position on campus, first check with your supervisor to see if your college will pay you for the remainder of the semester even though you cannot work on campus. The Federal Government has authorized schools to do this.
- If you have children, apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Through bi-weekly cash allowances and other key supportive services, this public benefit supports parents who meet specific criteria. Some colleges/universities as well as non-profits, offer support with the application.
Assistance for Specific Industries
If you work in a tipped or service-worker job (car driver, personal service worker, restaurant, delivery) there is cash assistance available
If you are a domestic worker (nanny, home health worker, house cleaner), you may be eligible for a cash grant
Basic living assistance (rent or mortgage) available for music industry professionals. Initial grant requests can be made up to $1,000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.
Assistance for eligible professional writers (fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists)
If you need food:
If you need insurance
- Consider applying for Medicaid
If you need free internet
A number of providers of internet access have committed to providing access to students via the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. The arrangements vary among providers so check these webpages for the details:
If you need assistance with rent click here
- Your state, county or city may have put a temporary stop to any evictions because of inability to pay due to COVID job loss, etc. Check for your state here
- There may be more updated information, with rules, if you google “ (name of state or city) rent COVID” or “(name of state) rent assistance”
If you need assistance with utilities
Additional sites that are great in helping navigate community resources:
Thank you for keeping Last Call in mind as a source of up-to-date information and resources for COVID-19. We hope you can find support in this community and feel a stronger sense of security. If you have questions, need further support, or would like to collaborate, we would love to hear from you.