Affordable Connectivity Program
The FCC announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
Two Steps to Enroll:
- Go to AffordableConnectivity.gov to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
- Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.
- Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete.
Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.
NC Expands Eligibility for Food Assistance Benefits to Help College Students
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it is expanding eligibility for food assistance benefits to help college students who are struggling to purchase food and stay in school during the pandemic.
Some college students in North Carolina are now eligible to receive assistance through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program under this temporary change of benefits approved by the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced this additional assistance for college students and institutions through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants program. The additional assistance provides ongoing relief from the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 and runs through June 30, 2021.
To be eligible, students must have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have documentation of an estimated family contribution of $0 on their federal student aid determination or eligibility for work study.
Eligible students who have applied for FNS benefits will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a debit card, that can be used to purchase food at a grocery store, farmers markets or online through Amazon, Walmart, Aldi, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Food Lion, Carli C’s and Publix.
College students and others can determine if they are eligible and apply for food assistance at www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/food-nutrition-services-food-stamps or contact their local Department of Social Services.
Dial 2 – 1 – 1
For a student away from campus and in need of access to food, shelter, health care, employment, and child care- Dial 2-1-1 provides free, confidential information and is available 24 hours a day to help individuals find resources within their community. A service by the United Way of North Carolina.
- Here is the list of active food pantries in Wake County.
- Food Safety Tips from NC State Extension
Housing Foreclosures and Evictions Suspended
- US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April
- NC Counties that have halted evictions
- Beaufort, Buncombe, Cumberland, Harnett, Lenoir, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Scotland, Wake
- NC Housing Search
- A free service to list and find affordable housing
Prepare for Online Learning
From Distance Education Learning Technologies Applications (DELTA)
Child Care Services Association
Child Care Referral Central Services, a free referral program is monitoring child care program closures as well as programs that may have additional capacity.
Laptop Loaner Program
NC State Libraries currently have a limited pool of laptops for short term lending. The libraries’ laptops are available for an 8-hour loan as a walk-up service within the libraries. Longer-term loans are no longer available. For specific technology and software needs, please contact library staff at the Ask Me desks within the libraries.
NC State University Libraries provides help through chat as well as video or phone consultations. You can get help with textbooks and e-books, and the Libraries also has a collection of video tutorials that address common research challenges and access to LinkedIn Learning, which offers video courses in software, creative, and business skills.
If you need assistance with data science or visualization, please contact Data & Visualization Services or sign up for remote appointments for help with specific topics.
Free computers for students
Kramden Institute has free computers available for students in need!
Call 919.293.1133 to schedule an appointment to pick up a computer.
Other service providers not listed here may also be providing free or expanded services. Please try Googling the company’s name and “COVID-19 RESPONSE” to locate any announcement they may have.