Emergency Broadband Benefit:
Households can apply in three ways:
- Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
- Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
- Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
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.
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
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 University Libraries currently have a limited pool of laptops for students for long-term lending which can be delivered to you wherever you are. They also take requests for other items (calculators, etc) that students may need for the semester. Submit a Tech Lending Special Request.
Most checked-out books and materials now have an extended due date to May 13, 2020. You can check your NC State University Libraries account to see a list of the items you have currently checked out and their new due dates. Please do not return library materials at this time. If you have questions, please Ask Us.
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.
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.