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Student and Educator Resources for Spring 2020

Student Resources

Student Resources During COVID-19 - Social Distancing for Spring 2020 (Google Document)

Financial

  • Student Relief Fund:
  • The Student Relief Fund supports students affected by COVID-19-related campus closures. Students who submit a note may gain access to financial assistance, resources, and other solutions.
     
  • Scholly - COVID-19 Student Relief Fund
  • Scholly is offering $200 in cash assistance to support students in need during the COVID-19 health crisis. Click the link to apply.
     
  • Lambda Theta Alpha COVID-19 Relief (CSULB Students)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha is providing stipends up to $250 for those needing immediate financial assistance due to COVID-19.
     
  • Emergency Grant Scholarship for Basic Needs (CSULB or LBCC Students)
  • Provides small emergency grants or grocery gift cards for CSULB students requiring immediate assistance

Food

  • AuntBertha.com
  • Visit auntbertha.com for food bank locations or food resources (along with other free or reduced cost services such as medical care, housing, financial, etc.)
     
  • WhyHunger Hotline (800-548-6479)
  • Refers people across U.S to food pantries, soup kitchens, and government nutrition programs
     
  • Basic Needs Program (CSULB Students)
  • In support of the CSU Basic Needs Initiative, CSULB’s Basic Needs Program connects students with food, housing, and financial resources and services
     
  • FoodStampsNow.com - List of Grocery Stores That Accept EBT Online for Delivery
  • This article details the online EBT programs of major grocery stores along with how to place an online order for delivery

Housing

  • U-Haul – 30 days of free storage
  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students facing unforeseen moves or schedule changes
     
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-723)
  • For survivors of domestic abuse, staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may further compromise survivors’ safety. The link above provides specific tips for survivors in regards to creating safety plans and reaching out for help

Healthcare

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – National Helpline (800-662-HELP)
  • Link above leads to tip sheet that provides information for taking care of behavioral health during times of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-5990)
  • Provides immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress relating to natural/human-caused disaster
     
  • Online AA Meetings
  • Includes links to various websites and apps for virtual AA meetings to respond to suspensions in in-person meetings
     
  • CDC – Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
  • CDC provides general guidelines for coping with stress, anxiety, and grief during emergencies like COVID-19

Information

  • 211 Hotline
  • During COVID-19 pandemic, dialing ‘211’ will connect you to a local responder who can give assistance related to food, housing, and childcare concerns
     
  • Charter Communications – Free Wi-Fi for 60 Days
  • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days for households with K-12 and/or college students who do not currently have Spectrum broadband subscription
     
  • NAFA: Association of International Educators – COVID-19 Resources from Organizations Serving International Education
  • NAFSA provides links to various resources surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on international education
     
  • Employment Development Department (California) – Support services to individuals affected by COVID-19
  • EDD details how workers and caregivers can apply for disability, unemployment, or family leave during pandemic

Advocacy

  • Swipe Out Hunger & Rise – Student Basic Needs Petition
  • Add your name to the petition to support a bill to provide $1.2 million in emergency aid to college students affected by COVID-19-related campus closures
     
  • LA Consumer & Business Affairs: Awareness of Price Gouging
  • When the government declares an emergency, increasing the price of goods & services by 10%+ may be price gouging. The link above provides general guidelines for identifying and reporting instances of price gouging
     
  • California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance – Resources for Undocumented People
  • CIYJA compiled this crucial resource guide (in English and Spanish) for undocumented Californians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide provides information to help undocumented individuals access healthcare, food, and family resources
     
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness – Letter: Tell Congress to Include Emergency Funds for Homelessness in COVID-19 Response
  • Allows individuals to request that their Members of Congress provide funds to homelessness and housing programs during the pandemic
     
  • Rent Strike 2020 (California) – Governor Gavin Newsom: Suspend Rent, Mortgage, Utility Payments
  • Links to a Google Doc petition by Rent Strike 2020 to temporarily suspend rent, mortgage, and utility payments during COVID-19 crisis to protect workers who must skip work for the sake of the health of their community
     
  • US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions - Info on COVID-19 Bill (Senator Murray)
  • NASFAA Fact Sheet - Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act
  • This bill would provide more than $3 billion to address education-related issues during COVID-19 pandemic

 

Faculty/Service Providers Support Resources

Accreditation

Student Services

  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • COVID-19 Web Center
  • NASFAA created this web center to keep the financial aid community updated on COVID-19 related news
  • NASFAA Webinar Recording - COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: What We Know
  • NASFAA Upcoming Webinar - Follow-Up
     
  • The Hope Center: Meeting student basic needs and keeping them enrolled during COVID-19 – Webinar
  • The Hope Center will hold this webinar on March 19th, where they will provide an overview of what students need to remain enrolled during the pandemic and how institutions can best support students. Click the link to register 
     
  • Federal Work-Study Students – FAFSA Announcement
  • Provides information about how institutions may respond to federal work-study students who are directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19 (quarantines, travel-abroad recalls, internship and/or employer suspensions, etc.)
     
  • SchoolHouse connection – COVID-19 Needs Survey
  • The purpose of this survey is to help provide funding and support to local communities as they deal with the impact of school or program closures on homeless children, youth, and families. The survey ends on March 20th
     
  • EAB – Support Your Campus Through the Coronavirus Crisis
  • EAB created this comprehensive resource center to help individuals navigate their institutions’ responses to COVID-19
     
  • Swipe Out Hunger – Student Resource Guide
  • Includes resources guides to best meet students’ basic needs (resources guides focus on students in Los Angeles and New York)
  • Join Swipe Out Hunger for their weekly webinars to learn about concrete steps to ensure students' basic needs are being met during this crisis. Webinars are held on Mondays at 1:00 PM PST

Housing: Educators/Service Providers

  • National Alliance to End Homelessness – Coronavirus and Homelessness Blog
  • The Alliance is continuously updating this blog post with takeaways and relevant resources for navigating homelessness during COVID-19 pandemic
     
  • The Hope Center – COVID-19 Response for Students Who are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care
  • This guide provides tips and resources to best support the health and educational success of students who are homeless or with experience in foster care during the COVID-19 crisis
     
  • Infectious Disease Preparedness Among Homeless Assistance Providers - Webinar Recording
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a webinar recording from March 10 that provides the most up-to-date information and resources available to support local response efforts
     
  • SchoolHouse Connection/National Network for Youth (NN4Y) – Federal Policy Update: Webinar
  • Directors from SchoolHouse Connection & NN4Y will hold a federal policy update on April 1st to discuss updates in funding and legislation on child and youth homelessness. Click the link to register
     
  • United States Interagency Council on Homelessness – Supporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
  • This article details vital questions to consider as schools and administrators work to support students and youth experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak

General Resources

  • The Hope Center – COVID-19 Guide
  • This guide serves as a crucial reference for those able to support students’ basic needs in their attainment of food, housing, financial, healthcare, and emergency aid services
     
  • CLASP: Supporting young adults with transformation, reentry, and connecting to employment - Webinar
  • Join CLASP on April 1st for a webinar where they will be discussing how communities connect young adults who have been impacted by the criminal justice system to employment, educational opportunities, and supportive services