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Listed below are some additional community resources that may be helpful to you and your families during the Coronavirus pandemic:

Housing

If you and your family are at risk of losing your housing or other emergency need due to the Coronavirus crisis, please call 211 in all counties in Pennsylvania. Someone will assess your situation and refer you to the proper resources. Also, it is a good idea to call your landlord as soon as you know that your salary will be decreased due to the Coronavirus. Do not wait until the rent is due. Some landlords will be very understanding. If you believe that you are being treated unfairly, you can contact North Penn Legal Services ( www.northpennlegal.org) in both Northampton and Monroe counties.

View Tenants Rights Article

Internet Access

SECTV and Comcast are offering free access to new customers. Blue Ridge asks its present customers to call (1-800-222-5377) according to the following statement on its website:

  • We will remove our data caps for all speed levels for the next 60 days.
  • For customers that contact us and let us know they can't pay their bills because of the coronavirus pandemic, our customer care specialists will be able to provide flexible payment options and we will not disconnect services or assess late fees for 60 days.

Verizon is also aiding customers by boosting data caps and suspending late fees and account suspension for non-payment. View more information

Food and Health Care

The on-campus food pantries are closed. If you need food for yourself and/or your family, most of the food pantries in the counties that NCC serves are open and available. You do not need to document income information to get food from any of the food pantries. Some pantries have extended their hours to accommodate increased requests. Please check the Second Harvest Food Bank website www.shfblv.org and click on “Find Food” across the top of the page, enter your zip code to find a pantry that you can get to. Again, you do NOT need to provide documentation of income to get food from any of the food pantries listed on the Second Harvest website. Another option in Monroe County is www.poconohunger.org If you need health care, the application for Medical

Assistance (MA) is also on the Compass website. If you have questions about the MA application, contact Maryann Haytmanek at mhaytmanek@northampton.edu

Applying for SNAP (food stamps)

If you have lost income due to losing your job or had your hours reduced because of the Coronavirus, it’s possible that you will be eligible for food stamps (SNAP) to help pay for groceries. The application is online at www.compass.state.pa.us On the Home Page there is a “Do I Qualify” link and an “Apply Now” link to the application. Choose one of those. If you have trouble with the website or completing the online application, you can call Second Harvest at 484-287-4015 and ask to speak to Kathryn Hoffman or call Kathryn at 484-821-2406.

Jobs

If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced, check with Career Services office or email fmaiatico@northampton.edu to schedule a virtual appointment with one of the Career Services specialists. The office is keeping updated lists of employers that have immediate openings. Most grocery stores are seeking help. If you know of openings, let Career Services know as well.

Unemployment compensation

If you have lost your job you should find out if you are eligible for Unemployment Compensation. The application is online at https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/Pages/default.aspx. Because of the number of applications, the site has been running slowly, so please be patient.

Need Help filing for Unemployment Benefits? Go to Careerlinklehighvalley.org for help.

Other community resources

The United Ways in the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos both have lists of community resources in addition to some of those listed above.

In the Lehigh Valley contact:
https://www.unitedwayglv.org/covid-19

In the Poconos contact:
https://poconounitedway.org/covid-19/

Center for Humanistic Change Resource List (PDF)