Resources Related to COVID-19
Many government offices and agencies have created resources and services for those impacted by COVID-19 precautions. Below are links you may find helpful.
Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Unemployment Compensation Office is waiving the standard one-week waiting period to receive unemployment compensation for those who are employed in Pennsylvania and whose income is impacted by Coronavirus.
Find Unemployment Benefits
Below is a link to each state’s unemployment offices and what they are offering during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Employers Hiring During Coronavirus
Local Grocery Stores (check in your area for hiring on the spot opportunities). Visit your local grocery store to apply in person – grocers are recommending this instead of online applications.
Stores that have announced they have temporary hiring to fill staffing needs include:
Giant Food Stores
Warehouse Grocery Chains (check in your area for hiring on the spot opportunities)
Warehouse Grocery Chains that have announced they have temporary hiring in their stores and distribution centers:
Walmart has announced they are hiring temporary workers.
Domino’s Pizza – hiring workers and delivery drivers
Amazon – hiring delivery drivers and warehouse workers
PA Department of Health
Free or Reduced Cost Services
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
Xfinity Xfinity WiFi will be free for everyone. WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
Comcast All current Comcast customers automatically have unlimited plans with no data overage costs. The Internet will not be disconnected nor will Comcast customers accrue late fees if they call and notify Comcast they are unable to pay the bill at this time. Internet essentials are free to new customers (or $9.95/month for low-income households, which is the normal Comcast offer) Internet essentials include: • 2 free months for new customers • Comcast internet service has to be available in the subscribers’ area/home • Equipment will be sent in 7-10 business days and will require the customer to set up
Low cost computers/laptops available for those who qualify.
Protecting Your Credit/FHFA
Below are resources to use to protect your credit if you are unable to afford payments due to COVID-19 prevention measures that result in a loss of work. In all situations, contact your creditor. Do not assume they anticipate your situation is impacted by COVID-19 precautions.
Credit Card Resources
US Small Business Association Make sure to contact your small business lender to discuss your situation. Do not assume they anticipate your situation is impacted by COVID-19 precautions that may result in a loss of income.
Contact your student loan servicer to discuss your situation. Do not assume they anticipate your situation is impacted by COVID-19 precautions that may result in a loss of income.