Helpin Resource Roundup 5/8/20

It has been a few weeks since we updated our blog with a few of the shared resources coming out of the Helpin Facebook Group. With the coronavirus continuing to disrupt life for many of us, it’s more important than ever before to share resources and help each other out.

On the Helpin Facebook group, the Earnin community has joined together to create a catalog of useful information. It lists resources related to finances, job loss, access to nutrition, shelter, renter or homeowner services, elder care, and child services, among other categories.

For more resources, or to share something you’ve learned, join the Helpin group here.

Information on the Overall Impact of the Crisis

Starting off this recap is a new tool that researchers at Harvard built to give policymakers a clearer picture of the economic impact of COVID-19. They built this tool using anonymized data from several tech companies, including Earnin, giving perhaps the clearest picture yet of what is happening.

Organization: Opportunity Insights, a group of Harvard-based researchers. Region Served: National Link: https://tracker.opportunityinsights.org

Utilities Assistance

Organization: PG&E had put a moratorium on shutting off power for non-payment during the COVID crisis. This site provides more details on the progam Region Served: California Link: https://www.pgecurrents.com/2020/03/12/pg-moratorium-on-customer-shutoffs-for-nonpayment/

Organization: State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has an assistance program that helps people when they can’t pay for utilities.
Region Served: New Jersey Link: https://www.bpu.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/programs/

Organization: Comcast has a program in place to keep people connected during the crisis, even if they are having trouble paying for cable and internet. Region Served: National Link: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

The Arts

Organization: The New York Foundation for the Arts has a program providing one-time grants of up to $5,000 for artists facing unexpected medical emergencies. Region Served: New York Link: https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Rauschenberg-Emergency-Grants

Organization: MusiCares, part of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), is an organization providing critical funds for music people struggling with financial, medical or personal crises.
Region Served: National Link: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/client-services/emergency-financial-assistance

Kids' Stuff

Organization: KidsActivities.com has an extensive list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to schools closing during the COVID crisis… Actually, this may be more for the parents than the kids. Region Served: National Link: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/


Disclaimer: Please note, the material collected in this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as or construed as advice regarding any specific circumstances. Nor is it an endorsement of any organization or Services.

Photo by: Thom Holmes

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