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Resource Update: September 13, 2021

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Emergency Rental Assistance Even as the American economy continues its recovery from the pandemic, millions of Americans face deep rental debt and fear evictions and the loss of basic housing security. Recently, the Supreme Court blocked the Centers for Disease Control’s eviction moratorium. If you know of someone who needs Emergency Rental Assistance to cover overdue rent and utility bills, have them go to the following website to get connected and apply to programs in their local area. Emergency Rental Assistance Programs  

COME TOGETHER...STAY TOGETHER

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Did you know... COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant. Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild. If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you might be able to spread the virus to others. People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated. If you haven't been vaccinated, please consider it. Call 1-800-232-0233, or go to www.vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you. Now that we have come together, let's take the steps to stay together. 

UMCOR Disaster Response

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The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to disasters in the United States and around the world by working with communities and local partners. When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own, UMCOR provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, it stands ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis. “Early in and last out” is a guiding principle of UMCOR. With disasters such as Hurricane Henri affecting the East Coast, wildfires in the west, and the destruction in Haiti, there are many opportunities to support UMCOR efforts. Information about UMCOR disaster response efforts can be found by clicking U.S. Disaster Response or International Disaster Response. To provide financial assistance to the UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response and Recovery effort (Advance #901670), click here . To give to

Resource Update: August 30, 2021

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Protect yourself from “storm chasers” after a natural disaster  Natural disasters like storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires often bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors taking advantage of those who have already been victimized. Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners affected by natural disasters to beware of “storm chasers” and out-of-town contractors soliciting business. Although not all storm chasers are scammers, they may lack the proper licensing for your area, offer quick fixes, or make big promises they can’t deliver. For additional information and tips on finding assistance after a storm, click After the disaster  

Resource Update: August 23, 2021

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IRS Natural Disaster Assistance The IRS provides important information on how taxpayers and businesses can rebuild records as well as receive disaster relief and emergency assistance after a natural disaster. For more information, click IRS Disaster Assistance Federal Natural Disaster Assistance for Veterans Veterans who have been impacted by a natural disaster, can receive priority service to replace a Separation Document (usually DD Form 214 or equivalent). To receive priority assistance, complete one of the following documents. Place the word “Natural Disaster” in the “Comments” section of eVetRecs request, or In the "Purpose" section of the Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. State Natural Disaster Assistance for Veterans The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and the Veterans' Temporary Assistance (VTA) program stand by to assist with damages incurred during the severe storms across Pennsylvania recently.  VTA

Resource Update: August 16, 2021

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Flood Assistance for PA Counties The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Governor Wolf’s request to make financial aid available to residents in Bucks, Philadelphia, and Tioga counties after severe storms caused devastating flooding and significant damage on July 12. Residents and businesses in the neighboring counties of Bradford, Delaware, Lehigh, Lycoming, Montgomery, Northampton and Potter can also apply for aid. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s and should apply under SBA declaration # 17054, not for the COVID-19 incident. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov . Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to:  U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and

Resource Update: August 9, 2021

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Preparing For A Safe New School Year With the first day of the 2021-22 school year approximately one month away, the departments of Health (DOH) and Education (PDE) are offering recommendations to families and schools as they safely prepare for in-person teaching and learning. Click here for New School Year Guidance or go to the PA Department of Education website. Fraudulent “COVID-19 Compensation Lottery Prize” scam The World Health Organization (WHO) has been made aware of correspondences being circulated by scammers (acting under the name of Capital Finance, Inc. London), falsely notifying recipients of such correspondences that they have been selected as a beneficiary/winner of a $1 million lottery compensation prize payment for losses and damages suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These fraudulent correspondences falsely allege that the so-called “COVID-19 Lottery Compensation Prize” is brought to you by WHO, in association with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Resource Update: August 2, 2021

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Housing Assistance The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development partnered to develop a housing assistance website to help homeowners and renters facing eviction or foreclosure during the coronavirus pandemic. Also available is a step-by-step guide for renters that are at risk of eviction, developed by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Doug Hoy SUSUMC Disaster Response Coordinator drc@susumc.org

Resource Update: July 26, 2021

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Back to school shopping for tech After the crash course in educational technology that was the 2020 school year, teachers and students are increasingly confident in using technology for learning. Though its role in the classroom will continue to evolve, a precedent has been set – technology is now a critical component of education. As families begin to invest in reliable technology, the Better Business Bureau (BBB®) advises shoppers to beware of scammers who could spoil your hopes for academic success. Click here for shopping tips to protect your and your purchases. BBB Tip: Back to school shopping for tech supplies Doug Hoy SUSUMC Disaster Response Coordinator drc@susumc.org

Resource update: July 19, 2021

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9 Tips for college students to avoid ID theft As college students prepare to head back to campus in the next few weeks, fighting fraud may not be at the top of their list of priorities. However, the Better Business Bureau says college students are very susceptible to identity theft. They can take steps to lay a path for a healthy financial future by taking nine simple steps to fight identity theft on campus. Click here for more information: Avoid ID Theft at College Doug Hoy SUSUMC Disaster Response Coordinator drc@susumc.org

Resource Update: July 12, 2021

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FEMA COVID Funeral Assistance Amendment FEMA is amending the agency’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance policy to assist with COVID-19 related fatalities that occurred in the early months of the pandemic.  This policy change will allow applicants to submit a statement or letter from the death certificate’s certifying official, medical examiner, or coroner, that attributes the death to COVID-19 fatalities that occurred between January 20 and May 16, 2020 For more information, call the COVID-19 helpline tollfree, at 844-684-6333, or go to FEMA.gov . Doug Hoy SUSUMC Disaster Response Coordinator drc@susumc.org

Resource Update: July 5, 2021

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The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program This Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program is intended to help eligible families and households who are struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 2.8 million households have already enrolled in this program that provides discounts on services and devices. To learn more and apply, click here: Emergency Broadband Benefit To help increase awareness about the EBB, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will be conducting a webinar for grassroots advocates, navigators, and others helping their local communities get connected.  The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 4-5 PM  and will cover program basics, a walk-through of the online application process, and resources available to help drive enrollment. To register for the webinar, click here: USAC Webinar Disaster Distress Hotline The Disaster Distress Hotline offers a new Videophone (“DDH VP”) service option with a 24/7 direct con