Project Sanctuary cares very deeply about veterans and their families. Family Support was created to respond to those needs which affect our wellbeing and we respond accordingly with referrals for counseling, collaboration with other organizations, or by providing direct assistance. During this unusual period of increased stress and social restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that imminent needs are emerging. We are ready to respond to your requests for additional resources! Feel free to contact Family Support via email request at [email protected].
In a very fluid situation, a number of other organizations are responding to the needs of veterans’ families as well. We are regularly discovering how these organizations are providing assistance and will publicize them as we learn about them.
Emergency funds for Food & Housing
2-1-1 phone service: if you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Their website can be found here http://211.org/services/covid19.
Military Times: Military families seeking assistance can find information here concerning aid organizations willing to help https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2020/03/16/heres-financial-help-for-military-families-caught-in-a-coronavirus-quandary/
The American Red Cross has an app called HeroCare which allows access to vital emergency and non-emergency resources for military members, veterans and military families. Visit here for more information https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/financial-assistance.html
The Pentagon Federal Credit UnionFoundationhas set up emergency grants of $1500 to respond to this pandemic and information can be found here https://penfedfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/coronavirus-emergency-financial-assistance/?content=on.
The White House is actively considering the promotion of a stimulus package that, with legislative approval, would grant Americans some direct cash relief. Be sure to check a reliable news source for updates on this initiative. Information in general about federal benefits can be found here https://www.usa.gov/benefits-grants-loans
The Code of Support Foundation has a search engine for identifying a spectrum of resources available to veterans and can be found here https://www.patriotlink.org/.
If you’ve been laid off or lost your job due to COVID-19, this article outlines steps you can take for filing unemployment https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/what-to-do-if-youre-laid-off-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic/. An unemployment benefits search engine can be found here https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/UnemploymentBenefits/find-unemployment-benefits.aspx?newsearch=true.
Over 100 internet companies have pledged not to terminate services to any residential or small business customers who cannot pay their bills, waive any late fees and open its WiFi hotspots to any American who needs them. In a promise to “keep American connected,” the Federal Communications Commission’s site offers a full list of companies and associations that are participating here https://www.fcc.gov/keep-americans-connected#pledges.
Of course, there are many organizations that regularly assist veterans families who have not advertised a special response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will still consider requests as they would under normal circumstances. Feel free to contact Family Support with your needs and we will develop a response unique to your location and situation. Stay tuned for further developments.