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Helpful Resources during Financial Hardships

Many factors can result in financial harships. Housing may be at risk, you may experience food insecurity, or you may be faced with decisions that could affect your health.

Below is a list of resources that may be helpful to you during these challenging times. You may also email suggested resources to

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The Southeast ADA Center and the ADA National Network are here to answer your ADA-related questions and provide any other information and referrals that we can.

Call 1-800-949-4232 to connect with your regional ADA Center.

General Resources


  • How the Government Shutdown Affects Your EBT and Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits
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  • Food Talk: Eat Healthy & Stretch Your Budget
    This website offers tips on how to stretch your FSNAP benefits over these extra weeks. This website was created for Georgia, but the information is useful for everyone.
  • Hunger Free America's Fed Food Hotline
    Hotline: 1-855-859-4647
    • Any employee of the federal government or a federal contractor — or any family member of such an employee — who is struggling financially as a result of the government shutdown, can call the toll free number 1-855-859-4647 or go to the website to find food resources (such as government food programs and private food pantries) near them and/or to be connected with anti-hunger volunteer activities so they can productively utilize their time off work.
    • The toll-free line will have live operators answering calls Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, and will take messages at other times.
    • The hotline and web portal will be active as long as the shutdown lasts.
  • USDA Clearinghouse and National Hunger Hotline
    Do you need help finding food? Call this National Hunger Hotline:
    English: 1-866-348-6479
    Español/Spanish: 1-877-824-6273
  • United Way 2-1-1
    A free nationwide information and referral line that helps people find local resources they may be eligible to obtain 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 can be accessed by phone or computer.
    • A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services to eligible individuals
    • Call 2-1-1 and speak with a live, highly trained service professional in your area from any cell phone or landline. All calls are private and confidential, and assistance is available in multiple languages.
    • Visit to locate organizations in your community that provide support and assistance to working families in their time of need.
    •  Find a local United Way in your community and learn about potential additional resources.

Federal & State

  • NASWA States Help Furloughed Federal Employees
    Federal employees who are not receiving pay during the shutdown may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits through the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program (UCFE). This unemployment insurance benefit is administered by States, as agents for the Federal government. This webpage also includes links to more information on the shutdown, listed by state.
    Source: National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Funding Lapse Information
    Pay and leave furlough guidance for federal employees.
  • Resources for Workers Affected by the Federal Shutdown
    Scroll down for a list of resources for Federal workers.
  • My Fed Benefits Assistance Map
    An interactive assistance map to help workers in every state find programs to support them through the shutdown.


Disaster Assistance

Alabama (AL)

Florida (FL)

Georgia (GA)

Kentucky (KY)

Mississippi (MS)

North Carolina (NC)

South Carolina (SC)

Tennessee (TN)

U.S. Southeast Region

Find resources for 8 states in the U.S. Southeast Region:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Community Action Councils

The community action agencies (CAA)  or councils (CAC) provide services and supports to address poverty in communities throughout the country. Case managers work with clients to help them overcome barriers to employment or self-sufficiency. Some agencies offer short-term financial aid for paying bills, housing, food, and other basic needs. The exact services, resources and funding available will be different at each location and in each state.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)

Southeast ADA Center
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About the Southeast ADA Center
The Southeast ADA Center is one of ten regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network — sponsored by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, including information about the rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of businesses, as well as state and helpful resources.

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Disclaimer: Accessibility cannot be guaranteed for external websites. The Southeast ADA Center provides these links as a courtesy and does not endorse, take responsibility, or exercise control of the organization nor vouch for the accuracy of the contents of the destination link. The contents of this announcement were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant #90DP0090-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). to provide information, materials, and technical assistance to individuals and entities that are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The contents of this announcement do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. You should be aware that NIDILRR is not responsible for enforcement of the ADA. The information, materials, and/or technical assistance provided by the Southeast ADA Center are intended solely as informal guidance, and are neither a determination of your legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the ADA.