We are here to help with REGULAR UPDATES and TRUSTED RESOURCES during this difficult time. If you are experiencing an emergency and are in need of immediate assistance, please call 911 for police response.
- The Emergency Rental Assistance Program: please find links below to resources that describe this program and help you understand if you are eligible and how you can apply. Also, check out EAP’s recent complimentary webinar on ERAP and what it means for you here.
- ERAP HOMEPAGE: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/
- ERAP FAQs: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/faq.asp
- ERAP APPLICATION LINK: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/#apply
- ERAP INCOME GUIDELINES (AREA MEDIAN INCOME): https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/ERAP-80-area-median-income.pdf
- LOCAL RESOURCES
1. 211 WNY
Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 888-696-9211
2. Neighborhood Legal Services
Phone: (716) 847-0650
3. Center for Elder Law & Justice
Phone: (716) 853-3087
Two documents prepared by the Center for Elder Law & Justice that help explain the documentation required for tenants’ and landlords’ applications: Information for Landlords and Property Owners and Information for Renters
4. The Belle Center: helping with ERAP applications. The Belle Centers provides services in both English and Spanish.
Phone: (716) 845-0485
5. Consumer Credit Counseling Service can assist with ERAP applications.
If you are a member of C&FS EAP, call our main number 716-681-4300 and we can connect you to CCCS for up to three hours of service at no cost to you!
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo
Phone: (716) 712-2060
Mellowing Mind Study – University at Buffalo Mindfulness study information 2021 – Have you ever wanted to learn more about mindfulness techniques? Well here is your chance. Take a look at the attached information and call today. This study if providing compensation.
- Click here for our newest resource: a conversation with local housing attorneys about the state of landlord tenant law due to covid-19 – appropriate for landlords and tenants. Click here for the EAP Landlord Tenant Presentation Slides.
- https://www.healthcare.gov/ : Learn about the special enrollment period for health insurance and some new qualifiers for income which you be eligible for
- General Resources: call 211 or visit 211 Website
- COVID-19 Information: Center for Disease Control
- NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- NYS Project HOPE Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314
- C&FS EAP Special Edition Information for Member Employees and Employers
- Assisting Co-Workers and Employees during the COVID-19 Changes
- Understanding the Impact of a Stressful Situation
Call EAP to connect with the CENTER FOR RESOLUTION FOR JUSTICE (CRJ) as part of your EAP benefit.
The Center for Resolution and Justice (CRJ) is a community-based dispute resolution program and conflict resolution and mediation skills training center. It offers a wide range of alternative dispute resolution services and conflict management and mediation training programs to individuals and organizations. CRJ’s services are designed to be alternatives to formal court proceedings for those seeking to resolve interpersonal conflicts and disputes.
Domestic Violence Resources
- HAVEN HOUSE: Child and Family Services DV shelter and crisis line – 716-884-6000 or visit Haven House Shelter Website
- NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: 1-800-799-7233
- If you’re unable to speak safely, you can visit the NDVH website or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Local Mental Health Crisis Services Hotlines
- ERIE COUNTY: 716-834-3131
- CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY: 1-800-724-046
- NIAGARA COUNTY CRISIS SERVICES: (716) 695-23531
- MONROE COUNTY CRISIS SERVICES: 1-800-338-6467
Substance Use and Abuse Resources
Rental and Mortgage Assistance
- Live Well Erie County and City of Buffalo Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program: As of 10/1/20, residents of Erie County may be eligible for rental and mortgage assistance (a grant) which may pay all or a large portion of overdue rent or mortgage payments (up to 5 months).
- INCOME ELIGIBILITY: individuals have to show through proof of income (last 2 months of income) they are income eligible (this ranges from a family with one child at 42,000 to a family of eight at 112,000). Individuals will also need an ID and proof of residence.
- Individuals have to show they are unable to pay their rent/mortgage due to COVID-19, e.g. loss of work due to COVID-19, sickness (or care giving) due to COVID-19, loss of child care due to COVID-19
- Individuals can apply online at www.211wny.org or, by calling 211. 211 can assist individuals in filling out the application. Individuals who may struggle with technology or uploading documents (which is required) can make an appt. for assistance with the application by calling 211 (These appts. are at Catholic Charities, Buffalo Urban League, and the Restoration Society
Job Workforce Resources
- Employment and unemployment assistance: The BUFFALO EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING CENTER will be offering remote (phone or video) counseling. To make an appointment call 716-856-5627(JOBS).
- WHAT IF I LOSE MY JOB?
Stress Reduction Resources
- Suggestions for Finding Motivation During the Pandemic
- Ten Percent Happier Coronavirus Sanity Guide
- For additional resources on Stress Reduction, Self Care, and Mental Health and Wellbeing, check out our Resources Page.
Erie County Bar Association
- COLLEAGUES CONNECTING: provides support for lawyers who may be facing problems while isolating from others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Colin Campbell at email@example.com or (716) 992-2222.