If you have trouble paying your bills
If you fall behind on your car payments, call your lender. Ask if they have a program to help you delay some of your payments or lower them.
Your gas and electric.
Fuel Assistance is a program that pays your heating bills by sending money to your heating company to be credited to your account. Apply before May 28, 2021.
Utility companies cannot shut off service to your home before April 1, 2021. After April 1, 2021, you may be able to stop a shut-off if you qualify for winter heat protection in the fall of 2021. See Keep Your Heat From Getting Shut Off This Winter.
Your internet, phone and other utilities
During the COVID-19 crisis, internet and cell phone companies have special plans. See the Guide To Internet Plans For Low And Fixed-Income Households.
If you have a student in your household, ask for an "educational" internet or broadband rate. Or ask your provider for a "basic" package or low-income rate.
Your credit cards and debts
See Debt Cases in Court to find out about cases already in court.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may give you up to $9,000 to cover the costs you paid for a funeral. FEMA will pay you back for the funeral costs you paid for someone who:
- may have passed away from, or
- likely passed away from COVID-19.
FEMA will pay for costs like the funeral, cremation, burial, and headstone. You must give FEMA receipts for what you paid.