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COVID-19 Financial Wellness Resources

The below resources have been compiled by the FERM Program Work Team to provide you and your family with pertinent financial management resources to assist you during this challenging time.

Resources available at the Federal level
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has information ranging from what to do if you have trouble paying your bills, are facing income loss, or have a problem with a financial service.

Visit The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for all your tax-related needs.

Payment Deadline Extended

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
provides information linking banks, technology, and consumers.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides regular consumer alerts regarding scams along with tips and advice for consumers on a variety of financial and consumer-related topics.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has information on scams and a list of cell phone providers who have pledged not to terminate service for 60 days under the Keep Americans Connected initiative.

New York State Resources
The Attorney General of New York State has detailed information on Coronavirus resources and warnings on current consumer scams.

Link to all NYS programs and services through the NYS Governor.

The NYS Comptroller’s office has a financial toolkit on its website that covers a variety of
personal finance concerns that New Yorkers may be dealing with as a result of the

The site My Benefits allows you to research and pre-screen your eligibility for
benefits such as HEAP, SNAP, Assistance programs, health insurance, and tax credits.

The New York WIC program provides food, information on health and nutrition, education
and support for low-income women and children up to age five.

Find helpful Cornell Cooperative Extension resources and the NY Extension Disaster Education Network information.

Resources from Extensions throughout the United States
North Dakota State University Extension

University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension
Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times

Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19
North Dakota State University Extension – Facebook: @NDSUExtension

Breathing Room: A Space to Take a Breath & a Step Towards Wellness

April 13, 2020

FERM is a statewide effort by Cornell Cooperative Extension to help individuals and families to adopt management behaviors which lead to more secure financial situations and affordable use of resources through education and practice, including:

  •  Enhancing the financial literacy skills of consumers
  •  Increasing consumer awareness of energy resource choices
  • Encouraging and augmenting professional development for extension educators
  • Documenting and reporting program impact


Roxanne Westcott
Parenting / Community Educator

Last updated November 9, 2021