Unemployment Support

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Filing for Unemployment
If you are laid off work temporarily or if your hours are reduced due to a business slowdown or a lack of demand as a result of COVID-19, you may be able to receive unemployment benefits. In order to determine eligibility, you must first apply for unemployment. If you’re temporarily out of work or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, select one of those two separation reasons when filing your claim.

Get the latest information about COVID-19 and unemployment insurance in North Carolina. Preferred language option is available in the top right corner of the web page.

IRS Stimulus Check

The IRS will soon be issuing Economic Impact Payments to every eligible resident, defined as U.S. citizens or resident aliens who have a valid Social Security number, cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and have an adjusted gross income under certain limits.

If you do not normally file (you do not have enough income that requires you to file, you are homeless, fall into a specific senior population, or for some other reason) you will need to provide information to the IRS to get your stimulus check. The IRS launched an online tool to help you do this.

People who normally file taxes (with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns) will automatically receive the full payment, up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each child under 17. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.  

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IRS Tax Filing Extensions

Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? This page provides information on how to apply for an extension of time to file.

One Fair Way Emergency Fund

Are you a service worker struggling amidst the coronavirus crisis? We’re here to help!

We are actively raising money for this emergency fund and will be making temporary cash gifts to workers as funding becomes available. This information collected will only be used for the purposes of communicating with you for follow-up steps. We are receiving a significant number of applications, so we appreciate your understanding.


In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Coronavirus Care Fund

The Coronavirus Care Fund was established by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to provide emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners to support them in staying safe and staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and to care for themselves and their families. 

Qualifying applicants who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic can receive $400 in emergency assistance from the Fund.

At this time, the Coronavirus Care Fund application is open to domestic workers who have participated in activities of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), NDWA chapters, affiliate organizations, circles and current Alia users.

We will open the Fund for applications from other domestic workers as soon as funding allows. If you do not currently qualify to apply, please complete the form below. We will let you know as soon as the Fund is open to all domestic workers.

Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program

Southern Smoke is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable foundation. Our Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance. We stand with those in our community and are committed to “taking care of our own”.

Application Verification and Award process: Each application will be verified by the Executive Director or a committee of volunteers. Once applications are verified, the application will be distributed to a separate Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will be made up of trusted community members. The Awards Committee will select awardees by vote and will determine the awarded amount to be distributed. All funds granted are subject to taxation to the greatest extent of the law.

Please fill out the following application if you believe you meet the necessary criteria for Southern Smoke’s Emergency Relief Fund. Please only apply if insurance is not providing you with compensation for your emergency.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

We are a nationwide community dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable to everyone.