Emergency Assistance Resource Directory

The Binc Foundation recognizes that financial help is often only a part of the solution. Often returning a household to a state of financial well-being requires a multifaceted approach. This guide was created to assist bookstore employees who are looking for additional services.

The resources listed in this guide are not meant as prescriptive solutions to any particular hardship but represent the types of resources available to the general public. We encourage bookstore employees to research a variety of sources to help in their current situation.

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General Resources

United Way 211

National Community Action Partnerships

Salvation Army

Need Help Paying Bills


Cancer Patient Resources

Cleaning for a Reason – Partner with maid services to offer FREE professional house cleanings to help women undergoing treatment for cancer.

Little Pink Houses of Hope – Provides a FREE week-long vacation for breast cancer patients and their families.

Cancer.net – Information and resources from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Cancerfinances.org – A toolkit for navigating finances after a cancer diagnosis

Caregiver & Eldercare

ElderCarelink – Internet-based referral service specializing in eldercare cases.

Family Caregiver Alliance – Practical care strategies, legal and financial issues.

National Family Caregiver Association – Support services for caregivers.

Grants For Seniors – Covers available health, financial, utilities, housing, and food assistance programs in all 50 states.

Disability Resources

Social Security Disability

Guide to the Disability Process – from the Patient Advocate Foundation

Disaster Preparation & Resources

Divorce/Separation Resources

Divorce Care – Seminars and support groups.

Divorce Support – Divorce information on family law topics.

Domestic Violence Resources

The Office for Victims of Crime – Financial assistance; legal resources and connections to support groups to help victims and their families.

The National Center for Victims of Crime – Assistance information for victims of crime.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Support and assistance for those involved in a domestic violence situation.

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network – Programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Financial & Credit Counseling Resources

Credit Unions Online – Many Credit Unions offer lower-cost credit cards, debt management services, and credit counseling.

Earned Income Tax Credit – A refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.

GreenPath Financial Wellness – Non-profit financial organization assisting with credit card debt, housing debt and bankruptcy concerns.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling – Financial counseling and education.

NerdWallet – A financial website focused on helping people lead better lives through financial education and empowerment.

Money Management International – A financial website offering debt, credit and student loan counseling.

Grief Resources

Bereaved Parents – Support for bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings.

Funeral Planning – Designed to assist families trying to make difficult funeral decisions.

Grief Net – 50 e-mail support groups and two web sites for people dealing with grief.

Housing Assistance Resources

FHA Resource Center & Home Counseling Services – Counseling on seeking, financing, maintaining, renting, or owning a home.

Hardest Hit Fund – Locally-tailored programs to assist struggling homeowners in their communities.

Making Home Affordable Program® (MHA) – Mortgage relief to prevent avoidable foreclosures.

Rental Assistance Finder – From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, help to locate a local rental assistance program.

Rental Assistance Finder (Spanish)– From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, help to locate a local rental assistance program.

Job Loss/Change Resources

America’s Job Bank – Employers searching for employees post thousands of new jobs daily.

Unemployment Insurance

Medical Resources

NeedyMeds – Accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information on programs that help people pay for medications and health care.

Patient Advocate Foundation – Services and resources for patients with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating diseases

Find a local, no cost/low-cost clinic – HRSA Health Center locator.

Prescription Savings

GoodRx – Drug price comparison, coupons and savings tips.

NeedyMeds – Print the Drug Discount Card or download the App

Patient Assistance Programs

Heathfinder – Listing of government and nonprofit health and human services information.

Health Insurance Marketplace – Compare a variety of health insurance plans and see if you qualify for a government subsidy.

Substance Abuse Help

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Helpline – For individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders 

If you would like person-to-person assistance navigating the Health Care Marketplace, enter your zip code into LocalHelp to find help in your community.


Dental Lifeline Network – Provides access to dental care and education for people who cannot afford it and, have a permanent disability or, who are elderly: age 65 or older or who are medically fragile.

Utility Assistance Resources

National Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Federally-funded program to help low-income households pay heating and cooling bills.

In addition to the organizations listed above, your local hospital and/or University School of Social Work may offer useful resources. Local churches and religious organizations often have assistance programs and/or food pantries.

Binc Foundation is not affiliated with any of the organizations listed in this resource directory. The opinions expressed by such organizations and in any literature referenced, are solely the opinions of such organizations and the authors of such literature, respectively, and are not endorsed by Binc Foundation.

Please contact the Binc Foundation at 866-733-9064 or at info@bincfoundation.org with any comments, suggestions or changes for the resource directory.

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