Resources for Students during Coronavirus


To all of our Byte Back student community: We hope that you all are well and staying safe at home during this crisis. Please review the resources listed below to assist you during this difficult time. Students, if you need additional resources or assistance, please reach out to Martika at mfutrell@byteback.org.

This was updated on March 24, 2020.

Free and Low-Cost Internet & Computers

Low-Cost Refurbished Computers 

  • In DC: If you or a family member are in need of a low-cost laptop, please reach out to Martika at mfutrell@byteback.orgWildTech still has a limited number of laptops available.
  • PCs for People sells low-cost refurbished computers online.

Computer Lab for Current Students in DC
Byte Back students may make an appointment to use the computer lab at Skyland Workforce Center. For information or to make an appointment, call (202) 793-2141.

Unemployment Benefits

DC residents who have lost employment or temporarily lost employment can file for unemployment benefits by calling (202) 724-7000 or going online at dcnetworks.org. Please prepare for long wait times when using both phone and online systems.

Maryland residents can file for unemployment benefits by calling (410) 949-0022 or going online.

Sick or caring for a loved one? If you’ve worked for your job for at least a year you may be eligible for 16 weeks of leave for under the DC Family Medical Leave.

Public Benefits

  • Current Public Benefit Recipients: If your benefits (TANF, SNAP, DC Medicaid, DC Alliance, childcare vouchers) are set to expire in March or April, your benefits will be automatically renewed. You do not need to visit a DHS center to renew.
  • To apply for TANF, SNAP, DC Alliance, or childcare vouchers, you can print and drop off an application at your local DHS Service Center.
  • To apply for Medicaid or DC Health Exchange, visit dchealthlink.com

Free Meals & Groceries

In DC, meals for K-12 students are available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following sites:

Anacostia High School- 1601 16th St. SE
Ballou High School- 3401 4th St. SE
Kelly Miler Middle School- 301 49th St. SE
Kimball Elementary School-3375 Minnesota Ave. SE
Stanton Elementary School- 2701 Naylor Rd SE
Woodson High School- 540 55th St. NE

Martha’s Table will also be providing bags of groceries for the community at the above sites and at: Jefferson Middle School, 801 7th St. SW

For up to date info from Martha’s Table, visit marthastable.org/covid19

SOME is providing hot takeaway meals at 60 I St. NW.

In Baltimore City, please see a this regularly updated list of Youth Food Sites, Senior Lunch Sites, and special grocery services for seniors.

If you receive SNAP, have a smartphone and a bank account, Expensify is providing a one time $50 grocery reimbursement for families. Find more information here.

Medical Care & Screening

  • So Other’s Might Eat (SOME) has a medical clinic that opens at 8:00 a.m. on weekdays.Located: 60 O St. NW Call for an appointment at (202) 797-8806
  • Children’s Health Center at THE ARC opens at 8:30am, Monday-Saturday.
    Located: 1801 Mississippi Ave. SE. Call first at (202) 436-3060
  • In Baltimore City, check out this map of primary care clinics for uninsured people.
  • Mental Health services are available 24 hours a day at (888) 793-4357

Evictions & Utilities

  • In DC, evictions are prohibited during the state of emergency. Late fees cannot be charged on rent during any month of a public health emergency.
  • Electric, water, and gas cannot be disconnected during the health crisis and until 15 days after the state of emergency ends.
  • In-person intakes for the family shelter system have been suspended. Intake can be done by phone using the 24-hour Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093

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