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Adjusting to Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Need Help?

1. Chat box: Click yellow "Chat with a Librarian" tab on right-hand side of any Cushing Library webpage

Chat with a librarian tab

2. Email: ​     

3. Text: 510-491-0901      

4. Request an Appointment: 



Customer Support

Qualifying customers can apply for lower bills from EBMUD, PG&EVerizon, T-Mobile


AT&T is waiving late fees upon request for customers undergoing hardship during COVID-19. Also, new Access from AT&T (program for limited income households) customers receive 2 months of free internet service. 

Resources for HNU students

Cushing Library staff acknowledge that not all HNU students live in Alameda County where Holy Names University is located. We have listed California resources first since they apply to all students living in California. Many of the California resources help locate resources at the county or city level.

Residents of Alameda County should read the California resources section and Alameda County resources section, as both apply to them.

Students living outside of Alameda County are encouraged to use the list of Alameda County resources to search for similar resources available in their counties. 

The Customer Support box on the lefthand side of the screen will be updated as we learn of companies offering financial assistance to customers. If you would like to add to this list, please email

California residents


NOTE: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline has a 24-hour hotline. Call at 800-273-8255 or text 838255

  1. Hotlines are available if you are distressed, feel like you want to hurt yourself or others, or just need someone to talk to
  2. Help finding behavioral and mental health services
  3. Hotlines and other resources for victims of domestic or partner abuse, sexual assault or human trafficking
  4. Information on reporting child abuse, adult abuse and neglect
  5. Family support for caregivers or family members supporting loved ones with mental health conditions


  1. Medi-Cal (affordable health insurance - low share of cost or at no cost)
  2. CalWORKs (cash aid and services for families with a child or children at home)
  3. CalFresh (food assistance)
  4. CalFresh Employment & Training Program (job skills)

As part of the CalFresh program, the website provides online recipes and is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about nutrition to improve their health. 



Alameda County residents

The Alameda County Social Services Agency assists Alameda County residents in applying for California State programs as well as Alameda County programs like the ones listed below. Click here for COVID-19 services updates.

            Provides cash aid to indigent adults and emancipated minors who are legal residents of Alameda County and who have

            no other means of support.

            Provides benefits for legal non-citizens in financial need who are ineligible for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 

            due to their immigrant status. Blind or disabled immigrants of any age, or seniors aged 65 and older may be eligible to receive CAPI.

            Program is for newly-arrived refugees who are either single adults or families without children. 



Enter a full address, city, or zip code to locate an Alameda County Community Food Bank

Read the latest announcements for programs by Oakland Unified School District Nutrition Services.



Qualifying customers can apply for lower bills from PG&E AND EBMUD


Alameda County Public Health Department. "Selected COVID-19 Resources and Assistance: