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Resource List Compiled by DTCC

In addition to several trade, certificate, and other workforce development programs at Durham Technical Community College (DTCC), here is a list of resources compiled by DTCC:

Financial Assistance

Durham Tech Financial Assistance: Durham Tech has two programs to support students in need of emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, car repairs, child care, course-related expenses, and other emergencies. Our Emergency Financial Assistance Program is a one-time grant, while the Finish Line Grant is available once per semester to students who have completed at least 50% of an eligible program.

Financial Coaching: Free, one-on-one support in dealing with these incredibly challenging times. Get personalized assistance talking with creditors, negotiating payment plans with creditors/bills, filing for unemployment benefits, and lots more. Sign up for an appointment here or email

If you are at risk of eviction:

  • Call Legal Aid of NC 866-219-5262. Don’t wait for eviction papers. Call the Legal Aid Helpline at 866-219-5262 M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Mon & Thu 5:30-8:30pm. Be advised that when Legal Aid attorneys return your call, Legal Aid may call from a blocked or unlisted number.

  • Sign an Eviction Protection Declaration and provide a copy to your landlord. Keep a copy of this declaration. Current CDC eviction moratorium has been extended until July 31, 2021.

Durham County

Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Apply online here to access emergency housing assistance, including help with past due rent, utility bills, and security deposits.You may also contact any of the following agencies for support in applying:

  • Community Empowerment Fund: 919-797-9233

  • Church World Service: 919-680-4310

  • El Centro Hispano: 919-687-4635

  • CAARE, The Healing Center: 919-683-5302

  • Centre for Homeownership & Economic Development: 919-241-4718

Durham County Department of Social Services: Call 919-560-8000 Monday-Friday at 7:30am for a phone appointment for rent. Documents to gather: Eviction papers, Late notices, 30 days of Income/Expense documentation

City of Durham Water Hardship Fund: Apply for up to $240 in assistance for past-due water bills through an online application.

Health & Wellness

Durham Tech’s Campus Wellness Dispensary offers free over-the-counter medications and wellness supplies to currently enrolled students, available through curbside pickup by appointment.Submit your request for a personalized bag of wellness supplies here.

Durham Tech’s Optical Services offer several options for individuals in need of eyeglasses: 1) If you already have a current prescription: Purchase glasses for $50 through the Optical Shop. Schedule an appointment with the Optical Shop for a fitting by emailing If you cannot afford the cost of the frames, contact coordinator Jessie James at 2) If you do not have a current prescription: Contact Maggie West at to explore resources to get a prescription.

3) Free eye exams and eye glasses are currently available for children in K-12 in many of Durham’s Public Schools! Contact Jessie James at

Paying for health care:

  • Need help finding health insurance you can afford? Sign up for an appointment to receive free assistance through the NC Navigator Consortium.

  • Medical debt:

Need support with this paperwork? Email for assistance.

Health care for uninsured and under-insured families:

Durham County:

  • Lincoln Community Health Clinic: Provides medical and dental care for adults and children, accepting most insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare, with services available for uninsured patients on a sliding scale based on income. Contact: 919-956-4000

  • Lincoln Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic: Provides primary care and case management services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Located on the campus of Urban Ministries of Durham at 412 Liberty Street, Durham. Contact: 919-808-5640

  • Duke Outpatient Clinic: Provides primary care for adults (chronic disease management and acute care), with discounted care available based on family income and insurance. Contact: 919-471-8344

Orange County

  • Piedmont Health: Provides medical and dental care for adults and children, accepting most insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare, with services available for uninsured patients on a sliding scale based on income. Contact: 919-933-8494

Mental Health & Crisis Assistance

We know this is an incredibly difficult time and can feel really isolating. We want to make sure you know that the team at Durham Tech is here to support you. We have free, confidential counseling services available for all our students, with several options for support:

1) Submit a request for Counseling Services and one of our staff will reach out to you, or email Karen Mosley-Lyon at or call 919-536-7200 ext. 1408 to set up an appointment.

2) Call our Student Wellness Line 24/7 at 800-633-3353 to speak with a counselor.

Community resources for mental health and well-being:

  • Durham & Wake County: Alliance Behavorial Health Access Line: 1-800-510-9132

  • Orange County: Cardinal Innovations Access Line: 1-800-939-5911

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 - This is a free, 24-hour hotline that is available to anyone in crisis or distress.

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 – Free, 24/7 hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster (including COVID-19). Also available by text (Text TalkWithUs to 66746 for English, or Hablanos al 66746 for Spanish).

  • Hope4NC Helpline: 1-855-587-3463 – Free mental health and resilience support available to all North Carolinians during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are both offering free virtual support groups

Community resources for support related to domestic violence and sexual assault:

  • Durham County:

Academic Support

  • Center for Academic Excellence: Book a virtual appointment with a Durham Tech tutor through the Center for Academic Excellence, or take advantage of Upswing tutoring available during the day and during late-night study sessions! Info about tutoring here.

  • Men of Color Scholars Institute: MCSI is a program that fosters leadership, nurtures professional and personal development, and is a support network for its members. In scholarly pursuit, members and mentors learn from one another by promoting and stimulating self-efficacy, academic excellence, career aspirations, and a sense of community. Submit an interest form to the Men of Color Scholars Institute.

  • Scholarships: Learn about and apply for scholarships available through Durham Tech and community organizations. Durham Tech scholarship information and additional resources

  • Support for Online Learning: Get computer skills assistance through the CAE. Contact the CAE at or (919) 694-7084. Or, join Surviving Online Learning Environments, a student interest group designed to provide a space for students to share and discuss tips and strategies for succeeding and excelling in their online classes. Through the content of S.O.L.E., students will feel confident and ready to ‘step’ into online success! Sign up here!

  • Textbook Assistance: The TRIO program provides support to students in need of financial assistance for textbooks. Contact Patricia Johnson at in order to request a referral to this resource.

  • Tuition Assistance for FNS/Food Stamps recipients: If you receive Food Stamps in Orange or Durham Counties, you may be eligible for tuition assistance through the FNS Employment & Training Program! Learn more and fill out a referral form here.

  • Tuition Assistance through NCWorks Career Centers: NCWorks Career Centers in many counties offer tuition assistance along with supports such as gas cards, textbook support, uniforms, or supplies. For assistance in Durham County, contact Vega Swepson ( or Patricia Johnson ( For assistance in Orange County, contact Mary Moore ( For assistance connecting in other counties, you may contact your NCWorks Career Centerdirectly, or one of the Durham Tech team members for guidance.

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