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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley offices are operating on a modified schedule. However, our team is still here to support you! If you are a struggling job seeker or employer in the Lehigh Valley, we are offering remote services and events as well as appointments for those individuals who cannot access our virtual services. 

Currently, you can reach us through our Toll-Free Help Line at (347) 308-5048 or by sending an email to

Below is a collection of helpful COVID-19 resources for affected workers and employers.

Lehigh and Northampton counties are now in the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan. In the green phase, more restrictions on work and social interactions are lifted to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to make public health a priority. Please be safe!

Unemployment Compensation

Information for PA Employees Affected by COVID-19

VIDEO: How to File for Unemployment Benefits

File an Initial Claim

File a Biweekly Claim

File for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – for self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, etc.

File for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – provides up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits for individuals whose regular UC benefits have expired

State Extended Benefits (EB) Program – provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits for individuals whose regular UC and federal PEUC benefits have expired

UC Benefits & COVID-19 FAQs

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs

Workers’ Compensation & COVID-19 FAQs

UC Benefits Office Contact Information

Report Unemployment Fraud & Identity Theft

Financial & Home Assistance

IRS – File for Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Check)

PA Housing Finance Agency – CARES Assistance for Rent Relief & Mortgage Relief

North Penn Legal Services – Self-Help Handbook for Tenants

Mortgage Assistance for Impacted Homeowners

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley – Housing & Utilities Resources

Financial Resources – Issues with Credit Card, Mortgage, Rent and Other Payments

Federal Student Aid – Coronavirus and Loan Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers and Parents

PA Department of Revenue – COVID-19 and Taxes

Social Services & Programs

PA Department of Human Services (DHS) – Full List of Services

PA COMPASS – Apply for Benefits (SNAP, TANF, Cash Assistance, Medicaid and more)

Apply for WIC

LIHEAP – Home Heating Assistance

PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs – COVID-19 Resources

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program – Free and Reduced-Price Meals Under the National School Lunch Program

COVID-19 Food Distribution Information for School Communities

PA Department of Education – Reopening Guidance for the 2021-21 School Year

PA Department of Education – COVID-19 Answers to Common Questions

Operation Address the Homeless

Greater Valley YMCA

Find Open Child Care Centers

Find a Food Pantry

Federal Resources

US Department of Labor Coronavirus Guidance

US DOL Wage & Hour Division – Coronavirus Guidance on Wages, Hours and Leave

Federal CARES Act – Bill Summary

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employee Paid Leave Rights


Unemployment Compensation, Wages & Workplace Guidance

NEW! State Grant Program to Help Employers Provide Hazard Pay for Workers – Apply Now

Employer UC & COVID-19 FAQs

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Posters & FAQs

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Rapid Response Information

PA’s Shared Work Program – An Alternative to Employee Layoffs

IRS Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits & Payments

US Department of Labor Coronavirus Guidance

US DOL Wage & Hour Division – Coronavirus Guidance on Wages, Hours and Leave

OSHA Safety and Health Topics – COVID-19

Business Assistance

NEW COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses – If your business is resuming in-person operations, this notice MUST be signed and displayed in employee common space and also in a prominent location near the entrance of your business.

English Flyer (8.5×11 inch)

English Flyer (8.5×14 inch)

Spanish Flyer (8.5×11 inch)

Spanish Flyer (8.5×14 inch)

PA Chamber – Bringing PA Back Business Initiative

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) – COVID-19 Resources

Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal

PA COVID-19 PPE & Supplies – Business to Business (B2B) Interchange Directory

Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

PA DCED – Life-Sustaining Business FAQs

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Lehigh Valley

Small Business Resources

NEW! COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance Program – Eligible small businesses can receive up to $50,000 in state grants, with multiple rounds of funding to come. Business owners must apply through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Lehigh County CDFI Organizations

Northampton County CDFI Organizations

Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program

US Small Business Administration – Coronavirus Relief Options – Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, SBA Express Bridge Loans, SBA Debt Relief

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund

Lehigh Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – COVID-19 Assistance

Lehigh County COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant Program