COVID-19:  Community Resources

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens, many of our families and small business owners are struggling to make ends meet. Tennessee has issued a stay at home order, closing down all non essential businesses. Here are some resources from the federal, state and local governments to help us through this trying time. If you need help navigating the resources, please contact us at info@amactn.com or 615-988-6460 . May God protect us all.


US Government:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
This bill establishes a federal emergency paid leave benefits program. It also requires employers to provide paid sick leave as well. Qualified businesses will receive credit/refund for paying these benefits.https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

Coronavirus Stimulus Package

In December of 2020, Congress passed a new stimulus package to help individuals and small businesses through the covid pandemic. For more information, click Cares Act II. Here are a few details to know and links to resources.
 

  • Qualifying individuals will receive or have already received payments of $600 or $1200 for those filing joint tax returns with an additional $600 per child.

  • An additional payments of $300 will be added to the state’s unemployment benefit.  

  • The eviction moratorium will expire on January 31, 2021. 

  • A new round of SBA loans will be given to small businesses and gig economy workers (Uber drivers, etc).  For more information, click SBA Paycheck Protection Program.

    • Must apply for PPP loans through your financial institution.

    • PPP loans can be forgiven which means you would not pay any interest if

      • Employee and compensation levels remain the same.

      • Loan proceeds use on payroll and other eligible costs    

      • At least 60% of proceeds spent on payroll costs

      • For more information, visit click PPP Loan Forgiveness.

  • EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) grants of up to $10,000 - $1000 per employee or $1000 if there is no employee. For more information, click EIDL Reopening

    • Only applicable to those who received EIDL grants or loans in 2020

    • You cannot get more than a total of $10,000 for 2020 and 2021 EIDL advance.

    • You must show a 30% reduction of gross receipts in an 8 week period after March 2, 2020 as compared to before March 2, 2020

    • Business must be located in a low income area

    • SBA will reach out to those who qualify​

Mortgage Forbearance
Need help paying your mortgage or deferring payments? Payments through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae can be reduced or suspended for up to 12 months. Other lending companies may be following with similar exceptions. 

http://www.freddiemac.com/about/covid-19.html or  https://www.fanniemae.com/portal/covid-19.html

Please contact your bank to see what relief they offer. 

Student Loans

Student loan payments have been suspended, interest free, until September 30, 2020. 

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus 

 

Income Tax Day: April 15, 2021

For those who earn $66,000 or less, they can access free tax services at

https://www.volunteerforvita.org/

Tennessee:

Unemployment Benefits:
Because of COVID-19, unemployment benefits have been expanded to include those affected by the coronavirus, even those self-employed. To apply for unemployment benefits, visit

https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/employees.html

Unemployment Questions: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/faq/employees.html

Unemployment Help for self-employed: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/faq/selfemployed.html
How to certify while on unemployment: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/employees.html
Frequently Asked Questions:  https://lwdsupport.tn.gov/hc/en-us/categories/200070604-Unemployment

AMAC Webinar on Unemployment Insurance Q&A: Step by step guidelines for applying: Click here for slides. Click here to watch webinar.

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Family and Children Service
The TN Department of Human Service is providing financial assistance through TNAF for families effected by COVID-19 as well as free child care services for essential workers.

https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/covid-19/emergency-cash-assistance-and-covid-19-faqs.html
https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/covid-19/child-care-services-and-covid-19.html

 Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT.

https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/covid-19/p-ebt-and-covid-19-faqs.html?fbclid=IwAR0Po-phQp3ufa2VNIuiWD0TPZS-n3P1aTSkIOpdT74oJ6qrSkfG9D0GA_s

Nashville:

Grant for Organizations Giving Assistance
Middle TN nonprofits (501c3), including  faith based organizations can apply for a grant to provide assistance to community members in the form of rent, utilities, food and direct financial assistance. Here is more information 

https://www.nashvilleresponsefund.com/organizations 

Individual Assistance
For Middle TN specific resources for individuals, including rent/mortgage, utilities, food and direct financial assistance, the COVID-19 Response Fund has a list of resources at

https://www.nashvilleresponsefund.com/individuals  

Metro Action Commission Rent Relief

https://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Action-Commission.aspx

Somali Community of Middle Tennessee ( info@somcomtn.org or 615-777-9288):

https://www.somcomtn.org/

Nashville Muslim Care has an online application at

http://nashvillemuslimcare.org/

 

Additionally, Nashville has provided some financial safeguards. Click here for updates:

 

Food Distribution for anyone 18 yrs or younger
For Metro Nashville Public School students and anyone under 18, regardless of school, free meals along with food boxes will be distributed starting March 23. Student must be present to pick up food. Program will continue through the summer. For more information and pick up locations visit:

https://www.mnps.org/family-support

Food Banks

To find a food bank near you, visit

https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/get-help/

Click here for a list of COVID weekly food distribution locations click here. 

Rutherford County Assistance

https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/rutherford_county_assistance_p1.html

 

Memphis

Utilities and Rent/Mortgage Assistance
For Shelby County residence, help with paying your gas, water and electricity bills as well as rent/mortgage assistance is available.

https://shelbycountytn.gov/3651/COMMUNITY-SERVICES-RESOURCES-DURING-CORO

Utilities Cut-offs
Memphis Light, Gas, And Water will not cut-off services for unpaid bill.  Click here for more information.

Food Distribution for anyone 18 yrs or younger
The Shelby County Schools will be distributing meals to children under the age of 18.  The child must be present to receive a meal. For distribution sites, visit:

http://www.scsk12.org/coronavirusfacts/communitymeals#:~:text=

Knoxville


For updates on resources, click here.

Chattanooga

Financial and Food Assistance:

https://connect.chattanooga.gov/covid/

https://connect.chattanooga.gov/covid/covidresources/

Main Address

2195 Nolensville Pike

Nashville, TN 37211

Contact

Sabina Mohyuddin

Phone: +1-615-988-6460

Email: pr@amactn.com

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