COVID-19 Recovery Task Force: Information and Resources

 

Shared by Co-Chair Commissioner Coates: IMPORTANT RENT RELIEF OPPORTUNITY FOR CERTAIN CHARLES COUNTY RESIDENTS

Attention all Residents and Property Management Companies of the Following Properties:

  • Charles Landing South
  • Waldorf Astor
  • Headen House
  • Huntington Apartments
  • Victory Brookside
  • Lakeside Apartments
  • Adams Crossing Apartments III
  • Adams Crossing II
  • Victoria Park Jaycees Senior Housing
  • The Maples
  • LaPlata Manor
  • Brookside Gardens
  • Brookside Apartments
  • Adams Crossing

There is up to four months of rental assistance that can be available if those that reside in the above-mentioned households whose incomes were affected by COVID-19 and may be facing a potential eviction. Please note that the MD Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has funding through the Assisted Housing Relief Program

Tenants must work with their property management company so a consolidated application for each property is submitted. Only those tenants who can certify the cause of their rental delinquency is related to COVID-19 pandemic are eligible. Tenants cannot be receiving other forms of rental assistance, i.e., Section 8, Section 811, etc.THE TIMELINE IS CRITICAL!!! Applications accepted: August 3, 2020- August 31, 2020

DHCD will make payments in one lump sum directly to property owners or managers for aggregated total amount of rental delinquency. For more information, please go to the website: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/EvictionPrevention/default.aspx

 

Shared by Co-Chair Honorable Helen Harrington, Sr. Judge: INDOOR AIR VENTILATION

These are interesting articles.  The first is about a recent Columbia U study showing that UV-C light is effective in killing COVID 19.  The second is longer, but it’s a good analysis of the need to pay attention to indoor air quality.  Masks can’t do the whole job.

 

https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/far-uvc-light-safely-kills-airborne-coronaviruses

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/07/why-arent-we-talking-more-about-airborne-transmission/614737/

 

From the Desk of Cara Fogarty:Free Training for Businesses

 

The Charles County Community Mediation Center can set up free training for businesses/employees on how to handle uncomfortable situations such as, say, customers refusing to wear masks. They can teach techniques to help de-escalate situations and more.

 

Julie Walton is the director. We recently spoke and she suggested I share this opportunity with the task force. The Center is housed at CSM. Her email is jawalton1@csmd.edu

 

https://www.csmd.edu/community/mediation/

 

From the Desk of David Jenkins: The Atlantic

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/just-small-shift-remote-work-could-change-everything/614980/

 

The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically – The Atlantic

In March, tens of millions of American workers—mostly in white-collar industries such as tech, finance, and media—were thrust into a sudden, chaotic experiment in working from home. Four …

www.theatlantic.com

https://www.mainstreet.org/blogs/national-main-street-center/2020/08/06/small-business-covid-resiliency-12-ways-to-reimagi?CommunityKey=c40a84d1-46b2-465c-985c-c08ed69081ab&tab=

Small Business COVID Resiliency: 12 Ways to Re-imagine Your Business Model

1) Create an E-Commerce Sales Channel – In our April 2020 report, “The Impact of COVID19 on Small Business,” we reported that nearly two-thirds of small businesses did not have an e-commerce sales channel. And for those that did, the channel represented between 1% and 25% of sales volume. As such, while obvious, e-commerce represents both a short-term pivot and one that will remain …

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From the Desk of Steve Wall: Business Recovery

 

Food and Beverage Recovery After COVID 19 – The food & beverage industry was one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic. Join fellow small business owners and experts from PepsiCo for a free three-week Sprint, August 10–28, to learn all about recovery and the necessary pivots in order to thrive in the food & beverage industry post COVID-19. Over the three weeks of the Sprint, you’ll dig into topics including diversification of product lines, food & beverage manufacturing channels, and food & beverage distribution. Each week there will be articles to read, industry experts to answer your questions, and connections to make!   https://sprint.helloalice.com/food-and-bev/?utm_source=Alice&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sprint-FoodAndBev&utm_content=Sprint&mc_cid=659cd09bf0&mc_eid=c8a5f95b28#lp-pom-block-55

 

NFIB Webinar Wed., Aug 12, 2020, 12:00 PM ET Preparing for PPP Loan Forgiveness and PPP Q&A –  For businesses that received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the rules are everchanging with new SBA guidance just published on August 4. This week’s webinar will cover the latest SBA updates and provide Q&A. Presenters will cover the recent developments, including: How do I decide whether to use the EZ or long forgiveness application? How do I complete the Schedule A Worksheet? How do FTE reductions and wage adjustments impact loan forgiveness?How will banks process loan forgiveness applications? This hour-long program will review the rules, contemplate the uncertainties, and include plenty of Q&A. You can submit your questions in advance here. Can’t make this webinar? Don’t worry! Register now and we’ll email you an on-demand version! Register Here

 

Webinar – Maryland’s Work Sharing Program: A guide for employers – Thurs, August 13, 10:00am

 

Representatives and employers utilizing the program will provide an overview on both employer and employee benefits, requirements, and how to participate. Work Sharing is designed to avoid layoffs by preserving jobs for current employees and to assist businesses that have already undertaken layoffs to reopen and resume operations gradually. This critical program can also serve as a means of bringing most or all of a temporarily laid off workforce back to the job, even if social-distancing measures, a decline in business or other factors prevent operating at full staffing levels immediately. Presented by: Bryan Moore, deputy assistant secretary, division of unemployment insurance, Maryland Department of Labor and Phil Tulkoff, president, Tulkoff Food Products, Inc. https://mdchamber.org/event/webinar-marylands-work-sharing-unemployment-insurance-program/

 

Additional COVID-19 Funding Available for 501(c)(6) Nonprofit Organizations in Maryland – Governor Hogan recently announced $50 million to establish the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative, which will help support a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the state, with up to $8million used to fund nonprofits that have already applied to Maryland Commerce’s Small Business COVID 19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund. The state is dedicating $1 million of the Emergency Relief Grant funds to launch a new application process for 501(c)(6) organizations, and will determine if additional available funding will be added further into the application process. Approved applicants can receive up to $10,000 in grant funding for quarterly operating expenses. Applications will be available on the OneStop portal beginning August 17 and will be accepted through August 24 at 5PM. Unlike previous rounds of funding where applications were awarded on a first-come first-served basis, this round will also be scored and approved based on specific criteria established by Maryland Commerce. To learn more, visit our webpage.

 

Maryland’s Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program | A guide for employers – In 1984, the Maryland General Assembly enacted legislation establishing the Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program. Work Sharing is a voluntary program that provides an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a temporary, non-cyclical decline in business due to lower economic activity. The program is designed to avoid layoffs by preserving jobs for current employees and to assist businesses that have already undertaken layoffs to reopen and resume operations gradually. Employers who participate in Work Sharing can retain employees by temporarily reducing the hours of work, within a range of 20% to 50%, among employees within the affected unit(s). The employees with reduced work hours receive partial unemployment insurance benefits to supplement lost wages. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Work Sharing can mitigate or prevent the adverse effects of the current economic crisis by keeping businesses connected to their employees, and ensuring employees continue to receive compensation. Work Sharing can also serve as a means of bringing most or all of a temporarily laid off workforce back to the job, even if social-distancing measures, a decline in business or other factors prevent operating at full staffing levels immediately. Join us for a webinar on Thursday, August 13th from 10-11am to learn more about this critical program. We will be joined by representatives from the Maryland Department of Labor, Governor’s Workforce Development Board and employers utilizing the program who will provide us with an overview on both employer and employee benefits, requirements, and next steps for participation.  https://mdchamber.org/event/webinar-marylands-work-sharing-unemployment-insurance-program/

 

SBA Issues New Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness – from PilieroMazza

 

In a new FAQ (published Aug 4, 2020) the SBA clarified additional points to support the forgiveness eligibility of costs incurred or paid during the chosen covered period.

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