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Dear SoMa West Community, & District Stakeholders,

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We hope you are staying healthy during these challenging times. The SoMa West Community Benefit District (SWCBD) is continuing to provide clean and safe services to the district as they have been deemed essential by the City of San Francisco.

These services include daily cleaning and safety patrols. Also continuing are the following overnight services: security patrols, pressure washing, and outreach within parameters as set by the CDC.

The SWCBD administrative staff are working remotely. For staff contact information, virtual meeting information, employer and employee resources and updates please go to [email protected], and visit www.swcbd.org and sign up for our newsletter.

Congress recently passed the Cares Act to help individuals and small business owners weather the impact of COVID-19. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been established to allow for loans to small businesses —businesses with fewer than 500 employees — of up to $10 million to be used to defer the costs of keeping employees on the payroll or adding employees and other expenses. Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewdepietro/2020/03/30/covid-19-emergency-stimulus-payroll/#7c10ad053c82

How to Apply

Download your application here. Starting April 3, you can submit your application (and required documentation) to a participating lender. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Employee Resources

CA Gov. Newsom announced the launch of the new online resource for Californians impacted by the COVID-19 virus, OnwardCA

This website represents a major collaboration between public and private sectors, with all the counties of the state participating. A coalition led by the Kapor Center, Bitwise Industries, Mastercard, University of California, California State Universities, California Community Colleges, and more than 100 other technology companies have come together to help Californians get back to work. 

The new platform is a one-stop resource providing support to Californians impacted by job loss in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At OnwardCA.org, people can: 

  • Get connected to emergency resources
  • Get connected to training programs to upskill for a new career
  • Get matched with employers looking for people with their current skill set 

The duration of the shelter in place order has been extended by 6 Bay Area counties until May 3. New restrictions include dog parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis courts and basketball courts are just some of the places now closed to the public.

The basic requirements of social distancing for essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, gas stations, and banks, are straightforward:  

  • maintain at least 6 feet of distance between people
  • make hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, or soap and water along with tissues, readily available
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly

Go to SF.gov to find out healthy practices and how to get help.

Here is a list of more links to resources for individuals, families and businesses

https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/#chart

For individuals and families:

https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/recipient/eligibility 

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/extensions-to-file-pay.html

https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm 

https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_DI_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm 

https://edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020 

For Employers and Businesses:

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Application link (for latest version): 

https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form–paycheck-protection-program-borrower-application-form

2 SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advances (EIDL or EIDA)

Entity types eligible are impacted by loss of revenue due to COVID-19 include: sole proprietor; S-corp, C-corp; LLC, Partnership; Not for Profit (NFP).

May be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills

Info: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Apply: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Help: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find/

Customer Service: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) / https://[email protected]

Employers should continue to file a WARN per the legislation requirements regardless if the 60-day notice time frame is not met.

https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs/WARN.htm

CDTFA Requesting Tax Relief & Extensions for Filing Returns

Relief from interest and penalties also available.

Details: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/covid19.htm#Relief

View Executive Order: 

https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.16.20-UPDATE 

UPDATE FROM  SF EXAMINER:

People can now get matched up with those in need through a program The City launched in partnership with the Shanti Project known as the COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV). The website is at   sf.gov/covid19volunteer.

Breed said during a Wednesday press conference. “What is gained from this is not only the ability to do something to help support others but it could be the beginning of a long-lasting friendship.”

She added, “So many of our seniors are living in isolation. They may not have family members who are there and available to them and here is an opportunity for you to help someone who desperately needs help at this time.”  Breed also announced another service to connect volunteers with seniors and those with disabilities through a partnership with a tech startup which created the app Mon Ami.  The app service ordinarily coordinates in-person visits, but that service is now suspended during the pandemic and is instead being used for calling isolated seniors to check-in on them and to coordinate volunteers to run errands for groceries, prescriptions, and other essentials.

Breed said that this service is already operational and “now we are going to expand on the work that they are already doing in order to connect even more seniors to resources.”

Both volunteer partnerships are being overseen by the Department of Disability and Aging Services, which has expanded its helpline from five days a week to seven days a week for seniors and those with disabilities to call to access city services like food assistance and home care needs. The phone number can also be used to connect with the volunteer help. The helpline is at 415-355-6700 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DAS has also asked nonprofits under contract to hire up to 200 new home care providers to help older adults and people with disabilities during the stay at home health order, the Mayor’s Office said.

See full article here 

We are in this together.

www.SWCBD.org

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