Currently available resources include the following:
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster assiatnce in the form of low interest loans for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Loans are available to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills.
Complete details and contact information can be found in the attached PDF.
Latest updates from CDC
Vermont Department of Health Information
Unemployment Benefits – the Department of Labor is fast tracking unemployment benefits for any person who has lost (temporarily or permanently) their job due to COVID-19. For tenants, particularly those in the restaurant and bar industry, who are not able to work, that will provide some economic relief. Details can be found here: https://labor.vermont.gov/
****We understand that the Unemployment system is completely bogged down, please be patient and keep trying****
At this time, the only way to file a NEW CLAIM is by phone. (877) 214-3330
The phone lines are jammed, but please keep trying. From what I have heard, once you get through, the filing is relatively easy.
If you have an EXISTING UI Claim, please use this number: (877) 214-3332
Tenants with Rent Subsidy. For tenants who receive a Section 8 subsidy or another income based rent subsidy, if the tenant has lost employment or income they shoudl immediately notify their subsidy provider to have their income reassesed. The tenants portion should be adjusted due to change in income.
Small Business Administration – some resources are becoming available for business owners through this program. Like many of these, the details are constantly changing and regulations loosening each day.
VEDA – also has funding that is coming available. https://www.veda.org/
The State is collecting data on the impact to businesses so they can seek relief and federal support for the state. The email address to send information to about the impact to your business is email@example.com. For rental property owners, one ask is to make emergency housing funds available for tenants to request for the payment of April and May’s rent. This short-term rent payment issue is one of the larger impacts to rental property owners.