Updates for individuals, families and small businesses effected by Covid-19.

| April 7, 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Below are a variety of updates for individuals, families and small businesses effected by Covid-19.

  • IMPORTANT Guidance on Federal Relief: On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury posted important updates on accessing federal relief, which will be critically important to Arizona families and small businesses. Please share with your friends and colleagues to make sure they are aware of what’s available.
    • Small Businesses: Starting April 3 small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for low interest loans for payroll, rent, utilities, and other expenses. A portion of these loans are forgivable (program details and the application here)
    • Individuals: The CARES Act includes direct payment to individuals — which will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically (details here)
  • First day of the month: For many Arizonans and businesses this is the day bills are due — mortgage, rent, utilities, and internet, among others. A few reminders for your residents that may be struggling:
    • Renters: Eviction orders are halted for anyone quarantined or facing economic hardships due to COVID-19. 
    • Utilities: APS, SRP, TEP, and six electric cooperatives have agreed that no customer will lose power or assessed late fees or interest due to inability to pay during the COVID-19 emergency.
    • Banking and mortgages: Arizona banks are suspending home evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days, with the potential to extend that period for the duration of the emergency declarations. Most banks have adopted payment deferral programs. If your residents — homeowners, borrowers, small businesses — are struggling to make payments, they should contact their banks directly to discuss payment deferral plans for the emergency. 
    • Internet: Wireless and wireline internet service providers have committed to not terminating service for any residence or small business because of inability to pay due to COVID-19 as well as waiving late fees for those with COVID-19 economic circumstances (link here). Many internet providers have deals specific for the COVID-19 emergency and special offers for families with K-12 students (those offers are compiled on this page by the Arizona Commerce Authority).
    • As a reminder, the Arizona Commerce Authority has compiled resources for small businesses and workers facing employment loss.   
  • “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” (see attached)
    • The (Gov. Ducey’s) Executive Order began Tuesday, March 31st yesterday at 5 pm and ends on April 30th, unless extended.

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