Congresswoman Madeleine Dean will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Friday, March 20th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This telephone town hall will focus on the economic impact of COVID-19 and will give the opportunity for state officials to relay guidance on navigating business loans, unemployment compensation, and more during this challenging economic time. To register for this telephone town hall, please visit: https://dean.house.gov/live
Below is additional information from Congresswoman Dean regarding displaced workers and business owners affected by COVID-19:
Workers Americans impacted by COVID-19:
Today, Congress finalized legislation that would direct $2 billion to state unemployment insurance programs.
If you are a Pennsylvania worker and unable to work because of COVID-19 you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.
You may be eligible if:
• Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19
• Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19
• You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19
• You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts
• For more details and information: https://bit.ly/2Uf9QQQ
Small Businesses and SBA Loans:
Rep. Dean is urging Pennsylvania small businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis to inquire about Small Business Administration loans.
At the beginning of this month, the House appropriated an $8.3 billion package to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Included in this $8.3 billion was the expansion of small business loans to help deal with this crisis.
Rep. Dean is advising small businesses that seek SBA loans to take the following steps:
• Start to collect the information needed to apply for loans. Examples can be found at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms, and include documents like tax returns from recent years and balance sheets.
• Get the latest information by visiting the SBA’s coronavirus website, www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19, or calling SBA’s national disaster relief line at 1-800-659-2955.
• Once familiar with the details, contact Pennsylvania’s SBA office in King of Prussia, https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/pa/king-of-prussia. SBA staffers may be experiencing higher than normal call volume during this crisis period, but will call back if you leave a message.
Check out our COVID-19 Health and Safety Page:https://dean.house.gov/covid-19-health-and-safety-updates
Listen to the COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall from March 11th: https://dean.house.gov/media/videos/covid-19-tele-town-hall