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COVID-19 Resources and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

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Over 10 million Americans lost their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak, with 18 million jobs gone in the past five weeks, as the coronavirus pandemic brought the US economy to halt.

Millions of Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week and the US labor department confirmed on Thursday, as shutdowns across the US led more employers to lay off their workers in nearly every corner of the market. Economists had expected about 6.5 million Americans to file for unemployment benefits for the end of April.

Here are some information for filing Unemployment Benefits.

Where can you find unemployment resources

If you are unemployed or a lapse in employment due to the coronavirus, these resources may be available to you:

• Unemployment Insurance provides unemployment benefits to qualified individuals  who lose their job through no fault of their own.
• You may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance if you are not qualified for other types of unemployment benefits.
• Browse the unemployment benefits near you by using Unemployment Assistance category and filter by state.
• For information to help employers and employees, you may visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Coronavirus Resources page.
• For more information on the coronavirus, you can visit Coronavirus.gov.
• For more information on schools and for school personnel, visit the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 Resources Page. 

Where can you find healthcare resources

With the outbreak of coronavirus, there is concern about maintaining access to medical health care and ensuring individuals can receive proper care throughout the outbreak. If you need healthcare support, check out the available resources:

• If you experienced a lapse of employment. The COBRA Continuation Coverage may be the right choice.
• Read the key differences between Medicare and Medicaid benefits to find the best option for you and your family.
• Explore healthcare programs by browsing the Healthcare and Medical Assistance category.  
• For more information on the coronavirus, you can visit Coronavirus.gov.
• For the veterans and guidance regarding tele-health and protection, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Novel Coronavirus Page for more healthcare information.

Where can you find loans and other resources for business

States have enacted guidelines to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, which may put a halt on businesses. The U.S. SBA or Small Business Administration had  announced plans to coordinate with states to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are severely impacted by the coronavirus under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

You can explore more business loan opportunities within the Business Loans subcategory. Further browse additional options within the Disaster Relief category. There,  you can also browse the SBA's COVID-19 Loan Guidance and Resource Page for small business loan resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The U.S. Department of Treasury is offers the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit the Assistance for Small Businesses Page for more information.

Want to help during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Helping others can minimize stress and provide a healthy outlet to help manage anxiety surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. If you are looking for ways to help others or your community throughout the outbreak, A great place to start getting involved is with your local foodbanks and assistance programs. 

• Please stay informed. The U.S. Department of Justice's Combatting Coronavirus Fraud Page is an informative resource to help everyone identify scams related to the coronavirus outbreak.
• For updates on transportation and mobility, You may visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's. The Coronavirus Resource Page explains the Administration's efforts to contain and mitigate the spread of the virus.
• For more information about food and food safety during the coronavirus outbreak, You may visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Disease and see the Frequently Asked Questions Page.
• For more information on the coronavirus. Please visit Coronavirus.gov.

Where can you apply for unemployment assistance

To apply for unemployment assistance, you can contact your State Unemployment Assistance Agency. Please visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Unemployment Assistance Page to learn more.

How to apply for economic impact payment (stimulus check)

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), stimulus checks will be distributed automatically, with absolutely no action required for most people. The eligible individual taxpayers, who filed tax returns for either year 2018 or year 2019 will be automatically receive an economic impact payment (stimulus check) of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents will receive impact payment amounting to $500 for each qualifying child. You can visit the IRS Economic Impact Payment Page to learn more about this.

Visit the U.S. Social Security Administration's Coronavirus Disease Page to learn more information specific to Social Security during the COVID-19 outbreak, 

Foodsupport.org does not administer benefits or accept applications for benefits. While we cannot answer questions about some benefit applications, user accounts or pins, cases, or personal situations, we can only guide you to the next steps in the application process.

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