Congress has passed – and the President has signed – comprehensive legislation to ease the economic burden the American people and small businesses are experiencing as we follow public health advice to combat the coronavirus. Legislation passed to date includes expanded unemployment benefits, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans, and hundreds of billions of dollars in support for small businesses, hospitals, health systems, and health research.
- For information on how to apply for unemployment benefits and to learn about COVID-19 specific benefits, visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (NJDOL) website.
- To check the status of your Economic Impact Payment, visit the IRS Get My Payment app by clicking here.
- Non-filers have until November 21st to provide the IRS with the information necessary to receive their Economic Impact Payment.
- To learn about paid sick and family leave benefits available to you, use the NJDOL Benefits Eligibility tool.
- To apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, contact New Jersey's SNAP office.
- To apply for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website.
- Click here to find a local food bank near you, or call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY/1-877-8-HAMBRE
- To learn about homeowner and rental assistance available to you, visit the State of New Jersey website.
- Contact information for free housing counseling in New Jersey can be found here.
Small Business Assistance
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- Congress infused new funding into the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The EIDL application page can be found here.
- These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other debts that cannot be paid because of the virus' impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.
- Answers to frequently asked questions about Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be found here. For additional information, small business owners can contact the SBA Disaster Assistance customer service center by calling 1-800-659-2955 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- The application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program has passed. Existing loan holders can learn about the forgiveness process here.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
- The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJ EDA) offers loans and grants to impacted businesses and non-profit organizations. To learn more about assistance available through NJ EDA, visit New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub.
- Federal student loan payments are suspended, and interest is waived until December 31, 2020. To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website.
- Congress provided emergency funding to ensure students can still receive their free or reduced-price school meals during this time. Click here to learn how schools in your area are distributing meals.
- Congress provided emergency funding to ensure the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the equipment, tests, and support services – including temporary care sites, mobile treatment centers, and telehealth visits – necessary to provide veterans with the care they need. For further guidance, visit VA’s website.
- New Jersey has a 24-Hour Hotline where trained healthcare professionals will be available to answer your questions on coronavirus. Call 1-800-962-1253 or text NJCOVID to 898-211.
- COVID-19 testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. To find a testing site near you and learn about site requirements, click here.
- COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology. The app will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous. Click here to download and learn more about the COVID Alert NJ app.
New information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date.
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.
The New Jersey State Government has launched an information hub that provides the latest updates and resources.
The State Department provides a list of the latest travel advisories.
The Social Security Administration has a website with information related to their services during the coronavirus pandemic.
- All SSA field offices are currently closed and as a result you should expect service delays. You can still reach the SSA by phone and can identify your local field office here.