COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Resources

COVID-19 Hotline – (844) 442-2681

Information about the COVID-19 Recovery Rebate

IRS Information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

What if I’ve moved? 

Under the law, the Treasury must send notice of the payment by mail to your last known address. The notice will include how the payment was made and the amount of the payment. The notice will also include a phone number for the appropriate point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you didn’t receive the payment. You can help make sure that it goes to the right place by updating your address after a move. Usually, you’d do that on your tax return, but you can also submit a federal form 8822, Change of Address (downloads as a PDF). It generally takes four to six weeks to process a change of address.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/25/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-those-tax-stimulus-checks-but-were-afraid-to-ask/#31f35b1f9c9d

What should I do if I did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2018?

The best way to ensure you receive a recovery rebate is to file a 2019 tax return if you have not already done so. This could be accomplished for free online from home using the IRS Free file program here: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free. The bill also instructs the IRS to engage in a public campaign to alert all individuals of their eligibility for the rebate and how to receive it if they have not filed either a 2019 or 2018 tax return.

https://wwmt.com/news/coronavirus/faq-from-us-senate-committee-on-finance-about-stimulus-rebates-during-covid-19-pandemic

Other articles that could affect BCM clients

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifertescher/2020/03/27/checks-wont-cut-it-getting-covid-19-relief-to-the-most-vulnerable/#176b93d2675e

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/822224393/show-me-the-relief-money-no-promises-on-when-coronavirus-checks-are-coming

https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/what-georgians-need-know-about-the-shelter-place-order/hfGg6P6Mgzt9Aj01C7DyJI/

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STATE AND GOVERNMENT UPDATES

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/
White House Updates – https://www.whitehouse.gov/
Governor Kemp updates – https://gov.georgia.gov/
Department of Community Affairs – https://www.dca.ga.gov/shutdown
Georgia Department of Public Health – https://dph.georgia.gov/
GA Legal Aid – https://www.georgialegalaid.org/resource/covid-19-resource-list

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Emergency Paid Sick Leave – Any employee who works for an employer is eligible.

  • Full-time Employees – 80 hours of paid sick leave
  • Part-time Employees – Paid based on the average number of hours the employee worked for the six months prior to taking this paid sick leave

FMLA Expandedhttps://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic
Unemploymenthttps://www.dol.state.ga.us/fileaclaim/
Wageshttps://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

FOOD ASSISTANCE

SNAP/Food Stampshttps://dfcs.georgia.gov/food-stamps
Women, Infants & Children SNAPhttps://dph.georgia.gov/WIC

Food Outreach Flyer

Text FINDFOOD to 888-976-2232

CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE

Find quality childcare that is open – http://www.qualityrated.org or 1-877-ALL GA Kids (1-877-255-4254)

UTILITY ASSISTANCE

Georgia Power suspends utility shut-offs for 30 days – https://www.georgiapower.com/company/news-center/2020-articles/georgia-power-assures-customers-safe-and-reliable-service-will-continue-during-covid-19-pandemic.html
Atlanta Gas Lighthttps://www.atlantagaslight.com/residential/energy-assistance
Xfinityoverview of COVID-19 response and customer support
AT&T24/7 online support

RENT & MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

President Trump directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend evictions and foreclosures on FHA Mortgages for 60 days as Americans grapple with the fallout of the coronavirus.  Foreclosures have also been suspended for mortgages owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Borrowers can search here to see if their loan is owned by Fannie or Freddie:

For other private mortgages (about 1/3 of the mortgage market), there has been no pause in foreclosures yet ordered in Georgia. Deadlines for answering an eviction lawsuit have been suspended in many Georgia Courts.

For more info: https://www.nclc.org/special-projects/covid-19-consumer-protections.html

SHELTER ASSISTANCE

Shelter Outreach Flyer

BCM FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Call the Helpline at (404) 239-0038. Open MON, TUES and FRI at 10am and THURS at 1pm until appointments are filled.

The City of Atlanta has allocated $22 Million to Atlanta residents through United Way.

BCM is honored to be a partner and increase our emergency assistance services with funding provided by The Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Grant. This grant is solely for City of Atlanta (incorporated) residents who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and whose income after March 1st is at or below 60% of the Area Median Income.

If you are interested in applying please contact United Way via https://relief.uwga.org or 2-1-1 phone call and indicate you were referred by BCM. Thank you!