Durham Small Business Grants & Loans + Top 10
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Here's a roundup of important information for this week. Please share with your friends and community members- you never know who might need it. As always, let us know if you have any questions.
Wishing you health and happiness!
- Your City of Durham Community Engagement Team
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This Week’s Top 10
- Durham Safer-at-Home Order: What’s Different as of June 12?
- Food Nutrition Programs for Older Adults
- Are You Facing Eviction?
- Need NC Child Support help?
- Wondering how Contact Tracing Works?
- Creative Ways to Host a Party
- Mental Health Resources
- Economic Supports to Help your Family
- Warning: Flooding
- Census 2020
Plus, Durham Small Business Grants & Loans + in case you missed it....
1- Durham Safer-at-Home Order: What’s Different as of June 12?
Learn more on the City's website: https://durhamnc.gov/4019/Stay-at-Home-Order-FAQs
For information on activities and restrictions not covered here, refer to the State’s Phase 2 webpage.
2- Food Nutrition Programs for Older Adults
From the Durham Center for Senior Life:
- Congregate Nutrition Program- Provides 5 complete frozen meals weekly. Registration is Required.
- Kitchenless Senior EATS!- Food nutrition for older adults experiencing homelessness.
3- Are Facing Eviction?
The City of Durham Eviction Diversion Program is a partnership between Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Duke Civil Justice Clinic to provide legal representation to low-wealth and low-income residents and families who are facing eviction. To apply for legal assistance with eviction, please contact Legal Aid of North Carolina (866-219-5262) or locally Robbie Breitweiser(919-688-6396, ext. 4540). Please leave a message with your phone number and best times to reach you.
4- Need NC Child Support help?
You can call 1-800-992-9457 or visit http://ncchildsupport.com.
5- Wondering how Contact Tracing Works?
See how Mia worked with a member of the COVID-19 Community Team to stay informed and slow the spread of the virus. https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/about/tracing/Contact-Tracing-Flowchart.pdf
6- Creative Ways to Host a Party
Even if you and your guests feel well, you could be spreading COVID-19 and not know it yet. Instead of in-person gatherings, try creative ways to host your graduation parties, cookouts, game nights, and more! https://www.dcopublichealth.org/
7- Mental Health Resources
NCDHHS has two mental health resources to support North Carolinians throughout COVID-19: Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) and the Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002). Learn more: http://ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/new-mental-health-supports-all-north-carolinians-including-health-care-workers
8- Economic supports to help your family
This webinar will only be offered in Spanish.
Join us next Tuesday, June 23 from 6-7pm to learn more about:
- Financial support for paying your rent and bills
- The SNAP program (food stamps) and P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer)
- Loans and grants for small businesses
- Support from your bank or credit union
See more of Durham Cooperative Extension’s upcoming events: https://durham.ces.ncsu.edu/events/
9- Warning: Flooding
Flooding is dangerous whether you are in your home, driving or on foot. Never drive through flooded roadways. Stay away from swollen streams and rivers. You can monitor flooding in your area at http://fiman.nc.gov.
10- Census 2020
When our kids don’t get counted in the Census, that translates into overcrowded classrooms, more child hunger, and a diminished future for all of us. (Currently, only 57.8% is represented in the 2020 Census.)
IMPORTANT: If you haven't already, please fill out the 2020 Census today. Go to http://2020Census.gov.
Durham Small Business Fund
The City of Durham has partnered with Carolina Small Business Development Fund to establish the Durham Small Business Recovery Fund to provide loan and grant funds for small businesses (for-profits) adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses are those with fewer than 25 employees, including home-based businesses and food trucks, which are subject to additional criteria.
- Loans (businesses with revenues greater than $500,000 to $2 million) https://carolinasmallbusiness.org/initiatives/durhamloanprogram/
- Grants (businesses with $500,000 or less in revenue) https://carolinasmallbusiness.org/initiatives/durhamgrantprogram/ (application deadline: Sunday, June 28)
In case you missed it...
- Are you are struggling to pay your water bill? Check out the City of Durham’s Water Hardship Fund https://durhamnc.gov/FormCenter/Water-Management-16/Water-Hardship-Fund-227
- Do you need help finding meals for your child? Text FOODNC to 877-877.
- This newsletter and past newsletters are also available on our website. https://www.durhamcommunityengagement.org/news