COVID Resources

March 18th, 2020

Below is a list of essential resources in Bucks County with their current operating statuses for Bucks County residents. We will try to keep this information as up to date as possible.

If you are unsure of where to start, call 211. All you need to do is dial 211, text your zip code to 898211, or visit uwp.org/211gethelp. Our caring resource specialists are here to assist you 24/7, 365, free of charge.

COVID-19 Information

Bucks County COVID-19 Information

The site provides data including the latest number of cases of the virus in Bucks County, news updates, closures and more.

https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/

PA COVID-19 Information

Information on symptoms and prevention, travel, mitigation, scams, emergency food assistance, mitigation guidance, social distancing and much more is available at www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

Visit health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

 

 

School District Meals for Students

Please click here for a list of meals provided by Bucks County School Districts.

Housing Link

The Bucks County Housing Link

1-800-810-4434

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About the Housing Link:

If you are facing a housing crisis, or if you are homeless, this is the first number that you should call, and the first step you should take in order to get the housing you need.

What to expect:

The first step is to call the 800 number above and leave a message with a phone number or email address and a brief description of the situation. A Housing Link staff member will call back within 2-4 days depending on call volume and urgency of need. Callers will be interviewed with a twenty question screening tool that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete over the phone. Callers will then be contacted by one of the coordinated assessment center agencies to schedule an in-person appointment at the location nearest to them. For this appointment, which will last approximately one hour, the caller will be asked to bring documentation for program eligibility verification, and will complete a program eligibility assessment as well as a nationally-recognized housing assessment to determine the most appropriate type of assistance for them.
Bucks County 2-1-1

Feeding your family. Becoming a volunteer. Getting your taxes done. Avoiding eviction. Keeping your heat on. Joining the workforce. Connecting to support groups. Finding a recovery center. Caring for your grandmother. Protecting a friend.

24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year.
Free, confidential, multilingual information & referrals to Bucks County services.

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember phone number that connects people with important services in their local communities. It can be used for everyday needs and in crisis situations. Every day highly trained 2-1-1 call specialists are available to provide information and referrals to local health and human services.

Call (211), text (898-211) or visit 2-1-1 online to connect with a call specialist!

Pennsylvanians can now text “PACOVID” to 898-211 to receive text messages with links to vetted sources of factual information. Pennsylvanians can also visit www.uwp.org/211gethelp for information on statewide, regional and local resources.

Fresh Connect

During the COVID-19 Crisis, all Fresh Connect sites will remain open and running with a modified pickup. We will continue to offer drive thru service to maintain safety and social distancing.

HOW CAN I RECEIVE PRODUCE?

Any resident of Bucks County who is food insecure can participate.  Registration is on site and no appointment is necessary.  Only one person per income eligible household can participate and eligible families must earn 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). No ID or verification is needed and participation does not affect your government benefits. Please bring your own bags. For non-Bucks County residents, click here for a list of locations in the Delaware Valley where you can participate.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER POLICY?

Fresh Connect operates every week, rain or shine, except during severe weather. This includes actual temperatures below 32 degrees or feels like temperatures below 32 degrees, heat advisories or excessive heat warnings, heavy rain or snow, and thunder and lightning storms. It is our obligation to make the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff our top priority. Closure announcements will be posted on the BCOC website, social media, and on the Fresh Connect phone line no later than 7 AM of the day of the distribution which is being cancelled. Please visit www.bcoc.org or call 215.345.8175 for Fresh Connect up to date closure information.

WHERE IS FRESH CONNECT?

Every Tuesday in Warminster:

12 PM - 1PM Every Tuesday

Warminster Community Park, 1100 Veterans Way, Warminster, PA 18974

Every Thursday in Ottsville:

11 AM - 12PM Every Thursday

Intersection of 611 & 412 (Previously Thompson Auto), Ottsville, PA 18942

Every Friday in Bristol:

12 PM - 1PM Every Friday

Lower Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College, 1304 Veteran's Highway, Bristol, PA 19007

CLICK HERE to view the Fresh Connect Flyer

Upper Bucks County Food Pantries - Please call ahead to confirm hours

Christ’s Cupboard Food Pantry – Open, Drive-thru service, with pre-made packages of food
Providence Presbyterian Church
2200 Krammes Rd. (Milford Township)
Quakertown, PA 18951
3rd Saturday of Month: 9-11 a.m.

FEAST Pantry - Open
Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church
One Luther Lane
Trumbauersville, PA 18970
215-536-3193
Tuesday: 11 am – 2 pm
Thursday: 6 pm - 8 pm
3rd Saturday of month: 11 am – 1 pm

Fresh For All – Open, Pick-ups in parking lot
Grace Bible Church
423 Main Street, Souderton, PA 18964
Ph: 215-220-1920
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Heaven's Bounty - Open
Quakertown First Church of the Brethren
455 Trumbauersville Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
Ph: 215-536-1317
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Keystone Opportunity Center - Open
104 Main Street
Souderton, PA 18964
Ph: 215-723-5430
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday nights 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Souderton School District Only

The Lord's Pantry Open, Pickups available, call for information
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
4050 Durham Road (Route 412)
Ottsville, PA 18942
Ph: 610-847-2402
Monday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Lord’s Pantry is not open to foot-traffic, in-person meetings or drop-ins. If you need something, please call the parish office who will work to arrange a suitable time for you to pick-up or drop-off in front of the office or Pantry.

Pennridge FISH - Open
800 West Chestnut Street
Perkasie, PA 18944
Ph: 215-257-7616
Monday and Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Quakertown Food Pantry - Open
101 B 3rd Street
P.O. Box 278
Quakertown, PA 18951
Ph: 215-536-0240
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

St. Isidore’s Roman Catholic Church - Closed
Food Pantry, Old Parish Office
currently closed

Central Bucks County Food Pantries - Please call ahead to confirm hours

Doylestown Food Pantry – Open, call phone number for messages of any closing
Bucks County Housing Group
470 Old Dublin Pike
Doylestown, PA 18901
Ph: 215-345-4311 ext.101
Sunday 10:30am-1pm
Wednesday 5:30-8pm
Thursday 10:30am-1:30pm
For hours not listed, please call for an appointment.

Bux-Mont Christian Church Food Pantry
Bux-Mon Christian Church
400 Jacksonville Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
215-322-1732
Thursdays 6 - 8 pm

Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare Emergency Food Cupboard - Closed
Currently closed

Jesus Focus Ministry Open, drive-up service
Bethanna
1030 Second Street Pike
Southampton, PA 18966
Ph: 215-953-2000
Please call 15 minutes prior to arrival.
Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Living Hope Community Church  – Open, drive-up service
22 H West Route 313
Perkasie, PA 18944
Ph: 215-249-1133
Friday 11 am - 1 pm

Food Larder - Open, drive-up service
New Britain Baptist Church
22 East Butler Avenue
New Britain, PA 18901
Ph: 215-345-9170
Monday, 9:00 am to Noon

Warrington Fellowship Church - Closed
Currently closed until March 29th

Lower Bucks County Food Pantries - Please call ahead to confirm hours

Bristol Borough Community Action Group, Inc. - Open
99 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
Ph: 215-785-3296
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:00 am - 2 pm
Friday 10 am - 12:30 pm
Orders and signatures are taken verbally outside and delivered to you, no inside service permitted.

Penndel Food Pantry – Open, call phone number for a message of any closings
Bucks County Housing Group
349 Durham Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
Ph: 215-750-4344 ext. 102
Monday and Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bread of Life Food Pantry - Open
Community Baptist Church
225 Radcliffe St.
Bristol, PA 19007
267-878-0894
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 2:15 pm

Christ the King Orthodox Church Food Pantry - Open
465 Main Street
Tullytown, PA 19007
Ph: 215-945-2886
Call for an appointment

Christian Care at Calvary Baptist Church - Closed
Currently closed

Christian Care at A Church of Living Hope - Open
1271 Maple Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047
267-685-6338
Thursday: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
*By appointment only

Emergency Relief Association of Lower Bucks County - Open
1700 Woodbourne Road
Levittown, PA 19054
Ph: 215-547-1676
Monday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Faith Baptist Church - Open
1515 Wister Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-946-7550
Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 pm -9:30 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Family Service Association of Bucks County - Open
4 Cornerstone Dr.
Langhorne, PA 19047
Ph: 215-757-6916 x226 or x228
Thursdays 9 am - 4 pm
Fridays 9 am - 4 pm
For emergency food outside of listed hours call 215-757-6916 ext. 225 to discuss other options

First United Methodist Church of Bristol
201 Mulberry Street
Bristol, PA 19007
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Thursday: 6 pm - 8 pm

Greater Works Food Pantry - Open
Love Fellowship Tabernacle
5918 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Ph: 215-741-0525
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
2nd Saturday of the month by appointment.

Harvest Ministries - Open
Cornwells United Methodist Church
2284 Bristol Pike
Bensalem, PA 19020
Ph: 215-639-0436
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 am - Noon
2nd Wednesday Each Month 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
*During shutdown, food will be pre-bagged, and no paperwork required

Lester Bahrt Food Pantry - Closed
First United Methodist Church
Currently closed

Mary's Cupboard - Open
Saint Michael the Archangel Church
100 Levittown Parkway
Levittown, PA 19054
Ph: 215-949-1991
Monday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday and Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Please call for an appointment or if you need service outside of listed hours

Martha’s Choice - Open
Fatima Catholic Outreach Center
2915 Street Rd
Bensalem, PA 19020
Ph: 215-945-2550
Tuesday and Thursday: 11 am – 2 pm
No appointment needed

Martha’s Cupboard – Open
St. Frances Cabrini
325 South Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Ph: 215-946-4040
Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Morrisville Presbyterian Church – Open, prepacked bags of groceries distributed outside
771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
Ph: 215-295-4191
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
First Tuesday of each month 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Morrisville Presbyterian Church pantry recipients must be at or below 185% of the poverty level.

No Longer Bound
Norton Ave. Baptist Church
5723 Watson & Norton Avenue
Bristol, PA 19007
Ph: 215-788-9511
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Salvation Army of Lower Bucks - Open
215 Appletree Drive
Levittown, PA 19055
Ph: 215-945-0717
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Scheduled appointments are available upon request.

Soulful Blessings
Second Baptist Church of Bristol
640 Race Street
Bristol, PA 19007
Ph: 215-788-1440
Tuesday 9:00 am - Noon
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tifereth Israel Food Pantry – Open
Congregation Tifereth Israel of Lower Bucks County
2909 Bristol Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Ph: 215-752-3468
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Please bring I.D.

Country Commons Family Center Food Pantry – Open
YWCA of Bucks County
3338 Richlieu Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mental Health Resources

Feeling anxious? Need help with managing stress, anxiety, drugs or alcohol? Need to talk to someone? Call the Bucks County COVID-19 Behavioral Health Helpline Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, at 215-399-5681.

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ACES Connection - 9 Ways to Access Your Inner Strength During Traumatic Times

Greater Good Science Center - Berkeley - https://greatergood.berkeley.edu - offering twice weekly stress reduction FB live sessions. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 4:20 pm EDT throughout the COVID-19 situation.

Mental Health/Warmline

DHS and Center for Community Resources to offer a 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed.

The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494.

Guiding your child and/or teen during social isolation

This guide was provided by Abington Jefferson Health

Click here for the flyer.

Guiding Your Child and/or Teen During Social Isolation Due To the COVID-19 Outbreak

Abington - Jefferson Health’s Community Health Department would like to suggest the following links as a resource to help guide your family through these potentially anxiety provoking times. It is not uncommon in this age of 24-hour news and social media for children to receive incorrect information and thus be feeling afraid or worried.

Start by asking your child or teen what they already know and use the following links to correct misinformation as well as help them with their anxiety.

 For the youngest ages: A self-care video from PBS:

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

 For teens with anxiety related specifically to this virus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html

 For all ages, coping with anxiety related specifically to this virus:

https://pulse.seattlechildrens.org/helping-children-and-teens-cope-with-anxiety-covid-19

 A great resource from Jefferson’s pediatric partner, Nemours.

How do we describe this virus? How much do we share?

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html

 CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Resources Available to Help Businesses, Employees Affected by Coronavirus Mitigation

On Tuesday, Governor Wolf strongly urged nonessential businesses to close in an effort to mitigate the spread for the COVID-19 coronavirus. A number of resources are available to help businesses and employees who are affected by the governor’s coronavirus mitigation measures.

At the request of legislators and business leaders, Governor Wolf has clarified which businesses are considered to be nonessential and would be strongly urged or mandated to close for the next two weeks as a result of his order. That information is available here.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is expected to offer loans that could assist businesses affected by COVID-19. Information will be posted to www.dced.pa.gov/resources/ as it becomes available.

The Strategic Early Warning Network, administered by the Department of Labor and Industry, offers resources to help small and medium-sized business, including business planning resources and contingency planning, at www.steelvalley.org/coronavirus.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry also has a webpage dedicated to helping businesses deal with coronavirus concerns at www.pachamber.org/coronavirus.

Employees who are unable to work because of COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation or workers’ Compensation. The Department of Labor and Industry offers guidance to employees on this issue at www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx.

PennDOT

Photo and License Centers Closed; Expiration Dates Extended

All PennDOT Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers will be closed for at least two weeks, effective March 16. Customers are encouraged to complete all photo ID and vehicle registration renewals, address changes and other PennDOT services online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Mailed products will be delayed until normal operations resume.

As a result of the closures, expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020 will be extended until April 30, 2020.

The Transportation Safety Administration recently announced that they would continue to accept driver licenses and ID cards that expired after March 1 as a valid form of identification at airport security checkpoints. More details are available at www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.

More information on PennDOT services is available here.

Drug and Alcohol Resources
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Guidance on protective services for older adults

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released COVID-19 guidance on handling protective services for older adults. This temporary guidance provides operational flexibility to protect older adults and staff during investigative cases while following the ongoing directive from Gov. Tom Wolf to stay home and practice social distancing.

“One of our primary responsibilities at the Department of Aging is to protect older adults from abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or abandonment by investigating suspected cases of abuse quickly and thoroughly,” said Aging Secretary Robert Torres. “During the governor’s COVID-19 mitigation effort, we want to ensure we are reducing the risk of exposure to both the older adult and investigator while ensuring the safety and protection of the older adult.”

The guidance addresses how protective services workers can protect themselves and limit contact during each phase of an investigation, from the intake process, to understanding when face-to-face contact is required under the current circumstances, to preparing for an on-site visit when necessary.

This guidance will be updated on a recurring basis, as needed, when new information becomes available.

Anyone suspecting elder abuse should call the statewide abuse reporting hotline at 1-800-490-8505, which is operational 24/7, 365 days per year.

All Department of Aging guidance related to COVID-19 is available here.

Visit health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

Learn more about the various programs offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging at aging.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Article from Lower Bucks Times

 

Child care for medical professionals, essential employees and first responders
Community Resources Compiled by Abington-Jefferson Health

https://www.abingtonhealth.org/healthy-living/CommunityHealth/community-resources/

Community Resources

In support of our community benefit initiatives, Abington – Jefferson Health is pleased to provide the following information about available resources in Montgomery and Bucks counties.

Population Health is evolving. The social determinants of health (transportation, economics, jobs, access to care, food and shelter, basic needs and more) are becoming important parts of the healthcare delivery system. We will continue to populate this page with information to help our community.

For more information please click here for resources.

Collaborating States Initiative

Below information compiled by: https://casel.org/

As the country and world continue to understand how to navigate the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the public health implications, CASEL urges continued focus on the social and emotional needs of children and adults. CASEL understands that this is an unprecedented time for state leaders, your teams, and the constituents you serve. We are committed to providing support as you continue to identify ways to support the social, emotional, and academic well-being of your students as they navigate social distancing and school closures, among the other life transitions that are occurring.  

We recognize your difficult work as you continue to support your schools and districts to foster safe, supportive learning environments and positive adult-student relationships (whether they be in-person or virtual) that help students and adults reflect on and process these emotions, discuss and evaluate the news, and learn about and develop strategies for keeping themselves and their communities healthy.

As such, CASEL has created resources for states, districts, educators, and families to help them highlight how SEL can provide support during this challenging time. These resources are found on our webpage here. We will be continuously updating the webpage as more resources become available.

To get you started, we want to share some of the initial policy resources we found (that will also be updated on our webpage). CASEL is particularly underscoring that adult SEL is critically important at this time, as adults have shifting and increased pressures as well as responsibilities in reassuring children. The following resources may be useful in addressing the social and emotional needs of your teams, peers, and others:

 

Self-Care

·       CDC Guidance for Managing Stress and Anxiety – Tips for supporting adults during a crisis

·       SAMHSA: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks – Fact sheet on the signs of stress in yourself or others

·       CDC Guidance for Emergency Responders - Tips for taking care of yourself as an “emergency responder” during this time

Team Care

·       SEL Signature Practices Playbook – Protocols for use during team meetings to “check-in” on emotions and set the stage for shared learning and work

·       National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Coping with Stress – For use in supporting your team to support field-based teams

·       Education First: Going Virtual – Tips for use when managing teams online

Policy Specific

·       Education Week - State Education Chiefs on the Coronavirus: What We Need to Know Now

·       Chiefs for Change - Responding to the Coronavirus: What We Are Doing and Resources for Education Systems

·       Education Week Map -  Coronavirus and School Closures

·       Council of Chief State School Officers -  CCSSO Supporting States Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

·       Child Trends - As COVID-19 spreads, most states have laws that address how schools should respond to pandemics

·       Education Commission of the States - Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools

·       National League of Cities - Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders

 

Additional Resources

·       Healthy Minds Program - Training Your Mind Is the Key to Your Emotional Well-being

·       Teaching Tolerance - Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus

·       Pure Edge - Evidence-Based Approaches for Thoughtful Partnerships Curriculum & Training

·       America’s Promise - America’s Promise Alliance Covid-19 Resources

 

 

 

Bathrooms & Showers for the homeless

Lower Bucks:

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Central Bucks

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Upper Bucks

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Información en Español

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Hechos de coronavirus

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Spanish-Fact Sheet - COVID-19 Mental Health FINAL

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Spanish-Fact Sheet - Talking to Kids FINAL

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Spanish-WIC Factsheet FINAL

DHS Assists Essential Workers in Finding Child Care Providers 

The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently unveiled a new tool to help essential workers find childcare providers that are permitted to serve the families of essential personnel during the COVID-19 emergency.

All licensed child care centers and group child care homes operating outside of a residence have been ordered to close. In order to meet the needs of essential personnel – such as healthcare providers, first responders, and grocery and food service employees – the DHS Office of Child Development and Early Learning is processing waiver requests for centers and group care homes that serve only these families.

Information about child care providers that have been granted waivers is available on the DHS website. Family child care homes and group child care homes operated inside a residence may continue to operate at their discretion without a waiver. Information about these providers is available at www.findchildcare.pa.gov.

Child and Adult Protective Services, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Programs

Child and Adult Protective Services, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Programs are Still Operating During COVID-19 Mitigation

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding Pennsylvanians that the state’s outlets to report abuse or neglect, ChildLine and Adult Protective Services, and domestic violence and rape crisis programs are still operational for those who wish to report suspected abuse or neglect or need assistance during COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

DHS encourages all Pennsylvanians to educate themselves on potential signs of abuse (➡️ http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/about/signs/index.htm) and make the call to ChildLine if you suspect abuse or neglect.

ChildLine is available 24/7 to anyone wishing to report child abuse and general child well-being concerns at 1-800-932-0313 and at www.KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov. Mandated reporters should report online. ChildLine supervisors are constantly monitoring calls and assuring proper response and assignment to county agencies for all incoming reports. ChildLine response will not change because staff are teleworking from their homes.

Adult Protective Services protects adults who are 18 to 59 and have a physical or intellectual disability. Reports can be made 24/7 to 1-800-490-8505, and these calls are continuing to be answered and investigated.

In addition, domestic violence programs and rape crisis centers continue to provide services to survivors across the state. If you need to find sexual assault crisis services, please call 1-888-772-7227 or visit pcar.org to be connected with your local rape crisis center.

For domestic violence services, please visit pcadv.org or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE), 1-800-787-3224 (TTY for people who are deaf). If you are unable to speak safely, you can also log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Banking and Housing

CARES Act Provides Additional Loss Mitigation Options for FHA-Insured Homeowners - For borrowers experiencing a financial hardship negatively impacting their ability to make on-time mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 national emergency include:

·    Availability of up to six-months of mortgage payment forbearance for affected borrowers and an additional six-month period, if needed

·    New COVID-19 national emergency stand-alone partial claim for eligible borrowers

·    Extends certain due and payable, foreclosure, and claim timeframes for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) affected by the COVID-19 national emergency.

 

Univest Bank and Trust Co - https://www.univest.net/ - Find info here regarding the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established under the CARES Act. https://www.univest.net/paycheck-protection-program

 

What’s been done so far:

  • Cash flow to businesses and consumers: The Fed announced the establishment of a commercial paper facility. This is the most direct action the Fed can take to assist lending to businesses and families. For companies, it means funding day-to-day operation like payroll. For families, it means consumer lending. These also have a positive impact on Money Market Funds. Expect more action by the Fed this week.
  • Suspension of foreclosures and evictions: FHFA and the Trump Administration suspended foreclosures and evictions to prevent homeowners from being removed from their homes during this national emergency.
  • More flexibility for banks to serve consumers: On Mach 17, 2020, federal bank regulatory agencies announced an interim final rule to give banks more flexibility to continue to serve households and businesses in this uncertain time.
  • Credit availability to help job creators: On March 16, 2020, federal bank regulatory agencies released a statement encouraging banks to use the Federal Reserve's "discount window" to ensure the smooth flow of credit to job creators and families.
  • Stimulating the overall economy: On March 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates, bringing the federal funds rate to between 0% and 0.25% to stimulate the economy. This move allows financial institutions to continue to assist with the financing needs of American families and businesses.
Tax Relief

The income tax filing date has been pushed from April 15 to July 15, per an announcement from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. In the announcement, Mnuchin said that all taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

On March 25th, the IRS released its “People First Initiative,” which is designed to provide relief to taxpayers during the fight against COVID-19. The relief includes postponing certain payments related to installment agreements and offers in compromise. It also includes limiting certain enforcement actions. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig noted that the IRS is “temporarily adjusting [its] processes to help people and businesses during these uncertain times.” To determine whether this relief applies to your specific situation, review the IRS guidance here.

This new initiative adds to other recently released updates from the IRS on its efforts to aid taxpayers in response to COVID-19. The IRS released information related to its continuing operations and tips for taxpayers and tax professionals on how best to interact with the agency during the crisis. That information can be found here. Additionally, the IRS developed a Frequently Asked Questions page aimed at addressing taxpayer questions regarding changes to the tax filing and tax payment deadlines. That information can be found here.

Additional tips and resources for taxpayers:

  • Taxpayers should still file their taxes as soon as possible if they expect to receive a refund. Although the tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, the sooner you file your taxes, the sooner you can receive your refund during as we face this COVID-19 challenge together.
  • Taxpayers are encouraged to file their taxes electronically and use direct deposit if possible. Under current circumstances, this is the fastest way for taxpayers to receive refunds.
  • The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) remains operational at the local level and taxpayers in need of assistance should visit the TAS website here to locate the appropriate local office phone number. Note that TAS has suspended walk-in services and their toll-free centralized number until further notice. Contacting a local office is the most effective way to get assistance at this time.

The IRS is continuing to provide new information for taxpayers related to regulatory changes and agency guidance at its dedicated coronavirus website here.

IRS resource page on Coronavirus Tax Relief: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Small Business Relief

The SBA has administratively declared the state of Pennsylvania as an economic disaster.

• The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

• Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

• SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.

• Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.

• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

• These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

• SBA offers loans with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

• For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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