Coronavirus Update: Recovery Bridge Loans, Unemployment Info, and More

Posted on March 27, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends,

Here are some important updates for Connecticut residents, families, and businesses pertaining to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This includes a virtual town hall meeting with Governor Lamont and other officials happen today at 5:00 p.m. See below for details.

Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program

The state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a $25 million short-term loan program for Connecticut businesses that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. These interest-free loans of up to $75,000 are available to businesses that employ no more than 100 people, and they must be repaid within a year. A six month extension may be granted upon request.

For more information on the program, eligibility requirements, the application process, and a Q&A document, click here.

To complete an application, click here.

FAQ Document from the Connecticut Department of Labor

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the CT Department of Labor (DOL) has seen a record number of applications for unemployment assistance. While the state works to respond to requests, the DOL encourages applicants to check out its live FAQ document, which is frequently updated with information and resources for unemployment benefits.

To view the FAQ document, click here.

School Closure Extension and Room & Board Refunds

Governor Lamont has ordered Connecticut public schools to remain closed until at least April 20th.

For all the executive orders issued by the governor and state agencies, click here.

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system, including the University of Connecticut, announced that the universities will credit student accounts for unused room and board by next week. Thereafter, any credit balance will be refunded to students. CSCU stated that its institutions will not refund tuition and fees because they are converting to an online instruction model for the remainder of the term in order to complete the coursework students have begun this semester.

Additional Resources

As a reminder, these are the best resource pages from our federal, state and local governments that are updated regularly:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Click Here

  • State of Connecticut Web Portal: Click Here

  • FAQ Document from Governor’s Office: Click Here

  • Town of Greenwich: Click Here

  • Sign up for updates from First Selectman Camillo’s Office: Click Here

  • City of Stamford: Click Here

  • Sign up for updates from Mayor Martin’s Office: Click Here

  • City of Stamford Business Info Page for COVID-19: Click Here

As always, never hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns about our state and local response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), or any state government matter. I am more than happy to speak with you directly, provide more information if possible, and to serve as a resource for you and your families.

Email: Livvy.Floren@housegop.ct.gov

State Representative Livvy Floren

149th General Assembly District

Greenwich & Stamford