Advocate For Families

Federal Actions

Congress is working to negotiate a Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief bill. House leadership proposed an increase in emergency funding to support child care providers across the nation. However, this amount is still insufficient to sustain the child care sector during this unprecedented crisis.

Join us today in urging our Congressional members to stand up for support families, working parents, child care employees and business owners.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to fund child care

This week Congress is negotiating another COVID-19 relief package. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative today, and urge them to prioritize an infusion of $50 billion for the child care sector.

ADVOCACY UPDATE: Apply for nonprofit and small business relief

On Monday, April 27th, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumed accepting loan applications. Congress recently infused an additional $310 billion into PPP for nonprofits and small businesses to pay or rehire employees during the COVID-19 crisis. 75% of this loan must be used for payroll. If businesses retain their workforce, the portion of the loans used to cover payroll, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities over 8 weeks will be forgiven. Apply first through your existing bank. If your application is denied by your bank’s underwriter, find another lender here and apply again.

The “Phase 3.5” relief package also includes an additional $60 billion to replenish the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program provides nonprofits and small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million and an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to help cover a temporary loss of revenue. Apply for EIDL here.

Nonprofits and small businesses can apply for both PPP and EIDL, however these loans must be used for different purposes and funding is expected to run out quickly. We encourage you to apply for these programs as soon as possible.

State Actions

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every sector of human services—from permanent supportive housing to afterschool programs, mental health, and everything in between. Here in New England, we are tracking relief efforts at the state level to help children, workers, and families weather the losses from this epidemic and meet their basic needs.