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Austin and Travis County have announced a number of ways they are helping, including assistance with utilities, evictions, housing, food assistance, business resources, unemployment help, and healthcare services. You can also call 3-1-1, though you should expect long wait times.

NextDoor is that social media site where we usually go to sell our old dining room furniture. If you are not already a member, this may be a good time to join. Participation is limited to your geographic area, and people are sharing ideas, concerns, questions, information, and offers to help. Next Door has added a Help Map so that people can identify themselves as willing to help, and a green dot will show up on the map of your immediate neighborhood.

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Eanes ISD   Eanes has a Coronavirus page with their latest updates.

Free Internet  For families with kids that will be schooling at home, internet may be an issue. Spectrum is offering 60 days of free Internet hookup and free Internet (you will be billed after the 60 days, though, so you have to remember to cancel it).

The CARES Act   According to the new law, most of us will be receiving a government rebate or a tax credit ($1200 per individual, $2400 per couple, $500 per eligible child; amounts reduced if income levels are higher than limits). The bill also provides critical resources to health care workers and support for small businesses. The Tax Foundation has outlined the key provisions. Rebates will come by direct deposit if the IRS has that information for you, otherwise it should come by check, and that may take a bit longer.

Tax Returns  The IRS has extended the deadline for filing to July 15.

The Census  The deadline for completing the census has been extended. If you haven’t done the census yet, this may be a good time to get it done! You can answer the Census via phone, and it’s available in 50+ languages.

Small business loans  You may be able to get help for your business through Federal Disaster Assistance (includes Texas); read this article summarizing the plan (Texas Tribune).

Unemployment benefits and assistance for the newly unemployed are available through the Texas Workforce Commission.

Assistance and Resources for Employers are available through Texas Workforce Commission. Scroll down the page for information on how you can apply for unemployment on behalf of your employees if you are forced to lay some of them off.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) extends the amount of sick leave pay for employers with less than 500 staff; includes government employees currently without two weeks sick leave.

Make your own face masks  A homemade mask can be helpful in preventing the spread of germs. The trick is to make it multi-layered and make sure it fits snugly around the nose and mouth without gaps. An article from Business Insider covers the basics. Here’s a simple no-sew face mask made from a handkerchief and two hair ties.