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- firstname.lastname@example.org (also text 512-649-2247) for help with your account or any questions you might have
- Digital content is available to anyone living within our district or the Eanes District. If you are not in our district, we can help you figure out which library you should be using for digital access. If you live in Eanes and your family doesn’t have a card, you can apply on our website.
- Programs through Zoom are available now, including Visit with a Librarian. Learn more about Zoom.
- Changes to library service
- Wifi is on at the library. You may access it from your car or from a bench out front if you sit far away from others.
- Information pages (regularly updated):
LOCAL RESOURCES AND GENERAL INFORMATION
- Health, Food, and Housing Resources – resource list maintained the library
- 3-1-1 You can call 3-1-1 to get answers to questions you may have (Austin), though you may experience long wait times. You can also email 311.
- 2-1-1 Call 2-1-1 for questions about social service resources (Texas).
- NextDoor is a social media site where participation is limited to your geographic area. They have 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.
- Eanes ISD Eanes has a Coronavirus page with their latest updates.
- Free Internet – families with kids that are schooling at home may be eligible for two free months of Internet:
- 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.
- How to Pet Dogs During the Coronavirus (Washington Post) examines the unlikelihood of getting the virus from animals, but reminds us to wash hands after petting dogs.
- Free online ACT/SAT math tutoring by Westlake High School students – sign up for classes at https://bit.ly/2X5NEM0
- How to keep your glasses from fogging when you wear a mask
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION LINKS
- 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.
EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT
- Job search resources
- Unemployment benefits and assistance for the newly unemployed are available through the Texas Workforce Commission. Employees are eligible for an additional thirteen weeks of federally funded unemployment insurance benefits. Each recipient will receive an addition $600 per week payment. Alison Green answers questions about the new unemployment benefits law.
- FAQs from the Texas Workforce Commission about unemployment during COVID-19; weekly updates on Facebook
- Unemployment claims tips from someone who handles unemployment claims:
- Capital Area Workforce Solutions – jobs and childcare assistance
- Child Care Options for Texas Frontline Workers
- Westlake Chamber of Commerce – local businesses helping each other – COVID 19 Resources
- Coronavirus Small Business Survival Guide (US Chamber of Commerce)
- Ten New Benefits for Small Businesses (Goldman Sachs)
- Small Business Association Learning Center
- Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act – a detailed summary
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with loans to provide up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Loan forgiveness may be available to companies that maintain payroll. Apply ASAP.
- Small business Association You may be able to get a loan for your business through Federal Disaster Assistance (includes Texas); read this article summarizing the plan (Texas Tribune).
- Disaster assistance loan information These loans can be used to pay off outstanding debts, payroll and any other bills they are unable to pay. However, small businesses that have access to credit are not eligible. Small businesses with no available credit qualify for an interest rate of 3.75%, and nonprofits will have an interest rate of 2.75%.
- Loan application Site can be busy or non-responsive during peak hours 7am-7pm.
- Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (US Chamber of Commerce)
- City of Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program to bridge the gap while you wait for your BSA loan
- Small businesses needing debt relief may find some help in a new bankruptcy law, Chapter 11 Subchapter 5, which allows for simpler restructuring of debt (up to $7.5M) with continued running of the business. New York Times reports.
- Employee Retention Tax Credit
- Score.org – volunteer business mentors
- Texas Workforce Commission Assistance and Resources for Employers 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.
- The National Federation of Independent Businesses offers information and webinars covering new Coronavirus-related legislation.
- Texas Restaurant Relief Fund – applications open April 15
- Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation – resources for restaurants and restaurant workers
- Texas State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – 512-610-0996; email@example.com
- Facebook small business grant and ad credits
- Yelp is waiving advertising fees for restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) extends the amount of sick leave pay for employers with less than 500 staff; includes government employees currently without two weeks sick leave. Highlights (Alison Green) Department of Labor FAQ
- Your employer can take your temperature, and other changes (Alison Green)