While we're home, we can all take a moment and do our part to complete this year's census. It's available online. The census means our communities have access to more resources in the future and every person counts!
Go to 2020Census.gov to fill out the census today.
Business Resource Guide
There is a growing list of resources that are available to...
...citizens during this time. A resource guide for businesses was recently added so small business owners and their employees can learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program and how it can help them be ready when the public health crisis subsides.
The Treasury Department also has resources on the Paycheck Protection Program.
Resources for Lenders
Resources for Small Business Owners
Social Security Update
The Social Security Administration has announced that benefits will be paid on time. Andrew Saul, the commissioner of the SSA, said "Social Security will pay monthly benefits on time and these payments will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I want our beneficiaries to be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping or somehow changing your Social Security payments, but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.”
Vaccine Trial to Start in the Fall
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new vaccine trial will begin in the fall with the goal of making a Coronavirus vaccine available in early 2021.
REAL ID Deadline Pushed Back
The Department of Homeland Security has pushed back the deadline for travelers to need a compliant REAL ID driver's license for airline travel. You can read more about the new deadline here.
NASA at Home
NASA has put together a site that lets families, and those of all ages, explore the galaxy from the comfort of their own home. You can check it out here.
Farm Service Agency offices are open by phone-appointment only until further notice. The FSA is also relaxing the loan-making process and extending the deadline to complete loan applications. Details are available here.
Also, the State Department is committed to processing H2-A visas for farm labor in order to support American agriculture. Farmers are vital to maintaining the supply chain of food that is helping Americans during this pandemic. Farmers can read the announcement from the State Department here.