Below are new policies and resources related to services and organizational sustainability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Housing Action NH will continue to update you as new resources become available. 

 

First Coronavirus Relief Bill 

What the Bill Does

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to emergency paid sick leave.

For more information on eligibility, reimbursement structure and frequently asked questions, click here.

 

Disaster Loan Assistance

 
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved New Hampshire’s application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. 

Nonprofits requiring emergency capital are encouraged to complete the online loan application form . These loans have interest rates of 2.75% for nonprofits for up to a 30 year period. The first $25k can be loaned without collateral so paid out immediately and there is a 4 month deferment. Additionally, businesses and nonprofits do not have to prove that they sought other lenders first. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center by calling 1-800-659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting www.sba.gov/disaster . 

 

Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA)   

CDFA Response Fund – Will direct grants and loans from the CDFA and the Business Finance Authority for nonprofits to fund working capital, equipment and program delivery, as well as expansion, with a maximum of $100,000.  The planned launch date is March 25 2020. 

Community Development Block Grants – Community Development Block Grants are for municipalities and nonprofits to meet community needs with more than $4 million currently available. More information can be found at CDFA’s Resource Hub or by contacting Shelley Hadfield at shadfield@nhcdfa.org.  

  • CDFA is also expected to receive $1,148,000 in SUPPORT Act funding. HUD has not yet provided guidance on the use of funds. NH recovery housing providers are invited to share information with CDFA on how these funds can meet the housing needs of persons recovering from substance abuse by emailing CDFA’s Director of Housing and Community Development, Shelley Hadfield at shadfield@nhcdfa.org

        CDFA has requested general feedback and specific answers to the following questions:

  • What type of housing is needed in your community to support people in recovery?
  • What resources are needed to meet the need? What types of projects and eligible expenses should the funds support?
 

Granite United Way

Granite United Way Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund

Granite United Way has launched the Granite United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to those impacted by the pandemic.

Granite United Way will be updating information on this new program on their website.

 

United Way of Greater Nashua

As part of United Way’s response to coronavirus/COVID-19, they have established a $20,000 urgent needs community fund to support local nonprofits with extraordinary expenses.

These expenses could be anything from purchasing supplies or food to bringing in staff to clean and disinfect. Local nonprofits are on the front lines and a community safety net, and also are starting to see increased, unexpected expenses combined with fundraising shortfalls due to event cancellations.

The United Way Covid-19 Emergent Needs Fund has been established initially with support from St. Joseph Hospital, Etchstone Properties Inc. and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation along with United Way of Greater Nashua resources. Additional funding partners are being sought at this time.

Funds will be made immediately available to nonprofits serving Greater Nashua to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This will be in the form of microgrants to cover purchases of supplies and food as well as the payment of unexpected overtime.

Local nonprofits in need of emergency funding should contact Liz Fitzgerald or Mike Apfelberg at the United Way of Greater Nashua at 603-882-4011.

 

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Commits $1 Million to Address COVID-19

 

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced an additional $1 million available to efforts driven by community and to nonprofit organizations supporting older people affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. 

The Foundation will work with leaders from community, government and other key stakeholders across the region to coordinate distribution of the funding. The foundation also allows current grantees flexibility to help those affected by the coronavirus. 

Funds will go to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut organizations working to address the current crisis. Efforts must demonstrate coordination, collaboration and focus on addressing disparities. 

Visit tuftshealthplanfoundation.org for grant program information.