UPDATES, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, HOMEOWNERS, AND RENTERS
In an effort to support Latinos and other underserved communities impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, we have created a list of resources and key information for small businesses, homeowners, and renters located in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
LEDC will continue to provide digital service delivery through October 2020. Our offices in DC, MD, VA, and Puerto Rico will remain physically closed. However, all staff will continue to serve clients digitally. Please find contact information for LEDC staff here: ledcmetro.org/team.
Please click the links below to get a full list of updates, information, and resources:
*LEDC will be updating this page frequently as new information becomes available.
- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs): Small businesses in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Puerto Rico can now apply for SBA’s working capital loans to help alleviate economic injury caused by the pandemic.
- Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans: On Monday, March 23, 2020, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced they will defer existing disaster loans through December 31, 2020. Businesses that are currently paying off these loans do not need to contact the SBA, deferment is automatic.
- Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund: LISC has partnered with Verizon to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of Covid-19. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, April 28 at 11:59pm EST. Entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital are encouraged to apply.
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to help with rent and operational costs.
- Tax Filings and Payment Deadline Extension: On Monday, March 23, 2020, Mayor Bowser and Chief Financial Officer DeWitt announced 2019 tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020. The federal filing and payment deadline has also been extended to July 15, 2020.
- Business Licensing & Permitting Extension: Any business licenses, professional/occupational licenses, vending licenses, etc. that expire during the declared emergency will be considered valid, and people will have until 45 days after the declared emergency is over to renew their licenses.
- COVID-19 Emergency Sales and Use Tax Relief: The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) is waiving interest and penalties that would ordinarily be considered for failure to pay sales and use tax due for periods ending on February 29, 2020, and March 31, 2020, provided certain conditions are met.
- Prince George’s County COVID19 Business Relief Fund: The $15M fund was established to provide financial assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Relief Fund can be used to support cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other business-critical cash operating costs.
- Business Tax Payments Extension: Businesses in Maryland will be given a 90-day extension for tax payments. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020.
- Business Tax Filing Deadline Extension: The Maryland Comptroller’s Office also extended business-related tax filing deadlines to June 1, 2020.
- Business Licensing & Permitting Extension: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order mandating all licenses, permits, and registrations that would expire during the current state of emergency to be extended until at least the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted.
- Business Tax Payments Extension: The Virginia Department of Taxation has extended the due date of payment of corporate income taxes to June 1, 2020.
- Sales Tax Payment Extension: Businesses can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due March 20, 2020, for 30 days. If granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020, with a waiver of any penalties.
- Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Trade Incentive: Small businesses in Puerto Rico can apply for a $1,500 incentive to help them survive the pandemic.
- Kiva Small Business Loan: Kiva in PR has launched a new 0% interest loan product for small businesses impacted by Covid-19. Businesses can start repaying the loan 6 months after receiving the money. The life of the loan repayment is 36 months, which starts counting after the 6-month grace period.
- Federal Eviction Moratorium for Renters: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act protects tenants from being evicted from properties financed by federally backed mortgage loans or federally subsidized housing for 120 days beginning March 18, 2020. During this time, your landlord can not charge you late fees, penalties, or other charges for paying your rent late.
- Federal Foreclosure Moratorium: The CARES Act has mandated all servicers of federally backed mortgage loans to halt new foreclosure actions and suspend those in progress for 60 days beginning March 18, 2020.
- Federal Mortgage Forbearance: Homeowners with federally backed mortgages have the option to pause or reduce mortgage payments under the CARES Act.
Fannie Mae Assistance Options for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19:
- Foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers are suspended for 60 days.
- Homeowners impacted by this national emergency are eligible for a forbearance plan to reduce or suspend their mortgage payments for up to 12 months.
- Credit bureau reporting of past-due payments of borrowers in a forbearance plan as a result of hardships attributable to this national emergency is suspended.
- Homeowners in a forbearance plan will not incur late fees.
- After forbearance, a servicer must work with the borrower on a permanent plan to help maintain or reduce monthly payment amounts as necessary, including a loan modification.
Freddie Mac Response to COVID-19:
- Homeowners impacted by this national emergency are eligible for mortgage forbearance for up to 12 months.
- There is a halt on all foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers living in Freddie Mac-owned homes until at least May 17, 2020.
- They are suspending reporting to credit bureaus of delinquency related to forbearance
- They are offering loan modification options that lower payments or keep payments the same after the forbearance period.
- Waiving assessments of penalties and late fees.
- Landlord issues: When you sign a lease agreement, you are granted certain rights and protections under the lease agreement. Contact Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc at 1-800-487-6007 if you are having issues with your landlord. They can help you understand your rights and protections.
- Emergency Food Insecurity Response: A full list of resources as well as an interactive map of meal sites across the City for food-insecure residents.