This is another portal for a multitude of programs and funding sources put together by the University of Pittsburgh’s abovelisted institute. Many of the opportunities listed herein are also presented on this page, but like those belonging to the DCED and U.S. SBA will be consistently updated with further resources. One highlight would be DVI Funding‘s bridge loan program that is specifically designed to help those struggling with expenses during the economic setbacks brought on by the situation.
If your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits. The FAQ page linked above will answer many of your questions; but we must note that several requirements have been temporarily waived in light of the situation, such as the work-search requirement and one-week waiting period.
If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation (WC). The FAQ page linked above will answer many of your questions; but we must note that some amount of proof is required for such a claim to be substantial, namely that your workplace was the site of your infection.
The Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program provides interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. These loans are intended to address:
- Lost wages due to being unable to go to work
- Childcare costs due to school closures
- Small business losses
- Canceled study abroad programs
- Related medical costs
Loan applicants must provide written substantiation of these costs.
Applicants must have a family income lower than $115,000.
Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loans are repayable in monthly installments of $150–250 depending on the size of the loan. Repayments begin two months after the loan is received.
A cosigner is required for all loans, unless the borrower is a homeowner with a credit score of 670+. If the borrower or cosigner is married, both spouses must borrow/cosign together.
The COVID-19 situation in the United States is evolving rapidly as more becomes known about the virus, how it is spread, and how it affects people. If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, use the search function found on 211.org to find your local 211 or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.
FirstEnergy has rolled out multiple programs designed to help customers who are struggling to meet their obligations. If you need help with your electrical or heating bill(s), don’t hesitate to investigate what resources might be available to you. Please note that the downloadable information is the same flyer that was put out by FirstEnergy this past winter and does not specifically mention Coronavirus assistance.