The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is a constantly evolving situation that is important for all of us to be educated and updated on.
Visit the following resources for timely updates and information on this ever-changing situation:
- Vermont Department of Health
- Coronavirus Information for Local Officials- Vermont Emergency Management
- COVID-19 Vermont Emergency Management Update Call for Municipalities (scheduled every Friday at 2 pm, Form for questions, 1-802-828-7667, Conference ID: 964 173 196#)
- Center for Disease Control- COVID-19 Information
- FEMA- COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
- VT League of Cities & Towns- COVID-19 Resources and Recommendations for Municipalities
The SWCRPC is following the Governor’s guidance to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (i.e. novel coronavirus) and to protect the health and safety of our staff, board members, partners and the general public. Starting Wednesday, March 18th, the SWCRPC office will be closed and staff will be working remotely. You can reach all staff members as usual by email or voicemail. We are working from home and will respond as quickly as possible.
Information on nationwide Emergency Declaration (ED) for COVID-19: ED#3437 will allow critical private non-profits, state agencies and municipalities who sustained costs related to COVID-19 to apply for FEMA Federal disaster funding. At this time, it’s unsure what costs will fall under FEMA Public Assistance (PA) eligibility. We do know that disaster related costs under Category B (emergency protective measures) are eligible (See eligible emergency protective measures fact sheet). This Category B work includes working in a call center, emergency operation costs related to COVID-19, food distribution and medical supplies. SWCRPC would recommend that if potential applicants feel they have these costs under emergency protective measures to contact Kim Canarecci at VEM, to discuss with the State agency/PNP/Town to determine if they should apply under the FEMA PA program. Applications (called Request for Public Assistance- RPA’s) are submitted through the Grants Portal. PLEASE MAINTAIN any costs related to COVID-19 and keep them separate from regular job duty expenses.
In order for Private Non-profits to be eligible for PA, they are required to be critical. Please see the attached PNP Eligibility table for a list of critical PNP’s.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the Economic Injury Disaster Declaration for the State of Vermont. Small businesses and private nonprofits can now apply for the low-interest working capital disaster loan online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or by contacting our Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 to request a paper application. Please see the attached Declaration and Fact sheet for advanced viewing. SBA QUESTIONS: FOCECOVID-19EIDL@sba.gov.
The SWCRPC Has Office Space for Rent!
For additional information or to arrange a viewing, contact us at 802-674-9201 and ask to speak with Chris Titus.
What’s Your Housing Story?
Take the Keys to the Valley public opinion survey and share your story.
Have you or someone you know been affected by the limited supply or high cost of homes in the region? Did you grow up here? Do you have concerns about new housing? Did you move for a job, family, school, or adventure? Are you living with roommates, friends, or other relatives? Are you renting an apartment, telecommuting, looking to move, or happy with your neighborhood? Has it been difficult to find a place to call home? Are you worried about how more development would affect you? Your responses to the Keys to the Valley Initiative survey will provide a deeper understanding of what kind of homes are needed for those who want to move here, return here and stay here. To learn more and take the public opinion survey, go to www.keystothevalley.com or visit the project’s Facebook page.
The Keys to the Valley Initiative is a collaboration between the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, and Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-Commissions). The project seeks to better understand the need for homes in our 67-town region and to find solutions to the housing challenges that our communities and residents face.