The kinds of small businesses JPNDC serves (primarily those that rely on face-to-face interaction, as well as construction) have truly felt the brunt of the coronavirus crisis.
We are providing technical assistance via phone, email and apps to current clients and to Brewery and other of JPNDC’s commercial tenants. We’re helping them access emergency resources that are available from city, state and federal sources.
We are working with current Financial and Career Coaching clients and to parents in our Early Education program, via phone, email and apps, to help them access emergency resources and enroll in unemployment benefits. We also continue providing assistance around applying for jobs, managing finances, and staying in control of their credit.
Our Family Childcare system reopened July 1. We are working with our educators to follow all steps required to promote safety and meet new standards. Family Prosperity staff (above) are reaching out to all parents.
Not surprisingly, census responses to date have been very low. We are keeping up our virtual outreach to urge people to respond (by now, those who haven’t responded on-line should have received the paper form). Fortunately, the US Census Bureau has extended the deadline to mid-August. To prevent undercounting, we know we have to resume our face-to-face outreach!
Brewery buildings have been closed to public access since March 26 apart from Ula Café, which has stayed open for takeout. We’re preparing for phased reopening and offering our Small Business Services to those who need it.