Fighting COVID-19
Resources for Plainfield Residents
Greetings!

As of Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Plainfield now stands at Two Thousand One Hundred and Fifty-Eight (2158) within the ages of twenty-four (24) days old to ninety-six (96) years old. There are an additional Two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Four (2994) individuals quarantined as a result of exposure to the virus. There is one new death to report today, an 87-year-old Hispanic male. This brings the total amount of fatalities to one hundred and three (103).

While this crisis lasts, we will be sharing this resource edition of our newsletter every Wednesday. Please stay tuned and share this information with your loved ones and friends.

Stay safe and may God continue to bless you.

Creating One Plainfield. One Future.
 
Sincerely,
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
Queridos amigos y vecinos,

A partir del miércoles 3 de junio de 2020, el número de casos positivos de COVID-19 en Plainfield ahora se sitúa en dos mil cientos cincuenta y ocho (2158) dentro de las edades de veinticuatro (24) días a noventa y seis (96) años. Hay otros dos mil novecientos noventa y cuatro (2994) individuos en cuarentena como resultado de la exposición al virus. Hay una nueva muerte que reportar hoy, un hombre hispano de 87 años. Esto lleva la cantidad total de fallecimientos a cientos tres (103).


Manténgase a salvo y que Dios continúe bendiciéndole.


Sinceramente,


Adrian O. Mapp, Alcalde
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp | LIVE Chat
Please join us tomorrow night at 6PM  for a live broadcast with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and representatives from the NJEDA.
City Council Meeting
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Pruebas de COVID-19 en Plainfield
COVID-19 Relief Fund
COVID-19 City Hall Modified Hours
Skip the Trip to City Hall
COVID-19 Relief Fund | Daily Lunch Distribution
Plainfield Coalition of Emergency Food Providers
COVID-19 UEZ Relief Program
Resource Road Map | Helping You Navigate
Through COVID-19
Virtual Court Sessions
Plainfield Public Library Live Online Assistance
Plainfield Public Library
me.rogan@plfdpl.info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Live On-Line Job Search Assistance, Resume Review, and Computer classes from the Plainfield Public Library

The Plainfield Public Library is aware of not only the terrible human toll, but also the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 quarantine on many Plainfield residents.

To help during this time of closures and uncertainties, the Plainfield Public Library has added a service to our online chat reference feature through our website, where you can speak to one of our live employment assistance coaches for help on your job search and resume review. 

To access this service and for more information and hours of operations, visit http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/JobSearchLive.html .

In May, the Library will begin offering free live on-line computer training workshops on topics such as the Microsoft Office Suite and Digital literacy. A schedule and sign-up information will be posted soon. To access this service and for more information and hours of operations, visit http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Services/ComputerTraining.html .

These new services are funded in partnership with the City of Plainfield and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.The Library already has a variety of self-directed, on-line services currently available to get your training started. Your Library card gives you free access to a range of databases and learning platforms such as Rosetta Stone and Knowledge City. Visit http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Research/Databases.html for more information.

As we all adjust to the current situation, the Library will continue to adjust and expand our remote services and work hard to help keep Plainfield working. Please continue to check the Computer Training page at http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Services/ComputerTraining.html to stay up to date on additional remote services offered through the Adult Literacy Department as they become available.

For more information on any of the services listed above, please email literacy@plfdpl.info


Plainfield residents who don't have a library card but need access to our online resources can fill out this form to get a temporary card for database
access.  #plainfieldlibrarynj  

Los residentes de Plainfield que no tienen una tarjeta de la biblioteca pero que necesitan acceso a nuestros recursos en línea pueden completar este formulario para obtener una tarjeta temporal para acceder a la base de datos.  #plainfieldlibrarynj  
https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/7iklZcCePb6WcYRb1e5s4
Plainfield Schools
Click here for the most recent update from the Plainfield Board of Education. You will find information regarding instructional packets for students from pre-k to high school, resources to assist your child during the closure, meals available to your children during the closure, and more.
PMUA: Notice of Rescheduled Telephonic Committee Meeting
For information on the PMUA schedules, please click here .
Partnership with Evangel Church | Just Text HOPE!
Since many of our residents may be without food and other necessary supplies during this crisis, we have partnered with Evangel Church to have boxes of hope delivered to our vulnerable residents in our community. These supplies are ONLY for vulnerable residents including the elderly, quarantined, or individuals who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. If you fall under these categories, please 𝐓𝐄𝐗𝐓 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝟗𝟎𝟖-𝟑𝟐𝟓-𝟓𝟏𝟔𝟑 to have a box of hope containing much needed supplies delivered to your door.

𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 - 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥!
Dado que muchos de nuestros residentes pueden estar sin alimentos y otros suministros necesarios durante esta crisis, nos hemos asociado con Evangel Church para entregar cajas de esperanza a las personas que necesitan. Los suministros son solamente para las personas en cuarentena, individuales mayores, o individuales que han perdido su trabajo. Se les pide  que manden un mensaje de texto con el escrito "HOPE" al 908-325-5163  para que reciban una caja de esperanza que contenga los suministros necesarios en su puerta.

Tenga en cuenta que este es un número de solo texto. ¡No llames!
YWCA 24-Hour Hotline
Vote-By-Mail | Sign Up Today!

Dear Community,

Voting by mail is a secure and established part of our American electoral system. But a vote-by-mail approach only works if every voter feels confident using it.

We know that information can be powerful, and that a well-timed message can be the difference between someone voting or sitting out an election

As more Americans are following government guidelines to stay home and maintain social distancing, voting by mail is more popular than ever. Voting by mail — along with early voting and safe in-person voting — needs to be readily available as we work together to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Nothing should stand in the way of Americans exercising their constitutional right to vote.

Vote.org  uses cost-effective technology and marketing to get more people to vote. When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, we knew we’d have to change some of the ways we engage voters.
That’s why we’re prioritizing tactics that reach people where they are right now — at home. Direct mail will be a key part of our voter outreach this year.

PLEASE GO TO WWW.VOTE.ORG .                   SIGN UP TODAY
Census 2020 | Let's Make Plainfield Count!
There is still time for you and your family to be counted in the 2020 Census! The Census is administered every decade to give our city the unique opportunity of receiving funds for what matters to you the most. We will receive funding for more of our roads to be fixed. We will receive support for our health establishments. Our schools will have the funds to provide your children with the best education. But this can only happen if you make yourself count TODAY!

The more people that complete the census form, which only takes 10 minutes, the more funds our city will receive to directly benefit YOU! Let's not miss out on this unique opportunity, and please remember, all of your census data is completely confidential. The Census Bureau is forbidden by law to share your information.

Let's #MakePlainfieldNJCount TODAY! Click here to complete the short form.\

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¡Todavía hay tiempo para que usted y su familia sean contados en el Censo 2020! El censo se realiza cada década para dar a nuestra ciudad la oportunidad única de recibir fondos para lo que más le importa. Recibiremos fondos para que se reparen más carreteras. Recibiremos apoyo para nuestros establecimientos de salud. Nuestras escuelas tendrán los fondos para brindarles a sus hijos la mejor educación. ¡Pero esto solo puede suceder si te haces contar HOY!

¡Cuantas más personas completen el formulario del censo, que solo toma 10 minutos , más fondos recibirá nuestra ciudad para beneficiarlo directamente a USTED! No perdamos esta oportunidad única y recuerde que toda su información del censo es completamente confidencial. La Oficina del Censo tiene prohibido por ley compartir su información.

Vamos hacer que Plainfield cuente HOY! Haz clic aqui para llenar el formulario.
Census 2020 | Meet Juan Escalante,
An Immigration Advocate
Juan Escalante, an immigration advocate, shares why immigrants should make their voices be heard by participating in the census.
The Gateway Chamber Virtual Job Fair
Virtual Grief Support
Marriage Executive Order | FAQ
Free Legal Help to Low-Income Residents
NJ COVID-19 Short Term
 Rental Assistance Program
The NJ COVID-19 Short Term Rental Assistance Program will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate- income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or have become unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will offer an initial three months of temporary rental assistance, with the ability for the household to renew for an additional three months if needed. Approximately 20 percent of the rental assistance funds will be reserved for homeless families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Further information on how to apply and Frequently Asked Questions, will be available on June 15 th , and applications will be taken in July.
 
Short-Term Rental Assistance Maximum Income Limits: Union County
More information about the program is available online and attached:  https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/shorttermrap.html
Paycheck Protection Program is Still Available!
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

For assistance, please contact one of the following agencies:

·        African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) . Contact Loan Administrator Dina Gonzalez at 609-524-0530 or  msdgonzales@icloud.com , or Sr. Loan Administrator Phil Woolfolk at 609-610-6310 or  pwoolfolk@mainstreetadvisoryllc.com .

·   New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce . Contact Founder & CEO Jeff Cantor at  jeff@njveteranschamber.com .

·   Rising Tide Capital . Contact Director of Program Cervantes at 201-432-4316 or  DisasterRelief@risingtidecapital.org .

·   Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) . Contact Event & Entrepreneur Training Program Support lead Maria Diaz at 201-935-0035 or  mdiaz@shccnj.org .
 
NJ State Bar Resource Page
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation believes that "Informed Citizens Are Better Citizens." They've created a COVID-19 resource page to help residents with health and wellness issues, business issues, domestic issues, and more. Click here to visit the resource page.
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
COVID-19 Navigation Guide for Small Businesses
The office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman has created a resource list aimed to help New Jersey residents during these difficult times. Click here for the Congresswoman's resource page: https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx
Governor Murphy Announces New Jersey to Enter Stage Two of Restart and Recovery on June 15th
Outdoor Dining and Indoor, Non-Essential Retail Allowed as of June 15th

Hair Salons and Barber Shops May Reopen on June 22nd

TRENTON – As part of his restart and recovery plan,  “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,”  Governor Phil Murphy today announced that New Jersey will enter Stage Two on June 15, 2020.

Guided by strict protocols from the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as input from the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and complementary Advisory Councils, Stage Two will include outdoor dining for restaurants and indoor, non-essential retail as of June 15th. Beginning on June 22nd, barber shops and salons will be able to reopen. In the period to follow, New Jersey will work toward the gradual opening of personal care, gyms, and health clubs, at reduced capacities as the stage progresses. All of these activities will be allowed pursuant to strict health and safety guidelines that will be issued in the coming days. New Jersey ended maximum restrictions and moved to Stage One on May 18, 2020.

“As we move through Stage One of our strategic restart and recovery process, public health data continues to demonstrate our collective success in flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” said Governor Murphy. “It is with these favorable metrics, coupled with expanded testing capacity and contact tracing, that we can responsibly enter Stage Two of our multi-stage approach to recovery. Our economic restart must instill confidence among our residents and visitors that their safety, and that of their families, is our number one priority. I encourage all New Jerseyans to continue their vigilance in keeping themselves and their communities safe by social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, and limiting gatherings.”

STAGE 2:

Restrictions are relaxed on activities that can be easily safeguarded.

Phased-in businesses and activities, with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines, include:
  • Outdoor dining (beginning on June 15th)
  • Limited in-person retail (beginning on June 15th)
  • Hair salons and barber shops (beginning on June 22nd)
  • Youth summer programs (beginning on July 6th)
  • In-person clinical research/labs
  • Limited fitness/gyms
  • Limited in-person government services (e.g. – Motor Vehicle Commission)
  • Museums/libraries
All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home.

Precautions that apply across all stages include:
  • Clinically high-risk individuals who can stay at home should continue to do so.
  • All residents and businesses should follow state and federal safeguarding guidelines:
  • Wash hands
  • Wear masks in public
  • Respect social distancing
  • Minimize gatherings
  • Disinfect workplace and businesses
  • Minimize gatherings 
  • No mass gatherings
New Jersey will move toward subsequent stages based on data that demonstrates improvements in public health and the capacity to safeguard the public, including:
  • Sustained improvements in public health indicators, including new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, individuals in intensive care, and ventilator use;
  • Substantial increase in testing and contact tracing capacity;
  • Sufficient resilience in New Jersey’s health care system to include adequate bed capacity, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and workforce;
  • Widespread safeguarding of workplaces;
  • Widespread safeguarding and capacity of child care, schools, and mass transit;
  • Continued public compliance.
If public health indicators, safeguarding, or compliance worsen on a sustained basis, New Jersey will be prepared to move back to more restrictive stages as well.

For a one-page summary of Governor Murphy’s multi-stage approach to restart New Jersey’s economy, click  here .


Support Center for Nonprofit Management
One of the benefits of the Support Center team is our collective experience. While we haven’t faced a pandemic like this before, we have seen economic downturns, leadership transitions, losses in funding, and uncertainty. For that reason, we’re available to spend some time together hearing about the challenges you are facing and what resources--both internal to Support Center as well as across the social sector--could be helpful.
 
Feel free to sign up to discuss general issues or COVID-19 related issues that you and your organization may be facing. We’re particularly good at helping you to navigate these issues bearing in mind your goals, mission, budget, and organizational culture. 
Upcoming Webinars

This webinar will cover the basics of strategic planning and what parts of the process you can do now, remotely.


This webinar will cover managing HR in the new COVID-19 landscape.

If you’re in HR, you are serving your team in a new uncertain landscape. Balancing their need for stability and your desire to provide it is a delicate act, but it can be done. From managing remote schedules to preparing to return to the office, learn 7 key steps that will help you help the people you serve.

COVID-19 Health Insurance Assistance
Protecting Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The City of Plainfield is committed to providing information and resources to help you address financial hardships during this challenging time. Below is a list that may prove helpful. You will find information on mortgage and renter relief, credit card and student loan assistance as well as scam prevention. We will update the information as it changes.


The CFPB is committed to providing consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time as the situation evolves.

Financial Relief During The Corona Virus Pandemic:
The Governor has enacted a moratorium on removal of individuals due to evictions or foreclosures:

Governor Murphy Announces Effort To Help Renters, Homeowners Threatened By Potential Foreclosure.  NJHMFA Is Expanding Housing Counseling Program To Provide Resources, Guidance For Residents Affected By Covid-19

Consumer Relief Is Available During The Coronavirus Pandemic. FHA, VA Join Fannie, Freddie In Relaxing Some Standards. Drive By Appraisals Can Be Used.

What To Do If You Can’t Pay Your Loans During The Coronavirus?

Below Is A List Of Banks Offering Help To Customers Impacted By Coronavirus:

Auto Loan Help During Coronavirus Pandemic:
COVID-19 Website for NJ Residents
This New Jersey run website is aimed to answer all of your COVID-19 related questions. The site will inform you on all orders directed by the governor, information for small businesses, healthcare organizations, testing information and more.   Click here to visit the website now.
COVID-19 Economic Relief Package
COVID-19 News for New Jersey Businesses
The latest information collected by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce about how the outbreak is affecting New Jersey and your business. 
 
The N.J. Chamber of Commerce and NJBIA  webinar with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin , where he shares his views on the COVID-19 crisis. (May 6)
 
The N.J. Chamber of Commerce  webinar with Neil Bradley, chief policy officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce , provides valuable details on the federal loan programs designed to help businesses navigate the pandemic.(April 23)
 
The N.J. Chamber of Commerce  webinar with state Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo  provides vital information on the state unemployment insurance program and tips for applying. (April 16)
 
The N.J. Chamber of Commerce  webinar with Al Titone, SBA district director of New Jersey  provides vital information on SBA coronavirus relief loan programs. (April 14).
 
For information on applying  for a Paycheck Protection Program loan,  click here .
 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Survival Guide  has a complete  listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses .
 
The N.J. Economic Development Authority  is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be  found here .
 
The IRS posted information on 'stimulus checks'  here.
 
The state's jobs and hiring portal  matches employers and candidates .
For employers to participate,  click here .
 
New Jersey's website  for  information on all of the state's business resources  during the pandemic.
 
New Jersey's website  for  up-to-date information about COVID-19 .
 
Have Questions about the Status of an Unemployment Claim?  - You can send a message to the state Labor Department through its website –  www.myunemployment.nj.gov . Then follow these instructions:
 
·     On the top of the page, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop-down menu
·     Choose Send an Email
·     Choose Email: Submit a message through the new online form.
·     Follow the prompts
 
 
To report a scammer or suspected price gouging , alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at  http://njconsumeraffairs.gov .
 
The state set up a 24-hour hotline  where health care professionals are answering questions about coronavirus. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222. From outside the state, call 1-800-962-1253.
 
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is staying on top of Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. For news media requests, please email  Scott Goldstein .

Take a Self Assessment Before Visiting a Testing Center in NJ
The State of New Jersey
NJ Department of Labor Benefits Related to COVID-19
The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development is helping NJ residents who are financially affected by the COVID-19. If you have been affected by one of these 10 scenarios, you are eligible to apply for unemployment:

  1. If you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19
  2. If you were exposed to the coronavirus during the course of work and have been told to self-quaratine
  3. If you are unable to work because your child's school has been closed
  4. If you are out of work because your employer voluntarily closed because of COVD-19
  5. If you are unable to work because your place of business was ordered to be closed by a public official
  6. If you refuse to go to work because your place of business was ordered to be closed, but remains open in defiance of that directive
  7. If you are losing hours because of a reduction of worktime related to COVID-10
  8. If you are unable to work because a healthcare provider says you are at greater risk due to pre-existing health condition
  9. If you are told to self-quarantine due to virus exposure outside of the workplace
  10. If you have to care for a relative or a loved one with the coronavirus or symptoms of COVID-19

Please visit https://myunemployment.nj.gov/ to apply for unemployment if you fall within these categories.
Mental Well-being
The New Jersey department of human services operates a toll free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; dial (877) 294-help (4357).
 
Additionally – here are some links to the New Jersey Department of Health which provide updates and useful information.
 
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
 
https://www.facebook.com/NJDeptofHealth/
 
https://twitter.com/njdeptofhealth?lang=en
You Should Know...
The NJ Motor Vehicle Commission is closed indefinitely.

  • All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities remain closed to the public as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  • Headquarters (TOC) and online services will continue operations. Essential Personnel should continue to report to work as previously directed.

  • All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, inspection stickers, and temporary tags expiring before May 31 have been extended to July 31. Documents expiring in June or July are extended by two months.

  • Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online at NJMVC.gov.
Last But Not Least
While the City of Plainfield is currently operating on a modified work schedule and trying to avoid person to person contact we are still here for you and are ready to help. We're only one call away and can assist you in finding resources specific for you. You can also visit our website at plainfieldnj.gov for a range of services you can complete online in the comfort of your home, which helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please see the graphic below to skip the trip to city hall and continue to stay safe.

Please call us at 908-753-3000 for assistance!