Fighting COVID-19
Resources for Plainfield Residents
Greetings!

 
At City Hall we’re maintaining essential services while taking steps to safeguard the health of our employees. We want to encourage you to try and complete your business online as much as possible. If you can’t find what you want online, please give us a call before coming to City Hall, chances are we can get the information to you and save you the trip.

Governor Phil Murphy announced in a Press Conference on Tuesday June 8, that the statewide stay-at-home order that took effect March 21 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been lifted, and limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings have been raised.

If the data changes and COVID-19 cases rise, Murphy said officials will consider implementing more restrictions again. 

Here in Plainfield we will continue to exercise the utmost caution according to our situation. Parts of our city are densely populated and we must continue to follow restrictions until we are sure that the numbers won’t spike again. As the State finds its way back to normalcy, I encourage you all to continue following hygiene and social distancing measures the best you can. Let's keep pushing forward until this pandemic is truly over.


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,

En el Ayuntamiento mantenemos servicios esenciales mientras tomamos medidas para salvaguardar la salud de nuestros empleados. Queremos alentarlo a que intente y complete su negocio en línea tanto como sea posible. Si no puede encontrar lo que quiere en línea, llámenos antes de venir al Ayuntamiento, es probable que podamos obtener la información y ahorrarle el viaje.

El gobernador Phil Murphy anunció en una conferencia de prensa el martes 8 de junio que la orden estatal de quedarse en casa que entró en vigencia el 21 de marzo en respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19 se ha levantado y se han elevado los límites para las reuniones en interiores y exteriores. .

Si los datos cambian y los casos de COVID-19 aumentan, Murphy dijo que las autoridades considerarán implementar más restricciones nuevamente.

Aquí en Plainfield continuaremos ejerciendo la máxima precaución según nuestra situación. Partes de nuestra ciudad están densamente pobladas y debemos seguir las restricciones hasta que estemos seguros de que los números no volverán a aumentar. A medida que el Estado encuentra su camino de regreso a la normalidad, les animo a todos a continuar siguiendo las medidas de higiene y distanciamiento social lo mejor que puedan. Sigamos avanzando hasta que esta pandemia haya terminado de verdad.

Mientras dure esta crisis, compartiremos esta edición de recursos de nuestro boletín todos los miércoles. Estén atentos y compartan esta información con sus seres queridos y amigos.

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 special live broadcast with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and community Faith Leaders.
COVID-19 Testing in Plainfield |
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
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.
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!
Community Health Law Project
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
Hidalgo County, a largely Latinx community along the U.S.-Mexico border, knows the pains of being under counted in the U.S. census. Despite local efforts to make sure every person is counted, the coronavirus has made that job increasingly difficult, and community organizers fear 2020 numbers could be worse than ever. NBC News correspondent Alexa Liautaud went to south Texas to see the county's efforts before the pandemic, and learn what's at risk.
New Jersey COVID-19
Summer Youth Camp Standards
State of New Jersey  COVID-19  Jobs
and Hiring Portal
Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community. Click here for more information.

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at  https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake .


53,107 JOBS
993 COMPANIES

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 .
COVID-19 Health Insurance Assistance
NJEDA | Small Business COVID-19
Grant Program Phase 2
The NJEDA is now accepting applications for Phase 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program.

Your organization may use Phase 2 grant funding to…
Reimburse revenue lost as a result of a business interruption caused by COVID-19. Funding cannot be used for capital expenses, including construction.

Phase 2 Grant Award Amounts
Businesses will receive $1,000 per full-time employee, (based on WR-30 filing). Sole proprietorships or other companies with no full-time employees will receive the minimum grant amount ($1,000).
  • Minimum grant amount (per application): $1,000
  • Maximum grant amount (per application): $10,000 (for entities with more than 10 FTEs)

Your organization is eligible for a Phase 2 Emergency Relief Grant if…
  • You have 25 or fewer full-time employees, as reported on most recent WR-30 filing with the New Jersey Department of Labor
  • You have a physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey
  • Home-based businesses must be based at a home located in New Jersey

  • UPDATED 6/8/2020: All types of 501(c) non-profit entities will likely now be eligible for grants. This includes 501(c)(6) organizations, the designation for membership-based business and industry groups, as well as 501(c)(19) veterans’ organizations. While this change in eligibility is contingent upon approval of the NJEDA Board, all 501(c) organizations can apply for funding along with other eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations to enable them to apply before the program becomes oversubscribed.
  • Your CEO certifies that your business: 1) Was in operation on February 15, 2020; 2) Will make a best effort not to furlough or lay off any individuals from the time of application through six months after the end of the declared state of emergency; 3) Has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared state of emergency on March 9, 2020; 4) Has a material financial need that cannot be overcome without the grant of emergency relief funds
  • Your Business: 1) Is registered to do business in the State of New Jersey; 2) Does not have any outstanding tax liabilities; 3) Is in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor
Coping With COVID: A Mental Health Workshop
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses, New Jersey Chapter is presenting a 1 hour mental health workshop for medical and front-line professionals to become aware and develop coping mechanisms for anxiety, depression, and stress during these times. Medical and front-line professionals will be able to identify strengths, resiliency, and support systems to cope during COVID.
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
Take a Self Assessment Before Visiting a Testing Center in NJ
The State of New Jersey
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 Signs Executive Orders Lifting Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Opening Pools Effective June 22, and Opening Additional Outdoor Recreational Businesses
Governor Phil Murphy today signed two executive orders 1) raising limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings and 2) opening pools effective June 22 and additional outdoor recreational businesses effective immediately.

“With more of our businesses reopening, we are no longer requiring New Jerseyans to stay at home, but we are asking you to continue to be responsible and safe,” said Governor Murphy. “These actions will put us even more firmly on our Road Back and complement the steps we’ve already taken to begin our restart and recovery.”

Under Executive Order No. 152, effective immediately, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of the capacity of the room, but regardless of the room's capacity, such limit shall never be less than 10 or more than 50 people. All attendees at the gathering must wear face coverings, unless for a medical reason or if the individual is under 2 years old, individuals must remain six feet apart at all times, and physical items may not be shared by multiple attendees of the same gathering unless sanitized before and after uses.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and attendees are required to be six feet apart. Individuals should wear face coverings at all times where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and individuals who are in vehicles shall not count towards the gathering limit. 

Nothing in the Order shall prevent a person at a gathering from momentarily removing their mask to place or receive an item in their mouth, if done for religious purposes, or for health and safety. 
Additionally, available parking at State Parks and Forests, and at county and municipal parks, may reopen to their full maximum capacity.

Under Executive Order No. 153, outdoor swimming pools can open effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, provided that it complies with standards and policies that will be issued by the Department of Health. Pool facilities may open for the purpose of lifeguard training and lifeguard swimming lessons prior to June 22.

Additionally, outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses are permitted to reopen immediately, with the exception of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades. These recreational and entertainment businesses are required to abide by a number of social distancing protocols that are specified in the Order. Any type of event at an outdoor recreational or entertainment business that involves individuals there at a specific time for a common reason, such as a movie or concert, are subject to the restrictions on outdoor gatherings. 

Public and private social clubs are permitted to reopen their outdoor spaces, provided they comply with all applicable terms of the Order. And nothing in the Order prevents a business from operating an amusement game outdoors, such as a game on a boardwalk, so long as the game does not take place in an amusement park and an employee is present and adheres to all of the requirements in Paragraph 1 of this Order, including sanitizing all equipment before and after each use.

Paragraph 2 of Executive Order No. 107, which requires New Jersey residents to remain home with limited exceptions, is formally rescinded. The other provisions of that Order, including the requirement that businesses or non-profits accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements, wherever practicable, are still in effect. 
You Should Know...
MVC plans to open agencies to walk-in customers for limited transactions on June 29. A list of those transactions will be released soon.

  • 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!