COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE
Join Community Action National Partners CAP, CAPLAW and NASCSP for a weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on the network, taking place every Thursday at 3 ET / 2 CT / 1 MT / 12 PT (3 AST / 10 AKST / 9 HST). NCAF will participate as schedules allow.
STATEMENT FROM THE PARTNERSHIP
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Community Action Partnership is reaffirming the recommended safety measures for the Community Action network provided by Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW), as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The wellbeing of our members and their customers continues to be our paramount concern.
In addition, the Partnership recognizes that any national crisis always hits the families Community Action serves the hardest. We also recognize that local Community Action Agencies will face their own challenges in terms of responding to this crisis. Unlike some organizations that can adapt to staff working remotely or changing their work environment, Community Action can only be effective when we are IN the community, particularly those communities where there are fewer resources to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
The Partnership is working with the National Partners, State Associations, non-profit leaders, and with local CAA’s to learn how we can respond effectively to the changing environment. We have daily conversations with members across the network about their concerns, their questions and their strategies for continuing our work.
As the situation continues to evolve we will continue to monitor updates accordingly.
GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES
National Partner Resources
Community Action Partnership
- Customizable Commercial for Television Broadcast & Social Media (Issued May 14)
- Community Needs Assessment COVID 19 Update Template (Issued April 14): This Community Needs Assessment template is intended for use by local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) as an addendum to their full Community Needs Assessment in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
- Joint Statement from (CAP, NCAF, NASCSP) on Weatherization and Coronavirus (Issued March 19)
- Special Message to the Community Action Network – The Community Action Network and COVID-19 (Issued March 19)
- Building Readiness: Reopening Our Doors (Issued May 15): This resource helps Community Action Agencies plan for reopening.
- Coronavirus Updates for the Community Action Network (Posted March 9): This resource page includes upcoming webinars, information, and guidance for Community Action Agencies and Head Start programs for managing coronavirus risks.
- Managing Coronavirus Risks: What the Community Action Network Should Think About (Issued March 5): In light of the increasing numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), CAPLAW has provided guidance for the Community Action network that addresses the following issues: managing employees, providing services, planning events.
National Head Start Association
• Resources to Support Head Start Children and Families (Posted March 16)
Testing and Contact Tracing
- Community Action Plan for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing
- Steps a Community Action Agency Can Take Toward Establishing a COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Resource Coordination Program
- Interested in supporting this effort? Take this survey to indicate your interest!
- Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/contact-tracing
- DUE: Thursday, May 11, 2020
- Johns Hopkins University:
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO):
- Partners in Health:
- Paycheck Protection Program & Healthcare Enhancement Act:
- Resolve to Save Lives; Vital Strategies:
Guidance on CSBG
- CSBG IM 2020-157 Immediate Guidance on COVID-19 Response (Issued April 13)
- CSBG Dear Colleague Letter (Issued March 31): This Dear Colleague Letter covers ACF administrative flexibilities for grantees affected by COVID-19.
- CSBG Dear Collegue Letter (Issued March 12): The Office of Community Services has released a Dear Colleague Letter to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network providing a roundup of coronavirus-related information on funding and guidance released by various divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We encourage you to explore these resources as necessary to respond to the situation in your communities.
Guidance on WAP & LIHEAP
- LIHEAP Dear Colleague Letter (Issued March 31)
- WAP Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 (Issued March 25): Guidance from the Department of Energy on COVID-19 related issues.
- Online Training Offerings (Posted March 24)
- Joint Statement from (CAP, NCAF, NASCSP) on Weatherization and Coronavirus (Issued March 19)
- LIHEAP Dear Colleague Letter: Partnership to Address the Spread of COVID-19 (March 12)
Letters to Governors Seeking Action on Utility Protections
• Letter to Governor — Re Need for Moratorium, Revised C&C Procedures (Issued May 14): This letter is directed to governors in states where neither the governor nor the public utilities commission has taken specific action to halt utility shut offs. This letter asks the governor to order, through the governor’s authority under your state’s emergency powers statute, all utility service providers, both regulated and unregulated, to: 1) Reconnect customers previously disconnected due to inability to pay; 2) Halt all shut offs of both regulated and unregulated utility service, including electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications services; 3) Revise credit and collections procedures so that customers aren’t faced with disconnection due to unaffordable bills once emergency orders are lifted, with specific directives on what needs to change.
• Letter to Governor — Re Unregulated Utilities C&C Revisions (Issued May 14): This letter is for states whose governors or PUC commissions have already halted disconnections for investor-owned, regulated utilities. This letter asks the governor to order, through the governor’s authority under your state’s emergency powers statute, all utilitiy service providers, both regulated and unregulated, to: 1) Reconnect customers previously disconnected due to inability to pay; 2) Halt all shut offs of unregulated utility service, including electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications services; 3) Revise credit and collections procedures so that customers aren’t faced with disconnection due to unaffordable bills once emergency orders are lifted, with specific directives on what needs to change.
Other Federal Guidance
Office of Head Start
- COVID-19 Wages & Benefits (Issued March 13): Guidance regarding wages and benefits for employees impacted by coronavirus closures.
- Managing Infectious Disease Video (Issued March 13)
- General Disaster Recovery Flexibilities (Posted March 12)
Corporation for National and Community Service
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Americorps Programs (Posted March 12)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- COVID-19 Information & Resources (Posted Macrh 13)
- Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response (Issued March 13)
- Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease (Issued March 10)
- Eligible ESG Program Costs for Effective Disease Preparedness (Issued March 5): Measures to reduce spread of disease among people in emergency shelters.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans (Posted March 31): A small business guide and checklist.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
• FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response (March 16): Important guidance related to FNS nutrition assistance programs.
Centers for Disease Control
- Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings (Posted April 8)
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (Posted April 8)
- Communication Resources (Posted March 13): Free resources including video, fact sheets and posters.
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs (Revised March 12)
- Framework for Mitigation (Issued March 11)
- Workplace, School, and Home Guidance (Issued March 11)
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (Issued March 7): How to prepare and take action for coronavirus at home, work, healthcare settings and more.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Posted March 5): Situation updates and general information about coronavirus such as how it spreads, symptoms and prevention measure.
- Interim Guidance on Mass Gatherings (Issued March 3): Safety measures for mass gatherings or large community events based on what is currently known about COVID-19.
World Health Organization
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Posted March 9): Information & guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- Coronavirus Questions & Answers (Issued March 9): Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
- Coronavirus Situation Dashboard (Posted March 9): The latest data on the confirmed number and whereabouts of COVID-19 cases throughout the world.
Legislation & Policy
Phase 1 – The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
- The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 (Posted March 23)
- CPRSA – Title-by-Title Summary (Posted March 23)
Phase 2 – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Posted March 23)
- FFCRA – Title-by-Title Summary (Posted March 23)
- CAPLAW Guidance on Paid Leave Provisions of FFCRA (Posted March 23)
Phase 3 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Posted April 2)
- CARES Act – Title-by-Title Summary (Posted April 2)
Phase 3.5 – Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
- The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (Posted April 23)
- The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act – Partnership Section-by-Section (Posted April 23)
Community Action Partnership Fact Sheets:
• Coronavirus Legislation – Community Services Fact Sheet (Updated April 6)
• Coronavirus Legislation – Nonprofits as Employers Fact Sheet (Posted April 2)
Nonprofits & Coronavirus
American Public Human Services Association
- Policy Levers for State Human Service Agencies in Response to COVID-19 (Updated April 6)
Internal Revenue Service & Paid Leave Resources
• Non-Filers: Enter Payment Information Here (Posted April 13): This IRS portal allows non-filers to enter their direct deposit information in order to avoid the need for paper checks.
• COVID-19, Paid Leave, and Unemployment Flow Chart (Posted April 13)
• IRS Issues Guidance on Claiming Credit for Paid Leave (Issued April 1)
• Coronavirus and Paid Leave (March 30): The latest information about the availability of paid family and medical leave.
• Coronavirus Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) Toolkit (March 30): This toolkit contains sample language and images related to coronavirus and PFML.
Remote Work Resources
- Five Essential Tools for Your Remote Toolkit (Posted April 1)
- Thinking Outside the Inbox (Posted April 1)
- Ten Best Free Video Conferencing Tools (Posted April 1)
- Best Paid and Free Video Conferencing Software (Posted April 1)
- The Ultimate Guide to Free Video Conferencing & Collaboration (Posted April 1)
- 32 Free Remote Work Tools to Help You Work from Home (Posted April 1)
- COVID-19 Relief & Economic Stimulus Package (Issued March 18)
- Campaign Urges Congress to Include Emergency Assistance Fund in Coronavirus Response (Issued March 12)
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus (Posted March 12): Guidance from the National Council of Nonprofits on what coronavirus means for nonprofits and what steps should be taken.
- Why Nonprofits Must Be Included in a COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package (Posted March 12)
Hope & Healing Page
Community Action Hope & Healing Page: In light of the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know it’s as important now as ever that we continue to embody the spirit of hope for our customers and colleagues. With this in mind, we wanted to provide a space for folks throughout the Community Action Network to share sentiments of hope and healing as well as recognize and honor colleagues who have passed or been affected.
Click here for the Community Action Hope and Healing Page.
Our National Partners also provide guidance and updates on COVID-19 impact on Community Action Agencies.