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COVID-19 Resources for Faith Communities with Joshua Dubois

COVID-19 Resources for Faith Communities with Joshua Dubois

COVID-19 Resources for Faith Communities with Joshua Dubois

Joshua DuBois of Values Partnerships, former faith adviser of Barack Obama, shares what faith leaders need to know about accessing government resources to help their organizations with the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Najuma Smith Pollard of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement moderates the discussion:

  • What is the CARES Act?
  • What are Economic Injury Disaster Loans?
  • Which loans are forgivable?
  • Who are they for?

“Do not be intimidated by any of these processes. It’s worth it. You are fully eligible and this is for you.” – Joshua Dubois

Personal finance resources 

The Cecil Murray Center is hosting “Financial Empowerment Through a Crisis” webinars in partnership with Los Angeles-area churches. We have compiled resources for participants on COVID-19 financial assistance programs,  financial education, personal budgeting, homeownership, small business ownership and more.

Organizational resources 

Small Business Association FAQ for Faith-Based Organization about Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Q&A on Paycheck Protection Program

EIDL Loan Application

State resources

LA County Resource

UPDATED APRIL 27, 2020 – Applications are now open for a new round of funding.

Here is list of community agencies and banks that should be able to assist you with an application. YOU WILL HAVE TO DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE, but you can start with one of these:

Please be patient and persistent.

Regional Banks

Credit Unions and Nonbank Lenders

Additionally, you can access loan and grant opportunities through nonprofit and government organizations such as:

  • LISC (Verizon, Sam’s Club, Red Backpack)
  • Vermont Slauson EDC
  • PACE – Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment
  • Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation
  • California Community Foundation
  • LA Chamber of Commerce
  • Opportunity Fund
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs (through LA County)
  • LA County Dept. of Business & Community Affairs
  • LA City Workforce & Economic Development Dept.