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This is the sixth COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association. They are sent on Thursdays.
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Dear Members and Downtown Stakeholders:

Thank you for continuing to make downtown a strong community. We have heard from members about collaboration, supporting one another and being an advocate for our essential workers. With the ever-changing news, we hope this email helps filter all of the communications you receive into a helpful compilation of updates.

As always, SJDA staff is available to help answer questions and concerns and to provide morale support when needed. Please reach out via email and we'll respond as soon as possible.

We are in this together. 

Funding Opportunities & Critical Updates
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - No Longer Accepting Applications
As of this morning, the Small Business Administration's PPP loan program is no longer able to accept applications or new lenders based on available appropriation funding. The EIDL has also been capped out. 

While this program is currently closed, here are other funding opportunities available:

Facebook Small Business Grants Program
To support small businesses near locations where Facebook operates, Facebook is launching a $100 million grant program. According to their website, the following eligibility requirements apply:
  • Be a for-profit company
  • Have between 2 and 50 employees
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates
The San Francisco Bay Area applications open on April 20. 
 
Silicon Valley Strong Funding and Support
Here is the best description to the small business program offered through SV Strong and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)

$5,000 Artist Relief grants available
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers created an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief is distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Since starting in the past week, Artists Relief has received a high volume of submissions.  Be sure to keep a copy of your submission in case you need to reapply.
Getting the word out about your business
Downtown News
Groundwerx in operation during COVID-19 shelter in place - Q&A
Best known for keeping downtown safe and clean, our Grounderx team has been essential to Downtown during the shelter-in-place order with services continuing from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Here’s a snapshot of our Q&A with Semu One Bear, Program Director, and Chloe Shipp, Operations Manager, to update you on changes to Groundwerx’s routine and recent activities.
 
Q: What comments are Groundwerx staff receiving these days?

Semu One Bear: The main comments we are getting from the staff is how clean everything is right now and how nice that feels, but also how unnerving it is to be the one of the few people still out in the streets. I’m also being told that the little things that the employees used to take for granted are now a much bigger deal, such as finding an open restaurant for a 10am lunch break since most of them changed their hours of operation during the shelter in place. With the new restrictions placed on the businesses that are allowed to stay open, even finding a clean restroom to use is almost impossible if the employee isn’t near the office. I will say that everyone that drives into work is really enjoying the free street parking right now, thanks City of San Jose! Read More.

Q: How has Groundwerx cleaning services changed during shelter in place?

Chloe Shipp: Foot traffic has decreased significantly, leading to an expected reduction in the amount of trash we need to collect daily. Staff is more focused on disinfecting street furniture, trash cans, door knobs, and other things those still walking around downtown may touch. Additionally, there’s still a need to remove biohazards and other messes in downtown. Groundwerx staff have always followed OSHA’s standards around using personal protective equipment.
 
Groundwerx operational hours have been limited to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in an effort to limit staff exposure, and shifts have been staggered to limit the number of employees working together in one shift. Read More.
Pedestrian Buttons Disabled Downtown
To avoid requiring people to touch shared surfaces, the Department of Transportation is making pedestrian signals "touch-free" in the downtown core. Pedestrian buttons at over 100 intersections have been disabled, and the signal to cross the street activates automatically on a 24-hour scheduled cycle.
San Jose SHIP Kits
Have you heard about SJ Ship Kits yet?  ABC7 covered the non-traditional philanthropic efforts of Urban Community, SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant, Non-Plus Ultra, Voyager Craft Coffee and Academic Coffee to create Ship Kits, going out to people in need with medical and nutritional supplies and emotional support. These are a part of San Jose Love Stories, put together by Team San Jose. The ever-evolving San Jose Love resource page is here.
Governor Newsom's six keys to lifting shelter-in-place order
 Governor Newsom outlined six key indicators that will guide the state’s decision as it considers lifting the stay-at-home order: 
  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed; 
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19; 
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges; 
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand; 
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and 
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary. 

The Governor stressed that there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision. The City is evaluating the impacts of this announcement and will share information as it becomes available. 

Guidance for Essential Retail and Grocery Stores
The County of Santa Clara has released further guidance for essential businesses and their workers on measures to protect themselves and others from exposure when they are performing and traveling to and from their job duties. The County Department of Environmental Health prepared a handout with specific risk mitigation measures for permitted food facilities. 
Upcoming Webinars
Today, Thursday April 16
Santa Clara County’s Office of Education’s Superintendent, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.

1-2 p.m. | Register
Hosted by SVO
Dr. Dewan will provide an update on how our local schools are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and how local businesses can support the County’s education efforts to maintain the future of our workforce. The conversation will be moderated by San Jose District 10 Councilmember-Elect Matt Mahan.

Today, Thursday April 16 
Pivoting Your Business
3-4 p.m. |  Register
Hosted by City of San Jose / Silicon Valley SCORE
Wondering how your company can change its business model to survive the pandemic? Silicon Valley SCORE will show you how to think creatively; Frank Nguyen, owner of Academic Coffee will share his own experience; and Shaina Brown, State Government Relations Manager from eBay, will explain how companies can connect with existing and new customers. To watch previous events, visit YouTube.
 
Friday, April 17
Assemblymember Ash Kalra

10-11 a.m. | Register
Hosted by SVO
Kalra will provide an update on California’s response to COVID-19 and its impact on education.


Tuesday, April 21
SBA COVID-19 Loans Guidance & Resources featuring Spectrum Business Financing

10-11 a.m. | Register 
Wendy Roberts, CEO of Spectrum Business Financing, provides clarity on the SBA COVID-19 loans, what businesses should be doing now to save their business and what they can plan for in the next 30-90 days to move past the pandemic.
Discussion topics will include: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL); Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); SBA Loan requirements; other SBA Loans

Tuesday, April 21
 Navigating Virtual Meeting and Webinar Platforms
presented by Veltec Networks & All Good Work Foundation

12-1 p.m. | Register 
Hosted by SVO
An interactive look at the unique features that differentiate Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, WebEx and GoTo Meeting so that you may confidently select the tools you need to host virtual meetings and webinars that achieve communication, training, or team building goals.

Thursday, April 23
Public Safety Update with San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia
 2-3 p.m. | Register 
Hosted by SVO
 City of San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia will be provide a public safety update on the latest crime trends since COVID -19 and the shelter in place order.  Discussion topics will include: Resources in light of new crime trends; Public safety initiatives; How businesses can keep their stores and offices safe during shelter in place
Sharing Our City Forest’s List of Life Resources During COVID-19
Our City Forest has collected a list of relief resources for people in need. This is good to share with family and friends who might need help. We’ve been focused on helping you, our businesses. But part of that help is providing you with these types of life resources, too.

Compiled from various San Jose District Newsletters:

Food Resources
View this map of food resources in Santa Clara County.
Free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for all ages here.
Anyone under 18 years old can pick up a free bagged breakfast or lunch, Monday-Friday, from their local schools in the San Jose Unified School District. Details. (Other school districts are participating as well).
Click here to see Santa Clara County Senior Meal Sites. Click here to see Senior Hours at Grocery Stores.

Connect to free groceries and access to free fresh fruit, vegetables, and pantry staples by calling Second Harvest at 800-984-3663 or texting “GETFOOD” to 408-455-5181.

Housing Rights
The San José City Council has extended the temporary eviction moratorium through May 31. More.
 
Transportation for Health Care Workers
Are you a healthcare worker? Bay Wheels offers a 30-day program to give critical healthcare workers free bike-share memberships. More.
 
Utilities Assistance
PG&E offers one-time assistance, as well as reduced rates for those who qualify. More.
 
Small Businesses
Read the City of San Jose's summary of Business Support from the CARES Act. 

Domestic Violence Victims
If you are a victim or witness of a domestic violence incident, immediately call 911 for police and medical attention. There are many advocates and resources available to survivors of domestic violence. Here are a few resources:  
Asian American Discrimination Victims
If you wish to seek assistance from law enforcement, please contact local law enforcement to report a crime or file a complaint.

Submit a form to tell your story. You will be aiding the efforts of Advancing Justice and other advocates to monitor hate incidents across the country. This form does not report directly to law enforcement. Report your incident to Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Keeping our streets in good shape
  • Use the Groundwerx Everywhere App or call 408-287-1520 to report a mess on the sidewalks that needs immediate attention.  Download the Groundwerx App for iPhones.
  • Use the San Jose 311 app, to report streetlight outages, graffiti, and potholes.
  • For fallen trees or branches, call the tree emergency hotline at: (408) 497-4062. Please have a nearest address available to share with the operator.
Let us know how else we can help by replying to this email. We’ll have another message next Thursday. We're in this together.
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