Evictions and Landlord Tenant Issues
Know Your Rights – Virtual Town Hall July 9, 2020, 6pm
Event will be LIVE on the Brockton Area Branch NAACP Facebook Page
Business Assistance Program
The Brockton Business Assistance program is designated for businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will aid small businesses in job creation & job retention and to maintain business continuity. Funded through the City of Brockton’s Community Development Block Grant program and managed by MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board and Brockton Redevelopment Authority, Applicants may request up to $10,000.00 for the proposed need. Applicants can utilize funds to support initiatives that will allow them to continue operating during and/or after the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Assistance Program (Free Google account is required to submit application).
The grant funding may be used for the following critical needs:
- Expenses that would not have usually occurred without the COVID-19 pandemic
- Business continuity assessment and planning
- Marketing, such as paid digital advertisements during and post COVID-19 pandemic
- General business continuity expenses
- Payroll or employee training
- Or any other applicable expenses incurred since State of Emergency declared in MA on March 10, 2020
A Bidder’s Conference will be held Monday, June 8 via Zoom, Register here. Review of applications will begin with completed applications as of Monday, June 15, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed on an “as received” basis until all funds are expended or October 31, 2020, whichever is first. Disbursement of funds will start on July 1, 2020.
Public Hearing on FY2019 Annual Action Plan Amendment
The Brockton Redevelopment Authority will host an online public hearing on the FY2019 Annual Action Plan Draft Amendment on Thursday, April 30, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. The registration form for the Zoom meeting is available here. The full amendment is available here. A document with only the changes made to the Action Plan in the Amendment is available here.
The Brockton Area Branch of the NAACP created a relief fund for Brockton families in need.
The City of Brockton has more information for businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19
The Commonwealth has more information about COVID-19 and how to access additional help.
COVID-19 and CDBG Public Service Funding
This application is for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funding to assist local public service agencies in serving the new and increased needs created by COVID-19. This funding and application is separate from the annual CDBG Application for Public Services and Public Facilities, while FY20 funding allocations have not be announced, this funding opportunity will not affect the amounts given there. In attempt to get these recovery funds out as quickly as possible, it has delayed announcing FY20 funding plans. But be assured, they will still be shared before July 1. However, being a past grantee or applicant, will reduce the amount of paperwork needing to be provided if selected for this funding. This funding should only be applied for with plans of being spent down completely within 6 months (at this time, this can change) of contracting with us, but your program may be designed for longer. All CDBG eligibility requirements must still be met, please click this link to ensure your program and organization meet the criteria before applying. Again, this funding MUST be filling a need created by COVID-19 to serve the community as directly as possible.
This must be submitted by Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:59PM to be considered in this round of funding.
Note that this is just from our first round of COVID-19 recovery funds and entitlement funds. There is more funding coming from HUD to this grant for recovery, however at this time we have not been told when that will come or for how much. We are also working with other agencies and departments to find other supportive routes for those we do not have the funds to support at this time. https://forms.gle/J4M1xq8Gdd25dgwY8