Covid-19 has impacted service providers across the state, including JAC. Due to the pandemic, JAC has stopped in-person programming and has been exploring ways in which we can virtually serve the community. We know with information changing rapidly, it can be confusing to keep track of what resources are available and whether or not you qualify. Below you will find information on court updates, stimulus payments, and unemployment benefits. Given that information is changing daily, be sure to come back to this page to see what updates, if any, will impact you.
LOUISIANA MAIN STREET GRANT RESOURCES
If you have a small business, and your business did NOT receive Federal Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) funding, you MAY be eligible for funding of up to $15,000 from the Louisiana Main Street Program. The Louisiana Treasury expects the program to be ready July 28, 2020.
You can find more information at: https://www.louisianamainstreet.com/
BEGIN ORGANIZING YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS NOW! The program is expected to be in HIGH demand. The first 21 days will prioritize businesses that did not receive Federal PPP assistance. $40 million has been prioritized for minority and women owned businesses for the first 60 days. BUT DO NOT WAIT, money is FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!
The flyer to the right discusses the Louisiana Main Street Program and some common questions people may have.
The video below is a webinar hosted by Secretary of Treasury John M. Schroeder hosted by One Acadiana.
Below the video are two more resources
LOUISIANA MAIN STREET WEBINAR
LOUISIANA MAIN STREET
In order to apply for the Louisiana Main Street grant program you must submit the following (more information on the documents to the right).
1. Authorized Representative name, address, phone number, email address
2. Federal Taxpayer Identification Number;
3. State Taxpayer Identification Number;
4. Louisiana Department of Revenue Account Number;
5. Business legal name;
6. DBA or tradename (if applicable);
7. Date of formation/creation;
8. Business address;
9. Business phone number;
10. Email address;
11. Name of primary contact (if different from authorized representative)
12. Industry category
13. Business type;
14. Louisiana Secretary of State Business ID number (if applicable);
15. Louisiana Workforce Commission Employer ID number (if applicable);
16. For every individual who is a controlling owner:
Title of owner;
Taxpayer identification number;
Address of owner;
Indication of any owner who is a Louisiana resident; and
Indication of any owner who is a participant in the applicant’s active day-to-day operations.
17. Number of full-time equivalent employees as of March 1, 2020;
18. Indication that the business is a minority business enterprise (if applicable);
19. Purpose of the grant
20. Confirmation that the business was domiciled in Louisiana as of March 1, 2020;
21. Confirmation that the business was in good standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State (if applicable);
22. Confirmation that the business suffered an interruption of business caused by forced or voluntary closures or restricted operations due to social distancing measures, decreased customer demand, cleaning or disinfecting expenses, and providing personal protective equipment;
23. Confirmation that the business was at least 50% owned by one or more Louisiana residents, whether individual resident citizens or Louisiana domestic business entities;
24. Confirmation that the business filed Louisiana taxes for tax year 2018 or 2019 or, if an eligible business formed on or after January 1, 2020, intends to file Louisiana taxes for tax year 2020;
25. Confirmation that the business had customers or employees coming to its physical premises;
26. Confirmation that the business had no more than 50 full-time equivalent employees as of March 1, 2020;
27. Confirmation that the business is not a subsidiary of a business with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees, is not part of a larger business enterprise with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees, and is not owned by a business with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees;
28. Confirmation that the business does not exist for the purpose of advancing partisan political activity and does not directly lobby federal or state officials;
29. Confirmation that the business does not derive income from passive investments without active participation in business operations;
30. Indication as to whether (and if so, how much) the applicant has applied for and/or received funds from any of the following:
U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loan;
U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance;
Other federal programs; and
Business interruption insurance proceeds.
In addition to providing answers to these questions, the applicant must submit the following documentation at the time of application:
1. Government issued photo ID of the person signing the application.
2. Business license for sole proprietorships and general partnerships, articles of
organization/certification of incorporation for corporations and limited liability
corporations, or certificate of limited partnership/LLP registration for limited liability
3. A tax return filed for the eligible business for 2018 and/or 2019. If the eligible business formed on or after January 1, 2020, a return will not be required. Those entities that do not file tax returns in the name of the eligible business (e.g., single member LLCs, sole proprietorships and certain partnerships) will submit the Schedule C to the appropriate individual tax return.
4. Business interruption insurance declaration page (if applicable).
5. Evidence of minority business enterprise status (if applicable).
6. Evidence of eligible expenses including, but not limited to, invoices, receipts, rental/lease agreements, contracts, payroll/time records, utility bills, mortgage statements, or other applicable documentation.
2020 Traffic Court Panel
JAC, in collaboration with the First 72+, conducted a 2020 Traffic Matters Panel.
Watch the video to the right which covers how to set up a payment plan with the Office of Motor Vehicles, how to start the license reinstatement process, issues relating to rescheduled traffic matters, and more!
2020 Tax Panel Video
JAC, in collaboration with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Front Line Legal Services, conducted a 2020 Tax Panel.
Watch the video to the right which covers when to file taxes, how CARES funding impacts your taxes, unemployment benefits, SBA loans, and more!
July Changes to COVID OMV Procedures
Many different rules and fees enforced by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles have been suspended during COVID-19. The flyer to the right has basic key information to keep in mind about your driver's license or identification card. If you have more questions you can call OMV at 225-925-6146. Most Driver's License Offices are opened. For the closes near you go to https://offices.omv.la.gov/
Zoom How to Resources
Many organizations and courts are using "Zoom" to provide services for people. Zoom is a call and video conferencing platform that lets you speak to other individuals remotely.
Zoom can be confusing if you're unfamiliar with the program.
You can use the following explainers, designed for different types of operating systems, to help you understand how to use Zoom if you have a call scheduled.
Below there are two video explainers that help to understand Zoom. The first video "for computers" explains the Zoom set up from downloading Zoom to your computer. This video applies to both Microsoft or Mac operating systems.
The second video explains how to download Zoom to your phone. It discusses how to get Zoom as an app on your phone and applies to Android and Apple phones.
Zoom How to for Computers
Zoom How to for Phones
Do you have a pending court matter that has been disrupted by COVID-19? This video explains where courts currently stand across the state with an emphasis Jefferson and Orleans Parish. Be sure to check your local parish court website for the most up to date information.
The New Orleans Criminal court can be reached at 504-658-9000 for information on your court case. Orleans Criminal Court will be open from 9 AM to 2 PM, Monday - Thursday and is closed on Fridays.
The New Orleans Civil Court can be reached at 504-407-0370 for information on your case, it will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans is open from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Any questions about your case, or to update your address or contact information with the court you must call (504) 658-8500.
The Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court’s Office is open to the public by appointment only between 9 AM and 2 PM. You can call the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court’s Office at 504-364-2900. The First Parish Court number is 504-731-4682. The Second Parish Court number is 503-364-2800.
Orleans Parish Courts 6.17.20
Jefferson Parish Courts 6.8.20
For Jefferson Parish Court Information, please begin the video at the 5 minute 30 second mark.
Stimulus Payment Eligibility
Our partners at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) have created this helpful stimulus payment eligibility chart. The chart can be used to help determine if you are eligible for the federal government's $1,200 stimulus payment check. Be sure to check out SLLS' website for other important COVID-19 resources.
COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits
There has been a lot of confusion as to whether or not formerly incarcerated people are eligible for unemployment benefits including the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) program. This document helps explain several unemployment resources, how Louisiana's unemployment insurance is calculated, how your former incarceration may impact your unemployment benefit eligibility, contains several contacts for applying for unemployment benefits, and how you can appeal a rejection of an application.