COVID-19 Help and Resources

Last updated: May 26, 2020

Support Brunswick

Support Brunswick is a public Facebook group and a resource guide for sharing needs and opportunities to help people in Brunswick and surrounding communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maine 211

If you need help finding information or connecting with the right governmental agency for assistance, call 211 in Maine to speak with someone by telephone.

Maine 211 also provides an online directory of assistance:

Public Utilities

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has told utility companies that until further notice, they cannot disconnect service or issue disconnection notices to any customer. MPUC Chairman Phil Bartlett stated on Monday, March 16, "No one will lose utility service or be threatened with disconnection during this civil emergency. This applies equally to residential and business customers and is effective immediately."

Unemployment Benefits

On March 17, the Maine legislature expanded unemployment benefits for all Mainers. You are now elegible for benefits if:

On April 16, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program was rolled out in Maine, which provides an additional $600 per week benefit until July 25.

On May 1, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was rolled out in Maine, which allows self-employed and other workers who have exhausted other benefits to apply for unemployment. Coverage is provided for up to 39 weeks, until December 31.

You can apply for unemployment online. If you apply for unemployment, you are a "claimant." Follow the links for "Claimant Services." If this is your first time claiming unemployment, start by creating a ReEmployME account. You will be asked to provide your social security number and other personal information.

Schools and School Meals

All schools in Brunswick are closed. Students are to remain in their homes and have been receiving assignments from their teachers by phone, email or online.

The federal government has already approved a waiver to allow funding to schools to allow them to continue serving meals even while closed. Brunswick schools are using school buses to deliver boxed lunches and other meals to students who need them.

Child Care

Governor Mills has directed the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to work with healthcare organizations to provide child care for healthcare workers so our healthcare system can manage cases of COVID-19 and other medical emergencies. All families in Maine who are able to care for their own children in their own homes should do so.

Small Business Loans

The United States Small Business Administration has approved Maine for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. If you own a business in Maine that needs an SBA loan to overcome temporary loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can now apply.

If you apply, you will need the following:

  1. An SBA Disaster Loan Application Account
  2. IRS Form 4506-T
  3. A personal financial statement
  4. A schedule of business liabilities
  5. A copy of your most recently filed federal income tax return

The Paycheck Protection Program is a new type of SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Check with your local bank for details. The PPP resumed accepting applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27.

Small Business Advice

The Maine Small Business Development Centers offer no-cost, confidential business advising via email, phone and videoconferencing. They have published a page of resources to help small business owners manage through the coronavirus pandemic.

Check In Calls from Local Area Organizations

If you would like to receive check in calls from a volunteer with a local service organization, please contact me by email at electfredhorch@gmail.com or phone at 725-9104. I will call you to arrange a check in call from the appropriate local service organization.

Check in calls can be an effective way to prevent depression, keep spirits up, share accurate information and dispel rumors, and better understand the needs and opportunities for service in our community during this pandemic and beyond.

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