The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Announcement

NEW Application Forms and Extended Deadline for Paycheck Protection Program and Further Expanded Eligibility for Second Draw Loans

Thanks in part to advocacy from our network and the broader nonprofit community, today, March 31, 2021, President Biden signed into law the PPP Extension Act, which extends the deadline for Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan applications to May 31.  The program had been set to expire on March 31. 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has also released the NEW application forms Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers must submit to apply for first-time loans or “second draw” loans, as well as indicating expanded eligibility for those second draw loans.  

First Draw loan information

  • Loans are now available for nonprofit organizations:
    • with fewer than 500 employees total who have not already received funding
    • with 500 or more employees across multiple locations, but with no more than 500 employees at a single one of those locations. This group of nonprofits only became eligible to apply when the American Rescue Plan became law on March 11, 2021.
  • Application form

Second Draw loan information

  • Loans are now available for nonprofit organizations that:
    • have already received and spent an initial PPP loan AND
    • can demonstrate a 25% reduction in gross receipts AND
    • have one location with fewer than 300 employees, OR more than 300 employees across multiple locations BUT NO MORE THAN 300 IN ANY ONE LOCATION (this is new information per the updated application form for this type of loan)
  • Application form

More information is available on our website and on the SBA website, and from your lender. 

For further information, please contact Sarah Dobson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at sdobson@lutheranservices.org or 202-499-5832.

Upcoming Strength & Service Series Webinar

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OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Program — What You Need to Know

Date: April 27, 2021
Time: 1:00 -2:00 p.m. EDT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers strictly adhere to a respiratory protection program, designed to protect employees from inhaling harmful contaminants in the workplace. Now and throughout the pandemic, OSHA is placing added pressure on skilled nursing, long-term care, and other healthcare facilities and providers to properly document COVID-19 cases, complete necessary N95 mask training with staff, and submit timely reports to maintain compliance. Not doing so can result in citations and financial penalties that are costly and difficult to challenge. During this webinar, leading experts from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson will explain the four main components of an OSHA compliant respiratory protection program as they pertain to COVID-19 protection in healthcare settings, and what organizations can do now to ensure their continued compliance. Register here.

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Advocacy Update

Administration Releases Outline of $1.52 Trillion FY22 Budget Proposal

On April 9, President Biden released an initial outline of his proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year 2022.  A more detailed version of the proposal is expected in the coming weeks.  The outline, which calls for $1.52 trillion in discretionary funding (an 8.4% increase over current levels), is the first budget in a decade that will not be bound by the spending caps known as “sequestration.”  Highlights of the proposal include substantial investments in programs benefitting older adults, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and children, youth, and families: $551 million for home and community-based services, increasing resources and services for older adults and persons with disabilities; $180 million to support 2,000 units of new, permanent affordable housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities; $3.5 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants; $1.9 billion for  the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to construct and rehabilitate affordable rental housing; $100 million in new competitive grants for States and localities to advance reforms that would reduce the overrepresentation of children and families of color in the child welfare system; and $200 million for States and community-based organizations to respond to and prevent child abuse.  The president’s outline is just the first step in the process of allocating federal spending for the coming fiscal year.  The Congressional Appropriations Committees will now take the lead in developing legislation that will ultimately set funding levels for agencies and programs beginning on October 1, 2021.

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