My team and I are working closely with public health officials from Washington D.C. to Alabama to monitor and provide support for the response to COVID-19. This is a very serious issue, but there are steps you can take to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.
Please review the resources below to stay up to date and prepared, including the FAQs about the latest COVID-19 relief legislation. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please call your health care provider immediately to seek guidance before going into their office or an emergency room.
The health and safety of Alabamians and my team is my number-one priority. We can each do our part to contain the spread of this virus and I urge you to follow the guidance of our top public health officials. Even if you are not showing symptoms, it is still possible for you to be carrying the disease and spreading it to more vulnerable people. Please do you part to stop the spread of this disease by thoroughly washing your hands, staying home when you can, and wearing a mask when you go leave your home.
Many Alabamians have faced problems accessing federal unemployment benefits. Please feel free to contact my office if my office can be helpful in sorting out any problems you may face.
**Unfortunately, the additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits expired on Friday, July 31, 2020. Congress is currently negotiating extending this benefit.**
*On September 3, Alabama will begin paying an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits to those who qualify.*
Unemployment claims can be filed at https://www.labor.alabama.gov/, or by calling 866-234-5382.
To receive benefits, claimants can choose direct deposit, which is the fastest method, or debit card, which adds an additional 5 to 7 days since the card must be mailed.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Claimants who filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may have received a notice stating that they are monetarily ineligible for benefits now. However, claimants may still be eligible for PUA.
A document labeled â€œPUA-D4503-MIâ€? will be mailed to all PUA claimants. Claimants should complete the form with the required documentation as soon as possible to complete the processing of their PUA claim. Claimants will not be required to file another claim as the state Labor Department will determine eligibility for PUA based on the information provided in the document that will be mailed to claimants.
The Alabama State Bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program (Young Lawyers' Section) launched a free legal assistance hotline for individuals who may face legal problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline is 334-517-2250. When connected to the hotline, callers should leave a message providing brief details regarding the type of assistance they need, the county from where they are calling, and the contact information to receive a return call. Callers will then be matched with Alabama lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal advice or assistance.
***Effective September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) prohibits the evictions of eligible renters from any rental property through December 31, 2020, if the renter cannot pay their rent.***
Legal Services Alabama has more details on the CDC Eviction Moratorium that you can refer to found here.
If you are experiencing housing issues due to the coronavirus crisis and worry you may be evicted call Legal Services Alabama (LSA) at 1-866-456-4995. Phone lines are open 8am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Their website is https://legalservicesalabama.org/lsa-covid-response/.
Governor Ivey has now LIFTED the statewide eviction moratorium as of June 1, 2020.
The federal "moratorium" expired for certain types of housing on July 25, 2020:
If you are facing eviction, you can call Legal Services Alabama at 1-866-456-4995 for legal help or apply online HERE.
If you are being evicted and need help, Please feel free to contact my office if my office can be helpful in sorting out any problems you may face.
If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure, find more information here.
**Fortunately, the federal moratorium on foreclosures has been extended to December 31, 2020.**
Mortgages serviced by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac may qualify for forbearance for up to 6 months. Homeowners can use the loan look up tools for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on their respective website. If you do need to request forbearance for your mortgage, please follow the recommendations on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) website including getting written documentation from servicer that confirms your forbearance agreement and the terms. You can also call Fannie Mae at 1-800-2FANNIE (1-800-232-6643) and Freddie Mac at 1-800-FREDDIE (1-800-373-3343).
Where is my Stimulus Check?
If you have not yet received your stimulus check or have further questions regarding your stimulus payment, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) website on the topic. You can also call their hotline at 800-919-9835, which is dedicated to stimulus payment questions.
Individuals making less than $75,000 will receive a $1,200 stimulus payment, and households that file jointly will receive a $2,400 stimulus payment. Individuals and households will receive an additional $500 for each child younger than 17 claimed as a dependent. This includes Social Security beneficiaries as well as individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and veterans' disability benefits.
If you have further questions regarding your stimulus payment, I would encourage you to reference the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) website on the topic. You can also call their hotline at 800-919-9835, which is dedicated to stimulus payment questions.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance from the Small Business Administration (SBA)
**The EIDL Advance Fund ran out of funds on July 15, 2020.**
If you have questions regarding your pending Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application, please email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone from my office will reach out to you shortly. Please be sure your name, company name, phone number, email, and date applied.
You can also reach out to the Alabama SBA District Office at 205-290-7101.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
**The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) closed at the end of August 8, 2020. As a result, the SBA is no longer accepting PPP applications from participating lenders.**
If you are having trouble with your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application, please email my office at email@example.com and someone will get back to you soon.
Please know that the Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends working with your lender or a community financial institution if you are having trouble with your PPP loan. You can also reach out to the Alabama SBA District Office at 205-290-7101.
COVID-19 Relief Legislation FAQs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Response Page
Alabama Department of Public Health: call 1-888-264-2256
or visit their website
Alabama's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
(location of COVID-19 cases and test sites)
Resources for Alabamians
Have a question that isn't answered below? Contact me here.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath):
Protecting Against COVID-19
The Alabama State Bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program (Young Lawyer's Section) launched a free legal assistance hotline for individuals who may face legal problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline is 334-5170-2250. When connected to the hotline, callers should leave a message providing brief details regarding the type of assistance they need, the county from where they are calling and their contact information to receive a return call. Callers will be matched with Alabama lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal advice or assistance.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): USDA is now accepting applications through August 28, 2020 for this program that provides direct relief to producers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Find your local Farm Service Agency (FSA): in order to apply for CFAP, farmers must reach out to their local FSA to begin the application process.
Farmers to Families Food Box program: Part of USDA's CFAP that coordinates agricultural producers to food banks and other non-profits feeding those in need.
Additional USDA resources: https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus
Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries: https://agi.alabama.gov/
Contact the Alabama Department of Senior Services at 1-800-243-5463 (1-800-AGE-LINE) if you are in need of additional support services.