COVID-19 Relief

Information about coronavirus relief and how to receive benefits will be posted on this resource page. Please monitor this page for updates.

Next Round of Recovery Rebates:

A second round of direct payments to American citizens to assist with the economic damage caused by COVID-19 are on the way. Payments began distribution in late December 2020 and will continue to be sent over the next few weeks. You can visit the IRS' 'Get My Payment' page to find out when your next payment is scheduled to arrive.  To learn more about how much you could receive, who is eligible, how payment will be receieved and other important details, please visit the IRS' official website.

Small Business Financial Assistance:

Financial assistance for small businesses, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals has been extended. To learn about the programs, available options and how to apply, please visit my small business assistance resource page.

On April 3, 2020, I sent a letter to more than 800 small business owners in East Tennessee notifying them loan applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are now available. I encourage East Tennessee small businesses to check directly with their financial institution to determine their eligibility for the PPP, when they can expect financial assistance through the PPP, and what other loans and financial products are available. Additionally, I welcome feedback from small business owners about how the application process for COVID-19 related assistance is working and how it can be improved. You can read my full letter to small business owners here.

Unemployment Assistance: 

COVID-19 has resulted in businesses temporarily closing their doors or suspending their operations, impacting the jobs and livelihoods of many working East Tennesseans. This has many folks worried about their next paycheck and providing for their families, and rightfully so. It is important everyone knows what financial support is available if they fall on hard times during this crisis. 

Unemployment assistance was recently extended and I encourage East Tennesseans to visit my unemployment assistance page for guidance and additional information about available relief. 

Please remain optimistic as our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. Folks in our community take pride in their jobs and want to get back to work as soon as possible. I share these feelings with you and am looking forward to our economy reopening in the near future.