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City residents, businesses can access emergency support programs

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren today announced a suite of programs to support residents and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

» Free professional financing counseling and coaching will be available to residents from the Office of Community Wealth Building’s Financial Empowerment Centers.

» Small business owners can apply for a newly created grant for up to $2,000 from the Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD) to cover short-term payroll, insurance, utilities and inventory expenses. The NBD and Rochester Economic Development Corp. also are offering 90-day deferrals available on existing loans.

» Kiva Rochester has expanded access to crowd-funded, interest-free loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering an Economic Disaster Injury Loan of up to $2 million; and an Express Bridge Loan that allows SBA Express Lenders to provided qualified small businesses with loans of up to $25,000 to pay expenses while applying for longer-term loans.

» The 211/Life Line operated by Goodwill of the Finger Lakes will now have support from the city to provide around-the-clock information on available services.

» Earlier this month the city pushed back March 31 property tax bills to April 30.

Visit the coronavirus page on the city website for more information.

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