Resources for Employees

FEDERAL AID

The CARES Act established economic impact payments for individuals through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you will automatically get a stimulus payment. If you did not file taxes but you received retirement or Social Security Disability payments in 2019, you will automatically get a stimulus payment.

IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT, YOU WILL NEED TO ENTER YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION. You can also check the status of your payment on the IRS.gov site.  Links to both resources are below.

You can receive up to $1,200 per person in your family, dependent on income.

For more information: The Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) has answered some commonly asked questions about economic impact payments, including eligibility, garnishment, and more.

 

AK CAN DO
The Alaska Community Foundation and United Way of Anchorage have launched a statewide platform connecting donors with families and organizations impacted by coronavirus.  Leading donors Rasmuson Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation are joined by Sealaska, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Doyon Limited, and the Key Bank Foundation.

Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 to connect with an Alaska 2-1-1 community information specialist for up-to-date information on how to get help.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Expanded unemployment insurance is being made available to employees affected by coronavirus.  The State of Alaska and federal government are working on expanding unemployment benefits.  Learn more about coronavirus-specific unemployment in the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)/FOOD ASSISTANCE

Anchorage residents needing food assistance can text “SNAP” to (907) 891-8913 or click here.

 

RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE RELIEF FUND
Restaurant employees whose employment status or wages have been affected by coronavirus can apply for grants from the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

 

MORE FROM ALASKA LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
ASLC is aware that COVID-19 legal rights are changing daily, and they are offering free resources, articles, and court forms to address numerous topics, including: housing; domestic violence; unemployment; courts; health; worker rights; debts; elder services; and public benefits, including state and federal aid.

ASLC also has a dedicated page outlining cash and rental assistance options during COVID-19.

FRONTLINE BUSINESS SAFETY INITIATIVE
Safety and public health are critical to continued business operations.  Members of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s Economic Resiliency Task Force have launched a “Frontline Business Safety Initiative,” connecting retailers with PPE donations.  If you have a need or are interested in donating or sponsoring this effort, email thebusinessboutiqueak@gmail.com. Click here for initiative flyer.

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