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On August 6th, we will be joining thousands of people nationwide in car caravans (and on foot, masked and socially distanced) to remind senators that workers, families, small businesses, and communities ARE the economy! And we demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, provide the COVID relief we need to survive and to thrive!

We call on the Senate to:

  • Extend the $600 unemployment insurance! #SaveThe600 #ExtendUI
  • Provide cash assistance for all! #FundExcludedWorkers
  • Provide free testing & healthcare for all!
  • Provide grants to small businesses to keep workers on payroll and small businesses alive!
    …because #WeAreTheEconomy!
We are also calling on Governor Sisolak and the State to release the funds of the thousands of Nevadans that have been waiting through the entire pandemic. These are people’s lives that are at stake, their rent and bills aren’t waiting until the fund’s release.
This event will be fully distanced, please remain in your car and bring your mask and sanitizer!
Feel free to decorate your own car at home before you come to the event.
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Nevada began Phase 2 of reopening on May 29th, 2020. Meaning some restaurants, casinos, and other businesses will be allowed to pen and function at a smaller capacity than normal. Full details about what kinds of businesses and when each will open have yet to be released, but are said to be made available sooner rather than later. Governor Sisolak has given some guidelines that businesses must follow in order to be allowed to reopen. In no way are businesses being forced to reopen, they are simply being given an option to do so.

For consumers and locals, these regulations include the requirement to wear face coverings and the constant disinfecting of common areas by management and staff of the business. Businesses have full authority to refuse service to those who enter the establishment without a face covering or to those who refuse to comply with CDC regulations. These include social distancing, safe handling of objects in the facility, as well as capacity regulations made by the business owners and staff.

Nevada is on the way to recovery and the public plays the biggest factor in ensuring that our communities stay healthy and safe. For more information on regulations and on business reopenings stay posted on our website as we will keep you updated.

UPDATES:

  • Face coverings are encouraged but are not required per the governor. However, businesses reserve the right to refuse service if face coverings are not worn. 
  • Employers and employees are to continue to work remotely if at all possible. 
  • Common areas are to remain closed;
  • Dine-in areas, place of large gatherings
  • Businesses are to strictly adhere to social distancing protocols and are to frequently conduct environmental cleanings. 
  • Employers are to encourage their employees to conduct a self-assessment and to stay home if they feel sick
  • Grocery stores are not to allow self to serve groceries or bulk groceries. 
  • Sports, where players are isolated from others, are permitted (golf, tennis) other sports where teams are needed and impact sports are also not allowed in public parks or recreational facilities. 
  • Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons are to continue strict social distancing and environmental cleaning. 
  • Gov. Sisolak has signed a directive today allowing schools, of all kinds, to open & conduct summer activities as normal while complying with safety measures.
  • A list of newly reopened business can be found here
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Phase 1 began on May 9th, this past Saturday, effectively opening tons of non-essential businesses.

Governor Steve Sisolak has officially announced the state’s plan to reopen, Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery. The plan consists of 4 phases that will gradually open the state with the utmost caution. Phase 1 began on May 9th, this past Saturday, effectively opening tons of non-essential businesses. However, since May 1st, some changes had begun since non-essential retail businesses can begin to offer curbside pick-up like restaurants had been offering, drive-in church services are allowed, and outdoor activities like golf. 

As part of phase 1, some non-essential businesses are allowed to open back up with strict social districting guidelines. The state government is going to allow county governments to set guidelines. Dine-in restaurants are allowed to be opened at 50% in this phase but are required to make reservations, keep social distancing, and all employees must wear face masks. Similarly, personal care services can open but are only allowed to do appointments, must also keep social distancing, and are limited to one customer per employee inside. Social distancing will still be in place, therefore public gatherings with 10 or more are not okay yet. People who are vulnerable with underlying health conditions should still stay at home, as well as seemingly healthy people to lower the risk of being exposed to the virus. Remember that people may be contagious without showing symptoms. What is not to be open yet are large venues, bars, nightclubs, and entertainment-focused businesses such as movie theatres. 

During Phase 2, more businesses should be allowed to open, still following strict social distancing guidelines. Vulnerable people should still stay-at-home. Phase 3 should see an easing of more restrictions on public gatherings. The final phase should see our return to normalcy. Throughout these phases, the counties need to meet certain state set goals on case trends, testing, and contact tracing. 

The important part is to remember to remain practicing social distancing as of now, and through the phases despite the stay-at-home order being lifted. If you are in that vulnerable population, you should self-quarantine through the virus. Please, be sure to use a mask or face covering while in public to help prevent the spread of the virus.

This crisis has deeply impacted our community, we have compiled community resources on our website for you and your family’s needs. Visit maketheroadnv.org/resources 

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The first rounds of stimulus checks have reportedly gone out electronically. As a part of the CARES Act, the US government will be sending out stimulus checks of $1200 per adult and $500 per child proportional to one’s income. The checks will be based on your 2019 income tax or 2018 if you have yet to file your 2019 taxes. The payments are either by mail or by direct deposit if you gave your bank account info in your previous return. The first rounds of direct deposits have begun the week of April 13th for the lowest-earning folks. The first rounds of checks are set to be sent out the first week of May.

The Stimulus checks are eligible for citizens and non-citizens who file taxes with a social security number. Non-filers who usually receive Social Security benefits or make below $12,000 are eligible as well. However, if you are over 17 and claimed as a dependent, you will not be eligible and your claimant won’t get a check for you. For single filers, who make $75,000 gross income or less will qualify for the full amount, and for every $100 you make over that, the check decreases by $5. The same goes for heads of households with at least one dependent, but their point of decrease begins after $112,500. For Joint filers, that number is $150,000. 

Most people who filed their taxes in 2018 or 2019 will not have to do anything but wait for the checks to come in the mail or hit their accounts. But there are a select few that may need to take additional steps, non-filers are able to fill out a brief form on the IRS website to provide payment information. In addition, the IRS has said that people who receive Social Security benefits will receive their stimulus check like they receive their benefits. Tax filers who need to update payment information is now available on the IRS website here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

Make the Road Nevada’s mission of building the power of Latinx and working-class communities of color to achieve dignity and justice still continues during this pandemic. Our offices are closed but our team will remain available to our community digitally through email amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or by phone. Leave a voicemail at (702) 907-1560 with your full name and best return contact information so that one of our organizers may call you back. ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! The people united will never be divided!

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UPDATED April 27th. 2020: The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT at the Small Business Association (SBA) website.
UPDATED April 21st. 2020: The money allocated from the CARES Act has run out for the moment, meanwhile congress is working on allocating more funds to aid small businesses but there is no solid plan as of yet. When the funds were first depleted we were asking people to continue to apply, the applications have been closed for now on the Small Business Association (SBA) website. If you do or do not have a business bank account you can use any of these three lenders who are currently accepting applications for the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan in preparation for when more funds are released. Small business owners can apply at of the lenders listed below: 
Please stay tuned as we will update this page and our social media with the latest information about these SBA loans and COVID-19.

On March 27th, the CARES Act was signed into law in order to provide economic relief during COVID-19. Included in the act, $377 billion allocated to small business relief in forms of loans and grants. The Small Business Administration(SBA) is in charge of setting up programs for relief. 

 

What options do you have?

  1. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
  2. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  3. The Bridge loan is available to help cover the cost while you wait for processing on other loans.

Important to note-  Any existing 7(a), 504, and microloans prior to Sept. 27, 2019  will be covered for six months and other loans may be placed on automatic deferment. These benefits aren’t restricted to citizens, any business with less than 500 employees or those that fall under different specifications per industry. 

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

This loan is more lenient on how it can be used, and there is also the possibility of a $10,000 grant. Aside from the $10,000 grant, any other amount takeout will still be needed to payback and are not eligible for forgiveness.. You can apply on the SBA website here https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

 

Paycheck Protection Program

Majority of the amount granted under the CARES has been allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program, this is meant to help small businesses maintain payroll and avoid layoffs. This loan is completely forgivable if the entirety of it is put towards payroll, benefits, rent, and utilities. To maintain 100% forgiveness, employment must be maintained at 100% with no pay reduction, any reduction will lower the forgiveness by the percent of the reduction. After 8 weeks, the borrowers need to turn in proof that the money was used for payroll in order to get forgiveness. 

 

You can apply now through a participating lender, find one here: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

To learn more about EIDLE and PPP watch the webinar from the SBA:
https://bit.ly/sba-eidle-ppp

 

For additional assistance, you can reach out to the Small Business Administration District Office in Las Vegas here: 702-388-6611

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Student loans

All collections on defaulted loans have stopped, that includes wage, social security, and other garnishments

  • Talk to your employer
  • Automatic payment suspension until Sept
  • Borrowers should turn off their autopay – contact servicer or go online so they aren’t
    paying when they don’t owe anything
  • As long as borrowers are not in forbearance, they don’t lose their credit
  • DoE is hosting a call this afternoon
  • Do not choose the emergency forbearance and turn off your autopsy
  • Commercial loans are not included
  • No coverage for Perkins loans
  • Private student loans not included

Best tips

Turn off your autopay – no one is in the offices to help, so do it online!

Q: On emergency forbearance?

  • The forbearance was the immediate solution, we have a longer-term solution now
  • Reach out to your borrower on social media or email and have them stop the
    forbearance

Q: Any upside to continuing payment?

  • The upside is if you’re paying off your loan
  • If you’re working for loan forgiveness, you’re better off saving your money
  • If your wages are being garnished, you have to contact your employer to lift the
    garnishment
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March 16th 2019

OFFICE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The safety of our members and staff is our number one priority at Make the Road. Out of precautionary measures, and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we will be redirecting our staff to work remotely for the week of March 16th and will temporarily close our office doors for the time being. We will continue to assess and monitor the health situation on a weekly basis.

We have put together a list of resources for anyone affected by recent events do to the COVIN-19. You can find those resources on our Resource page in English here and in Spanish here.

Please do not be alarmed as our mission of building the power of Latinx and working-class communities of color to achieve dignity and justice still continues. Our team will remain available to our community digitally through email amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or by phone. Leave a voicemail at (702) 907-1560 with your full name and best return contact information so that one of our organizers may call you back.

We will be sharing important resources on our social media and website to keep the community up to date with important information. We want to remind the community you are not alone and we are all here together.

¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! The people united will never be divided!

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The Trump administration has proposed fee changes to the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) applications, increasing the fee on naturalization by almost 200% among others.

By proposing this change, the administration is putting a class barrier on legal pathways of immigration that will disproportionately affect Latinx immigrants. So far, these are proposals but it is been estimated that, if approved the changes could go into effect as soon as March or April of this year. Ultimately, their plan is to take the increased income generated from the immigrant community to fund ICE to continue its terror campaign on our communities. 

The most drastic change in fees is for the naturalization application and the application filed for DACA, which is used when permanent residents meet the time requirement to apply for citizenship. By increasing the fee, it will disenfranchise these immigrants for longer, immigrants that could be using their vote to stand up to anti-immigrant politicians threatening their families and livelihoods. The pathway to citizenship is already full of obstacles, something that’s been referred to in a Times article as an “invisible wall”, with fees and wait times making it almost impossible for some immigrants to do it the “right way”. 

The fees for DACA renewals are subject to change from $495 to $760 if the proposal goes through, the change would cause many to lose their protections due to financial barriers. DACAmented immigrants rely on this work permit to pay bills, mortgages and tuition. Many young DACAmented students don’t qualify for most scholarships or financial aid because of their legal status. Adding this additional financial burden is clearly meant to discriminate against low-income Latinx immigrants. Since last year we have been fundraising to provide DACA renewal scholarships for local DACA recipients, in total we were able to give out 64 scholarships. 

We continue to fight for dignity and respect for immigrants in this country. If you need help with your DACA renewal reach out to us. MRNV has started The Las Vegas Dream Fund specially for DREAMers in Nevada that are not able to pay the fees to renew their DACA application. 

 

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For Make the Road Nevada (MRNV), the new year has started off with a big fight for housing. Beginning Thursday, January 9th, the Las Vegas community showed up to Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s State of the City to oppose her continued criminalization of the homeless population in Las Vegas. The following Wednesday the 15th of January, we showed up to protest against an addition to the homeless ban ordinance at the City Council meeting. In February, we will be celebrating our two year anniversary and officially launch our housing campaign. 

Every year, the mayor of Las Vegas addresses the status of the city, similar to the presidential State of the Union address, in a State of the City address. In the address, Mayor Goodman touted new projects coming to the Las Vegas area while defending the homeless ban first introduced last year, showing us once again that profits are being valued over people. While defending the homeless ban, Mayor Goodman cited the expansion of the Courtyard, a so called shelter that is outdoors, consists of park benches, and the equivalent of yoga mats for beds. 

The following Wednesday, MRNV members were once again protesting outside of city hall, this time to oppose the addition to the homeless ban to streets during sweepings, mentioned by Mayor Goodman in the state of the city. The new addition again consists of a thousand dollar fine and six months in jail. Not only has this never been a problem, but this is a clear demonstration of the war on the poor. A car would receive a $25-$100 fine for being parked during street sweeping. We know that someone who can’t afford a car should not be fined up to 40x more than someone who can afford a car and receive a misdemeanor offense. Sadly, the city council decided to vote in favor of commercial interests and against the people, further marginalizing the homeless community. Thank you to Olivia Diaz and Brian Knudsen for standing with our community.

 



 

We need leaders who stand with the people, housing should be a human right. Help us by joining this fight for just housing laws by coming to our Affordable Housing Committee on Friday at 1:00 pm At our Affordable Housing Committee, you will stay up to date with the latest actions going on in.. Help us celebrate our 2 year anniversary and the launch of our housing campaign on Feb. 15th. 

For more information, email us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or come to our weekly meetings. 

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La implementación del Proyecto de Ley 312 (SB312) del Senado comenzó el 1 de enero de 2020

El año pasado miembros de Se Hace Camino Nevada ,en conjunto con la coalición Time to Care NV (TCNV), reunieron esfuerzo para pasar días de enfermedad pagados para las familias trabajadoras de Nevada. El 12 de Junio del 2019 el Gobernador Sisolak firmó el proyecto de ley, SB312, y se hizo ley. El dia de hoy la ley ya está en efecto desde el primero de enero 2020, para empleados de negocios con más de 50 empleados. Quizás estás pensando qué significa esto para ti y como afectara su trabajo? Lee estas preguntas comunes sobre los días de enfermedad pagados:

Pregunta 1: Quién es elegible para los días de enfermedad pagados?

Respuesta: Empleados de tiempo completo y tiempo medio en negocios con más de 50 empleados

P2: Quien no son elegible para los días de enfermedad pagados?

R: Empleados que son temporal, estacional, y [on-call]; Negocios con una póliza equivalente a la ley. 

P3: Cuantos días de enfermedad tengo el derecho de recibir?

R: Tienen el derecho a .01923 horas por hora trabajada de tiempo de enfermedad pagada, acumolando a 5 dias al año.

P4: Como funcionara mis días de enfermedad pagados?

R:Tu empleador puede decidir proveer los días de enfermedad todos al mismo tiempo o deberá ir acumulando el tiempo antes de tomar los días. 

P5: Cuando puedo comenzar a usar días de enfermedad pagados?

R: Eres elegible para usar tus días de enfermedad pagados después de cumplir 90 días de empleados con un empleador y dependiendo si haz accumulado la minimas horas para usar los dias.  

P6: Cuanto tiempo de aviso tengo que dar antes de usar un dia de enfermedad pagados?

R: SB312 no pone requisitos fijos por uso con anticipación pero el empleador puede requerir aviso si se conocía de la cita anteriormente pero no limita el uso a última hora por emergencias.

P7: Te pueden negar tu dia de enfermedad pagado?

R: Tus días de enfermedad pagados no puede ser negado si tienes tiempo acumulado, ni te pueden requerir encontrar un reemplazo o tomar represalias en contra de ti por usar los días.

P8: Qué puedo hacer si mi empleador no me ofrece días de enfermedad pagados? 

R: Si su empleador no cumple con la nueva leya, llena un queja en este sitio: http://labor.nv.gov/About/Forms/FORMS_FOR_EMPLOYEES/

 También se puede comunicar con Make the Road Nevada para más ayuda sobre este tema. 

 

 

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