CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act:

TSBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA will begin accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021.

SBA is currently accepting Second Draw PPP loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs) and lenders with under $1 billion in assets, which includes approximately 5,000 institutions, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions. Lender Match can help you find a participating lender. The program will open to all lenders on January 19, 2021.

At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low or moderate income neighborhoods.

Mortgage Forbearance

Single-Family

Applies to federally backed mortgage loans (Fannie/Freddie/FHA/VA/USDA) for those directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 virus. If requested and granted by a loan servicer, the initial period is up to 180 days, with the option to extend for an additional 180 days. No additional fees, interest, or penalties can be assessed for the forbearance. Except for abandoned or vacant property, there may be no foreclosure actions for 60 days from 3/18/2020.

Multifamily

Investors and owners of multifamily residences who were current on their mortgage payments as of February 1, 2020, and have federally insured, assisted, or supplemented loan (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA or any loans backed or assisted by any branch of the federal government, including LIHTC), can apply for a total of 90 days of forbearance, which will be granted in 30-day increments. This applies to federally insured, guaranteed, supplemented, or assisted mortgages, including mortgages purchased or securitized by the GSEs. Borrowers receiving the forbearance may not evict or charge late fees to tenants for the duration of the forbearance period.

Moratorium on eviction filings, or fees or penalties for tenants for nonpayment of rent for 120 days on properties insured, guaranteed, supplemented, protected, or assisted in any way by HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the rural housing voucher program, covered by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD was granted a total of $17.4 billion to distribute across the following:

  • $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) - to help communities and states address COVID-19.

  • $4 billion in homelessness assistance - Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) to help prevent an outbreak among sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness and very low-income households (earning less than 50% of Area Median Income) who are at risk of homelessness.

  • $1.25 billion in tenant-based assistance – Includes for Section 8 voucher rental assistance for seniors, the disabled, low-income working families, who will experience loss of income from the coronavirus.

  • $1 billion in project-based rental assistance-  to make up for reduced tenant payments as a result of coronavirus.

  • $50 million for housing for the elderly - Section 202 Housing for the Elderly to maintain housing stability and services for low-income seniors.

  • $15 million for housing for persons with disabilities - Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities to make up for reduced tenant payments as a result of coronavirus

 

Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Grants (Section 1110)

Businesses with 500 employees or fewer, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and cooperatives are eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) during the covered period of January 31st to December 31, 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Other

  • The business must show hardship due to the Coronavirus.

  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available for up to $150,000 for businesses.

  • SBA can determine loan eligibility based solely on the applicant’s credit score or use of an alternative appropriate method for determining an applicant’s ability to repay.

  • The SBA waives any personal guarantee on loan advances or loans under $150,000.

  • Small businesses that apply the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) may receive up to $10,000, which may be a forgivable debt.  Please direct all questions to the SBA website for more information.   

The SBA has increased funding for its Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). These loans can be used for:

  • Paid sick leave to employees impacted by COVID-19

  • Payroll

  • Rent/Mortgage Payments

  • Debt Obligations Due To Lost Revenues

  • Increased costs due to supply chain disruptions and materials

SBA 7(a) Payroll Protection Program (Section. 1102 & 1106)

  • Businesses with 500 employees or less, including sole proprietors and independent contractors, are eligible for SBA 7(a) loans in response to COVID-19 covering expenses for the period of February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

  • The loan amount will be 250% of the average salary expenditures/month for 2019, up to $10 million. For businesses not open yet in that period, the SBA will look at earlier receipts from 2020.

7(a) loans can be used for:

  • Payroll

  • Rent/Mortgage Interest

  • Utilities

All or a portion of these loans will be forgivable for businesses that maintain at least 75% of the average payroll levels as in the previous year; forgivable amounts phase out as employers payroll levels drop below that.

The bill also increases the SBA “Express Loan” limit from $350 thousand to $1 million.

Student Loans

Student loan payments will suspend all payments on federal student loans for 6 months with no interest during the forbearance period.

Cash Payments

Americans with incomes below the thresholds will receive cash payments from the federal government in the amount of $1,200 per adult plus $500 for each child under the age of 17. These payments should be sent out starting in April. More information can be found here.

Other Cash Sources

  • Retirement accounts can take an early withdrawal of up to $100,000 without the early with-draw penalty and pay the normal tax on the amount over a three year period.

  • Businesses with 100 or fewer employees can claim a refundable employee retention tax credit against payroll taxes of up to $5,000 per employee under certain circumstances.

 

 

Unemployment Insurance

The unemployment assistance benefits are provided to individuals who are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable to work for the weeks those individuals were impacted as a result of COVID-19 between  January 27- December 31, 2020.

 

Individuals who apply for unemployment benefits through their state will also qualify for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for up to four months that the authority of the issuing states. Unemployment benefits will also be extended for an additional 13 weeks for a maximum of 39 weeks.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance

Overview:

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a Disaster Loan Assistance program to qualifying small businesses to use toward payroll, utilities, and other expenses when there is a declared disaster. In the case of COVID-19 these would be economic Injury Disaster Loans(EIDL). Loans can be up to $2 million at a fixed 3.75% for a loan amount for up to 30 years based on the borrower’s ability to repay.

More overview information can be found here:

Keep American Workers Paid and Employed Act

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Disaster Loan Declarations

Senate’s Coronavirus Bill

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Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations Summary

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Lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program by State

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Helpful Links:

The One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together: https://www.tampagov.net/relief-now/businesses

CARES Act Bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548/text

SBA Disaster Assistance: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Florida Disaster Loan: https://floridadisasterloan.org

CARES Act Retirement Provisions FAQ:  https://www.finance.senate.gov/chairmans-news/cares-act-retirement-provisions-faq

Payment Protection Program (PPP): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Blue Dolphin Capital is thankful that the House and Senate came together to pass bipartisan legislation to fund the government through FY 2020

*Blue Dolphin Capital is a mortgage brokerage business that specializes in residential and commercial loans, and is doing its part to play a critical role in ensuring home purchase and refinancing mortgages for the middle class, low- and moderate-income homeowners, including minority and rural households, veterans and many others in underserved communities.