Niagara County Community College will partner with the Niagara County Department of Health to offer two coronavirus vaccine clinics that will be open to the public. All eligible individuals 18 years and older may register for a time.
The clinic will be held in the NCCC Learning Commons, with parking available in the visitor lot directly in front of the building. In addition to making an appointment in advance, those who attend must wear a mask while on campus and bring photo identification with them.
NCCC is located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn.
The following vaccines and appointment slots are available:
•Wednesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
√ Johnson & Johnson single-dose: https://on.ny.gov/2VqI5ZJ
√ Pfizer: https://on.ny.gov/3A9IYEW
•Monday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
√ Johnson and Johnson single-dose: https://on.ny.gov/3A9HLgS
√ Pfizer: https://on.ny.gov/2Vtjm74
Kearns to host free information drive-up events for county residents
Seeking assistance on residential foreclosure issues
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and the Stay in Your Home Campaign will conduct two free, confidential sessions for Erie County residents seeking assistance on residential foreclosures and zombie home prevention will be conducting “drive-up” informational events outside county auto bureaus in the Town of Tonawanda and Cheektowaga on Aug. 26 and 28.
These sessions, sponsored by Kearns, will be held at the Auto Bureau in the Town of Tonawanda, 2309 Eggert Road, on Thursday, Aug. 26 (4-6 p.m.); and at the Auto Bureau in Cheektowaga, 2122 George Urban Blvd., Saturday, Aug. 28 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
Residents will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the WNY Law Center, Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, attorneys and housing counselors to learn more about their options if they are facing foreclosure or behind on their tax or mortgage payments.
Kearns and members of the Stay in Your Home Campaign said they are concerned that, with many forbearances expiring, borrowers will have to pay back missed mortgage and tax payments. Kearns and the campaign members want to ensure homeowners are aware of the free services available as well as know their right to stay in their home throughout the foreclosure process.
“It was identified by our team that, during times of hardship, scam artists are contacting homeowners by phone, internet and by mail looking for money or to allegedly offer assistance,” Kearns said. “Unfortunately, many homeowners fall prey and either move out of their home or do not make the best choice for them and their family, and we feel these educational events may help to prevent that.”
The Stay in Your Home Campaign was created in response to the inevitable foreclosure crisis due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign is sponsored by Kearns, New York State Sen. Timothy Kennedy, M&T Bank, Hunt Real Estate, WNY Law Center, the cities of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda and the Town of West Seneca. It operates in collaboration with Belmont Housing, Buffalo Urban League, Legal Aid Bureau, OCWEN, the Erie County Legislature’s Vacant and Abandoned Property Community Resource Team, and Wells Fargo Bank.
For more information, visit stayinyourhomewny.com or call 716-828-8429.
SBA announces plan to open supplemental grants for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applicants
Encourages all potential SVOG applicants to apply
Submitted by the U.S. Small Business Administration
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration is announcing a call to all eligible Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) applicants seeking economic aid for live entertainment small businesses, nonprofits and venues. New applications will be accepted until 2:59 a.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 21. The SVOG program has so far awarded $8.4 billion in grants to more than 10,800 businesses to assist in getting the nation’s cultural institutions, which are critical to the economy and were among the first to shutter, back on track.
While the application portal will close to new applicants, the SBA will continue delivering economic aid to help venues recover by providing critical relief through the supplemental awards program. Later this month, the SBA will open the program for supplemental SVOGs for 50% of the original award amount, capped at a total of $10 million (initial and supplemental combined). Details will be announced at a later date.
Additionally, to ensure no eligible venue is left behind, the SBA is currently accepting, by invitation, applications for reconsideration of award amounts and appeals. This rare opportunity gives applicants a chance to prove their eligibility and reverse a prior decision. SBA is committed to delivering relief to entertainment venues through these various options. Should the need arise, the SBA may reopen the portal or make other adjustments to its plan to best meet the needs of small businesses.
“After making much-needed improvements to this vital program, we’ve made swift progress getting more than $8 billion in funds into the hands of more than 10,800 performing arts venues and other related businesses – two-thirds of which employ less than 10 employees. These small businesses suffered disproportionate impacts from the pandemic and were often left out of early rounds of relief,” SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said. “However, we also know so many small businesses continue to struggle. That’s why, as this program nears the finish line, we’re providing additional funding options for our hardest-hit venues through our supplemental awards program, which will provide another critical lifeline to ensure businesses can reopen and stay open.”
Michael Moran, president and CEO of The Palace, a theater in Stamford, Connecticut, said, “Simply stated, the Shuttered Venues Operator Grant was our lifeline. The grant has allowed us to return to full operation, including staffing and programming. In early 2020, we planned for closing just three or four weeks. As the pandemic continued to worsen, so did our fears of never reopening. The Palace closed for 15 months, with expenses continuing to accumulate against bleak revenue prospects. The SVOG grant through the SBA saved us and can be credited with not only our recovery but that of Stamford’s entire theater district.”
Moran continued, “Our theatrical community is so appreciative of the exceptional support of the SBA. The program and funds ensure the preservation of our community, allowing artists and audiences the unique experience of joy and enrichment through the arts.”
Since receiving the SVOG, The Palace and other venues have raised their curtains and welcomed back artists and audiences.
SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET to provide technical assistance with the SVOG application portal and can be reached at 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, at 1-800-877-8339. For additional information on SBA’s economic relief programs, visit COVID-19 relief options (sba.gov).
Further, SBA’s resource partners, including SCORE Mentors, small business development centers, women’s business centers, and veterans business outreach centers, are available to provide entities with individual guidance on their applications. Applicants can find a local resource partner via a ZIP code search at http://www.sba.gov/local-assistance. For weekly SVOG funding data reports, visit www.sba.gov/svog.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant background:
The SVOG program was appropriated more than $16.2 billion for grants via the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, and the American Rescue Plan Act. Of these funds, at least $2 billion is reserved for eligible SVOG applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue up to a maximum amount of $10 million for a single grant.