Capital Workforce Partners COVID-19 Response

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Capital Workforce Partners is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of both staff and customers.

Capital Workforce Partners Administrative Office and all American Job Centers in the North Central Region of CT will be closed to the public.

Capital Workforce Partners through the American Job Centers (AJC) continues to serve clients virtually and by phone. In an effort to continue to address the community’s workforce needs, we have set up a “Job Seeker and Employer Help Line” designed to provide potential temporary employment options and support to individuals who may have been dislocated due to COVID-19. This may consist of referring individuals to temporary job opportunities, to community partners and programs, as well as directly to AJC programs working through a virtual model. Full details are available below.

During this public health crisis, do you need help finding a job, changing careers, or getting the training you need to move ahead? Are you an employer needing to find immediate quality talent? There are training scholarships and job placement support available.

CALL CENTER 860.406.3374

Monday thru Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM EST

During these hours, callers will have the ability to choose from one of four options:

  • Press 1 for Employers Seeking Assistance

  • Press 2 for Job Seekers

  • Press 3 for General Information on Unemployment Compensation

  • Press 4 for Assistance in Spanish

  • Press 5 for Information about SkillUp/Metrix Learning

CWP has a Dislocated Worker Program to work directly with you to consider additional employment opportunities: click here for more information.

Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) is committed to the health and safety of our staff, customers, and partners. We have been monitoring the situation and working diligently to develop strategies to prevent the spread of the virus, and to provide guidance and support to the dedicated staff members working across our system.  CWP is in constant communication with the Governor’s office through DOL and other state agencies to stay informed and up to date on the effects of COVID-19 on our region and State. Although CWP offices are closed to the public, CWP staff remain available to assist. Read Full Response and Plan.

Additional Resources

If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), click here to file for unemployment benefits.

For frequently asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) for workers and employers, please click here.

If you are seeking new job opportunities, please click here.

If you need additional support, please visit 211-CT or text 2-1-1, text “CTCOVID” to 898211 or visit the State’s coronavirus information website at ct.gov/coronavirus.

COVID-19 Information for Municipalities
Resources for Businesses

MetroHartford Special Business Line

Shared Work: The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Shared Work Program saves you the time, worry, and expense of hiring and training new workers by keeping skilled employees on the job until business upturns.

Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program: To provide emergency cash flow relief to small businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by the coronavirus, Connecticut is now offering qualifying organizations with 100 or fewer employees’ access to no-interest loans. Please click here to learn more.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

SBA Express Bridge Loans: Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

Find an Express Bridge Loan Lender via SBA’s Lender Match Tool or by connecting with your local SBA District Office.

Resources for Individuals and Families

Volunteer Information Tax Assistance (VITA)

Important for Individuals and Families to File Tax Returns to Receive an Economic Impact Payment

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child.

The COVID-19 Public Health Crisis has made VITA Services more limited.  Some of the available VITA Services include the following, including a VIRTUAL VITA site.

United Way 211

Some VITA sites are offering tax assistance via a virtual VITA model. See below for a link to sign up for the virtual VITA site.

For Virtual VITA

To prepare your taxes online for FREE at www.myfreetaxes.com

The Connecticut Association of Human Services

To find out how you can promote family economic success as a Connecticut VITA volunteer in any of these areas contact Takima Robinson VITA/Asset Building Manager at trobinson@cahs.org or (860) 951-2212 ext. 229.

The Village for Families and Children

Human Resources Agency of New Britain

Other Information Sources:

Information and Announcements

Workplace Safety: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.

Announcement Concerning Filing Deadline for Certain Annual State Business Tax Returns: Effective immediately, the filing deadlines for certain annual tax returns due on or after March 15, 2020, and before June 1, 2020, are extended by at least 30 days. In addition, the payments associated with these returns are also extended to the corresponding due date in June. Please click here to learn more.

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