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COVID-19 News

Caribou Municipal Building
25 High Street
Caribou, Maine 04736
Phone: (207) 493-4234
Fax: (207) 376-0178
E-mail: lplourde@cariboumaine.org

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CENTER OF DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) HALTS EVICTIONS, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

September 1, 2020, CDC Director signed a declaration determining that the evictions of tenants could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of COVID-19..

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TEMPORARY SUSPENSION ON EVICTIONS, ENDING JULY 24, 2020

Starting July 25, 2020, your local Housing Authority or landlord can give you an eviction notice if you have not paid your rent or entered into a repayment agreement.

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HUD’s TEMPORARILY SUSPENSION OF EVICTIONS FOR NONPAYMENT OF RENT

HUD’s flyer for Section 8, Public Housing, and Section 8 Mod Rehab participants with information and resources about paying rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

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MAINEHOUSING RENT RELIEF PROGRAM

The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is designed to provide a one time bridge payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them.

RECEIVED YOUR STIMULUS CHECK? REPORTING IT…

If you are one of the lucky ones that has already received your stimulus check from the Federal Government, congratuations!

If you haven’t don’t worry, it should be coming, unless you didn’t file your taxes, and then you may have to ready below.

Anyway, if you have received it, we have GREAT NEWS for you. You DO NOT need to report it to the Caribou Housing Authority as income. The check is considered as a “one time” payment (at this moment in time).

STAY AT HOME ORDER: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Maine Governor Janet Mills has issued a  “Stay Healthy at Home” Executive Order due to COVID-19 which requires all Maine people to remain at home unless leaving for an essential activity.  

What do essential activities include? 

  • Obtaining necessary supplies for household consumption or use (for example, groceries, laundry, and products needed to maintain safety). 
  • Obtaining medication or medical supplies and seeking medical or behavioral health or emergency services. 
  • Providing care including transportation of oneself, a family or household member for essential services and/or to obtain necessary supplies and services. 
  • Traveling to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning. 
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, while adhering to social distancing rules. 
  • Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order. 
  • Traveling to and from a federal, State, or local government building for a necessary purpose. 
  • Use of public transportation for any of the above purposes.  

This emergency order remains in place until April 30.  Please remain at home and stay healthy during this emergency order and observed the stay at home restrictions. 

MESSAGE IN REGARDS TO COVID-19 SAFEGUARDS

The Caribou Housing Authority and Municipal Building is closed to the public until further notice.  Services are still being provided in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. 

If you are going to miss a deadline for paperwork, Caribou Housing will make an accommodation, as long as you have notified our office the reason you cannot make the deadline is due to not feeling well.

Thank you for your understanding and complying with our request.  

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ECONOMIC STIMULUS:

HOW IT PERTAINS TO YOU.

Below you will find information surrounding the Economic Stimulus and how it pertains to you.

Tax Return Filers

Click the link to learn how to “get my payment” if you haven’t already.  The section titled “Filers: Get Your Payment” on the left side of the page (the first section if using a mobile device) helps with information regarding checking payment status, confirming payment type, and how to enter bank account information to receive your stimulus via direct deposit.  Here is a bit of information you can expect to read:

Update your bank account or mailing address

  • If we don’t have your direct deposit information from your 2018 or 2019 return – and we haven’t yet sent your payment – use the Get My Payment application to let us know where to send your direct deposit.
  • 2019 Filers: We will send your payment using the information you provided with your 2019 tax return. You will not be able to change it.
  • 2018 Filers: If you need to change your account information or mailing address, file your 2019 taxes electronically as soon as possible. That is the only way to let us know your new information.
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IRS Link

Non-Filers

Click the link below to input your payment information if you did NOT file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return.  The website will provide information as to whether you SHOULD HAVE or SHOULD NOT HAVE filed a tax return.  The section titled “Non-Filers” is located on the right side of the web page (the second section down if using a mobile device).  This section is NOT for those who receive the following benefits:

                Social Security

                Disability (SSDI)

                Survivor Benefits or Railroad Retirement

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IRS Link

Social Security/SSDI/Survivor Beneficiaries

For those who receive any of these benefits, the payment system has been updated and you should already be receiving the money.

Unemployment

The additional $600 per week in benefits that Congress authorized is scheduled to be sent out starting the week of April 20th.  Click the link below to be directed to the Maine Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance FAQs (frequently asked questions) regarding COVID-19.

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MDOL Link


COVID-19 RESOURCES