SAN JOSE, Calif. – A brand new COVID aid fund focused for small companies in East San Jose is now taking functions. The eastside is taken into account the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Clara County.
Thu Pham jhas owned A Plus Cleaners in East San Jose for six years. Enterprise was nice earlier than the pandemic. With most individuals now working from house, her enterprise is hanging by a thread.
“From final March till now nearly a 12 months, I’ve misplaced greater than 50 % of shoppers,” mentioned Pham.
She began making masks. She needed to shut final month after her household acquired COVID. She utilized for federal loans, but it’s not sufficient.
“It’s nonetheless little or no in comparison with how a lot I actually need to open my retailer and handle my household,” mentioned Pham.
“After I acquired out of the hospital having been within the hospital for over every week, because of COVID-19, I knew wanted to do one thing to assist our neighborhood,” mentioned San Jose Planning Commissioner Rolando Bonilla.
Bonilla fought for his life and misplaced an uncle to COVID. Now he’s preventing to assist struggling mother and pop companies. He’s helped assist the fund in addition to different San Jose residents. The East San Jose COVID-19 aid fund helps companies with 5 or fewer workers obtain as much as a $5,000 grant.
“If we do not do every part we are able to to guard them, not solely can we lose these companies however we’re additionally dropping the very material of our neighborhood,” mentioned Bonilla.
“Welcome to the east aspect of San Jose, you’re properly conscious of the place we’re,” mentioned Magdalena Carrasco, San Jose councilwoman. “We’re in 95122, 95116, the best impacted zip codes within the county.”
East San Jose is predominantly Latino and residents there have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.
“You see a variety of companies shut down, a variety of eating places closing,” mentioned Cynthia Velazquez of Dulceria Mi Carnival.
Velazquez owns the East San Jose staple for 30 years with customized piñatas. The enterprise is hurting with out massive gatherings. She is amongst these making use of.
“The one that is aware of us are those which are making an attempt to assist,” mentioned Velazquez. “It’s great and I’m grateful for the chance to use for the grant.”
The fund is aimed to assist these afraid or don’t know find out how to apply for federal loans. If you happen to’d like to use: www.prosperitylab.org