Providing Coronavirus resources to help our community in Rhode Island and Massachusetts navigate through these financial hardships.

As America is dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, many businesses are forced to shut down nationwide. This is impacting millions of workers and putting financial stress on many families.

As a property management company, we want to help our tenants who may have been financially impacted by the current crisis. In an effort to provide help and guidance to our tenants and the local community, we will continue to provide information in the job sectors, government resources, state and federal assistance.

As the COVID19 situation continues to develop, we will continue to update this page.

Housing Help for Rhode Islanders

Rent Relief RI Program | What is it and How can it help renters?

The state of Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments for eligible renters. The program will be available through a network of partners throughout Rhode Island.

If you want to receive notifications about the launch date of this program, please sign up on the RI Housing website using the link below.

How To Apply For Unemployment in RI & MA

The state of Rhode Island and the state of Massachusetts are taking steps to provide financial assistance by those who suffer a loss of income from the effects of the Coronavirus.

To learn what unemployment benefits are available as a result of business closures, click the following the state that applies to you:

Senate Approves Significant Stimulus Package

The National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), provides a detailed summary of what you need to know about the proposed stimulus package.

The United States Senate has unanimously approved a $2 trillion economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill will be sent to the House for consideration. It is expected to receive quick consideration and approval. President Trump has indicated he will sign the bill.

Read the Summary Here

Stimulus Check: How to check your payment?

“The payments will be delivered automatically to taxpayers even as the IRS continues delivering regular tax refunds,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement.

It is estimated that 85% of Americans will be eligible for the payments, and the goal is to have millions of the payments disbursed in the next few weeks.

Taxpayers who have provided bank information with the IRS will receive the direct-deposit payments, while others will get paper checks or debit cards mailed to them.

 

The "Get My Payment" tool is live on the IRS website. Use the link below to check your payment status. The IRS website updates data once a day.

Top Financial Resources For Tenants

We are concerned about the tenants' safety, health, and financial well-being. Many of them have been impacted by the loss of a job and revenue. In an effort to providing continued support to our community, we want to guide our tenants to the different organizations that have mobilized funds and assistance to help people navigate through these financial hardships.

Here is a list of organizations that are ready to help:

Hiring Opportunities in Rhode Island & SE Mass.

Updated March 15, 2021

While the economy in Rhode Island is starting to get back to normal, many jobs have been eliminated and may not come back. Below is a list of the most updated hiring opportunities we found in Rhode Island and want to share with our community.

Who's Hiring in South New England?

ABC6.COM and Bridgewater State University created a website listing hundreds of job openings from local businesses and have opportunities for all different skills. Each job offers guides you through the application process. Use the link below to search for open positions in RI and SE Mass.

If you’re a retired health care worker or a health care worker who is currently unemployed or not working in a health care setting, and you’re willing to work the floors in our hospitals and nursing homes to help us manage this surge, we need you.

You can learn more about immediately available positions at SkillsforRI.com.

Volunteers 

Even if you're not a trained health care worker, it's still all-hands-on-deck and we could use your help. If you have physical or mental health experience but can’t commit to full-time work in our hospitals or nursing homes, or if you don’t have health care experience but want to volunteer to assist our statewide response in other ways, please visit RIResponds.org to sign up as a response volunteer.

 

App to Help You Find Temp Job in 24hrs

In an article from FOXBusiness, we learned about an App called MyWorckChoice to get temp work in 24 Hours. The App connects job seekers to companies currently hiring and get new employees trained for work in as little as twenty-four hours.

Click here to connect with MyWorkChoice.

Infosys has been an excellent partner to Rhode Island throughout the pandemic, even creating the CRUSH COVID app at no cost to Rhode Islanders. And the jobs Infosys is creating are exactly the types of jobs we need in the new economy – digital and tech jobs, jobs that can be done remotely, and jobs that don’t all require prior experience or a college degree

Explore Jobs Opportunity in RI with Infosys

Become a Substitute Teacher in Rhode Island

Ensuring that RI schools have the number of high-quality substitute teachers they need has been a major focus of the Department of Education over the past several months. They’ve developed a free program with the Highlander Institute to provide training for Rhode Islanders to start as substitute teachers this fall for in-person and virtual teaching.

 

Candidates who successfully complete this course will be included on a hiring list that will be shared across the state. The substitute rates set by districts range from $90 to $150 a day.

If you’re interested in being a substitute teacher this year, you can go to www.back2schoolri.com for information on these opportunities.

Amazon Jobs in Rhode Island and South Coast Massachusetts.

With the increased demand for people ordering online and the Holiday Season, Amazon is hiring in RI and MA

  • Warehouse Jobs
  • Delivery Position Jobs.

Warehouse/Shoppers jobs have different positions to offer. A warehouse team member can work in the fulfillment centers which consists of packing and shipping orders. Other employees can work in the sort centers to sort out packages between delivery trucks and ensure that Amazon meets the required delivery time.

Shopper Jobs work at Whole Foods stores and are hired to fulfill orders from Prime Now which is Amazon’s same-day delivery service. These shoppers' responsibilities are to locate and select items and package them for delivery.

Delivery Station Team Members receive trucks full of orders then prepare them for delivery. As part of this team, you'll load conveyor belts and transport and stage deliveries to be picked up by drivers. Plus, you'll get to use the latest Amazon technology, like smartphones and handheld devices, to scan and sort the orders. These duties can rotate throughout the day, making each day a little different.

Amazon does not require a resume or previous work experience. Candidates must be 18 or older to apply. Pay starts at $15/hr.** Limited-time Opportunity
Earn $2/hr extra for select shifts through Dec. 26, 2020

WALMART

Walmart is hiring for different positions:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Hourly Supervisor & Training
  • Auto Care Center
  • Food Grocery
  • Cashier & Front End Service
  • Online Orderfilling & Delivery

More Info & How to apply?

All jobs will be posted on https://careers.walmart.com/

PEPSI

The beverage company is hiring at their Cranston RI location for different full-time positions

  • Merchandiser
  • Quality Control Supervisor
  • Machine operator
  • Driver

How to apply?

Check the link below to see the job opportunities.

Pepsi Co Jobs in Cranston, RI

Free, Rapid COVID-19 Testing Now Available in Rhode Island

What You Need To Know

  • CVS Health launches free, rapid testing in Rhode Island using Abbott Laboratories.
  • No Referal necessary but you must pre-qualify
  • Eligible patients must meet CDC and state guidelines
  • Patients must pre-register online to schedule a same day testing time slot
  • Click here to check if you pre-qualify for Free, Rapid COVID-19 Testing in RI
  • CVS hopes to perform up to 1000 tests per day
  • The drive-thru site is located at  Twin River Casino (100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI, 02865) in Rhode Island

National Grid Offers Programs To Help Pay Bills

What You Need To Know:

If you are having difficulties paying for your energy bills, National Grid is now offering different programs to renters in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Renters must meet the income eligibility to qualify for the program.

Find all the information about National Grid Programs Here

Please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health’s dedicated web page, or call the RIDOH dedicated COVID-19 info line at 401-222-8022 for more information on COVID-19.

As a local business and member of your community,  we want to provide as much guidance and help you navigate through this time of uncertainty.

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us directly info@blackstoneri.com or (401)-223-2838. We will do our best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.

Stay well, stay healthy

The Blackstone Group Leasing & Management Team