Hilltown CDC COVID Assistance Survey
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It is anticipated that CARES (Corona Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funds will be available to our region soon. We at Hilltown CDC are trying to determine the best use of these funds in order to most effectively help Hilltown residents. Specific details of this Act have not yet been released by HUD. Thus far we have heard that the following types of assistance are eligible: interim assistance (rental/mortgage payment, utilities etc), micro enterprise assistance (less than 5 employees), and Public Social Services.

Please help us determine the needs in our area. Please also share the survey with others in the hilltowns who could provide input.
 
Required 1.

What Town do you live in? 

Ashfield
Becket
Blandford
Chester
Chesterfield
Cummington
Dalton
Goshen
Huntington
Middlefield
Montgomery
Peru
Plainfield
Russell
Washington
Westhampton
Williamsburg
Windsor
Worthington
Other  
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This set of questions pertain to food accessibility.
 
2.

The food that I/we bought in the last two months (since COVID) didn't last and I/we didn't have enough money to buy more.


Often true
Sometimes true
Never True
Other  
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3.

What strategies or community resources are you likely to use to supplement your food.


Food Pantry
Hilltown Mobile Market
Community organized food drives
Farmstand/CSA/Farm Share
I'll just get by on less food
Other  
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4.
What challenges do you face in accessing community based food programs?
Hours of operation
Eligibility requirements
Lack of information about how to use the program
Food choices not suitable for me or a household member due to health issues
Transportation
Other  
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5.

If Hilltown CDC were able to create an Emergency Food Program for low-moderate income households that provided financial assistance for the purchase of food from local grocers and farms do you think this would be beneficial?  

Yes
No
Other  
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6.

How likely would be to participate in the Emergency Food Program, if it were developed?  

Very likely
Somewhat likely
Not likely
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These next questions pertain to rent, mortgage payments and general needs
 
7.

Have you received a rent payment deferral from your landlord? If yes, when do you anticipate needing to begin making payments again?

Yes
No
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8.

Have you received a mortgage payment deferral from your lender?  If yes, when are you required to begin making payments again?

Yes
No
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9.

Please share any ideas regarding other forms of assistance that you feel are needed to help people due to the pandemic?   

 

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The remaining questions are focused on micro-enterprise assistance.  Please note that a micro-enterprise is one that has 5 or fewer employees, including the business owner. 

If you do not own a business, please scroll to the bottom and click "finish" to submit the survey.
 
10.

Do you own a micro-enterprise?

Yes
No
11.

Is your business located in your town of residence?  If NO, in what town is your business located? 

Yes
No
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12.

Please briefly describe the type of business that you own.  

 

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13.

What impact did/does the pandemic have on your business?

Closed the business entirely until closure of non-essential businesses order is lifted
Decrease in income but business still operating
Did not affect my business
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14.

What factors led to the above identified impact?

Customer spending decreased
Orders/jobs cancelled or postponed by customer
Supply chain disruptions
Staffing reductions
Business did not qualify as essential
All of the above
Other  
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15.

Please indicate which, if any, emergency assistance you have applied for and indicate in the comment box whether or not you have received assistance.

PPP (Payroll Protection Plan)
PUI (Pandemic Unemployment Insurance)
EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance)
I have not applied for any emergency business assistance
Other  
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16.

If you have not applied for any emergency business assistance, please tell us why.  

 

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17.

If you have received emergency assistance, please share if the amount you received was sufficient to sustain your business or not and why. 

 

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18.
What is the estimated percentage of income that your business income typically contributed to the household (prior to COVID)?
100%
75-100%
50-75%
25-50%
less than 25%
Other  
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19.

Tell us what type of assistance you need now to sustain your business.  If it is financial assistance, how would you use those funds?

 

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20.

Are there modifications you would like to make to your business that would allow you to continue working now or as businesses gradually re-open?  Examples might include installing a window for take-out, installing a Plexiglas shield, improving web-based business aspects.  Be creative! 

 

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Thank you for your time completing this survey.  We hope that you are able to get outside periodically and stay healthy.