Formerly incarcerated business owners denounce exclusion from CARES Act relief

April 22, 2020

Media Briefing: The CARES Act Doesn’t Care, April 22, 2020

On April 22, JLUSA hosted a press telebriefing with directly-impacted small business owners nationwide, to call on reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program, which unfairly excludes formerly-incarcerated entrepreneurs from receiving much-needed funding because of the pandemic.

DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA, Teresa Hodge, co-founder and CEO, R3 Score Technologies, Caliph Muab’El, founder and CEO, Breaking Barriers Mentoring Inc., and Dontae Thomas, CEO, Team Chizel LLC discussed how the U.S. Small Business Administration loan program includes language that denies formerly incarcerated people who own small businesses access to relief.

They called on Congress to act now to address this critical gap.

You can also tweet to demand Congress address this gap, as well:

Exclusion from CARES Act relief unjustly harms formerly incarcerated business owners. Congress must address this critical gap now.

CARES Act relief should be accessible for everyone, and not just those deemed deserving by the Small Business Administration. Congress must address this critical gap now.


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