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Response to and support of those who have been affected by the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) No.2

2. Those having difficulty with money needed for their livelihood

 

2-1. “Welfare Fund Loan System” (a program where you can borrow money needed for livelihood) (生活福祉資金貸付制度)

The Sendai City Council of Social Welfare has opened applications for Emergency Small Loans for households whose incomes (salaries) have been reduced, have had to stop working, or have lost their jobs and require money needed for their livelihood in the wake of effects caused by the Novel Coronavirus.

1)Emergency Small Loan

【Eligible Persons】
Households whose incomes (salaries) have been reduced and urgently require money needed for their livelihood in the wake of effects caused by the Novel Coronavirus.

【Loan amount】
Within 100,000 yen (Within 200,000 yen for those who are eligible for the loan due to school closures)

【Loan repayment】
In principle, payments will be deducted monthly from the loan holder’s financial institution account (repayment period : Within two years).
※Repayments begin after the grace period (0~12 months).

【Interest・Guarantor】
0% interest ・not required

【Detailed information】
PDF「Guidance on Temporary Loan Emergency Funds」
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Please inquire or consult by phone. Please do not come to consult in person.
※Needed documents:
1. Residence card 2. Bank book 3. Passport or health insurance card 4. Personal seal (hanko) 5. Residence record

※There will be a review after application. There may be those who cannot borrow money after being reviewed.
※There may be cases where Inhabitant tax exempt households whose income (salary) is still reduced, even when the loan’s repayment is due, may not have to pay back the money.

※Important Points > PDF「About “Temporary Loan Emergency Funds”」

【Inquiries】

Sendai City Council of Social Welfare 070-1398-1681
070-3105-3485
080-9190-5476
090-6088-4507
080-9190-2546
080-7998-2206
080-4478-5025
090-6071-5795

※Available hours: weekdays 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. (unavailable Sat., Sun., holidays)
※The above contact details are valid until the end of December, 2020.
※There are many people who consult by phone, so inquiries may take some time.

 

2)General Support Fund(総合支援資金)

【Eligible Persons】
Individuals and families whose incomes (salaries) have been reduced, have had to stop working, and require money needed for their livelihood in the wake of effects caused by the Novel Coronavirus.
※In principle, persons must utilize an independent consultation service project under the Act for Supporting the Self-reliance of Needy Persons, and continue to receive such support.
※Requires a case worker’s involvement
※From August 5, people with a residence status other than “Permanent Resident” and “Special Permanent Resident” can also apply for the General Support Fund.
If not a Permanent Resident, please do not download the application form, and be sure to contact the dedicated inquiry lines listed below.

【Loan amount】
(2 persons and above) Within 200,000 yen per month
(Single-person) Within 150,000 yen per month
Loan period:in principle, within 3 months

【Repayment】
Payments will be deducted monthly from the loan holder’s financial institution account (Repayment period: within 10 years)
※Repayments begin after the grace period (0~12 months).

【Loan Interest・Guarantor】
0% interest・No guarantor

【Inquiries】

Sendai City Council of Social Welfare 070-1398-1681
070-3105-3485
080-9190-5476
090-6088-4507
080-9190-2546
080-7998-2206
080-4478-5025
090-6071-5795

※Available hours: weekdays 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. (unavailable Sat., Sun., holidays)
※The above contact details are valid until the end of September, 2020.
※There are many people who consult by phone, so inquiries may take some time.

Please check the Sendai City Council of Social Welfare website for details on special loans “Emergency Small Loans, etc.” provided through the Social Welfare Loan System in response to the effects of the Novel Coronavirus.

Regarding special loans “Emergency Small Loans, etc.” provided through the Social Welfare Loan System in response to the effects of the Novel Coronavirus. (Sendai City Council of Social Welfare website) (Japanese)

 

2-2. Consultations on money needed for livelihood and employment

Has your income (or salaries) been reduced, or is your household experiencing financial hardship due to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus?

The City of Sendai has launched various consultation services to assist with economic difficulty, daily life, employment, etc., where citizens can discuss with expert advisors about solution based plans and suggestions until a resolution is reached.

① Sendai Self-reliant Livelihood and Employment Consultation Center “One Step”(生活自立・仕事相談センター)

(Livelihood and employment support through the Support Program Towards Self-reliance of the Needy Persons)

The City of Sendai is establishing the “Sendai Self-reliant Livelihood and Employment Consultation Center ‘One Step’ ” a one-stop location providing consultations for those experiencing hardships in daily life.

We aim to resolve issues in the early stages with support plans tailored to each individual whether it be in regards to their life or employment. If you are unsure of who or where to consult, etc., or are experiencing hardship, please discuss with us initially.

To the Livelihood and Employment Support Through the Support Program Towards Self-reliance of Needy Persons webpage (Japanese)

【Eligible Persons】
Those who do not have money needed for their livelihood and those having difficulty finding a job.

【Inquiries】

Sendai Self-reliant Livelihood and Employment Consultation Center “One Step” TEL: 022-395-8865
Available hours: weekdays 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. (unavailable Sat., Sun., holidays)

 

② Financial Aid for Ensured Housing(住居確保給付金)

This is a scheme that supports those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic due to reduction of income or loss of jobs and have difficulty paying rent. Rent will be paid directly to the landlord (or real estate agency) on behalf of the tenant.
The minimum rent payment period is three months and has a maximum limit of nine months.

City of Sendai「Financial Aid for Ensured Housing」 (Eligibility and Things to bring with you)
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare「Financial Aid for Ensured Housing」 (FAQs)
> To the Financial Aid for Ensured Housing webpage (Japanese)

【Eligible Persons】
Those who are unemployed and cannot pay rent.
※ Please enquire to the Ward Office of your residence for detailed information.
※ In principle, are not eligible if living somewhere without a lease contract, such as a guesthouse or dorm, or are a roommate.

【Inquiries】

Public Assistance Section I, Aoba Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-225-7211 (main number)
Administration Section, Miyagi General Branch TEL: 022-392-2111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Miyagino Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-291-2111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Wakabayashi Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-282-1111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Taihaku Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-247-1111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Izumi Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-372-3111 (main number)

 

③Social Welfare(生活保護)

This system aids in getting its’ recipients back on track to support their livelihood as soon as possible, guaranteeing the minimum standard of living, giving the appropriate level of necessary welfare when those who have lost the person who supported family finances, or have lost their income (salaries) due to unforeseen circumstances and have difficulty in supporting their livelihood.

> To the Social Welfare webpage (Japanese)

【Eligible Persons】
Those without income and having difficulty with their livelihoods
※May not be eligible depending on status of residence.

【Inquiries】

Public Assistance Section I and Public Assistance Section II, Aoba Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-225-7211 (main number)
Administration Section, Miyagi General Branch TEL: 022-392-2111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Miyagino Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-291-2111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Wakabayashi Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-282-1111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Taihaku Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-247-1111 (main number)
Public Assistance Section, Izumi Ward Public Health and Welfare Center TEL: 022-372-3111 (main number)

 

2-3. Accommodation for Residents of Municipal Housing

The national government of Japan is asking cities which rent out municipal housing to make renting easier for people who want to rent municipal housing for the first time.

> City of Sendai Municipal housing is being provided to those who are having difficulties with housing due to the effects of the Novel Coronavirus.  (Japanese)

【Inquiries】
Municipal Housing Administration Section, Urban Planning Bureau
TEL: 022-214-8387
FAX: 022-268-2963
If you need interpretation support, please call the Interpretation Support Hotline of the Sendai Multicultural Center.
TEL: 022-224-1919 (available from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.)
E-mail: tabunka*sentia-sendai.jp (replace「*」with「@」)

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