The pandemic has impacted families and communities in a variety of ways. From job losses and lack of access to food to questions around rent and mortgage payments and parking enforcement. Thankfully, COVID-19 is bringing community members together to help one another as we face the pandemic together. Below is information and links to community resources that you can utilize to help your family at this time, including information on how to volunteer.
211 L.A. County Resource Line - 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
Resources for Food:
- Everytable is offering free food for all, including delivering meals to seniors at their homes. Call the Everytable Helpline at 323-458-6487 for questions and more information. View updates on their Instagram page. Click here for a map of locations.
- LA Food Bank - Food Pantry Locator - To find a local food pantry in your area, visit: https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator/
- Los Angeles Unified School District has free food for students at 60 Grab and Go Food Centers starting Wednesday, March 18th from 7:00 am – 10:00 am. View the map to find a location near you.
- El Torito offers free kids meals for children under the age of 12. View updates on their Facebook page.
- Grocery Shopping for Seniors, People with Disabilities and Pregnant Women. All Northgate Gonzalez Markets and Super A Foods will offer one hour that is exclusively dedicated for seniors to grocery shop only. All Vallarta Supermarkets will offer one hour that is dedicated for seniors, disabled people and pregnant women to grocery shop only.
- Grocery Stores – Grocery stores will continue to be stocked during the coronavirus outbreak, so please avoid panic-buying or over-buying.
- WIC –– In Los Angeles County, many WIC offices are not providing face-to-face services at the WIC centers and are providing remote services to families through active outreach by phone, text and email. WIC is also responding to those who contact us via phone and text. Please be assured that WIC is able to upload food benefits for families already participating in the program, and is actively engaged in enrolling new participants remotely. People who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and are pregnant, postpartum or have a child under five years old can apply for WIC services by texting APPLY to 91997, calling WIC at 888-942-2229, or visiting www.phfewic.org/apply.
- DPSS –– In accordance with Governor Newsom's Executive Order, ALL DPSS benefits, including Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs and General Relief benefit payments will be issued without interruption for the months of March, April and May 2020.
- California Food Policy Advocates: To help partners in advocacy understand some of the new waivers/flexibilities available for WIC, SNAP/CalFresh, and other child nutrition programs, CFPA have created a COVID-19 Resource Page, including:
As of March 20th, all DPSS services will continue uninterrupted through May 2020.
While DPSS centers are currently closed, services are continuing to be provided via website and phone. You can now enroll and apply online.
Click here for more information.
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program continues to serve families in need during the COVID-19 emergency. To protect all families and staff, local WIC offices may be offering services by phone or online until further notice. Families should call the WIC office rather than go in person for enrollment or other assistance. If you have additional questions, please contact the state WIC office at [email protected] or (800) 852-5770. Click here for more information: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DWICSN/Pages/WICCovid19Info.aspx
Resources for Free Internet:
- Comcast will be making Xfinity Wi-Fi Network free nationwide, offering unlimited data for free, ending disconnections and late fees
- These changes will help low income households remain connected to the Internet, which is particularly important as children learn remotely during school closures and families need access to health care resources
Spectrum is offering free internet for students. Learn more here: https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer
Certain families in L.A. County qualify for free internet services during the pandemic to accommodate online learning. To learn more information, click here.
Resources for Immigrants:
L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs: FAQ - Coronavirus Information for Immigrants
*Note* The Public Charge rule does NOT restrict access to testing and treatment of communicable diseases, includes COVID-19. Fore more information, click here.
Information on Evictions:
If you received an eviction notice in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may have additional time to make rent payments without eviction. Click here to view more information on the city’s Renter’s Relief Program: https://la.curbed.com/2020/3/20/21186979/renter-relief-coronavirus-los-angeles
Information on Relaxed Parking Enforcement:
As of March 16, Mayor Garcetti has relaxed parking enforcement throughout the city of Los Angeles. For more information, visit: https://www.lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-relaxes-parking-enforcement-part-emergency-response-novel-coronavirus
United Way of Greater Los Angeles launched the Pandemic Relief Fund to support the county’s unsheltered residents and low-income individuals, students and families at risk of homelessness due to hardships caused by the coronavirus.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, stress and isolation may contribute to greater instances of domestic violence. Help is still available to all who need it. Please visit: http://nodvla.org/get-help/resources/ to be connected to a domestic violence resource in your neighborhood or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. You can also call L.A. County’s hotline at 1-800-978-3600.
LAJobsPortal.org –– For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, https://lajobsportal.org/ enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply to job opportunities across all industries.
California Workforce & Development Agency
- Summary Chart: Benefit for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
- Information on Disability Insurance (DI), Paid Family Leave (PFL), and Unemployment Insurance (UI)
- Support Services for those who are Sick or Quarantined, Caregiving, or Dealing with Reduced Work Hours.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and Benefit Guidance
Employment Development Department of California - COVID-19 Resources: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
If you have had your hours cuts, been furloughed or laid off:
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file for unemployment insurance. If you are expecting to return to your job after the dust settles, you do not have to be actively seeking new work during the outbreak. But you must be "able and available to work" to get these benefits, which generally range from $40-$450 per week for up to six months.
If you are currently sick of have been exposed to COVID-19:
Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 - $1,300 a week.
Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.
Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is providing small to mid-size businesses with resources on how to protect their employees and bottom line.
If you had to close your business to prevent or manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom’s executive order temporarily suspends the 60-day notice requirement for employers who give written notice to employees and meet other requirements.
If your business is directly affected by COVID-19, you can request up to a 60-day extension to file your state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. Include the impact of COVID-19 in your written request for the extension. Your request must be received within 60 days from the original past-due date of the payment or return.
The US Treasury has begun outlining guidelines for small business loans. Loans can be used to cover payrolls costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utilities, and are forgivable as long as employee and compensation levels are maintained.
- Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Health Care Facilities: Severe Respirator Supply Shortages (PDF)
- Cal/OSHA Interim Guidelines for General Industry on 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster Assistance
Help with Child Care Costs:
Jewish Free Loan is offering interest-free loans of up to $10,000 so families can pay for childcare while schools are shut down. Loans can be turned around in a matter of days. Visit jfla.org and fill out our pre-loan application.
Resources for Foster Care and Youth:
John Burton Advocates for Youth is also ensuring that foster youth, homeless youth and other vulnerable populations have access to technology, such as free laptops and internet, to continue with their online education. They also have a running list of available resources for K-12 and college students.
Resources for Volunteering:
For businesses that can provide key commodities such as medical shelters and supplies: https://doingbusiness.lacounty.gov/