Important Covid Resources & Information


  • COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.

     

    Health & Government Agencies

    CDC Center for Disease Control (National) Key Facts of Covid-19, science and data & how to stay healthy.

    (WHO) World Health Organization Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority.

    California Response Governor Twitter

    Alameda County Social Services Agency Guidelines with published flyers to provide guidance for their clients

    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act: Temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program to provide payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. This includes entertainment workers with limited work history and scheduled, or offered, work that did not commence.

    • Additional $600/week payment to each recipient of unemployment insurance up to four months.
    • Additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to those who remain unemployed after weeks of state unemployment no longer available.
    • One-time checks of $1,200 for all individuals with income up to $75,000; $112,500 for head of household. Married couples, income up to $150,000 who file a joint return, are eligible for $2,400. Those amounts increase by $500 for every child.

     

    Food

    Alameda County Food Bank If you are in need of food, please call our Emergency Food Helpline 1-510-635-3663

    Oakland MAP for FREE breakfast/lunch

    CalFresh (Food Stamps) To apply for food stamps. Applications are being expedited.

     

     

    Medical & Legal

    Disability insurance benefits (SDI): If you receive a W-2 from your employer, in most cases you have paid into the State Disability Insurance program (SDI). Disability insurance payments for those unable to work for more than eight days due to illness (such as COVID) or injury unrelated to your job.

    Paid family leave: Paid Family Leave provides benefits to Californians who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner.

    Covered California for Medi-Cal applications. The state has expedited Medi-Cal for new applicants, waiving certain paperwork requirements including citizenship docs. Homeless individuals just need to state on application that they are homeless and will be expedited.

    Legal Aid website for more information to navigate disability, immigration, housing or employment issues.

    Mental Health

    Warmline The Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and webchat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.

     

     

    Small Business Support

    Funding for Artists Emergency Funding for Freelancers and Creatives. A list of mutual aid funds that distribute emergency grants to artists, creative professionals and freelancers facing financial hardships.

    SBA Resources Small Business Administration (Federal) Resources and access to capital through loans and grants.

    Quickbooks Small Business Fund for small business owners to create profile through GoFund me and for others to donate.

    Facebook Fund of $100 million for small businesses for cash grants and ad credits .

    City of San Francisco: $10,000 for employee salaries and rent for businesses with less than 5 employees.

    City of Sacramento: Zero-interest loans of up to $25,000.

    City of Los Angeles: Low-interest loans between $5,000 to $20,000 to help with job retention

    Verizon and LISC Come Together to Support Small Businesses with grants of up to $10,000 facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19, especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises that don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital in historically underserved communities.

     

     

    Culture & Education

    Smithsonian Videos Diverse videos on all subjects.

    Meet Google is offering free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities for all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally..

    OUSD Oakland Schools Response

    Student Loans: As of March 20, 2020, the federal government has temporarily suspended the interest it collects on student loans, and federal lenders are letting borrowers suspend their student loans and loan payments without penalty for the next 60 days.

     

     

    Job, Financial & Taxes

    IRS Both the state of California and the IRS have extended tax filing deadlines until July 15. However, if you are eligible for the federal EITC or Cal EITC and California's child tax credit, filing your taxes before July 15 will help you get the benefit right away. Also information about Federal stimulus package.

    Unemployment (EDD) To file Claim in California

    Labor & Workforce Benefits for Workers Chart Impacted by COVID-19 The purpose of this information is to make it easier to understand what resources may be available.

     

     

    Housing

    HUD homeowners whose mortgage is guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac suspends Foreclosures and Evictions Amid COVID-19 National Emergency. See HUD PDF for info on federal program: foreclosure and eviction moratorium.

    Mortgages and foreclosures: Gov. Newsom announced that most major banks have agreed to allow residential property owners impacted by the crisis to miss mortgage payments for 90 days.

    Moratorium on Evictions: California issued a statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. The moratorium went into effect on March 27 and is valid through May 31, 2020.​

     

     

    Utilities

    PG&E has suspended shutoffs and waiving security deposits during the crisis.

    Comcast offering 2 FREE months to new customers.

    Also, most cellphone carriers and internet providers have signed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pledge to provide certain benefits during the COVID-19 emergency.

    Parking enforcement: Many cities in our area have suspended parking enforcement. Go to your city's website to see what your city has done on parking enforcement, extending business license deadlines, and more.

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