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Many families are experiencing loss of wages and financial hardship due to the coronavirus crisis. State and federal governments are working hard to assist those in need through public services like unemployment and disability benefits, paid family leave, and food assistance programs like Calfresh/SNAP. NEVHC will continue to update this list as more information and resources are made available.
Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
With many business being forced to temporarily shut down, Governor Newsom created the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to help small businesses remain operational. The program provides grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses and nonprofits to help cover expenses that have been incurred during the pandemic. There are two rounds of applications, with the first round being from December 30, 2020 through January 8, 2021. To apply and learn more about the program click here.
Bill AB 1867 Ensures Paid Sick Leave for Every California Employee Exposed to or Positive for COVID-19
Governor Newsom signed AB 1867, legislation that ensures every employee in California will have access to paid sick days if they are exposed or test positive to COVID-19 for 2020. Learn more here.
Free Tax Filing Assistance through Free Tax Prep Los Angeles
All Angelenos deserve access to any tax credits and refunds they may qualify for, and these tax credits can be especially helpful for families during COVID-19. It is not too late to file your 2019 tax return without any penalty.
If you make less than $55,000/year you may qualify for free tax help from IRS certified volunteers through Free Tax Prep Los Angeles.
Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment: Deadline 10/15 for Non-Filers
If you did not file your taxes last year, you can still apply for the coronavirus economic impact payment through October 15.
Use the Non-Filers tool here to submit your information in English or Spanish.
Restaurants Care General Fund for Restaurant Workers Affected By COVID-19
The California Restaurant Association Foundation is offering financial assistance to restaurant workers that are currently employed and have been affected by COVID-19.
Typical grants range from $250-1500 and can be used to cover the cost of rent or mortgage payments, utilities costs, funeral expenses or travel for funeral.
To learn more and apply, click here.
Hire LA Youth
The Hire LA’s Youth Program of the City of Los Angeles is accepting applications from applicants aged 14-24. To find and apply for jobs near you, click here and enter your zip code into the search tool.
One Degree’s COVID-19 Resource Guide
One Degree’s COVID-19 Resource Guide is updated Monday – Friday by 2 PM. The resource guide is a collaborative effort between Cal State LA, Los Angeles Department of Health Services, One Degree, and other community organizations and members who are committed to the well-being and health of our community. The resource guide includes employment resources and is available in English and Spanish.
Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers Affected by Coronavirus
Governor Newsom has announced a new Executive Order providing two weeks of paid sick leave to some food center workers if they are subject to a quarantine, self-isolation order or medical directive. Farm workers, agricultural workers, those working in grocery or fast food chains, and delivery drivers are among those included. These benefits will be provided to individuals working for businesses with over 500 employees.
Read more information here.
California’s Disaster Relief Fund: Assistance for Undocumented Workers
Governor Newsom has announced California’s Disaster Relief Fund, which will provide financial assistance to Californians that are not eligible for Unemployment benefits or disaster relief due to their immigration status.
Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can apply for support beginning in early May.
More information in English is available here.
The state has selected 12 immigrant-assisting nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for California’s Disaster Relief fund.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program
California’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program will provide financial assistance to independent contractors, gig workers and others who did not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
According to California Labor Secretary Julie Su, the benefits will be equivalent to what applicants would have received under regular unemployment insurance, and will include $600 of additional weekly benefits authorized by Congress for regular unemployment insurance.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) will begin accepting applications for these benefits on Tuesday, April 28. Updates will be made available here.
CARES Act: Pandemic Additional Compensation Program
The State of California has approved an additional weekly payment of $600 to be paid to recipients of unemployment benefits for claims issued between March 29 and July 31. For more information, see the EDD’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page.
LA County Business and Worker Disaster Help Center
Los Angeles County has built a Help Center to address the needs of workers and employers during COVID-19. The resources for workers include information on wage complaints, applying for a new job, unemployment resources, and more. Click here for more information.
How to File a Paid Family Leave Claim Online?
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, you may be eligible to file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim through the Employment Development Department (EDD). The EDD’s website explains the process of submitting a Paid Family Leave claim through SDI online here.
How to File a Disability Insurance Claim Online?
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19, you may be eligible to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim through the EDD. Their website details the steps to filing a disability insurance claim, and offers video instructions in English and Spanish that you can view here.
How to File an Unemployment Insurance Claim Online?
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. The EDD’s website details the eligibility requirements and provides instructions for filing an Unemployment Insurance claim in both English and Spanish. You can access the site here.
City of Los Angeles New Jobs Portal
The City of Los Angeles is coordinating resources and services to help people who have lost their jobs or whose hours have been reduced as a result of COVID-19. This site will be continually updated with resources from the City, the State of California, and the Federal Government to assist workers. You can access the site here.