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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.
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.