Economic Support for Undocumented Californians:
In response to the economic crisis due to COVID-19, the state of California will provide economic assistance to undocumented adults. This is a single payment of $500 per adult, with a limit of $1000 per household (or family).
Applications will be accepted from Monday, May 18th. To apply, you must call the organizations that are distributing the funds in your county. CHIRLA (213-201-8700) and CARECEN (213-315-2659) and distributing funds in Los Angeles County.
? Funds won’t last long as they will be distributed to the first 150,000 people to apply.
For answers to the most common questions, in Spanish: https://cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/Immigration/COVID/DRAI-FAQ-SP.pdf
For all the details, including the list of organizations, in English: https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai
Information on Unemployment Benefits for employees and independent contractors:
CA EDD released the application to file for the below unemployment benefits on April 29:
- You don’t have to show any amount of wages in the past year/18 months to be eligible for this program. And you don’t have to have been an employee.
- Example: Even individuals with very low amounts of self-employment income can be eligible if they lost their income.
- Who is potentially eligible?
- Independent contractors, self-employed people, gig workers, business owners who have lost their income due to COVID-19. (Including if it was because their business is closed.)
o Example: A hair stylist who worked as an independent contractor whose salon is closed.
- People who were only very recently employed OR if they had a job offer that was rescinded due to COVID-19.
o Example: A recent college graduate who had a job offer or just started a job, then the job ended due to COVID-19.
- People who have collected all UI (Unemployment Insurance) and have exhausted those benefits.
- How much?
- The minimum benefit amount will be the following:
- Feb. 2, 2020-Mar. 28, 2020– $167 per week
- Mar 29, 2020-July 25, 2020- $167 per week + $600 per week
iii. July 26, 2020-Dec 26, 2020- $167 per week
- You can be eligible for these amounts even if you did not actually earn this much.
- Immigration status requirements?
- You have to either be a U.S. citizen or have work authorization to be eligible.
- How do I apply?
- The application is online at the EDD website. https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm
- The application went online April 28. You can apply to get back benefits going back to the date you were unemployed.
- The website can be hard to access but keep trying!
I have other questions, where can I find more information?
The below list of resources has been compiled by First5LA to support families in connecting with vital resources during this time:
Resources for Food:
- YWCA Glendale is offering a weekly curbside grocery pick up for program participants and shelter residents. Please call 818-242-4155 for more information.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Help for 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
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.
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.
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.