RESOURCES TO HELP OUR CALIFORNIA SUPPORTERS DEAL WITH THE PANDEMIC
In the wake of the global pandemic of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Mothers Out Front California is stepping forward to gather community information and resources to share with our supporters on this webpage. This information will be updated as the pandemic unfolds. Please check our page for any updates.
On Thursday March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a “Stay At Home Order” which ordered 40 millions Californians to stay at home (except for essential errands or work) and directed the closure of schools and non-essential businesses. Here are California’s responses to COVID-19.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your regular medical provider immediately.
COVID-19 Employment Assistance
Calfifornia’s Employment Development Department (EDD) created a Pandemic Unemployment Resource page to help Californians who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 to access updated resources and information.
Disability Insurance: If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or care for someone who has, you may be entitled to earn disability insurance. You can find information to file for a disability claim here.
Unemployment: If you have had your hours reduced or lost your job, you can find information to file for unemployment benefits here.
Onward California is a new initiative developed by a coalition of companies and foundations to support workers in California who have been displaced by COVID-19 by providing essential life services and job-training opportunities. You can find Onward California information here.
California Assemblymember and Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Lorena Gonazalez-Fletcher, published a comprehensive resource page listing how to access healthcare and treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak. The page provides support for those who may have lost health coverage or are uninsured and includes healthcare resources for undocumented individuals. You can find the information here.
Mortgage, Rent and Eviction Relief
Governor Newsom issued an executive order to establish a statewide moratorium on evictions through May 31, 2020. You can find the executive order here. For further information on mortgage, rent and eviction relief, visit the California Apartment Association’s page here.
The California Association of Foodbanks provided a COVID-19 resource page on where to find food pantries or to volunteer at one. You can find their information here or you can call them directly at 833-544-2374.
See also Local Resources below.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) enacted provisions to provide consumer protections during COVID-19. Water, sewer, energy and communications companies under CPUC jurisdiction halted customers disconnections for non-payment as a result of COVID-19. You can find more information here.
Governor Gavin Newsom released $100 million to support child-care services for essential workers and vulnerable populations. You can find the executive order here.
The Internal Revenue System (IRS) will be providing help to eligible taxpayers, businesses, and tax-exempt organizations. You can check your eligibility here.
Mental Health Assistance
To obtain mental health assistance, you can visit the Department of Health Care Services provider directory that can be found here. If you are in a crisis, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Resources For Undocumented Immigrants
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order authorizing a $75 million Disaster Relief Fund for undocumented communities. Undocumented immigrants will be able to receive a cash payment of $500. You can read Governor Newsom’s executive order here. The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance published a list of resources in English and Spanish to support undocumented immigrants in California. Their resource page can be found here.
There is a statewide directory listing domestic violence organizations in local neighborhoods. You can access the directory here or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Small Business Assistance
If you are a small business owner looking to receive a forgivable loan or other resources, you can check out the Small Business Administration COVID-19 resource page here.
If you are in need of, or would like to offer, mutual aid for basic needs, you can find a local mutual aid group here.
Silicon Valley Strong: Comprehensive list, in multiple languages, of how you can provide help or receive help during the Covid-19 crisis, including food resources, help with rent, and much more.
Santa Clara County:
- Here are the Santa Clara County Public Health Orders.
Volunteer for South Bay Mutual Aid.
- In addition to their regular services such as a food pantry, Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose is offering emergency services during COVID-19 such as financial assistance and the Family Assistance/Homelessness Prevention System. They provide services in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Sacred Heart also runs La Mesa Verde, which teaches low-income residents to grow their own food, and helps grow food for food-insecure residents. Participants in this program receive soil, seeds, and raised garden beds, then work with mentors to raise their first bountiful harvest. For more information, visit the website at www.lamesaverdeshcs.org or call (408) 916-5024 or send an email.
- Second Harvest of Silicon Valley provides food to those in need. They also provide assistance and information about signing up for CalFresh.
- During the COVID-19 crisis, Veggielution has launched Eastside Connect, a Farm Box and Food Truck meal delivery program to get fresh produce to our most food-insecure program participants in East San José via a weekly home delivery.They are also including packets of seeds to participants can begin to grow their own food.