COVID-19 has impacted us in many ways. Some of our community members are being laid-off, some are in danger of ICE raids in their homes, some are afraid to seek medical attention others are worried about potential evictions.
Below are some of the resources that Families In Schools has encountered. For immigrant and/or mixed-status families, the virus poses an even greater threat. That is why we have compiled a list of six critical resource areas with links to information and organizations that can speak directly to the needs of undocumented individuals regarding their rights during COVID-19. Read more
Do you believe you need a lawyer? LA County has a list of resources to support, click here for more information.
- Frequently Asked Questions document created by Legal Aid at Work. Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese
- CA Employment Development Department FAQs For Those Affected by COVID-19
- Support services for workers and employers affected by COVID-19
- How to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim if your child’s school is closed and you must miss work; if your hours were reduced or if you lost your job due to COVID-19
- How to fill out a Disability Insurance claim – for those that contracted the virus, or have been exposed to it and are quarantined. Video in English and page to fill out the claim.
- List of Remote Jobs that are Hiring
- LA Job Portal
- LA County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center; website available in more than 70 languages
- Resources for Californians impacted by job loss due to COVID-19; website available in more than 70 languages
Housing & Tenant Rights
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order allowing local governments to ban landlords from evicting tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19. The order is good through the end of May unless it is extended. Renters are still responsible for paying their rent.
To be eligible, renters must notify their landlord in writing up and no later than seven days after the rent is due. Proof of a change in financial circumstances will be needed, such as a signed letter or statement from an employer.
- See the form provided by the Attorney General’s office that can be printed and completed by filling in the blanks and checking off boxes. It is advisable to check with your local government to see if they may have added local measures to give extra protection for renters who are undocumented.
- A federal moratorium on certain evictions began on March 27, 2020, and will remain in force through July 25, 2020. See the flyer in English or Spanish. You can also download the “Does a New Federal Law Protect You From Eviction?” flyer.
- City of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti issued a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. Qualifying tenants will have up to 6 months following the expiration of the local emergency to repay any rent due. See the link for a list of circumstances.
- If your landlord has demanded that you turn in your stimulus payment, threatening to evict you by changing the lockout indicator or disconnecting utilities, contact the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation at (800) 399-4529.
- Tenant legal clinic form for LA County residents: You were not able to pay rent this past month; you will not be able to pay rent in the next months; you have received an eviction notice; your landlord refuses to make repairs; received an unjust rent increase. Click here for more information, or call Hugo at (831) 334-2522.
Funds to support those economically affected by COVID-19
- Street Vendor Emergency Fund: Those that can donate may visit the United Way Los Angeles Pandemic Relief Fund or visit their Go Fund Me page. For street vendors that need support please call (323) 388-3724.
Undocumented Immigrants and Workers Rights
- The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Templates are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hmong, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
- Frequently asked questions about undocumented workers rights by Legal Aid at Work in English, Spanish and Chinese
- List and map of free clinics across the U.S. for the uninsured. See link
- In California, undocumented immigrants are entitled to emergency and pregnancy-related services. Please contact your county human services agency.
- Call CHIRLA at (888) 624-4752 if you have any specific questions about resources available to undocumented workers in your community.
- Frequently Asked Questions for Immigrants in LA County and California, in English and Spanish