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COVID-19 has millions of workers unemployed. Families In Schools has compiled a list of resources including discounts, deferred payment supports, and other financial resources to support families and individuals across California.

The new relief package bolsters coronavirus unemployment programs for millions of out-of-work Americans.

It comes nearly a year after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and extends pandemic unemployment benefits, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for the self-employed, such as gig workers and independent contractors.

It also extends the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which supplements jobless benefits with an additional $300 per week until Sept. 6, 2021. The CARES Act included weekly payments of $600 on top of unemployment compensation, but those payments expired in July 2020. The amount was lowered to $300 when a new relief package passed in December. Read more.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Flexibilities Extended Through at Least Sept. 30, 2021

On March 30, 2021, the COVID-19 emergency relief measures were expanded to federal student loans made through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program that are in default.

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On February 17, California approved a proposal to send $600 stimulus checks to millions of undocumented immigrants who did not qualify for federal aid, called the "Golden State Stimulus."

If your income is less than $30,000 per year--and you, therefore, qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)--and file your taxes using an ITIN, you can receive $1,200. If your income is less than $75,000 per year and you file taxes using an ITIN, you can receive $600. The program also includes a $600 benefit for households that are enrolled in CalWorks, SSI / SSP, and the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants. These benefits would be distributed in mid-April, according to the government. 

To OBTAIN the Golden State Stimulus, you must file your 2020 tax return.

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Across California

  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) – Low-income customers that are enrolled in the CARE program receive a 30-35 percent discount on their electric bill and a 20 percent discount on their natural gas bill. For a list of phone numbers to call click here.
  • California LifeLine provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. To learn more and see if you qualify, click here.

Utilities SoCalGas

  • SoCalGas is providing an assistance program called “California Alternative Rates for Energy” or “CARE” which can save families 20 percent on their monthly natural gas bill. To see if you qualify, complete a quick online application. Applications are available in EnglishSpanishChineseKorean, and Vietnamese
  • The Gas Assistance Fund is providing one-time grants, not to exceed $100, to individuals and families. Based on yearly household income, check to see if you qualify here.
  • SoCalGas’ Medical Baseline Allowance program provides individuals with serious health conditions additional natural gas at the lowest rate (eligibility not based on income but individual’s medical condition and need for extra heat in their home). For more information and to see if you qualify, click here. 

Southern California Edison

  • Southern California Edison is providing an assistance program called “California Alternative Rates for Energy” or “CARE” which can save families 20 percent on their monthly natural gas bill. To see if you qualify, complete a quick online application. Applications are available in EnglishSpanishChineseKorean, and Vietnamese.
  • If you or someone in your household requires the regular use of electrically-powered medical equipment or other qualifying medical devices, you may be eligible for SCE’s Medical Baseline Allowance program.

National

  • National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Coronavirus Care Fund. Their application is currently closed, but you can visit the NDWA COVID-19 site.
  • Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program via Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation assistance for those employed by restaurants or bars. Application in English here, application in Spanish here.
  • Children of Restaurants Employees Support Grants for food and beverage service employees with children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have experienced a major medical diagnosis. For eligibility requirements click here. To apply click here.