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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.
New resources to come soon
Student Loans (note these changes only apply to federal loans)
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.
Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California
New resources to come soon
- 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.
- 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 English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, 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 English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, 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.
Funds to support those economically affected by COVID-19
- 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.