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.
Stimulus check (Nationwide)
$1,200 Direct Checks
One time payment of $1,200 if you make less than $75,000 ($150,000 salary and $2,400 check if married). You’ll receive an additional $500 per child under 17
Not subject to income tax
Based on 2019 federal tax returns, if already filed, and otherwise on 2018 returns
Will be sent through a direct deposit
$600/week federal increase on top of existing state benefits for up to 4 months
Freelancers and contractors can now use the benefit
Student Loans (note these changes only apply to federal loans)
0% interest for 6 months, happens automatically
Payments suspended for 6 months, happens automatically
The 6 mo of suspended payments count towards loan forgiveness programs
Employers will receive a tax break when they contribute to their employees’ student loans
Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants in California
On April 15, Governor Newsom announced one-time disaster relief assistance for undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19. Eligible Californians may receive one-time COVID-19 disaster relief assistance at a value of $500.
- 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, or text RELIEF to 97779 to get updates.
- 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.
- Another Round, Another Rally Emergency Assistance to provide $500 in relief grants. To apply click here.
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. For eligibility requirements click here. To apply click 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.
- Restaurant Relief Fund, for eligibility requirements, click here. To apply click here.
- Entrepreneurship Fund for undocumented entrepreneurs. To apply click here.
- One Fair Wage – Emergency Coronavirus Affected Workers Support Fund: restaurant workers, delivery workers, app-based delivery drivers, and other tipped workers. Application in English here, and in Spanish here.
- This list was compiled by KQED for the freelance community in the Bay Area. The list includes funds for artists, writers, musicians, and more.
- California Human Development Corporation Phone: (707) 228-1338 Website: californiahumandevelopment.org
Region: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma Tehama y Trinity.
- Catholic Charities of California Website: www.cceb.org Phone: 1-866-490-3899 Region: Alameda y Contra Costa
Website: catholiccharitiessf.org Phone: 415-972-1372 Region: Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo y Santa Clara.
- Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) Website: mixteco.org/drai/ Ventura County: (805) 519-7774 Santa Barbara County: (805) 519-7776
- Community Action Board Santa Cruz Phone: (800) 228-6820 Website: cabinc.org Region: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo y Santa Cruz.
- United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF) Phone: (877) 527-6660 Website: ufwfoundation.org Region: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Tulare y Mono.
- California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) Phone: (877) 557-0521 Website: crlaf.org/drai Region: Mariposa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo y Yuba.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice Website: advancingjustice-la.org Phone : (213) 241-8880 Región: Los Ángeles y Orange.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights – CHIRLA Phone: (213) 201-8700 Sitio web: chirla.org Region: Los Ángeles y Orange
- Central American Resource Center – CARECEN Phone: (213) 315-2659 Website: carecen-la.org/drai Region: Los Ángeles
- San Bernardino Community Service Center Phone : (888) 444-0170 Sitio web: sbcscinc.org Region: Inyo, Riverside y San Bernardino.
- TODEC Legal Center Perris Phone: (888) 863-3291 Website: TODEC.org Region: Inyo, Riverside y San Bernardino.
- Jewish Family Service of San Diego Website: jfssd.org/drai-project Imperial: (760) 206-3242 San Diego: (858) 206-8281
- Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles: Angeleno Fund. Click here to learn more.
- One Family LA fund is dedicated to supporting families with children from ages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade who live within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Application in English here, application in Spanish here
- Southeast Los Angeles, Keep L.A. Working Funds: For those living in Southeast Los Angeles. For more information contact (323) 586-4725, email@example.com, www.hubcities.org, facebook.com/HubCities
- 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.
- Starting at 9 AM on Monday, May 18, 2020, eligible undocumented adults (18 years of age or older) living in Los Angeles County can start applying for DRAI through Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) (213) 201-8700; Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) (213) 315-2659; Asian Americans Advancing Justice (213) 241-8880
- Emergency Rental Assistance for Unincorporated Communities. Must reside in unincorporated communities in the 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th Supervisorial Districts of LA County. Visit 211la.org for more information.
For a comprehensive list of funds please click here.
For a comprehensive list of funds for undocumented immigrants please click here.