COVID19: GET SUPPORT

EMERGENCY HOUSING NEEDS:

Rent Assistance

Oakland: If you are a resident of Oakland, and your household makes less than 50% of area median income, then you are eligible for emergency rental assistance, legal representation, and other housing services. Please contact Keep Oakland Housed for assistance.

Hayward & Emeryville: Keep Everyone Housed fund. Low-income residents of Hayward and Emeryville that lost income due to COVID19 can apply for rental assistance funds through Keep Everyone Housed/Bay Area Community Services. Click here to apply for rent funds.

Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund: Centro Legal de la Raza, along with community partners, created the Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund to provide critical support to immigrant Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the agressive public health measures necessary to combat the spread of this disease. While many Oaklanders can turn to existing safety net programs, including unemployment insurance, public benefits, and new federal and local relief efforts –  undocumented workers are largely excluded from those programs. Apply to the fund here.

If you are a resident of Berkeley, and your household makes less than 80% of area median income, then you are eligible for up to $15,000 in emergency rental assistance. You can find information about how to apply here.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is offering direct financial assistance to people in Northern California who’ve lost their income or are caring for a family member who’s vulnerable, sick, or out of school. You can apply here.

Housing Legal Assistance

The organizations below provide legal assistance and know-your-rights information for tenants.

Tenants Together has a hotline for tenant questions

East Bay Community Law Center provides legal support for low-income tenants facing eviction. 

Centro Legal provides legal assistance for tenants and immigrants in the East Bay.

If you are a tenant, homeowner, or landlord with legal questions about housing, the Contra Costa Housing Services Collaborative provides counseling services to Contra Costa County residents.

Click here for a list of tenant resources in San Francisco,  the East Bay, and Statewide

For Non Profits to provide Emergency Housing Funds

Opportunities for Non Profit organizations to apply to distribute emergency rent funds to their communities:

East Bay Community Foundation Just East Bay Fund

San Francisco Foundation Fund

Non-Housing Support Resources

COVID19 Testing Sites

East Oakland: Walk-up testing site in East Oakland run by Roots Clinic – more information here

Hayward: Find information on the Hayward test site here.

Direct (Mutual Aid) Support

If you are a senior or a person with a disability and don’t have a support system that is able to help with your basic needs met as you shelter in place, you can request help with getting groceries, medications, and other forms of support from what is called a Mutual Aid Network, where local volunteers help neighbors who need it.

East Bay:

Residents with disabilities & elders can request support through Disability Justice Culture Club. Fill out the Disability Justice Culture Club Support Request Form for People with Disabilities and Seniors.

If you are a senior, person with a disability and/or health issue, or worker in need, you can request direct assistance from a regional network of community groups using this form.

Oakland At Risk connects low-risk to high-risk individuals to assist them with groceries and other errands. You can sign up to either receive or offer assistance here.

Hayward: Hayward Residents can get or offer support through the Hayward COVID19 Mutual Aid Network, Hayward Helping Hands. Request forms are available in English and Spanish.

Berkeley:

The Berkeley Mutual Aid Network connects low-risk to high-risk individuals to assist them with groceries, errands, social support, and other service needs. You can sign up to either receive or offer assistance here.

Easy Does It Emergency Services connects Berkeley residents in mutual aid. Call (510) 704-2111.

Food Assistance

Apply for CalFresh: See if you qualify for ongoing food assistance from the State of California through CalFresh.

Alameda County Seniors (60+)Meal Delivery to your home: For eligable seniors living in cities Alameda County Cities besides Oakland: https://acgreatplates.acgov.org/

Meal Delivery for Seniors (60+) living in Oakland: Click Here.

Oakland Direct Food Distribution: Oakland has created a one-stop shop for information on food distribution at locations through the city. It includes resources that are specific to elders, families, and residents of affordable housing. Click here to view the page.

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

  • Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.
  • Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.
  • Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22, 2020 at ca.p-ebt.org. For more information visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

Alameda County

Get emergency food assistance from the Alameda County Food Bank by calling 1-800-870-FOOD (3663).

City of Alameda: Alameda Food Bank

Contra Costa County

Contra Costa & Solano County Food Bank.

White Pony Express (Contra Costa County/Plesant Hill) call the Hotline at: 925-322-0604

California:

A Guide on how to apply for unemployment assistance if you are self-employed (including street vendors) from Street Spirit News.

Food Apply for CalFresh: See if you qualify for ongoing food assistance from the State of California through CalFresh, formerly SNAP or what some people call ‘food stamps.’

CA Undocumented Resident Relief Funds

Relief funds for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are distributed by Catholic Charities East Bay. Click here to contact the program.

  • The State of California will provide one-time disaster relief assistance to adult undocumented immigrants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This is only for adults who are ineligible for other forms of federal unemployment or pandemic related assistance, such as the CARES act or unemployment benefits.
  • Applicants must apply with the nonprofit organization assigned to the county where you live.
    • Catholic Charities East Bay is the assigned organization for residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
  • The first step is to call the toll-free number. Then, applicants must provide information and documents to verify identity, proof of address, and to show have they been impacted by COVID-19. 
  • An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 per household.
  • Assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please note that disaster relief application services and assistance are not guaranteed.

Apply for Expanded Unemployment Benefits:

The Federal stimulus bill has expanded who can get unemployment benefits and how much you can receive.  Self-employed individuals, freelancers, independent contractors, and gig workers (such as Uber/Lyft drivers) are now eligible for benefits during the crisis.  People on unemployment will also receive an extra $600 per week, in addition to regular unemployment benefits. Eligibility for basic unemployment is extended for an additional 13 weeks (for a total of 39 weeks); the extra $600/week is for up to 4 months.

The best way to apply or get more information is online at the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) UI Online site.   www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm 

Note that there may be a delay while EDD updates their systems to handle the new eligibility rules.

Disability Insurance if You Are Sick or Quarantined:

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

Telehealth and virtual appointments are acceptable for a physical examination, but medical certifications are still required.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

Paid Family Leave for Caregiving:

If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

Medi-Cal/CalWORKs recipients: Gov. Newsom waived the 90-day annual redetermination reviews for Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal and CalWORKs. So, if you are currently enrolled in Medi-Cal or CalWORKs, rest assured your benefits will continue through June 16. If your Medi-Cal benefits were already terminated, you have to reapply.

New Medi-Cal applicants: The state has expedited Medi-Cal for new applicants, waiving certain paperwork requirements including citizenship docs. Homeless individuals just need to state on application that they are homeless and will be expedited. All applications can be done through the Covered California website.

Covid-19 Guide for Immigrant Californians:

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Read the Immigrant Guide inEnglish, SpanishChinese traditionalChinese simplifiedKoreanTagalog, and Vietnamese.

Get More Information

For information on current housing policies, including eviction moratoriums, see our COVID19 Housing Policy page. Visit our COVID19 Action page to see how you can help shape city, state, and federal policy response to the pandemic and its impact on our communities.

You can see a full list of housing support services in the East Bay, including how and where to apply for permanent affordable housing, in our Affordable Housing Resource Guide in English, Spanish, and Chinese. To understand more about how Affordable Housing works, see our Affordable Housing Guidebook.