COVID-19 Resource Page

COVID-19

 

Audio Recordings of My Most Recent Telephone Town Halls

April 30th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Volunteer Options, Unemployment Tips, and More

April 8th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Update on Face Coverings, New Shelter in Place Rules, Unemployment, Property Tax, more

March 31st COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Coping During the Corona Crisis.

March 24th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Financial Impact Relief

March 19th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Bay Area Shelter in Place Order

 

State Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

State, Federal, & Local Employee/Worker Resources

 

State Resources for Employers

 

Tax Information

Because of COVID-19 the deadline to file state and federal taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.

 

 

State & Federal Resources for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

 

Foreclosure, Mortgage, and Eviction Relief

The Judicial Council of California, which oversees all state courts, has barred all evictions and judicial foreclosures -- for renters, homeowners, and businesses -- during the crisis and for 90 days afterward.

U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency announces that property owners who cannot pay their mortgage because of the crisis will not have to repay what they owe in one lump sum after the crisis is lifted.

 

Resources for California Schools

 

State Services Impacted by COVID-19

  • The upcoming deadline for Real ID has been extended due to COVID-19. Enforcement will now begin October 1, 2021. See the Transportation Security Administration’s statement to find out more.
  • California Department of Social Services COVID-19 Information
  • Apply for CalFresh
  • Apply for CalWORKs
  • Medi-Cal/CalWORKs recipients: Gov. Newsom waived the 90-day annual redetermination reviews for Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal and CalWORKs. 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.
  • CalFresh: If you qualify for and need CalFresh food assistance benefits (the state’s food stamp program), applications can be done online, at GetCalFresh.org. If you are already receiving CalFresh, you will keep your coverage through May and won’t need to be recertified.

 

Healthcare Options for the Uninsured

 

Stress Reduction/Mental Health

 

Resources for Parents, Families, and Kids

 

PPE Supply Donations

 

Student Loans

 

Local Resources & Updates

 

Local Health Departments' COVID-19 Pages

 

Testing

 

Tenant evictions

Both the Alameda County and Contra Costa County sheriffs’ offices have halted eviction proceedings during the crisis. In addition, the California Judicial Council, which oversees all state courts in California has halted all evictions during the crisis and for 90 days afterward.

In addition, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, along with many local cities, including Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Oakland, and Richmond, have enacted ordinances temporarily barring evictions for tenants — and in some cases rent increases for renters — and small businesses impacted by the crisis.

 

 

Resources for Seniors and Those Living Alone

Alameda County

Contra Costa County

 

Local Volunteer Opportunities

  • East Bay 211: 211 is a hotline that connects callers to locally specific health, food, housing, and many other programs. 211 is operated by the United Way along with local organizations. Volunteers are needed, and you can field calls from your own home. To volunteer for East Bay 211, dial 211 and inform them you want to volunteer, or email CStahl@edenir.org.
  • Census 2020: Many of our East Bay neighbors have not yet completed the Census. An inaccurate count means we could lose a local Congressional seat and millions of federal dollars in Medi-Cal and other funding. Alameda County’s Census 2020 has organized phone banks to call local households that have not yet responded. To volunteer for Alameda County, click here or email Alessia.Simmonds@acgov.org or click here to volunteer for Contra Costa County.
  • The city of Richmond has started “Stay Engaged” to link those who want to help to organizations in need like West Contra Costa Schools to help with daily lunch distribution, the Greater Richmond Interfaith Project, and more.
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties has experienced a huge increase in demand. They especially need volunteers to sort and bag fruits and vegetables. Click here to volunteer.
  • HelpBerkeley.org is a new grassroots nonprofit that delivers restaurant-made meals to Albany, Berkeley, and Kensington seniors and other neighbors at risk. Click here to volunteer.
  • The Bay Area Red Cross is operating blood donation sites and needs both blood donors and local organizations, like churches or others, willing to host a blood drive. To get involved, click here.
  • Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound seniors. To volunteer in Alameda County, click here, and for Contra Costa County, go here.
  • The city of San Leandro has created a “Volunteer Hub” for residents.
  • The Alameda Food Bank is looking for who are willing and able to commit to a regular, long-term schedule, such as once per week for at least two months, and who have strong customer service skills, can lift bags of groceries, and have a willingness and ability to enforce the established rules.  Bilingual in Chinese and Spanish is extremely helpful but not required. Sign up here.
  • Alameda County residents who are interested in volunteering to become contact tracers can email: log1@acgov.org.

 

Energy, Communications, & Utilities

PG&E, our local Community Choice energy providers, and East Bay MUD have suspended shutoffs during the crisis. Also, most cellphone carriers and internet providers have signed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pledge to provide certain benefits during the COVID-19 emergency. The pledge requires companies to keep providing service to people unable to pay their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic, waiving certain fees, and easing data restrictions to allow consumers to freely use data during the emergency. Find out here if your company signed.

 

Parking enforcement

Many cities in our area have suspended parking enforcement. Go to your city’s website to see what your city has done on parking enforcement, extending business license deadlines, and more.

 

Relief Funds

Oakland and Berkeley have established relief funds for those impacted by the crisis.

 

Immigration Rights

If you’re impacted by the crisis due to your immigration status, please see the Legal Aid at Work website for more information on how to get help. In addition, Gov. Newsom announced a $125 million relief program for undocumented immigrants. Under the program, individuals will receive $500 and families $1,000.

 

How to Protect Yourself and Others (Spanish-Language Version)

Cómo protegerse y proteger a los demás