COVID-19 Resource Page

COVID-19

Sen. Skinner: Town Hall (9/9/20)

 

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

 

 

State & Federal Resources for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

 

State and Federal Eviction Relief

On Aug. 31, 2020, Gov. Newsom signed AB 3088, a new law passed by the Legislature that prohibits pandemic-related evictions in California until Feb. 1, 2021. Under this new law, tenants must provide a hardship declaration due to the pandemic to qualify for the program and must pay at least 25% of their monthly rent payments from Sept. 1 through Jan. 31, 2021 to avoid eviction.

Also, please check California's new website, Housing Is Key, for more resources for tenants and landlords. 

On Sept. 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a nationwide eviction moratorium. The CDC moratorium bars evictions in the U.S. through Dec. 31, 2020 for failure to pay rent due to the pandemic. To qualify for this program, tenants must also provide a hardship declaration, stating that they can't pay all or some of their rent due to the pandemic.

 

Resources for California Schools

 

State Services Impacted by COVID-19

 

Healthcare Options

 

Stress Reduction/Mental Health

 

Resources for Parents, Families, and Kids

 

Insurance 

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has taken recent actions in response to COVID-19 and to further assist survivors, displaced residents, and businesses affected by the wildfires, including:

  • Continuation of Additional Living Expenses (ALE) Benefits Due to Inaccessible/Uninhabitable Homes
  • Expedited Claims Handling & Billing Grace Period Procedures
  • Forthcoming Moratorium Against Non-Renewal or Cancellation of Residential Property Insurance Policies
  • Pharmacy Network Adequacy and Prescription Drug Access

 

Student Loans

 

Local Resources & Updates

 

Local Health Departments' COVID-19 Pages

 

Testing

Alameda County 

Contra Costa County 

 

Local Bans on Evictions

Alameda County's eviction moratorium is effective through Dec. 31, 2020 or until after the local health emergency is lifted, whichever is later.

Contra Costa County's eviction moratorium lasts until Jan. 31, 2021. 

In addition, 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

Statewide

  • AARP has instituted its free Friendly Voice Program for California seniors facing loneliness and isolation issues due to the pandemic.

 

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.

 

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