Last Updated: May 26, 2020.
This page contains information about federal, state, and local relief measures for those who have been impacted by COVID-19, whether directly or indirectly.
In the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine period, many organizations and cultural institutions have made their content freely accessible online. There are so many resources, where do you even start? The Adults at Home series highlights some of the best resources for adults and seniors on a variety of topics.
Check back frequently! More information will be added as it becomes available.
New! Eviction ban for renters extended until June 31 2020. See below under “Housing”
Benefits for Workers
OnwardCA: One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Unemployment insurance: If you’ve lost your job or had your hours cut as a result of the crisis, apply online for unemployment insurance at EDD.ca.gov. Check here for eligibility. For help completing the application, call your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM to schedule a phone appointment with an EDD representative.
Disability insurance benefits (SDI): If you receive a W-2 from your employer, in most cases you have paid into the State Disability Insurance program (SDI). This program will provide disability insurance payments for those unable to work for more than eight days due to illness (such as COVID) or injury unrelated to your job.
Paid family leave: Paid Family Leave provides benefits to Californians who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner. Click here for more information.
Undocumented workers: Unfortunately, only individuals with legal authorization to work in the U.S. are eligible for Unemployment Insurance. However, undocumented workers can get income from other programs, including: State Disability Insurance (SDI); Paid Family Leave (PFL); Workers’ Compensation; and Paid sick days.
See more about the differences between unemployment, SDI, paid family leave, and other relief available to workers in this table.
Economic Impact Payments
The IRS is attempting to get payments out to everyone as fast as they can. Here is a page about getting your $1200 payment as outlined by the CARES Act.
- You can see if you are eligible
- If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, you can check on the status your payment
- If you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019, you can enter information to receive your payment
Energy and Communications
PG&E has suspended shutoffs during the crisis.
Most cellphone carriers and internet providers have signed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pledge which 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.
Internet: Find low-cost internet and computers in your area. Multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have made updates to their low-cost internet service programs to ensure individuals and families stay connected.
The following Marin agencies are conducting phone appointments to provide financial assistance for rent or other emergencies:
- For Families with Minor Children: Adopt A Family 415-456-7805
- Ritter Center: 415-457-8182
- Novato Residents: North Bay Community Services 415-8974147 ext 112
- St. Vincent de Paul: 415-454-3303
- Canal Alliance: 415-454-2640
- Community Action Marin: 415-526-7500
Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
California is providing one-time state disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who can’t get other forms of assistance. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.
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 re-certified.
SF-Marin Foodbank: created a Food Locator that can help you find weekly free groceries, monthly food boxes for seniors, one-time emergency food, or help to enroll in CalFresh (food stamps).
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.
Mortgages and foreclosures
Gov. Newsom announced that most major banks have agreed to allow residential property owners impacted by the crisis to miss mortgage payments for 90 days. Learn more about applying for relief.
Rents & Evictions
Marin has an emergency resolution to prevent residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the pandemic.
This ban has been extended for residential tenants until June 30, 2020, with a 90-day repayment period that begins after this date for any rent that is due. The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the eviction moratorium in Marin.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
This program is for Marin residents who are at risk of homelessness and need rental assistance to prevent eviction due to a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic. For anyone seeking assistance please call 415-473-7191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest, long-term federal disaster loans to California small businesses, rental property owners, and private nonprofit organizations with no payments required for the first 12 months. Learn more about Coronavirus relief options and apply.
As of March 20, 2020, the federal government has temporarily suspended the interest it collects on student loans, and federal lenders are letting borrowers suspend their student loans and loan payments without penalty for the next 60 days.
Note that this does not include private student loans. Learn more.
Both the state of California and the IRS have extended tax filing deadlines until July 15.