COVID-19 Information and Resources
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Santa Clara County and across the State of California changes, our community is understandably anxious and looking to public health officials for guidance. The California State Legislature is working closely the Governor to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable community members.
Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this pandemic, we strongly recommend that you refer to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpages for the most up-to-date information from public health experts. For comprehensive information on statewide orders and actions, please visit covid19.ca.gov. To receive immediate assistance or ask questions about the COVID-19 crisis, call the statewide hotline at (833) 544-2374 or text "coronavirus" to 211211.
As always, do not hesitate to email Assemblymember.Low@assembly.ca.gov or call my office at (408) 446-2810 with any questions. For information about the reopening of non-essential businesses and activities (known as California's Resilience Roadmap), visit covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.
This content was last updated on April 29, 2021.
As of April 15, all California residents 16 and older are eligible to get a vaccine, and walk-in appointments are now available in Santa Clara County.
The change in eligibility will build upon the millions of vaccines already given to California residents and frontline health care workers. Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated in Santa Clara County should make an appointment by going to www.sccfreevax.org or by calling (408) 970-2000.
Santa Clara County remains in the "Orange Tier," which means the risk for infection is considered moderate. For more info on the County's public activity guidelines, go here.
- Legislative Action
- Santa Clara County Shelter at Home
- COVID-19 Screening & Testing
- Prevention Methods to Minimize Risks
- Vulnerable Populations
- Resources for Workers
- Assistance for Small Businesses
- Protections for Renters, Homeowners, and Ratepayers
- Fight Discrimination in Our Community
- Meals During School Closures
- Food Resources & Distribution Sites
- Tax Deadlines
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Scams, Payday Lenders, and Video Conferencing Security
- Support for Students
- How You Can Help
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
- Medical Supply Contributions
- Victims of Domestic Violence
- Community Offers & Resources
- Undocumented Californians
- Health Insurance & Medical Expenses
- Increase hospital bed capacity and purchase medical equipment to prepare for the coming surge in patients;
- Protect hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities most vulnerable to COVID-19 spread;
- Provide lifesaving services to Californians isolating at home; and,
- Provide funding to clean childcare facilities that remain open.
To help local governments reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in homeless populations and provide safe beds for people experiencing homelessness, the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council allocated over $7.4 million to the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County.
SB 117 provided $100 million to schools across California for personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. It also allows our schools to maintain funding despite service and attendance disruptions.
As always, patients who have severe symptoms, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness. Mildly ill patients are encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance about clinical management. Santa Clara County has a helpful tool to find free COVID-19 testing sites.
Refer to the Santa Clara County’s webpage on Home Isolation and Quarantine Guidance, which will continue to be updated to include testing and travel guidance for those who are vaccinated.
Refer to the Santa Clara County’s webpage on COVID-19 restrictions and the Public Health Order. When there is a difference between the State and County restrictions, please note that you must comply with the stricter of the two.
Report concerns about a business, school, or healthcare provider at www.sccCOVIDconcerns.org.
Protecting Yourself and Others
- Wear a cloth face mask when you need to leave the house to reduce asymptomatic transmission.
- Wash your face mask after each use or daily.
- Wearing a disposable mask under a cloth mask is also advised.
- Please refer to the CDC guidelines on how to improve mask efficacy.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from people who are not from the same household.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Clean your hands often and thoroughly soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, such as:
- Doorknobs and handles
- Light switches
- Phones and keyboards
- Faucets and sinks
- Desks and countertops
- EPA-registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solutions, and alcohol solutions will all suffice. For more guidance on disinfecting, please refer to the CDC’s recommendations.
Things to Avoid
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close proximity or contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid going to work or public spaces when you are sick.
- If you are around other people and are sick, wear a mask.
- Avoid attending events and gathering, according to County guidelines.
- Avoid non-essential travel until you are fully vaccinated, as travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, according to County and CDC recommendations.
Some individuals are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department recommends that these vulnerable populations avoid travel and large gatherings. These populations include:
- Adults over the age of 50
- People with underlying health conditions (regardless of age) such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic lung diseases
- Heart disease
- Weakened immune systems
The State of California is taking proactive steps to ensure that workers affected by COVID-19 are protected from discrimination and understand all the benefits available to them.
Please know the state Employment Development Department (EDD) is working to process an unprecedented volume of claims and issue payments to Californians as quickly as possible. We are grateful for your patience as EDD works to process tens of thousands of new claims each week.
The EDD call center is operating every day from 8:00am to 8:00pm to accommodate unprecedented demand. To speak with an EDD representative, call: 1-800-300-5616 (English); 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish); 1-800-547-3506 (Cantonese); 1-866-303-0706 (Mandarin); or 1-800-547-2058 (Vietnamese).
Our office is also here to assist. If you need help with an EDD claim, submit your information at the following webpage:
If your small business or private non-profit organization has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a low-interest federal loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expanded resources and protections for small businesses during this crisis.
Please visit the SBA website to learn more about the options available to your small business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also compiled a helpful guide and checklist on coronavirus emergency loans for small businesses.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses, a nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan can be used for rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA raised the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from six months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. You must apply directly with the SBA here.
IRS Employee Retention Tax Credit – DEADLINE June 30, 2021
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, made a number of changes to the employee retention tax credits previously made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This includes modifying and extending the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) for six months through June 30, 2021.
As a result of the new legislation, eligible employers can now claim a refundable tax credit against the employer share of Social Security tax equal to 70% of the qualified wages they pay to employees after December 31, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Paycheck Protection Program – DEADLINE May 31, 2021
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
On February 22, 2021, the Biden Administration announced that Congress set aside $15 billion for small and low/moderate-income (LMI) businesses that have not received the needed relief a forgivable PPP loan provides.
SBA has eliminated an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud convictions, which is consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal. SBA eliminated PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make student loan payments by eliminating student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to participating in the PPP.
SBA ensured access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
The loan will be fully forgiven if 60% of funds are used for payroll costs and the remaining funds are used on interest for mortgages, rent, utilities and other expenses.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. Applications opened on May 3. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.
This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business, but no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are spent on eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) includes over $16 billion in grants through the Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venue Acts. This SVOG portal is now open to receive applications.
Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
If you are a current borrower under SBA 7(a), 504, and have microloans, the SBA will pay six months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe. However, this relief is not available for PPP loans or EIDL loans. Borrowers do not have to apply for this assistance, but they should contact their lender regarding this payment relief for SBA to begin making payments.
The COVID-19 Targeted EIDL Advance was signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act. The Targeted EIDL Advance provides businesses in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency.
Advance funds of up to $10,000 will be available to applicants in low-income communities who previously received an EIDL Advance for less than $10,000, or those who applied but received no funds due to lack of available program funding. Applicants do not need to take any action, as SBA will reach out directly to those who qualify.
California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)
CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program that can provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. The program encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. Please visit the CalCAP website for the updated list of participating lending institutions.
On May 13, 2021, Governor Newsom announced his plan to invest an additional $1.5 billion into this program. Please check the website for the latest updates from the State.
California supports a network of small business technical assistance centers that provide free one-on-one consulting and no-cost or low-cost training to help businesses get funded, enter new markets, strengthen operations, build resiliency and more. Additionally, nonprofit lenders are working with the State of California to help you access state loan programs.
For small businesses that do not qualify for federal funds, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBank) Small Business Finance Center offers a loan guarantee program that provides loan guarantees and direct loans to small businesses in California, which can be used for disaster relief. Through the 2020 fiscal year, California has allocated over $509.6 million in funding to this program.
Please refer to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s Relief and Extensions for Filing Returns. Updated 2021 due dates are listed for Quarterly Filers, Calendar Year Annual Filers, Monthly Filers, and Requests for Relief for Larger Taxpayers. You can also apply online for Small Business Relief Payment Plans for Sales and Use Tax.
Commercial Eviction Moratorium - Ends August 31st
Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-28-20 to suspend state law that would otherwise preempt or restrict local jurisdictions’ authority to suspend the evictions of residential and commercial tenants for the non-payment of rent. Originally set to expire May 31, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the moratorium until August 31.
With a $55 million commitment grant from Lowe’s, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is able to provide emergency grant assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. $30 million will focus on small businesses owned or led by minorities and women and $25 million will support enterprises in rural communities. Small business owners may receive grants of $20,000 to help meet their most immediate needs, such as paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, and other immediate operational costs.
The next round of applications will be opening August 31st.
Northern California Small Business Development Centers (NorCal SBDC)
The Northern California Small Business Development Centers (NorCal SBDC) is a nonprofit network made up of 18 centers that are dedicated to helping small businesses with every aspect of business creation, growth, management, and operation. Find your local SBDC today to start receiving one-on-one advising and low cost training.
Visit ASKSBDC.com to discover the most up-to-date, accurate information concerning COVID-19 and Cares Act resources for small businesses. Call the 833-ASK-SBDC (833-275-7232) toll-free hotline to speak with a dedicated call center staff ready to help your business get answers to questions and connected to the right resources.
Economic & Workforce Development
The Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) Program is a network of Community College professionals working in strategic partnerships with businesses, industry and community organizations to identify and meet California's economic development needs in the areas of business improvements and entrepreneurship training. Specific attention is given to providing small business assistance and encouraging youth entrepreneurship.
Economic Development Department
Employers can manage payroll tax accounts, file reports, make tax payments, register businesses, and more through the Economic Development Department.
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
GO-Biz is California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA offers information on small business loans, grants, bonds and other financial assistance.
Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-28-20 to authorize local governments to halt evictions for renters, slow foreclosures, and protect against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. These protections are in effect through May 21, 2020. This order does not relieve a tenant from their obligation to pay rent, or restrict a landlord's ability to recover rent that is due.
The County of Santa Clara issued a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by both residential and commercial tenants directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through May 31, 2020. Read the full text of the ordinance at this link.
- Tenants must be prepared to demonstrate that their failure to pay rent is related to a substantial loss of income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses resulting from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
- This order applies to all cities within Santa Clara County, including San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Cupertino, and Saratoga.
- Within 120 days of the expiration or termination of the ordinance, tenants must pay all past-due rent.
- Landlords may not charge or collect a late fee for rent that is delayed during the ordinance period or for 120 days after.
Governor Newsom has secured commitments from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers to offer mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19. In addition, the financial institutions will not report late payments to credit reporting agencies for those taking advantage of COVID-19 relief, and, for at least 60 days, institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions. Finally, for at least 90 days, institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees, including early CD withdrawals.
- Importantly, these protections are not automatic. Contact your lender to discuss COVID-19 relief.
- Like renters, borrowers should be prepared to demonstrate and document a substantial loss of income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses related to COVID-19.
- Please note that financial institutions and their servicers are experiencing high volumes of inquires.
- Bank of America has not committed to offer this relief for borrowers.
Learn more about COVID-19 relief from financial institutions at this link.
Executive Order N-42-20 protects consumers who may not be able to pay for their water service from shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This order further restores water for occupied residences that may have had their water shut off as of March 4, 2020 and prevents future shutoffs due to nonpayment for residences and essential businesses.
Importantly, this order does not eliminate the obligation of water customers to pay for water service, prevent a water system from charging a customer for such service, or reduce the amount a customer already may owe to a water system.
Gas & Electric
Although many investor-owned utilities, including PG&E, have ceased disconnections and established payment deferral plans for electric and natural gas services for customers experiencing economic hardships due to COVID-19, existing energy-assistance programs offer additional support for qualified low-income customers and those with specific medical needs.
California's Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE): provides a 30-35% discount on a qualified customer's utility bill. Click on this link to see if your family qualifies.
Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA): charges some of a qualified customer's electricity usage at a lower rate. Families whose household income slightly exceeds the CARE allowances will qualify to receive FERA discounts, which applies a 12% discount on their electricity bill. Click on this link to learn more.
Medical Baseline Program: an assistance program for residential customers who have special energy needs due to qualifying medical conditions. This program includes two kinds of assistance: 1) a lower rate on one's monthly energy bill, and 2) extra notifications in advance of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Learn more at this link.
Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP): a federally-funded program to assist low-income households that pay a high portion of their income to meet their energy needs. Learn more about the LIHEAP programs and income eligibility guidelines here.
As the novel coronavirus spreads in our state, I understand that community members are fearful for their health and safety. However, this does not make discrimination, hate crimes, or micro-aggressions against people of Asian descent acceptable in any situation.
The Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and San Francisco Asian American Studies Department have launched a reporting center to collect and track incidents of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate violence, adult harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying in California and throughout the country. If you have experienced or witnessed anti-AAPI hate, harassment, or discrimination, please share your story at http://bit.ly/Stop-AAPI-Hate.
I encourage the community to report incidents of hate crimes they have experienced or witnessed so law enforcement can monitor and address the issue. Our community will not tolerate this bigotry. During times of hardship, we must come together and unite against hate.
The organizations below are offering free food to those in need. These resources are family-friendly, age-friendly, and immigrant-friendly.
Sacred Heart Community Services: 1381 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95110
- Offering pre-packaged food boxes and financial assistance for low-income residents impacted by COVID-19. For more information, call (408) 278-2160.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: Text GETFOOD to (408) 455-5181 or call (800) 984-3663
- Offering healthy food items and groceries.
Meals on Wheels: Leave a message at (408) 350-3246
- Offering meal deliveries and to-go meals for seniors age 60 and up.
- Offering financial assistance for food purchases. Immigrants can receive CalFresh if at least one member of the household has legal residency.
Taxpayers do not need to claim any special treatment or call FTB to qualify for this relief. For more detailed information, visit the Franchise Tax Board website.
Please visit the County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections website for more detailed information on property taxes.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has asked law enforcement officers to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates beginning on March 16, 2020. The DMV may also waive vehicle registration penalties.
To protect Californians, walk-in appointments and behind-the-wheel driving tests are currently suspended. Check the DMV website for the most up-to-date information or to utilize their online services.
The Department of Homeland Security will be extending the REAL ID deadline to October 1, 2021 due to the ongoing public health crisis.
Beware of scams, payday lenders, and video conferencing security:
As during any disaster situation, scammers attempt to target our most vulnerable neighbors. Help stop scams by sharing this information with your family and friends.
Vaccines are free and walk-in appointments are available in Santa Clara County. Do not pay for a vaccine and do not give out your personal information to strangers.
The CDC and other public health officials will never ask for your health insurance or financial information. Do not give out your Medicare number, Social Security number, or personal information in response to unsolicited calls, texts, emails, or home visits.
Beware of federal stimulus scams.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is anticipating a barrage of scamming as the federal economic stimulus payments rollout. Remember:
- The government will not ask you to pay anything up-front to receive an economic stimulus payment. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
- The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number.
Report all scams online at ftc.gov/complaint.
Consumers should also beware of payday lenders that charge customers exorbitant interest rates for small-dollar loans. Rather than turning to a payday lender in a moment of financial need, consumers should instead contact their regular bank or credit union first. Many credit unions and banks offer financial hardship plans, and regulators are encouraging institutions to offer small-dollar loans subject to federal regulation. Consumers should expect between 2.5% to 10% APR for small-dollar loans. Learn more from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Nerd Wallet.
Security lapses have left many users of online video conferencing platforms vulnerable to hacking and online trolls who invade meetings to display obscene images and spew hate. Users of any online video conferencing platform should take care to protect their meetings by adding passwords, reviewing the default security settings, and accounting for each person attending their meeting. Learn more about how to protect your meetings using the guides below:
Victims of teleconferencing hijacking, or any cyber-crime, should report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov. Additionally, if you receive a specific threat during a teleconference, please report it to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov.
Support for students:
On March 20, 2020, the US Department of Education announced that all borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers were given the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. The relief has since been extended multiple times and will remain in place until at least September 30, 2021. See more info here.
Together, the California Department of Education (CDE), University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community Colleges (CCC) have committed to helping high school and community college students overcome university admissions and placement challenges presented by the suspension of in-person instruction. Below is a summary of the actions that the systems have taken to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please carefully review each system's guidance for additional details.
- The UC has suspended the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter, spring, and summer 2020 for all students.
- UC campuses plan to provide maximum flexibility to admitted students who request extensions or deferment of deposits.
- The UC is temporarily suspending the cap on the number of transferable units with Pass/No Pass grading applied toward the minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units required for junior standing.
- No student will be penalized in the campus admission review processes for earning Pass grades in A-G coursework during the winter/spring/summer 2020 terms.
- The UC is suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.
- For Fall 2020 first-time first-year students, the CSU will accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during winter, spring, or summer 2020 terms.
- The CSU is temporarily suspending the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admissions eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This change applies for the fall 2021, winter 2022, and spring 2022 admissions cycles.
- Campuses will not rescind conditional offers of admission based on the non-receipt of transcripts.
- CSU campuses are individually considering their extension of intent to enroll and/or housing deposit deadlines. More information is forthcoming.
- California Community Colleges are "open enrollment" institutions and all applications are accepted for enrollment, regardless of GPA, and financial aid is available year-round.
- Enrolled students can adjust their grading options from a letter grade to a pass or no-pass option at any time. Students negatively impacted at any time during this crisis have the option to request an excused withdrawal (EW) or an incomplete grade should they need additional time to complete the course.
Californians interested in volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis should check with our local food banks and blood banks. The "California Volunteers" program has also created a helpful website for folks to learn how they can safely help their neighbors. Learn more at this link.
Donated blood has decreased dramatically. Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. To find a blood drive, visit this link or call 1-800-733-2767.
Food banks are in great need of volunteers to help pack and sort food. They are taking every precaution to prioritize volunteer safety. Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is accepting individual and group volunteers to sort and distribute food. Learn more on their website or by calling (408) 266-8866.
3. Donate to a shelter or food bank.
Our local food banks and homeless shelters are running low on essential items. Please call or visit your neighborhood nonprofit's webpage to learn what items are most in need.
Valley Medical Center is accepting new supplies for use by hospital staff. These supplies include personal protective equipment (i.e. N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns), disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and other items. View a complete list at this link.
Donations can be delivered to the Valley Medical Center office between Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am to 3pm at 2400 Clove Drive, San Jose, CA. For questions, call (408) 885-5299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. This bipartisan legislation appropriates roughly $2 trillion to bolster our nation's health care response and boost our economy. Logistical details related to the bill's implementation are still emerging, and our website will be updated periodically with more information related to the CARES Act. Here are some helpful articles about the CARES Act: "F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan" from the New York Times, and "Fighting the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis and Putting 'Workers First'" from the U.S. Senate Democrats.
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The plan will provide $1,400 direct payments to millions of Americans, as well as support housing and nutrition assistance. The plan also extends unemployment insurance, provides support for small businesses, and gives states resources to safely reopen schools. Learn more about the plan a webpage created by The White House.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact your U.S. Representative with any specific inquiries about the federal stimulus package. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo may be reached at (408) 245-2339. Congressman Ro Khanna may be reached at (408) 436-2720.
Victims of Domestic Violence: Call 1-800-799-7233
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline: "When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity to their abuser more frequently, an abuser can use any tool to exert control over their victim, including a national health concern such as COVID-19.
Victims and survivors who need support are encouraged to reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522. You are not alone."
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence also offers local support and resources. Call their 24/7 crisis hotline at (408) 279-2962.
Community Offers & Resources
Disclaimer: The resources below are not actively monitored or controlled by the Office of Assemblymember Evan Low. The State Assembly is not responsible for their content and their inclusion here does not imply an endorsement. As always, please refer to state and local governments for the most up-to-date information from public health experts.
EDD Form Assistance
Asian Americans Advancing Justice and other legal nonprofits are offering multilingual EDD form assistance. Help is available in Tagalog, Ilocano, Cebuano, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish. Their hotline is open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily. Call (415) 484-2209 for more information.
Facebook Coronavirus Information Center
Facebook has launched a coronavirus information center where users can find people from your area requesting help and people offering help. As with any online social media network, fact check the information you read from unverified sources and be safe when interacting with strangers.
Heart of the Valley's Friendly Caller Program
Heart of the Valley, Services for Seniors is serving seniors aged 65 and over through their "friendly caller" program. Each week, seniors participating in the program receive a call from a volunteer who checks on them. To learn more about the program call (408) 241-1571.
Together with philanthropic partners, the State of California pledged $125 million in disaster relief assistance for undocumented Californians. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adults were scheduled to receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to pay for specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For additional information, contact Catholic Charities of California at www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/ or call (415) 324-1011.
Learn more about COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants at this link.
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) committed to raising $50 million to support direct financial assistance to families of undocumented immigrants through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund. Those interested in supporting this fund can donate at www.immigrantfundCA.org.
Health Insurance & Medical Expenses
Health insurance is more important now than ever. Thanks to the recently passed American Rescue Plan, Covered California is now offering more money to help pay for their coverage. Most people who currently have a plan with Covered California will see a much lower bill, and people who may have earned too much to get financial help in the past will now be eligible for the first time. The health insurance exchange will be open through the end of 2021.
Visit CoveredCA.com or call 1-855-295-2023 to sign-up for coverage.
Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for low-income California residents. Most people with Medi-Cal pay no premium or co-payments. You can apply for Medi-Cal at any time. If you are determined to be eligible for Medi-Cal, your coverage begins immediately, effective back the first day of the month in which the application was submitted.
Learn more about Medi-Cal at this link.
COVID-19 Medical Expenses
State agencies that regulate health care have mandated at all full-service insurance plans, including Medi-Cal, waive co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles for medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19. This includes emergency room, urgent care, or provider office visits when the purpose of the visit is to be screened or tested for COVID-19.