Resources - Individuals/Employees
Valuable information and resources for individuals, families, workers, and employees directly impacted by COVID-19, including financial relief, mental health assistance, and personal services available for the most vulnerable in our community.
Food & meals
The County of Los Angeles is committed to feeding the most vulnerable in our communities during this pandemic, and is working with partner agencies, non-profits organizations, and volunteers to provide meals to all those in need. Visit the County’s Let’s Feed L.A. web portal for a complete listing of meals and food voucher programs available throughout the County, as well as opportunities for you or your organization to help.
Seniors & Vulnerable Individuals
- Restaurants Delivery: Home Meals for Seniors, a partnership between the State of California and FEMA to reimburse local restaurants for preparing three nutritional meals per day, seven days a week, for delivery to vulnerable seniors who meet certain eligibility requirements. Call 211 to confirm eligibility for meal delivery.
- Boys and Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM) and Waveside Church offer FREE delivery of food and essential services to seniors and most vulnerable families. Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Call 310-457-2582, email firstname.lastname@example.org. .
- Malibu Foundation and Mighty Underdogs (MUD) will run errands and provide free delivery to seniors and those most vulnerable.
The Los Angeles County Library wants children to remain Well Fed, Well Read this summer. Children 18 years old and younger can pick up a free, nutritious lunch at participating County Library locations Tuesdays through Fridays, June 16 to August 7, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (available on a first come, first served basis)
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to all students under the age of 18, during the summer. (Meals will not be served on July 3, 2020.) Service is Monday through Friday, 8:00-10:00 AM, at Santa Monica High School, McKinley Elementary, and Will Rogers Learning Community in Santa Monica, and Webster Elementary School in Malibu. (Pick-up at Webster will be at the front of the school.) SMMUSD families may go to any of these schools even if not enrolled there. All students under the age of 18 will be served grab-and-go bagged meals. A parent or guardian must be present, except high school students may participate on their own. If you or your child are sick, please do not come to the school.
A Countywide response to hunger has been coordinated by public agencies, nonprofits, and volunteers to provide no-cost food and meals to anyone in need during the weeks and months to come. The effort includes financial help with food expenses, food and meal delivery services, connections to private sector donations, and information on how to volunteer or start up an assistance organization.
- Free emergency food pantry for low income families or families enrolled in Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Food pantry bags distributed by appointment only Virginia Avenue Park. Call 424-410-1354, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. .
- Food Assistance for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). If your income has been affected by recent events, and you are pregnant or have a child under 5, WIC can help provide nutritious foods and more resources. Apply at PHFEWIC.org or text APPLY to 91997.
- Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has 60 Grab ‘n Go Food Centers across LA providing free, nutritious meals for students. Open weekdays from 7:00-10:00 AM.
- Meals on Wheels West delivers food and hygiene kits to seniors or people living with disabilities. To register, email clientservices@MealsonWheelsWest.org or call 310 394-5133 ext. 1.
- MyChildCare.ca.gov provides an interactive map of nearby, qualified, licensed childcare providers in English and Spanish. Search by location, health and safety details, ages of children, capacity, and hours of care. For questions about the provider, to look up your local childcare resource and referral agency, for help accessing subsidies, or if you are a licensed childcare provider, visit CA Child Care Resource & Referral Network. For general childcare questions in English or Spanish, call 1-800-KIDS-793 (800-543-7793).
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – INDIVIDUALS/families/WORKERS
Los Angeles County Assistance
- Los Angeles County one-stop page with financial resources for residents impacted by COVID-19..
- Business & Worker Disaster Help Center - FREE, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners, non-profits, and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, jointly operated by the LA County Departments of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS).
- Call 833-238-4450 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM) or
- Email DisasterHelpCenter@lacounty.gov
- Los Angeles Economic Development Corp (LAEDC) is available to help the LA County workforce impacted by the challenges of COVID-19 keep jobs, as well as protect health in the community.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.
Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
- The death must have occurred in the United States, including US territories and the District of Columbia.
- The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
- The applicant must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
- There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
For more application information in different languages, visit the FEMA website. Additional information regarding how to apply will become available in early April.
Unemployment, Disability, and Family Care Leave
- Unemployment Insurance through the State of CA Employment Development Department (EDD) for workers who were laid off or whose hours were reduced
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - The US Dept of Labor provides guidance for the PUA program, unemployment benefits for self-employed workers, independent contractors, and gig workers unable to continue working as a result of COVID-19 who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation.
- LA County Rapid Response services are available for businesses and their workers impacted by layoffs. Email Bizdev@wdacs.lacounty.gov to connect with benefits, unemployment insurance, and other services.
- State Disability benefits are available through EDD for those who cannot work because they have or were exposed to COVID-19.
- Paid Family Leave (PFL) through EDD for those who need time off to care for children or family members impacted by COVID-19 or stay at home orders.
- US Small Business Administration (SBA) loan deferment program helps borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters by automatically deferring payments through December 31, 2020. Borrowers do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
- Jewish Free Loan Association offers interest-free and fee-free loans that can be turned around in a matter of days to those impacted by coronavirus, for anything from everyday expenses to childcare to lost wages. (Applicants do not need to be Jewish.)
- Savi and Student Debt Crisis offer help to people having trouble paying their student loans because of impacts of COVID-19 on their income.
Food Service, Restaurant, Bar Workers
- USBG National Charity Foundation offers loans to out-of-work bartenders
- One Fair Wage offers cash assistance to service workers and tipped workers.
- Restaurants Care offers grants for restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been quarantined.
- Children of Restaurant Employees offers funds to restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have children at home.
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance provides financial and emotional support services for in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners.
Other Financial Resources
- Victims of price gouging, when a business raises prices of needed products and services over 10% during a declared emergency,.should contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at 800-593-8222.
- Financial assistance resources for freelance artists impacted by COVID-19 is available at COVID19FreelanceArtistResource.wordpress.com.
Assistance for Immigrants / ASISTENCIA PARA INMIGRANTES
La Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes del Condado de Los Angeles (OIA) y el Departamento de Servicios Sociales Públicos (DPSS, por sus millones) ofrecen asistencia a inmigrantes preocupados o afectados por COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions/Preguntas frecuentes (FAQ) - Spanish
- COVID-19 FAQ - English
- LA County DPSS Customer Alert/Info
- Manipulacion de precios