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Posted on: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Disaster Resources and assistance for individuals and businesses

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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, AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES

  • NEW- 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).
  • LA County is mobilizing a Countywide response to hunger by coordinating 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. https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/free-food-resources-for-la-county-residents-during-covid-19-crisis-and-ways-to-help
  • 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. https://www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-resources.
  • 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 https://www.phfewic.org/how-wic-works/apply-for-wic  or texting APPLY to 91997.
  • 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 emergencyrelief@bgcmalibu.org or visit www.BGCMalibu.org.
  • Malibu Foundation and Mighty Underdogs (MUD) are will run errands and provide free delivery to seniors and those most vulnerable. More info and registration at www.TheMalibuFoundation.org/cv19 
  • Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is providing free breakfast and lunch for students through April 3 at Webster School. Drive-thru pickup available weekdays from 7:00-9:00 AM. Available to students under 18, with an adult or guardian, or high school students that drive themselves.
  • 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. Details, including food center locations at https://achieve.lausd.net/resources.
  • 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. www.MealsOnWheelsWest.org
  • Malibu supermarkets are opening for safe, convenient, seniors-only shopping. 
    • Whole Foods - 7:00-8:00 AM
    • Ralphs 7:00-7:30 AM
    • Vintage Market 6:30-8:00 AM
    • Pavilions 6:00-7:00 AM

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES/WORKERS

The County of Los Angeles has established a one-stop page for financial resources for residents at https://lacounty.gov/covid19-news/financial-resources-for-residents-impacted-by-covid-19

  • The US Dept of Labor has provided guidance for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program that provides unemployment benefits for self-employed workers, independent contractors, and gig workers, who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation and are unable to continue working as a result of COVID-19. https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200405
  • Laid off or hours reduced? You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance through the State of CA Employment Development Department (EDD) at www.EDD.ca.gov/Unemployment 
  • LA County Rapid Response services are available for businesses and their workers who are impacted by layoffs. Connect with benefits, unemployment insurance and other services by email to Bizdev@wdacs.lacounty.gov.
  • Unable to work because you have or were exposed to COVID-19? You may be eligible for State Disability benefits through EDD. EDD.ca.gov/Disability
  • Need time off to care for children or family members impacted by COVID-19 or County or State orders to remain at home? You may be eligible for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through EDD. EDD.ca.gov/Disability/Paid_Family_Leave.htm
  • Los Angeles Economic Development Corp (LAEDC) is available to help businesses, nonprofits and other employers, as well as the LA County workforce respond to the challenges of COVID-19 to keep jobs and businesses going, as well as protect health in the community.Visit LAEDC.org/coronavirus.
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SBA ANNOUNCES AUTOMATIC LOAN DEFERMENTS FROM PREVIOUS DISASTERS

On March 23, US Small Business Administration (SBA) Director Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.Learn more at www.SBA.gov

ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANTS / ASISTENCIA PARA INMIGRANTES

The Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) and Department of Public  Social Services (DPSS) offer assistance to immigrants concerned about or affected by COVID-19.

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.


RESOURCES - BUSINESSES

Valuable information and resources for local businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19 and government orders, including financial support services.

FINANCIAL RELIEF & SUPPORT

  • US Congressman Ted Lieu is offering assistance to small businesses that have already submitted loan applications but have not yet heard back. Those businesses can fill out an online form and submit it to his office via email. A caseworker in his office will be assigned to investigate the application status of all forms received. Complete the form.
  • The US Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital. For more information or to apply online, visit www.DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov.
  • On March 23, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced automatic deferments through December 31, 2020 for borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters.
  • The California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development has a website for businesses impacted by COVID-19 at Business.CA.gov/Coronavirus-2019.
  • The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) offers a one-on-one consultation regarding non-traditional loans for impacted businesses, capital and tax incentives, and cost containment strategies to maintain operations and avoid layoffs. Email LAEDC at COVID19Response@LAEDC.org
  • Los Angeles County Rapid Response offers services for businesses and their workers impacted by layoffs. Connect with benefits, unemployment insurance, and other services by emailing BizDev@WDACS.LACounty.gov.
  • California’s Work Sharing Program provides an alternative to layoffs for businesses with reduced work or production. Visit EDD.ca.gov/Unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm
  • The County of Los Angeles enacted an emergency moratorium on residential and commercial evictions through March 31. Tenants will have until November 2020 to pay for any rent owed.

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Los Angeles Auditor-Controller: Auditor services are available by calling 213-974-8301 or e-mail Constituent@Auditor.LACounty.gov

  • Los Angeles County Treasurer-Tax Collector (TTC) is preparing for the peak tax payment season. Taxpayers, including businesses, can visit TTC.LACounty.gov to review payment methods and online self-service options. Call 213-974-2111 for additional information.

  • Los Angeles Economic Development Corp (LAEDC) is available to help businesses, nonprofits and other employers, as well as the LA County workforce respond to the challenges of COVID-19 to keep jobs and businesses going, as well as protect health in the community.Visit LAEDC.org/coronavirus.

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