Contra Costa Resource Booklet

                                                                Last updated: May 5, 2020

                

Welcome! 

We hope this list of resources is helpful. Reach out if you have any questions or other resources to add. Produced by Monument Impact.

Click on each header for a shortcut to that section. 

Note: all resources include information on accessing that resource if you are an immigrant, undocumented, or your family is mixed-status.

Find the Spanish version here. // Encuentra la versión en español aquí.

View the mobile version here.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FOOD …………………………………………………………………………………..3
  • Free food distribution centers
  • How to apply for benefits that provide assistance purchasing food
  • CalFresh/EBT/Food Stamps
  • WIC
  • Grocery store hours especially for seniors

  • HEALTHCARE ………………………………………………………………………...10
  • I don’t have health insurance: Enroll in health insurance through Covered California
  • I don’t qualify for health insurance: Going to free and low-cost clinics
  • I’m worried about accessing healthcare because of my immigration status

  • HOUSING ……………………………………………………………………………12
  • Help, I can’t pay my rent!
  • What to do if my rights are being violated

  • Guide for workers affected by COVID-19 or shelter-in-place
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Workers Compensation
  • Disability Insurance
  • Worker Rights
  • Applying for CalWORKS
  • Rental assistance
  • Lowering bill payments
  • Other financial resources
  • Free storage units, computers, and other offers
  • Cash assistance

  • Immigration Court hearings
  • ICE activity and Rapid Response phone number

  • Dealing with stress
  • Support for oneself
  • Support for children
  • Resources

  • Talk to someone
  • Make a safety plan

NOTE:

Contra Costa County has opened a non-emergency call center to answer questions about the Shelter-In-Place order. For now, the call center will be open from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For non-emergency questions, please call 1-844-729-8410.


FOOD

Free Food Distribution Sites:

Monument Crisis Center

1990 Market St, Concord CA 94520

Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-12pm

1 bag per family

No need to register

Mount Diablo Unified School District

“Grab ‘n go curbside meals”

Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Double meals will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays

  • Cambridge Elementary
  • College Park HS
  • El Dorado MS
  • Foothill MS
  • Meadow Homes Elementary
  • Mt Diablo HS
  • Riverview MS
  • Ygnacio Valley HS
  • Valley View MS

All children age 18 and below will be served.  No school IDs will be required.  No child will be turned away.

For the most up-to-date information visit foodbankccs.org/getfood or call 855-309-FOOD (3663).

Contra Costa County COVID-19 Food Distribution Map

Contra Costa County has a new GIS (global information system) mapping tool. It can be used on any mobile device, just like searching for the nearest gas station or cafe on your phone.

https://cocogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fea1f3021a50455495b7e7e11325ecd4 

School Meals (Monday - Friday) for kids under 18 while schools are closed. Children must be present for pick up.

Belshaw Elementary School

2801 Roosevelt Lane

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

12:00- 12:30 PM

Fremont Elementary School

1413 F Street

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Lone Tree Elementary

1931 Mokelumne Drive

11:30 - 12:30 PM

Marsh Elementary

2304 G street

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Muir Elementary

615 Greystone Drive

8:00 AM- 8:30 AM

12:00 - 12: 30 PM

Park Middle School

1 Sparton Way Antioch

8:00 - 8:30 AM

12:15-1:00 PM

Turner Elementary

4207 Delta Fair Blvd

11:30-12:30 PM

Brentwood

Brentwood Elementary

200 Griffith Ln

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pioneer Elementary

2010 Shady Willow Ln

Edna Hill Middle

140 Birch St

Martinez

Martinez Junior High

1600 Court St

11:00 AM -12:30 PM

Mount Diablo Unified School District

Cambridge Elementary

1135 Lacey Lane Concord

   NOW only Monday,            

   Wednesday, and Friday

   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Meadow Homes Elementary

1371 Detroit Avenue Concord

El Dorado Middle

1750 West Street Concord

Foothill Middle

2775 Cedro Lane Walnut Creek

Riverview Middle

205 Pacifica Avenue Baypoint

Valley View Middle

181 Viking Drive Pleasant Hill

Mount Diablo High

2450 Grant Street

Ygnacio Valley High

755 Oak Grove Rd Concord

Pittsburg Unified

Foothill Elementary

1200 Jensen Dr

     7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Heights Elementary

40 Seeno Ave

Highlands Elementary

4141 Harbor St

Los Medanos Elementary

610 Crowley Ave

Marina Vista Elementary

50 E 8th St

Parkside Elementary

985 W 17th St

Stoneman Elementary

2929 Loveridge road

Willow Cove Elementary

1880 Hanlon Way

MLK

2012 Carlon Ct

Pittsburg High

1750 Harbor St

West Contra Costa Unified

De Anza High

5000 Valley View Road Richmond

  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kennedy High

4300 Cutting blvd Richmond

Pinole Valley

2900 Pinole Valley Rd Pinole

Richmond High

1250 23rd Street Richmond

DeJean Middle School

3400 MacDonald Avenue Richmond

Helms Middle

2500 Road 20 San Pablo

Nystrom Elementary

230 Harbour Way S Richmond

Montalvin

300 Christine Dr Richmond

Riverside

1300 Amador St San Pablo

Emergency Food Pantry by Saint Vincent de Paul

Located at the Family Resource Center in Pittsburg will continue to have snack packs and toiletries available for our homeless neighbors.

·      https://www.svdp-cc.org 

 

To-Go Meals provided by Loaves of Fishes in Pittsburg & Saint Vincent de Paul

Loaves and Fishes is continuing to "Nourish Lives" in the Contra Costa Community through "to-go" meals and pre-filled bags with food pantry items. The to-go meals will be distributed at Saint Vincent de Paul, 1415 Simpson Court Pittsburg.

·      https://www.loavesfishescc.org 

Richmond’s Soulful Softball Sunday Lunch Giveaway:

Click here to view the closest meal pick up location in West County for you.

Free lunches from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM in Richmond and San Pablo, for families. The lunches are grab and go.

  • McGlothen Temple COGIC                 1443 Fred Jackson Way Richmond
  • Pilgrim Rest MBC                                831 So. 43rd Street Richmond
  • GRIP                                         165 22nd Street Richmond
  • Ephesians COGIC                         2887 Foothill Avenue Richmond
  • Sion Miracle Temple COGIC                 1320 Sanford Avenue San Pablo
  • Independent Holiness                 605 So. 16 Street Richmond
  • Richmond Roadrunners MC                 492 A Street Richmond
  • Zion Hill MBC                                 5150 Bayview Avenue Richmond

Community Produce Program

Low income families can get 15-20 pounds of FREE fresh produce twice a month. Please bring two bags with handles. Click here to select a city and choose a location.

Food Assistance Program

FREE groceries once a month for low-income individuals and families. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example), if you have it.

  • Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood

Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Food for Children

Boxes of FREE healthy food every month for children ages 4-6 years old. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example), as well as proof of child’s birthday.

  • Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood,

Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Senior Food Program

FREE groceries twice a month to low-income individuals aged 55 or older. Only one senior per household can receive food. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example).

  • St. Anthony’s Church, 971 O’Hara Ave, Oakley, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 9:30-10:30am
  • Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Ln, Brentwood, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 10:00-11:00am
  • Oakley Senior Center, 215 Second St, Oakley, Fridays 9am-11am. Bring own bag.

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region:

We deliver meals to seniors (60 years or older) who are unable to buy or prepare meals through other means. Home delivered meals are continuing uninterrupted. MOW Café’s are transferring to a weekly frozen delivery of 7 meals every Tuesday. They have to sign up by the Monday afternoon before to receive meals.  Call 925.937.8311 for intake.

Applying for CalFresh

CalFresh is a nutrition program that can help households buy healthy foods. In California, CalFresh used to be known as the Food Stamp Program.

  • Public Charge DOES NOT apply for CalFresh
  • Unfortunately, most undocumented immigrants, TPS recipients, and DACA recipients generally are not eligible for CalFresh, but there are exceptions. Even if you don't qualify due to your immigration status, your children may qualify if they are US citizens or have lawful status. These benefits could help your family during this time.
  • You do not have to provide your immigration status if you undocumented and are applying for these benefits for your children or family member. Only the person seeking benefits must provide their citizenship or immigration status. If you are applying on behalf of an eligible family member, such as your child, you only need to share the information for that family member. If you are undocumented and apply for a family member, you should not provide any information about your immigration status. Instead, you can say, "I am not applying for health insurance for myself."

Applying for Women Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a health and nutrition program. You are eligible if you have in your household: babies, children under 5, pregnant women, and/or new mothers. WIC provides money to purchase healthy food, nutrition information and experts, support around breastfeeding, and help finding healthcare and other community services.

  • General information: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DWICSN/Pages/Program-Landing1.aspx
  • Eligibility: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DWICSN/Pages/HowCanIGetWIC.aspx
  • Public Charge DOES NOT apply for WIC
  • How to Apply: call WIC toll free number: 800-414-4942
  •  Even if you don't qualify due to your immigration status, your children may qualify if they are US citizens or have lawful status. These benefits could help your family during this time.
  • You do not have to provide your immigration status if you undocumented and are applying for these benefits for your children or family member. Only the person seeking benefits must provide their citizenship or immigration status. If you are applying on behalf of an eligible family member, such as your child, you only need to share the information for that family member. If you are undocumented and apply for a family member, you should not provide any information about your immigration status. Instead, you can say, "I am not applying for health insurance for myself."

Grocery Store Hours for Seniors

Raley’s- Senior Essentials Bay ($20)

Intended for seniors and at-risk customers in self-isolation or quarantine, team members will build as many Senior Essentials Bags as they can each night and put them in the front of their stores each day at 7 am. They will be available to customers each day depending on inventory levels and while supplies last. Items included in bags will be a mix of fresh items and pantry staples.


HEALTHCARE

Help, I don’t have health insurance!

Enroll in health insurance through Covered California

Covered California is a free government service that connects people with health insurance. It’s the only place where you can get financial help when you buy health insurance. That means when you apply, you may qualify for a discount on a health plan through Covered California, or get free health insurance through the state’s Medi-Cal program.

​​​​Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. Medi-Cal is a public health insurance program that offers free or low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income and resources.


Help, I don’t qualify for health insurance!

Going to free and low-cost clinics

I’m worried about accessing healthcare because of my immigration status

  • Everyone, regardless of immigration status, is eligible for testing and treatment of communicable diseases, including coronavirus.
  • COVID-19 testing and treatment is not considered a negative factor in the public charge analysis. See USCIS’ statement here.
  • COVID-19 testing is entirely free for anyone, regardless of health care coverage status or immigration status.
  • Protecting Immigrant Families explains your rights when accessing health services.

Free COVID-19 Testing by Appointment - Contra Costa Health Services

You must make an appointment! Call 1-844-421-0804 (Monday-Friday | 8:00 AM-3:30PM) if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or fatigue, to schedule a free COVID-19 test, provided by Contra Costa Health Services. The tests are done in your vehicle. Results become available within 5 days. This resource is available for Contra Costa residents with symptoms.

 

Richmond & San Pablo: LifeLong Medical Care (510)981-4100, does not charge for COVID testing.To view all of LifeLong’s available services, click here.

Concord (Central/East County) : La Clinica de La Raza (925)363-2000, does not charge for COVID testing

Contra Costa Health Services: 1-877-661-6230, COVID testing is free for CCHP members or those with Medi-Cal, including emergency Medi-Cal.


HOUSING

If you live in Contra Costa County, the Board of Supervisors has passed a temporary eviction moratorium. This means that you cannot be evicted right now for not paying rent money if you do not have money because of shelter-in-place, COVID-19, or other coronavirus related reasons. This emergency moratorium is effective from March 25th, 2020 to May 31st, 2020.

View our guide here: https://bit.ly/TenantGuideCoCo

STAY TUNED - This guide will continue to get updated as more news comes in!

Latest from the city of Concord (click here to view):

If your rights are violated during this time, please contact Jennifer Morales, Community Organizer at Monument Impact at 925-315-5154.

Other places to contact if your tenant rights are being violated:

  • Catholic Charities of East Bay Immigration Team: 510-768-3100.
  • Todos Santos Tenants Union:  925-240-3441 or todossantostu@gmail.com 
  • Centro de Legal de la Raza: 510.437.1554

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

For workers who have been affected by COVID-19

Start with this guide.

It covers applying for Unemployment Insurance.

Apply for Unemployment Insurance (if you have tried applying before and didn’t qualify, try again! Due to the circumstances, requirements have changed).

It also covers Workers Compensation, Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, and your rights as a worker.

Apply for CalWORKS

CalWORKS is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child or children in the home.

  • To apply in Contra Costa County: https://ehsd.org/benefits/calworks-cash-aid/
  • Unfortunately, most undocumented immigrants, TPS recipients, and DACA recipients generally are not eligible for CalWORKS, but there are exceptions. Even if you don't qualify due to your immigration status, your children may qualify if they are US citizens or have lawful status. These benefits could help your family during this time.
  • You do not have to provide your immigration status if you undocumented and are applying for these benefits for your children or family member. Only the person seeking benefits must provide their citizenship or immigration status. If you are applying on behalf of an eligible family member, such as your child, you only need to share the information for that family member. If you are undocumented and apply for a family member, you should not provide any information about your immigration status. Instead, you can say, "I am not applying for health insurance for myself."

Rental assistance

Lower your bills

  • PG&E will not suspend your service if you don’t pay. They have introduced flexible payment plans and free/low-cost plans. See more:
  • Another form of assistance to pay your energy bill:
  • Read more about free or reduced internet and telephone bills:
  • Assistance paying your water bill:

Other financial assistance

Free items and giveaways

Deadline to file your taxes extended to July 15

Stimulus payments:

The IRS released a new electronic portal to assist people who usually do not file taxes to enter their information so they can receive their stimulus payments. Individuals can go to the portal, enter their personal information, and that information will be utilized to send them a stimulus payment. Unfortunately, people without documentation are not eligible to receive a stimulus payment. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.

Cash assistance

Emergency Relief Funds from the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services (EHSD) Volunteer and Emergency Services in partnership with San Francisco Chronicle's Season of Sharing (SOS) Program:

  • Provides emergency relief for families and individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Payments will cover applicants who face a sudden crisis or shortfall due to job or wage loss resulting from COVID-19
  • Read more information and find out how to apply here.
  • If you have questions, contact:

Sonoma County Undocumented Relief Fund

If you live in Sonoma County and are undocumented, apply for cash assistance here.

Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund

If you live in Oakland and are undocumented, apply for cash assistance here. 

Cash Assistance for Immigrants

Provides monthly cash benefits to non-citizens - specifically seniors over age 65, people who are blind, and/or people who are disabled. Must be a Legal Permanent Resident of the U.S.

Refugee Cash Assistance

Refugee Cash Assistance is available for the first 8 months that a refugee (admitted for permanent residence) is in the U.S. RCA is also available to asylees for 8 months. Trafficking and victims of severe crimes, including non-citizen victims of domestic violence, can also qualify to receive RCA benefits after receiving certification.

Domestic worker coronavirus fund

The Coronavirus Care Fund was established by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to provide emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

  • We’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. The information collected will only be used for the purposes of communicating with you for follow-up steps. https://ofwemergencyfund.org/help 

Southern Smoke has an Emergency Relief Program that provides funding to those employed by or who own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance.


IMMIGRATION

Immigration Court Hearings

Sacramento Immigration Court:

  • Currently open to accept filings, all hearings have been postponed.

San Francisco Non-Detained Immigration Court:

  • Currently open to accept filings, all hearings have been postponed.

San Francisco Detained Immigration Court:

  • Hearings are moving forward as scheduled.

If your hearing has been postponed, the Immigration Court will mail you a new hearing notice.

It is therefore extremely important to make sure the court has your current address. Please note that providing ICE or ISAP with your new address is not sufficient; you must also update your address with the court using Form EOIR-33.

Court Phone Numbers

  • Sacramento Immigration Court: (916) 447-9301
  • San Francisco Immigration Court: (415) 705-4415
  • EOIR automated hotline: 1 (800) 898-7180. Enter your “A” number and a recording will provide you with information about your case.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

All USCIS field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) will not provide in-person services (including interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and biometric collection

appointments) until at least April 1. USCIS will continue to provide emergency services during this time. Emergency service requests can be made here.

USCIS field offices will send de-scheduling notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments impacted by the closure. All applicants will be rescheduled when USCIS resumes normal operations. Please make sure USCIS has your current address; if your address has changed, you are required to update USCIS using Form AR-11, which can be submitted online.

Immigration Enforcement Activity and Rapid Response Hotlines

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released a statement describing its intention to “not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals,

doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances.” The statement also says that “Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement.”

Contra Costa County Rapid Response Network

  • Rapid Response Line: (925) 900-5151
  • Please call if you have verification of ICE activity: witnessing an ICE raid, militarized police action, racial attacks, threats to religious minorities, or anything else that threatens families.

Informed Immigrants is a website created collectively of serving organizations, lawyers, technologists, and allies dedicated to help the undocumented immigrant community. This website provides the latest resources and trusted information for our undocumented community living in the US.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:

or call 1-800-985-5990 and TTY 1-800-846-8517 Or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Things you can do to support yourself

For parents

Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

There are many things you can do to support your child

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members. Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

Other resources

Check out these tips from the Center for Disease Control on Managing Anxiety & Stress during infectious disease outbreaks here.

Learn about SAMHSA counseling services available to you through their Disaster Distress Helpline and Response Mobile App

Check out this guide for parents and caregivers to help families cope from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Get parenting guidance on talking to teenagers here and young children here from the Child Mind Institute. Find more of their resources here.

Care for yourself and loved ones with the Informed Immigrant’s Mental Health Toolkit

To connect with a crisis counselor about anxiety, isolation, concerns about school, financial stress, etc. related to COVID-19, text SHARE to 741741 for free, confidential, 24/7 support.

Wednesdays and Sundays from 5-6 PM (PT), join Immigrants Rising’s virtual Wellness Gatherings dedicated to helping undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another.

National Parent Helpline for emotional support and advocacy for parents Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm PST - 1-855-427-2736


RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

TALK TO SOMEONE

National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7 - 1-800-799-7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7 - 800-799-7233

Trans LifeLine is 24/7 and staffed exclusively by trans operators - 1-877-565-8860

StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7:00 am to 10:00 pm CT, and specifically for Native American communities - 1−844-762-8483

Unable to Talk on the Phone? You can chat with The Hotline online through their website at www.thehotline.org, or text “loveis” to 22522.

MAKE A SAFETY PLAN

If you need help making a plan, call one of the above hotlines or text “loveis” to 22522.

  1. Find your people: Ask yourself, "Who do you trust? Who knows about your situation? Who has shown up for you in the past? Who has offered support?"
  2. What you need to bring: Medications, birth certificates for yourself & your children, bank and credit cards, items of sentimental value.
  3. Hide your go-bag: Ask yourself, "Can I safely pack this bag? If I can, where can I hide this bag?"
  4. Leaving the house: Can you say you're going to the store, a doctor visit, for a walk, or something like that and leave the residence, even temporarily, to make calls/get some alone time?
  5. When to enact the plan: Ask, "Do I feel unsafe? Is my partner's behavior/abuse escalating? Can I get out safely? Can I contact my safe person for help?"
  6. TRUST YOUR GUT: If your intuition is telling you to leave, or that you are in danger, or that you need help, listen!

RESOURCES FOR KIDS

Coming soon!