COVID-19 San Diego Community Resources

Aging, Caregiving, & Older Adult  Services

  • California Department of Aging has launched a hotline to deliver services and help for older Californians. CALL: 1-833-544-2374.
  • County of San Diego Older Adult Services: phone 800-510-2020 (within San Diego County) or 800-339-4661 (outside the County).
  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons and information for Caregivers of older adults (from CDC.gov)
  • Southern Caregiver Resource Center: (858)268-4432

Auto Insurance

California's "stay at home" order has resulted in most of us driving a lot less than we normally would. Recognizing this and the unprecedented challenges facing California's residents, State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurance companies to provide consumers with relief from the cost of premiums during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can expect a temporary reduction in your auto insurance for at least the months of March and April. Below is a list of what some larger companies have proposed to give back to customers on personal auto insurance policies.

  • AAA: Customers with an active policy as of April 30 will receive a 20 percent refund for two months of auto premiums
  • Allstate: 15 percent debit or credit payback on April and May premiums
  • American Family: $50 per vehicle insured
  • Amica: 20 percent credit on April and May premiums
  • Farmers/21st Century: 25 percent reduction in April premium
  • Geico: 15 percent credit on renewal between April 8 and Oct. 7; pausing cancellations for non-payment through April
  • The Hartford: 15 percent credit on April and May premiums
  • Liberty Mutual: 15 percent refund on two months of premiums
  • Mercury Insurance: 15 percent credit on April and May premiums
  • Nationwide: $50 refund per policy
  • Next: 25 percent reduction to its policyholders' April general liability, and commercial auto premiums
  • Progressive: 20 percent credit on April and May premiums
  • Safeco: 15 percent refund on two months of premiums
  • State Farm: 25 percent credit on premiums from March 20 through May 31
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  • USAA: 20 percent credit on two months of premiums
  • The Insurance Commissioner has also requested that all auto insurance carriers provide a 60-day grace period for late payments.

Childcare

  • Federal directives: Please check here for CDC COVID guidelines for schools & childcare facilities 
  • State directives (March 17 2020)
  • Child care for healthcare professionals: YMCA of San Diego County is offering enhanced child care referrals for health care professionals. Call (619) 952-0242 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm). If busy, leave a message
  • Safe Families for Children- Olive Crest
  • 24 Hour Hotline 714-543-5437 ext 1234
  • Short-term housing for children with screened approved host families. Supports and stabilizes families. Offers parents support and care for their children during times of need. Parents keep full custody and parental rights and can see their children or start and end hostings when they choose. Goal is to connect host families and families in need with one another in sustainable relationships. Please call no with any questions you have. We are an essential service continuing to help families and have implemented questions in our intake process to help us screen for risk at this time.

  Covered California Health Insurance

Due to #COVID19, Covered California is expanding its Special Enrollment Period for 2020. Anyone uninsured and eligible to enroll in health care coverage through Covered California can sign up through the end of June at coveredca.com. More info here.

Currently Incarcerated Individuals (Advocacy)

  • Free Reentry Legal Hotline every Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM PT at our main phone number: 510-279-4662. Our hotline is free and open to anyone in California with a reentry-related legal issue, question, or concern. We continue to accept and pay for calls from people inside prison and jail.
  • https://www.rootandrebound.org/covid19/
  • info@rootandrebound.org

Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave

  • Disability benefits /paid sick leave are available for those who have actually contracted the virus themselves or who have been exposed to it and are quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional in the case of Disability Benefits ). Learn how to file a Disability Insurance Claim HERE.

Domestic Violence

  • If you are concerned about being quarantined in an unsafe home situation or need help, all DV shelter resources are generally available on: domesticshelters.org. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3223 (TTY)
  • Center for Community Solutions (CCS) shelters and hotline are remaining open. Crisis hotline is free, confidential, and operates 24/7 in Spanish and English.     Please call us at 1-888-385-4657
  • Community Resource Center (CRC) 24/7 domestic violence hotline and emergency shelters are operating as usual. Case managers and counselors are primarily offering phone sessions. Hotline: (877) 633-1112 | crcncc.org  (Spanish available)
  • YWCA San Diego County offers shelter and services for Domestic Violence Victims/Survivors 24/7, their hotline is free, confidential and operates 24/7. Availability for singles, families: small and large. Spanish available, call 619-234-3164.
  • Family Justice Center (FJC)
  • Physical location is temporarily closed to the public, but the Family Justice Center staff are providing telephonic advocacy, resource referrals, and safety planning services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking at 619-533-6000 from 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday
  • Community Partners continue to offer services remotely. Therapists are providing services through telehealth. Forensic examinations continue to be on site. Palomar Health is implementing procedures if a DV and/or SA victim has symptoms of COVID-19.  San Diego Police Department, DV Unit still on site but they are not offering police reports to DV clients. If police reports are needed, it can be done at SDPD headquarters downtown.
  • Restraining order attorneys are starting phone consult systems. There are challenges to assisting clients remotely.
  • Court houses are mostly closed until April 3 but ex parte requests for gun violence restraining orders and domestic violence restraining orders are still being accepted.
  • South Bay Community Services (SBCS): All DV services are still operating. Some are being offered virtually (ex: therapy and DV Advocacy), however shelter is still open and staffed. If you have any families in imminent danger and fleeing DV please encourage them to still reach out to our agency for a hotline screening: 1-800-640-2933 Need to share the DV hotline discreetly? Please screenshot/save DV recipe flyers two in Eng and one in Spn. (Number provided is for SBCS Hotline) English

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Education (Community College & Universities)

  • San Diego Promise: Applications can be sent to me via email at slewis003@sdccd.edu.  If they have any questions, please have them contact me at my email. The purpose of the San Diego Promise is to provide resources to students who would like to attend college and need financial assistance with enrollment fees.. To be eligible for the San Diego Promise through San Diego ContinuingEducation (SDCE), students must:
  • Must be a current student at SDCE
  • Complete a Fall 2020 Admission application to City, Mesa, or Miramar College
  • Complete a 2020-2021 Financial Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act application
  • School Codes for FAFSA or Dream Act applications:

City College: 001273

Mesa College: 001275

Miramar College: 014172

  • Enroll and complete the Career & College Readiness Course offered at SDCE.  
  • Students MUST already have a high school diploma, GED or equivalency OR will have earned it by June 30, 2020.
  • Students who are selected for the SDCE Promise are expected to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Graduation is still expected to occur June 3, 2020. Instructions for this will be forthcoming.
  • The priority registration as a Promise student for San Diego City, Miramar and Mesa is June 11, 2020. If there are changes to this I will notify you as soon as they are available.
  • Students will complete the attached application and submit back to Stephanie Lewis; slewis003@sdccde.edu or their counselor NO LATER than May 25, 2020.  Those students selected will be notified by May 29th,2020.  All students should be prepared to participate in
  •  graduation ceremonies as possible June 3, 2020. Details will be forthcoming at a later date.
  • CollegeBuys, powered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, offers community college students discounts of up to 85 percent on a wide range of educational products—from industry-leading software and technology to high quality office and classroom furniture. https://foundationccc.org/CollegeBuys
  • San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) offers free career/vocational and personal enrichment classes to adults 18 and over (regardless of status)
  • Main site is sdce.edu. General information on enrollment is here. I teach ESL and we have a summer session running currently which ends on 7/24. Fall classes begin in September and will continue to be offered fully online. Information on ESL enrollment is here.

Education (Home Schooling)

  • Support with home learning for parents

Education (Libraries)

Employment (Employees)

  • HIRING: Several businesses in North County are hiring to meet the demand of people sheltering at home and complying with state orders. Details here:
  • SDCE Job Developers: Services for San Diego Continuing Education students. Job Developers are available to work with them for employment opportunities and Ready to Work services Career and College Transitions Flyer
  • What employees are entitled to may be confusing. THIS CHART makes it easier to understand what resources may be available.

Employment (Employers/Small Businesses)

  • SBA DISASTER LOANS NOW AVAILABLE TO AFFECTED CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESSES
  • Disaster Assistance is now available to all California small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to all small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million are available for qualifying small businesses, private nonprofits, and small agricultural cooperatives and aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the coronavirus since Jan. 31, 2020. These loans can be used to fulfill financial obligations and operating expenses that could have otherwise been met if the disaster had not occurred, including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.
  • Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus. For more information on eligibility and interest rates, please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.
  • California Resources for Small Business

FAQs about COVID

Food (free food, prepared meals, meal delivery)

 

  • Feeding San Diego works with hundreds of distribution partners to provide food and resources to the community. There are NO REQUIREMENTS to accessing food at any of our distribution sites.
  • Tuesday, April 7 – Central San Diego Distribution time: 9 a.m. until food is gone Distribution location: LGBT Community Center 3909 Centre St., San Diego, CA 92103
  • Friday, April 10 – East County Distribution time: 9 a.m. until food is gone Distribution location: Journey Community Church 8363 Center Dr., Ste. 6C, La Mesa, CA 91942
  • Friday, April 10 – North County Distribution time: 2 p.m. until food is gone Distribution location: North City Church - Poway 11717 Poway Rd., Poway, CA 92064
  • Seniors on Broadway – 845 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • Intake Hours: 9 AM until food is gone, 4th Friday of the month
  • Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred, or walk in for services
  • San Martin de Porres Apartments – 9119 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley, CA 91977
  • Intake Hours: 10 AM until food is gone, 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred at Jamacha address, or walk in for services at Kempton Street-back entrance
  • Mercado Apartments – 2001 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
  • Intake Hours: 9 AM until food is gone, 1st Friday of the month
  • Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred, or walk in for services
  • Hillside Views (Temporary Change of Address Until Further Notice) –
  • BIG LOTS Parking Lot @ 1655 Euclid Ave, San Diego 92105
  • Intake Hours: 9 AM until food is gone, 1st Friday of the month
  • Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred, or walk in for services

Foster Youth

Housing 

LGBTQ+ Community

Mental Health

Meal Delivery & Groceries for Older Adults, Disabled Veterans & Caregivers

 

  • Meals on Wheels: https://www.meals-on-wheels.org Meals on Wheels San Diego County charges a one-time, non-refundable fee of $35 to begin meal delivery service. One may typically start and/or stop service, schedule vacations or non-delivery days with a 2 business day notice

Eligibility for Meals on Wheels: 

  • 60+ years of age
  • Caretakers of seniors 60+ years of age
  • Disabled veterans of any age
  • COSTS: Lunch and dinner, plus beverage –  $7.00 per day Lunch only, plus beverage – $4.00 per day Dinner only with roll and beverage – $4.00 Extra beverage .50 cents each
  • All seniors age 60 and above can sign up to receive meals delivered directly to their door.
  • Call 619-235-6572 and select Option 1; or email meals@servingseniors.org 
  • We deliver fresh, nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) directly to the homes of over 600 homebound seniors a day. Meals are delivered five days a week, with extra meals provided each Friday to ensure our clients have plenty to eat over the weekend.
  • Click link to see which regions are served and for additional information: https://servingseniors.org/what-we-do/programs-services/meals.html

  • Grocery Shopping: Grocery Store Restocking list and schedule found here

  • ALL 41 Northgate Market shopping locations will be open exclusively for seniors from 7am to 8am starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (For more information, click here!)
  • ALL Vallarta supermarkets will be open for seniors, disabled people, and pregnant people from 7am to 8am starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (For more information, click here!)
  • All Albertsons Companies stores have dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens and at-risk populations. This includes Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, and several other grocery stores. Click here for more information and call your nearest Albertsons Companies store to confirm their hours.
  • All Target stores will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for seniors and customers with underlying health concerns. Click here for more information and call your nearest Target store to confirm their hours.
  • All Dollar General stores will reserve the first hour of shopping for seniors. For more information, call your nearest Dollar General. Click here for locations.
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego https://www.ccdsd.org/food-delivery
  • Kumeyaay and Luiseño/Payomkawichum Nations Support Information from the IndianHealthCouncil: If you are interested in volunteering to bring supplies to Kumeyaay elders, please contact Ethan at enyacarriers@gmail.com. Ethan has been doing this work long before COVID-19 and has expressed needing additional assistance during this time. Additional training to ensure cultural competence and guidelines will be required.

Non-Profit Orgs Offering COVID-19 Assistance

  • A coalition of philanthropy, government and business partners has joined together to create the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County. More info here.

We all We Got San Diego Mutual Aid

Democratic Socialists of America, San Diego Chapter LSC Mutual Aid

Paid Family Leave

  • Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to  take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid-19) or who has been been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional). Learn how to file a Paid Family Leave Claim HERE.

Rent

  • Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic. More info here.
  • San Diego City Council passes moratorium on evictions for residents and businesses in the City of San Diego. More info here.
  • Sample letter to send your landlord to request grace period due to lost wages here

Self Care/Wellness/Personal Growth

Tax Assistance 

  • Directly from the Employment Development Department: “Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center. Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886 Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565 Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502 (For more information, click here)
  • https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/news-releases/2020-2-more-time-to-file-pay-for-california-taxpayers-affected-by-the-covid-19-pandemic.html 
  • Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15th, IRS Website
  • For individuals who do not have direct deposit banking information on file from 2018 or 2019 tax returns, there are multiple ways to receive payment:

*File a 2019 tax return and include the requested banking information on the return (for individuals required to file a federal tax return in 2019 that have not done so);

*File a simple tax form with a few questions, including the requested banking information (for individuals not required to file a federal tax return); or

*Provide banking information In a new IRS portal - for individuals who already filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 without bank information or have subsequently changed accounts or have never filed electronically. More details will be provided next week on when this portal will be available to consumers.

*For those who do not have bank information with the IRS, check disbursements are expected to begin early May, and will be distributed over a span of several weeks.

*For individuals who were not required to file a federal tax return for 2019, and didn’t plan to, register at the new IRS portal.

IRS portal - www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

More info can be found at - www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Toiletries and Supplies

Transportation

  • FREE County of San Diego rides: 888-924-3228 (First come/first served- call at least 1 day in advance to schedule)

Undocumented/Immigrant Community

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is operating the State of California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project for San Diego and Imperial Counties. The DRAI Project is one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying adults can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. Please contact the DRAI Hotline for San Diego and Imperial Counties at the following numbers starting on Monday, May 18th:
  • Resource guide created by California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance available at https://ciyja.org/covid19/
  • This is a great list with local San Diego resources and in other parts of the State
  • No application available yet; for now, workers can contact NDLON by email at info@ndlon.org or by phone at (626) 799-3566. / Por ahora, no hay un solicitud; se puede contactar a NDLON por info@ndlon.org o por telefono a (626) 799-3566.  Check for updates here:

Unemployment Benefits

  • Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable). The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work (as is usually required). Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE. ***Unfortunately though, this benefit is not available to undocumented persons whose hours are reduced or lose their job for reasons related to COVID-19, etc.

Utilities (Gas/Electric, Cable, Mobile phone, Broadband Internet)
Gas & Electric


Internet, Cable, Mobile phones

  • SPECTRUM Internet- offering 60 days of free WiFi for low income families. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.fdlreporter.com/amp/5042351002
  • Verizon will help customers and small businesses disrupted by impact of coronavirus https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-help-customers-and-small-businesses
  • Charter COMCAST - Free Internet Service for Households with Children - to enroll: 844.488.8395
  • Internet Essentials is offering low cost or FREE internet service and computers for low income families. https://internetessentials.com/
  • Cox Communications San Diego, in partnership with Connect2Compete offers low-cost, home internet with wifi—for $9.95 per month. https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html
  • Free Spectrum Internet is offering free internet during the shutdown. Call 1-844-8398
  • Sprint, is offering California Community Colleges students a mobile hotspot service, which offers nationwide 4G LTE connectivity and allows users to connect up to 10 WiFi enabled devices for up to 10 hours on a single charge for only $19.99 a month.
  • AT&T is providing free access to its WiFI hotspots throughout the country.
  • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Additionally, all WiFi hotspots are now free of charge.
  •  T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.
  • Verizon is waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers negatively impacted by the global crisis.

Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Services

  • WIC offices in San Diego and Imperial County continue to provide services to current and new participants. For health and safety purposes, WIC is providing appointments and food benefits by phone. For families who are new to WIC or have not yet received the WIC Card, please direct them to find their closest WIC office via www.sdwic.com.
  • Since many WIC-approved items may be unavailable or the item may not be marked appropriately, WIC is highly encouraging families on the program to download the California WIC App. The app has a barcode scanner that will help them confirm if a food is WIC-approved. The app is available for free in the Google Play and Apple stores.
  • Note: If you can afford to purchase other items, please try to avoid purchasing items with a WIC logo on the shelf price tag when grocery shopping. If stores run out of WIC-approved options, WIC families will not be able to 9purchase these foods. Additionally, if a grocery store is out of WIC infant formula, direct WIC families to contact their local WIC office for help.

Worker’s Compensation

  • Worker's Comp is available for those who are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted Covid-19 while in the regular course of their job (i.e. healthcare workers)

Relief Funds

  • Relief Checks Information
  • Cash Payment: $1,200 for individuals who make up to $75,000; $2,400 for married couples who make up to $150,000. Those who make between $75,000 and $99,000 ($150,000 and $198,000 for couples) will be eligible to receive a smaller payment. In addition, families will be eligible to receive $500 per child. This one-time payment will be based on adjusted gross income on 2019 tax returns, or 2018 if not yet filed.

  • For individuals who do not have direct deposit banking information on file from 2018 or 2019 tax returns, there are multiple ways to receive payment:

*File a 2019 tax return and include the requested banking information on the return (for individuals required to file a federal tax return in 2019 that have not done so);

*File a simple tax form with a few questions, including the requested banking information (for individuals not required to file a federal tax return); or

*Provide banking information In a new IRS portal - for individuals who already filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 without bank information or have subsequently changed accounts or have never filed electronically. More details will be provided next week on when this portal will be available to consumers.

*For those who do not have bank information with the IRS, check disbursements are expected to begin early May, and will be distributed over a span of several weeks.

*For individuals who were not required to file a federal tax return for 2019, and didn’t plan to, register at the new IRS portal.

IRS portal - www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

More info can be found at - www.irs.gov/coronavirus

  • Service Workers

Bipartisan Coronavirus Bill

The Senate came to an agreement on a large bill to further help Americans impacted by the coronavirus crisis and is preparing for a vote. The House is now waiting for final passage in the Senate. Below are some of the highlights.

The Senate coronavirus bill will include help for:

  • Health Care Facilities: large investment in hospitals, health systems and state and local governments to give them the resources they desperately need during this emergency.
  • Workers: large increase in Unemployment Insurance benefits to help laid-off or furloughed workers, including an additional $600 per week in benefits for four months for jobless workers. Additionally, it will extend Unemployment Insurance benefits to those who are self-employed or independent contractors.
  • Small Businesses: expansion of fast relief for small businesses; rent, mortgage and utility costs will be eligible for SBA loan forgiveness.  
  • Students: billions in emergency education funding and elimination of income tax on student loan repayment assistance by an employer.

The bill will also include:

  • Accountability and Oversight: provisions to prevent secret bailouts and adds special oversight requirements to monitor how loans to big businesses are spent.
  • While it does not go as far as the economic stimulus bill introduced in the House, this agreement is a compromise and a major improvement from the Senate bill discussed over the weekend. When passed, this coronavirus bill will build on

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