- The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering up to $2 million in low-interest disaster loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in certain states, including California.
- The City of L.A. is offering emergency micro-loans between $5,000 and $50,000 to small businesses affected by the coronavirus.
- The Jewish Free Loan Association is offering interest-free and fee-free loans that can be turned around in a matter of days to folks impacted by coronavirus, for anything from everyday expenses to childcare to lost wages. You do not need to be Jewish to apply.
- The USBG National Charity Foundation is offering loans to bartenders who may be out of work.
- A list of resources for freelance artists.
- One Fair Wage is offering cash assistance to service workers and tipped workers.
- Restaurants Care is offering grants for restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been quarantined.
- Children of Restaurant Employees is offering funds to restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have children at home.
- Americans for the Arts has a lengthy list of places offering funding and grants for artists.
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance has set up a fund for in-home care workers, nannies and house cleaners.
- Savi and Student Debt Crisis are offering help to those who are having trouble paying their student loans because of the coronavirus' impact to their income.
- Students can pick up two meals from any of the 64 Grab & Go Food Centers operated by L.A. Unified. Open weekdays 7-11 a.m. Find the nearest one to you here.
- For the closest food pantry or food bank, visit the Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator.
- Everytable is offering meals to all Angelenos in need, including food distribution for seniors who need food brought to their homes, food for students and food for groups.
- Eastside Riders is providing free breakfast for students in Watts from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- LA Dream Center in Silver Lake is providing free meals for all students from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- TEACH Academy of Technologies is offering free meals for pick-up to all children ages 5 through 17, with a valid student ID from any school. Meals are provided between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m .
- Hugo's kids menu will be free for guests 12 and under throughout school closures.
- Los Angelitos Bakery is offering one free bread to children ages 5 to 13, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- The City of Lynwood is offering free meals from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for kids of all ages.
- El Torito restaurants are offering free (take-out only) meals to all kids ages 12 and under.
- Toast in Whittier, The Benediction in City of Industry and The Dylan in Brea are offering free take-out breakfast burritos to kids ages 6 to 12 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
- Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina is offering free (take-out only) meals to kids ages 12 and under at all their locations.
- The National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273) refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance.
Child Care Resources
Below are the three referral services that are part of the Mayor’s program. All three services cover all of Los Angeles County:
- Carina Care: A referral registry that partners with working families to provide quality, licensed child care during and after the Covid-19 crisis. Local space availability is updated regularly to quickly assist families seeking providers.
- Child Care Alliance Los Angeles (CCLA): CCALA is a partnership of ten Resource and Referral and Alternative Payment agencies in Los Angeles County that deliver services to thousands of families and child care providers.
- WeeCare: WeeCare is a network of daycare and child care programs in Los Angeles, CA and across the United States.
- Connections for Children: A child care resource and referral agency for West Los Angeles and South Bay
- Los Angeles County COVID-19 DPSS Resources: Please follow the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) on Facebook @LACoDPSS, Twitter @LACo_DPSS and Instagram @laco_dpss for the latest updates.
- Los Angeles County COVID-19 Let's Feed L.A: Connecting our most vulnerable communities with meal and voucher programs
- Los Angeles County Office of Education COVID-19: Resources for families, teachers, and essential workers relating to COVID-19
- Maple Tree Academy is a RIE, Reggio and Soka inspired child care center serving children from the age of 3 months through 5.5 years.
- Taking Care of Mamá: A free, weekly support group for Spanish speaking expectant and new mothers
- Call (888) 92-CHILD: A resource and referral agency for your zip code. Available in both Spanish and English.
Mental Health Support
Los Angeles Unified has opened a phone hotline for all students, families and teachers to help manage fear, anxiety and other challenges related to COVID-19. The phone hotline, 213-241-3840, will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, staffed by counselors and mental health professionals to provide support in both English and Spanish. For additional support, see the resources below.
Please note that while students are at home, Camino Nuevo mental health team members are unable to provide direct services. But they put together some resources for students and families here.
- LA County Department of Mental Health Access Line: Call 1-800-854-7771
- 24/7 helpline and crisis counseling. Referrals to services.
- California Youth Crisis Line: Call or text 1-800-843-5200
- 24/7 crisis intervention counseling referrals for youth 12-24 and their families.
- Crisis Text Line: Text LA to 741741
- Connect with a crisis counselor to receive confidential crisis support via text 24/7.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255
- 24/7 confidential resource connects you with a crisis worker. Chat online at: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Trevor Project Lifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text Start to 678678
- 24/7 support for LGBTQ youth in crisis or in need of a safe place to talk.
- 211 LA County: Dial 211 within Los Angeles County or visit 211LA.org
Speak to an advisor 24/7 to get health and community resources to meet your needs.
- Sick or quarantined Californians who are unable to work as a result of the virus can file a disability insurance claim online.
- If you're unable to work because you're taking care of a sick or quarantined relative with COVID-19, you can file a paid family leave claim.
- Those who have had reduced hours or have lost their job due to their employer shutting down operations, can file an unemployment insurance claim.
- Check out these Frequently Asked Questions from the state's Employment Development Department (EDD). Specific policies instituted as a result of the virus can be seen here (also available in Spanish).
Resources for Undocumented Residents
- The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance put together some resources for people without legal immigration status.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has advised that seeking medical treatment or preventive services related to the coronavirus will not negatively affect your ability to get a green card under the public charge rule.
United We Dream compiled a list of healthcare centers accessible to the undocumented community.
- The Betancourt Macias Family Emergency Fund for undocumented people impacted by the virus. People can donate or apply to receive the fund.
- Ca.gov: California Immigrant Guide (COVID-19) Provides important information about resources and rights for immigrant communities affected by the pandemic.
- Medi-Cal for the Undocumented Community Information on Medi-cal and the undocumented community
COVID-19 Bay Area Community Resources + Up-to-Date Health Information
- Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs COVID-19 Information and Resources for Immigrant and Refugees Angelenos
- Immigrants Rising: Tangible Support for Immigrant Communities During COVID-19 A list of resources for the undocumented community including health access, employee rights and ways to support small businesses and freelancers.
- CHIRLA Coronavirus Hotline from CHIRLA Hotline for undocumented immigrants that have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19
- Legal Aid at Work: Employment Rights for Undocumented Workers in CA A guide detailing what employment rights undocumented workers have in CA.
- Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California A list of relief funds for undocumented workers in California
- Under the anti-eviction rules in the City of Los Angeles, renters must notify their landlord within seven days that they’re unable to pay because of economic or health circumstances caused by the virus, and they have up to a year after the emergency declaration expires to pay past-due rent. See summary of protections.
- Residents in Los Angeles County are protected from eviction through May 31 (retroactive to March 4). The county order prohibits residential and commercial evictions for nonpayment of rent, late fees, and related costs due to a loss of business or household income caused by COVID-19. Keep in mind that these protections are not rent forgiveness.
- If you are or know of a foster youth staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
- The Los Angeles Tenants Union is providing support for residents facing evictions. Find your local union at: https://latenantsunion.org/en/locals/
- St. Francis Center provides meals, clothing, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. For more information, click here
Utilities and Internet
- Six utilities serving more than 21 million Californians have announced that they will not shut off customers’ power for non-payment as the coronavirus continues to disrupt daily life.
- Southern California Energy and Southern California Gas will not disconnect services to customers who can’t pay bills amid coronavirus outbreak
- SPECTRUM Internet- Offering 60 days of free WiFi for low- income families.
- Verizon will help customers and small businesses disrupted by impact of coronavirus