COVID-19 Resources

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Dear friends,

I want to start by acknowledging that we are all making huge sacrifices every day and learning to adjust to a completely new way of life. It has been a long time since many of us have been able to partake in some of the simple pleasures we enjoyed not so long ago, like visiting our loved ones or walking on the beach with our fellow neighbors. Whether you are an essential worker, a healthcare worker, a parent-turned-teacher, or are simply staying home during this time, it is with your help that we are able to keep our communities safe during this pandemic. We can only make progress in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 with your support-thank you for doing your part to help California get through this together.

As we continue to do our best to protect our community and families, it is important that everyone knows what resources are available to those in need of assistance. Please see the COVID-19 resources page below that my team has assembled. These resources include the latest news updates as well as information on food assistance, senior services, utility bill payment, school closures, and many other resources for residents of SD33.


Sincerely,

Lena A. Gonzalez
Senator, Representing State Senate District 33


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LATEST NEWS

From the White House

  • For the latest updates on the federal government’s response to COVID-19 please visit: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus.
  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package enabled the delivery of Economic Impact Payments, assistance for small businesses and more. Read more here.
  • The latest coronavirus funding bill, officially known as H.R. 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act," was signed by President Trump on Friday, April 24, 2020. The $484 billion legislation adds dollars to existing programs that have either run out of money or are considered underfunded. It increases funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, including emergency grants, and includes new hospital and health care funding as well as additional testing.
  • Tax day has been moved from April 15 to July 15, 2020
  • Interests have been temporarily waived on student loans
  • New travel restrictions with U.S. Department of State Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory
  • For the latest news from the White House visit: https://www.coronavirus.gov

State resources and update from California’s Governor Newsom

  • California has established a Resilience Roadmap. This is a thoughtful, gradual plan for re-opening the state that follows the science. We are working to protect employees, customers, and the public health. If you want to learn more about the stage we are currently in or to learn more details about each stage visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/
  • COVID-19 California Website provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases and resources and state recommendations
  • Stay at Home Order issued March 19, 2020. Only essential services such as gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks and laundromats may remain open.
  • Governor unveils six key indicators on April 14, 2020 that will be considered before modifying state’s stay-at-home order.
  • On May 4, Governor Newsom issued the May 4 State Report Card for how the state is doing in meeting key measures for moving into Stage 2 of the COVID-19 response plan. Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications.

In District 33

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced on April 28th, 2020 a new Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response that will be chaired by Senator Lena A. Gonzalez (D-Long Beach). The special committee is tasked with reviewing the state's response to the COVID-19 health crisis - what has gone right and what could be improved. The committee will also make findings and recommendations for future preparedness. Read more here. To view hearings visit: https://www.senate.ca.gov.

RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY

If you or your family are in need of local help, please read through the resources below that may be of some relief. If there is anything else you need, please reach out to our office.

LA County

  • LA County Roadmap to Recovery – to view phases to re-opening businesses.
  • LA Regional Food Bank – To search for a food pantry near you.
  • Elderly Meal Program Map – all locations in Los Angeles County.
  • Supports for Pregnant Women and Mothers During COVID-19
  • CalFresh/LA County Department of Public Social Services: If you have lost your job, or just need assistance, please apply for CalFresh and other benefits online by visiting the Your Benefits Now (YBN) website and clicking on the YBN logo to get started.
  • Any resident in the County of Los Angeles, with or without COVID-19 symptoms, is now able to get free COVID-19 testing. Testing is by appointment only. Priority for the same or next day testing is still given to people with symptoms. To find the nearest testing location and to schedule an appointment at a drive-up mobile testing site, please click here. As of May 4, 2020 there are 38 LA county testing sites available. The following sites are in or near SD 33:
    • Long Beach City College
      • 1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90806
    • West Jordan High School
  • 171 W. Bort St., Long Beach, CA 90805
    • East LA College
      • 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754 - b/w Floral & Cesar Chavez
    • AltaMed Medical and Dental Group - Commerce, Goodrich
      • 972 Goodrich Blvd., Commerce, CA 90022
    • AltaMed Medical Group - Pico Rivera
      • 6336 Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
    • AltaMed Medical and Dental Group - South Gate
      • 8627 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, CA 90280
    • Bellflower Civic Center
      • 16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA 90706
    • Beverly Hospital
      • 309 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640
    • PIH Health City of Bell
      • 6480-6410 Atlantic Ave., Bell, CA 90203

Long Beach

  • RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

 

  • COVID-19 Information line 562-570-4636 for any coronavirus-related inquiry and information on resources. Dial Option 5 for the senior resource line (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday)

 

    • Many of our local groceries are changing their hours to allow staff to restock. To help seniors and our most vulnerable individuals avoid crowds during this time of COVID-19, some stores are offering special periods of time, usually in the morning, for these shoppers. Long Beach Fresh has put together this list of local grocery stores with special shopping hours. (Last updated March 30, 2020)

Meals and Food Pantries

  • FOOD FINDERS
    • Are you in need of an immediate source of food? How about looking for some groceries for the week? If so, please use the Food Finders map or list to find a food pantry or meal distribution near you.
    • Before visiting make sure to call the location beforehand regarding meal distribution and food pantry hours. For any additional question regarding food or how to get some please call Food Finders at 562.283.1400.
       
  • MEALS ON WHEELS LONG BEACH
    • Meals on Wheels Long Beach (MOWLB) provides a service of home delivered nutritionally balanced meals for individuals who are unable to shop and cook for themselves and who live alone.
  • LONG BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT FREE MEAL SERVICE
    • Lunches and breakfasts will continue to be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the usual locations, which include Addams, Birney, Bixby, Burbank, Chavez, Dooley, Emerson, Gant, Garfield, Gompers, Grant, Harte, Henry, Herrera, King, Lafayette, Lincoln, Lindbergh, Longfellow, MacArthur, Marshall, McKinley, Muir, Riley, Rogers, Roosevelt, Signal Hill, Smith, Stevenson, Twain, Washington, Whittier and Willard. View a map of Long Beach Schools.
    • Visit LBUSD News for more information.

Southeast Los Angeles:

  • Tenant legal help: Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is helping tenants get legal assistance. Lawyers will review current laws protecting tenants. You have an opportunity to schedule a time to speak with a lawyer regarding your situation. Contact them by phone every Monday 6p.m. – 8p.m. at (323) 920-9963.

Senior services, food assistance and other resources in your city:

Bell

  • Senior resources
    • Seniors that live in Bell by themselves and/or need resources can contact the Bell Community Center at 323-773-1596 or message @cityofbell on Instagram.
  • For more information visit: City of Bell.

Bell Gardens

  • Senior resources:
    • Seniors in Bell Gardens who live by themselves and need help can contact The Bell Gardens Recreation and Community Services at 562-334-1779 or 562-806-7650.
  • Food resources:
    • All Nations Christian Fellowship – 6374 Specht Ave. Bell Gardens, CA 90201 – Drive through distribution scheduled every Tuesday from 10a.m. to 12p.m. first-come, first-served. For more information call (323) 359-2857.
    • St. Gertrude’s - 7025 Garfield Ave. Bell Gardens, CA 90201 – 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 9a.m. to 10a.m. For more information call (562) 927-4495.
    • Supper Program - at three park sites. Free meals for children ages 1 - 18 years old. Monday - Friday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The meal distribution is located at Bell Gardens Veterans Park, 6662 Loveland St., John Anson Ford Park, 8000 Park Lane and the Neighborhood Youth Center, 5856 Ludell St. For more information please call (562) 806-7650 or visit https://www.bellgardens.org.
  • For more information visit: City of Bell Gardens.

Cudahy

  • Senior resources: Meals for seniors living in the City of Cudahy - contact the Cudahy Parks & Recreation Department at 323.773.5143 ext. 232 or email: vsantiago@cityofcudahy.gov to register for a meal delivery.
  • For more information visit: City of Cudahy.

Florence-Graham

  • Senior resources:
    • Grocery delivery for Seniors in Florence-Firestone who need food & delivery should call Inner City Visions at 323-749-7246 or contact them on Instagram. You can also stop by every Wednesday at 9:30a.m., 1750 E. Florence Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001.
    • Workforce Development Aging & Community Services (WDACS) senior lunch programs (including Florence Firestone and East LA).

Huntington Park

  • Senior resources:
    • Senior Food Pantry for Seniors 60+ at Huntington Park Community Center every 3rd Thursday of the month from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. A senior can authorize someone to pick up their food every month! Please make sure to bring that person with you at the time of your first visit. Pick up food boxes will be in drive-thru format for extra precaution.
  • Food resources:
    • Emergency food distribution - Salvation Army Southeast Community Corp. -  2965 E. Gage Ave. Huntington Park, CA 90255 - Emergency food only every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with any type of ID. For more information, call (323) 587-4221.
    • Homeless Hot Meals – Salvation Army Southeast Community Corp., 2965 E. Gage Ave. Huntington Park, CA 90255, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11:20a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • Other resources:
    • Baby Diapers and Wipes – Salvation Army Southeast Community Corp., 2965 E. Gage Ave. Huntington Park, CA 90255, walk-ins Wednesdays and Fridays after 2 p.m.
  • For more information visit: City of Huntington Park

Lakewood

  • Senior resources:
    • DASH Transportation - Lakewood residents (60+) who are without transportation or residents of any age with a physical or mental disability can get free rides within limited boundaries. DASH has instituted social distancing on its vehicles to protect riders and drivers, and DASH is now making special trips to grocery stores. For more information about this free service, or to register, call city staff at (562) 924-0149, Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       
  • Food resources:
    • Project Shepherd - Lakewood residents in need who meet income restrictions may receive non-perishable food and basic goods, as well as utility bill assistance, through this Lakewood neighbor-helping-neighbor project that has been in place for over 40 years. To apply for assistance, call the Burns Community Center at (562) 925-7512 or visit this webpage.
    • Lakewood Meals on Wheels - Volunteers deliver well-balanced nourishing meals of a hot lunch and a “cold” sack dinner to registered clients. The $8 daily fee is billed monthly, but low-income clients can call to discuss payment options. Call 562-925-8747 to begin receiving meals or for more information. Learn more about Meals on Wheels.
    • The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood city staff have put together this online map of Lakewood restaurants offering take-out and delivery. Just click on a map pin to see the restaurant's details. Green pins indicate restaurants that also sell grocery items or kits. Using a smartphone? View the map through this link. See a list of open restaurants here.  
  • Business and worker resources
  • See a list of open restaurants here.  
  • City of Lakewood COVID-19 homepage: access to up-to-date information, assistance and resources, and more.
  • For more information visit: City of Lakewood.

Lynwood

  • Senior resources:
    • City of Lynwood (seniors) – A group of grocery stores in the city of Lynwood will offer priority shopping to Lynwood Seniors who are 65 or older and Special Needs Families. Grocery stores are required to restrict patronage for the first thirty minutes of operations on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Lynwood Senior residents can visit any of the following stores: Food 4 Less, Walgreens, Smart & Final, El Super, Superior groceries, CVS, Rite Aid, Numero Uno Market. Age may be verified with ID.
    • Food delivery for seniors in Lynwood, Compton, South Gate call: Greater Emmanuel Temple at 424-296-0400 Tuesday - Friday, 9am to 12pm
  • For more information visit: City of Lynwood.

Maywood

  • MA.C.E.S – 5800 King Ave 90270 Maywood CA, 7am-11am M-F, meal program for students, students are not obligated to show up to receive the meals.
  • Ellen Ochoa Learning Center - 5027 Live Oak St. 90201 Cudahy CA, 7a.m.-11a.m. M-F, Meal program for students. Students are not obligated to show up to receive the meals.
  • South East Rio Vista YMCA Maywood - 4801 E. 58th St, Maywood CA 90270, 11a.m.-2p.m. M-W, All are welcome.
  • For more information visit: City of Maywood.

Paramount

  • Paramount seniors - If you know any seniors that live by themselves or need resources, please contact (562) 220-2090.
  • For more information visit: City of Paramount.

Signal Hill

  • The City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Information Hotline is now available 24/7. Call 562-989-7392 to hear recorded information.

South Gate

Vernon


EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

The fastest way to file a claim is to create a Benefit Programs Online account which provides secure access to:

FOR ALL CLAIMS: An Executive Order by the Governor waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you if you are eligible, you can collect the benefits for the very first week you are out of work. For more information on state resources and to see if you are eligible, please refer to the Employment Development Department COVID-19 resource page, located here.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance update:

The new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program launched on Tuesday, April 28. This separate program established by the CARES Act was built to provide benefits to eligible business owners, self-employed, and independent contractors, along with those who have limited work history and others not eligible for regular UI benefits who have lost business or work as a direct result of the pandemic.

  • All workers impacted by the pandemic will use the same UI Online system for applying for benefits with new questions added for possible PUA benefits. Based on responses as well as EDD’s wage records, the department will determine if your claim is processed as a regular UI claim or a PUA claim.
  • In order to get access to this program available as quickly as possible, the EDD will start paying minimum weekly benefit amounts to eligible PUA claimants and will phase in increased amounts based on proof of income provided. See PUA FAQs for more information.
  • PUA benefits are based on income as reported by the individual for calendar year 2019 (such as 1099 information), as well as wages reported by employers if applicable, which is different than how the regular UI system works in which benefits are based entirely on wages reported by employers (W-2 information).

Update for workers who have exhausted all available unemployment benefits

The EDD has a dedicated team working to build the new 13-week federal extension of benefits established in the federal CARES Act called the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Some workers who have run out of all of their available benefits will be eligible for this extension, while others may qualify for the new PUA program.  Unfortunately, the complex web of eligibility requirements established by the federal government makes this very challenging for impacted workers looking for immediate financial help.

 To help navigate the mandated requirements, the EDD provides the following guidance to assist workers. It all depends on when you exhausted your benefits, and when your benefit year expires.

  1. If you received your last benefit payment for weeks you spent unemployed between February 2 and March 21, but are still within the one year that your claim is good for, you could be eligible for PUA benefits for the weeks you are eligible for between February 2, 2020 and March 28, 2020. While you will not be able to apply for PUA through UI Online, the EDD will send you a Notice of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Award and a separate document you’ll need to complete to give EDD additional details that we don’t already have from you to meet PUA requirements. Watch for further updates soon.
     
  2. If you received your last benefit payment for weeks you spent unemployed on or after March 21 and are still within your benefit year, you will not meet federal requirements for PUA. But the EDD will automatically file an extension claim for you as soon as it’s available since we will already have your information needed. You will receive a notice from EDD when that claim has been filed and when you can certify for PEUC benefit payments.
     
  3. If you ran out of benefits before February 2 and are still within your benefit year, you most likely will not be eligible for PUA because you have to verify your unemployment is a direct result of the pandemic. However, you may be eligible for the new federal 13-week extension. The EDD will notify you of how to apply as soon as further details are available.
     
  4. If you have run out of your benefits AND your benefit year has expired, you are encouraged to reapply for benefits through UI Online. Based on the information you provide, the EDD will determine if you qualify for a new regular UI claim based on wage data or a PUA claim.
     
  5. If you are unable to collect regular UI benefits due to a disqualification (such as you voluntarily quit, were fired or discharged from your employer), or you are serving a false statement penalty from a past claim, you could be eligible for PUA benefits. As with group one above, you will receive a Notice of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Award and a separate document you’ll need to complete to give the EDD additional details that we don’t already have from you to meet PUA requirements. Watch for further updates soon.

Other resources:

  • Truck drivers who are self-employed over the last 12 months can get assistance from the Opportunity fund
  • Undocumented Employees – Visit Legal Aid at Work for information on your legal rights at work.

UTILITY BILLS

Public Works (water, sewer & trash)  – Los Angeles County Public Works will NOT SHUT OFF OR STOP SERVICES for customers who are delinquent or behind in service or permit payments until this order is lifted. This includes water, sewer and trash pick-up services. For any inquires, Public Works' 24 hour/7 day dispatch number is 800-675-4357.

Water (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power- LADWP) – To help customers get through any financial hardships that may occur as a result of Coronavirus/COVID-19, LADWP is offering extended payment plans.  Any impacted customer can request a payment plan online at www.ladwp.com  or can make arrangements by calling customer care at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397).  LADWP has also deferred disconnections for non-payment through the remainder of March at this time.

Telephone, Cell Phone and Internet – The Federal Communications Commissions has launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge asking U.S telephone and broadband service providers to agree that, for the next 60 days, they will not terminate any services to residential or small business customers who can’t pay their bills due to complications from the pandemic, as well as waive any late fees those customers might incur because of economic hardships resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, among other commitments.  For a complete list of the service providers who have signed on to the pledge as of March 13th, click here.

To read about the specific commitments from some of the major service providers who have signed onto this pledge, please refer below:

SoCal Gas - For Residential Customers, who are having a hard time paying their bills, SoCal Gas has temporarily suspended service disconnects EVEN IF you received an automated 48 hour shut off notice. In addition to this, they are offering assistance with paying your bill. For Small Business Customers, they are waiving late payment fees.

SoCal Edison - Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.


SCHOOLS

A number of school districts throughout the state have announced temporary closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about schools district closures and school meal programs in and around SD 33, please see the following information and website links:

Bellflower Unified School District

  • YMCA Grab and Go Meals are being distributed from 9 a.m.-11a.m. at 15530 Woodruff Avenue in Bellflower.
  • For more information: https://www.busd.k12.ca.us/

Long Beach Unified School District

Los Angeles Unified School District

  • Grab & Go Food Centers will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. To find the closest one to you, see the interactive map on this site.
  • Hotline open weekdays from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Families: (213) 443-1300
    • School leaders: (213) 241-2000
    • Employees: (213) 241-2700
  • For more information

Lynwood Unified School District

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch 8am – 10am at Lynwood High, Firebaugh High, Cesar Chavez Middle, Rosa Parks Elementary, Helen Keller Elementary
  • Hotline: 310-635-2807
  • For more information

Montebello Unified School District

  • Now until June 11th (10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    • Monday-Friday
    • Open to 1-18 of age
    • No registration or ID needed
    • All MUSD campuses
  • For more information

Paramount Unified School District

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the same locations.
  • On Monday and Wednesday, families will be given a two (2) day supply of meals
  • In other words, on Monday, meals will be provided for both Monday and Tuesday.  On Wednesday, meals will be provided for both Wednesday and Thursday. Only one (1) breakfast and lunch will be given on Friday.
  • Students do NOT have to be present. Parents, on Monday, you will receive both breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, you will receive a breakfast and lunch for both Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday, you will be receiving a breakfast and a lunch for only Friday. 

ABC Unified

  • Meals: meal bags with breakfast and lunch available at designated locations. All persons in the community who are 18 years of age and under, and all Adult Transition students are eligible participants and must be present to pick up a meal bag.  All meals are free, even if the students are on paid status. Meal pick-up time will be from 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
  • For more information

Long Beach City College

  • Visit lbcc.edu/coronavirus for information about Long Beach City College’s response to COVID-19, including information for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Update on Returning to Campus
    • Regarding Fall Semester, most students will not be returning to campus on June 10, 2020. However, there will be limited face-to-face instruction. A list of classes that will be returning to campus in Fall will be shared as soon as it is available.
  • Virtual Commencement Ceremony – Fri, June 12, 2020
    • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Long Beach City College’s in-person Commencement Ceremony scheduled for June 4 has been postponed and a virtual ceremony will take place. Long Beach City College’s inaugural Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be on Fri., June 12, 2020 at 5 p.m. You can be part of the celebration by watching the ceremony by visiting www.LBCC.edu. In addition, students who would have participated in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony are invited to join the 2021 in-person Commencement Ceremony. More details about Commencement are forthcoming.

Cal State University Long Beach

  • Virtual instruction and virtual delivery of most student services continue through the end of the semester, as does the primarily remote work environment for staff. Accordingly, many buildings on campus have been closed. An online map has been developed to help illustrate specific closure information.
  • Summer and Fall 2020 semesters will be conducted virtually at this time.
  • Visit csulb.edu/covid-19 for information about CSULB’s response to COVID-19, including virtual instruction, building closure, event postponement, and other actions taken to increase social distancing.

Resources for Students:

Long Beach Unified School District in Partnership with Human-I-T are offering low cost/free internet services to qualifying individuals. Text: (562) 372-6925. Online Application

  • Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for a period of 60 days to new K-12 and college-student households. This is for non-current customers residing in a Charter Spectrum service area. For more information, please call 1-844-488-8395.
  • The RedShelf Responds program will provide free e-book access for up to seven titles through May 25th. Use the “Search” box to check if your textbook(s) is available. Courseware is excluded.
  • The Long Beach Health Department's Early Childhood Education Program has provided a resource to help families to navigate these unusual circumstances; the list includes information on digital learning platforms, advice on setting learning schedules, virtual field trips, food options and more: https://bit.ly/392VB75

LAUSD has partnered with KCET and PBS SoCal to broadcast and stream educational content for Pre-K-12th grade students. The schedule for these programs is below:


TAX FILING

The governor’s Executive Order delayed the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19.

Beginning on April 11, the day after property taxes are due, people unable to pay on time for reasons related to COVID-19 may submit a request for penalty cancellation online. The Treasurer and Tax Collector department has set up a special team to process these requests for those who demonstrate they were affected by the outbreak. During the time it takes to process each request, no additional penalties, interest, costs or fees will be imposed on the property tax installment amount due.

State law allows the Treasurer and Tax Collector to consider circumstances beyond a taxpayer’s control, which prevented the timely payment of property taxes. In each request for penalty cancellation, a taxpayer must make a statement detailing specifically how the COVID-19 public health emergency prevented the taxpayer from making a timely payment.


BUSINESSES

The SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Learn more here.

The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan re-opened on April 27th, 2020 for applications  – find low interest rate loans to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable or other debts that small businesses or non-profits are available for those that cannot pay due to COVID-19.

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development -  helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Labor and Workforce Development Agency - Summary chart of benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19.

California Employment Development Department - COVID-19 resource page

County of Los Angeles - resources for businesses       

City of Los Angeles - Small Business Emergency Microloan Program provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

City of Long Beach – Long Beach Economic Development provides webinars, financial assistance and consultant resources for businesses.


2020 CENSUS

Filling out the Census has never been easier! For the first time, you can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below:

Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. See the questions the census asks here.  

If you do not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.

Census News:

 In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees.
  • Implement guidance from Federal, State, and local authorities regarding COVID-19.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.

The Self-Response Phase has been extended until October 31st 2020. This means everyone has an additional 3 months to self-respond to the 2020 Census. Non-response follow up will now take place between August 11 to October 31, where enumerators will interview households in-person, so make sure to fill out your census today!

Please visit the California 2020 Census website learn more and stay up to date!

United Cambodian Community created this video of Census 2020 for our Khmer community, both in English and Khmer with subtitles. It is to educate and promote participation with the Census 2020 how important it is for the community to be counted.


 DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV)

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding the DMV Virtual Field Office at
virtual.dmv.ca.gov to create more digital options for transactions that previously required an in-person office visit. Available transactions now include:

The DMV has taken a number of actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Extending all driver licenses that expire between March 1 and May 31, 2020. Drivers 70 years and older are receiving a 120-day temporary paper extension in the mail, and drivers 69 and younger can request a free temporary paper extension online.
  • Keeping expiring commercial licenses, endorsements and certificates valid through June 30, 2020.
  • Extending identification cards expiring on or after March 4, 2020, to be valid through June 21, 2020.
  • Waiving late fees and penalties for vehicle registration renewals due between March 16 and May 31, 2020, and paid within 60 days of the original expiration date, as well as delaying other requirements. 
  • Temporarily waiving required in-person renewals for eligible driver license and identification cardholders with expirations in March, April, and May 2020. Individuals who meet the criteria are able to renew online or by mail.
  • Launching the DMV Virtual Field Office to create new digital options for transactions that previously required an in-person office visit.
  • Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests to honor social distancing guidelines. 
  • Suspending extended office hours and Saturday service.

Please visit the California DMV News Releases page to stay up do date!

DISCLAIMER - The information provided on this page is current as of May 12, 2020, please make sure to call in to food banks or other resources to confirm open hours of operations or service availability as these are subject to change. Updated information will be added as more services become available and circumstances change.