COVID-19 Support & Resources in Your Community

We are here to help. Many changes are being made to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). These changes are necessary and require a great deal of patience from the public. During this time, you are receiving direction to practice social distancing and self-isolate from your city, county, state and federal elected officials. All these changes can be overwhelming, but we are here to help.

My office has compiled a list of links to services and resources being provided during this time. Please review the list and contact our office if you need assistance completing an application – we are here to help. Call us at 562-861-5803 or email us your questions at assemblymember.garcia@assembly.ca.gov

All resources were collected by 4/2/2020. For the most up to date information, check with the source, call or email our office. We are open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM.

Table of Contents

  • Health Resources + Resources for Undocumented Individials + Regional Centers + Blood Donations
  • Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Governor Executive Orders

  • Stay informed on Governor Newsom’s executive orders to confront Covid-19 such as increase funding for social service programs and schools, and protections for renters/homeowners.
  • Read Gov. Newsom's Stay-at-Home order: here. Additionally, read LA County's Safer-at-Home order: here.
    • Questions on the definition of "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers"? Click here
    • State Park closures, click here. LA County Park closures, click here.
    • Statewide Moratorium on Evictions for those affected by Covid-19, effective until May 31, 2020. Full details here.

 

Legislation to Fight Covid-19 + Stimulus Check Estimator

  • The State Assembly & Senate passed legislation providing $1.1 billion in emergency funding to increase hospital capacity, clean schools and protect the most vulnerable. 
  • Questions on whether you will be receiving a stimulus check? Use the stimulus calculator to get an estimate. Click here

 

Number of Cases in U.S. & CA

  • Every day, the CDC is provide an update on the total number of Covid-19 cases in the nation and in the state. Stay updated
  • Every day, LA County Public Health shares the total number of Covid-19 cases in LA County, and specifies by city or region. Click here.

 

Employment Support

 

Small Business Resources

Apply here for Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance

Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy - resources website

Considering layoffs? Email Los Angeles County Economic Development Center (LAEDC)

California Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 resources

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

Businesses can begin applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance while we await a disaster declaration to release these funds. Information about the program and how to apply can be found here:

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

More Useful Small Business Resources here:

USA.gov - For updated information from the federal government and to speak to representatives who can answer questions, click HERE

 

Utilities

SoCal Edison

To help with financial challenges due to COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending disconnections for customers unable to pay their bill. If you need help, visit: sce.com/billhelp. More info here.

SoCal Gas

Suspension of service disconnections to customers having a hard time paying their bill.

Loans and Mortgages

  • Federal student loan payments can be deferred for 60 days and interest rates will temporarily be reduced to 0%. More info here.
  • Banks and creditors are assisting customers on individual circumstances. Contact your creditor directly. This applies to loans or credit products such as credit cards, car loans, residential mortgages, small business loans, commercial real estate loans, and student loans. Constituents can also ask their bank to waive overdraft or other checking account fees due to financial hardships created by COVID-19. More info here.
  • Credit Unions Offering assistance for their members, click here. To see how else Credit Unions are helping their members, click here.

 

  • Governor Newsom secured support from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers to protect homeowners and consumers.
    • 90-Day grace period for mortgage payments (Bank of America only 30 days), no negative credit impacts resulting from relief, moratorium on initiating foreclosures sales or evictions, and relief from fees and charges. More info here.
  • CA Department of Business Oversight has set-up two webpages regarding updates:
    • Coronavirus Updates, click here
    • Contact info for Financial Institutions who have agreed to Gov. Newsom's requests, click here.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development implement 60-Day foreclosure and eviction moratorium on single family homeowners. More info here.
  • Federal Housing Financing Agency 
    • Mortgage Help for Homeowners Affected by Covid-19, click here.
    • Mortgage Forbearance for Multifamily Property Owners If All Evictions for Renters are Suspended, click here.
      • Fannie Mae announcement, click here, also applies to Freddie Mac. 

Food Banks

They are re-evaluating their strategy daily, so call before heading over.

Food Pantry - LAX

  • 355 East Beach Street (Between – LaBrea and Centinela Streets), South Gate, CA, 90280.
  • Phone: (310)677-5597.

Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank

  • 21411 Norwalk Boulevard, Hawaiian Gardens, CA, 90716.
  • Phone: (562)860-9097

 

Meals for Seniors(interactive map)

Find a location here.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1paBMfsRqsS4r9Px4xiOGYCfxA4-J9y2E&ll=34.03076789104817%2C-118.13568714999201&z=10

 

Census

The census is available online.

 

Cities in Our District + Eviction Protections
Statewide Moratorium on Evictions for those affected by Covid-19, effective until May 31, 2020. Full details here.

Artesia

  • All city events suspended and facilities closed.
  • Temporary Eviction Moratorium for residential and commercial tenants affected by Covid-19, effective until May 31.
  • City providing essential services via phone (562)865-6262.
  • Meals for seniors, pick up at Albert O. Little Community Center (562)860-3361.
  • Updates at cityofartesia.us or (562)865-6262.

Bellflower

  • All events and programs suspended
  • Meals for seniors at Paramount Senior Center, reservations 24 hours in advance required (562)806-5400.
  • City Hall open for essential meetings through appointments (562)804-1424.
  • Updates at https://www.bellflower.org/ or (562)804-1442

Bell Gardens

  • All city events and programs suspended.
  • Meals for seniors available at Human Services Association (6722 Clara Street) or call (562)334-1779. Must reserve lunch a day in advance.
  • Updates at bellgardens.org or (562)806-7700.

Cerritos

  • All events and programs suspended.
  • City Hall open for essential business, by appointment, call (562)860-0311.
  • Meals for seniors call (562)916-8550.
  • Updates at Cerritos.us or (562)860-0311.

Commerce

  • All events suspended and city facilities closed.
  • Temporary Eviction Moratorium for residential and commercial tenants affected by Covid-19, effective until emergency declaration is lifted.
  • Meals for low-income residents at Rosewood Library (323)722-6660, must sign up.
  • Meals for seniors, must sign up with Human Services Association (323)887-4430.
  • Updates at http://ci.commerce.ca.us/ or call (323) 887-4462.

Downey

  • All events and programs suspended.
  • Temporary Eviction Moratorium for residential and commercial tenants affected by Covid-19, more info here.
  • Meal pick-up for seniors @ Barbara J. Riley Senior Center 11am - 12pm. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance, call (562)862-8800; transit available.
  • Updates at https://www.downeyca.org/residents/coronavirusinfo or (562)869-7331.

Montebello

  • Events and programs suspended
  • Meals for Seniors: TBD
  • Updates at cityofmontebello.com or (323)887-1200.

Norwalk

  • All events and programs suspended.
  • Meals for seniors, sign up at (562)929-5580.
    • Distribution at Norwalk Social Services Center (11929 Alondra Blvd.). Delivery available.
  • Updates at https://www.norwalk.org/ or (562)929-5700.

Pico Rivera

  • All city events and programs suspended.
  • Temporary Eviction Moratorium for residential and commercial tenants affected by Covid-19, effective March 16 - May 31.
  • Meals to-go for seniors Monday/Wednesday @ Senior Center (9200 Mines Ave) 11 AM – 12:30 PM.
    • Delivery is possible for seniors over 65 years old – call (562)948-4844.
    • Senior Caseworkers available by phone appointment only, call (562)948-4844.
  • Updates at pico-rivera.org or (562)942-2000.

 

“Flattening The Curve” (articles)

Here are a couple of great articles I've read on flattening the curve.

 

Health Resources (daily updates)

  • The California Department of Health’s website with daily updates on COVID-19
  • LA County Shelter Program
  • COVID-19 Response from Regional Centers Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities. Regional centers remain ready to help and are here to be creative in meeting the needs of the people who rely on them. More info here.
  • The Red Cross - If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate blood & help overcome a severe blood shortage amid the COVID19 outbreak, visit www.redcross.org  to find the nearest location or blood drive.
  • Online Covid-19 Screening and Triage. Secure a visit online or via an app, click here.
  • Undocumented Individuals - 
    • LA County Immigrant Affairs Office has a variety of services and information, included below. If you have questions, please contact them at oia.lacounty.gov or call 800-593-8222.
      • If uninsured, MyHealthLA is the plan for undocumented and documented individuals
        • If you want to access county funded health program, call 844-744-6452 for enrollment. Program is locally funded and will also not count against you for Covid-19 or other services with regards to public charge.
      • Question on discrimination, disability, wage theft, paid leave, and other employment matters? Contact the Employment Rights Attorney Office at 323- 939-0506 x415

Internet Providers

CPUC has ensured all essential utility services remain connected and all late fees are waived.

AT&T

Comcast

Frontier

Spectrum

Earthlink

Viasat

Hughesnet

Cox

Sprint

  • Providing Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18).
  • Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18).
  • Waiving per-minute toll charges for international long-distance calls from the U.S. to CDC- defined Level 3 countries (effective 3/17).
  • Visit the Sprint "Coronavirus (COVID-19) News for Sprint Customers" webpage

T-Mobile

  • All plans now have unlimited data for 60 days to stay connected with friends.
  • Continuing to work with customers on a case-by-case basis to manage account issues. They do not have an offer available for 60 days of free service and encourage consumers to be cautious of social media posts that may include fraudulent numbers.
  • Visit the T-Mobile "Update on COVID-19 Response" webpage

Verizon

TruConnect

  • Offering low-income individuals with with a free Android smartphone, unlimited voice minutes, unlimited texting, and up to 8 GB of data - all at no cost. To apply and read details, click here

School Districts

For most current information, check district website. Also, State Superintendent announced the "CA Meals for Kids" App, click here for more info.

ABCUSD 

  • Schools closed for the rest of the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year, click here for full details. 
  • Pickup breakfast Mon. - Thurs. at 16 school sites between 8am - 8:30am and lunch between 11:30am – 12pm.
  • Updates at www.abcusd.us or call (562)926-5566.

Bellflower USD

  • Schools closed for the rest of the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year, click here for full details. 
  • No meal service.
  • Updates at https://www.busd.k12.ca.us/ or (562)866-9011.
    • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will provide meals to Bellflower Unified Students, from all school sites with the exception of El Camino which is closed. 
      • Children are required to be present to receive their breakfast and lunch meals which will be provided in one single visit, once a day. 
    • Plans are changing daily with the situation, so visit www.yourchew.com for updates.
    • Bellflower USD has partnered with the Los Cerritos YMCA in Bellflower to provide meals on weekdays between 9 AM - 11 AM
      • Monday, April 6, YMCA will be moving food distribution from the YMCA location to  the Bellflower Unified Nutrition Center.
      • From the YMCA you would go North on Woodruff to Somerset then head East toward McNab. Then take McNab South to Ron Yary Way and head West.  If everyone follows this pattern it will prevent traffic back up onto Alondra Blvd.

Downey USD

  • Schools closed March 16 - May 5.
    • Pickup meals Mon. - Fri. at Carpenter, Downey HS, Gauldin, Imperial, Price, Warren HS, Unsworth Elementary, between 10am - 12:30pm.
  • Updates at http://www.dusd.net/covid-19/ or (562)469-6500.

El Rancho USD

  • Schools closed for the rest of the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year, click here for full details.
  • Pickup meals Mon. - Fri. at North Park, Rivera Middle, and STEAM/Burke from 10am - 1pm.
  • Updates at https://www.erusd.org/ or (562)801-7300.

Little Lake City School Distrist

  • Schools closed March 16 - May 5
    • Student work can be found under Parent Resources in the link titled Alternative Learning Opportunities/Student Work: https://sites.google.com/llcsd.net/llcsd-distantlearning/home
  • Pickup meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. On Mondays, students will receive their Monday and Tuesday meals, on Wednesdays they will receive their Wednesday and Thursday meals and on Friday they will receive their Friday meals.
  • Updates at https://www.llcsd.net/ or (562) 868-8241.

Montebello USD

  • Schools closed for the rest of the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year, click here for full details.
    • Supplemental materials for elementary, intermediate, high school and special education can be found at their online resources webpage, click here.
  • Parents can pick up one breakfast and one lunch a day per child or student between the ages of 1-18 years old at a select number of school sites. Meal pick-ups take place Monday- Friday from 10:30am -12:00pm. For a list of school sites, click here.
  • Updates: https://www.montebello.k12.ca.us/ or 323-887-7900

Norwalk-La Mirada USD

  • Schools closed for the rest of the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year, click here for full details.
    • Middle and High School students will continue to get instruction from teachers through Schoology and online curriculum. Elementary students will benefit from a combination of digital and hands on resources. For support and materials, click here.
  • Parents can pick up five meals per child or student between the ages of 1-18 years old at a select number of school sites. Meal pick-ups take place on Wednesdays only from 9:00am-1:00pm, while supplies last. For a list of school sites, click here.
  • Updates at https://www.nlmusd.org/ or  (562)210-2000.

 

See Price Gouging?

Visit the California Attorney General’s website.

LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

 

Social Distancing

California Department of Public Health’s guidelines for social distancing.

 

Taxes

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

  • State Controller Betty Yee has authorized CA Franchise Tax Board to postpone until July 15 (previously June 15), the deadline to file and pay taxes owed for all* individuals and business entities for: 2019 tax returns, 2019 tax return paymenrs, 2020 first and second quarter estimate payments, 2020 LLC taxes and fees, and 2020 non-wage witholdings payments. More info here.
  • The IRS special tax relief extends the deadline to July 15, 2020, for payments due of up to $10 million for corporations and up to $1 million for individuals --- regardless of filing status --- and other unincorporated entities. The FTB special tax relief does not include these limitations

IRS 

  • New deadline to file taxes and to make payments without interest or penalties: July 15.

LA County Property Taxes

  • Deadline to pay property taxes has not changed, it remains as April 10. However, if you are having trouble fulfilling payment by the deadline, you may file for a payment plan or penalty cancellation - filing for these modifications starts April 11. more info here. FAQ

Employment Development Department

 

Trusted Sources for Information On COVID-19

 

Water:

  • California American Water is placing a moratorium on discontinuing service shut offs for nonpayment.  Will begin the restoration of service to previously shut-off customers. 
  • California Water Service suspended water shutoffs for, closed its customer service centers and eliminated all non-essential business air travel and conference participation. 
  • Golden State Water Company has suspended water shutoffs for nonpayment amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Great Oaks Water Company: If a customer is unable to pay a bill from Great Oaks due to COVID-19, the customer should contact Great Oaks’ Customer Service for assistance, including deferred or alternative payment plans, to avoid a service disconnection for nonpayment.
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Company suspended water shutoffs for nonpayment amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  
  • Suburban Water is waiving bill payment late fees and is offering assistance programs to customers experiencing financial hardship.
  • Many municipal/city water providers are offering the same assistance, please call your city.

Calls regarding inquiries pertaining to water companies

 

Legal Services

  • Community Legal Aid SoCal continues to provide free civil legal services in the form of advice and counsel for low income residents of these cities through our Hotline at (800) 834-5001 or visit www.communitylegalsocal.org. Open to residents living in Artesia, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Downey and Norwalk.

 

Domestic Violence

  • 24/7 Assistance available for victims of domestic violence, click here or call 1-800-799-7233 for information or help.

 

Car Payments

  • CarMax Auto Finance - Customers who have been negatively impacted by illness due to COVID-19 and need additional assistance with their account should contact CarMax’s customer service team at (800)925-3612. More info here.

  • Smaller used car dealerships should be contacted on a case by case basis to inquire about payment deferral due to financial hardship due to COVID 19.
  • Several automakers are currently offering payment deferrals for customers experiencing financial hardship. The following have some sort of program for people hit with financial hardship due to COVID 19 listed on the following link at Edmunds.com; Hyundai, Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Infinity, Toyota, Lexus, General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac), BMW, Mini, Honda, and Acura. More info here.

Other Insurance

  • Insurers were asked to maintain insurance coverage and driver discounts to consumers with expired licenses.
  • 60-day grace period to pay insurance premiums including, life, health, auto, property, casualty, and other types of insurance
  • Auto Insurance

    • Department of Motor Vehicles asked law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expirations beginning March 16, 2020, in order to have at-risk populations, including seniors and those with underlying conditions, avoid required visits to DMV field offices.
    • This 60-day extension will not affect driver discounts, rates, or low-cost auto policy.
    • Driver’s license and vehicle registration expirations will be reevaluated at the end of the 60-day period
  • Other insurance questions:

    • Business Interruption Insurance?

      • Normally, this insurance covers loss of business due to physical loss or direct damage to property given the business is covered for that specific cause of loss or peril.
      • Commissioner Lara is working with Governor Newsom’s Administration, federal authorities, and state insurance commissioners through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on solutions to help businesses who are losing income due to government directives and business closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Travel Insurance versus “Cancel for Any Reason” Coverage
      • Travel Insurance: Covers events such as death, illness, or injury for you or a traveling companion. However, these policies frequently exclude epidemics and pandemics.
      • “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage may be available on new policies to cover COVID-19. Normally, the benefit must be purchased at the time of booking the trip and other restrictions may apply.
    • Consumers and businesses hotline to help with urgent insurance issues/questions

      • Hotline number 1-800-927-4357 between 8am - 4pm
    • California Department of Insurance created a website and it is updated constantly with this, and other useful information:

      • http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/140-catastrophes/Coronavirus.cfm

 

Frequently Asked Questions