As you may be aware, most federal unemployment benefit programs that were made available during the COVID-19 pandemic are set to end this weekend, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency, Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), the $300 Federal Additional Compensation (PAC), and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). September 11 is the end of the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) Extension.
Although parts of our economy are recovering and people are going back to work, many are still not able to work and/or continue to grapple with the significant financial impact caused by the pandemic – especially those who were already struggling prior to COVID. The loss of federal unemployment benefits will undoubtedly create additional challenges.
However, the good news is that there are other programs still available to help assist individuals and families that I want to make sure you are aware of (listed below). I encourage you to take advantage of any assistance you may be eligible for or share this information with someone you know who may need help. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
Golden State Stimulus: California will provide the Golden State Stimulus payment to families and individuals who qualify. This is a one-time $600 or $1,200 payment per tax return. This program was expanded to include individuals with an Adjusted Gross Income of $75,000 for tax year 2020. Payments will be sent automatically either by direct deposit or paper check beginning this month. Learn more
Child Tax Credit: The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides relief to working families –as of July 15, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. Learn more
HEALTH CARE COVERAGE
Access free or low-cost health insurance through Covered California or Medi-Cal.
RENT & UTILITIES
Alameda County Housing Secure Emergency Rental Assistance Program: If you’re an Alameda County renter (except in Oakland, which has its own program – click here) who has fallen behind on rent or utilities payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Program will help income-eligible households pay up to 15 months of rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments. Assistance is also available for landlords who have not received payment of rent, as well as homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: Provides assistance to eligible low-income households with the goal of managing and meeting their immediate home heating and/or cooling needs.
Moratorium on Evictions & Foreclosures: On June 30, 2020, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors amended its previous eviction moratorium ordinance. This emergency ordinance outlaws all evictions anywhere in the County with few exceptions. This ordinance will remain in effect until 60 days after the local health emergency is lifted. Read the ordinance.
CalFresh: California’s food stamps (SNAP) program. Qualified individuals and families can receive cash assistance to purchase groceries.
Alameda County Community Food Bank: Receive immediate help accessing food as well as assistance with accessing other food benefits, including CalFresh.
Alameda County COVID-19 Food Distribution & Services Map: Interactive map to search for food distribution and other services, including testing and vaccination sites.
You can find many more pandemic-related resources on my dedicated COVID-19 Resource Guide website: covid19district5.wordpress.com
Alameda County is here to provide for the health, safety, and well being of our residents every day – not just during a pandemic – and we have many services and programs that are available to those in need. As always, if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.
Stay safe, and if you have not already done so, please get vaccinated.