Community Resources & Information

COVID-19: CARES Act Stimulus Payment Information (updated: 11/16/2020)

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – (infographic)
Federal lawmakers enacted a $2 trillion economic stimulus package on March 27 that put money directly in the pockets of families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. Check on your payment status HERE.

Cornell University’s Institute on Employment and Disability released guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on public benefits. You may view that information here: COVID-19 and Social Insurance and Benefit Programs here (updated: 5/4/2020): ENGLISH  ESPAÑOL

DPSS – For people experiencing homelessness, and who do not have a bank account for direct deposit you can use the DPSS district office address as your mailing address and schedule an appointment to pick-up your mail by calling the Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777.

LA CARES for essential workers – child care for essential workers and low-income families.

Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County has created a useful document with frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. English Español

Assistance with filing your taxes: VITA (Long Beach)

Unemployment Benefits are Taxable – Have the correct tax withheld for 2020.

COVID-19: Community Resources (updated: 11/16/2020)

Food:

CalFresh Food (Update) – CalFresh emergency benefits.

Critical Delivery Service – WDACS has launched a temporary delivery program to deliver food and other vital items to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.

County of LA COVID-19 Food Resources

Family Source Center Grocery Gift Cards – Families can obtain grocery gift cards through the Family Source Centers network. 3-1-1 staff will connect callers to a Family Source Center to apply over the phone and schedule an appointment.

Grab’n’Go FREE meals for individuals 18 years and younger. (POMONA)

Great Plates Delivered Program

Good Food LA – COVID-19 Resources for Los Angeles

Thanksgiving Grab-n-Go – Sign up for a free and safe drive-thru event at a park near you. Giveaways may include a grocery store gift certificate for a free turkey, materials for a festive DIY centerpiece, fresh produce, dry foods and books. Pre-registration is required. Only one registration needed per household permitted. Face masks required. No walk-ups.

 

Financial:

Assistance for Service Workers – One Fair Wage Emergency Fund for service workers struggling amidst the coronavirus crisis.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) – BEAP grants seek to provide immediate financial assistance for those in the hospitality industry who encounter temporary, emergent, financial hardship due to unforeseen and/or catastrophic life events.

 

Support & Resources :

Inner City Law Center – If you are unable to pay rent because of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic this resource can provide you with information about COVID-19 Eviction Laws.

LA CARES for essential workers.

LA County Disaster Help Center: For Workers – Helps workers affected by the coronavirus health emergency by gathering useful resources to help LA County workers who may be experiencing adversities due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic. To contact call: (833) 238-4450 or email at: disasterhelpcenter@lacounty.gov. NEW expanded hours: 8:30am-5:30pm Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 3pm on Saturdays.

Pacoima North Valley WSC/AJCC – assistance for vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. Assistance with housing, utilities, childcare, and transportation.

The Worker’s Guide to Your Rights During the Coronavirus

Work From Home Scams – Updates from the Chief of Information Office about things to look out for while working remotely.

Free COVID-19 TestingEnglish Español 

Renew Your DACA – LA County Consumer & Business Affairs

 

Utilities:

Information on programs that can lower electricity and gas bills for qualified households. Please review the links below:

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)

Southern California Edison

Free Resource Hub (Arcadia) – Every Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm until May 27, 2021.

SoCalGas Assistance Programs

California Emerging Technology Fund – Low cost computers.

Internet for All NOW – Free/Affordable Internet –FLYER

iFoster’s Keeping Youth Connected During COVID-19

The drop-down menu items below provide a wide range of information that may not be directly employment or education related, however, they are resources that can facilitate a person’s path towards employment. Here you will find resources about financial well-being, and general employment related resources including legal resources and tattoo removal.

Financial Well-Being

CalABLE

Cash Assistance for Refugees/Immigrants (DPSS)

Disability Benefits 101

Individual Development Accounts (Prosperity Now)

Financial Literacy Classes October & November 2020 (LBCC)

Financial Navigators – The L.A. County Financial Navigators program is designed to help L.A. County residents deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing remote assistance in navigating critical financial issues and making referrals to other social services and resources

Jewish Free Loan Association

Make Money Choices (CA CareerZone)

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) Programs
Verdugo Jobs Center (VJC)
Managed Career Solutions, Inc. and VJC Zip-Codes Served

Legal Resources

Cultural
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Central American Resource Center/ Centro de Recursos CentroAmericanos
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Immigration Law Center

Legal Advice
Homeless Mobile Unit – (213) 351-8248 NOTE: Currently due to COVID-19 HMU is not doing outreach events, however, they are still accepting referrals. Please call the above number for more information. HMU services include providing information about clearing warrants, reducing, dismissing and expunging criminal records as well as sealing records for victims of human trafficking.

Monthly Free Legal Clinic – Pasadena (FRIENDS IN DEED*)

Law Offices of LA County Public Defender (events calendar)

Legal Aid at Work (Free Legal Information)

Tenant Protections (Long Beach) ENGLISHSPANISH
There are new protections and obligations that can protect tenants impacted by COVID-19 (reduced wages or income, loss of work, increased medical costs) who are unable to pay all or part of your rent.

Legal Resources - Re-entry

The Bail Project – Access to bail is expanded to all courts in LA County. The Bail Project, a national program, posts bonds on behalf of people in custody who cannot afford to pay, and then provides court reminders and transportation to ensure that they make their court dates.

BetterFuture – Free background checks for individuals seeking work.

Building Healthy Communities Long Beach – Prop 47
Prop 47 – Record Change Guide

Chuco’s Justice Center – Legal Support
Clear your name. Drop that label. Clear you tickets. Build a strategy for court including life and LWOP cases. Expunge or seal your record. Remove your name from gang databases and injunctions. Prepare for parole hearings. Get immigration case support including fighting deportation.

Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project

PROP 47 Expungement Clinics 2020 – Call the phone number in the flyer for more information
2020 Prop47 Expungment Clinics Calendar       ENGLISH      SPANISH
Visit the following Link to view any updates to the calendar: PROP47 EVENTS CALENDAR

Root & Rebound (R&R)
Their mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low income communities and communities of color in the United States.

Root & Rebound provides “A Roadmap to Reentry: A California Legal Guide”
Online version: https://roadmap.rootandrebound.org/
Downloadable version: Roadmap-To-Reentry

Root & Rebound Reentry Legal Hotline: 510-279-4662
Root & Rebound operates a Reentry Legal Hotline every Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. PST. It is free and open to anyone in California with a reentry-related legal issue, question, or concern, including those who are incarcerated. Please note: they accept Collect Calls.

Tattoo Removal

Homeboy Industries Tattoo Removal
Tattoo removal is a free service provided to participants in the Homeboy Industries’ program (trainees), members of the Los Angeles community, and minors who have gang-related or visible tattoos located on the hands, neck, or face.

Providence Community Health Department – Free Tattoo Removal
Point of Contact: Karina Cisneros,
Email: Karina.Cisneros@Providence.org
Phone: 818-847-3860
7621 Van Nuys Blvd., Unit-B
Van Nuys, CA 914505
The following forms are required to be read, completed and submitted to determine if an individual qualifies for free tattoo removal:
Tattoo Removal Program – Registration Process Flyer
Application & Medical History
A Message to Patients about Medical/Surgical Risks
Tattoo Removal Aftercare Instructions
Consent to Medical or Surgical Care and Treatment
Arbitration Agreement
Suggested Community Service/Development Sites
Community Service/Development Hours Log Sheet
Rules & Regulations Contract
Consent for Photograph
Consent to Release Information

Sunrise Outreach
Life Skills Counseling & Tattoo Removal: Currently tattoo is not available for free except for individuals who are serving a life sentence. However, they offer competitive/low cost tattoo removal service in comparison to other organizations. Please call SUNRISE for a free consultation: 213-483-2655

Digital Literacy & Access Resources

Technology Access​
iFosters
InterConnection (Low-cost computers)

Get Connected Los Angeles

Laptop Check Out – Click on link then look for information about participating LA County libraries at the bottom of the page.
PCs For People
Public WiFi Access Map

Adult Learning & Training (Technology skills)- Learning Computer Basics and Software Basics Tutorials:​
DigitalLearn.org
Digital Wellness (Painted Brain)
Resources on how to use Zoom, online safety, and app recommendations for social connection.
GCF Global

New Computer User Tutorial –
English Spanish 
Skillful Mouse Practice

Santa Monica Public Library – Computer Classes