Community Resources & Information

COVID-19: CARES Act Stimulus Payment Information (updated: 9/9/2021)

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.

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.

Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County

COVID-19: Community Resources (updated: 9/9/2021)

 

Food:

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.

Great Plates Delivered Program

Good Food LA – COVID-19 Resources for Los Angeles

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.

SERVE: Secure Emergency Relief for Vulnerable Employees – SERVE program will provide cash aid to food service workers who reside in the City of Los Angeles. SERVE will offer 4,000 food service workers with a one-time $800 stipend to help them during this critical period.

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 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.

The Worker’s Guide to Your Rights During the Coronavirus

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:

LA County Library – FREE Wi-Fi Park & Connect 

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)

Southern California Edison

Eviction Prevention Information 2021 –ENGLISH– –SPANISH

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

FREE WiFi hotspots for Students k-12

Low Cost Internet

SoCalGas Assistance Programs

Internet for All NOW – Free/Affordable Internet.

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

September 22, 29 & October 6, 12 – Financial Wellness Workshops

CalABLE

Cash Assistance for Refugees/Immigrants (DPSS)

Disability Benefits 101

Individual Development Accounts (Prosperity Now)

Free Financial Literacy Classes Summer 2021 (LBCC)

Financial Education (USBank)

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

Free Tax Preparation 

Guide to Resources and Financial Support Services

Jewish Free Loan Association

Make Money Choices (CA CareerZone)

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) Programs provided my Managed Career Solutions, INC as of July 1, 2021. Please visit the following link to see which MCS program your zip codes is serviced by: https://www.ssa.gov/work/documents/New%20WIPA%20OrganizationsWEB_072121.pdf

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

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.

Virtual Legal Clinics hosted by A New Way of Life and UCLA Law

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

Digital Literacy & Access Resources

Technology Access​
Angeleno Connectivity Trust (ACT) – Giving free internet access to children in need, including students experiencing homelessness, those in foster care, and youth with disabilities.
CHIRPLA, Free High-speed Internet
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Human-I-T
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
LA City – LA Optimized – Helping local businesses go digital with website optimization, branding, marketing, and more.
LA County Library – Free outdoor wifi
LA County Library – Work Ready Program – 6 week program (offered 6 times through 2021) where participants borrow a laptop and wireless hotspot kit from a participating library to aid their job search process. Virtual programs cover topics from writing cover letters, interviewing to identifying high-growth careers and working from home.

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

Google for Education – Applied Digital Skills
Grow With Google Training
New Computer User Tutorial –English Spanish 
Skillful Mouse Practice

Santa Monica Public Library – Computer Classes