Coronavirus - What You Need To Know

As Of April 6, 2021: California Aims to Fully Reopen June 15:

On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:

1. Equitable vaccine availability: If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years or older who wish to be inoculated.

AND

2. Consistently low burden of disease: Hospitalizations are stable and low, and specifically, hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals are low.

> California's comprehensive website on COVID-19 can be found here.  

> Find your county's tier here and enter your activity here to see if it's allowed.

> If you have not been fully vaccinated, masking is still strongly recommended. If you have been fully vaccinated, the CDC website has these guidelines.

Additional resources available by clicking a header below to go to the section of interest:

HEALTH

KIDS

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

TRANSPORTATION

HOW CAN RESIDENTS HELP?

The state of California  has launched a site listing volunteers opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are healthy and want to make a positive impact in your community, please visit Californians For All. Locally:

Medical Professionals/Students: A major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge was launched March 30, 2020. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps. Please visit the new Health Corps website. Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.

Community Members: There are many ways you can help during this public health crisis and stay safe. You can donate blood and medical supplies, and/or volunteer at the food bank. Please click here to see the list of possible ways you can support our communities in Assembly District 19.

In San Francisco, seniors and the elderly need help with shopping, chores and errands. More information here.

> STOP HATE: In addition reporting to law enforcement, please help track hate crimes or incidents related to COCVID-19 by inputting it here 

> STOP PRICE GOUGING: If you encounter significant price gouging, please contact the CA Attorney General at (800-952-5225) or this website.


 


CHILD CARE

As California begins to slowly re-open, this website offers licensed childcare locations that essential workers can utilize.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

San Francisco’s emergency child and youth care centers will expand their operating hours to better align with the schedule of health care workers. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will also expand their emergency care program to provide child care for additional essential employees. This is part of the City’s efforts to support essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free emergency child and youth care is available to frontline employees who are working in San Francisco, and is not limited to San Francisco residents. Starting on Monday, March 23rd, care will be available at all 35 Recreation and Park Department sites from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to support health care workers in public and private hospitals who typically have 12‑hour shifts.

Additionally, the City will begin providing care to children of Disaster Services Workers, essential Department of Public Health employees, and employees who are part of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium. This is in addition to providing child care for health care workers and low-income families on the Recreation and Park scholarship list, as was announced earlier this month.

San Francisco Recreation and Park’s recreation facilities serve grades K through 8, Monday through Friday. The emergency care centers are operated in partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF). Dedicated recreation professionals operate these facilities, providing homework help and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including sports, art and STEM projects. DCYF provides three meals a day to all participants.

More information here.

SAN MATEO COUNTY

Are you an essential worker in San Mateo County needing care for your children (ages 0-14) while you’re at work?

Get connected to 4Cs’ child care resource & referral staff who will help find emergency child care by filling out this form.


COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS VACCINE &TESTING INFORMATION

VACCINE INFORMATION, INCLUDING APPOINTMENTS:

  • This State of California's website can help you find a vaccine site.
  • For Assembly District 19, please also check your county's health department. San Francisco's is here. San Mateo County is here.

COVID-19 TESTING:

  • San Francisco sites can be found here.
  • San Mateo County sites can be found here.

For more information and resources, visit:


UNEMPLOYMENT

The American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden earlier this year extended unemployment benefits for many Californians. If you are eligible, the Employment Development Department (EDD) processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

2021 Federal Stimulus Highlights:

* Californians collecting either regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) continue to receive the extra $300 per week in benefits without interruption.

* Californians can now file new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims, and will start receiving a minimum of $167 per week – plus the extra $300 Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC). These new claimants will also be able to provide income documentation to potentially increase this payment up to $450 per week, starting April 10, 2021.

* Californians with existing or exhausted PUA claims will be able to certify for benefits by April 10, 2021.

* Californians with existing or exhausted Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits can expect EDD to begin automatically processing PEUC extensions, with the additional weeks of benefits available for certification by April 30, 2021.

* The first $10,200 of unemployment income tax-free for households with income less than $150,000. This provision would be retroactive to tax year 2020 (the taxes you file in 2021).

Eligible claimants will always receive benefits for the weeks in which they were not employed, even if Department processing of those benefits comes later. The new American Rescue Plan extends the federal PUA benefits from 57 weeks to up to 86 weeks. It adds 29 weeks of benefits to the PEUC extension, bringing that up to 53 weeks of benefits for those who reached the end of their regular state unemployment insurance. The Department developed a new Federal Unemployment Benefits chart that shows these various federal programs and timelines.

Reduced Work Hours/Work Closed

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

School Closures

If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

To apply for Unemployment Insurance, you will need to provide your personal information:

  • Last employer information including company name, supervisor’s name, address (mailing and physical location) and phone number
  • Last date worked and the reason you are no longer working
  • Gross earnings in the last week you worked, beginning with Sunday and ending with your last day of work
  • Information on all employers you worked for during the past 18 months, including name, address (mailing and physical location), the dates of employment, gross wages earned, hours worked per week, hourly rate of pay, and the reason you are no longer working.
  • Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance, Standard Form 8 (former federal employees only)
  • DD 214 Member 4 copy (ex-military only)
  • Citizenship status, and, if you are not a U.S. citizen, information from your employment authorization document

Self-Employed

The available benefits are insurance programs. To be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months. It is possible these contributions were made at a prior job, or if you were misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.

Lost Wages Assistance Program: Has expired. Congress did not renew.

Sick or Quarantined

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 as certified by a medical professional, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

You must provide the following information to file a DI claim:

  • First and last name.
  • Social Security number.
  • California Driver License number.
  • Most current employer’s business name, phone number, and mailing address (as stated on your W-2 or paystub).
  • Last date you worked your regular duties and hours or date you began working at less than full duty or modified duty.
  • Physician/Practitioners Certificate verifying disability status.

Apply online here.

Caregiving

If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

You must provide the following information to file a PFL claim:

  • First and last name.
  • Social Security number.
  • California Driver License number.
  • Most current employer’s business name, phone number, and mailing address (as stated on your W-2 or paystub).

Provide the following information only if it applies to you:

  • Any wages you received or expect to receive from your employer (sick leave, paid time off, vacation pay, annual leave, and wages earned after your stopped working).
  • Any workers’ compensation claim information.

Additional information that may be needed:

  • Bonding – New Mother: No additional documents needed.
  • Bonding – Other: Mothers without a prior pregnancy disability claim, new fathers, and foster or adoptive parents will need to provide a Proof of Relationship document with their claim. You can mail it as a paper document to be matched to your claim or scan and upload it to your computer to submit with your claim using SDI Online. Select File a New Claim under the main menu on your home page and select Submit Electronic Paid Family Leave Bonding Attachment.
  • Care Claims: Along with your Part A Statement of Claimant, you must also provide the Care Recipient’s Authorization for Disclosure of Personal Health Information and Part C - Statement of Care Recipient signed by the care recipient or their authorized representative. These additional forms can be downloaded from the confirmation page when Part A is submitted online. You can scan and upload it to your computer to submit with your claim using SDI Online. Select File a New Claim under the main menu on your home page and select Submit Electronic Paid Family Leave Care Attachment. If using the paper claim form, it can be mailed to the EDD in the envelope provided.
  • You also need Part D - Physician/Practitioner’s Certification of the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) completed and signed by the care recipient’s physician/practitioner. Provide your Form Receipt Number to the physician/practitioner so they can submit the medical certification. The physician/practitioner can submit the certification using SDI Online or you can have them complete and sign a paper version. ​​​

EDD Call Center: As of April 20th, the EDD Call Center is open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, seven days a week, for general and tech support inquiries. Please call 1-833-978-2511. Claims support is only open four hours a day, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-300-5616.


THIRD FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECKS

Under the American Rescue Plan, those eligible will get up to $1,400 in stimulus payments for each taxpayer in their family plus an additional $1,400 per dependent. This means a family with two children could receive $5,600. Unlike the previous two rounds, you will receive stimulus payments for all your dependents, including adult dependents and college students.

Although you may want to file your 2020 return now in order to provide your most recent information to the IRS, including bank account information, you don’t need to do anything to get your stimulus check. The IRS will determine eligibility based on your last tax return, either 2019 or 2020, and will likely send your payment to the bank account where your tax refund was deposited. 

How do you know if you may be eligible to receive a third stimulus payment?

If you have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of up to $75,000 ($150,000 married filing jointly), you should be eligible for the full $1400 stimulus payment.

*Note, adjusted gross income (AGI) is your gross income like wages, salaries, or interest minus adjustments for eligible deductions like student loan interest or your IRA deduction. Your AGI can be found on line 8b of your 2019 Form 1040 or on line 11 of your 2020 Form 1040.

As your AGI increases over $75,000 ($150,000 married filing jointly), the stimulus amount will go down. The stimulus check rebate will completely phase out at $80,000 for single filers with no qualifying dependents and $160,000 for those married filing jointly with no dependents. 

If the Internal Revenue Service already has your bank account information, it will transfer the money to you via direct deposit, based on the recent income-tax figures it already has.The IRS has a payment tracker here.

Note that in April 2020, an Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom prohibits debt collectors from garnishing COVID-related relief funds. This action is retroactive, meaning if the money has already been taken, debt collectors must give it back.


CASH AID FOR UNDOCUMENTED CALIFORNIANS

*** This program is over. *** Because undocumented immigrants do not qualify for federal stimulus checks, the state of California has allocated $75 million to help them because they help keep our economy running. Under the new program, an estimated 150,000 adults may qualify for a one-time cash payment of $500 per adult, with a maxiumum of $1,000 per household.Applications begin on Monday, May 18,2020. In Assembly District 19, the process is being administered through Catholic Charities. Deadline to apply is June 30th, 2020 or until funds run out. Information is available here


SCHOOL REOPENINGS

Updated April 2021: Because of AB 86, schools have been given extra money to reopen. For every school day they are not open under the parameters set under AB 86, the district loses a percentage of that extra funding. 

School districts in Assembly District 19:

  • San Francisco Unified info can be found here.
  • Jefferson Union High School Unified School District info can be found here.
  • Jefferson Elementary School District info can be found here.
  • Bayshore Elementary School District info can be found here
  • South SF Unified School District info can be found here.

RESIDENTIAL EVICTION DELAYS/MORATORIUMS

 SB 91 extends tenant protections included in the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 (AB 3088) to June 30, 2021. These protections were originally set to expire on February 1, 2021. The Act includes the same eligibility and program rules as before including:

  • Prevents evictions for nonpayment of rent by tenants experiencing a COVID-19 hardship.
  • Available to any tenant who timely attests under penalty of perjury that he/she has not been able to pay full rent due to COVID-19-related circumstances.
  • If a tenant pays at least 25 percent of his/her rent owed between September 2020 and June 2021, they are permanently protected from eviction for not paying their full rent during this period; however they will still owe their landlord all unpaid rent.
  • Landlords may still proceed with certain other types of “just cause” evictions unrelated to a tenant’s failure to pay rent.

SB 91 also created a relief program for both tenants and landlords. To see eligibility, conditions and application, please click here.


UTILITY (Electricity, Gas, Water & Sewer) SHUT-OFF RESTRICTIONS/PAYMENT HELP 

Water Shut-Off Restrictions for Residential and Small Business Customers

On April 2, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order, restricting water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order protects consumers who may not be able to pay for their water service from shutoffs. Already, over 100 public and private water systems across California have voluntarily suspended water shutoffs for non-payment as a result of COVID-19. Under the order, the State Water Resources Control Board will issue best practices and guidelines on support for the state’s water systems during this time.

“This executive order will help people who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring they have water service,” said Governor Newsom. “Water is critical to our very lives, and in this time, it is critically important that it is available for everyone.”

Additionally, the executive order will restore water for occupied residences that may have had their water shut off as of March 4, 2020, which is when the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

The order can be found here.

Payment Help For Californians

If you are having difficulty paying your utility bills, the California Public Utilities Commission compiled a list of consumer protections that water, energy & telecommunications companies are providing during this #COVID19 pandemic. Many are suspending shut offs for non-payment. Information is available here.

Payment Help for San Francisco Water Customers

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has announced a New Emergency Assistance Program that offers discounts to residential customers who need help paying their bills. Qualified customers can save 15-35% on Water, Sewer, and Hetchy Power* bills retroactively to March 4. This program is available for a limited time, you can learn more about the program and apply today by visiting sfwater.org/bill-covid19 or calling 415-551-3000.


MUNI RESTORES OFFERS MORE BUS SERVICE

April 29, 2021: In March 2020, due to unprecedented constraints on resources brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SFMTA had to make significant transit service reductions. As of January 2021, the agency has been able to restore service to a level where 91% of San Franciscans are within a quarter mile of a transit stop. This is reflected in the SFMTA’s current COVID-19 Temporary Service Plan. Face coverings are still required to ride.

COVID-19 Temporary Service Plan Map


BART SERVICE

BART still requires riders to wear face coverings. Read about their plan, as the region reopens, here.

As of March 22, 2021, trains are currently running every 15 minutes Monday - Friday and the following hours are in effect until further notice:

  • Monday-Friday from 5am-9pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday service will be from 8am-9pm

It's best to use the agency's trip planner here to better time your journey with train service. BART will monitor ridership data each day and has the ability to add trains as needed. Read their March 22nd announcement here.

BART plans to increase service and extend hours September 2021.


CA SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS & SERVICES

New Medi-Cal applicants: The state has expedited Medi-Cal for new applicants, waiving certain paperwork requirements including citizenship docs. Homeless individuals just need to state on application that they are homeless and will be expedited. All applications can be done through the Covered California website.

CalFresh: If you qualify for and need CalFresh food assistance benefits (the state's food stamp program), applications can be done online, at GetCalFresh.org. If you are already receiving CalFresh, you will keep your coverage through May and won't need to be recertified.

If you are already enrolled in the following programs, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order extending the period that participants have to re-certify to ensure California’s most vulnerable residents can continue to receive health care, food assistance and in-home supportive services in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak without interruption. The order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:

  • Medi-Cal health coverage
  • CalFresh food assistance
  • CalWORKS
  • Cash Assistance for Immigrants; and
  • In-Home Supportive Services

You can read the executive order here.


HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH COVERED CALIFORNIA OR MEDI-CAL 

Covered California is a free service that connects Californians with brand-name health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It’s the only place where you can get financial help when you buy health insurance from well-known companies. That means when you apply, you may qualify for a discount on a health plan through Covered California. If you have had a job loss or a life-changing event, you may apply for coverage any time. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, a special enrollment period opened up in April 2021. Details of how this new federal subsidy can help you are available here. Otherwise, the Covered California website can help with quotes and enrollment.

Limited income Californians may qualify for Medi-Cal instead. Information can be found here.

To see the difference between Covered California and Medi-Cal, read this page.

All medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 are free of charge, and all health plans available through Medi-Cal and Covered California offer tele-health options.

 


FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS SUSPENDED

By Executive Order:

  • Automatic payment suspension for any student loan held by the federal government through December 31, 2020
  • Interest will not accrue during the suspension period

California Executive Order For Student Loans Not Held by the Federal Government 

The Executive Order does not address millions of student loan borrowers with federal loans that are not owned by the U.S. government as well as loans made by private lenders. The initiative announced by Governor Newsome in April gives direct help to those borrowers.

Under an initiative by California and other states, students with commercially owned Federal Family Education Loan or privately held student loans who are struggling to make payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may also be eligible for expanded relief. Relief options include providing a minimum of 90 days forbearance, waiving late payment fees, ensuring that no borrower is subject to negative credit reporting, and helping eligible borrowers enroll in other assistance programs.

Information can be found here. The Executive Order can be found here.


REAL ID IMPLEMENTATION DELAYED TO May 3, 2023

Updated April 27, 2021: Because state driver's licensing agencies have had limited operating capacity, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) again delayed the deadline for enforcement of REAL ID requirements to May 3, 2023. Once enforcement is in effect, travelers age 18 and older flying commercially in the US will need to have a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or other state photo identity card, which should be marked by a star on the top of the card. Passports and other forms of approved identification will still be accepted. The California DMV's website has more information.


MOST DMV OFFICES ARE OPEN FOR THOSE WITH APPOINTMENTS; VIRTUAL OFFICE REMAINS AVAILABLE 

The California Department of Motor Vehicles Offices are open and providing service to customers with appointments and others, as time and space allow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most DMV tasks can be taken care of without an office visit. Check out their website to see the options available for your need.


SMALL BUSINESSES/EMPLOYERS/NONPROFITS

State Treasurer, Fiona Ma, has compiled a list of resources available to small businesses. The list can be found here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest loans up to $2 million for small businesses, nonprofits (any size), sole proprietorships, self-employed, and independent contractors.Small business defined as less than 500 employees, but can be more for certain industries listed here.

  • $10,000 advance that does not need to be repaid
  • Up to 30 year repayment
  • 3.75% interest for small business; 2.75% for nonprofits
  • Applicant does not have to take out the loan once approved

SBA reports that it will only take three days to receive the advance, but individuals have reported not hearing back for weeks. If you previously applied, you need to reapply to request the advance. Reapplying will not impact the status of or slow your existing application. Apply directly with SBA here. Additional resources and advice can be found on the US Chamber of Commerce website.

Sign up sign up for free, personalized assistance with the SBA application through the Northern California SBDC Network.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

Applicants may apply online and receive more information here.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Updated April 24: The latest federal relief package provides another $310 billion for PPP. Applications are being accepted here on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. 

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses, nonprofits, sole proprietorships, self-employed, and independent contractors.Sole proprietorships, self-employed, and independent contractors can’t apply until April 10. Forgivable loan equals 2.5 times normal monthly payroll, with a cap of $10 million. 75% of funds must be used to pay employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as:

  • The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and
  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained. Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.

Small business and non-profits defined as less than 500 employees, but can be more for certain industries listed here.

Apply directly to bank. 1% fee will be charged. Loan term is 2 years

Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months

The program began April 3, but banks won't be ready to accept applications for a few days after.

More info here.

Possible to qualify for both EIDL & PPP?

Businesses may apply for EIDL and PPP.

If they receive both, PPP will not forgive the $10k EIDL advance. Additionally, the funds cannot be used for the same costs (payroll twice for same person, etc)

PPP is forgivable, but dependent on keeping staff for 2 months. Lower fees/rates

EIDL must be re-paid, must be creditworthy/have collateral.  

Sales & Use Tax Deferment

The state also allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months.

CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK)

California offers the following loan programs for nonprofits and small businesses from one to 750 employees. For more information on how to apply, visit the IBANK website.

NEW 'MICROLENDING' PROGRAM: The state is allocating $50 million to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for loan guarantees to small businesses to help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities.

DISASTER RELIEF LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM (DRLGP): IBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital. Small businesses, including small farms, nurseries, agriculture-related enterprises and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss Resources for Businesses and/or physical damage may apply. This disaster program will help lenders and small businesses by providing loan guarantees of up to $1 million for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas.

JUMP START LOAN PROGRAM: IBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program. IBank established the Jump Start Loan Program in 2016 as a small loan and financial literacy/technical assistance program designed for low-income small businesses in low-wealth communities, including businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and those previously incarcerated. Access to IBank’s Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and Jump Start Loan Program can be made through its partner Financial Development Corporations (FDCs).

Health Insurance Through Covered California

On May 1, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) announced a Premium Deferral Program aimed at helping hundreds of small businesses continue to provide insurance to their employees during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This will allow businesses that have not paid their April or May premiums to pay just 25 percent of their premiums for those months and defer the remaining amount across the rest of the year.  CCSB is also providing a 30 day grace period for April and May premiums. More information can be found here.

City of San Francisco Programs

The City of San Francisco provides a variety of programs to help local businesses. Visit their website for the more information.

Deferred Business Taxes for Small Businesses

For businesses with up to $10M in gross receipts, the City is deferring payment of quarterly business taxes due April 30, 2020 nine months to February 2021 with no interest or penalties. This will provide immediate cash-flow assistance to 8,050 small businesses.

Deferred Business Licensing Fee

The City is deferring collection of annual small business license and permit fees that make up the Unified License Bill for three months to June 30, 2020. This will support more than 10,000 businesses.

COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

The City has established a fund administered by OEWD to offer emergency grants up to $10,000 for microbusinesses. Businesses must be able to show a recent loss in revenue.

SF Small Business Revolving Loan Fund

The City-sponsored Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides access to capital, including microloans and technical assistance.

SF Emerging Business Loan Fund

The Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) offers loans ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to qualifying commercial projects.

Paid Sick Leave - Workers and Families First program

The City will contribute up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave time to employees beyond existing policies through the Workers and Families First Program. This new program provides financial assistance to businesses and nonprofits and may support over 16,000 additional weeks of sick leave pay and coverage for up to 25,000 San Francisco employees. All San Francisco businesses are eligible, with up to 20% of funds reserved for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

San Mateo County

San Mateo County Strong will begin accepting applications for small business loans of up to $10,000 on  Monday April 27, 2020 at 12:00pm. There will be heavy demand for the first $1 million in funding.

In order to prepare for the application portal’s opening, please be ready to submit a complete application, including uploading supporting documentation. The application and more information is available here.

Reduced Work Hours

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.

Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

Potential Closure or Layoffs

Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.

Tax Assistance

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

The Franchise Tax Board has delayed filing deadlines, payment, and penalties for tax filings due between 3/15/20 and 6/15/20 until 715/20. This applies to the Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. More information can be found here.

Business owners and feepayers may request an extension of up to 3 months for tax return due dates, penalties, and interest under the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. More information and an online application can be found here.


TAX DEADLINES

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The California Franchise Tax Board has also aligned it's deadline to be the same.

Californians who earned less than $30,000 last year may be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), which puts cash back in the pockets of the people who need it the most. As a result of early state budget actions by the Governor and State Legislature in February 2021, CalEITC recipients may also qualify for an extra $600 payment under the Golden State Stimulus program. ITIN holders may also qualify for both if their incomes were also below $30,000. To receive either the CalEITC or Golden State Stimulus payments, taxes must be filed. To see if you are eligible or find a free tax preparing organizations, visit CalEITC4me's website here.


CASH TOLL COLLECTION SUSPENDED ON BAY AREA BRIDGES

Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) today announced the temporary suspension of cash toll collection at the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges until further notice. The move minimizes the risk of exposure for toll collectors and toll payers to COVID-19 during the public health emergency.

This temporary switch to all-electronic tolling will affect drivers who cross the Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael, San Francisco-Oakland Bay or San Mateo-Hayward bridges. The Golden Gate Bridge adopted full-time all-electronic tolling in 2013.

Beginning March 21, toll booths at all Bay Area toll plazas will be unstaffed. Motorists who normally stop at a toll booth to pay cash should proceed cautiously through the toll plaza without stopping. Automated, high-speed cameras will capture images of the license plates, and the FasTrak® customer service center will process the images and mail a toll invoice to the address at which the vehicle is registered with the DMV.

While invoices will include a heading that reads “Toll Violation Notice,” these transactions will not be considered violations, and the amount due on each notice will be for the toll amount only. The FasTrak® customer service center will waive all toll violation penalties during the period in which cash toll collection is suspended. The escalation of penalties for previous unpaid toll crossings will also be suspended. This will include a temporary halt to referrals to the DMV for a hold on vehicle registration after a second toll violation notice has gone unpaid.

Motorists who normally use a FasTrak® toll tag or license plate account for toll collection will not notice a difference in their statement.

More information here.


HOW  CAN RESIDENTS HELP?

  • Medical Professionals/Students: A major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge was launched March 30. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps. Please visit the new Health Corps website. For opportunities in San Francisco, more info can be found here.

  • Donate Blood: If you are healthy and able, you can donate blood. Please make an appointment online here through the American Red Cross website..

  • Volunteer at the Food Bank: The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank needs help handing out meals. Additionally, San Mateo County looking for help in delivering food to vulnerable populations.
  • Help Seniors and the Disabled: If your are a healthy adult, seniors and the disabled need help with shopping, chores and errands. More info here.
  • Donate Health/Medical Supplies: Several hospitals/health providers are seeking donations of unused masks, goggles, disinfectants, disposal gloves and hand sanitizers:

SAN MATEO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT MEAL SERVICE

Pandemic-EBT Benefits: Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school, or enrolled in CalFresh, CalWorks, Medi-Cal or Foster Care will automatically get a one-time extra food benefit of $365. The money is loaded onto a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) debit card, which was mailed to qualified students to their homes. This benefit is on top of the meals picked up at school. For those who did not receive their card by May 22 can apply for the program here.

Jefferson Union High School District

Starting September 4, JUHSD families can pick up school meals (breakfast & lunch) on Tuesdays (3 days worth) and Fridays (2 day worth), from 1:00-3:00 pm. The cost is free for children under 18 years old in one household. The children need not be present during for pickup.No IDs are required. More info here.

  • Jefferson High School: 6996 Mission Street, Daly City
    • Circle drive in front of campus
  • Westmoor High School: 131 Westmoor Avenue, Daly City
    • Loading zone (white lane) on Edgemont, near the pool

Outside Assemblymember Ting's district, additional nearby sites include:

  • Oceana High School: 901 Paloma Avenue, Pacifica
    • Circle drive at the Paloma entrance
  • Terra Nova High School: 1450 Terra Nova Boulevard, Pacifica
    • Front of campus, near the flagpole

Please observe these rules: 

  • Congregating in groups is not allowed
  • People arriving by car do not need to leave the vehicle
  • People walking on to campus should go to the designated lunch distribution area only
  • Distributed food will need to be consumed or refrigerated by 5 p.m.
  • Meals should ot be consumed on site.

Second Harvest will continue to distrbute food at Jefferson Union High School every Thursday and Saturdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.The address is 6996 Mission Street in Daly City. Please enter from Mission Sstreet.

Jefferson Elementary School District 

Starting September 1, JESD families can pick up school meals on Tuesdays (breakfast, lunch and supper for two days) and Thursdays (breakfast, lunch and supper for three days, plus food for the weekend).They are free of charge of children under 18 years old, and children do not nee d to be present with a parent or guardian in order to receive the meals. More info here.

  • Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School (Parking lot near black gate: 700 Stewart Avenue, Colma
  • Daniel Webster Elementary (Front entrance of cafeteria): 425 El Dorado Drive, Daly City
  • Fernando Rivera Middle School (Supper not available at this school; front entrance of cafeteria): 1255 Southgate Ave, Daly City
  • F.D. Roosevelt K-8 School (Supper not available at this school; front entrance of cafeteria): 1200 Skyline Drive, Daly City
  • George Washington Elementary School (Front entrance of cafeteria): 251 Whittier Street, Daly City
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School (Front entrance of cafeteria): 785 Price Street, Daly City
  • Thomas R. Pollicita Middle (School Gym entrance located on Orange Street): 550 East Market Street, Daly City
  • Westlake Elementary School (Side entrance of cafeteria, near playground): 80 Fieldcrest Drive, Daly City
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary (School Front entrance of cafeteria-Santa Barbara Avenue side): 43 Miriam Street, Daly City

Bayshore Elementary School District

Breakfast and lunch can be picked up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Garden Gate. Students will need to enter their student code when picking up their food.

Bayshore Elementary School
155 Oriente Street
Daly City, CA 94014

South San Francisco Unified School District

Starting September 3, SSFUSD Nutrition Services will distribute meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm at the following locations in South San Francisco:

  • El Camino High School, 1320 Mission Road
  • Westborough Middle School, 2570 Westborough Boulevard
  • Spruce Elementary, 501 Spruce Avenue

Per USDA guidelines, SSFUSD is no longer required to collect the normal prices charged for meals. More info here.


SAN FRANCISCO FREE LUNCHES

Pandemic-EBT Benefits: Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school, or enrolled in CalFresh, CalWorks, Medi-Cal or Foster Care will automatically get a one-time extra food benefit of $365. The money is loaded onto a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) debit card, which was mailed to qualified students to their homes. This benefit is on top of the meals picked up at school. For those who did not receive their card by May 22 can apply for the program here.

Beginning September 1, free meals for SFUSD students will be distributed every Wednesday from 10:30 am to Noon. The bag includes 5 days' worth of meals (breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk) is available at the following sites:

  • A.P. Giannini Middle School, Bret Harte Elementary School, Brown Middle School
  • Carver Elementary School, Carmichael K-8, Chavez Elementary School
  • Denman Middle School, El Dorado Elementary School, Jordan High School
  • Lau Elementary School, Lick Middle School, Lincoln High School
  • Longfellow Elementary School, Mission High School, Roosevelt Middle School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School, San Francisco International High School and Washington High School.

On Fridays, Ship Shape Community Center on Treasure Island will also distributes meals on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

At this time, these meal sites serve SFUSD students and their siblings only. Adults can continue to pick up meals for children. To pick up meals for SFUSD students, please provide: 

  • Barcode for meal account (printed or on your smartphone)
  • If you do not have the barcode, please bring one of the following: student ID card, meal account pin number, direct certification letter, eligibility letter, or 20-21 school placement letter

To pick up meals for siblings not enrolled in SFUSD, please provide the following:

  • School-age children: school enrollment letter or student ID card
  • Younger children: birthdate to receive a grab and go card at meal site

More Information here.

SFUSD Meal Sites