Are you unsure about what support is available to you in California during the COVID-19 pandemic? Use the simple tool below to learn more about different resources and how you can access them.
Nearly every Californian with children under the age of 18 is eligible to claim a child tax credit this year. Anyone earning $240,000 or less can receive payments beginning monthly in July, with most people receiving $3,000 or more per child.
If you haven't filed taxes for 2019 or 2020, you need to fill out an online form to claim your credit. The form is currently offline until tax season resumes early next year, but you can sign up now for a reminder when that begins.
Undocumented Californians are eligible to receive this money as well, as long as your child has a social security number.
Most Californians are eligible for stimulus payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are four different stimulus payments you may qualify for:
The exact amount of your stimulus payments is determined by the income you report on your taxes. Anyone earning below $100,000 as a single tax filer or $200,000 as a married tax filer will receive money from stimulus payments.
If you haven't filed taxes for 2020, you should do so to automatically receive your stimulus payments. Filing is currently unavailabe until tax season resumes early next year, but you can sign up now for a reminder when that begins.
Safe and reliable vaccinations to protect you from the COVID-19 virus are now available for all Californians age 12 and older. Testing is also freely available in many areas of the state, and Californians can request free at-home COVID tests in the mail.
If you have questions about the vaccine or testing, you can call the California COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 422-4255 from 8am-8pm on Mon-Fri or 8am-5pm on Sat-Sun.
Many low-income Californians qualify for CalFresh, California's food stamp program, which will provide you with funds every month to cover the cost of food. There are also food banks across the state where you can receive free food.
Find a food bank near you. Make sure to call ahead to check days and hours of operation and what services they offer.
Many low and middle income Californians now qualify for either rental assistance or mortgage assistance through the most recent COVID-19 stimulus package and new California programs.
Low-income Californians are eligible for a free cell phone with a talk, text, and data plan through the Lifeline program, which was expanded in the recently-passed COVID-19 stimulus package. Phones now come with a hotspot feature, giving you access to high speed internet at home.
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Undocumented Californians are unfortunately not eligible to receive unemployment assistance or federal COVID stimulus checks. However, they are eligible to receive the California COVID stimulus check, as well as vaccinations and assistance from food banks. They are also eligible to receive the child tax credit as long as the child has a social security number. You can use the guide to find out more about accessing these resources.
Yes, unhoused Californians can be eligible for all resources in this guide. Follow the instructions listed in the guide to learn how to access them.
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