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.
Expanded access to unemployment assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic has now ended. Many Californians who have lost work are still eligible to receive money from standard unemployment insurance, however.
If you're having trouble accessing your unemployment benefits, you can contact Legal Aid to Work for assistance by visiting their website or calling (800) 880-8047.
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. Monthly payments are already being sent out, so fill out the form now to start receiving yours.
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. Low-income Californians are eligible for free tax preparation.
Need assistance with filing taxes? Find a free tax preparation help location near you. Make sure you check the days and hours of operation and what services they offer before visiting.
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.
If you have questions about the vaccine, 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 rental assistance through the recently-passed COVID-19 stimulus package.
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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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