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We’re all in this together, six feet apart!
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County residents can now call 2-1-1 for information on the coronavirus. You can also receive information by texting the word “coronavirus” to 211211. Phone and text services are available 24/7 in English and Spanish. More info at sccgov.org
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Clara County
During the shelter-in-place vulnerable children face a heightened risk of abuse and neglect. School closures keep them at home and away from the nation’s biggest group of mandated reporters, the educators. The Child Abuse Prevention Council encourages all of us to surround children with healthy relationships that are safe, respectful, kind, and never violent or abusive. There are resources for how you can help at sccgov.org.
Uplift Family Services
Uplift Family Services is remaining open and is committed to providing behavioral health and psychiatric services during this difficult time for your family and our community. Uplift is designated as an Essential Service and is providing tele-health options to all families, as well as in-person crisis response services for those in need. If you would like more information or to make a referral, please contact their Customer Services Department at 408-379-3796, or visit their website at upliftfs.org. If a child under the age of 18 is experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis, contact their mobile crisis services at 408-379-9085 for help.
Santa Clara County’s Meals on Wheels
As we shelter in place, Santa Clara County’s Meals on Wheels program, operated by the Health Trust, is available to provide hot, nutritious meals for home bound seniors. We have information on how to sign up at healthtrust.org.
If you want to help others during this health crisis:
American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are healthy, consider donating blood now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Learn more.
Stanford Blood Center has a need for all blood types and is asking anyone healthy and eligible to make an appointment to donate blood at one of our three centers (in Menlo Park, Mountain View and Campbell) by visiting sbcdonor.org or by calling 888-723-7831. Note that the shelter-in-place does not apply to blood centers and their donors.
The Health Trust is looking for drivers for Meals on Wheels. To help, you need to be 18 or older with a driver’s license and your own vehicle. Get more info here.
Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers to pre-box and deliver food. Find out more at shfb.org.
Silicon Valley Strong is looking for volunteers to ensure food security for the most vulnerable residents among the 1.9 million people in this County. They focus our delivery efforts primarily on seniors and the medically vulnerable who are urged to self-isolate for their own safety. Find out more at sanjoseca.gov.
More helpful links:
If you’re a worker impacted by COVID-19, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has information and resources on available benefits. Learn more at labor.ca.gov.
If you cannot pay your rent, San Jose has halted evictions if you cannot pay your rent because of the coronavirus. You can find out more at www.sanjoseca.gov.
If you cannot pay your mortgage, you may be able to lower or suspend your mortgage payments for up to a year. Get information about how to qualify and signup at knowyouroptions.com or myhome.freddiemac.com.
If you cannot pay your student loans, the federal government is allowing people with student loans to skip payments for 60 days without interest or penalties. You can contact your loan holder to make the arrangements or visit studentaid.gov.
If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to the coronavirus, you can file a Disability Insurance claim here, EDD Disability Insurance claim.
If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down operations due to coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim here, EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.
If you are working fewer hours or not working because your child’s school is closed and you need to care for them, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim here, EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.
If you’re unable to work because you’re caring for a sick or quarantined family member with coronavirus, you can file a Paid Family Leave claim here, EDD Paid Family Leave claim.
If you or a family member are sick, there may be paid sick leave or other paid leave that is available. Additionally, employees at worksites with 25 or more employees may also be provided up to 40 hours of leave per year for specific school-related emergencies, such as the closure of a child’s school or day care by civil authorities (see Labor Code section 230.8). Whether that leave is paid or unpaid depends on the employer’s paid leave, vacation or other paid time off policies. Discuss your options with your employer, and read more about Paid Sick Leave eligibility here, DIR Paid Sick Leave eligibility.
If your business has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus, you can apply for a low-interest federal disaster loan at disasterlaon.sba.gov.
If you need to file a price-gouging complaint against an individual or business, you can file a claim at oag.ca.gov.
If the coronavirus has impacted your ability to file your state income tax return on time, you can file for an extension at ftb.ca.gov.
If your driver license or vehicle registration is expiring soon and you don’t want to risk coronavirus exposure or transmission, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering a 60-day extension for renewals of driver licenses and vehicle registrations with expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. More information can be found here, dmv.ca.gov.
If you are low-income and need assistance to stay housed, the Homelessness Prevention System (HPS) program provides temporary financial assistance (e.g. rent, deposit, or utilities payment) to low-income families or individuals who are struggling to maintain their housing. Learn more at destinationhomesv.org.
If you are a San José State University student who is being affected by their campus closure, please contact SJSU Cares.
If you are experiencing homelessness and your access to resources are being affected by Coronavirus, please check out shelter services with City of San Jose’s Homelessness Response Team, CityTeam, and Sacred Heart.