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The Coronavirus Outbreak: Latest Information

Answers to your questions about worksite closures, your job, and more

The health and safety of workers, students, families and communities are the priority as we work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus. SEIU Local 99 is working with employers, schools, and the state of California to review and provide input on their emergency and preparedness plans, including planning around school closures and the re-opening of worksites.

All employers where SEIU Local 99 members work are currently closed for most in-person, onsite activities.  However, some sites are open for grab-and-go meal distribution, cleaning and maintenance, technology support and other essential work. Be assured that SEIU Local 99 is working with employers to ensure that all assignments can be completed in a safe manner and that members will be paid during the time you are off due to coronavirus closures. If you have questions regarding your specific employer, please submit an Inquiry Form.

The situation is fluid and new information on the coronavirus is being made available every day. Continue to check this page for the latest information.

Please note that all SEIU Local 99 offices are closed but Union Organizers and Member Leaders are available to answer your questions. The best way to contact us is by submitting an Inquiry Form. 

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What is Coronavirus and How Do I Protect Myself and Others?

Get the Facts About COVID-19

The coronavirus, also called COVID-19, is a new highly infectious viral disease. Symptoms include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. It appears that the infection is more prevalent in adults than children. Elderly people and those with predisposing conditions are more vulnerable to the viral illness. The coronavirus can be transmitted through inhalation of airborne infectious matter, through splashes from coughs onto mucous membranes, and by touching objects contaminated by splashes and then touching the nose, mouth or eyes.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

You should take precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of students, the children in your care, assistants, families, and co-workers.

The following guidelines are recommended by the Center for Disease Control to protect yourself and stop the spread of the infection:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, including children.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, or those of the children in your care.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep your children home if they are sick. Enforce your sick policy for families and children who are clearly ill arriving at your center.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects, including toys and materials, sign-in counters, and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Face masks should be worn by everyone in public to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Child Care Providers should encourage parents to wash their hands and their child’s hands immediately upon entering the child care and when they arrive for pickup.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

What should I do if I think I have symptoms?

If you develop symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing) or you believe you’ve been exposed, it’s important to call your health provider first so they can direct you to the most appropriate care.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing a Mask

Properly wearing a “cover your cough” or mask can help protect both you and those around you from getting sick. It’s important to follow infection prevention precautions when putting on and taking off a mask.

See how to properly put on and take off a mask.

The Coronavirus Outbreak and Your Job

Answers to Common Questions About Your Job

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Updated July 2, 2020

I have questions about the Summer Bridge Fund.

There is a separate FAQ and resource page for questions about the Summer Bridge Fund at seiu99.org/summerfund

If we return to school, will we be required to get tested for COVID-19 and, if so, how will we pay for it?

There are no requirements for testing at the moment. If testing becomes mandatory, members will need to negotiate and take action ensure it doesn’t come out of workers’ pockets.

Coronavirus cases in L.A. County are climbing again. What will this mean for the re-opening of schools in the fall? How can we ensure our safety?

While school districts have announced they plan to resume classes in the Fall, it is unclear whether or not school facilities will physically re-open. Our union membership has, and will continue to, demand that once schools re-open safely and cleanliness is of the highest priority. If there is no personal protective equipment available to do the work safely, our members won’t work. Additional precautions like temperature check and access to testing are also key. See our Principles for Reopening Schools that are guiding our conversations with employers.

The Governor said the stay-at-home date is until June 30th. Has the date been extended or am I to report back to work?

The stay-at-home order has not been renewed. All school employees who are vulnerable or have people in their household who fall within one or more of the high-risk categories should be allowed to stay home with pay, and without impact to their benefited time. If you have disclosed to your supervisor that you are high-risk and are being forced to do work that puts you or someone in your household in danger, please report it to our Member Resource Center immediately by submitting an Inquiry Form.

If an employee is in a high risk category (e.g. have a chronic illness like diabetes or asthma) or someone in their household is high-risk, do they have to go back to work? What do they need to do?

Details of what school sites will look like, or even when they will re-open is still unclear. According to guidance provided by the California Department of Education, Districts must propose alternate work assignments for current employees. SEIU Local 99 has not changed our position on this matter: all school employees who are vulnerable or have people in their household who fall within one or more of the high-risk categories should be allowed to stay home with pay, and without impact to their benefited time. If you have disclosed to your supervisor that you are high-risk and are being forced to do work that puts you or someone in your household in danger, please report it to our Member Resource Center immediately by submitting an Inquiry Form.

Will I be paid while my school or worksite are closed?

All SEIU Local 99 members should be paid their regular pay based on the hours you currently work on a weekly basis. If you see any discrepancy in your pay, please notify SEIU Local 99 immediately by submitting this Inquiry Form.

Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond have announced that schools are expected to remain closed for the duration of the current school year.  The final decision will be made by school districts and other employers. But keep in mind that you should be paid your regular pay for the hours you normally work and for any paid holidays that fall during the closure period – for as long as it lasts.

Please see question below about additional compensation for workers who are required to report to work during the closures.

Will I be paid during Spring Break?

We are addressing this issue with employers and it’s our union’s position that if you normally work during spring break, you should be paid. Members who don’t normally work during spring break, and who are usually allowed to use vacation or other paid leave to cover the break, should be allowed to do so. For any other unassigned employees who do not use vacation or other paid leave over spring break, we are also talking with employers about using available vacation time to cover this period. No agreements have been reached yet.

Has the Summer Bridge Program been impacted by the economic effects of the crisis?

No, the Summer Bridge Program is unaffected because funding for the program was already set aside in last year’s state budget. If you applied by the March 1, 2020 deadline, you’ll still be able to start contributing in the 2020/2021 school year, and withdraw funds next summer. If you contributed for the 2019/2020 school year, you’ll be able to begin withdrawing this summer. For LAUSD employees, disbursements are on schedule to go out mid-July. The Summer Bridge Program is not impacted by possible state budget deficits due to an expected decline in tax revenue.

Will LAUSD Bus Drivers be paid Average Pay Time (APT)?

Yes, the school district has confirmed with SEIU Local 99 that all bus drivers will be paid APT and not base rate. If you have issues with your pay, you should notify SEIU Local 99 immediately by submitting this form. 

Will LAUSD substitute workers be paid?

Our union has confirmation from LAUSD that substitute workers in all job classifications, including Special Education Assistants, Building & Grounds Workers and others will be paid during the school closures. Please see this memo from LAUSD regarding pay for substitute workers.

How can I sign-up to voluntarily work at LAUSD’s “grab-and-go” meal centers and earn the $100/day stipend?

LAUSD has received an overwhelming response to the request for volunteer workers and all positions are currently filled. If there is a need to open more centers and for additional staff, the volunteer work opportunities will become available again. Please note, these positions are only available for current LAUSD employees. Please check LAUSD’s website for further announcements about voluntary work opportunities. 

What if I am required to report to work during the school or campus closures?

Some Local 99 members are being required to report to work during school and campus closures. If you are required to report to work, we recommend you do so. However, there are some exceptions. If you are a high-risk employee, we recommend that you report it to your employer and stay at home. If you have issues with your employer regarding your “high risk” status, contact SEIU Local 99 by completing the inquiry form.

“High risk” employees are those who:

Are 60 years of age or over
Have a pre-existing medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease or immune deficiency
Are pregnant

Additionally, if your child is home due to school closures and you cannot make arrangements for child care, you should notify your supervisor that you will need to stay home. Also, if you are caring for a person who is high risk, you should notify your supervisor. Your supervisor may assign you to work from home, if appropriate. You will not be penalized for taking the time off for caregiver or childcare purposes.

Members at LAUSD should have received this memo that outlines specific reporting instructions for classified employees. According to the memo, LAUSD is asking the following classifications to report to work:
• Building and Grounds Workers
• Early Education Center Attendants
• School Facilities Attendants
• Some Food Service Workers
• School Bus Drivers
Please refer to the memo from the district regarding work assignments. Some supervisors may give you different instructions, but you should follow the instructions in the memo. If your supervisor gives you different instructions, document it and report it to your SEIU Local 99 Steward or Union Organizer or by completing our online Inquiry Form.

If I am required to report to work, can I be paid additional compensation?

SEIU Local 99 members who are required to report to work are on the frontlines of ensuring stability and security for families during this crisis. This is why SEIU Local 99 is urging employers to pay them additional compensation on top of their regular pay.

LAUSD has agreed to pay an additional $100/day stipend on top of regular pay to workers who voluntarily work the grab-and-go meal centers and those who are required to work to support the grab-and-go centers, including food service workers, building and grounds workers, Beyond-the-Bell workers, truck drivers, and mechanics. LAUSD has also agreed to pay an additional $5/hour to workers who are required to report to work during the closures in areas that are not part of the grab-and-go meal program.

When will LAUSD employees who are required to report to work be paid the additional $5/hour?

According to LAUSD, this is the pay schedule: For the pay period 3/16/20 – 4/15/20 the cutoff date is 6/12/20 and the pay date will be 6/30/20. For the pay period 4/16/20-6/30/20, the cutoff date is 6/30/20 and the pay date will be 7/10/20. Payment will be retroactive to 3/16/20.

What if I am being required to work remotely from home or to complete online training?

If you have been given an assignment that requires you to work from home, including on-line training and professional development, we are working with employers to ensure that you are provided with the technology you need to complete your assignment.

Will my sick days, vacation time, or other benefited time be used during the time I am out due to school closures or changes in schedules?

While schools and worksites are closed and you are at home with or without an assignment, your vacation, sick time, personal or other earned time-off should not be affected. Of course, if you are sick you should report it and your sick time will be used.

If you or a dependent family member are sick due to a COVID-19 related illness, the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act that went into effect April 1 includes provisions for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave. Read more.

What happens if my school or worksite is closed due to an outbreak of coronavirus?

Your health and safety come first and you should abide by all procedures set up by your employer and local health care agencies, including going home and staying home if you are sick. It is important to note that school districts are in daily communication with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and other local health agencies to monitor any new cases of coronavirus and to determine if the school community is affected. Additionally, the state has put together a set of guidelines for school districts to use to determine if school closures are necessary. As with other emergency and natural disaster situations, SEIU Local 99 will work to ensure that you are paid for any wages lost due to school or worksite closures.

What if I don’t feel safe completing a work assignment?

Your employer must provide you with all of the necessary equipment, supplies and training to complete your assignment safely. However, if you still do not feel safe, let your supervisor know in writing that you cannot complete the assignment because it is not safe to do so. Immediately report the incident to SEIU Local 99 by completing an Online Inquiry Form.

Can I be required to work overtime due to the outbreak?

Employers can mandate overtime work in the case of an emergency. If you are required to work overtime, do not refuse the request but document the conversation you had with your supervisor or save copies of the assignment you receive in writing. The employer is required to pay you for all hours worked.

What does LAUSD’s declaration of emergency mean?

The LAUSD school board passed a declaration on March 10, 2020 that gives the superintendent the authority to take all necessary actions to secure the health and safety of students and staff and ensure that student instruction continues as much as possible in the event of an emergency due to coronavirus.

According to this declaration, the superintendent will have the authority to relocate students and staff, revise student transportation arrangements and approve educational options. It also gives him authority to provide paid leaves of absence for employees due to quarantine or illness, assign staff to serve as disaster-service workers, and order necessary alterations, repairs or improvements to district property.

Here’s what LAUSD’s declaration doesn’t mean: It doesn’t mean that the superintendent can ignore our union contract when taking actions to address coronavirus. The district must still negotiate with SEIU Local 99 over any changes in staffing, hours, the subcontracting of work, work assignments, and other issues. It is important to note that SEIU Local 99 is in daily communication with LAUSD regarding coronavirus and members will have a voice regarding any proposed changes due to an emergency. The voices of SEIU Local 99 members are critically important on this issue since many are frontline workers addressing school cleanliness, health, and safety.

LAUSD has set-up a special hotline for any questions about coronavirus – (213) 443-1300. The hotline is open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more answers to top questions from child care providers and COVID-19 resources click here.

Where can I obtain cleaning supplies?

We are working to find a permanent solution with the state of California to address providers need. There are new guidelines for R&R’s to assist in obtaining supplies for providers in their areas. The CDE has provided guidance to R&R agencies on how to distribute PPE and cleaning supplies funds the governor allocated to child care. In order to receive funding, licensed or license-exempt providers must be currently open or intend to reopen during the pandemic. This includes providers who have private pay parent-clients and those that receive subsidy. R&Rs must use self-certification information from providers. We encourage you to call the R&R in your area and let them know you are providing child care and are in need of supplies if you haven’t heard from them yet.

There are also many distilleries offering hand sanitizer and/or high-proof alcohol for purchase. The distillers listed below are located across the state and mailing supplies directly to consumers. Shipping costs and supplies vary.

Where can I be tested for COVID-19?

In Los Angeles | The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, is providing access to free COVID-19 testing to Los Angeles County residents. Appointments must be made ahead of time.

In San Bernardino | Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will conduct testing for COVID-19 beginning April 9. Testing will be available for the public by appointment only.

Will I be paid even if there is a drop in attendance?

All child care workers working within the state subsidy system, both in family childcare and center settings, to get paid regardless of child attendance. Pay will be based on your most recent invoice.

What adjustments have been made to adult-to-child ratios and compliance guidelines?

Family child care home, day care center, school-age child care center or infant care center may waive adult-to-child, teacher-child, or staff-infant ratios as necessary for prevention, containment, and mitigation measures, as long as the health and safety of children is not compromised.

  • Ratio of child to staff in a family child care home is increased to up to 10 children per 1 adult.
  • Small child care providers can care for up to 14 children and license exempt providers can care for kids from more than one family, up to ten children for license exempt providers.

There are additional guidelines for how providers should comply (notify licensing and parents, for example). Finally, compliance on staff guidelines to allow hiring and other licensing rules have been relaxed temporarily.

What happens if I miss a rent or mortgage payment?

Local governments are to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slow foreclosures, and protect against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. While this is dire for everyone this is especially important for child care providers whose place of business is their home.

What can I do to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in my child care center?

Guidance on prevention, containment and control of COVID-19 in child care settings has been released here.

What must I do in order to utilize the waivers approved by the Governor?

If you choose to utilize any of these waiver please note you must do the following:

  • Licensed or license-exempt providers will immediately notify their Child Care Regional Office in writing when implementing a waiver. Licensed providers must post this waiver in a public location in your child care
  • Licensed or license-exempt providers must inform the parents of children in care of any revised policy impacted by the waiver.
  • Licensed providers revised policies impacted by the waiver will be developed in compliance with the most recent CDC, CDSS, CDPH, and/or local health department COVID-19 guidance and be available for the public’s review. Your policy must include a justification, your reason, for the need of a waiver. You must also comply with directives of a local health department officer.
  • Licensed providers cannot restrict government officials (i.e. CDSS, CDPH, local health department officials, and healthcare providers, Ombudsman, and essential government authority) from entering or conducting investigations at your child care. Your waiver can be revoked or modified if it is determined by CDSS that you are not meeting the terms and conditions of this statewide waiver, or an individual waiver, as applicable.

Where can I get answers to any questions I may have for Licensing?

Licensing and the Early Learning and Care Department have established a dedicated e-mail address to receive inquiries related to CCLD-licensed facilities, ELCD programs, emergency concerns and COVID-19. These e-mail address are:

  • Licensing: [email protected]
    • When sending a question to this e-mail address, please specify this is regarding Child Care. This is necessary for Licensing to ensure questions are forwarded to the appropriate program for timely response. If you prefer a response via a telephone call, be sure to include a phone number in your email. Licensing will provide responses as soon as possible.
  • ELCD: [email protected]
    • When sending a question to this email address, please specify the program county in the subject line and/or the body of the email. This information is necessary for the ELCD to ensure questions are forwarded to the appropriate office for timely response.

What can I share with the families in my care?

You can direct families to the California Department of Public Health for the most up to date information. Governor Newsom has declared a State of Emergency to make additional resources available to help the state prepare for the broader spread of COVID-19. 24 million more Californians are now eligible for free medically necessary COVID-19 testing. California activated the State Operations Center to its highest level to coordinate response efforts across the state. We have also made a request to U.S. Congress about our concerns as early education professions so we may be include in the COVID Stimulus plans.

How is the state addressing the concerns of providers?

Child Care Providers United members delivered a letter to Governor Newsom asking him to protect our communities from the economic and health harm inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This helped us achieve the wins listed in PIN 20-04, including guaranteeing payments, waivers of ratios, and housing security. You can read our letter and sign onto our petition here. We believe that every child and family deserves equal testing, treatment and the time off we all need to get or stay well.

What if I don’t feel safe completing a work assignment or continuing to go to work?

The CA Department of Social Services has issued several extensive protocols for child care centers in areas dealing with community spread of COVID-19, and/or, anywhere a center employee, parent or child, has been diagnosed with the virus. Please see their indications in this Provider Informational Notice [pages 3-5]. As always your employer must provide you with all of the necessary equipment, supplies and training to complete your assignment safely. However, if you still do not feel safe, let your supervisor know in writing that you cannot complete the assignment because it is not safe to do so. Immediately report the incident to SEIU Local 99 by completing an Online Inquiry Form.

Am I at risk as a child care provider?

The health risk to the general public in California is low. But you can take precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases including influenza, gastroenteritis, and coronavirus. Travelers, including staff, who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as a Level 3 Travel Health Notice should be excluded from child care/preschool settings for 14 days. Additionally, exclude those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 14 days from the day of their last exposure. PLEASE NOTE – there have been reports of persons being stigmatized. Providers should ensure families’ and staffs’ privacy to prevent discrimination.

What if a child in my care is showing symptoms of illness?

Enforce your sick policy. Families of children showing signs of fever, diarrhea, lethargy, and other exclusionable symptoms should be contacted immediately and picked up. Separate sick infants, children, and staff from others until they can go home. When feasible identify a “sick room” where others do not regularly pass. If parents are unable to pick up their child, you should notify the emergency contact on file. Children should not return to care until 24 hours AFTER symptoms are gone. Not 24 hours after they were sent home unless they have a physician’s note stating that they are not contagious and cleared to return to care.

What precautions can I take to keep my child care safe?

Wash your hands throughout the day, including

  • When families arrive at the facility
  • Before and after handling food, feeding a child, or eating
  • After using the toilet, changing a diaper, or helping a child use the bathroom. After a diaper change the provider and child’s hands should be washed and the changing surface disinfected.
  • After helping a child wipes his nose or mouth or tending to a cut or sore
  • After playing in sandboxes
  • Before and after playing in water that is used by other children

Conduct a mini inspection to reduce the risk of disease and promote good hygiene like

  • Are there sinks in every room? Are there separate sinks for preparing good and washing hands? Is food handled in separate areas from the toilets and diaper-changing tables?
  • Are the toilets and sinks clean and readily available for the children and staff? Are disposable paper towels used so each child will use only their own towel and not share with others?
  • Are toys that infants and toddlers put in their mouth sanitized before others can play with them?
  • Are all doors and cabinet handles, drinking fountains, all surface in the toileting and diapering areas cleaned and disinfected at the end of every day?
  • Are all changing tables and any potty chairs cleaned and disinfected after each use?
  • Are staff and other children fully immunized, especially against the flu?
  • Is food brought in from home properly stored? Is food prepared on site properly handled?
  • Is breast milk labeled and stored correctly?

How can I talk to children in my care about the virus, and treating others fairly?

Remain calm and explain the facts. You can print a kid-friendly comic strip on the coronavirus from NPR here.

I have other questions or concerns. Who can I contact at SEIU Local 99?

Please fill out an online Inquiry Form.

We Want to Hear Your Story

SEIU members from all over California are out on the front lines during our current public health crisis. School workers, janitors, hospital workers, doctors, nurses, who are distributing food, IHSS caregivers, nursing home workers, maintenance workers, state and county workers and more are working hard in our communities making sure all member of our communities stay as safe as possible, while we deal with the COVID-19 virus. 

We want to know your story from your workplace or your community. 

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Resources

Food Programs/Pantries

All Ages

Children & Youth (0-17)

  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) disaster food help will be given to all children who get free or reduced price meals at school. Cards may come in the mail – cards started going out last week. If qualifying families did not get a card in the mail by May 22, they can apply to get one until June 30 here: https://ca.p-ebt.org/info
  • LAUSD is opening grab-and-go meals for families beginning on from 8am to 10am.  You do not need to have a child in LAUSD to obtain food. (For more information, click here!)
  • Free breakfast (8am-10am) provided by Eastside Riders for student in Watts community starting Monday, March 16, 2020 and ending Friday, March 20, 2020. (For more info, click here!)
  • Free breakfast (7:30-9:30am), lunch (11:30-1:30pm), and dinner (430-630) for all LAUSD students starting Monday, March 16, 2020 from 7:30am to 6:30pm at 2301 Bellevue Ave., Los Angeles 90026. (For more information, click here!)
  • Beginning Monday, March 16th, Hugo’s kids menu will be free for guests 12 and under throughout the LAUSD closure. (For more information, click here!)
  • Los Angelitos Bakery offering 1 free bread to each child, aged 5-13 years old, Monday-Friday from 12pm-2pm. (For more information, click here!)
  • Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, the city of Lynwood is offering supper meals for kids ages 1-18. (For more information, click here!)
  • Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, kids 12 and under can eat for free at El Torito Restaurants. (For more information, click here!)
  • Free Breakfast Burritos for children ages 6-12 years old. Pick up Monday-Friday 7 – 8 am
    • Toast: 11119 First Ave., Los Angeles 
    • The Benediction: 17501 Colima Road, City of Industry 
    • The Dylan: 190 S. State College Blvd, Brea 
  • Free Meals for Children Ages 5-17. Breakfast, lunch and snacks. Please bring School ID. This is for any child in the community. This will occur from 3/18/20-3/27/20 from 9:30am-12pm. Location will be from TEACH Academy. 10045 S. Western., Los Angeles, CA 90047. If you have any questions, call 562-665-6263. (For more information, click here!)

Adults (18-64)

  • HOMELESS/LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY. St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. (For more information, click here!)

Elderly (65+)

Groceries

  • ALL 41 Northgate Market shopping locations will be open exclusively for seniors from 7am to 8am starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (For more information, click here!)
  • ALL Vallarta supermarkets will be open for seniors, disabled people, and pregnant people from 7am to 8am starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (For more information, click here!)
  • Senior Shopping Hour at Grocery Outlet in Altadena (located at 2270 Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001) offers a shopping slot exclusively for the elderly from 7am to 8am every day starting on Thursday, March 17. (For more information, click here!)
  • ALL Super A Markets will open one hour early to allow Seniors 65 years and up to exclusively shop during the hours of 7:00am- 8:00am before the store opens to the general public. (For more information, click here!)
  • FOR STUDENTS/ FOSTER YOUTH. If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email [email protected] and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
  • The Los Angeles Tenants Union is providing support around evictions. Find your local union at: https://latenantsunion.org/en/locals/
  • HOMELESS/LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY. St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. (For more information, click here!)

On April 10, Governor Newsom approved funding to provide child care services for emergency and essential workers, during the COVID-19 pandemic, who meet specific income guidelines. If you are an essential worker you may qualify to receive funding to pay for your child care.

What’s an essential worker?
As stated by Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20,  essential workers are “Californians working in the identified 16 critical infrastructure sectors (i.e. healthcare, emergency services, food & agriculture and more), whose work impacts Californians’ health and well-being.”

How do I know I’m eligible?

Family must meet the following:

  • Essential worker
  • Need child care to perform their essential work
  • Is not able to work remotely Meet certain income eligibility
  • If the family includes a two- parent household, both parents must either be essential workers or the other parent must be unable to provide care for the child due to incapacitation

How long is funding available?
Families who meet eligibility guidelines may receive emergency child care services, unless otherwise extended by Governor Newsom, through June 30, 2020.

Where do I apply?
To learn about your eligibility and child care options, call us at (888) 922-4453 or find your local Resource & Referral agency at www.ccala.net/connect-to-child-care/

 

 

Job Opportunities

  • L.A. Jobs Portal – For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, this website enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply to job opportunities across all industries, so they can start working right NOW.
  • L.A. County Help Center – County resource for business and workers impacted by COVID-19. There’s a section for workers seeking employment, as well as other resources.

General Employment Benefits & Rights

Paid Family Leave

Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid-19) or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional). Learn how to file a Paid Family Leave Claim HERE.

Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave

Disability benefits /paid sick leave are available for those who have actually contracted the virus themselves or who have been exposed to it and are quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional in the case of Disability Benefits). Learn how to file a Disability Insurance Claim HERE

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable). The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work (as is usually required). Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE

  • This benefit is not available to undocumented persons whose hours are reduced or lose their job for reasons related to COVID-19, etc.
  • If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them. You might qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE

Worker’s Compensation

Worker’s comp is available for those who are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 while in the regular course of their job (i.e. healthcare workers)

  • Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households. (For more information, click here!)
  • Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids. (For more information, click here!)
  • Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays. (For more information, click here!)
  • FB Group for parents to get support with home learning 
  • MIND Research Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8. (For more information, click here!)
  • Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages. (For more information, click here!)
  • Education: PBS offers free educational daytime programming designated for K-12 each through the following channels:
    • Pre-K – 3rd grade on PBS SoCal
    • Pre-K – 12th grade on KLCS
    • 9th – 12th grade on KCET
      (For more info: click here!)

Directly from the Employment Development Department: “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”

(For more information, click here!)

Categories under this heading include: food, housing, health, transportation, and education and are separated into 8 Service Planning Areas

Service Planning Area 1: Antelope Valley (includes Acton, Agua Dulce, Gorman, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, Quartz Hill, and others.)

  • Food
    • Grace Resource Center, Inc. 
      • 45134 N. Sierra Hwy, Lancaster, CA. 93534 
      • Phone: 661-940-5272
    • Shekinah Worship Center 
      • 42640 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA. 93534 
      • Phone: 661-940-8378
    • Salvation Army – Lancaster Corp 
      • 44517 Sierra Highway, Lancaster, CA. 93534 
      • Phone: 661-940-8378
    • Palmdale Community Foundation-S.A.V.E.S. 
      • 1012 East Avenue Q-12, Palmdale, CA. 93550 
      • Phone: 661-267-5191
    • SA-Mountain View Mobile Home Park 
      • 3255 E. Avenue R., Palmdale, CA. 93550 
      • Main Office in the Mobile Home Park 
      • Phone: 661-947-4700
    • Twin Lakes Community Church 
      • 17213 Lake Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 93591 
      • Phone: 661-264-1215

Service Planning Area 2: San Fernando Valley (includes Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Canyon Country, Encino, Glendale, LA Cañada-Flintridge, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, and others.)

  • Food and care for homeless community
    • MEND Poverty 
    • 10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima, CA 91331
    • Phone: (818) 897-2443 or (818) 896-0246
    • Fax: (818) 897-0128
      • Homeless care services on Tuesday mornings
      • Food distribution on Thursday and Fridays from 9 to 11 am 

(For more info, click here and here!)

  • Food
    • Freedom Church: 
      • 9200 Owensmouth, Chatsworth, CA 91311
      • Hosting grab & go FREE grocery pick up on Wednesday, 3/18 from 12pm to 2pm
    • SOVA – Community Food and Resource Program 
      • 16439 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, CA. 91406 
      • Phone: 818-988-7682
    • House of Light Church Corporation 
      • 19359 Londelius Street, Northridge, CA. 91324 
      • Phone: 818-988-2931
    • Congregational Church of Chatsworth 
      • 20440 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA. 91311 
      • Phone: 818-882-2474
    • Burbank – Temporary Aid Center- B-TAC 
      • 1304 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank, CA. 91506
      • Phone: 818-848-2822
    • Loaves & Fishes-Glendale 
      • 4322 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA. 91204 
      • Phone: 818-409-3080

 Service Planning Area 3: San Gabriel Valley (includes Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Highland Park, Pasadena, Pomona, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City, Walnut, West Covina, and others.)

  • Food
    • Freedom Church
      • 5609 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042 
      • Community meals for homeless friends EVERY Saturday
    • Foothill Unity Center 
      • 191 North Oak Avenue, Pasadena, CA. 91107 
      • Phone: 626-584-7420 / FAX: 626-584-7422
    • Friends In Deed Food Pantry 
      • 444 East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena, CA. 91104 
      • Pantry Phone: 626-797-6072, email- [email protected] 
      • Agency Phone: 626-797-2402, Fax: 626-797-7353
    • Foothill Unity Center – Monrovia 
      • 415 West Chestnut Avenue, Monrovia, CA. 91016 
      • Phone: 626-358-3486 
      • Fax: 358-8224
    • El Monte and South El Monte 
      • El Monte Emergency Resources – Food Bank 
      • 10900 Mulhall Street, El Monte, CA. 91731 
      • Phone: 626-444-7269
    • Salvation Army Food Bank – Pomona 
      • 490 East LaVerne Avenue, Pomona, CA. 91767 
      • Phone: 909- 623-1579 x201

 Service Planning Area 4: Metro (includes Boyle Heights, Central City, Downtown LA, Echo Park, El Sereno, Hollywood, Mid-City Wilshire, Monterey Hills, Mount Washington, Silverlake, West Hollywood, and Westlake.)

  • Food/housing
    • St. Francis Center 
      • 1835 South Hope Street, Los Angeles CA 90015
      • Phone: 213-747-5347
      • Services: breakfast service, case management, clothing closet, showers/bathroom services, pantry services, rental and utility assistant program (over the phone)
  • Food
    • Wilshire Boulevard Temple 
      • 3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90005 
      • Phone: 213-388-2401
    • Silver Lake Community Church 
      • 2930 Hyperion Avenue., Los Angeles, CA. 90010 
      • Phone: 323-663-3151
    • Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
      • 535 North Main Street, (cross street- Cesar Chavez)., Los Angeles, CA. 90012 
      • Phone: 213-629-3101
    • Sova- Community Food and Resource Program 
      • 1140 North La Brea Avenue, West Hollywood, CA. 90038 
      • Phone: 818-988-7682
    • Food Net- Centro Maravilla 
      • 4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90022 
      • Phone: 323-260-2805
    • Sova – Community Food and Resource Program 
      • 8846 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90035 
      • Phone: 818-988-7682

Service Planning Area 5: West (includes Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, and Venice.)

  • Food
    • St. Augustine’s SAVES- Saint Augustine’s Volunteer 
      • Emergency Services 
      • 3820 Jasmine Avenue, Culver City, CA. 90232 
      • Phone: 310-838-2702
    • St. Anne’s Church and Social Services 
      • 2013 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. 90232 
      • Phone: 310-829-4411
    • WSFB – St. Joseph’s Center 
      • 204 Hampton Drive, Venice, CA. 90291 
      • Phone: 310-396-6468

Service Planning Area 6: South (includes Athens, Compton, Crenshaw, Florence, Hyde Park, Lynwood, Paramount, and Watts.)

  • Food
    • Food Net – East Rancho Dominguez 
      • 15116 S. Atlantic Ave, Compton, CA 90221
      • Food Distribution: Tues- Fri 10am-4pm appointment needed.
      • Call 310-603-7401 for apt.
    • Shields for Families-Social Service Agency–Food Bank 
      • 11705 Deputy Yamamoto Place 
      • Lynwood, CA. 90262 
      • Phone: 323-242-5000 ext. 4200
        • Food Distribution: Thursdays 10am- 2pm
    • Paramount Care Foundation 
      • 8303 Alondra Boulevard, Paramount, CA. 90723 
      • Phone: 562-531-6820
    • LYNWOOD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
      • Lynwood High School
        • 4050 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262
        • In the back of the campus, off of Harris St. Drive up/walk up
      • Firebaugh High School
        • 5246 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Lynwood, CA 90262
        • Front parking lot drive up/walk up
      • Cesar Chavez Middle School
        • 3898 Abbott Rd, Lynwood, CA 90262
        • Front parking lot drive up/walk up
      • Rosa Parks Elementary
        • 3900 Agnes Ave, Lynwood, CA 90262
        • Parking lot drive up/walk up
      • Helen Keller Elementary
        • 3521 Palm Ave, Lynwood, CA 90262
        • Student drop off area drive up/walk up

 Service Planning Area 7: East (includes Artesia, Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, City of Commerce, City Terrace, Cudahy, Downey, East Los Angeles, Hawaiian Gardens, Huntington Park, La Habra Heights, Lakewood, La Mirada, Los Nietos, Maywood, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Signal Hill, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park, Whittier, and others.)

  • Food
    • Food Pantry – LAX 
      • 355 East Beach Street (Between – LaBrea and Centinela Streets), South Gate, CA. 90280 
      • Phone: 310-677-5597
    • Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank 
      • 21411 Norwalk Boulevard, Hawaiian Gardens, CA. 90716 
      • Phone: 562- 860-9097
    • Southeast Churches Service Center 
      • 2780 East Gage Avenue, Huntington Park, CA. 90255 
      • Phone: 323-585-8254
    • St Mary’s Place 
      • 7215 Newlin Avenue, Whittier, CA. 90602 
      • Phone: 562-698-0107

 Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (includes Athens, Avalon, Carson, Catalina Island, El Segundo, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Long Beach*, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Wilmington, and others.)

* City of Long Beach has its own Health Department

  • Food
    • Toberman Neighborhood Center
      • 131 N. Grand Ave., San Pedro CA 90230
    • WSFB –Salvation Army 
      • 324 E. Queen Street, Inglewood, CA. 90301 
      • Phone: 310-677-3375
    • Christ of Good Shepherd
      • Food Distribution Fridays 9:30am- 11:30am
      • Corner of 16th and Gundry
      • Phone: 562-674-0288
    • St Margaret’s Center 
      • 10217 Inglewood Avenue, Lennox, CA. 90304 
      • Phone: 310-672-2208

5 ways to ease stress and anxiety about coronavirus

It’s normal to feel scared, anxious, and worried about the future during a crisis. Now is a time to be kind to each other — and to ourselves. Practicing self-care is more important than ever. As the situation continues to unfold, here are some simple things you can do to take good care of yourself.

  1. Eat as healthy as you can. Don’t forget the produce aisle when stocking up on essentials — in many markets, it’s less crowded and better stocked than other sections.
  2. Get creative with exercise. When you’re worried, get out of your head and into your body. Have fun changing up your routine. Find a new yoga or cardio video online that you can try at home.
  3. Talk and listen. Talk with people about how you feel — from a safe distance, of course. This can help everyone feel more connected and less alone.
  4. Practice kindness. Simple gestures mean a lot, like offering to shop for a neighbor who may be more vulnerable. The benefits of kindness go both ways — helping others just feels good
  5. Rest and relax. Get enough sleep. It’s important to replenish your energy and recharge your brain. Unplug and take breaks from the news, especially before bed.

Visit kp.org/selfcare for help with stress, sleep, and more

Most tools are available to everyone. Kaiser Permanente members can also access the myStrength app at no cost. myStrength offers personalized, interactive programs for mental health and emotional wellness, including tools designed to help ease fear and anxiety about coronavirus and COVID-19 specifically.

These are other resource hubs for employment, healthcare, food, and other assistance.

Need child care? We’ve launched Carina, a free online child care referral service, to connect Local 99 members providing essential services like you with licensed, union child care providers nearby. Find child care.

Please note: Payment for care is arranged with providers independently. Rates are negotiable.