Resources for all members

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Covid-19 Testing

Free testing available for SF workers: If you are currently working in a San Francisco hotel, grocery stores, or other workplace, you can now get free COVID-19 testing without a doctor’s note. Click here to visit the City’s website for more details and to schedule an appointment either in South of Market or on the Embarcadero.

Unemployment & Disability Insurance

If you are laid off or working reduced hours, apply here or call 800-300-5616. Watch this step-by-step video about how to apply.

These videos were made before the Covid-19 crisis. Please note these two important changes:

1) Now you don’t have to be out of work for one week before you can apply. Please apply right away.

2) If you are temporarily out of work and plan to return to the same employer, you do not need to meet the usual requirement of looking for work while you are collecting unemployment benefits.

If you can’t work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member, you might still be eligible for Paid Family Leave: read this.

Note: you may be asked to show your employment authorization documents.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at work, you may be eligible for disability insurance Click here or call 415-703-5020.

Sick Leave

Most union contracts already provide more paid time off than any law gives you, but UNITE HERE is fighting to change the laws during this crisis.  Here are the changes we know of at this time:

If your employer has less than 500 employees, a new law gives you an extra 80 hours paid sick leave between April 2 and December 31, but only if you are not laid off. Tell HR you are requesting time off under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. You can take this paid time off before you take any other leave you’ve accumulated under your union contract.

CalFresh – Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)

CalFresh is a program of the state of California for people with low income who are not receiving SSI. The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards.

Note: you must be a US Citizen or a resident with a US Citizen dependent, such as a child or an elderly parent living with you. Please visit A CalFresh guide for immigrants for answers to common questions from people with different immigration statuses, or text benefits to 650-376-8006.

School Meals

UPDATE: 6 Bay Area counties (San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara) extended school closures to 5/1/2020.

During school closures, all children get free meals. Visit this website to see times and locations for specific school districts, or go to your child’s school district website for more information. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present. Families will not need to enter the school building for pick-up.

Housing

Renters: Governor Newsom established a statewide moratorium on evictions through 5/31/2020. Click here to read the Executive Order from 3/27/2020.

Homeowners: the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has enacted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for FHA-insured single family mortgages. Please visit the website or call 1-800-Call-FHA for more information.

California Housing Finance Agency offers hardship assistance, including connections to a HUD-approved mortgage counselor and a program for loan modification. See website for specific phone numbers.

Bills – utilities

Cell Phone and internet: AT&T is offering low-cost internet and phone services through their AT&T access program if you qualify for CalFresh.

Comcast is currently offering two free months of internet access through their Internet
Essentials program.

Many phone and internet providers have also announced they are waiving late payment fees, increasing internet speed, and will not disconnect customers for not paying their bills on time during the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact your provider for
details.

PG&E, EBMUD, Alameda County Water District and SFPUC have a moratorium on service disconnections.

Bills – car insurance

Contact your car insurance agency to find out what discounts, credits and deferred payment plans they are offering as Californians are driving far less. Click here for a list of car insurance companies’ pandemic programs.

Bills – loans and financing

San Mateo Credit Union offers Work Reduction Loans for members impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Loan amount equals two weeks salary. Call 650-363-1725.

Provident Credit Union offers credit cards and financing at special rates for Local 2 members.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has resources on how to make credit card payments or loan payments like auto loans or student loans. Check their website or call 855-411-2372. They can help you talk to your lender or the company servicing your loan.  They can also help you find a credit counselor.

Student loans: The U.S. Government has issued a 60-day period of adminstrative forbearance for student loan debt, and has set the student loan interest rate to zero. Please check this website for details about which loans are covered. If your loan qualifies, this is an opportunity to pay down the principal balance on your loan. Contact your loan servicer to confirm you qualify.

Resources for undocumented people

  • Governor Newsom announced the creation of a $125 million disaster relief fund for undocumented immigrants in California. The relief will come as a $500 check with a maximum of $1000 per household. Click for details.
  • Know your rights- click here to read Legal Aid at Work’s Undocumented Workers’ Employment Rights
  • Southern Smoke: application for financial assistance for people who work in restaurants or bars. Application in English & Spanish.
  • One Fair Wage campaign: Cash assistance for restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more. Application in English  and Spanish.
  • Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance for anyone who is a student, a parent of a student, or the parent of a graduate. Help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities to those in need.
  • Click here to read CA Youth Immigrant Justice Alliance’s Resources for Undocumented People
  • The Informed Immigrant has put together an extensive list of resources for undocumented immigrants, including mental health resources, financial assistance programs, guides on your rights, and more.

Health Facts and Information

  • This is a list of health information about Covid-19 in many different languages. Unite Here did not create any of this information, and some of it might not apply where you live.

Mental Health Resources

Health Plan Resources:

  • If you are a Kaiser member, click here for phone numbers in your city.
  • If you are a Blue Shield member, click here.
  • If you are a Chinese Community Health Plan member , contact Member Services to learn what kind of services are provided: 1-888-775-7888 (toll free) 1-415-834-2118 (local) 1-877-681-8898 (TTY), or email memberservices@cchphealthplan.com

Community Resources

  • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County is available 24/7 at 1-800-309-2131. Callers do not have to be experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings to call.
  • SF Suicide Prevention Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 415-781-0500
  • California Peer-Run Warm Line is available to provide emotional support 24/7 at 855-845-7415.
  • Mental Health SF: click here for a resource list that includes organizations providing support in many languages.
  • National Domestic Violence (help available by chat or phone, in English and in Spanish): https://www.thehotline.org/; Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Resources by County

Where do you live?


ALAMEDA COUNTY

Free food programs

Alameda County Food Bank: free food donation for anyone in need. Phone: 510-635-3663

Urban Adamah Free Farm Stand: free food for residents of Alameda County. Farm Stand on Wednesdays: registration at 10am; distribution at 11am. Phone: 510-649-1595

Berkeley Food Pantry: free food for residents of Berkeley and Albany. Phone: 510-525-2280

Meals on Wheels: meal delivery and groceries for seniors and disabled people.

If you live in Castro Valley, San Leandro, Hayward or San Lorenzo, call 510-582-1263 ext. 114.

If you live in Oakland, call 510-582-1263 ext. 101.

Project Open Hand: meal delivery for seniors and disabled people.

Funding for Undocumented Oaklanders

OUR Fund (Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund): click here to apply for a $500 relief grant. Applicants should live or work in Oakland. 


CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Free food programs

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano County: food donation for anyone who needs it. Phone: 707-421-9777

Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa: food donation for anyone who needs it. Phone: 925-293-4792

Richmond Emergency Food Pantry: food donation for anyone who needs it. Phone: 510-235-9732


MARIN COUNTY

School meals

Check with your child’s school district. Many schools across the Bay Area are providing free meals to all students during the school closure.

Free food programs

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank: free food donation for anyone in need. Phone: 415-282-1900

Child and elder care, housing and immigration services

Catholic Charitiesoffers programs that work with children, families in crisis, single parents, the homeless, the elderly and disabled, those living with HIV/AIDS, and refugees and immigrants.


MERCED COUNTY

School meals

During school closures, all children get free meals. Visit the Merced County Office of Education website for times and locations by school district. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.

Free food programs

Merced County Food Bank: free food for anyone who needs it. Phone: 209-726-3663


MONTEREY COUNTY

Free food programs

Food Bank for Monterey County: free food for anyone in need. Phone: 831-758-1523 or dial 211.

Housing

CHISPA offers local housing support. 831-757-6251.

Other support

C4Yourself.com is a countywide, online application system that allows you to apply for benefits like CalFresh, financial and medical assistance.


SACRAMENTO COUNTY

School meals

Sacramento County Office of Education: During school closures, all children get free meals. Please check the Office of Education website for more information (scroll down to find the link to your school district. Scroll to your school district to find more information such as times and school locations for meal service).No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.

Free food programs

Sacramento Food Bank: food donation for anyone who needs it. Phone: 916-456-1980.

River City Food Bank: food donation for anyone who needs it. Phone: 916-446-2627.


SAN BENITO COUNTY

School meals

During school closures, all children get free meals. Visit the San Benito County Office of Education to see times and locations for specific school districts. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.

Free food programs

Community Food Bank of San Benito: free food for anyone who needs it. Phone: 831-637-0340.


San Francisco County

For regular updates about the City’s Local Emergency response to the coronavirus, call 311 and sign up for the City’s alert service for official updates: text COVID19SF to 888-777.

Free food programs

Meals on Wheels: meal delivery and groceries for seniors and disabled people. Phone: 415-920-1111

SF-Marin Food Bank: food donation for anyone who needs it. Phone: 415-282-1900

Project Open Hand: meal delivery for seniors and disabled people. Phone: 415-447-2300

Bills – transportation

SFMTA will not add penalties or delinquent payments during the City’s Local Emergency response to coronavirus.

Child and elder care, housing and immigration services

Catholic Charitiesoffers programs that work with children, families in crisis, single parents, the homeless, the elderly and disabled, those living with HIV/AIDS, and refugees and immigrants.


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

School meals

During school closures, all children get free meals. Visit the San Joaquin County Office of Education to see times and locations for specific school districts. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.

Free food programs

Emergency Food Bank: free food for anyone who needs it. Open Monday-Friday 9am-12pm Phone: 209.464.7369.

Second Harvest Food Bank: free food for anyone who needs it. Phone: 209-239-2091.


SAN MATEO COUNTY

For regular updates

Call 2-1-1 for Non-Medical, Non-Emergency Questions About COVID-19 in multiple languages. You can also text “coronavirus” to “211211” to receive useful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You need to call/text from a 650 area code phone number.

Free food programs

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: free food for anyone who needs it. Phone: 650-610-0800.

Food Resources: listing of food pantries in San Mateo County.

Child and elder care, housing and immigration services

Catholic Charitiesoffers programs that work with children, families in crisis, single parents, the homeless, the elderly and disabled, those living with HIV/AIDS, and refugees and immigrants.


SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Free food programs

Second Harvest Food Bank: Free food for anyone in need. Phone: 408-266-8866.

River of Life Community Food Pantry: Free food for anyone in need. Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm. Sunday 2-4pm. Phone: 408-567-9877.


SOLANO COUNTY

Free food programs

Food Bank of Contra Costa-Solano: free food for anyone who needs it. Phone: 1-855-309-3663.


STANISLAUS COUNTY

School meals

During school closures, all children get free meals. Visit this website to see times and locations for specific school districts. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.

Free food programs

Food Pantry listings in churches are available at this website.


YOLO COUNTY

School meals

During school closures, all children get free meals. Visit this website to see times and locations for specific school districts (on the right side of the page). Visit this website to see a map of the county’s free meal locations. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.

Free food programs

Yolo County Food Bank: free food for anyone who needs it. Phone: 530-668-0690.

Food pantry listings in churches available at this website.