LOS ANGELES COUNTY COMMUNITY RESOURCES
FREE FOOD RESOURCES
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Thursdays @4pm and Sundays@2pm: Desert Vineyard, 1011 E. Ave I, Lancaster, CA See attached flyer for their drive-through pantry
Fridays @4:00-6:00p: Anointed to Minister Ministries, 169 West Ave J-5, Lancaster, CA 93534.
See attached flyer for this week’s 4/24 drive-through pantry.
Visit www.atmministries.org for more info.
Saturdays @ 12:30-1:30p: The Highlands Christian Fellowship, 39625 20th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551. Visit www.thehighlands.church for more info
RESEARCH The Childbirth Experience During COVID-19 Research Study - Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers are examining the impact of COVID-19 on mothers’ childbirth experience and wellbeing
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Here is a DMH brochure with a listing of various well-being apps – see PDF attachment http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dmh/1069954_DMH_Wellbeing_Apps_Brochure_03172020.pdf
g. Participation is open to mothers who have given birth in the last 6 months. Click here to complete an anonymous survey.
SAFETY MESSAGING An update from LA County on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Resources: click https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/la-county-resources-and-services-available-for-people-with-domestic-violence-and-child-abuse-concerns-during-covid-19/ for a full press release and information on accessing DV and child protection resources On this.
Antelope Valley Resources
LA County Vouchers/Housing Assistance During COVID
The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and a network of service providers for people experiencing homelessness are leading the rapid expansion of its interim shelter system in a massive public health effort that aims to bring as many people as possible inside to protect their health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As part of this work, the County will use state and federal funding with the goal of securing 15,000 hotel and motel rooms that will operate as temporary shelters as a prevention measure for highly vulnerable seniors and those suffering from chronic illness. This includes people experiencing homelessness who are over 65 years old, or who have an underlying health condition, and who do not currently have symptoms but are at high-risk for hospitalization if they contract the virus.
Clients will NOT be allowed to walk-up and access this site. Individuals must be pre-screened and selected by a homeless services provider or referred by an outreach team before they can be transported to the location
As of April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined the Los Angeles County Development Authority’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program to be in a financial shortfall as a result of exhausting its funds and assisted the maximum number of families funding can support.
Additional information is available below:
CARES Act Information on Support for Faith Communities
Although 13 C.F.R. § 120.110(a) states that nonprofit entities are ineligible for SBA business loans (which includes the Paycheck Protection Program), the CARES Act explicitly makes nonprofit entities eligible for the PPP program and it does so without regard to whether nonprofit entities provide secular social services.
Churches (including temples, mosques, synagogues, and other houses of worship), integrated auxiliaries of churches, and conventions or associations of churches qualify for PPP and Economic Injury Disaster loans (EIDL) as long as they meet the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all other PPP and EIDL requirements. Such organizations are not required to apply to the IRS to receive tax-exempt status. See 26 U.S.C. § 508(c)(1)(A).
SBA Paycheck Protection Loans (Forgivable)
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
For affiliation rules applicable for the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.
The Interim Final Rule for Applicable Affiliation Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program as posted in the Federal Register.
*Note: The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organizations or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19.
Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance funds will be made available within days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
*A new Small Business grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The Foundation set up a new Save Small Business Fund in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations and donors. The fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the country. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community.
The grant application will go live April 20 at 12:00 p.m. PST.
Businesses in need of assistance can click here to learn more about the Save Small Business Fund.
AV Area Banks Participating in SBA
“Bank of America: To be eligible for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, you must have either:
· A small business lending and small business checking relationship with Bank of America as of February 15, 2020, or
· A small business checking account opened no later than February 15, 2020, and no business credit or borrowing relationship with another bank.
· If you meet these requirements, you can apply online.
Capital One: According to Capital One’s website, they are accepting online applications in phases from their business banking clients only. Business owners must have an established business banking relationship with Capital One as of February 15, 2020, in order to apply.
Chase: The bank is accepting applications only for customers who have an existing Chase Business checking account that’s been active since February 15, 2020.
Citibank: Citibank is accepting a small number of applications by contacting current Citi Small Business Banking customers and letting them know when they’re ready to take their information. Fill out an inquiry form online to make sure Citibank has your updated email address so the bank can contact you.
U.S. Bank: The bank’s site says it has begun to accept digital applications from single-owner businesses and will reach out to reach out to multi-owner businesses, independent contractors and non-profits. It also says at some point it plans to accept applications from non-U.S. Bank customers. Qualified parties can fill out the online inquiry form.
Wells Fargo: The bank says it has resumed taking applications for the PPP program from its business banking customers in anticipation of Congress approving additional funds for the program”
Information on How to Contact CA Insurance Commissioner for Business Interruption Claim
To assist the many businesses experiencing severe interruptions during the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Department provides the following general information for businesses regarding this particular insurance coverage:
Business Interruption Insurance covers a policyholder’s loss of business income sustained by the policyholder due to a necessary suspension of the business operations. The suspension of business operations ordinarily must be caused by direct physical damage to property at the insured location, and the damage must be caused by or result from a cause of loss or peril covered by the applicable policy.
The COVID-19 crisis is affecting millions of business owners and workers across the nation. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Department have been working with federal officials and state and local leaders to help businesses who are losing income due to government “shelter in place” orders and resulting business closure interruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to inform state policymakers, the Department of Insurance is conducting a mandatory request to insurance companies for data about the number and type of small, mid-sized, and large businesses with business interruption coverage and the scale of both covered and uninsured business losses. Understanding the scope and magnitude of this crisis and its impact on our state’s businesses will help us work together on creative solutions.
While we deal with this unprecedented emergency, we strongly recommend that businesses review their policies and contact their insurance companies or brokers to determine what their policies cover as each insurance policy is different and the coverage varies depending on the type of policy you have.
For more information, please refer to our FAQs on business interruption insurance and other issues affecting California small businesses seen here: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/140-catastrophes/FAQ-on-Business-Interruption-Insurance.cfm.
If you or someone you know has had their commercial insurance claim denied and would like for the Department to look into it further, please contact us at: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/101-help/index.cfm.
If you are having difficulty with your insurance company, please file a Request for Assistance (RFA) with DOI.
An RFA may be completed and submitted through our website at: https://cdiapps.insurance.ca.gov/CP/login/
Details on UI Claims (independent contractors, increased amount, extended period)
As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. The provisions of the program once operational include:
· Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020*, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
· An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 25* are eligible for the extra $600 payments.
· The PUA portal and application process will begin on Tuesday, April 28th
· For more information visit: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm
The EDD will also keep you posted on the CARES Act provision establishing a new 13-week extension of benefits paid for by the federal government when someone exhausts their regular state UI claim between March 29, 2020 and the end of 2020. This too also requires an extensive effort to implement these new extended benefits.
*On Sunday, for the week ending April 11, the EDD will begin issuing the new $600 additional unemployment benefit payments funded by the federal government.
Neighborhood Legal Service os Los Angeles County
Information for Pregnant Women with Infants
COVID-19 & African American Communities
Please visit: Mayor of Los Angeles Instagram Post: Official Guidance to Face Mask
Mayor of Los Angeles Instagram Post: Moratorium on Rent