I’m worried about my housing situation.

If you are currently experiencing homelessness:

Stockton-area homeless shelters and services remain open, and can link you with supportive resources.

  • Stockton Shelter for the Homeless (209-466-2605)
  • San Joaquin Fair Housing Association (209-451-3471)
  • Women’s Center of San Joaquin County (209-941-2611)

San Joaquin Public Health Services created a COVID-19 Brochure for the homeless, which has:

  • COVID-19 prevention tips
  • Symptoms to watch out for
  • Guidance on what to do if you experience symptoms

If you are a tenant concerned about potential eviction: 

  • The City of Stockton COVID 19 Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program is providing temporary financial relief for eligible persons experiencing difficulty making rent and/or utility payments due to a loss of household income as a result of COVID-19.
  • The program eligibility and guidelines can be found in the application at www.stocktonca.gov/housing. Questions regarding completed applications should be directed to Central Valley Low Income Housing Corp. at (209) 472-7200 or contact@cvlihc.org.

  • The Stockton City Council has put a moratorium on evictions for tenants who have a higher risk of contracting coronavirus and those whose incomes have been affected due to reduced hours, school closures, or job loss.
  • Important to note:
    • The moratorium does not eliminate a resident’s obligation to pay the unpaid rent. When the local/state emergency expires, renters are obligated to be current on past due rent. Contact your landlord to suggest a repayment plan (in writing).
    • If you’re served with a notice, you must respond. Contact legal aid right away: California Rural Legal Assistance (209)946-0605. You can also get assistance from the San Joaquin Fair Housing Association (209-451-3471).
  • For more information on the City of Stockton’s recent action, including criteria on how to qualify for the moratorium, please click here.
  • For a comprehensive FAQ on Stockton’s eviction moratorium from Faith in the Valley and California Rural Legal Assistance, click here.

If you are a homeowner:

 

  • The federal government is taking the following actions to address housing insecurity during COVID-19:
    • Homeowners in need may receive forbearance on their mortgage payments for six months, with an additional six months possible, for a total of one year of forbearance. Homeowners must have a loan backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, or a mortgage guaranteed or insured by the federal government.
    • Home foreclosures, and related evictions, have ceased for 60 days, as of March 18, on all federally backed mortgages.
    • Find more information here.
  • Californians who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for the following relief:
    • 90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments -financial institutions will offer, consistent with applicable guidelines, mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19.
    • No Negative Credit Impacts Resulting from Relief – financial institutions will not report derogatory tradelines (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies, consistent with applicable guidelines, for borrowers taking advantage of COVID-19-related relief.Moratorium on Initiating Foreclosure Sales or Evictions – for at least 60 days, financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions, consistent with applicable guidelines.
    • Find more information on California’s actions here.
  • The GRID Alternatives Energy for All Program offers solar electricity at no cost to lower-income households:  
    • This State-funded program will help you save 50-80% on your electricity bill, especially with the extra power being used while sheltering in place. To see if you’re eligible, visit energyforallprogram.org.

San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources

The Workforce Development Board of San Joaquin County is offering financial relief for workers during COVID-19. Workers that have been terminated, laid off, had a reduction of hours or are self-employed and unable to work due to COVID-19 are eligible for up to $800 in supportive services. Click Here to learn more, or call 209-468-3660. 
English Language Learner Grant Program is available to assist assist English Language Learners/Immigrants seeking employment-related skills, and services necessary to overcome barriers to employment, and embark on a career pathway. Click here to learn more, or call 209-468-3109.

Access the new Supervisorial District Fund

Each Supervisorial District recently received $3 million each. This new funding can be used to reimburse costs to Health Care partners, small businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other COVID-19 related expenses. This definition may also extend to nonprofits.

Please connect with your Supervisor via email or phone (click here) so you may learn more about how you can access the dollars: 

If you live in District 1 – Supervisor Villapudua, mvillapudua@sjgov.org
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, kmiller@sjgov.org
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, tpatti@sjgov.org
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, cwinn@sjgov.org
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, belliott@sjgov.org

If you’re not sure which Supervisorial District you live in, then please use this district lookup tool.

Update on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

The IRS has begun sending payments to taxpayers nationwide. Most people won't need to take any action if they are eligible for payment. To check your payment status, visit their site.

Resources

Has your employment status changed, or are you working less hours because of COVID?

If you have lost your job or your employer has reduced your hours because of COVID-19,

UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own (including because of COVID-19). Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

If you are an entrepreneur or independent contractor who needs support,

  • You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).The PUA benefits are payable if an individual doesn't qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also does not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. For more details, click here.

If you are looking for a new job now, 

  • Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit amazon.com/centralvalleyjobs.
  • Stockton Unified (SUSD) is hiring. Take a look at their open roles here.
  • San Joaquin County WorkNet provides great resources for job seekers, including programs specifically designed for getting you back to work. Click here to learn more.
  • CalJOBS is supporting the people of California in getting back to work. Search for job listings in your area here.

If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19,

file for Disability Insurance (DI).

DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member,

file for Paid Family Leave (PFL).

PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department.

If you are an immigrant who needs financial assistance, 

You can apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), a one-time state-funded disaster relief payment for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act federal stimulus payments or from pandemic unemployment benefits. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

You can begin your application with CRLAF by calling this toll-free number: 877-557-0521.

If you are concerned about COVID-19 financial scams,

CRC (California Reinvestment Coalition) has developed a helpful infographic in English and Spanish to alert people on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from scammers and bad actors. Vulnerable communities are disproportionately targeted by financial predators. 

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [English]

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [Spanish] 

If you are a farmer, rancher, producer, or you have a rural-based business, 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide that be can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19. 

Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?

For consistent updates, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors, on the Department of Homeland Security Website

What's closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Entertainment venues 
  • Gyms and fitness studios 
  • Public events and gatherings 
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons 
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Shopping malls
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Please click here for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the California State Government in English and in Spanish.

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