I’m worried about incomeCOVID-19 has impacted Stockton’s workers. We know that especially those in the retail, service and gig economies will experience lay-offs or reduced hours due to event cancellations, supply chain disruptions, self-quarantining and mandated closures of businesses. California has a robust safety net in place to support workers; please check below for how to access available resources.
San Joaquin County Family COVID Assistance Grant Program
On December 28, 2020, San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors launched the The Family COVID Assistance Grant Program. The grant program is intended to assist individuals and families who meet specified income thresholds and have been financially harmed by the pandemic. The maximum grant is limited to $5,000 per household. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis for as long as funding is available. Click here to learn more and apply.
*Due to the overwhelming number of applications received, it takes County staff up to 10 business days to contact individual applicants regarding their application.
San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources
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, email@example.com
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, email@example.com
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, email@example.com
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.
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,
- Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is hiring. Take a look at their open positions here.
- Dollar Tree, a Stockton Chamber of Commerce member, is hiring nationwide at their stores and distribution centers.
- 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,
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,
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.
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.
Housing for the Harvest is a program that offers temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them a space to self-isolate.
Contact Catholic Charities / Community Foundation of San Joaquin, (209) 469-1120 firstname.lastname@example.org
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