28th District Resource and Information Guide re: COVID-19
Los Angeles’ “Safer At Home” Policy: Currently set to expire on May 15, 2020.
- Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store.
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities.
- Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first).
- Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru.
- Care or support a friend or family member.
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community.
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary.
- Help someone to get necessary supplies.
YOU SHOULD NOT…
- Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order.
- Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.
- Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out.
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility.
Resources for Those Who Have Lost Work:
- California Unemployment Benefits: File for CA unemployment benefits: https://www.edd.ca.gov/
- See More Below Under “Other District, State, County and Citywide Relief and Resources”
Resources for Restaurant Workers Impacted By Coronavirus Crisis:
Help for Businesses
- Fill out and apply to the SBA immediately. Backlogs are forming.
- SBA: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- Apply for disaster loan assistance here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
- U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
Mortgage, Rent, Foreclosure and Eviction Protection
- Contact your mortgage lender to learn about California’s 90-day waiver for mortgage and credit payments
U.S. Government CARES Act
- The CARES Act is the new 2 Trillion Dollar bill signed into law by the Federal Government for help during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- The Payroll Protection Program (PPP):
If you are interested in this program, here’s what you need to know (excerpted from Fast Company):
- Who can apply? Businesses and nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees are generally eligible for the loans. But the loans aren’t restricted to companies: Self-employed workers and gig workers, such as drivers for ride-share apps, also qualify. Qualified borrowers must have been in business before February 15, and must have paid employee salaries and payroll taxes or contractors.
- How much? Businesses can receive loans up to $10 million at up to 4% interest rates, depending on how much they paid their employees between January 1 and February 29.
- Who’s handling this? Loans will be provided through banks, credit unions, and other lenders, and will be guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. Loan applications should be submitted through lenders who are partnered with the Small Business Administration. Contact your banking institution directly for this information.
- How long will it take? The loan process could become a same-day process soon, in which case loans would be signed and disbursed within 24 hours.
- What’s the catch? The program is called “Paycheck Protection Program” because it’s meant to ensure that businesses have the funds to pay their employees and to prevent layoffs. Loans offered through the program are forgivable, if used for their intended purpose: As long as a business receiving a loan maintains the average size of its workforce, it will only need to pay back the interest accrued, and the principal will effectively become a grant.
- To apply for these SBA loans, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications or contact your business lender. Most of your current banking relationships will be an SBA approved lender, however you should confirm if they are a Preferred Lender Program (PLP) lender as well. A good article on the matter can be found here: http://alternativefundingpartners.com/difference-plp-sba-lender-clp-sba-lender/
For Explanations of Other Available Relief:
Other District, State, County and Citywide Relief and Resources
State of California: https://covid19.ca.gov/
County of Los Angeles: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
City of Los Angeles: https://corona-virus.la/
Resources Available in Los Angeles including Food for Children and Seniors, etc.: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S-WJaMa4q3yNrEBfSFKEdSQArcNc_MTI2LiUA63Ycyg/mobilebasic
Information for Healthcare Providers: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/
Guidance for L.A. County Homeless Services Community: https://www.lahsa.org/news?article=671-covid-19-guidance-for-los-angeles-county-homeless-services-community
City of West Hollywood
- For West Hollywood Coronavirus information: www.weho.org/city-government/emergency-information
- For West Hollywood Rental Relief Information: www.weho.org/services/coronavirus-covid-19/renter-resources
City of Burbank: https://www.burbankca.gov/what-s-new/coronavirus
City of Glendale: https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/coronavirus
La Canada Flintridge: https://cityoflcf.org/coronavirus/
City of Pasadena: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/news-announcements/
Los Feliz-Silverlake: https://www.losfelizledger.com/coronavirus-case-confirmed-in-silver-lake/
For Health Questions About The Virus
- WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- NIH: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
I have no doubt, none, that we will get through this together as a nation and will be better for it. Stay strong. Stay vigilant. Avoid fear. This too shall pass. There is nothing that Americans cannot do when we put our minds to it and work together.