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COVID-19 Resources

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation for all of us, and many are experiencing stress and financial hardship. Our community has amazing agencies and organizations offering assistance and guidance to those in need.  We will keep these lists updated as we find new resources available.  

Counselors – Are you having a hard time emotionally, and need support? Our Counselor is available to talk and connect you with local resources. You can reach Ashley Nguyen at [email protected].  

Job Developer - Have you lost your job or had your hours cut?  Our Job Developer has a list of facilities currently hiring. You can reach Arlene Flores via email at [email protected].  Also, check out our new Job Board to find companies hiring locally! 

College & Career Specialist - Are you looking to take the leap to college? Even though campuses are closed, Valerie Beachley is ready to help.  She is reachable by email at [email protected]. She will also be hosting virtual office hours for face-to-face meetings. 

Guidance Specialists – Are you in the Diploma/GED Program and need help moving on in your program? Our Guidance Specialists are continuing to move Diploma students on to next assigned classes and respond to requests for transcripts. You can reach Tammy Asaki at [email protected] and Melissa Alarcon at [email protected]

OC Meals- a supplemental support program for vulnerable population (seniors, single parent, unemployed individuals, or people with disabilities). There will be 3 sites within the 2nd District of Orange County, operating one day per week, with each pickup to include 2 dinner meals made by participating restaurants or caterers. Participants must reside in one of the following District 2 cities: Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palms, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, Rossmoor, Buena Park or Fountain Valley.
Great Plates Delivered: This statewide program has two purposes:

1. Help older adults (65 years or older) and other adults (60-64 years) at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day. Older adults interested in enrolling should call the OC Office on Aging Call Center at (714) 480-6450 or
2. Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis. Restaurants and food providers interested in participating can fill out this form.

Pandemic EBT - Español-中文

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. Families who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020.


Meals on Wheels Orange County

The Beachcities Pantry, Huntington Beach: Provides delivery service only. No walkups permitted. Orders must be placed over the phone or online prior to delivery. 

Someone Cares Kitchen: Free meals 3 days a week in Costa Mesa

Second Harvest Food Bank:
   - Covid-19 Update
   - Free Food Map

El Torito: Starting March 16, all kids who are 12 and under can eat for free

Grab & Go School Meals

Fountain Valley School District:
Mon-Fri, 11:30am-1pm 
  -  Meal Program Updates (English)
 Meal Program Updates (Vietnamese)

Huntington Beach City School District
Free meals for ANY child 18 and under @ Peterson Elementary
M-F 11am-12pm except Spring Break (April 13-17)

Huntington Beach Union High School District
Grab & Go Meals available @ Ocean View and Westminster High Schools
M-F, 12-1pm

Newport Mesa Unified School District
Grab & Go Meals available at multiple school sites.
M-F 11:30am-12pm

Ocean View School District
Breakfast and lunches available for children ages 1-18 at several school sites.

Westminster School District
Student breakfast and lunch package “grab and go” is available at seven schools except during Spring Break week, April 13-17, 2020.
M-F 11am-12:30pm

Who’s hiring in Orange County amid the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

State of California Employee Development Department (EDD)

  - Virtual Call Center: Call 1-833-978-2511 seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  - Step-by-Step Guide to COVID-19 Unemployment Claims
  - Unemployment Insurance Online (pdf)
  - Fact Sheet: Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program
  - Labor Market Division: Employer COVID-19 Quick Links

Get paid leave for caretakers
Paid Family Leave (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 an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19. Diagnosis by a medical professional is required. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70% of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300/week. File for PFL online: How to File a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim in SDI Online

Get cash assistance for service workers
One Fair Wage:
Restaurant workers, delivery drivers, and other tipped workers and service workers who are seeing their income decline or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns can request cash assistance. Submit your request online.  

Take paid sick leave from your job if you or a family member is sick with COVID-19
If you have worked for the same employer for at least 30 days within a year in California and have passed a 90-day employment (probationary) period, you are generally entitled to a certain amount of paid sick leave paid to you at your regular rate of pay or an average based on the past 90 days. Check eligibility here.
   - Give notice of your sick leave to your employer as soon as is practical. If your accrued sick leave is denied, click here to learn how to file a wage claim.
  More info:
   - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - FAQs on Laws Enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office
   - California Paid Sick Leave: Frequently Asked Questions

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI): The purpose of California’s disaster relief program is to provide one-time financial relief to undocumented adults who are experiencing hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic but are ineligible for other kinds of relief, such as CARES Act relief payments or unemployment insurance. This program is a disaster relief payment, not an alternative form of unemployment insurance. Eligible individual applicants can receive up to $500, or up to $1000 for themselves and one other adult in the household. For Support in applying, please contact: 
  - Asian Americans Advancing Justice (English, Chinese, Korean, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese)
  - Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights - CHIRLA (English, Spanish)

Operation Hope: Were you laid off or did you have your hours reduced? Are you struggling to make ends meet? Our partners from Operation Hope are providing assistance with credit counseling, negotiating and working with creditors, assistance negotiating with mortgage holders and foreclosure prevention. You can reach Nghi Trang, our OC contact, at [email protected] or (657) 318-1100.
- Mini GrantsOperation Hope is offering grants of up to $500 to assist struggling families. The grant money can be used towards paying off utilities, rent/mortgage, or credit card payments. Please see this flyer for more information on how to apply for the grant.

OC One Stop Centers:
  - Workforce & Business Services Economic & Business Recovery
  - Recuperación Económica y de Negocios de los Servicios para Trabajadores y Negocios
  - 경제 및 사업 회복을 위한 일자리 및 사업체 서비스

List of Banks Offering Relief to Businesses and Retail Customers Affected by the Novel Coronavirus

List of Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California - available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

America's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
 COVID-19: The Latest News & Resources for Your Business

Tax Preparation Support 
United Way- California Region  
Households that earned 60,000 or less in 2018 can receive free tax help in person from United Way’s Free Tax Prep Program.
  - Schedule appointments by calling 2-1-1 or toll free 800-500-4931. 
  - The new federal tax deadline is July 15, 2020
  - Hours of operation is Monday-Friday 8am-4:45pm

Counseling for Students and Families: Compass Center at the Huntington Beach Union High School District is offering counseling services to students and parents in need.  Please click here to fill out a contact form. They will contact you within 1 school day to speak with a school mental health provider.

County of Orange Mental Health Services:
Orange County Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline: (877) 7-CRISIS or (877) 727-4747
24 hours 7 days/week 
Evaluation and Treatment Services: (714) 834-6900
Crisis Line for People with Disabilities: (800)-426-4263  24-Hrs.
Domestic Violence Hotline: (800)-799-7233 24-Hrs.
Rape Crisis Hotline: (714)-957-2737 24 Hrs.
Sexual Assault Victim Services: (714)-834-4317
Managed Care Outpatient Services: (800)-723-8641
Children and Youth Services: (714)-834-5015
Child Abuse Registry: (714)-940-1000
Orange County Centralized Assessment Team (CAT): (866) 830-6011 (Psychiatric Crisis)
Orange County Outreach and Engagement - Adults: (714) 517-6355
Orange County Outreach and Engagement - Children: (714) 480-4670
County of Orange Behavioral Health Services Information and Referral Line 855-OC-LINKS (855) 625-4657 (714) 834-2332 (TDD)

The OC Warm Line:  Free and confidential phone emotional support/referrals
(877)-910-WARM, 714-991-6412
(M-F 9am-3am, Sat & Sun 10am-3am Live Chat available

Peer Connector Program: 12-week phone support program
California Peer-Run Warm Line   
Everything is virtual, mobile based since COVID-19.
  -  Phone number: (855) 845-7415. 
  - Chat is available here

South Asian Network (SAN) Counseling and Referral, Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Nepali and Bangla (562) 403-0488

United Health Care: Emotional Support Help Line, Free and open to anyone, (866) 342-6892

Family Assessment Counseling & Education Services (F.A.C.E.S)
FACES has ongoing virtual services available to all our clients and is accepting new clients for crisis counseling.   Please call 714 447 9024 or email us at [email protected] for more information. Enroll online here

Free Loaner Laptops and Hotspots: The County of Orange has partnered with Google Fiber and OC United Way to provide loaner laptops and hotspots during this critical period.  The laptops and hotspots will be made available beginning May 1, 2020, enabling dislocated workers free access to apply for jobs and unemployment benefits. Job seekers will be able to check out a laptop and hotspot at the Irvine One-Stop Center by contacting the Orange County Economic and Business Recovery line at (714) 480-6500 and completing a telephone application. The laptops and hotspots will be available for checkout as a pair at no cost. 

Internet Access: CA Department of Education compiled a list of companies offering free or low-cost internet access, with details about specific plans

California LifeLine Program offers discounted home and cell phone services. Multiple languages available.
7 am to 7 pm Mon - Fri
(866) 272-0349

Charter Internet will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

Comcast: New families who connect to Comcast’s Internet Essentials program will get free internet service for two months. Phone #: 1-855-846-8376 (English) and 1-855-765-6995

Note: Organizations below are asking clients to leave a message and they will return client calls to schedule appointments/ conduct consultations.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-OC
Free Naturalization/ Citizenship Application Assistance and Immigration Consultation
English/ Korean/ Tagalog and Vietnamese Services
(714) 587-2050 Extension 6
Open 9am- 5pm M-F
AAAJ Hotlines
Chinese: (800) 520-2356
Khmer: (800) 867-3126
Thai: (800) 914-9583
Spanish/Other: (888) 349-9695

Free Legal Services
English, Spanish and Vietnamese Services
(714) 571-5200

Public Law Center
Free legal advice
601 Civic Center Drive W, Santa Ana, CA 92701
English, Spanish and Vietnamese Services
(714) 541-1010
Open 9am- 5pm M-F

Free legal service
Appointments can be scheduled via telephone or online

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants
Cash aid for senior and/or legal non-citizens ineligible to Supplemental Security Income/ State Supplemental Income (SSI/SSP) due to their immigration status
(714) 834-8899
Open 8am- 5pm M-F

Resources for Undocumented Students
Legal Aid at Work Undocumented Workers Employment Rights fact sheet (English/ Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions:

[Concerning Green Card / PUBLIC CHARGE] Will immigrants that seek medical treatment or receive public benefits because of unemployment during COVID-19 need to worry if they are applying or will apply for an immigration benefit?
US Citizenship & Immigration Services has stated that medical services to treat COVID-19 will not affect their applications and that if the person receives public benefits because they are prevented from working or attending school, they can submit evidence to prove that their receipt of these benfits was due to the outbreak.

Are immigrants eligible for unemployment benefits during COVID-19?
According to the National Employment Law Project, immigrants with valid work authorization (e.g. folks with DACA) should be able to receive unemployment benefits if they meet all other criteria for receiving benefits.
Source: National Employment Law Project 

WCARES: Westminster CARES Rental Assistance Program: This is a short-term rental assistance program available to eligible Westminster households who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Applications are available beginning Monday 5/18, and may be submitted June 2-16. Please feel free to share this with all Westminster residents. For more information, residents may call 714-898-3311 ext. 4314 or email [email protected]


Stand Up for Kids OC: support for homeless youth ages 24 and under, call 714-356-5437

211 OC: dial 211 or visit the website.

Huntington Beach Homeless Task Force: 714-536-5576

Salvation Army 
Temporary shelters provide homeless individuals with food and lodging while equipping them with the resources and support. Please contact your local Salvation Army to see what services are available in your area. Search by Zip code here: COVID19

Housing/Eviction Prevention Support  
California Apartment Association  
Resources are available to help address challenges that are faced by housing providers.

College Students:
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage space, usage of U-Box portable moving, and storage containers for college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. Offer valid for new customers with college IDs.

Free Diapers and Pull-ups: The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living will be offering a monthly diaper and Pull-Ups distribution. Distribution will take place on the second Wednesday of the month.

YMCA: Access instructor-led fitness classes online via tablet or computer.  

Huntington Beach Public Library: HBPL is electronically processing library cards to assist students, parents, and teachers with accessing our online eBooks and databases. Learn more and apply here

Family Resource Centers:

WESTMINSTER FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER – services available to Westminster families with children under 18 living in the home. Staff are reachable by phone Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-6pm and Tuesday and Thursday 9am-8pm.
Phone: (714) 903-1331
  - INFORMATION & REFERRAL – available by phone during FRC operating hours in English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  - EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE – M-F 9am-6pm, call in advance to check availability and schedule a time to come in
  -  Non-perishable food – limited quantity
  -  Diapers – limited quantity
  - CASE MANAGEMENT – available by phone M-F 9:30am-5pm, by appointment only in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, call in advance to schedule
    Able to provide linkage to resources including mental health, domestic violence services, emergency shelter, government assistance benefits

Oak View Family Resource Center (Huntington Beach Residents) 1-714-842-4002

Newport Mesa Family Resource Center (Costa Mesa Residents): (949) 764-8100

Childcare Support 

Early Childhood OCA searchable database of currently open child care centers and family child care homes, and information on applying for childcare subsidies. This database will be updated every Friday.

Tootris: Providing New Programs that assist working parents who cannot obtain Child Care due to the COVID-19 health crisis:
 - Contact: Jasmin Belisario: (858) 208-4044 x 104 M: (858) 880-6029, [email protected]
- M-F  6am-5pm

Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley: Providing full-day programs for children of essential service providers. 
M-F 6:30am-6pm

Boys and Girls Club of Costa Mesa: Providing full-day programs for children of essential service providers. 
M-F 6:30am-2:30pm