Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Resources for Oakland workers to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Last Updated: May 27th, 2020 @ 5:31 PM
1-Week Waiting Period for State Unemployment & Disability Insurance Waived
Under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, gig workers, independent contractors and self-employed individuals are now eligible for Unemployment Insurance. Details on how to apply through EDD have not yet been released.
EDD is piloting a SMS text notification option for individuals to receive updates about their Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. The pilot began on Saturday, May 16th with a small group of customers. Please note that all text messages will be sent from (877) 324-1224 and will begin with: “Message from EDD:” Claimants that receive text messages from the EDD will have the option to opt-out of receiving text messages at any time by replying “Stop.” Claimants may opt back in by texting “Unstop.”
Federal Economic Impact Payments
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment (aka stimulus checks) of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child.
- See if you are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment
- Economic impact payments: What you need to know
- If you received a tax refund in 2018 or 2019 using direct deposit, no action is required.
- Didn’t get a direct deposit refund or owed taxes? Use the “Get My Payment” application to quickly receive a direct deposit payment, rather than waiting to get mailed a check. The app also lets you track the status of your payment.
- If you don’t file taxes, use the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here” application to get your payment. Non-filers are typically U.S. citizens and permanent residents who earn less than $12,200 for an individual or $24,400 for married couples. Update April 16: Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account.
- OPD Public Safety Advisory video on Stimulus Check scams
Regardless of how you receive your payment, the IRS will mail a letter to the most current address they have on file approximately 15 days after it sends your payment. If you have moved since you last filed, let them know your new mailing address.
Veterans beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients: The IRS continues to explore ways to see if Economic Impact Payments can be made automatically to SSI recipients and those who receive veterans disability compensation, pension or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and who did not file a tax return for the 2018 or 2019 tax years. People in these groups can either use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info option now or wait as the IRS continues to review automatic payment options to simplify delivery for these groups
Sick Leave & Disability Leave
Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Covered California extends special enrollment period through June 30, including premium subsidies
Videos to Help You Enroll in Covered California
Watch to see if you qualify for financial help, how to create an account, how to complete and submit an application, and how to select a plan.
Emergency financial assistance, legal representation and supportive services to prevent Oakland residents from losing their housing from Keep Oakland Housed
Essential Workers now eligible for subsidized child care, including health care, emergency response, law enforcement and grocery workers
Legal resources on health, housing, public benefits and workplace/employment benefit from Bay Area Legal Aid
Centro Legal de la Raza Resources for Workers, including workers who are undocumented
Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Project, California is providing state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. To apply, visit Catholic Charities East Bay's website at www.cceb.org. Applications are only being accepted by phone at (415) 324-1011.
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers on the State Labor & Workforce Development Agency website
Worker Resources at Oakland America's Job Centers of California for basic information, job search, job placement and training services
Call 211 for critical human services information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund for restaurant workers, nonprofits and small business restaurants
Tax Filing Deadline Extended
Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend federal filing deadline and federal tax payments