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Last updated 3/19/2020


Income: Know your rights if you cannot work

State disability insurance and unemployment insurance can help right now for those eligible who can’t work or hours have been reduced. Refer to this Covid-19 specific info from the EDD, this helpful chart to show who qualifies for what, and a great FAQ from Legal Aid at Work. They also have virtual clinics and phone helplines listed here.

Food: Where to get food for your children and you

All Oakland Unified students and families and any Oakland residents under 18 can pick up free food at OUSD’s 12 pick up sites. Hayward Unified provides the same support here, Berkeley schools here, San Leandro Unified here, Fremont here. Anyone, especially those who are unhoused or elderly, can call the Alameda County Food Bank’s emergency food helpline. Seniors can also call a Meals on Wheels provider to sign up for food delivered daily -- county providers here.

Public benefits: How to get and continue aid

Eligible people can still apply for food stamps, GA, CalWorks, and other benefits right now. Our county’s social services agency is encouraging phone and online applications -- see here. The governor also issued an executive order allowing safety net programs to continue without interruption and without need for re-certifications for 90 days.

Evictions, foreclosures and utilities

The Alameda County Sheriff and Alameda County Superior Court have agreed to halt evictions in our county. Find an ongoing updated page about eviction policies across the Bay during Covid-19 from Bay Legal here. HUD also announced a 60-day moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages -- see here. And, PG&E implemented a moratorium on service disconnections due to non-payment -- see here.


Alameda County provides healthcare to low-income people who are not eligible for Medi-Cal (such as undocumented people) through HealthPAC. Also, testing and treatment related to Covid-19 will not be considered in the USCIS public charge test -- see here. Resources in Spanish can be found here. Street Level Health Project: Hotline (510)306-4835, open M -F 8:30-5pm and has Mam and Spanish speakers to assist with applying for benefits (including HealthPAC) over the phone and online. They are also able to refer clients to a staff clinician for an over the phone assessment of symptoms and can make referrals to Highland Hospital.

Mental Health, addiction and homelessness

The county’s contracted phone referral services for mental health ( ACCESS) and substance use are still running. Alameda County Crisis Support Services offers a 24/7 crisis line.

Mutual Aid (community volunteer support) and crow-sourced resources Disability Justice Culture Club East Bay help form, Oakland high risk matching project--here’s a flyer, Bay Area Covid-19 Mass Resource List

Homeless Resources: Alameda County Healthcare for the Homeless Covid-19 guidance includes a phone number to call if someone is unhoused with symptoms. The state has already leased 2 Oakland hotels for high-risk and confirmed coronavirus cases of homeless folks--we’re staying updated on this. The Berkeley Free Clinic's Street Medicine Team, East Oakland Collective, and other community orgs are working hard to deliver sanitation stations and food to encampments.

Oakland towing and parking

The city has suspended enforcement of most parking restrictions, metered parking, and time-limited parking. Most towing has been suspended also--refer here.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

The state government just created this new website to be a one stop shop for all California specific updates and resources about the pandemic.

DISCLAIMER: This site is meant to provide information of a general nature which you should verify with an attorney before relying upon it. It does not provide legal advice and is not meant to establish an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice you should ALWAYS contact an attorney.

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