State & Local Resources & Services
Meals and Groceries
New Free Critical Delivery Service for Older Adults:
- The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) announced a free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Residents can take advantage of this countywide program that will deliver groceries, household items and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost. No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling (888) 863-7411 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. You may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first. Learn more about the Critical Delivery Service program.
Meals for LAUSD Students:
- LA Unified is opening 60 "Grab and Go" food centers across the city. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide nutritious meals to students and community members who need them while students are learning in virtual classrooms. Anyone who arrives during open hours (7am to 10am) will be able to receive food.
- The program will be available at these locations.
- The following centers are located in Assembly District 54:
- Barack Obama Preparation Academy: 1700 W. 46th St., Los Angeles 90062
- Audubon Middle School: 4120 11th Ave., Los Angeles 90008
- Cochran Middle School: 4066 W. Johnnie Cochran Vista, Los Angeles 90019
- Dorsey Senior High School: 3537 Farmdale Ave, Los Angeles 90016
- Palms Middle: 10860 Woodbine St., Los Angeles 90034
Meals for Seniors in LA County:
- Congregate Meals for Seniors: Workforce Development, Aging and Community services operates 100 congregate meal sites, primarily at senior centers and parks.
- The county is transitioning all sites that serve congregate meals to distributing packaged/frozen meals or providing home-delivered meals. These actions will ensure we continue offering meals to seniors, but do so in a manner that reduces coronavirus exposure and risk.
- If you are looking for resources regarding senior meals, please review this map with detailed plans for meal sites throughout LA County. You may also call 1-800-510-2020 for assistance.
- The Culver City Senior Center has adapted its meal service for existing registered nutrition program patrons, who are over 65 years old:
- For registered Congregate Nutrition Meal patrons under the age of 65 and those who are 65+, who have a family member, friend, neighbor or caregiver under the age of 65 who can pick-up the meal, please use the drive up service located in the Senior Center parking lot Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.
- For registered nutrition patrons ages 65+ who do not have anyone to pick up their meals, the City will deliver frozen meals on Mondays and Wednesdays between 11 AM and 2 PM.
- Existing Home Delivered Meal clients will continue to be served on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- All meals are frozen, with two meals provided on Mondays and three meals provided on Wednesdays.
- If you have a neighbor or family member who is a Culver City resident age 65+ and you concerned about their ability to get food, please send an email to Daniella.Gutierrez@culvercity.org.
Grocery Store Special Hours For Seniors And Other Vulnerable Populations:
The following grocery stores are offering reserved hours for populations that are vulnerable to the novel coronavirus:
- Albertsons: From 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for "those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated."
- Costco: The designated windows will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday-Friday (Culver City) or 9 to 10 a.m. daily (Los Angeles). In-store pharmacies also will be open during those periods, but food courts will continue operating on their normal schedule.
- Gelson's: Starting Wednesdays, seniors 65 and older can shop from 7 to 8 a.m. "You may be asked for ID," the California grocer said on its website.
- Mother’s Markets: The California-based company is starting "Safe Shop Wednesdays” and is opening from 6 to 7 a.m. every Wednesday for “elderly, disabled, those with compromised immune systems, chemo patients, etc.” It's also offering free home delivery for the high-risk groups with promo code FREE4SENIORS.
- Ralphs: All locations are open to seniors only from 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily.
- Target: Store hours vary by location as do the times reserved for at-risk shoppers. At most stores, the reserved hour is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Whole Foods Market: Starting March 18, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.
- Los Angeles County Office of Education and the LA County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team are making child care more accessible for essential workers. Families can access local child care by calling toll-free 888-92CHILD (922-4453) or visiting ECE COVID-19 Resource Page at lacoe.edu/childcare.
Resources for Students
- UCLA'S basic needs team has compiled information from various on and off-campus partners to develop a live resource guide for students.
- The LA County Library offers homework help, virtual programs, digital library cards and other online resources. All that is needed is your LA County Library card and PIN number, and an internet connection. Learn more about online homework help here.
- LA County has created a digital tool for locating free WiFi spots throughout the County which all residents can access. Visit their webpage or call 211 to access it.
Mental Health Resources
For 24/7 immediate help, contact the LA County Department of Mental Health's access line at (800) 854-7771.
The LA County Department of Mental Health also has compiled an extensive list of resources for coping with stress and anxiety during coronavirus.
Services for People Experiencing Homelessness
- The Los Angeles housing department is opening applications for their Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program will provide a temporary rent subsidy for tenants in the City of Los Angeles who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.
- Shared Housing - For adults experiencing homelessness
- Address: 6666 Green Valley Cir, Culver City, CA 90230
- Phone: (310) 846-5270
- Housing for Students/Foster Youth: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eviction help: Tenants Together - free legal aid for evictions in Los Angeles
- email@example.com or (415) 495-8100
Health/Mental Health Services & Access
- California is extending the deadline to enroll for healthcare coverage with Covered California. If you need coverage now or your employment has changed as a result of COVID-19 you may qualify. Apply here.
Alcoholics Anonymous Online Meetings
- DV shelter resources are available on: domesticshelters.org. The National Domestic Violence Hotline also is available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233.
Hotline to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Older Californians
- California has created a statewide hotline – 833-544-2374 – in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1- systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. For example, operators will be able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying home.
- Governor Newsom announced the introduction a series of state-wide initiatives to support vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including a first-in-the nation meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls and the expansion of Friendship Line California to help combat social isolation. These initiatives will assist in supporting the approximately 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone. More info here.
Disability/Paid Family Leave/Unemployment Benefits (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ):
- Individuals are able to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, providing short-term benefit payments eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness.
- The Governor’s Executive Order will waive the one-week unpaid waiting period to collect DI benefits for the first week out of work.
- Individuals who are quarantined, as certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer, can qualify for disability insurance.
- Individuals can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim.
- 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.
- Individuals are encouraged to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
- UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
- Governor Newsom announced the state has made agreements with more than 200 financial institutions for mortgage relief. Learn more here.
- In addition, the federal government announced foreclosure suspensions for FHA and FHFA backed mortgages. .
Safety Net Programs:
- Governor Newsom has issued an executive order to allow current recipients of safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption or the need to re-certify. This includes programs such as CalFresh, CalWORKS and Medi-Cal, to name a few. The order also stops CalWORKS time clocks.
- California DMV offices have suspended all in-person appointments.
- The deadline to obtain a CA Real ID has been extended to October 2021.
- The CA DMV is giving a 1-year extension to seniors with expiring driver’s licenses. More information here.
- Online services, DMV kiosks, and traditional mail are alternatives to an in-person visit. For more information on what transactions can be completed using these alternative methods, click here.
California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Medi-Cal:
- Governor Newsom has issued an executive order that will give flexibility to DHCS and Medi-Cal providers on a variety of deadlines and requirements to ensure continuity of service to patients and customers is not impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All borrowers with federally-held student loans through the U.S. Department of Education will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days starting March 13th. In addition, each borrower will have the option to suspend payments for at least two months.
- Most private student loan servicers have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers, including more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans. More information and Governor Newsom's executive order here.
- Student loans can come from many sources, and borrowers should contact their own lender(s) to discuss what their individual situations may be. Learn more here.
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