The Los Angeles City Council has passed an emergency measure to help the city’s most vunerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic. Below are some resources that you can apply to for financial help during these times of uncertainty.
The State of California is offering unemployment benefits for individuals who experienced reduced hours, were laid off, or employer ceased operations as a direct result of COVID-19. Governor Newsom’s executive order waives the one week unpaid waiting period. Check eligibility and apply online through the Employment Development Department (EDD) to see if you qualify for the $40 to $450 benefit per week.
If exposed to COVID-19 and a medical professional certifies your inability to work because of the virus, file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI is a short-term benefit payment for those eligible, and range from $50 to $1,300 per week.
There’s a relief fund for food service workers who have lost work during the pandemic. One Fair Wage Campaign operates in California and applies to restaurant workers, delivery drivers, bartenders, and anyone who receives tips.
Caring for family member
If unable to work because of caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, file for a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers experiencing a loss of wages to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child. Benefit amounts range from $50 to $1,300 per week.