We will post community resource information here related to the corona virus.See also our News Page for our bulletins regarding COVID-19.
DEPT OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND MANAGED CARE:
GUIDES AND GENERAL RESOURCES
Communication First – COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit with Printable Patient Accommodations Request Form
Autism Society of America - Online COVID-19 Toolkit
Q&A on COVID-19 and Down syndrome
David Penso List of Activities for People with Autism
Resources for People with Disabilities on COVID-19
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund – If You or Someone You Know is Disabled: Know Your Rights to Medical Care – COVID-19
Disability and Disaster Hotline during COVID-19 from the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies - The Partnership’s Disaster Hotline provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs. The Disaster Hotline is always available for intake calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at
(800) 626-4959 and email@example.com.
FOOD, UTILITIES, CASH ASSISTANCE
- Coronavirus Recovery Stimulus - Recovery Rebates
- Stimulus Package Becomes Law- What it Means for People with Disabilities
- Who is NOT Eligible?
- Update for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients:Social Security Administration update regarding stimulus payments:
- The Department of the Treasury announced on May 18 that it is starting to send nearly 4 million EIPs by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check. EIP Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees. Additional information is available in Treasury’s press release.
- Existing Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who do not have qualifying children under age 17:
You do not need to take any action with the IRS. You will automatically receive your $1,200 economic impact payment directly from the IRS. You should receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as you would normally receive your Social Security benefits.
- People who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, and who have qualifying children under age 17 and those receiving SSI who have qualifying children under age 17:
Go to the IRS's webpage to enter your information instead of waiting for your automatic $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. By taking proactive steps to enter information on the IRS website about you and your qualifying children, you will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to your $1,200 individual payment. If Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients in this group do not provide information to the IRS soon, you will have to wait to receive $500 per qualifying child.
- New beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019:
Go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to enter your information.
Treasury expects automatic payments for Social Security beneficiaries no later than the end of April and automatic payments for SSI recipients no later than early May.
- How will the IRS send an economic impact payment for someone with a representative payee?
If you filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return: Your $1,200 economic impact payment (EIP) was or will be sent to the bank account provided on your tax return for an electronic tax refund, or mailed to the address provided on your tax return if a tax refund was mailed or if there was no refund.
If you did not file a 2019 or 2018 tax return: The IRS plans to use information provided by SSA to help the IRS generate your EIP. In most cases, the IRS will send your EIP to your representative payee using the same method (direct deposit, Direct Express, or check) the representative payee receives your monthly benefit. The IRS has not determined when these EIPs will be processed.
- Individuals receiving social security benefits will not have to file income tax returns to receive stimulus payments
- Department of Public Social Services Frequently Asked Questions on CalFresh, IHSS, etc
- IHSS Updates
IHSS is still taking new applications and assessments will likely be conducted via telephone. Families may call the Application Line at 1-888-944-4477.
For existing cases, the state is also allowing telephone reassessments, and there is a hold on any hours reductions through June 30th.
For cases impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically where the person is not going to school/day program, or is losing help (from family/care provider), or additional hours are needed, the County has indicated that an additional 20 hours may be able to be authorized. Have family contact the IHSS Helpline at 1-888-822-9622.
- CalWORKs - A cash assistance program and services to eligible families
- Many utilities, including LA County Public Works, SoCal Edison, and City of Long Beach are not shutting off service for non-payment.
- Food Finders food bank locations March 2020
- CalFresh Program - A food and nutrition services program, also known as SNAP
- Expensify.org - This is a program that is striving to help families who receive SNAP benefits by matching SNAP funds up to $50.
- Long Beach Unified School District - The Long Beach Unified School District, which has been offering breakfasts and lunches at 34 sites during school closures, will add a supper meal at 27 of those sites starting Monday, May 4. All three meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) will be distributed during the usual meal service hour of 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- List of Food Banks and Pantries in Long Beach
- LAUSD Resources for Families During School Closure (Grab & Go food program, education resources for in-home learning, parent resources)
- Everytable - offering FREE FOOD to EVERYONE in greater Los Angeles, this includes delivering meals to seniors at their home. Call the Everytable Helpline at 323-458-6487 for questions and more information. This is also available on Instagram. .
- El Torito Kids under 12 years eat free (takeout)
- Burger King Free Kids meal with any purchase when ordered through the app.
Grocery Shopping for Seniors, people with disabilities and others
• Ralphs offering dedicated shopping for senior citizens age 65 and older from 7-7:30 a.m. daily beginning March 20.
• Target is reserving the first shopping hour of every Wednesday to the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
• Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. For senior citizens, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
• Whole Foods will open all their stores to customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public.
• Northgate Market: All 41 Northgate Market locations are reserving the first hour just for seniors and disabled customers.
• Vallarta Supermarkets will be open 7-8am for those 65 and older, pregnant women and those with disabilities.
• Super A Foods is reserving shopping from 7-8 a.m. for those 65 and older.
• Smart & Final will open from 7:30-8 a.m. for customers 65 and older and those with disabilities.
• Stater Bros. Markets: All 169 locations will open at 7:45 a.m. for seniors over 65 years old.
• Big Saver Foods will open from 7:30-8 a.m. for seniors over age 65.
• Walmart will give seniors 60 and older an hour of shopping before stores open every Tuesday. Walmart pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open at this time.
• Winco offers seniors and those with disabilities early access on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-7AM
Childcare for Essential Workers
covid19.ca.gov/childcare provides access to safe and reliable child care options for working parents, including essential workers and vulnerable populations
The nonprofit Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership has launched WorkLB, a free electronic platform that helps to connect hourly child care providers with members of the public who suddenly need quality childcare. For more information, call (562) 570-4249.
YMCA of Greater Long Beach
RESOURCES FOR WORKERS DISPLACED BY COVID-19
Work Long Beach is a collaboration of public agencies and providers in the City of Long Beach. Focusing immediately on childcare, they are working to match displaced childcare workers with those who need this service. It offers other services match hourly workers with employers seeking vetted employees.
OnwardCA.org is a new website that aims to serve as a one-stop repository of information and resources for workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.based on the user’s location and personal needs, in three distinct tiers of need:
Immediate sources for monetary aid — from unemployment to industry relief funds for workers to loans and grants for small businesses.
Emergency non-monetary resources — including food, shelter, medicine, groceries, child-care, and more.
Job matching —
to pair up workers’ skills with companies that are doing immediate hiring because of higher demand during the coronavirus-precaution measures, like call centers and deliveries of food and other goods. Job-training resources are also planned for people who need to make a change in career after losing their jobs to the pandemic.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - Response and Resources
Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs - Tenant Protections
3/30 News article: Can’t pay your power bill? Don’t worry, you’re safe for now as California utilities suspend shutoffs
LOW OR NO COST MEDIA RESOURCES
AT-HOME ACTIVIES AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Activities to Encourage Speech and Language - Risha Armstrong
Fun Activities - Monique Leotaud
• Scholastic Learn at Home – has free at home lessons for PreK through 9th grade
•edHelper.com - Daily Free Learning Workbooks for Teachers to Share with Parents while Schools are Closed
• ASHA – Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development – tips from birth – 6 yrs.
•DLTK’s Crafts for Kids - DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of printable children's crafts, coloring pages, worksheets and activities including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters.
LEARNING ABOUT COVID-19 FOR CHILDREN or PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
•• Coronavirus Kids Book
Talking to Children About COVID-19(Coronavirus): A Parent Resource – National Association of School Psychologists – This resource is available in several languages other than English (Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese)
Safety Tips for Self Advocates from State Council on Developmental Disabilities
E news BULLETINS visit http://www.harborrc.org/news
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department warns of COVID-19 online scams and hacking attempts
The LASD has seen an uptick in fake emails, texts and phishing scams related to the COVID-19 emergency.
They are warning the public not to click on unknown links that appear in cellphone texts or in emails, and instead go directly to trusted sites by typing in the website address.
Here are some of the common tactics criminals are using:
Fake charities. Scammers play on your good intentions by using names that sound a lot like the names of real charities. Be sure to do your research and donate directly to legitimate charities. Pay safely by credit card, never by gift card or wire transfer.
Phishing emails. These emails often appear to be from familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know. Some have been fake emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with information on the virus. With the talk of economic stimulus checks in the news, others can pretend to be from a government agency asking for your private information to send you money. Be assured legitimate government agencies will never do that. These emails are all dangerous because they contain links that if clicked on, can install software or other programs that can steal your private information or lock you out of your data.
More scams and tips on how to protect yourself
GENERAL COVID-19 INFO/UPDATES
• World Health Organization (WHO) – Reliable site with regular COVID-19 updates and guidance
• California Department of Public Health - Guidance Documents: Coronavirus Disease 2019
• Centers for Disease Control – Coronavirus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html • What you need to know about Coronavirus in ASL