COVID 19 Resources Constituent

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As the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing and evolving, we want to provide you with some resources on benefits, childcare, meals and more from the State and the County of Los Angeles during these difficult times.

We will continue to send out updated information as it comes. Please be sure to continue practicing social distancing, good hygiene, and handwashing.


Best Wishes,
Senator Ben Allen

 

Free 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.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
  • Open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Locations of the centers, and other educational resources, can be found at achieve.lausd.net/resources.

Meals for Seniors in LA County (County of Los Angeles)

  • 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.
  • 55 sites will transition on Monday, March 16th and the remainder on a staggered basis by Thursday, March 19th.
  • Once finalized, a complete list can be found at wdacs.lacounty.gov.
  • A map of detailed plans for each site: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1paBMfsRqsS4r9Px4xiOGYCfxA4-J9y2E&ll=34.029728592186366%2C-118.13568714999201&z=10

Disability/Paid Family Leave Benefits for COVID-19 (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ)

  • Benefits Available to Those Sick and Cannot Work
    • 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.
      • What forms are needed:
        • Requirement can be met by a medical certification signed by treating a physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms, start date of condition, probable duration; and treating physician’s or practitioner’s license number or facility information. Can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer specific to you.
        • Fastest processing occurs online, and submit supporting medical documentation immediately after.
    • How much can be earned:
      • Approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,3000 a week. EDD has a Disability Insurance Calculator. Payments are paid through the date of a doctor’s certification or when available benefits are exhausted, whichever comes first within a 52-week period.
      • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one week waiting period.
  • Individuals who are quarantined, as certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer, can qualify for disability insurance.
  • Benefits Available to Self-employed or Otherwise Not Covered by State Disability Insurance (SDI) Program
    • Individuals can be eligible for benefits if they pay into Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC). DIEC is an option for self-employed individuals, like independent contractors, and employers to apply for coverage under SDI. More info here.
  • Benefits Available for Individuals Caring for A Sick Family Member Who Miss Work
    • 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
      • Necessary documentation:
        • Medical documentation regarding family member in care who is either ill or quarantined due to COVID-19.
        • This requirement can be met by a medical certification for that person from a treating physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms; the start date of the condition; its probable duration; and the treating physician’s or practitioner’s license number or facility information.
        • This requirement can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer that is specific to your family member’s situation. Absent those documents from a physician or health officer, individuals may be eligible for an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim instead. 
        • Individuals may also request EDD to send a  Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) (PDF) form, which can be ordered online.
        • If medical documentation is provided in any other form other than the EDD’s designated claim form, it should be submitted separately by mail to:

Employment Development Department
PO Box 45011
Fresno, CA 93718-5011

  • Individuals can receive approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,3000 a week. EDD has a Paid Family Leave Calculator.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for COVID-19 (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ)

  • Benefits Available for Individuals Quarantined, Not Ill, and Not Eligible for Disability Insurance
    • Individuals are encouraged to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if unemployed including reasons such as:
      • Hours reduced due to quarantine
      • Separated from employer during quarantine
      • Subject to a quarantine required by a medical professional or state local health officer
    • Individuals are eligible if they have enough earnings over the past 12-18 months and meet other criteria.
  • Benefits Available to Those Self-Quarantining Due to Underlying Health Conditions & Exposure to Virus
    • Individuals may be eligible for benefits. EDD representatives will seek details and determine eligibility.
  • Benefits Available to Those Caring for Non-Ill Children Whose School Has Shut Down/Had to Quit to Provide Child Care
    • Individuals may be eligible for benefits. EDD representatives will seek details and determine eligibility.
  • Benefits Available to Those Whose Employer Reduces Hours or Shuts Down Operations Due to the Virus
    • 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.
      • Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and are expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week.
      • However, they must remain able, available, and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria.
  • Individuals can receive benefits ranging from $40-450 a week.
  • The number of weeks to potentially receive benefits ranges from 13 to 26 weeks. Payment could stretch to a longer duration if work is performed for pay or if other deductible income is received during the course of a claim.
  • EDD has an Unemployment Insurance Calculator.
  • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so individuals can collect UI benefits for the first week they are out of work.
  • Individuals can apply and file a claim for unemployment and disability benefits at the same time, but can only collect payments under one program at a time.
  • Individuals can collect unemployment benefits if laid off/had hours reduced, then switch to disability if they become sick.
    • Similarly, individuals can start collecting unemployment benefits because if they have been laid off or have had work hours reduced, and then switch to a Paid Family Leave claim if they must care for a family member who is sick.