Individuals and Families

Child Tax Credit

Eligibility: Working families with children under 18.

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: If you have kids, you may have already gotten money from the IRS because of the Child Tax Credit. The IRS has more information about whether you qualify and what to do if you want to unenroll from advanced payments.

Free Credit Reports

Eligibility: Everyone.

Important Dates: Until April 2022

Description: Weekly credit reports are free for everyone until April 2022. Visit annualcreditreport.com to get yours. 

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Eligibility: You are eligible if someone in your household:

  • Gets Medi-Cal
  • Gets EBT (CalFresh or CalWORKS) benefits
  • Gets Tribal TANF or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations benefits
  • Lost a job or was furloughed
  • And your income is below $99,000 if filing taxes individually or $198,000 if filing jointly
  • Gets lunch through the free and reduced-price school lunch program this year or last year
  • Got a Pell Grant this year
  • Qualifies for Lifeline phone benefits
  • Qualifies for an internet provider’s existing low-income (or COVID-19) broadband program
  • Has an income of less than $12,880 for a family of 1 and up to $44,660 for a family of 8

Important Dates: Will end later in 2021. 

Description: The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit can help you pay for your broadband internet costs. 

California COVID-19 Tenant Relief 

Eligibility: Qualifying renters and landlords are now eligible for 100% of rent and utilities owed.

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is designed to help low-income Californians through the payment of unpaid rent to landlords. Funding for this program comes from the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Eligibility: To be eligible for funeral assistance, the death must have occurred in the United States and the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19

Important Dates: On June 29, 2021, the funeral assistance policy was amended to assist with COVID-19 related deaths that occurred in the early months of the pandemic. At this time, there is no deadline to apply for the assistance.

Description: Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

California Earned Income Tax Credit

Eligibility: You may qualify if you're at least 18 years old or have a qualifying child and you have earned income within certain limits

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: If you have low income and work, you may qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). This credit gives you a refund or reduces your tax owed. If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6, you may also qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit. Together, these state credits can put hundreds or even thousands of dollars in your pocket. Filing your state tax return is required to claim both of these credits.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

Eligibility: Varies, generally low-income, senior citizens, and disabled households that meet federal requirements

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) program is administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Additional funding for the program was provided through the CARES Act. The program provides housing assistance low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled so that they can access housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments that meet program requirements and are not limited to subsidized housing projects. The program is administered through local public housing agencies (PHAs). 

Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP)

Eligibility: Varies, generally households with limited resources that meet federal low-income requirements

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. The program is offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered through each state. Additional funding for this program was provided through the CARES Act. In California the program is known as CalFresh

Unemployment Insurance

Eligibility: Individuals who have lost their job and have enough wages to file a claim

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The Unemployment Insurance Program (UI) is designed to provide immediate economic relief to individuals who have lost their jobs and have earned enough wages in the base period identified by the Employment Development Department (EDD) to file a claim. Claimants must meet other eligibility requirements and provide documentation on a weekly basis. Weekly benefit amounts range from $40-$450. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Eligibility: Individuals experiencing temporary unemployment due to COVID-19

Important Dates: Federal unemployment benefit programs under the CARES Act end on September 4, 2021, & (FED-ED) benefits will no longer be payable after September 11. One can still apply for a PUA claim until 10/6, for weeks before 9/4.

Description: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) is designed to provide financial assistance to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program provides $600 per week for up to four months. The program is administered through the state unemployment insurance program and may require additional documentation. 

Training and Support Services

Eligibility: Various (Dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc.)

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes funding for training and support services through its programs administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These programs benefit a wide of range of individuals, including but not limited to, dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc. The programs improve the employment prospects of these individuals and are designed to increase workers’ employability and earnings. The programs are delivered through the states and tailored to local economies. 

Retirement Account Withdrawals

Eligibility: Individuals with eligible retirement accounts (Includes individual retirement accounts and annuities (IRAs), qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plans (including 401(k) plans), qualified 403(a) annuity plans, 403(b) annuity contracts and custodial accounts, and governmental section 457 deferred compensation plans)

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes a provision that waives early withdrawal penalty for distributions up to $100,000 from qualified retirement accounts for coronavirus-related purposes made on or after January 1, 2020. Individuals will still have to pay federal income taxes on withdrawals through specified payment options. Participants (spouse or dependent) must either be diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing adverse financial consequences as a result of events COVID-19 related events as determined by the guidance issued by the Secretary of the Treasury. Additional informational about this program, including Treasury guidance and contact information, can be found online