Individuals and Families

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: Ongoing

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

California COVID-19 Tenant Relief 

Eligibility: Landlords who participate in the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program can get reimbursed for 80% of an eligible renter’s unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, if they agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent during that specific time period. Eligible renters can receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent.

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: Applications will be accepted starting in April

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.

Property Tax Penalty Cancellation

Eligibility: Small business owners and homeowners who complete and file a penalty cancellation request form and pay the base property taxes on their first and second secured bills by May 6, 2021

Important Dates: Penalty cancellation request form available now

Description: COVID-19 has probably had a significant impact on your employment or business, affecting your cash flow and liquidity. An option exists to delay your first and second property tax installment payments if you meet certain criteria, such as operating a small business or living in your home and are unable to deliver your payment by December 10, 2020 and/or April 12, 2021. Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order that allows the County Treasurer to cancel penalties for small business owners and homeowners who qualify.

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: Ongoing

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