City of Aliso Viejo Homeless Prevention Services
The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. With a portion of the funds, the City hired Family Assistance Ministries and South County Outreach to provide homeless prevention services for Aliso Viejo residents.
Family Assistance Ministries
Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) will respond to the challenges of COVID-19 by adapting all programs to drive-thru or virtual to meet CDC and state guidelines to safely serve people in need. FAM will provide financial counseling through virtual case management to prepare clients for changes needed to become self-sufficient. FAM will provide nutritious food options to prevent hunger, rental, and utility assistance to prevent evictions and utility shut-offs.
South County Outreach
South County Outreach (SCO) will provide services to Aliso Viejo residents, including hunger prevention through our Food Pantry, where clients facing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic can specify their food need based on dietary restrictions and preference. Additionally, rental assistance will be provided to help households affected by COVID-19 prevent eviction, eliminating the threat of homelessness, and utility assistance to prevent disconnection of vital services.
PPE for Businesses Now Available
A partnership between the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), Autodesk, and the State of California created the Safely Making California Marketplace to help fill a critical gap for all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will connect CMTA member manufacturers and other manufacturers to employers that need to purchase non-medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Employment Development Department (EDD) Resources
The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. View the EDD’s online options and Coronavirus information page for fast and convenient access to those services.
Sick or Quarantined
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration, virtually!
- The SBA is hiring additional employees to assist with COVID-19 disaster relief efforts. Bilingual language skills are a plus. Remote jobs are available nationwide.
Have you lost your job? The State of California has a one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Search for jobs online at onwardca.org.
Attention Job Seekers! Search for jobs, job fairs and workshops, educational programs and apprentices, and more with CalJOBS.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering various webinars and resources with COVID-19 related information.
As information changes and updates rapidly, SBDC is offering webinars to discuss business funding and loan programs related to COVID-19. These 30-40-minute webinars are followed by a brief Q&A. Click here to learn more or to register online.
The SBDC offers videos providing step-by-step guides to complete various SBA forms needed loan and financing assistance.