Job sites: Check out work2future’s jobs page, where you can find companies that are hiring, and post jobs that are available.
Silicon Valley Diverse Coalition: Serves as a source of local contract and employment opportunities.
Help with Financial Needs
Unemployment: Employees who have reduced hours or have been laid off due to COVID-19 can file an Unemployment Insurance claim through EDD to get partial wage replacement and benefit payments. Parents having to stay at home with their children due to school closures may qualify.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): If you are a business-owner, self-employed, or an independent contractor, you may qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This program provides Unemployment Insurance to those not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits. This program provides Unemployment Insurance to those not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits.
Disability: Employees who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) may file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim for short-term partial wage replacement payments.
Personalized Help: Workers who have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay the bills, can call or email the Santa Clara County CAN hotline for help accessing safety-net resources. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Tagalog. Call 408-809-2124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeless Prevention Fund
Low-income Santa Clara County residents may now apply to this fund for direct financial assistance, based on documented loss of income as a result of COVID-19 impacts (maximum of $4,000 per month). Eligibility requirements apply. Currently, residents may add their names to the waiting list. More information is HERE.
Caring for Others
Those employees who are staying home to care for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim which provides up to six weeks of partial wage replacement benefit payments.
Loss of Medical Coverage
Laid off employees who had insurance coverage through their employer are eligible to maintain their insurance both through COBRA and Covered California. For COBRA, inquire with your employer about benefits or with the Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration if your employer has gone out of business or stopped offering coverage. The Covered California website has information about enrollment and requirements.
Borrowers who are experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to contact their mortgage servicer to explore their options as some banks and financial institutions may be offering relaxed requirements.
Summary Chart of State Resources
All of the relevant State of California financial resources for workers are summarized in a helpful chart from the State Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
Additional Guidance to Protect Workers
State Department of Industrial Relations: Cal/OSHA Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19
Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement (OLSE), County of Santa Clara Working Partnerships USA