CA Notify Contact Tracing

You have the power to help your friends, family and community Add your phone to California’s exposure notification system to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and to protect those around you. Once you activate CA Notify, it does all the work. All you do is keep your Bluetooth on. You will only receive alerts if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked. Frequently asked questions Key Words: Pandemic, Multi-Language: Spanish Vietnamese Tagalog Chinese Russian Korean

CA Legislature Passes First-in-the-Nation COVID-19 Farmworker Relief Package

8/31/20 the California Legislature for the passage of his first-in-the-nation Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package. Each of the relief package’s three bills received strong, bipartisan support, and are”together”a bold effort to protect the health, safety, and access to state services for agricultural workers in California, as well as the nation’s food supply. With increasing evidence of disproportionate outbreaks of COVID-19 among farmworker communities, the bills now head to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

Staying Strong Against COVID – Helpline for everyone working in Healthcare settings

A 24 hour hotline providing non-judgmental, confidential support and referral for ALL workers in healthcare
settings, including clinicians and support staff. (510-420-3222)
Volunteers are trained in Psychological First Aid for crisis and disaster support, with an emphasis on COVID, Serves callers from throughout California. A joint project of the Alameda County Psychological Assoc, Crisis Support Services of Alameda and Alameda County Behavioral Health. Also supported by Contra Costa Behavioral Health and the CA Nurses Assoc.

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

CAPI is a 100% state-funded program designed to provide monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled non-citizens who are ineligible for Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) solely due to their immigration status. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193) eliminated SSI/SSP eligibility for most non-citizens. As a result, most immigrants who were not receiving SSI/SSP in August 1996 are no longer eligible for SSI/SSP. The amount of CAPI benefits is equivalent to the amount of SSI/SSP benefits.
CAPI recipients may be eligible for Medi-Cal, CalFresh and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), but they must file for each benefit separately. There is no automatic eligibility link between CAPI and these other programs.

Who is most at risk from wildfires?

75 communities throughout California live in areas of severe risk from wildfires. This map highlights the relative social vulnerabilities which impacts how well they may be able to respond and recover. With this map you can:
Click on communities to learn about their social vulnerability.
Search for specific addresses, so you can gauge the level of wildfire risk.
Physical vulnerability to wildfire uses McClatchy’s analysis of wildland-urban interface areas (WUI’s), areas with populations of more than over 1,000 with 90% of residents living within Very High Fire Severity Zones. Social vulnerability was determined by using 5 factors from the CDC’s index; pct of people living below the poverty line, aged 65 yrs. old and older, pct of housing in structures with 10 or more units, pct of households with no vehicles, and pct of non-institutionalized populations with a disability. Data used for this map can be downloaded here.

NorCal Resist COVID-19 Assistance for Undocumented in Central CA

10/20/20 Waiting list closed
Help us provide emergency aid during COVID-19.
As workplaces shut down, asylum seeking and undocumented families are left without income as they are unable to access unemployment or disability insurance systems. NorCal Resist is currently providing necessities, such as rent assistance, groceries, diapers, school supplies, medical bill assistance, and legal support, to hundreds of families living in Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Butte, Shasta, and Sacramento counties.

Returning Home After A Wildfire

8/28/20 Safety Tips from the CA DEPT of FORESTRY and FIRE PROTECTION – Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers could remain. Firefighters and utility workers begin restoring fire damaged areas as soon as they can. Making the area safe for the public can take multiple days. Stay out of the evacuation area until fire officials tell you it is safe to return. It is extremely important to be aware of the hazards and know what to look for when the evacuation order is lifted.

Guide for Undocumented Immigrants Travelling in CA

8/2020 Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of their immigration status. In order to exercise your rights, you must know what they are and have an action plan for how to respond to potential interactions with immigration or law enforcement officials. This document provides an overview of some recommendations available to the public regarding safe travel protocols. From Immigrants Rising. Key Words: KYR, Know Your Rights

How California can recover from wildfires without leaving its most vulnerable behind

9/11/20 “While people claim that disasters do not discriminate, there are human decisions that make some populations more vulnerable than others” said Michael Méndez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, who co-authored the article. “The big picture is understanding that systemic racism and cultural norms determine who is a worthy disaster victim.”

How California’s farmworkers are banding together to survive the pandemic

9/24/20 A COVID-19 relief package for California’s farmworkers landed on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk last week. Legislators describe the bill as the first of its kind, and it addresses a wide array of issues, from workplace enforcement of COVID-19 guidance to the expansion of rural telehealth services across the state. But, as the novel coronavirus continues to tear through farmworker communities, such measures may not be enough.
Interviews with farmworkers throughout the state reveal a safety net stretched to the limit: Desperate parents are calling relief and advocacy groups for basic needs like diapers for their babies, quarantined farmworkers sick with COVID-19 are relying on colleagues for deliveries of food and other supplies, and some workers have lost their jobs after calling for better safety measures in the fields and packing plants where they work.

Catchafire – Bay Area Capacity Building Collective

Strengthen your organization with the help of pro bono volunteers. This program connects you with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing you to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more.
Catchafire’s menu of 120+ pre-scoped projects, each with specific deliverables and project steps, makes it easy to find what you need and match with a volunteer with the right skills for the job. And if you aren’t sure where to begin, start by talking to a volunteer to get advice and explore ideas. Key Words: CBO,

Farmworker Resilience in the Thomas Fire”Disaster Relief Inequities

2018 The Thomas Fire that struck Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in December of 2017 was at the time the largest wildfire in California history, and was followed by a deadly mudslide when rains washed down the burnt hillsides. Drought and climate change have made wildfires in California larger, more frequent, and more destructive. While most media attention focuses on expensive hillside properties burning, the effects on immigrant families and low-wage workers are devastating but often unseen. CAUSE worked alongside our partners, the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) and Future Leaders of America (FLA) to respond where our communities were being left behind by the official disaster response. Key Words: Indigenous, immigrant, undocumented

Archive – Tzu Chi Providing Care and Support After Northern California’s Lightning Complex Fire

9/4/20 The CZU fire in the southern Bay Area was one of three major fire sites in the Bay Area. Minjhing Hsieh, Executive Director of Tzu Chi’s Northwest region, visited the Santa Cruz County shelter for the first time on August 27th alongside volunteers Grace Chen and CM Yung. Volunteers learned more about the shelter from the site manager, Mark Larson, who told them that the area is 110 acres, has 71 cabins, and a parking lot that can accommodate 150 RVs. On August 20, nearly 500 evacuees occupied the shelter, of which, about two hundred people lived in the cabins, and about three hundred lived in 130 RVs. Key Words: Disaster

Ujima Family Recovery Services

Ujima is a non-profit agency dedicated to helping families recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and behavioral health problems. The programs include Alcohol and Drug Education, Parent Education, Peer Mentoring, Clinical and Psychiatric Support Services and Therapeutic Child Care. We collaborate with the county and other agencies for the provision of case management, foster care and family support services. Serving Contra Costa County

California Teleconnect Fund (CTF)

The CTF is a program run by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that provides a 25% discount on select telephone services and 50% discounts on broadband services to schools, libraries, hospitals and about 7,000 Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Money for the discount comes from a surcharge paid by telephone customers (“ratepayers”) on their monthly phone bills.
501(c)3 and 501(d) nonprofits can apply for the Fund as a Community Based Organization.

Supply Bank

SupplyBank.Org operates like a food bank, but for supplies. That means we manufacture, procure and receive large quantities of basic needs material items and send them to 450 other local agencies that distribute them to their clients in locations throughout California. This is how we are supporting under resourced children and families during this unprecedented time.
New Agency Partners: If you are a social service agency, WIC, First 5 (Children and Families Commission), school district, domestic violence shelter or other public assistance agency in need of basic material resources, please email programs@supplybank.org or call 510.569.5862 Monday through Friday from 8AM-5PM.

Uplift Family Services

The richly diverse Bay Area can be fast-paced and transitory. The ever-widening gap between socioeconomic levels has left many families struggling, feeling isolated and disconnected from a close-knit community.
When Uplift Family Services steps up to help, we are typically addressing both mental health and basic needs, including food and clothing. The biggest behavioral health needs include depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse, school bullying, behavioral issues and parenting skills. CADRE Member, Key Words: Mental Health

InformaGente COVID-19 Youtube conversation for Latinx Community

Listos California, in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), launched “InformaGente,” a new online conversation series to foster a culture of emergency readiness among Latinx communities.
5/28/20 The first InformaGente conversation features actor Nicholas Gonzalez, star of ABC’s The Good Doctor, and Dr. Gil Chavez, Senior Advisor to the Director of the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Chavez and Mr. Gonzalez discuss issues related to COVID-19 from hand washing and physical distancing, to concerns about visiting a doctor due to immigration status.
Multi-language: Spanish

Promoting a Safe and Secure Campus for All

Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California’s Colleges and Universities in Responding to Immigration Issues – This guide implements the Legislature’s decision to limit state and local participation in immigration enforcement activities. Such participation diverts state resources, blurs lines of accountability, and threatens trust between immigrant communities and state and local
agencies that provide critical public services.

Judge rules ICE must allow detainees free, private calls with attorneys during pandemic

4/11/20 A federal judge ruled Saturday that immigration enforcement officials must allow confidential telephone calls between detainees at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center and their attorneys in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
The 15-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must reverse a policy that critics said made it virtually impossible for detainees and their attorneys to confer in private at the facility, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County.
Bernal wrote that the agency must provide “free, reasonably private legal calls on unrecorded and unmonitored telephone lines, and must devise a reliable procedure for attorneys as well as detainees to schedule those calls within 24 hours of a request.” Key Words: Detention, KYR, Know Your Rights

Many Latinos Couldn’t Stay Home. Now Virus Cases Are Soaring in Their Communities.

6/29/20 In California, where Latinos make up 39 percent of the population and nearly 57 percent of new cases, the spikes have been particularly confounding. The state was the nation’s first to shelter in place, and cellphone data indicated that its residents were among the most committed to limiting their movement, and with it the spread of the disease.
Infection rates have remained relatively low in affluent neighborhoods, including those occupied by the state’s wealthy Latinos. But sheltering in place never happened for many Latino families with members who work in industries that never shut down, making them especially vulnerable to the virus.

Listos California

The Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign is an effort based on an investment of public funds by Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, to ready our most vulnerable populations for disasters like wildfires, earthquakes and floods, and now public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. before disasters strike. Anchored at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).
Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean

IRC Individual Development Account (IDA)

START SAVING – Get up to $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for families to buy a car or pay for school. This is not a loan”you never need to pay this money back! Start learning about American finances, building your credit, managing your money, and investing in your future through the Saving Together Program. Eligibility requirements:
– Refugee, Asylee, SIV or T-Visa
– Arrival date <3 years for car or <5 years for education - Low to medium income range For more info contact International Rescue Committee– Lonny Dara (408) 529-7395 Lonny.Dara@Rescue.org
Key Words: Education, Scholarship,

COVID-19 Guidance for Immigrant Californians

6/29/21 This guide provides tips about services, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians, including some that are available regardless of immigration status. Including: ** Stay-at-home order considerations ** Ways to protect yourself and others ** Immigration help ** Public charge information for accessing public benefits ** Testing and treatment ** Information on jobs, wages, and benefits
Small business support ** Housing * Food and bills ** Community safety * Protection against scams and bad information.
Check COVID19.CA.GOV for updates. Multi-language:
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Key Words: Disaster, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Undocumented

VOLUNTEER: Californians for All Volunteer Match

5/27/20 Governor’s CA Volunteers office has launched a partnership with VolunteerMatch to create a volunteer engagement platform.
This will make it easier for any Californian to volunteer, whether at home to help a neighbor, volunteering for an hour or dedicating a year to service to help their communities.
It offers a variety of service options from activities you can do at home or with local organizations. It will provide more than 10,000 volunteer engagement opportunities in CA.
Share how you are helping your community with stories, videos and photos using the hashtag #CaliforniansForAll on social media or e-mail us at info@cv.ca.gov.
Key Words: COVID-19, Coronavirus

CA Dream Act Application Deadline Mar 2, 2022

2022-23 FAFSA AND CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT APPLICATION ARE NOW OPEN thru March 2,2022
Students who live in California and meet the eligibility requirements for a non-resident exemption, as
well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status, can use the California Dream Act to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Similarly, students without Social Security Numbers or students who have lost DACA status (or never applied for DACA), may still be eligible The CA Dream Act Application allows students to attend eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs
Multi-language: Spanish

Governor Newsom Announces Initiatives to Support Older Californians During COVID-19 Pandemic

4/24/20 Governor Newsom today announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order. California is launching a first-in-the nation meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls, and the expansion of Friendship Line California to help combat social isolation. These actions will support the approximately 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone. Key Words: Mental Health, Food, seniors,

PG&E  Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

If severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity for several days, in the interest of public safety. Enroll in the Medical Baseline
program if you rely on power for medical needs to receive extra notifications in advance of a PSPS and a lower monthly rate.
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Key Words: Access and Functional Needs, AFN, Special Needs, Disaster

Conservative group sues to stop California aid to undocumented immigrants

4/24/20 A conservative organization is asking the California Supreme Court to block the state’s first-in-the-nation plan to give money to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus.
The Center for American Liberty argued on behalf of two long-shot Republican legislative candidates that the $75 million plan Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week is barred by both state and federal law.

Accessing COVID-19 Testing and Treatment – Tips for Uninsured and Undocumented CA Immigrants

COVID-19 testing, examination and treatment count as emergency services and are FREE of charge under Medi-Cal, regardless of income or immigration status. Emergency Services are not counted as Public Charge. Californians who are uninsured, regardless of income or immigration status, can call 877-409-9052 to get information and get help enrolling in Medi-Cal in their own language. Key Words: Health Care, Multi-language: English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Tagalog | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Korean | Arabic |

CA Immigrant Resilience Fund

The California Immigrant Resilience Fund was launched to help our immigrant friends, neighbors, and coworkers whose immigration status puts them in danger of hunger, homelessness, and extreme economic hardship. Funds are distributed through 60 partner agencies throughout the state. Many have long waiting lists. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Undocumented, farmworkers, finance, donations, disaster

Strengthening Your Campus Website for Undocumented Students: A Guide for CA Colleges and Universities

4/2020 This guide provides concrete recommendations to build or strengthen your online presence whether your institution is just getting started or trying to take your platform to the next level. It includes an overview of important elements, recommended language and key resources for your existing Admissions (A&R) and Financial Aid (FA) websites. It also includes guidelines on creating or expanding your Undocumented Students Resources (USR) page. Key Words:

InformedImmigrant.com

InformedImmigrant.com is dedicated to increasing access to resources and knowledge for the undocumented immigrant community across the U.S. We understand that these times are especially hard on immigrant communities dealing with the unique challenges of coronavirus and immigration status.
Regularly updated national and state by state resource guides plus where to get legal help and DACA renewal.
Multi-lingual: Spanish
Key Words: COVID-19, health, financial, mental health, education

CA Insurance Commissioner Lara directs health insurance companies to provide increased telehealth access during COVID-19 emergency

3/30/20 The Notice from Commissioner Lara directs that health insurance companies provide increased access to health care services through telehealth and encourages patients to use telehealth delivery options, so as to limit the amount of in-person health care they seek while continuing to receive the essential care that they need during this challenging time. Cost-sharing requirements for services delivered via telehealth should be consistent with, or no greater than, the cost-sharing requirement for services delivered through in-person settings.

IT Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC)

COVID-19 Update:
The IT Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) is offering pro-bono INTERNET CONNECTIVITY, IT support, and hardware, With social distancing, internet connectivity has becoming even more critical, and we recently launched an effort called projectConnect to provide additional support to communities. Interested parties can contact us at projectconnect@itdrc.org.
Both organizations and individuals are welcome to submit to projectConnect, though we will prioritize communities.. As always, we continue to support EOCs, medical centers, and other responders with our usual IT hardware (e.g. tablets, laptops, and computers), IT support, and internet connectivity as well.

UndocuFundSF

We have created UndocuFund San Francisco to help those in our undocumented community experiencing hardship. We are working to raise money to help and will do our best to help as many people possible. We depend on the generosity of the community to donate to our fund in order to provide assistance.
You are eligible if you are undocumented and live or work in San Francisco, or lost employment in San Francisco due to the pandemic. To be added to our waitlist for assistance related to the coronavirus pandemic, complete the application. Multi-language:
Spanish

CA Youth Crisis Line

The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week as the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis. Professionally trained staff and volunteer counselors respond to 20,000 calls annually with crisis intervention counseling and resource referrals to service providers in the caller’s local community. It has access to more than 5,500 free or low-cost resources for youth and families across California.

Immigrants Rising’s Mental Health Connector

Immigrants Rising’s Mental Health Connector provides undocumented young people with free psychological support, allowing you to access your strengths and resiliency in order to achieve your personal goals and healing.
Our experienced and culturally responsive mental health therapists volunteer to provide free and completely confidential services, tailored to meet the needs of each individual. Therapists receive ongoing peer consultation and training to better understand the unique experiences of undocumented young people.
All undocumented young people who reside in California and are comfortable conversing in English are eligible for our service.

CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immigrant Communities Guidance on Public Charge

The CDPH is focused on ensuring all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, are protected from the outbreak and receive appropriate testing and treatment. For families that are concerned about the “public charge” rule, immigration officials have confirmed that they will neither consider testing, treatment, nor preventative care related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination, even if provided or paid for by one or more public benefits considered under the rule including Medi-Cal. Key Words:
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Listos Safety Tips for Public Health Emergencies like COVID-19

Listos California helps individuals, families and communities prepare for disasters like wildfires, earthquakes and floods. We also help Californians respond to COVID-19. When we all do our part, we keep more people safe.
Everyone in California is now required to stay home except to get food, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. This is our best defense to protect you and your community. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance from other people. Please listen to public health officials for updates. Multi-language:
Spanish

PG&E Financial assistance support for our residential utilities customers

Ongoing California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE). A monthly discount of 20% or more on gas and electricity. Participants qualify through income guidelines or if enrolled in certain public assistance programs. Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA). A monthly discount of 18% on electricity only. If you have recently lost your job, even if you are receiving unemployment benefits, you may qualify for a reduced energy rate through our CARE or FERA programs. Multi-language:
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Key Words: Utilities

San Jose legislator pushes to protect farmworkers during COVID-19 crisis

4/2/20 The question of who qualifies as an “essential worker” during the coronavirus crisis is no longer limited to health care workers and first responders ” it now includes grocery store clerks, restaurant employees and truck drivers. Local legislators are now pushing to add farmworkers to that list, as they’re filling produce trucks and grocery store shelves.
San Jose Assemblymember Ash Kalra this week called for Gov. Gavin Newsom to expand protections for the roughly 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers across California, including the ability to stay home and take care of their families amid the COVID-19 outbreak without worrying about the resulting financial strain.

OnwardCA

OnwardCA is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get California workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible. Help you get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill, reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job.

CA EDD (Employment Development Dept)

California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19). While investigations to learn more about the virus are ongoing, workers and employers should review their health and safety procedures to help prevent exposure to the virus.
The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19. Key Words: Business, Unemployment,

Newsom bans water shutoffs for customers with overdue bills

4/2/20 Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an executive order that prohibits all public water agencies from disconnecting service to residences during the coronavirus pandemic. The order also does not absolve customers from bills they owe. They still are responsible for payment, but cannot be disconnected if payments are late or missed.
The order remains in effect indefinitely. It applies to residential service and to businesses that have been deemed essential by the state public health officer, such as grocery stores, health clinics, carry out restaurants and others.
It also requires water systems to restore service to residences that were shut off for non-payment after the March 4, 2020, statewide emergency coronavirus proclamation. Key Words: Finance, COVID-19

Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic

4/2/20 Immigrant field workers have been told to keep working despite stay-at-home directives, and given letters attesting to their “critical” role in feeding the country.
It is an open secret that the vast majority of people who harvest America’s food are undocumented immigrants, mainly from Mexico, many of them decades-long residents of the United States. Often the parents of American-born children, they have lived for years with the cloud of deportation hanging over their households. Key Words: ICE, COVID-19, Coronavirus

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

To protect workers and prevent exposure to the virus, employers must develop and maintain the required programs and plans for their facility or operation. Cal/OSHA recommends the interim guidance, educational materials and model programs and plans below be reviewed with an employer’s existing procedures to ensure that workers are protected. Key Words: pandemic, disaster Key Words: COVID-19, employment
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Haitian Bridge Alliance (HBA)

HBA, also known as “The Bridge” is a coalition of Haitian non-profit organizations and community activists who have come together to serve the Haitian community in California and beyond. Our goal is to work to develop a self-sufficient community of Haitian immigrants. Our vision is not myopic but rather broad enough to believe in a Haitian community in California that is strong at its foundation so that it doesn’t crumble when crisis hits. We’re at (619) 804-9262 in San Diego Multilanguage: Creole

CA Senior Hotline

CA has launched a hotline to deliver services and help for older Californians. CALL: 1-833-544-2374. Social isolation is real. During these trying times it’s important to check in with our loved ones. Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In Key Words: COVID-19

Executive Order on CA State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Response to the Outbreak

3/24/20 To reduce the risks of the Coronavirus in correctional settings, Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order directing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities. The Order also directs videoconferencing of all scheduled parole suitability hearings starting next month. Key Words: COVID-19

CA Dept of Public Health Guidance Documents: Coronavirus Disease

2/9/21 A list of various guidance documents from the CDPH covering:
**Adult and Senior Care Facilities (PDF)
**Community care facilities, including assisted living facilities and child care
**COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for People at Risk for Serious Illness (PDF)
**Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know
**Employers, health care workers and workers in general industry
**Entertainment Venue (PDF)
**First responders, including paramedics and EMTs (PDF)
**Food Industry (PDF)
**Gathering Guidance (PDF)
**Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on **Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)
**Guidance for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs (PDF)
**Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities
**Guidance to Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans: **COVID-19 Screening and Testing (PDF)
**Health care facilities from Cal/OSHA
**Health care facilities, including long-term care facilities
**Health care plans
**Department of Managed Health Care All Plan Letter (PDF)
**California Department of Insurance Bulletin (PDF)
**Coverage Options Fact Sheet (PDF)
**Home cleaning with COVID-19 positive individuals (PDF)
**Guidance for Using Disinfectants at Schools and Child Cares (PDF)
**Recordatorios para el uso de desinfectantes en las escuelas y guarderías (PDF)
**Laboratories (PDF)
**Schools and institutions of higher education
Key Words: Pandemic

CA Department of Health Multi-language COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

Coronavirus updates, alerts, statistics, tips and guidance from the CA Dept of Public Health . Multi-language links to: Spanish
Arabic, Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi (Persian), Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telegu, Tigrinya, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Key Words: pandemic flu, COVID-19, GOVERNMENT

Coronavirus Information and Resources for Immigrant Communities in the Central Valley

3/19/20 California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) and the Sacramento Family Unity, Education, and Legal (FUEL) Network for Immigrants are committed to supporting and serving immigrants during the 2019-2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have compiled here critical information and resources to help immigrant communities navigate this challenging time. Key Words: Pandemic, Health, Insurance,

SVCF Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund Temporarily on Hold

1/21 Update SVCF is seeking contributions to the Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund, which has been supported by a range of individual and family donors, corporations and other foundations. Until further funding becomes available via contributions, our Nonprofit Emergency Fund has temporarily stopped accepting applications from nonprofits in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
SVCF will also provide operating grants for other nonprofits that have experienced unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic as described below.Area region. The fund will be used to provide flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations serving one or more of the 10 counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma). Key Words: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, coronavirus, pandemic

Audit: State Disaster Planning Still Ignores Disabled and Limited English Speaking People

12/23/19 The audit focused on the emergency alert, evacuation and shelter plans in place for the California Office of Emergency Services and Ventura, Sonoma and Butte counties ahead of their respective wildfires in 2017 and 2018.
California emergency officials are continuing to overlook the state’s most vulnerable people, including those with disabilities, as they make preparations for inevitable wildfires, floods and other disasters, according to a state audit released this month.
Residents who don’t speak English have been unable to find information in their language. Individuals who use wheelchairs or rely on electricity to power lifesaving equipment have found themselves unable to move and cut off from the outside world, trapped in part, the audit suggests, by state and county leaders’ inability to think ahead for emergencies. Key Words: AFN

CA extends new protections to immigrants under laws signed by Newsom

10/24/19 The legislation signed by Newsom also expands California’s college student loan program for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, to include students seeking graduate degrees at the University of CA and CA State University schools. Undergraduate Dreamers already are eligible for those loans and in-state tuition. The new laws take effect Jan. 1.
Amid an escalating feud with the Trump administration and its aggressive plans to deport immigrants, California also adopted a new law forbidding immigration agents from making civil arrests inside state courthouses.
Newsom also extended Medi-Cal coverage to adults in the U.S. illegally through the age of 25.
Key Words: DACA, Deferred Action, ICE, RNN,

MediCal Expansion Covers Young Adults

1/1/2020 Beginning January 1, 2020, a new law in California will give full scope Medi-Cal to young adults under the age of 26 and immigration status does not matter. All other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, will still apply. Key Words: Health, undocumented Multi-language: Frequently Asked Questions
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New Data Privacy Rights for California Consumers

1/1/2020 The CA Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into in effect on January 1, 2020.
CCPA grants new rights to CA consumers:
Right to know what personal information is collected, used, shared or sold by the business,
Right to delete the consumer’s personal information held by both the business and by extension, the business’s service providers;
Right to opt-out of the sale of the consumer’s personal information. As required by the law, businesses must provide a “Do Not Sell” information link on their websites or mobile apps;
Children under the age of 16 must provide opt-in consent, with a parent or guardian consenting for children under 13; and
Businesses may not discriminate against consumers in terms of price or service when a consumer exercises a privacy right under CCPA.

Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California’s Colleges and Universities in Responding to Immigration Issues

10/2018 This advisory to CA Community Colleges provides information regarding recent California “sanctuary” jurisdiction legislation that prohibits state and local agencies from using resources to further certain federal immigration enforcement efforts.
Senate Bill 54 eliminates state and local law enforcement discretion to use money and personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons, or to conduct other activities for immigration enforcement purposes. (Govt. Code, § 7284.6.) The legislation applies expressly to community college police.

Guidance to Assist CA’s Universities and Colleges in Responding to Immigration Issues

10/18 As reported by the Migration Policy Institute, there are currently 197,900 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in California, of whom 20 percent (over 39,000) are enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution. There are 103,000 undocumented immigrants, ages 18-24, who are enrolled in schools (most likely colleges) in California.
Immigration enforcement threats have led to questions about student information held by state community colleges and universities in support of students’ pursuit of their educational goals. California’s community colleges and universities welcome all students and support their
educational rights and opportunities. Key Words: ALLIES5

Apply Online for a California College Promise Grant

For eligible California residents, the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately.)
Many CA Community Colleges offer online California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) applications through CCCApply. Key Words: Education, Scholarship, Financial Aid

How law enforcement agencies undermine the U visa

11/7/19 For this story, Reveal sought to examine how U visa certification requests were handled in the 10 states with the largest immigrant populations.
4 of those states – California, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington – have mandates that require law enforcement agencies to sign requests for victims of violent crimes who have been helpful to authorities.
We contacted more than 100 law enforcement agencies in the other 6 states: New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Texas. The departments serve the largest immigrant communities within their respective states. We found that nearly 1 of every 4 of these agencies create barriers never envisioned under the U visa program. Key Words: KYR, Know Your Rights

Protecting Student Data in CA

8/2020 Update. This guide from Immigrants Rising, highlights important federal and state protections over student data, including the recent model policies that were released by the California Attorney General, and offers five concrete ways that schools can protect student data. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these laws and take definitive steps to protect undocumented and immigrant students at your school. Key Words: Legal

CA Power Outage and Fire Response Resources

The State of California is providing resources to help Californians impacted by the unique challenges brought on by wildfire and power shutoffs. Information on current wildfires burning in California, Learn about transportation impacts from power shutdowns and wildfires. Air Quality
Find help for health impacts from power shutdowns and wildfire. Resources for vulnerable populations. Resources – Find help from government nonprofits. Help with Shelter, Food, Key Words: Disaster

MyShake Quake Alert App

10/17/19 For the 30th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the USGS has just released MyShake – a new Shake Alert app for the SF Bay Area. It is now available for download to iOS and Android devices, allows earthquake warning messages to reach Californians statewide, and should give several seconds warning at the beginning of an earthquake.  Possibly enough time to get to a safe place and Drop, Cover and Hold. Key Words: Disaster, emergency, prepared

DDTP (Deaf & Disabled Telecommunications Program)

We provide telephone communications access for all deaf and disabled Californians. If you need a specialized phone that makes it easier to hear, dial or call, you may be able to get one for free through California Phones. CA Phones are available to all eligible CA residents. You can receive free specialty phone equipment with certification by a medical doctor, a licensed audiologist, a qualified state agency or a hearing aid dispenser. Multi-language:

Spanish

CA DSS PUBLIC CHARGE CONTACT LIST

8/25/19 A list of organizations frim the CA Dept of Social Services, that have indicated they can provide legal consultation and/or education and outreach services specifically related to public charge.
The public charge regulation does not apply to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) applying for citizenship, refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant juveniles (SIJs), certain trafficking victims (T non-immigrants), victims of qualifying criminal activity (U nonimmigrants), or victims of domestic violence (VAWA self-petitioners), among others. Key Words: Health, Public Benefits,

Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS)

6/19 As a safety precaution, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) monitor local fire danger and extreme weather conditions across California and evaluate whether to turn off electric power.
While Public Safety Power Shutoff events are more likely to occur in high fire-risk areas, all Californians could be impacted by emergency events and need to be prepared with a plan.
Customers should update their contact information with their energy company so they can receive notifications. People with no PG&E account can call 1-877-900-0743 to enroll for notification.
Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese |
Korean | Key Words: Disaster

Oasis Legal Services for LGBTQIA+ immigrants

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization providing comprehensive legal services to assist LGBTQIA+ immigrants. Our services include: * Screening for immigration relief * Affirmative asylum * Residency
* Citizenship * Family petitions
Serving territory of San Francisco Asylum Court Washington State to Canadian Border to Bakersfield in Central CA. Multi-language:
Spanish | Key Words: Gay Lesbian, Homosexual,