COVID-19 Resources

You will find on this page a list of resources available to you in Los Angeles County and the State of California. We will update this page continuously as more resources are identified.
Updated: April 23, 2020

USC MUTUAL AID

USC students, staff and faculty have collaborated together to compile a list of resources and updated information relevant to the COVID-19 crisis.

Los Angeles Resources

LA County COVID-19 Response

For current updates on LA County COVID-19 news, actions taken by the board of supervisors, directives and resources. Visit the response page: https://covid19.lacounty.gov

The LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs has a special COVID-19 response page for immigrants answering questions related to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) as well as available health services, testing, public charge, financial assistance, unemployment insurance, housing and eviction, etc. Visit the page: https://oia.lacounty.gov/coronavirus-updates/

For faster access, we are including below direct links to the provided services:
Information about public social services
Information for consumers and businesses
Information for renters, including evictions ban
Information about workers’ rights including minimum wage

For Families

LA Guides to Help You Navigate the Current Crisis
This website provides you with a comprehensive list of financial and mental health resource guides in addition to a crisis response guide for parents and families.
https://www.losangelesforward.org/crisis-guides

Food and Meals
The LA Food Bank Pantry Locator: https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator/

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS): https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/covid-19/

LAUSD Grab and Go Food Centers:
https://achieve.lausd.net/resources

Emergency Funds
This resource list provides a number of available emergency relief funds for immigrants and undocumented individuals.

Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California
Here is a link to a chart posted on Legal Aid at Work’s website that can be shared. The list will be updated on a weekly basis. If you know of a relief fund that is open to undocumented workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, please email the information to relief@legalaidatwork.org.

LA County Uninsured Residents COVID-19 Testing

Immigrants in Los Angeles County, like all Angelinos, are worried about the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, some immigrants are afraid that getting tested or treated will affect their immigration status. You should seek available testing and treatment, regardless of your immigration status.
Below are hyperlinks to frequently asked questions in several languages:

General Resources

Public Charge and Your Health

Public charge does NOT apply to all immigrants. To learn more about who is affected by the rule, visit Protecting Immigrant Families or Keep Your Benefits (for California residents).

Many health and nutrition programs are NOT included in the public charge test – and are still safe to use. These include:

  • Emergency Medicaid
  • State and locally funded health care
  • Disaster assistance
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) replacement for school meals
  • Disaster SNAP (also known as D-SNAP or disaster food stamps)
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • School meals (free and reduced price lunch)
  • Food banks and homeless shelters
  • Child care related services

A family member’s use of public benefits will not affect an immigrant’s green card application. There is no benefit to disenrolling U.S. citizens or other eligible family members from health and nutrition programs.

For more information, visit www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org and learn more about how to keep our communities healthy and strong.

For Entrepreneurs

Grants
Immigrants Rising is providing financial support to undocumented entrepreneurs through the entrepreneurship fund of up to $2,000 short-term non-renewable grants.
https://immigrantsrising.org/financial-support/entrepreneurship-fund/

California IMMIGRANT GUIDE

The state of California has a comprehensive immigrant guide website which includes specific instructions on how to navigate COVID-19, DACA, Disaster Relief and Public Charge.