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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations . (English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文)

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IMMIGRANT RESOURCES

Many immigrants can get access to the resources and benefits below regardless of immigration status.  

Financial assistance 

Are you an adult undocumented immigrant impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for help through the one-time Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI). An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a max. of $1000 per household. Call 415-324-1011 to learn more and to apply. You can call anytime Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Tuesday, June 30, 2020. For more information, visit the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County website.

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund by the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is providing financial support to immigrant families who have been left out of the federal government’s relief efforts. Immigrants may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives.

More information and resources can be found in the latest Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations newsletter.

DACA Unemployment Benefits: The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is encouraging individuals with DACA and other employment authorizations who are affected by COVID-19 layoffs to apply for unemployment benefits. Workers don't have to be sick to qualify. Individuals who were laid off or had hours reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions can also apply 

Legal Aid at Work has a list of frequently asked questions and relief aid sources for undocumented workers.

The State of California Guide for Immigrant Californians has information on how to protect yourself, and your family during this time. 

housing assistance

Eviction Moratorium: The City of San Jose has a policy in place which stops many residential evictions even if rent is not paid. The moratorium is in effect through June 30, 2020. For resources and support with the current eviction moratorium and how it may affect you:

  • Call the City of San Jose Housing department at 408-975-4480 or email.
  • For more information visit the City’s eviction moratorium page or read this flier available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese
  • Temporary Eviction Moratorium Webinar: Housing Department Deputy Director Rachel VanderVeen reviewed the City of San José ordinance and took questions from online participants during a webinar on March 26, 2020. View the webinar on YouTube.

Help with rent: For financial help towards paying rent call Family Supportive Housing Services at 408-926-8885 for guidance or visit Sacred Heart’s website to add your name to the interest list.

Help with your mortgage: For mortgage relief contact your mortgage servicer. Visit the Fannie Mae website for more information on mortgage relief for loans owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Additional information is posted on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s page

food assistance

South Bay Mutual Aid is coordinating food and supply drop offs to people's front doors during the COVID-19 quarantine. Please visit the South Bay Mutual Aid website and fill out the form if you would like to get food resources. If you would like to volunteer with the organization please fill out their volunteer intake form.

Help buying groceries:

  • For food assistance, apply through CalFresh online, text "benefits" to 650-376-8006 or call 1-877-847-3663.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank is providing free fresh fruits, vegetables, and pantry staples for individuals and families in need. Call 1-800-984-3663 (M-F 8 am to 5 pm), or Text “GETFOOD” to 408-455-5181, or visit Second Harvest Food Bank.

For locations to pick up school meals for your children: Contact the City of San Jose through email, call 2-1-1 (available 24-hours in multiple languages), or text your zip code to 89821. You can also enter your address into the Food Distribution Resource map to find pickup locations near your home. Please call locations ahead of time to confirm if their services are still available. The flier below also lists locations offering curbside pickup of school meals. Contact agencies directly before visiting to confirm if services are still available. Don’t see your school on the list? Visit the Santa Clara County Office of Education list for additional up to date information about site closures and meal distribution.

Meal Delivery for SeniorsMeals on Wheels delivers prepared meals to home bound adults 60 years and older. If you need meals delivered for yourself or for an older friend or relative, please call 408-350-3200 and select option 4 or fill out a referral form online

If you are 60 years and older, you can pick up prepared meals curbside near you: Contact the City of San Jose through email, call 2-1-1 (available 24-hours in multiple languages), or text your zip code to 89821. You can also enter your address into the Food Distribution Resource map to find pickup locations near your home. Please call locations ahead of time to confirm if their services are still available. The flier below lists curbside pickup locations of prepared meals for adults 60 years and over. Contact agencies directly before visiting to confirm if services are available.

 

Can't find what you're looking for? Call 311 or 408-535-3500, or fill out a contact formLive chat (8-5, M-F), TTY for the hearing impaired at 1-800-735-2922.