- Is USCIS closed? How can I learn about what’s happening with my case?
- Where can I find information about CalFresh (food stamps) and food banks?
- Where can I get help with my utility bills?
- Where can I find low-cost Internet and information about cell phone plan discounts in my neighborhood?
- Where can I get help to file my taxes?
- Where can I apply for emergency funds or unemployment assistance because I’m not working?
- What rights and benefits am I eligible for as an employee?
- I have DACA, and I have questions about my employment benefits.
- Where can I find financial assistance for my small business?
- What are the eviction order protections and where can I find assistance?
- Where can I find out about health care coverage during COVID-19?
- Where can I learn more about my rights and community resources?
- Where can I find COVID-19 information in ASL, Español / Spanish, Indigenous Languages, Farsi, Chinese, Mongolian or Korean?
- I think I am being charged too much. Where can I get more information and help?
- Will the IRS ask for my banking information over the phone for the Economic Impact Payment?
Is USCIS closed? How can I learn about what’s happening with my case?
For questions about the USCIS closure, you can make an appointment or leave a message at (213) 228-7390.
Where can I find information about CalFresh (food stamps) and food banks?
DPSS (CalFresh Food Stamps)
*If you do not have a Green Card, you should consult with an immigration specialist before you apply. You can make an appointment or leave a message at (213) 228-7390.
- DPSS FAQ on CalFresh, CalWorks, IHSS, General Relief and Immigration
- DPSS: Preguntas Frecuentes (FAQs) Durante la Pandemia Del Coronavirus
- mRelief (assistance signing up for CalFresh)
- For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator.
- Francis Center will continue to provide services to the Los Angeles community in a modified manner, including breakfast and pantry programs, clothing closets, showers and bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. Call (213) 747-5347 or email email@example.com for further information.
- Hollywood Food Coalition, located at 5939 Hollywood Blvd, is currently continuing to serve nightly meals as packaged takeaways. Contact them at (323) 462-2032.
Where can I get help with my utility bills?
- SoCalGas bill assistance
- LA County Utility Bill Relief
- LA City Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
- Southern California Edison Help with Financial Challenges & Payments
Where can I find low-cost Internet and information about cell phone plan discounts in my neighborhood?
Where can I get help to file my taxes?
- PARS Equality Center offers tax assistance over the phone or Zoom. Call (818) 616-3091 to make an appointment.
- PACE Business Development Center offers appointment-only drop-off tax filing services. You can make an appointment online or contact:
- PACE Business – 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900B, Los Angeles, CA 90017 Phone Number: (213) 989-3158
- PACE Business (El Monte) – 11100 Valley Blvd., Suite 122, El Monte, CA 91731 Phone Number: (626) 416-5294
- United Cambodian Community – 2201 E Anaheim St., Ste 200, Long Beach, CA 90804 Phone Number: (562) 434-5111
Where can I apply for emergency funds or unemployment assistance because I'm not working?
Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) is a one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance program for undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide $500 in direct assistance to those who qualify, and a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. To qualify, individuals must be able to provide information that they: 1) are an undocumented adult (18 years of age or older); 2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance such as the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, 3) have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Eligible individuals who live in Los Angeles County can apply starting on Monday, May 18, 2020, through the following nonprofit organizations:
At this time, the Federal Government does not list this assistance as a public benefit for public charge consideration. USCIS has not issued specific guidance related to this assistance. If you have questions about your immigration status and this assistance fund, please call 213-228-7390 to make a telephone appointment with an immigration specialist.
To apply for the California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) in Los Angeles, please contact:
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) or by phone at (213) 201-8700
- Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) or by phone at (213) 315-2659
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice or by phone at (213) 241-8880
For additional information, please review these flyers from CHIRLA:
Wage Losses, Emergency Funds
- One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
- USBG National Charity Foundation Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
- National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund
- Workers can contact NDLON by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (626) 799-3566
- Immigrants Rising's KickStarter Grants offers short-term, non-renewable grants.
What rights and benefits am I eligible for as an employee?
Resources for Workers
You may be eligible for disability or unemployment benefits. If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact Legal Aid at Work or Bet Tzedek.
- From EDD (requires work authorization or specific visa category)
- Legal Aid at Work
- Bet Tzedek
I have DACA, and I have questions about my employment benefits.
Workers with DACA
- The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is encouraging individuals with DACA and other employment authorizations who are affected by coronavirus 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 coronavirus restrictions can also apply.
- Applying for unemployment benefits? Check out this step-by-Step application assistance created by the Jewish Family & Children-East Bay in English or Español / Spanish
- A 2020 Recovery Rebate Tax Credit will be available to all adults who have a valid Social Security number, are authorized to work, and are not claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return. Maximum amount is $1200 per qualifying adult and $500 per qualifying child.
- DACA Recipients and Coronavirus (CHIRLA)
- DACA y Coronavirus - (CHIRLA)
Where can I find financial assistance for my small business?
Business Source Services
A Business Source consultant can assist patrons in determining where to apply for COVID-19 small business relief (for all types of small business owners). Make your appointment or call and leave your name and phone number at (213) 228-7390 (Spanish/English)
Small Business Assistance
- Opportunity Fund: Low-interest business loans ranging from $2,600 to $250,000 are available through Opportunity Fund. If you are seeking new financing, call 888-720-3215 (888-648-7859 en español) or e-mail email@example.com. Truck drivers who were self-employed over the last 12 months can also get assistance.
- Venturize: Find loans or local business assistance on Venturize
- Paycheck Protection Program: Paycheck Protection Program, SBA
- State of California Relief Loan Guarantee for Residents who do not qualify for federal aid.
- Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloans: online, by email at EmergencyLoans@lacity.org, or by phone at (213) 744-7130.
- LA Cares Corp: Need assistance in determining which Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act loan is best for your small business? LA Cares Corp can help provide application assistance with federal loans.
What are the eviction order protections and where can I find assistance?
COVID-19 Emergency Order Eviction Protections
The COVID-19 eviction order protections guidelines in Los Angeles are for all renters, regardless of immigration status.
If you can't pay your rent, the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department recommends you stay in your residence and communicate with your landlord. Let your landlord know in a written, dated, and signed letter about your economic circumstances as a result of COVID-19. Do this before you are due to pay rent or within 7 days after the rental due date.
Make a plan and try to work with your landlord and contact an attorney from one of the organizations listed below.
Landlords cannot force tenants to provide documents of lost income or hardship, but documentation is strongly encouraged; Renters are not required to sign any payment agreements.
For more information about how the rental protection works, please visit:
- COVID-19 Renter Protections
- COVID-19 Eviction protection fact sheet and sample letter to landlord
- Hoja Informativa Covid-19 Protecciones de Desalojo
I am a tenant. Where can I file a complaint regarding eviction protections?
File a Complaint: Tenants may seek information and assistance from HCIDLA by calling 866‐557‐RENT or 866‐557‐7368, Monday ‐ Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or a complaint can be filed using this online form.
Where can I find an attorney to help me with an eviction order?
Find an attorney:
- Eviction Defense Network: Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't have email, send a text or call (213) 537-5473 and your request will be screened by a paralegal. For more information, visit Eviction Defense Network's Facebook page)
- Bet Tzedek: Telephone Virtual Clinic. Should you have any eviction-related questions, email email@example.com or call the message line (323) 939-0506 and leave a message to make an appointment to speak with an advocate.
- BASTA Inc.: Call (213) 736-5050 to schedule an appointment to speak with an advocate.
- Housing Rights Center: Call (800) 477-5977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Inner City Law Center: Call (213) 891-2880 or email email@example.com. They may take 2 business days or more to reply.
- Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles: Call the general helpLine at (800) 433-6251. The help line is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Public Counsel: Call (213) 385-2977 ext. 100 and leave a voicemail. On the voicemail, the potential client should explain the exact legal issue. The call will then be routed to the Public Counsel project most suited to provide the services needed.
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Call (800) 399-4529 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m to complete an intake form or fill out the form online
Where can I find out about health care coverage during COVID-19?
*USCIS will not consider testing, treatment or preventive care related to COVID-19 as part of the public charge determination.
For questions about any health care programs or services in California, regardless of your immigration status, call:
- Health Consumer Alliance at 888-804-3536.
- CHIRLA at 888-624-4752
- One Degree at 888-799-7273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Medi-Cal is California's health program that offers free or low-cost health coverage for low-income residents who meet eligibility requirements.
Currently, undocumented adults may apply for Medi-Cal if they are 19-26 or age 65 and over. Medi-Cal also provides limited emergency coverage for undocumented adults and emergency coverages for pregnancy and delivery.
You can also view this helpful informational guide from Health Consumer Alliance about keeping your Medi-Cal or Covered CA during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Health Care Services has a step by step guide. Click the Translate button on the top left of the page to view it in other languages.
Covered California is the official insurance marketplace for California residents. Enrollment has been extended to June 30.
For assistance in finding out how you may enroll, check the website Covered California Enrollment or call (800) 300-1506.
Find a community-based organization to assist you with enrolling in Medi-Cal or Covered California for free. If you call a certified enrollment agent, be sure to ask if they charge fees for assistance.
Assistance will need to be provided over the phone.
Undocumented & Uninsured California Residents
My Health LA
If you are uninsured or undocumented, you may qualify for My Health LA. My Health LA is a no-cost health-care service. It is not health care insurance.
- Call MHLA Member Services at 1-844-744-6452 (MHLA) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Visit dhs.lacounty.gov/MHLA for a list of their clinics.
- Find a Clinic in Español / Spanish
- Call the clinic in advance to schedule an appointment or to enroll.
If you are unable to get Emergency Medi-Cal and do not qualify for any other program, you can go to the ER and/or local community health clinics called Federally Qualified Health Centers to get medical attention. To locate a health center near you, click here.
Where can I learn more about my rights and community resources?
- Bet Tzedek
- LA County - Office of Immigrant Affairs
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Immigrants (PDF in different languages)
- Protecting Immigrant Families
- FAQ: COVID-19 Relief Legislation and Immigrants (information on public charge and benefit eligibility)
- California State Government
Where can I find COVID-19 information in ASL, Español / Spanish, Indigenous Languages, Farsi, Chinese, Mongolian, Korean, or another language?
COVID-19 Fact Sheets in 35 Languages including Bangali, / বাংলা, Farsi, Farsi / فارسی, Español / Spanish, Korean / 한국어, and Chinese (Traditional) / 中文（正體字） (reviewed and vetted by faculty members at Harvard Medical School)
Español / Spanish
- Nuevo coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (LA County Public Health)
- Coronavirus Respuestas A Preguntas Frecuentes De Inmigrantes (LA County OIA)
- Detenga la propagación de los microbios. Ayude a prevenir la propagación de virus respiratorios como el nuevo coronavirus 2019 (CDC)
- COVID-19 Symptom/Exposure Response (Español / Spanish) (video from the Refugee Response)
- Preguntas frecuentes (CDC)
- #COVID-19 en Español (video from the CDC)
- Cómo lavarse las manos (video from Minnesota Department of Health)
- COVID19 GUÍA PARA LOS CALIFORNIANOS INMIGRANTES (California State Government)
- Covid-19 Resources in 19 Indigenous Languages from Mexico and Guatemala including written, video, and audio (Rural Women's Health Project)
- Resources in Indigenous Languages (CIELO)
فارسی / Farsi
- ویروس جدید کرونا ) کوید-19 ) (LA County Public Health)
- (COVID-19) کوید-19 (California State Department of Public Health)
- اگ ر به بیماری کرون (CDC)
中文 / Chinese
- 新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19) (LA County Public Health)
- 新型冠状病毒移民常见问题 (LA County OIA)
- Covid-19 常见问题 (CDC)
- 帮助预防呼吸道疾病的传播 (California Department of Public Health)
- 如何正確洗手20秒影片 (Minnesota Department of Health)
- COVID-19: 加州移民指導 (California State Government)
한국어 / Korean
- 신종 코로나 바이러스 (COVID-19 (LA County Public Health)
- 이민자들에게 알기 쉬운 자주 묻는 질문 (LA County OIA)
- 코비드 19와 같은 호흡기 질병의 확산 방지를 위해 협조해 주십시오 (California Department of Public Health)
- 코로나바이러스 감염증(COVID-19): 캘리포니아 이민자 지침서 (California State Government)
- КОВИД-19 (Шинэ коронавирус 2019): Таны мэдвэл зохих зүйлс (Arlington County, Virginia)
I think I am being charged too much. Where can I get more information and help?
Experiencing or seeing price gouging or other fraudulent activities related to COVID-19? Contact LA County Consumer & Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222 or email email@example.com to file a complaint or to receive more information
Price gouging refers to sellers trying to take unfair advantage of consumers during an emergency or disaster by greatly increasing prices for essential consumer goods and services.
FAQs for consumers on price gouging of consumer goods, services, rental housing (California Department of Justice)
Will the IRS ask for my banking information over the phone for the Economic Impact Payment?
No, the IRS will not contact you by phone, email, text message, or social media about your payment, or to ask you for your bank account or Social Security number. The IRS will not ask for money from you to receive the check for the economic impact payment.