Economic Resources for Individuals


On March 10, 2021, I voted to pass the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which was signed into law by President Biden the following day. The ARP provides about $1 trillion to build a bridge to economic recovery for individuals and working families. California is receiving more than $27 billion in state fiscal relief from the ARP, and over 22 million adults and 9 million children in the state will receive Economic Impact Payments. 

The American Rescue Plan:  

● Gives working families a $1,400 per-person check, bringing their total relief payment from this and the December down payment to $2,000. More than 85% of households will receive a  check. For the first time, adult dependents are entitled to a check as well. All told, a lower or middle-income family of four will see an additional $5,600 in their pockets.  

● Increases the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6) and make 17-year-olds qualifying children for the year. This means a typical family of four with two young children will receive an additional $3,200 in assistance to help cover costs associated with raising children. In California, the families of more than 7.8 million kids will benefit, lifting 553,000 children out of poverty.  

● Increases the Earned Income Tax Credit for 17 million workers by as much as $1,000. The top occupations that will benefit are cashiers, food preparers and servers, and home health aides – frontline workers who have helped their communities get through the crisis.  

● Gives families an additional tax credit to help cut childcare costs. Families will get back as a refundable tax credit as much as half of their spending on childcare for children under age 13, so that they can receive a total of up to $4,000 for one child or $8,000 for two or more children.  

Unemployment Insurance: 

The American Rescue Plan extends current unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility to September 2021, saving 11 million Americans from losing benefits, providing a $300 per week supplement, and helping protect Americans from surprise tax bills on unemployment insurance they received last year.  

The ARP extends current unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility to September 6, 2021, saves 11 million Americans from losing benefits, provides a $300 per week supplement, and helps protect Americans from surprise tax bills on unemployment insurance they received last year. 
 
The State of California’s Employment and Development Department created a site with information regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), please check here. If you became unemployed or have had your hours reduced because you may have contracted the coronavirus, or may be quarantined, or may be unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member, you may be eligible to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim. You will need to file your claim in the first week that you lose your job or have your hoursreduced. Your claim begins on the Sunday of the week you submitted your application. For more information on how to file your claim online, by phone, or by fax or mail, please see File Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim
 
In order to file, you will need the following information: 

• Your last employer’s information, including company name, supervisor’s name, address (mailing and physical location), and phone number 
• Your last date worked and the reason you are no longer working 
• Gross earnings in the last week you worked, beginning with Sunday and ending with your last day of work 
• Information on all employers you worked for during the past 18 months, including name, address (mailing and physical location), the dates of employment, gross wages earned, hours worked per week, hourly rate of pay, and the reason you are no longer working 
• Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance, Standard Form 8 (former federal employees only) 
• DD 214 Member 4 copy (ex-military only) 
• Citizenship status, and, if you are not a U.S. citizen, information from your employment authorization document 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program: 
 
Further, the CARES Act expanded unemployment insurance access to workers who didn’t have access before, including gig economy workers and independent contractors. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program provides up 39 weeks of unemployment assistance to self-employed individuals, independent contractors, “gig economy” employees, and individuals who were unable to start a new position/contract due to COVID-19. More information is available by clicking here
 
Funds for Laid Off Residents of Southeast LA: 
 
If you are a resident of the Southeast LA region who has been laid off due to COVID-19 and you're struggling to pay your bills, the LA County America's Job Center of California is offering a limited supply of funds to help you pay for necessities. The Worker Resiliency Fund, to help undocumented individuals, offers up to $800 in funds. The Keep LA Working program offers up to $1,800 for individuals who have citizenship status. For more information, please call (323)586-4725 or info@hubcities.org
 
Utility Bill Assistance: 
 
If you are impacted by COVID-19, Southern California Edison offers resources to help customers pay their bills on time, including the Energy Assistance Fund program, which may be able to provide you with a one-time grant in the amount of the electricity bill, not to exceed $200 ($300 for all electric accounts). Read more here
 
If you are having difficulty paying your natural gas bill, SoCalGas’s Gas Assistance Fund may be able to provide you, or someone you know, with a one-time grant for the amount of the gas bill, not to exceed $200. Click here to read how to qualify and apply. 
 
California Disability or Paid Family Leave Benefits: 
 
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 and if you have the necessary supporting medical documentation, you are encouraged to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, which provides you with a short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury or pregnancy. 
 
On March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order that waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. For more information, click here
 
Social Security: 
 
All local Social Security offices are closed for in-person service. If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check SSA's online field office locator for specific information about directly contacting your local office. While your local Social Security office will not be able to serve you in-person, it will still be able to offer critical assistance, including helping you apply for benefits, answering your questions, and providing other services over the phone. 
 
Child Care for Essential Workers: 
 

Californians working in essential sectors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response need safe, reliable, and accessible child care options. MyChildCare.ca.gov provides an interactive map of qualified licensed child care providers near you. The tool is available in English and Spanish. 
 
Rent: 
 
The COVID-19 health emergency, understandably, has left tenants and landlords with questions. Los Angeles County wants to help resolve your concerns or questions about the rules that apply to your situation. For more information on the eviction moratorium, rent freeze, or resources available to tenants and landlords, you can contact Los Angeles County: 
 
• Online: covid19.lacounty.gov 
• E-mail: rent@dcba.lacounty.gov 
• Phone: (833) 223-RENT (7368) 
 
The LA County Disaster Help Center provides information on resources for businesses, workers, nonprofits, tenants, and landlords. You can visit their website at lacountyhelpcenter.org, or call them at (833) 238-4450 on Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM and Saturday from 10 AM-3 PM. 
 
Tenants who receive an eviction notice or lawsuit and need legal guidance should contact their local legal aid organization, which they can find by clicking here
 
Eviction Policies: For information on state, county and local eviction policies or other housing news, click here
 
Other Resources: 
 
The City of Los Angeles’ new “L.A. Connected” program is helping Angelenos who have been hardest-hit by COVID-19 access vital financial relief. The City’s effort will connect struggling families with critical sources of economic security in the face of the ongoing pandemic, including Economic Impact Payments, unemployment insurance, income tax credits, and banking resources. Visit https://corona-virus.la/LAConnected to learn more. 
 
The LA County Disaster Help Center provides information on resources for businesses, workers, nonprofits, tenants, and landlords. You can visit their website at lacountyhelpcenter.org, or call them at (833) 238-4450 on Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM and Saturday from 10 AM-3 PM. 
 
The City of Los Angeles's L.A. Represents initiative is providing free legal services to L.A. residents facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including vulnerable tenants, as well as low income individuals with employment, consumer debt, and bankruptcy issues. 
 
The California State Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy has built this webpage to assist small businesses, entrepreneurs, workers, and economic and workforce development professionals in responding to COVID-19 challenges.