Dear Community Member,

Earlier this week, San Francisco and Bay Area health officials announced a ' shelter in place’ order for all residents with the exception of essential needs. This order is an important step to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities ( learn more ). We recognize the challenges this poses for residents and the impact this has to our businesses, nonprofits, and their employees.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) remains committed to supporting our business, nonprofit, and workforce communities. Over the past weeks, San Francisco and public and private partners have implemented a number of policy measures and programs available to assist businesses . You'll find information on the resources we've created and the services necessary for stability and recovery such as:




  • Paid Sick Leave- Workers and Families First Program (OEWD) - Funding to provide an additional five days of sick leave pay to workers beyond their existing policies.
  • Rapid Response Services (OEWD) - Orientation for impacted employees to provide information on job training programs, healthcare, disability insurance, unemployment, etc.).
  • Partial Claims (Employment Development Department - EDD) - For employers that want to keep employees when there is a lack of work.
  • Work Share Program (Employment Development Department - EDD) Unemployment insurance for employers to help minimize the need for layoffs when there is lack of work.




OEWD connects employers with useful information and assistance to best support your employees with programs meant to address their needs. Our office continues to operate with staff dedicated to providing information and resources through email and over the telephone to help reduce the financial pressures faced by our business and nonprofit communities.

Office of Small Business, Assistance Center

Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Economic Development
Lex Leifheit

Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Workforce Development Division
Worker Information Line

OEWD continues to further advocate and develop assistance programs for small businesses, nonprofits, and their workforce with our local, state, and federal partners to provide relief and look beyond to economic recovery. To provide real time updates, OEWD has created a webpage dedicated to serve as a one-stop shop for all resources that could be beneficial to employers and employees at this time called the Assistance & Guidance for Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19 .

Mayor Breed and the City Administrator have set up San Francisco’s Give2SF Fund which allows the City to accept tax-deductible monetary contributions to be spent on various City efforts including providing shelter, food, and other types of assistance to help individuals across the City, as well as assistance to small businesses impacted by the outbreak.

In addition to these programs, you can also access free webinars by visiting  here .

We understand the COVID-19 landscape is changing rapidly. We'll continue providing daily updates on our website with the information we receive. You may also call 311 and sign up for the City’s alert service for official updates: text COVID19SF to 888-777 .

We know that this is a difficult time. But we also know that San Francisco is a resilient and strong community. So, take care of each other, your families and your friends. Be kind to each other. And know that we will weather these challenges best together. 

Joaquín Torres   l  郭華健
Office of Economic and Workforce Development
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development