SLO County Health Access Update
Connecting Children Ages 0-5 to Health Care
May 14, 2020
Funds for Undocumented Residents 
The California Department of Social Services has released information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants that was announced by the Governor a few weeks ago.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.

Individuals are eligible for a one time grant of $500; 
A maximum of two adults per household can qualify for this assistance for a total of $1,000 in assistance per household. A household is defined as individuals who live and purchase and prepare meals together.

The funds for San Luis Obispo County are being distributed by Community Action Board Santa Cruz, (800) 228-6820, cabinc.org/2020/05/13/beginning-may-18-2020/

Funds will be available on a first come, first served basis as of Monday, May 18. Families in need of support should contact them at (800) 228-6820 as soon as possible on Monday morning. Funds will go quickly. 
 
Detailed information can be found at: www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai.    
 
 
Newsletter Articles Available Online 
Information and articles from these newsletters is housed on the San Luis Obispo County Health Access website. The website is updated frequently and is intended as a resource for professionals working with children ages 0 - 5 and their families. Please visit:  

Updates about pandemic resources are located on pages listed under the Coronavirus tab:
www.slohealthaccess.org/coronavirus.html

 
Food Program Updates  

CA is finally rolling out
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). This is a new program created to help feed children eligible for  Free or  Reduced Price school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's completely separate from CalFresh. This is a one-time emergency response benefit of $365 per child that can be used for food, like a CalFresh EBT card.
  • Most families who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or are children in foster care will automatically get P-EBT cards in the mail before May 22.
  • Families of children participating in the Free/Reduced price school meal program who do not receive a P-EBT card in the mail will need to complete a simple and quick online application between May 22 and June 30 at: ca.p-ebt.org/info
  • Like the Free/Reduced Price school meal program, P-EBT is not considered during the public charge process.
  • For more information: ca.p-ebt.org/info
On April 28, CA began allowing CalFresh EBT shopping online . Families can use their CalFresh EBT cards to purchase non-perishable groceries online and have items delivered. Download bilingual SLO County flyers with more information.
 
CalFresh participants will see large boosts to their benefit amounts automatically in April, May, and June. Download flyers with more information in English and Spanish.
   
Families can apply for CalFresh via GetCalFresh.org. New administrative flexibilities are in place to ease enrollment process and phone interviews are waved in some cases.
Local food distribution: Up-to-date school meal and general food distribution information for San Luis Obispo County can be found at www.slofoodbank.org/food-locator/  
 
Additional information for new and existing support programs for families is located here.
 
Financial Assistance
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new program designed to help self-employed people, independent contractors, unemployed business owners, and other workers not usually eligible for regular state Unemployment Insurance benefits who are out of business or whose work is significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. Applicants who are not citizens must have legal authorization to work in the United States in order to qualify for PUA. For more details: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance/faqs.htm
 
Financial relief options document from CAPSLO. This is an excellent resource for anyone assisting families. The Google doc is updated as needed and is in English with a Spanish version linked at the top: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XEBeBCxP99BSf8BPmxMjBNb4E6DoyOTN1tSurGcbdiA/edit?usp=sharing
 
CAPSLO Financial Resource Specialist, Gaby Solis, can assist families with managing money, prioritizing bills and navigating resources. Contact Gaby at (805) 440-3995.

FAQs about stimulus checks:
UndocuSupport:
A new way to donate money that will go directly to SLO County undocumented and mixed status residents in financial crisis has been created. A coalition of organizations is currently raising money to be distributed through local agencies. Anyone wishing to contribute can donate through the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County Disaster Support Fund and make sure to note UndocuSupport in the Comments field.  

Please find additional information regarding benefits for families here
Family Support Resources 
Family Resource Center Advocates are available to families in crisis countywide. Download this flyer in English and Spanish for the following contact information:
  • Family Advocates
  • Pregnant and parenting teen support
  • Child development education and referrals
  • Financial empowerment 
  • Community resource specialists
SLO County COVID-19 Resource List for Providers:  This list is being updated daily, so check back frequently. To add resources, email Monica Anderson at manderson@capslo.org.
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RdbRf2MqXqrIdB_jLH7ihJaHKGWbB5govlIhVpRuwWo/edit?usp=sharing

Renters' Rights Guide During COVID-19
:
With many families struggling and unsure how to pay rent,  The Tribune contacted the San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation and California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) to answer to common questions about coronavirus rental housing rules. Please note:
  • No evictions for nonpayment of rent (or even "no cause" evictions) can take place until at least 5/31/20. 
  • Renters affected by COVID-19 must tell their landlords about their situation.
  • While rent can be withheld through May (or as long as the emergency lasts) it will need to be paid up within six months of the end of the emergency. 
  • For legal assistance, families can call CRLA at 805.544.7722 or SLO Legal Assistance Foundation at 805.543.5140.
Read the full Tribune article in English and  Spanish.
Download the Renter's Rights Guide in English and  Spanish.
Health Access Information at SLOHealthAccess.org
A First 5 SLO County Funded Program
SLOHealthAccess.org has a wealth of information to help you help families, with local resources related to:
   * Coronavirus Resources      
   * Special Needs      
   * Behavioral Health
   * Immigration: safety and service access  
   * Dental
   * Prescriptions
   * Medi-Cal & Covered CA
   * Transportation
   * Parental Substance Use, and 
   * R esources to help parents advocate for services

General needs and system navigation:
Send families in need of help to their local Family Resource Center : 
 

Can't find an answer? 
Let us know and we will find you  the  informati on  you are looking for.  For general questions about health ac cess and health care refo rm,  contact:
Becca Carsel, Health Access Project Director,  
at (805) 674-0776 or becca@carselgroup.com .phone

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