CA-15 Coronavirus Resources

President Biden Has Signed the American Rescue Plan Into Law

The American Rescue Plan will:

  • Put Vaccines in Arms: The plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide and addressing disparities facing communities of color. It will also take complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments and addressing health care disparities. 
  • Put Children Safely Back in School: The plan will make a nearly $130 billion investment in school re-opening and making up for lost learning.
  • Put Money in People’s Pockets: The plan finishes the job on the President’s promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December.  The plan will also provide direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that more than 20 million American workers can pay their bills and supporting 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Put People Back In Jobs: The plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination, with EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility and more.  The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.

Estimated funding under the American Rescue Plan:

  • Alameda County: $324.14 million
  • Contra Costa County: $223.72 million

 

  • City of Hayward: $38,230,000 
  • City of San Leandro: $19,150,000 
  • City of Union City: $13,670,000
  • City of Fremont: $42,170,000
  • City of San Ramon: $14,300,000 
  • City of Dublin: $12,200,000 
  • City of Pleasanton: $8,530,000 
  • City of Livermore: $10,880,000

 

  • Hayward Unified School District: $33,635,000
  • San Leandro Unified School District: $11,289,000
  • San Lorenzo Unified School District: $14,874,000
  • Castro Valley Unified School District: $2,298,000
  • New Haven Unified School District: $8,273,000
  • Fremont Unified School District: $8,527,000
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District: $3,450,000
  • Dublin Unified School District: $1,106,000
  • Pleasanton Unified School District: $2,256,000
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District: $3,629,000
  • Sunol Glen Unified School District: $194,000

To learn more about the American Rescue Plan, click here.

 

For current vaccine eligiblity requirements and appointment sign-ups, click below:

 

For the latest on local shelter-in-place orders and public health, click below:

 

Bay Area public K-12 districts are developing plans for when and how to reopen schools to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our families safe. For the latest information on your district's plan, click below:

For countywide guidance on school re-openings, click below:

 

For the latest information from major CA-15 health care providers, click below:

 

For the latest information on CA-15 public transit, click on the links below:

 

For the latest information on CA-15 city services, click below:

 

Federal, State and Regional Agencies

 

Veterans: Click here for the latest VA information.

Social Security recipients: Social Security offices are closed. Click here for the latest information.

Medicare recipients: Click here for the latest information, including expanded telehealth services.

Immigrants: Click here for the latest information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Travelers: Click here for the latest information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Taxpayers: The Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board have delayed 2021's tax filing deadline until May 17.  Click here for the latest IRS information on delayed filing and payments.

Questions about paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave? Click here for the latest information from the Labor Department.

Lost your job? Click here to apply for California Unemployment Insurance.

Undocumented and need help paying the bills during the pandemic? Click here for information on how to apply for the state Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program.

Having trouble with mortgage payments? Click here for information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Need medical insurance? Because of COVID-19, you can apply now for coverage if you are uninsured and eligible. Click here for the latest information from Covered California.

Incoming or apsiring University of California students: Click here for the latest information from UC.

Need some fresh air? Click below for the latest information about parks:

 

Food Assistance

Need immediate food assistance?

Click here for Alameda County's map of food distribution and services locations.

Click here for information on food distribution sites in Contra Costa County.

 

Need to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? Click here for the CalFresh program.

Need information on the Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC)? Click here to your local WIC office.

Click below for information on curbside pick-up meals for students affected by school closures:

Alameda County

Contra Costa County

 

Click below for information on home-delivered meals for housebound seniors:

Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, San Leandro

Union City, Fremont

Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunol

San Ramon

 

Click below for information on curbside pick-up meals for non-housebound seniors:

Open Heart Kitchens (Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore)

 

Tips and Contacts for Coping with COVID-19

Do you or a relative have developmental disabilities? Click here for resources from the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Caring for someone with dementia? Click here for tips and contacts from the Alzheimer's Association.

Caring for someone on the autism spectrum? Click here for tips from the Autism Society.

Feeling stressed out by all of this? Click here.

 

For Small Businesses

Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act established a new guaranteed loan program at the Small Business Administration for small businesses to cover payroll during the immediate crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program:

  • Supports $349 billion in 100 percent guaranteed, low interest, no fee loans of up to $10 million with repayment deferred for at least six months
  • Forgives up to 100% of the loan if the borrower has retained the same number of employees as when they received the loan. 

Who is eligible? -- Small and medium-sized businesses up to 500 employees, non-profits, independent contractors and the self-employed. This includes churches but only to cover payroll costs of an associated business, like a thrift store.

How are loans made? -- The SBA’s network of 2,500 7(a) lenders will be used to process these loans. There is also authority to fast track additional lenders to process and disburse these loans to reach as many small businesses as quickly as possible.

If I'm self-employed, how should I calculate payroll to apply? -- Payroll costs for a self-employed taxpayer is equal to the net self-employment income taken from Line 31 of a 2019 Form 1040 Schedule C.

How can I use it?

  • Employee compensation, including: salaries, wages, commissions, or similar compensation; cash tips or equivalents; vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; payment required for providing group health care benefits (including insurance premiums); payment of retirement benefits; and payroll taxes
  • Any compensation or income of a sole proprietor or independent contractor no greater than $100,000 in one year
  • Payment of interest on mortgage obligations, rent, utilities, and interest on pre-existing debt obligations

When is the loan forgiven? -- The loan is forgiven at the end of the eight-week period after you take out the loan. Borrowers will work with lenders to verify covered expenses and the proper amount of forgiveness. If you keep all your employees, the entirety of the loan will be forgiven. If you still lay off employees, the forgiveness will be reduced by the percent decrease in the number of employees. If your total payroll expenses on workers making less than $100,000 annually decreases by more than 25 percent, loan forgiveness will be reduced by the same amount. If you have already laid off some employees, you can still be forgiven for the full amount of your payroll cost if you rehire your employees by June 30, 2020. 

My business is seasonal, can I apply for a PPP Loan? -- Yes.

When is the deadline to apply? -- Applications must be made by March 31, 2021.

If I have no local banking relationship, where can find an approved lender? -- Click to find approved lenders through the SBA. 

The stimulus package passed by Congress and enacted in December 2020 included several notable improvements to the PPP:

  • Tax deduction:  The new relief law finally responds to borrowers’ outcry and makes clear that income tax deductions are allowable for expenses paid with proceeds of a forgiven PPP loan; as before, PPP forgiveness is not taxable income, and tax basis and other attributes of the borrower’s assets will not be reduced.
  • New Pool:  Adds $284 billion more for PPP loans, expands relief to nonprofit organizations, and will offer additional support to struggling small businesses.
  • Second Draw:  Allows some businesses to receive an additional PPP loan (“Second Draw”) which is targeted to smaller and harder-hit businesses. Businesses must have less than 300 employees per location and demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts in the first, second, or third quarter of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarter. Businesses that were not in business for all quarters must demonstrate appropriate reductions during the months they were in business (for example, they can compare earlier 2020 quarters rather than compare to 2019). Applications submitted on or after January 1, 2021, are eligible to utilize the gross receipts from the fourth quarter of 2020 in this analysis.
  • Increased Borrowing Amount: Lets entities in industries assigned to NAICS code 72 (accommodation and food services) receive loans of up to 3.5 times their average monthly payroll cost (increased from 2.5).
  • Forgiveness:  The definition of “qualified expenses” has been expanded to include software, cloud computing, human resources, payroll, billing and accounting, costs related to “property damage and vandalism or looting due to public disturbances” that occurred during 2020 and are not covered by insurance, supplier costs, and worker protection related to social distancing, sanitation or other safety requirements.
  • Simplified Forgiveness Application:  The law mandates a simplified forgiveness application (“not more than one page in length”) for loans of up to $150,000.  The application will require a description of the number of employees the borrower was able to retain because of the covered loan, the estimated total amount of the loan spent on payroll costs, and the total loan amount.
  • Dedicated Funding to Live Venues and other Businesses: The law provides $15 billion for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions.  Funds are also earmarked for non-profits and news outlets that weren’t eligible in the first round.

For more information about navigating the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.
 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Who is eligible? -- Small businesses with no credit available elsewhere, and nonprofits.

How much can I get? -- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; the interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

How can I use it? -- These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. 

If I have applied for or received an EIDL related to COVID19 before the Paycheck Protection Program became available, will I be able to refinance into a PPP loan? -- Yes. If you received an EIDL loan related to COVID-19 between January 31, 2020 and the date at which the PPP becomes available, you would be able to refinance the EIDL into the PPP for loan forgiveness purposes. However, you may not take out an EIDL and a PPP for the same purposes. Remaining portions of the EIDL, for purposes other than those laid out in loan forgiveness terms for a PPP loan, would remain a loan. If you took advantage of an emergency EIDL grant award of up to $10,000, that amount would be subtracted from the amount forgiven under PPP. 

Can a green-card holder apply for the EIDL or PPP funding? -- Generally yes, but not in all cases. Legal permanent residents, also known as green card holders, can qualify for SBA financing but lenders might require additional information.

Where can I go to get help completing my application in a language other than English? -- Your local SBDC office is equipped to handle up to nine different languages.

To apply for SBA COVID-19 EIDLs, click here. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.