Where Can I Pick Up Food?
June 30th was the last day that CSD provided free meals for the 2019-20 school year. For the summer, food is available at the following locations:
The location is Dartmouth at @Union Elementary SD and Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos School District.
Union School District
Dartmouth Middle School
5575 Dartmouth Dr.
Serving Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Los Gatos Union School District
Fisher Middle School
19195 Fisher Ave.
Serving Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
CA Meals for Kids Mobile APP
The CA Meals for Kids mobile application helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices. The Emergency Meal Sites section may be used during school closures due to emergency situations. https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/cameals.asp
Reaching Out Food Center
We understand the challenge that some families will face with the District closure for this period of time. If you are in need of food resources, there are local agencies that can help. We encourage any family that is in need to visit the Reaching Out Food Center, 2315 Canoas Garden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124, (408) 267-4691. They are open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Just bring a photo ID and a bill with your address on it. Note that Reaching Out does not register your personal information with the U.S. Government, and you will be given free, nutritious groceries no matter what.
Free Meals for Seniors
Adults 60 years and older can pick up a free prepared meal at their local community center.
The Senior Nutrition Program has 35 sites, find one near you by visiting bit.ly/svstrong-senior.
It’s easy. Simply call your preferred location the day before, and when you pick up your meal just provide your name, birthday, and zip code. New participants who have not registered or reserved a meal can still pick up a meal the same day as long as meals are available. New participants will be given a registration form to return by mail.
The City of San José is leading the countywide food distribution system in response to County and State Orders to shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Silicon Valley Strong, the City is working with non-profit community partners, food delivery companies, school districts, faith, and community organizations to ensure food security for our most vulnerable populations.
The list of non-profits, faith-based, and City nutrition sites where meals are served is updated every Monday. Residents can also use a Food Distribution Map to find a nutrition site in their neighborhood.
For More Information:
- Visit siliconvalleystrong.org
- Call 2-1-1, a 24-hour multi-lingual service
- Text your zip code to 898211
- Free Groceries: receive free fresh fruit, vegetables, and pantry samples by calling 1-800-984-3663 or text “GETFOOD” to 408-455-5181.
Food Distribution Map
The City of San José launched a food distribution map (bit.ly/SCCFoodMap) with important information on county-wide food distribution sites to ensure food security for those in need. In collaboration with the County of Santa Clara, non-profit community partners, school districts, and faith-based organizations, the Silicon Valley Strong coalition now has 129 food distribution sites operating Monday through Friday. Visit siliconvalleystrong.org for more information on how to access food resources or to donate. Also, call 2-1-1, a 24-hour multi-lingual service, or text your zip code to 89821.
Childcare Program for Health Care Workers
Childcare Program for Health Care Workers in the County. County Office of Education SupportsCounty-Wide Child Care Programs for Emergency Service Workers: County Wide Childcare Program.
Can I get unemployment benefits information?
Parents who cannot work because of their child's school closures may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Please call the OLSE Advice Line for help in determining eligibility and assistance with applications or visit sccfairworkplace.org or call the OLSE Advice Line: (866) 870-7725.
Help for PG&E Customers Facing Hardships
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is offering billing and service modifications, effective immediately, for customers experiencing hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the lights stay on and the gas continues to flow. For details, visit www.pge.com/covid19 or call 1 (800) 743-5000.
Unemployment Hotline Now Open 7 Days a Week
The California Employment Development Department call center is now open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to use UI Online for the fastest and most convenient way to file or reopen your claim, certify for benefits, and get up-to-date claim and payment information. Smartphone and tablet users can use UI Online Mobile.
Customers can call 833-978-2511 for technical help with accessing UI Online and other general unemployment insurance questions. Representatives will not have access to your claim or payment information. New claims can be filed at 1-800-300-1516.
EDD will also start assisting residents with the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program starting Tuesday, April 28. PUA benefits are distinct from unemployment benefits and cover the self-employed, employees who lack sufficient work history, gig workers, and independent contractors. Read the FAQ about eligibility and benefit amounts.
Temporary Housing Provided to Every Known Homeless Person with COVID-19
Over the weekend, the County of Santa Clara announced that it and its city and community partners have responded to COVID-19 in the homeless community by providing appropriate housing for every homeless individual who has tested positive or is suspected of having COVID-19.
We have done this by moving people into hotel rooms, non-congregate temporary housing, and by opening additional shelters with appropriate social distancing. The County has placed all 35 homeless individuals or households who tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, we have proactively housed 236 homeless individuals in hotel/motel rooms, and another 277 homeless individuals in shelters that have social distancing protocols in place.
There is also promising news on this issue statewide. On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom was joined at a press conference by County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Susan Ellenberg along with Campbell Mayor Susan Landry and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo to give an update on Project Roomkey. A new master agreement with Motel 6 will put California over its 15,000-room goal for sheltering unhoused individuals who have or are at high risk for COVID-19 across the state.
San José Launches Virtual Recreation Center
Today, the City of San José Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department launched a virtual center supporting physical and mental health through online learning and creative at-home activities. This digital resource will include links to live pilot classes, recorded entertainment, online resources, and fun educational activities for all ages. The Virtual Recreation Center will feature community centers, attractions like Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 360 degree park views, online workouts, digital excursions, and more. Learn more at bit.ly/sjvirtualrec.
Update on Stimulus Checks
The Federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payments (also known as stimulus checks) have started to hit individual banking accounts. Those who filed their taxes 2018 or 2019, should automatically receive a payment. Residents can check their payment status here.
Residents who did not file income taxes in the last two years can use the IRS "Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here" application to receive their stimulus check. This tool provides a simple, easy option for people who either don’t need to file a Federal income tax return or with too little income to file. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions provided by Free File Fillable Forms, the certified IRS partner that is managing the tool.
Expanded Support for California Workers
The Employment Development Department (EDD) has launched a new call center that operates 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The EDD will also stand up a one-stop shop for individuals applying for unemployment insurance and the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program starting April 28. PUA benefits are distinct from unemployment benefits and cover the self-employed, employees who lack sufficient work history, gig workers, and independent contractors. PUA benefits will be issued within 24-48 hours instead of the traditional 21 days for regular unemployment claims.
The Governor also announced a $75 million Disaster Relief Fund for undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for relief benefits. Starting next month, approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household. Funds will be dispersed through a community-based model of regional nonprofits with expertise and experience serving undocumented communities.
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), a network of foundations focused on immigration issues, has also committed to raising $50 million to support direct financial assistance to families of undocumented immigrants through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund. California has developed an immigrant resource guide to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians. Read the full press release here.
Rent Freeze and New Tenant Protections Coming to the City of San José
The San José City Council extended its temporary ban on residential evictions until May 31, matching the current end date of the countywide ban that is also in place. The Council also directed staff to bring back an urgency ordinance to prohibit rent increases until December 31. If adopted on April 21, the ordinance will cover all apartments and mobile homes that fall under the city’s rent stabilization program. It does not apply to single-family homes and apartments built after 1979 that are not covered due to state law. Learn more in the Mercury News.
The council also supported the inclusion of tenant protections to reduce harassment and retaliation such as preventing landlords from serving an eviction notice on a tenant that they have reason to know is impacted by COVID-19 and allowing tenants who have been served eviction notices up to 7 days to provide a notice informing the landlord that they have been impacted by COVID 19. City staff will also be devising a template affidavit that tenants can submit in cases where tenants are unable to provide any other verifiable evidence of their COVID-19-related impacts, as is often the case with undocumented individuals working in the informal economy.
City of Santa Clara Small Business Assistance Grant Program
This program is offering grants of up to $5,000 or $10,000 for qualified small businesses and nonprofits located in Santa Clara and have at least one but no more than 25-full-time employees. The grants must be used for either payroll expenses or lease payments. Applications and instructions can be found here.
City of San Jose Payroll Protection Program Assistance: Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can now apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders. The US Treasury Department has created a PPP Fact Sheet that contains more information. Local Businessownerspace.com (BOS) partners SBDC, AnewAmerica, MBDA, and SCORE can offer advice and may be able to help prepare loan paperwork. For more information, email covid19SJbusiness@sanjoseca.gov.
Local Networking Groups and Webinars
This week, the San Jose Inside posted an article about efforts by local business organizations such as the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce and the silicon valley organization to learn and connect with each other in the digital space.
DMV Extends Expiring Driver Licenses
Licenses for drivers younger than 70 that expire between March and May 2020 are now valid through May 31, 2020. Drivers 70 and older will automatically receive a temporary paper extension valid for 120 days. All commercial driver’s licenses, endorsements and certificates expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020. (Read the full press release here.)
The extensions require no individual action on the part of drivers. These drivers will not receive a new card or an extension in the mail. The DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the extensions. Californians with a suspended license are not eligible.
The DMV continues to review and process online renewals and encourages drivers who are eligible to renew their license online to do so. The DMV has also created a Virtual Office that allows customers to conduct select transactions such as title transfers and registration renewals that previously required an office visit. Customers can upload necessary documents then be contacted by a DMV customer service representative who will review the documents and finalize the process.
Donation Opportunities to Help Others in Need
For constituents and businesses interested in making donations of cash or supplies, the Public Health Department has created a resource page with links to organizations addressing local needs.
The VMC Foundation is collecting physical and monetary donations for medical supplies. Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is collecting cash donations to provide relief for residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing is accepting housing related donations for those that may be homeless or in need of housing due to COVID-19. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Corporations interested in providing medical supplies and other material assistance during this emergency are encouraged to contact the Business Operations Center to evaluate and route larger donations. They can be reached at email@example.com.
For those who cannot donate financially, food and blood donations are still urgently needed through Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and the Red Cross, respectively. Donations of non-medical supplies, blankets, personal hygiene, diapers, infant formula, food, clothing and other goods should be given to the local community organization of one’s choice.
Please click here to read the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's information about the Shelter in Place Order. To access further COVID-19 information from the Public Health Department, please click here.
COVID-19 Information Website Enhanced
The County’s COVID-19 informational website at sccphd.org/coronavirus has been enhanced and reorganized to make it easier for you and your constituents to more easily get the information you need. Links to Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese translations are now at the top of the page to better assist monolingual speakers.
Does Santa Clara County offer coronavirus information?
Comprehensive updates about the shelter-in-place in Santa Clara County can be obtained by calling 2-1-1, thanks to a new partnership between the County of Santa Clara and 2-1-1. Text services are available in English and Spanish and can be initiated by texting the message “coronavirus” to 211211.
2-1-1 operators are trained professionals with experience fielding questions and providing fact-based answers. 2-1-1 phone and text services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in 150 languages through phone interpretation services. Also, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health has created a helpful FAQ document to answer your questions. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/FAQ-Shelter-in-Place-03-16-20.pdf
San Jose Police Need Your Assistance!
Help us keep our neighborhood schools safe. Please report any suspicious behavior on school property: People casing around school campuses, suspicious people and vehicles parked on campus, people carrying school property or school property in vehicles, activity on school campuses at night, or trespassing, vandalism, graffiti or other signs of criminal activity. For emergencies or crimes in progress call 911 or (408) 277-8911. For non-emergencies, call (408) 277-8900.
Face Covering Information
The County of Santa Clara's Public Health Department has issued expanded guidance, strongly urging all individuals to wear face coverings when out of their homes to perform essential activities. Face covering when in public for ages 12 and younger not required. The detailed guidance builds on the recommendations issued by the Public Health Department on April 2, 2020. All individuals are strongly urged to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering, such as a bandana, scarf, towel, or another piece of cloth or fabric, when leaving home. Face coverings are critical for essential activities such as doctor appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacy visits, and riding on public transit, among others.
Santa Clara County Public Health Department Guidance on Masks
Can I get links to more Coronavirus information resources?
As a District, we want to keep you up to date on anything concerning the coronavirus. Below are valuable links to get your answers.