Relief & Assistance Programs for Bay Area Families & Individuals

Families and individuals in the Bay Area may be eligible to receive federal stimulus checks and expanded unemployment benefits due to COVID-19. Don’t leave this money on the table. Let us help you claim your benefits.

Click here for a list of organizations who can provide you with free assistance in accessing the COVID-19 benefits detailed below.

Economic Impact Payments, also known as “Stimulus Checks”

This year, many people will receive an Economic Impact Payment (often called a stimulus payment) from the federal government. You are eligible for up to $1,200 for yourself (or $2,400 if married) and an additional $500 for every dependent child under the age of 17.

Generally, all U.S. citizens or residents who have a Social Security number are eligible. This includes people that had no income or did not receive income from work but received other benefits. Read about detailed eligibility information here.

Most people should have received their payments automatically in April or May, including those who filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 or receive social security or VA benefits. If you think you should have automatically received a payment and did not receive it, you can check the status of your payment here.

If you do not have income from work and do not normally file a tax return, you can register online to receive a payment here. Be sure to register by the deadline--October 15th, 2020. Call 844-322-3639 for assistance.

Tax Filing

If you had income from work in 2017, 2018, or 2019 and have not filed a tax return, it is not too late! Even if you were paid in cash or made less than $12,000, you may be eligible to receive money back through refunds or important tax credits like the Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credit. Start the process here.

Unemployment Insurance & Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

All workers who are furloughed, laid off, have hours reduced or without work because of the COVID-19 pandemic should apply for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

Through July 31, the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program added $600 a week to the individual benefit amount. In August, the State of California began to develop a plan for providing additional benefits. The Employment Development Department will provide more information as it becomes available. Latest news release available here:

Furthermore, you may be eligible to receive an additional 13 weeks of payments if you have used all of your existing UI benefits.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment benefits have been expanded to include self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig workers, freelancers, workers seeking part-time work, workers who do not have a long-enough work history to qualify for state UI benefits, and workers who have used all of their state UI benefits. File for unemployment benefits here.

Workers who are undocumented are not eligible for unemployment benefits but can apply for funds provided by various local organizations listed here.

Need additional help accessing these benefits?

Call 211 or text your 5-digit zip code (e.g. 94108) to 898-211.

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