Hello, we are thinking of you and know this is a difficult time. Whether missing the warmth of friends and family, seeing a work colleague, a local store keeper or pharmacist who gave you that extra bit of attention.
We also know, whether you live alone or with others, there are low moments. This is why connecting on the phone, the computer or writing a letter (yes, that wonderful “old-fashioned” tradition) is so important to your health.
By this time in our lives, we’ve all had challenges. This one is different than all others, but today doesn’t have to be the definition of tomorrow. Envisioning that things will be different and there are opportunities for you to wake up with purpose and focus, each day, is a key part of self-care.
For many of us, it is even more difficult than ever to make ends meet. We’ve pulled together resources for you on Food, Employment, and Access to Technology. You’ll also see other interesting tidbits! There is a lot out there, and we are working to focus on the most up-to-date information.
We are a part of Your Community. Even if you’ve only spoken to one person at Community Living Campaign, we all know you are there, because YOU are a part of Our Community. If you are feeling alone and want to receive a regular phone call to say hello, please let us know and we will connect you with a caring volunteer.
Increases in CalFresh Benefits
If you’re already receiving CalFresh benefits, you may have seen an Emergency Allotment on your EBT card. There will be emergency allotments paid in April and May to bring recipients to the maximum benefit allowed under federal regulation for your household size.
If you are not yet enrolled in CalFresh, contact the SF Marin Food Bank at 415-549-7021 or visit their Calfresh Assistance page. Remember that SSI recipients are now eligible to apply for CalFresh! Read more about eligibility and the application process with flyers in English and Spanish from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Stimulus Payments Up to $1,200 per person
- AARP has a good overview of the Economic Impact Payments.
- Eligibility if you haven’t filed taxes for 2018 or before?
– Social security and SSI recipients will get payments automatically.
– Low income Americans who don’t make enough to file taxes can use the IRS online form to confirm eligibility and receive the payment.
- Payments for SSI Recipients are scheduled to go out no later than early May, per an announcement from the IRS on April 14
Workers Impacted by Coronavirus: Furloughed, Reduced Hours, or Laid Off
- Stay Current with San Francisco’s Office of Employment and Workforce Development postings
- CA Labor & Workforce Development has a handy chart of Benefits
- San Francisco can help you with income replacement options
- How to Apply for Unemployment: For people who have lost hours at work or even their jobs, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities has created this Unemployment flyer in English and Spanish to share information about what you need to file an unemployment insurance claim, how to file a claim, and what happens afterwards.
- Visit the CA Employment Development Department for even more information
Other Protections and Changes: Utilities, Evictions, and Legal Assistance
The City and County of San Francisco has put in place policies that utilities, such as power and water will not be shutoff for delinquent payments through May 14th. Policies will continue to be updated, as required. For a complete list, see
- The SF Office of Economic & Workforce Development has a full list of programs and benefits, including tax filing extensions, eviction protections, healthcare, employment, and more.
- PG&E Covid-19 Consumer Protections mean you have options to pay for or be covered for your utilities
- Know your rights and what the moratorium on evictions means for you (for both residents and small businesses) with information inEnglish, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and other languages.
- The City is also providing information about other housing related issues.
- The Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights for San Francisco Bay Area also provides legal services and support to undocumented residents and those facing discrimination and other issues.
Avoid Coronavirus scams!
Just because we’re in a tough place doesn’t mean people can take advantage of us! Be savvy and skeptical about incoming calls. This means even for services you’ve requested. The IRS NEVER communicates via email or by phone; only by the Postal Service. Don’t give out any personal information – hang up. You have our permission. Put your safety concerns above “being rude”.
- See what the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information for the latest information on how to protect yourself
- Another good Seniors Guide to Online Safety available here.
- Ultimate Internet Safety Guide for Seniors is also here.
Technology Access to STAY CONNECTED!
The ability to get online through internet and having a phone is essential to staying connected with others, getting valuable information and searching for work. If you or anyone you know needs assistance, it is out there!
SF Tech Council is a consortium of organizations and businesses that is working to lessen the “digital divide” for older adults and adults living with a disability. Check out their incredible resource page if you’re looking for assistance with the internet or a phone and phone plan. You’ll see they have a lot of interesting and fun programs, like Digital Passport offering self-guided workshops and training on demand.