Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Program
Today, 5/18/2020, is the first day to apply for assistance. Undocumented adult immigrants may receive one-time COVID 19 disaster relief assistance at a value of $500. Details are in the link.
I wanted to give you an additional update regarding the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants. Here you can find the list of CBOs by county and region that the State is working with in order to provide these funds to our immigrant communities. Please share this with community service providers and any additional stakeholder who may be able to do community outreach. Folks can not apply until May 18th. The link also provides a robust FAQ list, however please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions. Please share with your networks.
701 Alabama Service Hub Updates
We need Volunteers for Tuesdays Food Giveaway @ 701 Alabama!
We need Latino Task Force Service Providers to sign-up for direct services at the Hub!
The essential service hub is launching this week! We will be doing intake and appointments on Tuesdays and be open for services on Wednesdays and Thursdays! We were able to complete over 200 assessments at last Tuesday’s Food Giveaway. We will be screening more this Tuesday at Cesar Chavez and at 701 Alabama at both food giveaways.
We need more CBOs to offer their services at the Hub. Please review google doc to sign-up your organization.
Art Community Town Hall: Wed. May 20th, 4:30pm
For the last 3 months, we have seen first hand how crucial it is to receive and offer culturally appropriate support during this pandemic. Now that COVID-19 recovery efforts are underway, this coming Wednesday, May 20th from 4:30pm - 5:30pm we will have an opportunity to hear from the Arts & Culture sector. Together let us explore the role that Arts can play in these crucial endeavors.
I will be in conversation with arts org leaders discussing the following :
What is most urgent for you and/or your organization now?
What are questions that you need answers to in order to plan forward for yourself and/or your organization?
What ideas do you have to participate in the City’s recovery?
What resources would you need to make that participation possible?
Please join the conversation by registering here - this is a free event. We want to hear from individual artists, art administrators, curators, nightlife, organizations, funders and all visionaries! Share far and wide.
New Emergency Assistance Program for Utility Bills
The SFPUC announced a new emergency assistance program to provide discounts for water and sewer bills and power bills for Hetch Hetchy customers like those on the Shipyard. The existing discount program called Community Assistance Program requires customers to be make under 200% of the federal poverty limit, which doesn’t take into consideration the high cost of living in the Bay Area. This new program is eligible for customers who make under 200% of the Area Median Income which has higher income thresholds (see below). Moreover, the application is simple (online or paper) that doesn’t require submission of verifying documents at the time of application. Feel free to share with anyone you know who have had a loss of income due to COVID-19.
General Manager Harlan Kelly announced yesterday at the SFPUC Commission meeting a new emergency assistance program for customers impacted by COVID-19.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Emergency Customer Assistance Program for COVID-19 Relief provides utility bill discounts for customers who have lost income due to COVID-19 or the shelter-in-place order. Qualified customers can receive 15% savings per water bill, 35% savings per wastewater bill, and 30% savings per Hetch Hetchy power bill. This is a temporary program, retroactively effective March 4, 2020 through September 4, 2020, or for a six month period.
To qualify for this program, you must:
- Be a residential customer seeking a discount for your primary residence, with an SFPUC account serving only your dwelling unit under your own name
- Have experienced a loss of income related to COVID-19 or the shelter-in-place order, and be experiencing financial hardship and difficulty paying your water, power and sewer bills.
- Income loss may be caused by layoffs, reduced hours, or inability to work due to legal restrictions or illness.
- Income includes wages, salary, tips, and income from self-employment
- Have a maximum gross household income before taxes and deductions of:
- 1 Person Household: Annual = $165,800; Monthly = $13,817
- 2 Person Household: Annual = $189,400; Monthly = $15,783
- 3 Person Household: Annual = $213,100; Monthly = $17,758
- 4 Person Household: Annual = $236,800; Monthly = $19,733
For each additional person, add an annual income of $19,000 and monthly household income of $1,583
More info on website, flier, online application or paper application. The application is a simple form that doesn’t require submission of documents, but SFPUC may request documents to verify income in the future. The application is in the process of being translated into Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog.
FREE TENDERLOIN COVID TESTING SITE
WED MAY 20, 12-4P | THU-SUN MAY 21-24, 10A-4P
THU-MON MAY 28-JUNE 1, 10A-4P
Provided by SF Department of Public Health, Human Rights Commission, GLIDE & Code Tenderloin with support from Supervisor Matt Haney and Tenderloin community partners.
LOCATED AT: TENDERLOIN RECREATION CENTER, 570 ELLIS ST
$10 SAFEWAY GIFT CARD FOR FIRST 1,000 PEOPLE TESTED!
TESTING IS QUICK AND EASY AVAILABLE TO ADULTS 18+
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT IN ADVANCE:
and click "Book at Tenderloin Pop-Up" (English only)
Over the phone: call 415-701-2311 (multilingual)
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: St. Anthony's, Boys & Girls Club SF, CCDC, Coalition on Homelessness, TNDC, Hospitality House, The Healing Well, La Voz Latina, CHP, THC, TLCBD, Tenderloin People's Congress, VYDC, Faithful Fools
Building Community and Safety for Domestic Violence Survivors During COVID-19
Join us for a digital townhall on Building Community and Safety for Domestic Violence Survivors During COVID-19, co-hosted by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and New America California, and also sponsored by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
Staying at home is helping stop the spread of COVID-19, but what happens when home itself is not safe? As millions across the nation have been sheltering in place, domestic violence has been on rise. You’re invited to a conversation where local experts will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted domestic violence survivors and what you can do to help.
When: May 19, 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: Zoom, sign up here.
This digital town hall is part of a series of town halls on gender inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted by the Department on the Status of Women and partners such as New America California and the Human Rights Commission. Go here to learn more.
Dispatch from the Frontlines: COVID-19 and Native American Communities
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 7 pm ET/4 pm PT