First, if at all possible you should apply for unemployement through EDD UI online portal. Even if you aren't normally eligible, like independent contractors, you may be eligible now. Do it for you but also for our community -- we need those dollars flowing into our county!
Then, make sure you have applied for other programs you may be eligible for such as SNAP (AKA Food Stamps) and WIC.
Then, reduce costs. See if you can suspend rent/mortgage payments by talking to your landlord or bank. Call PG&E to see what cost savings programs are available. Call your internet service provider to ask the same thing. Request a student loan referral. Call your bank about setting up a delayed payment plan for credit cards.
Make sure to mention how you are financially burdened by the coronavirus and resulting shutdown (i.e. people you care for, loss of income, inaccessibility of basic needs)
Lastly, if you have time and find financial security, consider continuing work by volunteering in the community. Lots of things can be done from home, other stuff might require dropping off meals or packing lunches. Our county runs on volunteers. Let's all step up.
If you are still looking for additional income/work, there are a number of places hiring to meet the demands of COVID-19 and there's always the online work available normally.
Employment Development Department (EDD)
Sick or Quarantined
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. For guidance on the disease, visit the California Department of Public Health website.
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Gig Workers, Concessionaires, and Independent Contractors -- Should be available April 28th! EDD Link.
Mother Lode Job Training -- While they are shut to the public, they are available by phone and may be able to help. Their website is also being updated with resources.
The available benefits are insurance programs. To be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months. It is possible these contributions were made at a prior job, or if you were misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.
Amazon is trying to hire 100,000 people, Walmart is hiring 150,000 people, and grocery stores and delivery services like Instacart, Postmates, and DoorDash are also hiring. This LinkedIn list has a bunch of other employers looking to hire people.
Census takers - The US government is hiring for the 2020 census. Pitch in for a good cause and get paid while doing it.
Looking for some supplemental income to do online? Here are some options below:
- Provide online tutoring at Tutor.com or Chegg which can have good pay ($20/hr) but requires time and effort in building reputation
- If you don’t mind the night and early morning hours, teach English with VIPKid.com
- Survey sites are a dime a dozen and you’ll only make a few dollars per hour but there many to choose from: Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, and more
- Skilled at writing, translation or something else? Head onto Fiverr - you’ll compete with others for jobs but valuable skills will be rewarded
- Know another language? Start transcribing at around $5 per hour with Rev.com.
- Review calls for quality assurance with Humanatic - low pay and not the most enjoyable job but can certainly make the ends meet!
With more people at home and practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, some jobs are in higher demand. To get up to speed, education sites like Khan Academy, Coursera, Udemy, and more can help you learn what you need before diving into this rapidly changing work environment. Here are some jobs on the trajectory up due to COVID-19:
- Customer support specialists - With in-person retail shopping grounding to a halt, consumers will be heading online to get their shopping done
- Delivery services - Whether food, groceries, or other packages, there’ll be more demand than ever before. If you like driving and have a car or other delivery vehicle, check out who’s hiring near you.
- Cleaners - Keeping offices and homes clean is always important but with COVID-19, people and businesses are more diligent and cleaning more often
For grocery deliveries, yard work, and cleaning houses, you can post to the TuCo Stronger Together Group with a request for work. Please only do so if you are in financial hardship and not for normal job promotion -- there is a general "no self-promotion" policy.
OnwardCA is a job and training portal specifically designed for those out of work due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
For Restaurant Workers
Check out the Restaurant Worker Community Fund here. There are many small grants and loans available.