Food Resources, DMV Relief & Unemployment Assistance During COVID-19
Free Food Resources for LA County Residents and Ways to Help
As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, may of our neighbors are struggling financially to make ends meet. Sometimes this struggle includes feeding our families, for assistance you can visit https://www.getcalfresh.org/ to apply for food stamps or visit https://food-resources-lacounty.hub.arcgis.com/ to locate food pantry resources. If you'd like to volunteer with food distribution or donations, please visit the Los Angeles County COVID-19 resource page https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-2/how-you-can-help/
DMV Extends All Expiring Driver Licenses
Due to the ongoing disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has announced an extension for all expiring driver licenses.
If you are a driver under the age of 70 whose license is set to expire between March and May of 2020, your license will now be valid through May 31, 2020
Drivers 70 or older will receive an automatic 120-day extension in the mail
Commercial licenses set to expire between March and May of 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020. Visit https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv for full details.
Expanded COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits for Independent Contractors, Self-Employed and Business Owners
The new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. The provisions of the program once operational include:
Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 25 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.
Benefits can be retroactive to weeks starting on or after February 2, 2020, depending on your last day of work due to COVID-19 and regardless of when you submitted your claim application. Visit https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm for further details.