COVID-19 Community Relief Funds

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United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund

  • United Way is committed to standing with our communities and supporting those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in their time of need. Together, we will overcome this pandemic by making sure the most vulnerable among us are protected.
  • Your generosity will help families and people in need access critical information and services like food, shelter, and more through our United Way network. 95% of your donation will provide relief to those left vulnerable by the pandemic.
  • Call 1-866-211-9966 to receive a list of local agencies providing assistance. 

Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund

  • The Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide immediate grants to nonprofit organizations working on the frontlines. They are committed to a thoughtful, rapid, and transparent process to disperse the funds collected. The Fund will focus on four priority areas: food, homelessness, community health, and economic security.
  • You can make a secure donation online now. 100% of your gift will go to qualifying local nonprofit organizations. Grants will be made rapidly to meet our community’s most pressing needs. The Fund cannot make grants to individuals or for-profit entities.

Silicon Valley Strong Relief Fund

Silicon Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

  • Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund will work with trusted lead partner organizations in the 10-county Bay Area region. The fund will provide operating grants to the organizations listed below, which have deep roots in the community. These lead organizations, in turn, will support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Neighbors they expect to serve include some of the most vulnerable in our community, such as: Residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig workers, and communities of color.

Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation

Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System - Financial Assistance for Residents impacted by COVID-19

  • The Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System is providing temporary, financial assistance to help low-income residents who have lost income and are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-related impacts.
  • The program will provide vulnerable, low-income residents in Santa Clara County with immediate financial assistance to help pay rent or meet other basic needs. 
  • For information on who qualifies please click on the following link Covid19 FAQs
  • To apply:

MAF's Rapid Release Fund

  • With support from the College Futures Foundation, anonymous funders, and individual donors, MAF has already raised $3.6 million to put money directly into the hands of the people who need it most: low income and immigrant families who rely on informal, part-time, or gig work; small business owners, artists, and entrepreneurs devastated by the economic collapse; and college students ineligible for unemployment benefits. 
  • They are sharing more information on how to apply on their website and social media.
  • To donate:

Santa Clara County Public Health COVID-19 Updates

  • If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to the Coronavirus, you can file a Disability Insurance claim here: EDD Disability Insurance claim.
  • If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down operations due to Coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim here: EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.
  • If your business has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus, you can apply for a low-interest federal disaster loan.
  • If your driver license or vehicle registration is expiring soon, and you don't want to risk coronavirus exposure or transmission, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering announced a 60-day extension for renewals of driver licenses and vehicle registrations with expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. More information can be found here: DMV 60-day extension.
  • If you are low-income and need assistance to stay housed, the Homelessness Prevention System (HPS) program provides temporary ?nancial assistance (e.g. rent, deposit, or utilities payment) to low-income families or individuals who are struggling to maintain their housing. You can also visit 2-1-1 for homeowner, tenant, and landlord assistance.
  • If you are a San José State University student who is being affected by campus closure, and need assistance for housing and resources, please contact SJSU Cares.
  • If you are experiencing homelessness and your access to resources are being affected by Coronavirus, please check out shelter services with: City of San Jose's Homelessness Response Team, CityTeam, and Sacred Heart.
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