Coronavirus: Resources are Available for You and Your Family

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Our office is working to provide Mid-City and South San Diego County residents with the latest information on the impact the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is having on our community. 

As the situation evolves, both statewide and particularly in the 80th Assembly District, the state is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the San Diego County Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Here is what you need to know: 


On Thursday, March 19, the governor issued a state order for all Californians to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. 

How long will we stay home?

This order goes into effect on Thursday, March 19 and remains in place until further notice.

What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

The governor said Californians are also still allowed to go outside for a walk or exercise, as long as social distancing is practiced. 

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers


On Sunday, March 15 the governor ordered all California bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries have been ordered to close. Restaurants have been asked to reduced occupancy by half and focus on take-out to maximize social distancing.

Closed Workplace - If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, 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. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

Workers can file online using UI Online during the following times:


 5 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.


 4 a.m. -10 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday

 2 a.m. - 10 p.m.


 2 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Workers seeking to file by phone should contact the following numbers, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to Noon.













Small Business Assistance - Up $2 million in assistance is available for small businesses, small agricultural and aquaponic co-ops and nonprofits that have sustained substantial economic injury either as a direct result of coronavirus illness or coronavirus-driven economic idleness. The loan interest rate is 3.75%.

South County Economic Development Council (South County EDC) will provide a one-time $5,000 loan with no monthly payments and zero percent interest collected to eligible restaurants in South County as economic relief in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The total repayment amount will not be due until April 1, 2021. It is anticipated that a total of 50 loans will be provided.

Utilities - San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) will not shut off services due to inability to pay during this month. Sweetwater Authority has suspended water shut offs for failure to pay until further notice. The City of San Diego has suspended all water shut offs as a result of nonpayments.

Internet - 

  • Comcast Xfinity Internet is providing new customers who are low-income 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service.  Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free.

  • Charter Communications is providing new customers who have K-12 and/or college students 60 days of free Spectrum Broadband. Spectrum WiFi hotspots will be available for public use.

Food Services - For an expansive list of community meal services, scroll down to the bottom of this resources page.

  • San Diego Food and Diaper Bank is continuing normal operation hours and is taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and products remain safe. There will be no immigration consequences for using these resources. 

  • Feeding San Diego is working diligently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide food resources to those impacted.

  • San Diego farms are providing food during the COVID-19 pandemic while farmer's markets are closed.

  • Mama’s Kitchen: The Home Delivered Meal Program is designed for individuals that have been diagnosed with a critical illness and are unable to independently prepare their own meals. (Currently looking for volunteers!)

Safety Net Programs- The Governor issued an order on Wednesday, March 18 to allow current recipients of safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption, by waiving eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:

  • Medi-Cal health coverage

  • CalFresh food assistance

  • CalWORKS

  • Cash Assistance for Immigrants; and

  • In-Home Supportive Services 


If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your regular medical provider. If you don’t have a regular medical provider, call 2-1-1. If you are having a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Disability Insurance (DI) - 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. The governor has issued an Executive Order to waive the one-week 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.

Tax Filing - The governor’s Executive Order also delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.


During these times of high stress, it’s critically important to be thoughtful of your mental health. Be aware of these resources available to help you manage the stress and anxiety you might be feeling:

  • San Diego County Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Line provides free and confidential immediate support and resources from an experienced counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-888-724-7240
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will help you connect to available local resources and treatment centers. Call 1-800-662-4357
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Call the 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
  • Parental Stress Helpline provides crisis management, support services, and will help you identify local resources. Call 1-800-632-8188
  • Disaster Distress Line supports people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-causes disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support and prevention and crisis resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255
  • Veterans Crisis Hotline connects veterans and their family and friends with qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential hotline. Text 838255 or call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1


For people who are experiencing domestic violence, California’s “stay at home” order to curb the spread of COVID-19 has isolated them in their homes with their abusers. If you or someone you know may need an alternate safety plan, reach out to the following San Diego organizations for support:

  • YWCA San Diego Becky’s House transitional housing provides longer-term housing and supportive services for individuals and families. Contact their  24-hour hotline: (619) 234-3164, or offices: (619) 239-0355.
  • Casa Segura (Safe House) provides a short-term, confidential shelter and transitional housing to victims of domestic violence and their children who are homeless. Contact their hotline: 1-(800) 640-2933, or offices: (619) 420-3620.
  • Center for Community Solutions provides emergency and long-term shelter services for domestic violence survivors and their children. Contact their 24-hour hotline: 1-888-385-4657, Project Safe House: 619-631-6442, Hidden Valley House: 760-480-0055
  • Community Resource Center will answer your questions on available resources, locate emergency shelter and transitional housing and provide legal advocacy and case management. Contact their hotline: 1-877-633-1112, or office: (760) 753-8300
  • Women’s Resource Center will be available by phone to answer questions, provide crisis services, and provide resources like food, toiletries and diapers to clients as they are needed. Contact their hotline: (760) 757-3500

For information on resources statewide, please visit California Partnership to End Domestic Violence for assistance with finding programs.


DMV Offices - California law enforcement has been asked to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. This is so that at-risk populations, including seniors and those with underlying health conditions, can avoid required visits to DMV field offices. Effective immediately, customers whose transactions require an in-office visit will be served on an appointment-only basis. Due to customer demand, there are currently no appointments available. DMV will continue to provide updates on the status of available appointments. Please continue to check the DMV website for the most current information.


Public Charge - There has been some misinformation about what the new federal public charge policy may mean for immigrants and their families when they need to access public resources. Here is a list benefits not subject to a public charge analysis:

  • Testing, treatment and prevention of COVID-19

  • Accessing emergency medical care and/or signing up for emergency Medi-Cal

  • Food Banks/pantries and homeless shelters

  • Energy assistance 

  • Unemployment Insurance (vetted by EDD & Immigration Attorney)

  • School-based services, school breakfast and lunch

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • Advance premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act

  • Non-cash TANF benefits 

  • Services or benefits in connection with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Subsidies for foster care and adoption

  • Pell grants and student Loans

  • Entirely state, local or tribal programs (other than cash assistance)

  • Benefits received by the applicant’s family members

  • Transportation vouchers or non-cash transportation services


Californians ages 65 and older are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, which is why the state is recommending older adults at elevated risk remain at home until further guidance is issued. If you fall into this group and do not have someone who can pick up groceries on your behalf, please reach out to the following San Diego organizations for assistance:

  • San Diego Food Bank’s Senior Food Program is a federal program that provides monthly supplemental food packages to income-eligible senior citizens aged 60 and over. The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food at 45 distribution sites every month in communities throughout San Diego County. Check out the Food Bank’s website to learn more.
  • Meals on Wheels is continuing deliveries with COVID-19 precautions in place. METRO SAN DIEGO SERVICE CENTER: (619) 295-9501; SOUTH COUNTY SERVICE CENTER: (619) 420-2782
  • Jewish Family Services is distributing pre-bagged food via drive-thru on their main campus located at 8804 Balboa Avenue. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. They are also delivering meals for homebound seniors who are self-isolating. For more information, contact: (858) 637-3210
  • National City Nutrition Center is continuing its Home Delivered Meals Program. The center’s lunch program has changed to pick-up ONLY.

Special Shopping Hours - If you must leave the house to pick up essential needs, grocery stores in Assembly District 80 are making sure our senior citizens and at-risk shoppers have specified shopping hours to purchase their necessities. We ask the general public to please respect these reserved times:

  • Albertsons and Vons: Daily, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    • Chula Vista: Albertsons at 720 3rd Ave

    • San Diego: Vons at 665 Saturn Blvd

    • San Diego: Vons at 620 Dennery Rd 

  • Target: Wednesdays, 8-9 a.m.

    • National City: 3060 Plaza Bonita Rd

    • Chula Vista: 1240 Broadway

  • Northgate Market: Daily, 7-8 a.m.

    • San Diego: 1950 Main St; 5403 University Ave

    • Chula Vista: 2909 Coronado Ave; 1058 3rd Ave

    • National City: 1410 S 43rd St 

  • Smart and Final: Daily, 7:30-8 a.m.; I.D. check

    • Chula Vista: 40 N 4th Ave Unit D; 3141 Main St, Chula Vista

    • San Ysidro: 350 W San Ysidro Blvd

  • Whole Foods Market: Daily, 1 hour before normal business hours 

    • San Diego: 711 University Ave; 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr; 2600 Via De La Valle Ste 100

  • Barons Market: Daily, 9-10 a.m.

    • San Diego: 3231 University Ave; 4001 W Point Loma Blvd

  • Food4Less: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7-7:30 a.m.

    • Chula Vista: 660 Palomar St.

    • National City: 1320 E 30th St.

    • San Diego: 312 Euclid Ave., 7730 Hazard Center Dr.,  5975 University Ave.

  • Ralphs: Daily, 7-7:30 a.m. 

    • Chula Vista: 659 E Palomar St., 780 Otay Lakes Rd.

    • San Diego: 3011 Alta View Dr., 101 G St.

Caregiving -  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.


Closures - All six San Diego school districts in Assembly District 80 have announced they will be closed for three weeks (which includes Spring Break) starting Monday, March 16:

  • San Diego Unified School District

  • San Ysidro School District

  • Sweetwater Union High School District

  • South Bay Union School District

  • Chula Vista Elementary School District

  • National School District

Meals - Packaged and prepared meals will be distributed at drive-thru/walk-up stations at designated schools throughout the San Diego County. Find the latest information on known food service sites open during school closure on the San Diego County Office of Education website. Feeding San Diego will also be onsite to distribute fresh produce for students. 

Our office will continue to work with school districts to create additional meal support for students during the closures.

Continuity of Learning - SDUSD has put together an instruction resource page for families to use during the closure for at-home learning. The district has also partnered with KPBS to broadcast learning components that align with grade level standards. The broadcasts run from 6am to 6pm daily, with broadcasting broken up in grade level blocks. They can also be access via a mobile device or the internet. PBS has also curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans and more.​​​​​​


If you missed your school meal service day, or just need a little extra help to feed your family during this crisis, here are other food services you can seek out:

San Diego County-wide

  • San Diego Food and Diaper Bank – 200 food distribution sites throughout San Diego County are continuing to operate for families and seniors to receive food assistance during this crisis. If you are in need of food assistance, contact the Food Bank’s toll-free number: 1-866-350-FOOD (3663)
  • Feeding San Diego is working diligently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide food resources to those affected. Check out their website for a list of regularly updated distribution sites.
  • San Diego farms are providing food during the COVID-19 pandemic while farmer's markets are closed. Visit the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute’s website for a list of farms offering door-to-door delivery, online produce orders, farm stands and other services.

City Heights

  • First Tee and Feeding San Diego – 4085 52nd St.; Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For children 18 years and younger. Contact: 619-582-7884.
  • City Heights Community Development Corporation – 4372 Home Ave.; Second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Emergency food assistance done via appointment Contact: 619-677-0215
  • Church of Nazarene – 4101 University Ave.; Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Thursday and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Contact: 619-516-1000
  • City Heights Assembly of God – 3737 Wightman Ave.; Second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Emergency food assistance done via appointment. Contact: 619-281-4583
  • La Maestra – 4060 Fairmount Ave.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact: 619-280-4213
  • Mid-City Christian Fellowship – 4100 Fairmount Ave.; Second, third, and fourth Sunday from 12-1:30 p.m. Contact: 619-944-1911
  • St Marks Episcopal Church – 4227 Fairmount Ave.; Wednesday through Thursday from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Contact: 619-283-6242
  • Bridge of Hope – 3406  Fairmount Ave.; Fridays at 11:30 a.m., and second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. Contact: 858-380-7993
  • Wesley Community Services – 5380 El Cajon Blvd.; Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact: 619-972-8267

Greater Logan Heights

  • 31st St SDA Church414 S 31st St.; Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Contact: 619-231-3652
  • Masjidul Taqwa – 2575 Imperial Ave.; Third Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact: 619-239-6738
  • City of Refuge – 2452 Market St.; Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact: 619-236-1775
  • La Entrada Apartments – 1755 Logan Ave.; Wednesdays from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Contact: 619-338-0700

National City

  • Casa de Salud Youth Center – 1408 Harding Ave.; Monday through Friday from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. For children ages 18 and under.
  • Southport Christian Center – 142 E 16th St.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: 619-474-2834
  • First Christian Church of National City – 1800 E 17th St.; Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Contact: 619-474-2254
  • CARE Community Center – 12 North Euclid; Third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact: 619-915-7256
  • National City Senior Center – 1221 D Ave.; Fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: 619-336-6760
  • Friendships for Hope – 2727 E 7th St.; Tuesdays at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: 619-395-5088

Chula Vista

  • South Bay United Pentecostal – 395  D St.; First Friday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: 619-585-0600
  • MHA Visions Clubhouse – 226 Church Ave.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Contact: 619-420-8603
  • Southbay Community Services – 707  F St.; Second Wednesday of the month 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 619-420-3620
  • Templo Evangelico Maranatha – 494 E St.; Wednesdays, numbers go out at 7 a.m., bags can be picked up at 11 a.m. Emergency food bags only on Fridays at 7 p.m. Contact: 619-213-9370
  • St Rose of Lima – 278 Alvarado St.; Produce Distribution: Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; Homeless Sack Lunch Distribution: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; Chula Vista Residents: Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact: 619-427-7637
  • Salvation Army Chula Vista – 648 3rd Ave.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Contact: 619-422-7027
  • Shadow Mountain Community Church – 960 5th Ave.; Third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: 619-915-7256
  • Most Precious Blood Church – 1245 4th Ave.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact: 619-420-7096
  • Life Christian Center – 7015 Alamitos Ave; Saturdays from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Contact: 619-585-3638
  • San Diego Fil-Am – 3602 Bonita Rd.; First Thursday of every month from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and third Thursday at 2 p.m. Contact: 619-425-9814

South San Diego

  • Ocean View Church – 2460 Palm Ave.; First and Third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. Contact: 619-424-7870

San Ysidro

  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church – 2020 Alaquinas Dr.; Sundays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: 619-948-7395


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To speak to someone over the phone during regular business hours, our District Office is ready to help you find the state resources you need: (619) 338-8090