California COVID-19 relief package information

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Last week, the California Legislature approved an immediate relief and stimulus package for families and businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 recession. Here is how it may affect certain JNCS families, clients, and staff.

(Source: the website of Senator Bob Wiechowski):

The package offers $7.6 billion in assistance in the form of fee relief, stimulus payments, financial assistance, child care subsidies, and student aid for families and businesses who have faced devastating economic hardship because of COVID-19. Families and businesses that have previously qualified for state programs and federal relief such as CalEITC, CalWORKs, CalFresh, state small business grants, and federal PPP business loans, should read further to see how this stimulus and relief package could help.

Direct Relief to Individuals and Families

If you qualified for California EITC in 2020, have an Individual Tax Identification Number and were precluded from the federal stimulus, make less than $30,000 as an individual or $75,000 as a household you may be eligible for a one time, $600 stimulus payment.

In addition, if you are enrolled in CalWORKs or receive SSI/SSP and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) you may be eligible for a one-time $600 grant.

More Resources for Critical Child Care

The package adds over $400 million in new federal funds that will provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized child care and preschool providers.

The new federal resources will extend care for children of essential workers through June of 2022, and increase access to subsidized childcare for 8,000 additional children of essential workers and at-risk children during this time period.

Additional Aid for Individuals and Families

The package provides an additional $24 million for Housing for the Harvest – a program providing support for agricultural workers who have had to quarantine due to COVID-19.

The package also provides a combined $35 million for food banks and diapers.

Emergency Financial Relief to Support Community College Students

The package provides an additional $100 million in emergency financial aid for qualifying community college students who are enrolled in six or more units.

CalFresh Student Outreach and Application Assistance

The package provides roughly $16 million to support outreach and application assistance to income eligible higher education students for CalFresh food assistance.

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