We have compiled a guide of local resources available to our community to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and the countywide "Shelter in Place" mandate. We are updating this guide frequently, but know that there may be lapses in the information. Please call ahead to all resources before going anywhere in person. For general updates, text 'Covid19' or 'Coronavirus' to 211-211 for information in English and Spanish. You can also text 'MCCOVID19' to 888-777 to get updates from the Monterey County Health Department.
Monterey County launched two community testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield on Wednesday, May 6th. The Salinas community testing site is located at Alisal High School, 777 Williams Road. The Greenfield community testing site is located at the Greenfield Branch of our Monterey County Free Libraries, 315 El Camino Real. The general public is now invited to register for an appointment. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested. Testing will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Visit the County website for more details.
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a massive shift in the number of employees who are working remotely. Malicious actors have aggressively deployed social engineering tactics to leverage the COVID-19 pandemic for financial gain. In wake of the news of the economic stimulus package, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued an alert warning of coronavirus-related phishing attacks, particularly surrounding economic stimulus checks. Be alert and look out for any suspicious activity. Visit KnowBe4 for tips and security updates.
Economic Impact Payment
Payment for Non-filers
If you have not filed income taxes for 2018 or 2019, yet still qualify for payment Click here.
IRS: Check Payment Status
If you need to check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment, click here.
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
CFPB put together a guide for all things Economic Impact Payment. Click here.
Free Tax Preparation
Due to the shelter in place order, our Free Tax Prep Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are closed until further notice. Meanwhile, UWMC will be offering free virtual tax preparation services through July 15th. You can also file for free online through myfreetaxes.org
Personal Financial Management
This presentation provides guidance on how to prioritize expenses, manage credit and creditors, what actions to avoid, how to dig yourself out of a financial hole and protect yourself from future emergency situations. Click here.
Employment Development Department
Provide financial assistance to workers who have lost employment, experienced illness, or are caring for a sick family member. Click here.
CalWORKs Employment Services:
Monterey County Department of Social Services (MCDSS)
Employment assistance. Click here.
Monterey County Department of Social Services, Community Benefits
Medical-enrollment for children, services offered: doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital care, vision, immunization, dental care, and mental health. Click here.
Monterey County Workforce Development Board
Rapid Response (Layoff Assistance or Aversion), Incentivized Training Programs, Training Grants, Small Business Resources & Referrals, Job Boards, Job Postings, Job Seeker Services through America’s Job Center partners. Click here.
During COVID-19, Dorothy's Kitchen remains open and serves meals twice a day. 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch. Click here.
Food Bank Monterey County
Food Pantries. Click here.
Gathering for Women
Food, Showers, Emergency Clothing/Supplies provided for homeless women on the peninsula. Click here.
Alliance on Aging
Food resources and services for seniors. Click here.
Services offered for children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Click here.
Monterey County Office of Education:
Nutrition for Families
Nutrition/Meals during school closures. Each school district has an individual plan. Click here.
Suspension of Evictions
Through an executive order, Governor Newsom announced a two-month delay on residential evictions for those who can’t pay their rent as a result of the virus. Renters will eventually have to make up all the rent they owe. Click here.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. Click here.
California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
Free legal services to low-income Monterey County residents for issues related to housing, employment, public benefits, education, and health. CRLA will remain open during shelter-in-place for all telephone legal support, including initial consultations. Click here.
California Undocumented Worker Relief
The fund helps Monterey Bay area undocumented immigrant workers impacted by COVID-19 with a one-time emergency assistance in this time of crisis. Click here.
Guide for Immigrant Californians
This guide compiled by the state aims to help you stay safe and informed regardless of immigration status. Click here.
Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers
United Ways of California provides a list of relief funds available to undocumented workers. Click here.
Cal Coastal 504 Loan Program
Servicing the financial needs of small businesses and farmers by providing direct loans and loan guarantees to businesses located on the Central Coast. Click here.
SBA Funding Disaster Assistance
SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. Click here.
KION - Open4Biz Map
Let the Monterey community know you are open for business. Click here.
Any student and their families, no matter their district of residence, can drive to a list of locations to park, connect, and learn. For a list of locations and the schedule, click here.
Harmony at Home
Providing Counseling, Bullying Prevention, Teen Success, Inc., and Children 1st classes remotely by phone and virtual platforms. Click here.
Monterey Free Public Libraries
The Monterey County Free Libraries has a vast array of free online resources, which give cardholders 24/7 access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, homework help, and more. Click here.
First 5 Monterey County
Great activities to do with children during this time. Click here.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Click here.
PBS Learning Media
PBS and your local station have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for teachers like you. Click here.
Monterey County Behavioral Health has created a series of workshops for anyone in our community to come together to navigate these difficult and stressful times. Click here.
California Surgeon General’s Playbook
The Surgeon General's guide contains things you can do every day, at home, to help support your mental and physical health, utilizing six key strategies. Click here
Mental Health America
MHA has compiled a range of resources and information. Click here.
Interim Inc. Warm Line OMNI
Call 831-800-7660 or Text 831-998-7916, Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, to connect with a peer counselor for emotional support and help with resources. View Flyer or email email@example.com for more info
Gas and Electric
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) is a discount rate program offered by PG&E. Click here.
Monterey Bay Community Power deferment in response to COVID-19. Click here.
Heating and Cooling
Financial assistance to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling (HEAP). Click here.
Central Coast Energy Services energy bill assistance programs for low-income Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo County residents. Click here.
California American Water is discontinuing service shut-offs at this time. Click here.
Keep America Connected - List of all providers that are opening free hotspots to Americans across the country. Click here.
Internet Essentials from Comcast brings offers affordable, high-speed Internet to make it easier for low-income households to get connected so they can more easily work from home, access educational resources, and stay in contact with friends and family. Click here.