Local COVID19 Resources

211 Resource Guide

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.


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Additional Resources

Employment/Asset Building

  • Free Tax Preparation

    Due to the shelter in place order, we made the decision to close our Free Tax Prep Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites until further notice. Meanwhile, we suggest using the free file options 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.

Emergency Food

  • Dorothy's Place

    During COVID-19, Dorothy's Kitchen remains open and will remain open as long as we have the resources and volunteers to serve our guests. 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.

  • Grocery Stores

    Reserved shopping hours for senior residents. Click here.

  • WIC

    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.

Nonprofit Resources

  • FEMA Reimbursement

    Eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency at the direction or guidance of public health officials may be reimbursed under Category B of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. Must submit no later than close of business Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Click here.

  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

    A summary of areas of the CARES Act that could be beneficial to nonprofit businesses by Hutchinson & Bloodgood LLP. Click here.

  • Nonprofit Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

    A resource to help small to medium sized nonprofits think through basic disaster recovery and business continuity practices. Click here.

  • Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act

    This guide to the CARES Act summarizes provisions applicable to nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations, large and small. Click here.

  • Coronavirus Emergency Loans

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help prepare to file for a loan. Click here.

  • What’s in the CARES Act for Nonprofits

    Information for nonprofit organizations by the National Council of Nonprofits can be found here.

Housing Resources

  • Housing Resource Center

    HRC fosters community stability, stronger communities, and personal economic empowerment through education, advocacy, counseling and assistance. Click here.

  • Housing Authority of the County of Monterey(HACM)

    (HACM) is a public agency that provides rental assistance and develops and manages affordable housing throughout Monterey County, California. Click here.

  • Coalition of Homeless Services Providers

    The CHSP and its agency members serve low-income and homeless individuals and families of all races and ethnicities throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties. Click here.

  • The Salvation Army

    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.

Business Services

  • 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

    Let the Monterey community know you are open for business. Click here.

  • California State Covid-19 Assistance

    The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here.

  • iBank

    Small business funding Click here.


  • First 5 Monterey County

    Great activities to do with children during this time. 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.

  • 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.

Internet Access

  • Keep America Connected

    List of all providers that are opening free hotspots to Americans across the country. Click here.

  • Comcast Internet Essentials

    Internet Service: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them. Click here.

  • Spectrum Broadband

    Free Internet Service for 60 days. Click here.