These are challenging times for us all. All Home is focused on the impact this pandemic will have on the 35k homeless and the 850k Bay Area residents living on extremely low incomes. We know this vulnerable population includes seniors, people on minimum wage or with disabilities, and many of our region’s children. And we know this outbreak has already begun to disproportionately impact these groups.

In light of challenges we are hearing from our community and partners, All Home has put together this repository to highlight key resources and answer critical questions for our partners and community stakeholders to serve the Bay Area’s most vulnerable. This includes nonprofit service providers and policy makers. Geographically this is focused on the Bay Area / CA.

In an effort to avoid information overload, our goal is to curate and highlight what we believe are the most helpful resources. We will continue to update it given new information and feedback from our network of partners in the Bay Area. Please reach us with input / inquiries at: [email protected].

Federal Response

CA State Response

4/2 Executive Order Protecting Homes, Small Businesses from Water Shutoffs 

  • Urban / community water systems cannot discontinue service due to non-payment at this time

General info & summary | Full text of the order (EO-42-20)

4/1 Executive Order Providing for Expedited Resources for COVID-19 Response 

  • Facilitates expenditures from CA’s $1.4b Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account for “PPE, medical equipment, and other expenditures necessary to support the hospital surge”

General info & summary | Full text of the order (EO-41-20)

3/30 Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses 

  • Extensions include a 90 day extension for tax filing for small businesses with <$1m in taxes (e.g., deadline is now 7/31 for Q1 returns)
  • Other extensions detailed in the links below

General info & summary | Full text of the order (EO-40-20)

3/30 Governor launches initiative to expand healthcare workforce, and issues executive order relaxing licensing requirements

  • Governor Newsom: “If you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at healthcorps.ca.gov
  • EO-39-20 includes temporary adjustments to health and safety standards for healthcare facilities including relaxing of professional licensing requirements

General info & summary | Full text of the order (EO-39-20)

3/27 Governor enhances the authority of California’s Judicial Branch to take emergency action in the face of the COVID-19 crisis

  • Allows the Judicial Branch to allow for remote depositions in every case, and allows them to make necessary modifications to legal practice and procedure in order to “maintain the safe and orderly operation” of the court

General info & summary | Full text of the order (EO-38-20)

3/27 A statewide moratorium on evictions for 60 days for non-payment of rent

  • The eviction moratorium doesn’t deal with forbearance on mortgages, although there are voluntary agreements from several big banks, which was announced earlier this week

General info & summary | Full text of the order (EO-37-20)

3/25 CA policymakers call on Governor Newsom for statewide moratorium on evictions

  • 38 State Senators and Assemblymembers sign on to a letter asking the Governor to issue an executive order implementing an immediate ban on all evictions statewide.

Read the full letter here

3/25 Governor Announces Major Financial Relief Package

  • 90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments
  • No Negative Credit Impacts Resulting from Relief
  • Moratorium on Initiating Foreclosure Sales or Evictions
  • Relief from Fees and Charges
  • Here is an in-depth explanation of the financial protection measures available to consumers from the CA Dept. of Business Oversight

More information here

3/24 Governor Signs Executive Order on State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities

  • No new commitments to state prisons or juvenile facilities will be accepted for the next 30 days
  • Order also directs videoconferencing of all scheduled parole suitability hearings starting next month

General info & Summary | Full text of the order (EO-N-36-20)

3/22 CA Secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Support State’s COVID-19 Emergency Response

  • The Major Disaster Declaration makes federal funding available to state, tribal and local governments for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, and makes funding available for crisis counseling for impacted individuals.

More information here

3/22 Clarification on “essential critical infrastructure

  • The State Public Health Officer issues a detailed list of essential critical infrastructure workers. Of interest to our partners, this includes:
    • “Workers who provide support to vulnerable populations to ensure their health and well-being, including family care providers”
    • “Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction)”
    • Editorial Note: we have heard from some partners that this does not preclude, e.g., construction projects from shutting down due to safety concerns, or slowing down due to delays and/or shortages of workers/supplies/equipment.

Link

3/21 Governor Signs Executive Order to Increase Health Care System Capacity

  • The order gives the state the ability to increase the health care capacity and allows local governments more flexibility to utilize the skills of retired employees and reinforces the importance of the delivery of food, medicine and emergency supplies.

General info & Summary | Full text of the order (EO-N-35-20)

3/21 Governor Newsom Takes Action to Strengthen California’s Health Care Delivery System to Respond to COVID-19

  • State leasing two hospitals to increase availability of beds for COVID-19 patients
  • California receives shipment of medical personal protective equipment and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile
  • California Expands Tele-Health Options

More information here

3/20 Governor Signs Executive Order Expanding Vote-by-Mail Options and Extending Deadlines for Presidential Primary Canvass

  • Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order to permit vote-by-mail procedures to be used in three upcoming special elections, protecting public health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The order also extends the deadlines for ballot counting, tabulation, and other responsibilities related to the official canvass of California’s Presidential Primary Election.

General info & Summary | Full text of the order (EO-N-34-20)

3/20 Deployment of National Guard and Launch of Volunteer Campaign

  • California National Guard deployed to provide short-term food security to isolated and vulnerable Californians by stabilizing the immediate need of food banks.
  • The Administration is partnering with the social networking service Nextdoor to launch the Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign, a service that shares ways to safely check on vulnerable neighbors (with a focus on older adults).
  • The State of California has also released information to promote resources and options for those facing food insecurity. A resource list will be posted to serve.ca.gov on ways Californians can support vulnerable members of our community that may have limited food resources, in ways that are in line with CDPH guidelines.

More information here

3/19 State-wide “stay at home” order

  • Governor Newsom issues an order for residents to stay home as much as possible and for non-essential businesses to close.

General info & summary | Full text of the order (EO-N-33-20)

3/18:

  • California is working across government to get homeless Californians – among the most vulnerable to spread of COVID-19 – safely into shelter & housing
  • Governor signed executive order granting local flexibility on spending and building shelters
  • State purchased 1,309 trailers and leased first two hotels to provide emergency isolation units for homeless individuals

Full text of the order (EO-N-32-20)

3/18:

  • To reduce the strain on students, families and educators during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order today to waive, pending federal approval, this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 schools.

Full text of the order here

3/17: 

  • The order waives eligibility redeterminations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:
    • Medi-Cal health coverage
    • CalFresh food assistance
    • CalWORKS
    • Cash Assistance for Immigrants
    • In-Home Supportive Services

Full text of the order here

3/16: 

  • The Executive Order authorizes local governments to halt evictions, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shut offs

Full text of the order here

3/16:

  • Updated California Health Guidance: Seniors and COVID-19 vulnerable residents directed to home isolate
  • Governor Newsom issues Executive Order redirecting California agencies to protect licensed facilities, staff & residents most vulnerable to COVID-19
  • Health care, residential and non-residential facilities licensed by the state, especially those serving senior citizens and other COVID-19 vulnerable populations, will face significant challenges 

Full text of the order here

3/13: 

  • Order mandates that school districts use dollars to fund distance learning and high quality educational opportunities, safely provide school meals, and arrange for the supervision of students during school hours
  • Order requires Department of Education and California Health & Human Services Agency to develop strategies to address equity challenges around internet connectivity, ensure students with disabilities receive specialized education, and safely provide meals
  • Order urges employers to take area school closures into account and provide flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis

Full text of the order here

3/12:

  • Directs Californians to follow public health directives including canceling large gatherings more than 250 people
  • Order removes waiting period for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Readies state to commandeer hotels & medical facilities to isolate & treat COVID-19 patients
  • Allows local and state legislative bodies to hold meetings via conference calls while still meeting state transparency requirements

Full text of the order here

Bay Area County Responses

Governor Newsom directed the first allocation of the $500 million in emergency funding recently authorized by the Legislature for COVID-19 related activities – $150 million for local emergency homelessness actions. To deploy this first funding allocation, the state will provide $100 million to local governments and CoCs to invest in COVID-19 prevention and containment efforts for those experiencing homelessness. Each entity’s allocation will be proportionate to the allocation it received for the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program. Detail for allocation amounts here. Additionally, all requests for redirection that were requested for the $650 million HHAP allocation will be applied for this funding as well.

This KQED article outlines what each county is doing for homeless residents

Note: counties below ordered by # of confirmed covid case counts as of 4/2

Resources for Service Providers

A. For service providers’ internal operations:

B. For service providers to share with clients

Resources for Affordable Housing Developers

  • NCSHA resources page (links to information, guidelines, and notices published by the state HFAs, the Administration, CDC, HUD and other federal / state agencies)
  • HUD Multifamily Housing FAQs (3/16)

All Home Policy Recommendations

Policy recommendations (local, state, federal) to assist the homeless and extremely low income population. Due to the rapid and changing nature of the situation, this section will continue to evolve and be updated as we take into account questions and needs raised by our stakeholders.

Housing Now! Letter to Speaker Pelosi and the CA Congressional Delegation (3/21)

All Home Recommendations regarding the State’s response to coronavirus (3/10)

Congressional Funding Request to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (3/19)

FAQs

  • Questions about the Federal Stimulus Package signed on 3/26?
    • The NYTimes provides a good overview, particularly of the direct payment and expanded unemployment benefit components of the bill, which includes gig workers / independent contractors
  • What is happening for gig workers and small businesses? 
    • Here is a compilation of COVID-19 relief programs for small businesses from the Bay Area Social/Small Business Enterprise Task Force.
    • The state has launched a new comprehensive website for consumers, including guidance on applying for disability and unemployment benefits
  • What does an eviction moratorium mean for me?
    • There are eviction moratoria being issued at all levels of government with differing provisions in what they cover, how long they last, and whether they apply only to non-payment of rent or other grounds for eviction.
      • Federal moratorium: Applies to tenants living in certain types of federally funded housing such as HUD-funded housing including public housing, Section 8 housing choice voucher program and project-based Section, multifamily housing program, but also some housing funded by USDA, Treasury and other sources. See summary from National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. This moratorium lasts for 120 days, starting from March 27, 2020, and it requires 30-days notice to a tenant after the expiration of the moratorium before a lessor may evict a tenant.
      • State moratorium: Gov. Newsom issued an executive order on 3/27/20, which will last until May 31, 2020, which prohibits evictions from all properties only on the basis of non-payment of rent if the tenant can show that the inability to pay is due to COVID-19. Other grounds for eviction may still be pursued under this order. See the full text of the order here.
      • Local moratoria: Prior to issuing his statewide moratorium on evictions, Governor Newsom had encouraged local governments to take action to prevent eviction in their cities and counties. Many have issued local emergency ordinances or orders prohibiting evictions, such as San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Many of the local protections apply more broadly and offer more protections than the federal or California moratoria. We encourage you to check your local jurisdiction first to see what protections are in effect. See this summary last updated 3/27/20.
    • Potentially helpful: an interactive map of emergency tenant protections across the US
  • What can companies/ people do to help?
  • What does Shelter-in-Place really mean? What is an essential vs. non-essential business?
    • Here is an SF Chronicle article outlining Shelter-In-Place.
    • Full text of the order is here (each county has their own with similar wording)
  • Questions about the virus’ epidemiology and public health impacts?