Resources to help you during this crisis

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In an effort to assist renters with limited means affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to create LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).

LA County Rent Relief Flyer

The Program launches on Monday, August 17, 2020, and will remain open for a two-week period, closing on Monday,  August 31, 2020. Applications can be submitted during this time through 211LA at or by dialing 2-1-1.

If you have questions about the Program, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.


First AME Church “Feed My Sheep” Food Bank – Fridays 9 – 11 am, 1700 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.  Please remember to wear masks and practice social distancing.

FAME Food Bank flyer

From Foothill Unity Center – During this health crisis, we give fresh produce & fruits, dairy products and other staples to anyone who needs it.  We even have diapers for infants and food for pets.  See below for the drive-thru distribution locations and times.  Have persons call if they need food delivered.

Foothill Unity Food Distribution

City of Pasadena Food Banks & Meal Programs

Pandemic Food Assistance (P-EBT)

This program was created to support families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school to get extra food benefits.  Created due to COVID19 for families to buy food when schools are closed.
Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.
Main website and an important note:
Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22, 2020 at
Tooklit with a FAQ is here:

TESTING – Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing

Testing is now open to all LA County residents, with priority given to those with symptoms, essential workers, people over 65 or have chronic underlying health conditions or people in institutional congregate living settings.  Pre-registration is REQUIRED.  To sign up and find locations, visit


Anyone uninsured and eligible to enroll in health coverage through Covered California can sign up for health plans through June 30.  In addition, the state has taken new steps to help make sign up easy so you can get immediate coverage.  Medi-Cal enrollment is year round.

All medically-necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 are free of charge.  All health plans available through Covered California and Medi-Cal offer telehealth options to minimize in-person medical visits at this time.

Those interested in enrolling in Covered California or Medi-Cal health plans can:

  • Visit
  • Get free and confidential assistance over the phone, in a variety of languages, from a certified enroller.
  • Have a certified enroller call them and help them for free.
  • Call Covered California at (800) 300-1506.

Also, our very own Richard Horton is offering to enroll anyone interested and in need of health insurance, through phone and email.  His phone number is 949-226-4828.


The California EDD will begin paying an additional $600, with the extra money coming from the federal CARES Act.

Unemployment Information – CA Employment Development Department (EDD)

File an Unemployment Claim (CA EDD)

Frequently Asked Questions: CA EDD has an FAQ page that answers questions about

  • disability and paid family leave
  • unemployment benefits for self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers
  • possible benefits for those affected because of child care needs
  • employer information

CARES Assistance for American Workers & Families

The federal government has announced that distribution of economic impact payments will be done automatically, with no action required for most people.  However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment.

IRS Economic impact payments: What you need to know


As of March 17, 2020, the city of Pasadena enacted a moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This prohibits landlords from evicting residential tenants for non-payment of rent due to financial impacts of COVID-19.  Please see details on the City’s website.


Pasadena has issued a “Safer at Home” order, closing “non-essential” businesses and services, and limits the number of people who can gather to less than 10.  Grocery stores, banks, convenience stores, pharmacies and health care providers will still be open.  Closed are bars, gyms, city offices, schools, public libraries, and city recreation centers.  Restaurants are limited to takeout, delivery or drive-thru service.  Outdoor activities are allowed as long as you practice social distancing and remain at least six feet apart.  Details available in this helpful article from Pasadena Now.

City of Pasadena “Safer At Home: What You Need to Know”

City of Pasadena Face Covering Order


Pasadena Small Business Development Center (SBDC) webinar covering overview of the CARES Act and SBA Relief Funds for small businesses. video and presentation

Disaster Assistance Loans now available to LA County small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19


Covid19 Poster CA Public Health

Covid19 Poster CA Public Health

COVID Prevention Guidelines from CDC


There are currently a lot of scams out there – attempts to sell you a bogus treatment or a false test, or attempts to obtain your credit or personal information.  Do not give anyone your personal information, and avoid any suspicious COVID-19 email or text links.

Covid19 FBI Scam Flyer

Anyone with information regarding a COVID-19 scam should call Pasadena Police at 626-744-4241.  If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Detailed warning on the City’s website


Additional detailed information was shared by the White House Director of Strategic Partnerships & African American Outreach.  This details page contains links to many federal government resources.