• April 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide 150 150 Office of Immigrant Affairs

COVID-19 Resources and Information For L.A. County Immigrants & Their Families

Updated July 22, 2020

Please find below a list of information and resources to help you and your family to keep your family safe and healthy during this public health crisis.

If you have any questions, please contact the Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) at (800) 593-8222. Please check the L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs website, oia.lacounty.gov, for new updates and information. You may also follow the OIA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LAC4Immigrants.




On April 15, 2020, Governor Newsom announced one-time disaster relief assistance for undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 and who are ineligible for most other forms of pandemic assistance, including direct assistance under the CARES Act and unemployment insurance.

Eligible Californians may receive one-time COVID-19 disaster relief assistance at a value of $500. A limit of two adults per household can receive this assistance (maximum assistance of $1,000 per household).

Assistance will be available until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020, at the latest. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Eligibility: Eligible individuals must be able to provide information that they (1) are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); (2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, (3) have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19.

To Apply: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has selected the following three L.A. County immigrant-serving, community-based nonprofit organizations to conduct outreach, assist in applications, and delivery relief funds to qualifying individuals:

Each organization will release guidelines for how to apply for this disaster relief assistance on Monday, May 18. Please check out their respective websites for more details.

Nonprofit organizations will not be assisting individuals prior to May 18. Individuals should not contact them ahead of time regarding disaster relief assistance. Application assistance will not be provided in person.

Will this affect my immigration process?

This disaster relief assistance is one-time assistance. The federal government does not list this assistance as a public benefit for a public charge consideration. However, USCIS has not issued specific guidance related to this assistance.

If there are questions about immigration status and this disaster relief assistance, please consult an immigration attorney. The Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs provides a list of resources, including free or low-cost immigrant legal services, on its website.

For more information about the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), please visit the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) DRAI webpage.


Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a disaster emergency benefit available to qualifying low-income families. Low-income families will soon receive up to $365 per child to buy food during the next two months to make up for the loss of free and reduced-priced lunches previously provided by the schools.

Eligibility: Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

To Apply: Families with children currently enrolled in the state’s food stamps program, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal or foster care programs do not need to apply for the extra money. They will receive a new pandemic electronic benefit transfer card in the mail in May.

Other eligible families will have to apply online starting in late May. They will have until June 30, 2020.

Will this affect my immigration process?

P-EBT is a disaster emergency benefit based on free and reduced fee school meals eligibility, similar to other benefits that the Department Homeland Security (DHS) has said would not be considered for public charge purposes.  Also, benefits received by U.S. citizen children are not counted against their parents or other immigrant household members who may be subject to a public charge determination.

For more information about the Pandemic EBT, please visit the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Pandemic EBT card webpage.


L.A. County has launched a first-in-the-nation meal delivery service in L.A. County. Great Plates Delivered helps older adults and adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, while at the same time, helping our restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work.

Eligibility: Great Plates Delivered focuses on individuals in L.A. County who are 65 or older; OR are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or are at high risk as defined by the CDC. For the complete list of eligibility criteria and information on how to apply, please visit the Great Plates Delivered webpage.


The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program provides rental assistance funds to low- and moderate-income eligible households economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides up to $1,000 towards monthly rent for up to three (3) months.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, you must be a renter residing in the unincorporated communities in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 5th Supervisorial Districts of LA County.

Please use this list to determine if your neighborhood is in the unincorporated area, and what Supervisorial District you reside in: https://ceo.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Unincorp-Alpha-Web.pdf

To Apply: Please call 211 or visit the 211 page for this program.