Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Prevention
Updated at 10:30 a.m. on January 5, 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is serious respiratory disease that continues to impact communities worldwide, and has officially been named a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Below, we’ve included a number of resources that can slow the rate of transmission, and support our Members as they serve survivors and advance prevention in their communities. Most importantly, programs should monitor and follow the guidance of your individual public health departments and their local emergency management systems, as those rules will likely get more specific and evolve quickly.
Regularly Updated: COVID-19: New Federal, State and Court Policies
This is a living document on the new federal, state and court policies enacted related to the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic violence programs and survivors. It will continue to be updated as new policies are released.
The Latest Partnership Statement
➜ May 6: Emergency COVID-19 Victim Services Response Award Application Process: The latest update- Thank you for your interest in Emergency Funding for your agency’s COVID 19 related expenses. We have received requests for far more funding than we have available and have decided to close the application process. Thank you for your understanding.
➜ March 13: The Partnership’s Statement to Our Members: Responding to COVID-19 and Supporting Our Beloved Community
Questions? Please contact Michell Franklin, Capacity Building Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Calls, Webinars and Recordings
➜ Fridays from 11 a.m.-noon PST: Share and receive problem-solving tips from your colleagues
Members-only: To learn more contact us at email@example.com.
Starting this week, the Partnership is offering two new calls for Members working in DV organizations—and we welcome people in ALL positions to join, including shelter managers, preventionists, advocates, therapists, child counselors, directors, managers, etc.
Our regional and all-Member calls are non-facilitated, open forum opportunities to discuss what’s working for organizations, ask questions of one another, and share resources. Most importantly, this will be a space to join together in community, and know that you are not going through addressing COVID-19 alone. Others are grappling with the same concerns. Together, we’ll share creative, innovative ways to solve problems and provide services—and avigate this new reality we all face.
➜ Members-Only Regional Calls: To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Area: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon
North: Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m.
Central Coast: Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m.
Los Angeles: Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m.
South: Thursdays from 2-3 p.m.
Far North: Mondays from 11 a.m.-noon
Central Valley: Wednesdays from 11-noon
Resources for Survivors
➜ April 10: Resources to Address the Housing Needs of Survivors in the CARES Act
The CARES Act provides more than $12 billion in funding for HUD programs and eviction moratoriums on federally-backed mortgages, and $45 million in funding for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). Domestic violence organizations can apply for new funds and should be aware of additional resources in their communities and protections for low-income renters, including survivors. NNEDV Collaborative Approach to Housing for Survivors project developed this resource.
➜ April 14: FreeFrom – COVID-19 Response Guide
What you can do to support survivors and disrupt violence
➜ April 13: NNEDV – Tips for helping a friend experiencing domestic abuse during COVID-19
Leaving an abusive relationship can be a dangerous endeavor in the best of times, but during times of global crisis it becomes even more difficult. This is why it’s important not to pressure someone to leave when they don’t feel ready. Instead, let them know you are there for them, that you support them, and that you’ll be there to help them figure out the best strategies to get through this safely.
➜ April 13: NNEDV – Seeking Help Online: National Resources & Considerations for Safety and Privacy During a Public Health Crisis
During the COVID-19 crisis, shelter-at-home orders and social distancing recommendations canbe terrifying for survivors. Unfortunately, home isn’t safe for everyone. It’s important to know there aremany optionsfor accessing resources and support.
➜ April 1: Video – Deaf Domestic Violence Victims Resources in ASL
Deaf Domestic Violence Victims Resources in American Sign Language by Deanna Swope and All Hands On.
➜ March 25: Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19
Since the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic began in the United States, state and local courthouses have closed or postponed hearings to slow the spread of the virus. Uncertainty about whether a courthouse is open or if a hearing is still scheduled can be frustrating and frightening. We hope the resources below and our Frequently Asked Questions will help you navigate this rapidly changing time.
➜ Access Support from a Number of California-based Domestic Violence Organizations: Survivors and loved ones can visit our searchable map of Members to find local domestic violence programs—the majority of which provide direct services. Advocates are ready to provide 24/7 safety planning support via the hotlines on their websites. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also an excellent resource for making referrals: thehotline.org. The “Escape” or “Exit” button is included prominently on these sites.
➜ March 2020: Safety Planning – COVID-19 Guide: Sanctuary for Families in New York has provided eleven helpful steps for survivors, including using a buddy system code word, identifying a “safest room”, and more.
➜ March 13: Staying Safe During COVID-19 & Mantenerse segurx durante COVID-19: Read a blog post from trusted advocates at the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This covers a number of areas, including creating a safety plan, practicing self-care, and reaching out for help.
Information from the Capitol and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
➜ April 1: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - COVID-19 Preparedness
Executives and staff at CDCR and CCHCS are working closely with infectious disease control experts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our operations. To ensure we are ready to immediately respond to any COVID-19 related incident, CDCR and CCHCS activated the Department Operations Center (DOC) in order to be fully prepared to respond to any departmental impacts resulting from COVID-19.
➜ March 26: Take Action: #FreeLiyah and All Criminalized Survivors!
No jails or prisons are safe: currently incarcerated people are at a higher risk of COVID-19. As of March 17, one person at the Yuba County Jail has been hospitalized for flu-like symptoms and placed in solitary confinement. No one at Yuba County Jail has been tested.
➜ March 20: Supporting California’s Domestic Violence Service Providers During COVID-19, issued by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: Read our recommendations to state legislative leaders, the Governor’s office, and the Judicial Council.
➜ March 19: Letter from National sexual and domestic violence organizations to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate: The Partnership supports the items included in this letter, which include a request for critical support for victim services to operate, serve, shelter and house survivors with increased, flexible resources.
Resources to Support Domestic Violence Organizations
➜ National Alliance for Safe Housing COVID-19 Response Resources
As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues in the United States, many people are working from home, facing quarantines, and encountering disruptions to their daily activities. For individuals experiencing housing insecurity because of domestic or sexual violence, this public health situation can expose additional dangers. The resources on this page have been compiled to help.
➜ April 20: Webinar Recording: How can hotel and motel stays be effectively employed for survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic
Hear from Iowa programs who are using this strategy as part of their pandemic response. Special guests include: Ashley Odom, Family Resources, Kelley Schmitz and Jodie Schmidt, Friends of the Family, Zeb Beilke-McCallum, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
➜ Seeking Help Online: National Resources & Considerations for Safety and Privacy During a Public Health Crisis – A fact sheet created by our Safety Net team addressing tech safety and privacy considerations for survivors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
➜ April 9: Webinar Recording: Using Technology to Support Victims During a Public Health Crisis
Safety Net. A presentation on digital services & remote work, with guidance on how to harness technology during this pandemic. Presentation also featured as part of the GNWS COVID-19 Webinar Series.
➜ When Work is Safer Than Home: Supporting Workers Experiencing Domestic & Sexual Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic Spanish: www.workplacesrespond.org/covid19/apoyoparalostrabajadores
How colleagues, supervisors, friends and families can support survivors who are teleworking, laid off, or furloughed during the pandemic.
➜ Domestic Violence Awareness Project – Fundraising Strategies for Local DV Programs in Response to COVID-19
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence recognizes the urgent need to generate additional financial support for local domestic violence programs who are responding to the needs of survivors and their families in the face of COVID-19. To support these efforts, we have developed a #1Thing fundraising campaign that local programs can utilize and adapt to invite community support at this critical time.
➜ NNEDV – How to Prevent “Zoom-Bombing”: A Guide
Many domestic violence coalitions and national technical assistance organizations have been worried about hosting meetings with colleagues via Zoom after hearing about “Zoom-bombings.” This is when malicious actors join and hijack a meeting by posting explicit content or just generally troll the meeting. This resource is designed to help those organizations adjust their settings to help secure against such events.
➜ April 10: NNEDV – Confidentiality & COVID-19 FAQs
designed for advocates in direct service programs, to address 4 frequently asked questions about Confidentiality during the COVID-19 pandemic.
➜ Updated Regularly: National Network to End Domestic Violence - Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advocates working in local programs and shelters are facing additional challenges as they seek to continue uninterrupted services for survivors. In response to the request of guidance and resources for emergency preparedness for domestic violence shelters and programs concerning the novel coronavirus, included are some recommendations and resources.
➜ April 3: American Bar Association – Remote Representation for DV Clients: Privacy & the COVID Pandemic
A link to the recording is here. Here is a link for a chart referenced in the webinar and produced by the Confidentiality Institute that summarizes U.S. State and Territorial laws related to advocate confidentiality and privilege.
➜ April 17 Deadline: NNEDV Funding Opportunity: Small Grants to Support Domestic Violence Nonprofits Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Eligibility: local domestic violence shelters and programs whose budgets do not exceed $750,000 per year. This includes local DV programs in the US Territories and also Tribal DV programs that are housed in Tribal Government.
The $750,000 budget cap is for the entire organization, since The Allstate Foundation is aiming to use the grant funds to lift up the smallest of programs, including tribal or culturally-specific, stand-alone programs, where funding will make the greatest impact.
If your organization’s annual budget exceeds $750,000 you are not eligible for this emergency grant program, however NNEDV is working to identify more corporate and foundation partners to provide support to local programs during this time.
➜ April 9: California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) – Helping Victims During COVID-19
CalVCB has modified our process to remove all barriers for victims seeking medical and mental health telehealth services consistent with stay at home orders and based on feedback we received from providers. CalVCB will now allow all medical and mental health telehealth sessions billed while stay at home orders remain in effect.
➜ ASISTA Immigration Assistance letter to USCIS regarding the special needs of immigrant survivors during Covid-19
ASISTA supplemented its initial letter to USCIS regarding its recommendations in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other serious crimes already face numerous barriers accessing services and assistance, and these barriers have been exacerbated during this unprecedented emergency. We call on USCIS to take additional steps to ensure that survivors can fully access protections during this COVID-19 crisis. Special thank you to Jeanne Smoot at the Tahirih Justice Center for her valuable insights. Read ASISTA’s supplemental letter here.
➜ NNEDV Sample Emergency Leave Policy, Forms and Guidance:
NNEDV Sample Covid-19 Emergency Paid Leave Benefits Policy
Steps for using Emergency FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave
NNEDV Emergency Family Medical Leave Act Request
NNEDV Emergency Paid Sick Leave Request Form
➜ March 30: Administration for Children and Families Information Memorandum: IM-ACF-OA-2020-01
ACF grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19
➜ March 27: National Network to End Domestic Violence information on technological resources and safety
Check out our latest blog post explaining some new information and resources regarding video and communication platforms. We have two new handouts (Video Conferencing & Digital Communication Platforms Comparison Chart and Digital Written Consent to Share Information) linked within the blog and are planning for two more to come out by the end of next week. We have been getting a lot of questions about certain platforms, such as Zoom, and this blog and the linked handouts address some of these.
➜ March 25: CA LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network
The Network has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 impacts on LGBTQ Californians, which is being updated frequently. Additionally, please click here to find useful social media graphics.
➜ March 23: Analysis: The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant Survivors
As daily activities ground to a halt in the United States to slow the spread of COVID-19, Americans have been confronted with a range of practical, financial, emotional, and mental health impacts. For immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, many of whom are living with the effects of trauma or coping with ongoing abuse, this is an especially difficult time.
➜ March 21: Grantee Update #2: Guidance on Short Term Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by COVID-19 (from OJP)
On March 19, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued OMB memorandum M-20-17, “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations,” affording Federal awarding agencies with additional flexibilities to provide administrative relief to funding recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides the following short term relief for various administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Please keep in mind that in accordance with M-20-17, these exceptions are time-limited and the flexibilities afforded to Federal awarding agencies will be reassessed by OMB within 90 days of the issuance of its memo.
➜ March 19: Legal Technical Assistance from the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP): BWJP’s help line is active between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. CDT from Monday through Friday each week–and can be reached at 800-903-0111, prompt 1. Victims/survivors and professionals can reach them to connect with an advocate as usual, or send an email at email@example.com.
➜ March 19th Message from OVW Acting Director Rogers Regarding COVID-19: This guidance also includes a FAQ document on the payment and use of leave for grant-funded staff.
➜ March 16: California Courts Newsroom Press Release: California Chief Justice Issues Guidance to Expedite Court Emergency Orders
➜ Supplementing the 40-Hour Curriculum with the Partnership’s Distance Learning Tool: If COVID-19 has prevented your organization from moving forward with 40-Hour Curriculum Trainings, we offer our Distance Learning Tool as a way to engage staff and volunteers remotely. The tool can save you time and resources by supplementing the State’s requirements for Domestic Violence Counselors. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
➜ March 13: NCADV -What Domestic Violence Organizations Need to Know about Coronavirus
Like you, NCADV has been closely monitoring the impact and potential consequences of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We honor your tenacity, creativity and strength as you work to continue providing such critical services during these uncertain times to those in crisis, despite the risks, the fear, the constant changes, and the newly developing obstacles. As such, we hope the following material helps streamline information and resources for you so you can continue providing those critical services.
➜ March 13: Preventing & Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs, released by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) gathered select resources that can offer helpful guidance for domestic violence programs in preparing for and responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
➜ Updated regularly: Updates and Information on COVID-19, sent by Futures Without Violence: This includes resources and information for survivors, communities, as well as domestic and sexual violence advocacy organizations and service providers.
➜Last revised October 6, 2017: CDC – Preventing Violence After a Natural Disaster
Natural disasters can cause a lot of stress on individuals, families, and communities. Stress can increase the risk for violence in the home, neighborhood, or community. Efforts to prevent violence after a natural disaster should focus on supporting the physical and emotional needs of individuals and families as well as restoring community-based services.
➜Published in 2008: Sexual Violence in Disasters: A planning guide for prevention and response
This guide, written by Alisa Klein, offers readers important information about sexual violence and disasters that will help communities to understand the connection and develop better disaster responses.
➜ Resources from the National Network to End Domestic Violence:
- March 12: COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs
- March 12: Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis
- March 12: How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis
➜ Information on joining a Community of Practice for Intimate partner violence service professionals, offered by House of Ruth in Maryland: The House of Ruth Maryland Team, is offering a free technology resource that can help us pool our best ideas and share resources quickly across the nation and, eventually, around the world.
➜ March 12: Update to Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) Grantees: This includes information on funding for states to address COVID-19, guidance to prepare homeless shelters, and more.
➜ Revised in 2018: Emergency Preparedness Toolkit – A Guide for Domestic Violence Organizations (created by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence): While our toolkit does not address COVID-19, it does provide best practices for emergency preparedness and response.
➜ Northeast Georgia Council on Domestic Violence Services: Building Emergency Action, Preparedness and Pandemic Plan: See example protocols for maintaining shelter during a pandemic.
Resources and Guidance for Shelters
➜ March 19: Peer Support Call on COVID-19 Recording, provided by the National Alliance for Safe Housing: Listen to a discussion about protective measures in shelter settings, funding considerations, and more.
Employment & Financial Resources
➜ Independent Contractors and Immigrant workers eligibility for Unemployment Insurance
National Employment Law Project
➜ Know Your Rights: Emergency Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave for Child Care and Coronavirus
National Partnership for Women and Families
➜ March 25: Federal Law Alert – COVID-19: April 1 Effective Date for FFCRA Leaves
A ThinkHR alert about the paid leave offered through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that’ll go into effect on April 1, 2020. It includes links to the U.S. Department of Labor website with a FAQ and fact sheets for employers and employees. We are still waiting on more info and guidance about implementation.
➜ March 19: FACT SHEET: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
A helpful analysis of the federal bill from A Better Balance.
➜March 16: Paid Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave in the Families First Coronavirus Act (H.R. 6201)
The Families First Coronavirus Act includes provisions to ensure approximately 61 million workers have up to two work-weeks of job-protected, immediately available paid sick days for coronavirus-related health and caregiving reasons, and to up to three months of job-protected, paid family and medical leave in cases where additional time is required. The time can be used for quarantine, diagnosis or care of oneself or a family member, or to care for a child whose school or usual source of care is closed. The bill also includes tax credits to reimburse employers for the cost of wages paid for the emergency paid sick days and paid leave.
➜ State of California: Relief Options from the Employment Development Department: Explore a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19, including Paid Family Leave, Disability Insurance, and Unemployment Insurance.
➜ Updated Regularly: Coronavirus – Information, Response, And Considerations from the Western Center on Law and Poverty: This resource page includes important information on benefits for Californians impacted by COVID-19, particularly for those with low, reduced, or no income.
➜ March 10: Employment Resource from Legal Aid at Work - Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions, released March 10: Read common questions, including the following: “Due to coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), my employer has cut my hours, forced me to take unpaid leave, or ended my employment. What can I do?”
Funding Resources and Opportunities
➜Federal Safe Housing Funding Resources- CARES Act
Updated with CARES Act New/Supplemental Funds & Considerations for Communities and Programs Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking
➜Office on Violence Against Women COVID-19 Resource Guide
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has developed a resource guide to address some of the most pressing questions that it has received related to grantee obligations and options regarding how to operate, provide services, and manage OVW grants.
➜ Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation – COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund helps community partners in meeting essential food, housing, health and other emergency needs. Eligible applicants include non-profit, community based organizations within Contra Costa County that have the capacity to positively impact vulnerable populations.
➜ The Allstate Foundation Contributes $5 Million to Help Domestic Violence Victims, Youth in Need and First Responders
Small grants ($4,500) will be awarded to U.S. nonprofit organizations providing services to domestic violence survivors that have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This opportunity is open to local, nonprofit domestic violence organizations based in the United States (including all states, territories, and tribal lands).
Funding for the grant program is made possible by The Allstate Foundation with oversight and implementation of the grant program by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Learn more here.
➜ Federal Fiscal Relief and COVID-19: Implications for Californians
A Budget Center Analysis of the Coronavirus Federal Response Package by the California Budget & Policy Center
➜ Community Foundations Nationwide Launch Coronavirus Relief Efforts
More than 200 U.S. community foundations in 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, have created relief funds to support those affected by COVID-19 — directing critical relief to local nonprofits and partnering with local governments and health organizations to help contain its spread.
➜ Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, we are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available
➜ Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES Act (Pub. L. 116-136) defined a number of programs that charitable nonprofits will be eligible to apply for. The chart that follows provides information on those loan options, eligibility criteria, terms, and application information.
U.S. Small Business Administration Loan Programs
➜ Information on Payroll Protection Program Loans, Sent from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence: All coalitions and programs can apply for Payroll Protection Program Loans. If staff are not laid off during the 8-week period, the loan can be forgiven, but even if it’s not, the interest rate is very low. It’s the one time the government is going to provide funds that can be considered general operating funds.
➜ April 3: Payroll Protection Program Loans and Legally Mandated Emergency Leaves : Legally Mandated Emergency Leaves (Mandated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act): All employers of 500 employees or less are required to provide Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family Medical Leave (EFMLA). The Partnership has prepared a document that helps break down what qualified for each type of leave, levels of pay and documentation required, as well as tips for receiving a payroll tax credit to offset the cost of these new emergency leaves. The Partnership also has links to DOL and IRS fact pages and required employee posters.
Payroll Protection Program Loans through the Small Business Administration – Available April 3- June 30, 2020: The new Payroll Protection Program loan program, authorized under Congress’ “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” or CARE Act for COVID-19 relief, is available for non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees. The good news: You do not have to demonstrate current revenue loss to be eligible and the loan is up to 100% forgivable, if it is used for payroll, rent or mortgage interest (not principal), and certain utilities during an 8-week period after the loan, and if you maintain the same number of staff (including some contractors) and payroll for those 8 weeks. See more resources including a sample application, information about banking institutions that are set up to accept loans and sample calculations.
Information for Nonprofits and Small Businesses
➜ March 16: Harvard Business Review – 15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to fundamentally change the way many organizations operate for the foreseeable future. As governments and businesses around the world tell those with symptoms to self-quarantine and everyone else to practice social distancing, remote work is our new reality. How do corporate leaders, managers, and individual workers make this sudden shift?
➜ March 31: Protecting Privacy in the Age of Coronavirus: Digital Tools for Nonprofits
Our current global coronavirus pandemic leaves many casualties. Although nowhere near as immediate or searing as sickness and death, the potential loss of our privacy is among them.
➜ March 30: Sierra Health Foundation Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation is partnering with funders, community organizations and private contributors to raise funds to support nonprofits that work directly with vulnerable community members in the counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.
➜ March 29: Seyfarth Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) became law on March 27, 2020, and is designed to assist nearly every facet of the American economy, including the charitable sector. One highlight is the Paycheck Protection Program, which generally makes loans available to certain tax-exempt organizations to cover 2.5 months of payroll costs. The loans are later completely or partially forgiven depending on the borrower maintaining staff levels and limiting compensation reductions for the 8-week period after getting the loan.
➜ March 28: CARES Act for Nonprofits – What’s in the Legislation For Charities?
Friday Afternoon, March 27, the Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package legislated to provide immediate relief for nonprofits, businesses, individuals and state and local governments. The CARES Act provides significant funding for 501(c)3 organizations.
➜ Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) Fact Sheet
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
➜ Updated Regularly: Funds for Coronavirus Relief
Candid is compiling a list of funds specifically established in the wake of coronavirus. The list focuses on funds hosted at US-based foundations that serve nonprofits, though others outside of this criteria may appear as well.
➜ March 25: Q&A about using TANF to respond to COVID-19
Questions and answers about TANF and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic
➜ March 21: Article on Medium by Leila Billing
What does feminist leadership look like in a pandemic?
➜ March 21: LyftUP Community Grants Program
To donate tens of thousands of rides to those with essential transportation needs — especially for families and children, low-income seniors, doctors and nurses
➜ March 23: Sempra Energy Foundation: COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund Announcement: The Sempra Energy Foundation announced a $1 million hardship fund for small to medium nonprofits. Nonprofits can apply to receive a grant between $500 to $50,000.
➜ Updated Regularly: Philanthropy California’s COVID-19 Response Page: Grantmakers can browse through funder briefing webinars, and nonprofits can explore a vetted the list of response funds help direct resources to vulnerable communities.
➜ March: Sample Temporary Sick Leave Policy Changes: Read one organization’s recently-adapted policy to support employees who have flu-like symptoms.
➜ Updated Regularly: COVID-19 Resources for California’s Nonprofits: Read about COVID-19 related funding opportunities, employee and employer resources, and more.
➜ March 19: Paid Administrative Leave Policy Sample: Organizations can use this language and guidance to supplement their own policies, if COVID-19 makes it necessary for an office to close and/or require staff to take time away from work that they would normally not need to take.
➜ March 16: Small Business Association Press Release: SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). (This also includes information for nonprofits.)
Access to Healthcare
➜ Covered California Special Enrollment Period Due to COVID-19 Now Available: Learn more about applying for health care coverage.
➜ March 19: Update on Access to Health Care for Immigrants and Their Families: The National Immigration Law Center provides some reminders about access to health care for immigrants and their family members, including funding that Congress recently made available for Coronavirus testing.
Housing and Homelessness
➜ April 13: Summary – Emergency Rule on Evictions and Foreclosures
At its meeting on April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council adopted an emergency court rule that effectively stops all evictions, other than those necessary to protect public health and safety, for the duration of the COVID‐19 emergency. The rule is applicable to all courts and to all eviction cases, whether they are based on a tenant’s missed rent payment or another reason. This new court rule will apply until 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency related to the COVID‐19 pandemic, or until it is amended or repealed by the Judicial Council.
➜ April 2: CPD Program Formula Allocations and Cares Act Supplemental Funding for FY 2020
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been enacted. These spreadsheets provide full-year allocations for the Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) formula programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); CDBG Recovery Housing Program (RHP); HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME); Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA); Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG); and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) supplemental funding.
➜ March 30: COVID-19: California Eviction Protections
Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) wants to share important news with California renters about COVID-19 eviction protections.
En Espanol: COVID-19: Protecciones de Desalojos de California
➜ COVID-19 Screening and Triage Tool
For Providers of Youth Experiencing Homelessness
➜ March 30: Protecting Renter and Homeowner Rights During Our National Health Crisis
On March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became law. NHLP has two new resources on our website about the protections for tenants and homeowners in the CARES Act
For Tenants: CARES Act Eviction Moratorium Summary
For Homeowners: Foreclosure Protections and Mortgage Payment Relief for Homeowners in the CARES Act
➜ March 27: What’s in the Coronavirus Bill for Homelessness?
The Senate has passed the CARES Act, the third and largest supplemental spending bill responding to the COVID-19 epidemic and resulting economic dislocation. Every indication is that the House of Representatives will pass the bill and the President will sign it.
There are many provisions that will be important for communities seeking to keep homeless people safe and prevent increases in the number of people who are homeless.
➜ Ongoing Updates: HUD Exchange COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Homeless Providers: Daily Resource Digest
The recent emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, relevant federal agencies are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on lessons learned from previous response efforts to infectious diseases.
➜ March 23: Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) Press Release
California Awards $100 Million to Cities, Counties and Continuums of Care to Help People Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19 Pandemic
➜ March 18: Interim Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)and is a follow up to the guidance released on March 10, 2020. The Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
➜ Updated Regularly: Protecting Renter and Homeowner Rights During Our National Health Crisis: This resource page from the National Housing Law Project provides useful tools for housing advocates.
➜ Updated Regularly: Coronavirus and Homelessness: The National Alliance to End Homelessness provides a multitude of resources, as well as practical takeaways for service providers.
➜ COVID-19 Resources from John Burton Advocates for Youth: Efforts are underway to address the needs of foster youth, homeless youth and other vulnerable populations. Several are listed here, including free laptops, cell phones, and internet.
➜ March 12: Attention: Homeless Assistance Providers - A Message from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) – March 12: Read guidance from the State of California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency on health preparedness for homeless assistance providers.
➜ March 10 Webinar Recording from HUD: Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners
➜ March 9: Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares tips for addressing key prevention strategies in your emergency operations plan and more.
➜ United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: These resources can be used by homelessness services systems in response to the Coronavirus–but may not be specific to DV organizations.
Mental Health and Well-Being
➜ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty: Dorren Marshall, Ph.D. provides a some step for protecting our mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
➜ March 21: CNN Opinion Piece by Cecilia Menjívar, Jacob G. Foster and Jennie E. Brand
Don’t call it ’social distancing’
Supporting Youth and Families
➜ Sex Ed for Social Change – Sex Education Homeschooling Resources
Need some homeschool-style sex ed resources? We got you.
➜ March 26: Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities During COVID-19
Immigrants Rising is committed to serving undocumented communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We put together this list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate the crisis. Please contact us if there are additional resources that you would like to add to this document. We will continue to update it as the situation develops.
➜ March 24: Girl*-Powered Activities for Parents, Caregivers and Educators
Alliance for Girls* is compiling a list of resources for our community of members, partners, girls and gender-expansive youth and their families. We will update the list as more information becomes available.
*”Girls” refers to gender expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).
➜ March 18: Medium article by Yamini Oseguera-Bhatnagar
7 Habits of Highly Effective Work-from-home Mamas
Articles and Blog Posts on Domestic Violence and Social Justice Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic
➜ April 16: Los Angeles Times article by Priscella Vega
O.C. sheriff reports an uptick in domestic violence calls amid coronavirus crisis
➜ April 16: CalMatters article by Elizabeth Aguilera
Home is a perilous place for some Californians during coronavirus pandemic
➜ April 14: Fresno Bee Op Ed by Genoveva Islas
The COVID-19 pandemic has a new victim: undocumented women in abusive relationships
➜ April 13: San Jose Spotlight article by Nadia Lopez
‘There’s no escape’: Domestic violence fears in San Jose escalated by COVID-19
➜ April 9: SF Bay article by Jerold Chinn & Nik Wojcik
Covid-19 update: SF houses domestic violence victims, judge orders four ICE detainees released, seventh patient dies from Hayward facility
➜ April 7: Washington Post article by Katie Shepherd
A man feared his longtime girlfriend had covid-19, which she didn’t. They died in a murder-suicide, police say.
➜ April 6: New York Times article by Amanda Taub
A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide
➜ April 5: NBC News article by Tyler Kingkade
Police see rise in domestic violence calls amid coronavirus lockdown
➜ April 4: Times of San Diego article by Mara W. Elliott
Opinion: In These Difficult Times, Let’s Not Forget Victims of Domestic Violence
➜ April 4: KTVU Fox 2 Broadcast
Domestic violence crimes increase during pandemic
➜ April 2: Mic article by Ray Levy-Uyeda
Domestic violence reports during coronavirus have spiked, prompting countries to take action
➜ April 2: KPBS article by Maureen Cavanaugh and Pat Finn
Preparing For An Increase In Domestic Violence Due To COVID-19
➜ March 23: KTVU Fox 2 Article by Henry Lee
Coronavirus at issue in child-custody dispute
➜ April 1: The Trace article by Ann Givens
Surging Gun Sales and Shelter in Place Orders Make a Dangerous Mix for Domestic Violence
➜ March 31: Mother Jones article by Madison Pauly and Julia Laurie
Domestic Violence 911 Calls Are Increasing. Coronavirus Is Likely to Blame
➜ March 31: Giffords article by Julia Weber
COVID-19 Puts Domestic Abuse Survivors at Even Greater Risk
➜ March 31: Vice News article by Tim Hume
France Is Putting Domestic Abuse Victims in Hotels During Coronavirus Lockdown
➜ March 24: Los Angeles Times article By Laura Newberry, Nicole Santa Cruz
Domestic abuse victims in ‘worst-case scenario’ during outbreak, providers say
➜ March 23: New York Times article by Tanya Selvaratnam
Where Can Domestic Violence Victims Turn During Covid-19?
➜ March 23: Sacramento Bee Article by Molly Sullivan: For domestic violence victims, coronavirus orders mean isolation with their abusers
➜ March 18: Time Magazine Article by Mélissa Godin: As Cities Around the World Go on Lockdown, Victims of Domestic Violence Look for a Way Out
➜ March 18: Blog Posts by Elena Ong, PHN, MS, Public Health Newswire: We need equity-oriented solutions to COVID-19, not stigma, discrimination and fear
➜ March 16: Blog Post by Vivian Chau and Dr. Lawrence Loh, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health: Stigma, discrimination, health impacts and COVID-19
➜ March 12: Huffington Post Article by Melissa Jeltsen: Home Is Not A Safe Place For Everyone: As “social distancing” is urged to contain the Coronavirus outbreak, home is exactly where the danger lies for some.
➜ March 2: Domestic Violence Cases Surge During COVID-19 Epidemic: Rights activists say law enforcement officials need to be more responsive to reports of gender-based violence.
➜Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) Asylum Support
For support in asylum and other fear-of-return cases, CGRS’ technical assistance services remain available free of charge
➜ The Refugee Project: Multilingual Videos for COVID-19 Topics include how to avoid COVID-19 related scams, and COVID-19 symptom/exposure information in languages including Arabic, Burmese, Nepali, and Pashto.
➜ Spanish: When Work is Safer Than Home: Supporting Workers Experiencing Domestic & Sexual Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How colleagues, supervisors, friends and families can support survivors who are teleworking, laid off, or furloughed during the pandemic.
➜ Regularly Updated: Multi-lingual Resources from the CDC
Includes fact sheets and printable resources in a variety of languages
➜ Español - Mantenerse segurx durante COVID-19
Evitar espacios públicos y trabajar de forma remota puede ayudar a reducir la propagación de COVID-19, pero para muchxs sobrevivientes, permanecer en casa puede no ser la opción más segura. Nosotrxs sabemos que cualquier factor externo que agregue estrés y tensión financiera puede impactar negativamente a lxs sobrevivientes y crear circunstancias en las que su seguridad se vea aún más comprometida.
➜ Vietnamese – Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions – Legal Aid At Work
Câu hỏi thường gặp
➜ Vietnamese – Know Your Rights (Video)
In collaboration with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Tony Nguyen created a KYR video in Vietnamese on what to do if your hours have been cut or if you have been laid off because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Social Media Tools
➜ Public Awareness Images to Share on Social Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Community Outreach Images Now Available In English, Spanish, Tagalog, Farsi, Mandarin, And Korean
Access great quality images at no cost. Attribution is optional.
➜ The Gender Spectrum Collection
Access engaging, gender-inclusive photos. Attribution to the Gender Spectrum Collection is required.