The Money Crunch: Resources for Whittier Area Emergency Needs

The Money Crunch: Resources for Whittier Area Emergency Needs

Basic Needs & Finance

Know someone who needs an assist? Find some local resources below:

Free meal service is provided to children 1 to 18 years of age at all Whittier Union High School District and Lowell Joint School District locations (locations closed during spring break) and at both Whittier YMCA locations. Children do not need to be students of a public school district to receive a free meal.

Older adults are granted food access through the L.A. City / County Elder Nutrition Program database.

COVID-19 Los Angeles Community Resources spreadsheet includes resources for food, education, un/employment, small business, healthcare, transportation, and more.

College students: U-Haul offers 30 days free storage for students impacted by university closures.

Governor Newsom has allocated $500 million to shelter homeless Californians.

The Labor Workforce Development Agency offers coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) resources for employers and workers.

The Department of Public Social Services offers financial resources for residents impacted by COVID-19.

The L.A. Small Business Development Center’ offers a COVID-19 Response Guide.

Small Business Majority collaborated with multiple agencies to create this webinar (3/18/2020): Funding updates for California small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

CA 16332 -01 SBA offers disaster assistance to California small businesses economically impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Landlords losing rent because of rent moratoriums may qualify, along with other businesses, for low-interest SBA disaster loans.

Retail & Gig Workers’ Solidarity Economy

Workers already living with precarity often can’t access conventional supports; here are some unconventional supports:

Another Round Another Rally offers emergency assistance grants for hospitality workers.

KQED assembled a list of emergency funds for freelancers and creatives losing income during the coronavirus pandemic.

An independent group of artists assembled a COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources web list.

Creative Capital offers a list of arts resources during COVID-19 outbreak.

Join the solidarity economy by helping others / receiving help through this Covid-19 Financial Solidarity spreadsheet.

Willing to help immune compromised people in need? Check out this Mutual Aid Resource spreadsheet.

Government & Healthcare Updates

If you need help finding medical care, call the Los Angeles County Information Line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.

PIH tents at the ready:

Social businesses are closed county-wide; restaurants are limited to takeout and delivery.

No new evictions in L.A. County:

Unincorporated Los Angeles County has been issued a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions:

On March 16, Governor Gavin Newsom authorized local governments to halt evictions, slow foreclosures, and protect against utility shut offs. The next meeting of the Whittier City Council on Tuesday, March 24 may determine whether City of Whittier residents will be granted these protections.

There is no food shortage, just an epidemic of food hoarding:

Alternative Approaches

Other local governments and countries offer alternatives to the coronavirus response in the United States, California, Los Angeles, and Whittier:

South Korea and the United States each saw their first cases of coronavirus at around the same time, but South Korea has significantly reduced new contagion while the virus is just ramping up in the U.S. Science Mag writes: Coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in South Korea. What’s the secret to its success?

Learn why Singapore’s coronavirus response worked—and what we can all learn—in this article published in The Conversation.

In the Pacific Northwest, Lummi tribal leaders have taken matters into their own hands, creating a field hospital to relieve strain on the main hospital, and to pursue aggressive testing. Read more about this trailblazing local government in The Guardian.

The Irish Times writes that aggressive testing has helped the Italian town of Vo cut new coronavirus cases to zero.

Don’t agree that lockdown measures are the answer? Here’s an article that agrees with your perspective.

In times of disaster, look for the helpers: Coronavirus has sparked an epidemic of people helping people in Seattle, The Seattle Times says.

Photo: Howard County Library / Creative Commons

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