UUSM Community Resource List

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Compiled April-May 2020 by the UUSM COVID-19 Pastoral Response Task Force, Cassie Winters, and the Newsletter Team.





Testing for COVID-19

LA County COVID-19 Testing. Information on testing criteria and how to schedule a test for residents in the County of Los Angeles. https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

City of LA COVID-19 Testing. Everyone that is a resident of Los Angeles County can get free COVID-19 testing, whether you have symptoms or not. Info here to schedule an appointment: https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs


General Information & Comprehensive Resource Lists

County of Los Angeles. The latest information on COVID-19, advice and a comprehensive list of resources compiled by the County of Los Angeles. https://covid19.lacounty.gov/

Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager District 54 Website. More than Culver City info.

  • Covid-19 Updates: https://a54.asmdc.org/covid-19-updates
  • Community Updates: https://a54.asmdc.org/community-updates
  • State and Local Resources and Services: https://a54.asmdc.org/state-local-resources-services
  • Small Business Relief: https://a54.asmdc.org/small-business-relief

30th Senate District Representative Holly Mitchell’s Website. https://sd30.senate.ca.gov/covid-19-community-resources

City of Santa Monica Covid-19 Community Resources: The City is responding to the changing needs in our community. Here, residents looking for support can find resources offered locally and throughout LA County. Please check back often and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to the COVID-19 hotline at 310-458-8400 or info@santamonica.gov. Stay calm, stay informed, and stay healthy.

One Degree COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Resource Guide. A comprehensive, accurate, and regularly updated resource. One Degree is thrilled to be collaborating with a group of Master’s of Public Health students at Cal State Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LADHS) on this Resource Guide. At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, a group of students created an extensive Google Document, “COVID-19 Los Angeles Mass Resource List,” to address the urgent need to create one site where those in need could find essential community resources. At the same time, a team at LADHS gathered essential resource information to share county-wide. This current Resource Guide is a collaborative effort between Cal State LA, LADHS, One Degree, and other community organizations and members who are committed to the well-being and health of our community. https://about.1degree.org/covid-19-la-en

California Covid-19 Response and Resources. https://covid19.ca.gov/

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. The latest information on COVID-19 including a breakdown of cases by community. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Resources. A list of community resources compiled by the Department of Public Health. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/resources.htm

LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority) Resources. A list of resources for people experiencing homelessness compiled by LAHSA. https://www.lahsa.org/news?article=698-covid-19-additional-resources-for-people-experiencing-homeless

Services for older adults. The latest information on services – especially food deliveries – provided by the Workforce Development Aging and Community Services Department (WDACS). https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/covid-19/

New Freedom. Provides transportation services for older adults. https://newfreedom.lacounty.gov/

Alliance for Children’s Rights. This page will take you to a list of resources for food assistance, healthcare, housing and emergency aid, education, learning at home and technology, child welfare benefits, employment and financial assistance, webinars and meetings, and federal, state and county orders, policy and advocacy. https://kids-alliance.org/covid-19/

First 5 LA. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, First 5 LA will be gathering information and sharing resources to help partners, parents and L.A. County residents impacted by the crisis. https://www.first5la.org/covid-19-general-resources-alerts/

DTLA Covid-19 Community Resources. Information to support individuals and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, provided by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. https://downtownla.com/resources/covid-19-community-resources

City of West Hollywood Community Resources. https://www.weho.org/city-government/emergency-information

The journalists at LAist have compiledCoronavirus In LA: Your No-Panic Guide To Daily Life And The New (And Changing) Rules”: https://laist.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-covid19-los-angeles-guide-rules-closures-tips-advice.php

Los Angeles County Arts & Culture. Resources for freelance artists, nonprofit organizations, funders, and arts and culture agencies: https://www.lacountyarts.org/experiences/digital-arts-and-culture-resource-center/covid-19-resources-artists-and-organizations

The Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources. LA County declared a local health emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 4, 2020. The situation is an emerging and evolving issue in LA County, California, and the rest of the nation. This web page is intended to provide helpful resources to districts and schools – as well as families – in preparing for and handling COVID-19. https://www.lacoe.edu/Home/Health-and-Safety/Coronavirus-Resources

LA Unified Instructional Continuity. Extensive list, in English and Spanish, of free online learning resources. Los Angeles Unified School District students, including English Learners, Standard English Learners, Gifted Learners, and Students with Disabilities will be able to access the following free supplemental resources during school closures.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PwsD2W6JmcqoO2w3kzAyuytbJRonZyfhy2XKjXnB1uo/edit

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Includes a link to a 42-page list of resources. https://thelafed.org/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-information/

The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency. Resources and guidance for Employers and Workers during this time. https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/

2-1-1. Get connected. Get Help. Information and resources compiled by United Way Worldwide: http://www.211.org/services/covid19

Find Help by ZIP code. Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. Information compiled by com, a free-to-use online platform that makes it easy for anyone in the US to find and apply for social services – anything from Medicare to food stamps to housing – just by typing in a ZIP code. https://findhelp.org/


Masks & PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

CDC: How to Wear and Make Face Cloths: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

ABC7: How to Make A Face Mask (No Sew) Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI2jfhppzBk

PPE: L.A. Protects works with local manufacturers to produce five million non-medical masks, which can be used by workers in essential sectors, non-medical staff in hospitals, and medical patients across the City of Los Angeles. Essential workers can apply for protective gear. https://laprotects.org/

More PPE: Make it in LA. A list of matching platforms to link workers in essential sectors to PPE. https://makeitinla.org/column/covid/

L.A. Councilmember Herb Wesson announced that Angelenos in the 10th City Council District in need of masks can log onto herbwesson.com/masksand sign up to receive a free cloth mask.  Wesson’s efforts come in the wake of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s order that all shoppers and essential staff wear facial coverings while out in the public. The 10th Council District includes the Los Angeles neighborhoods and communities of Koreatown, West Adams, Baldwin Hills, Mid-City, Little Bangladesh, Country Club Park, Leimert Park, Lafayette Square, Harvard Heights, Gramercy Place, Crenshaw District, St. Elmo Village, Jefferson Park, and Wellington Square. http://herbwesson.com/masks/


Meals & Food

LAUSD Grab and Go Food for school children. Due to growing demand, all LAUSD food centers are open for an additional hour, from 7-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Remember that families may visit any one of LAUSD’s 64 food centers. These centers are safe and offer free food during school closures. https://achieve.lausd.net/resources

Updated COVID-19 food bank guide for people living with HIV/AIDS. http://www.chirpla.org/page/updated-covid-19-food-bank-guide#overlay-context=

Home delivered meals for aged adults 60+ or a dependent adults with disabilities age 18-59 at 1 (800) 510-2020. See below for information on the Critical Delivery Service a temporary program which delivers food, household items and other vital necessities to aged and disabled adults. https://files.constantcontact.com/0ba38029701/71d6b3f2-5a63-4b1d-b305-95512d6b41ea.pdf

The state has authorized an emergency issuance of additional CalFresh (food stamps) benefits for all eligible households. Additional CalFresh benefits for the month of March will be issued on Sunday, April 12. Additional benefits for the month of April will be issued on Sunday, May 10. Learn more and check your EBT balance on the Department of Public Social Services website.  http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss

Meals for Seniors in LA County. If you are looking for resources regarding senior meals, please review this map with detailed plans for meal sites throughout LA County. You may also call 1-800-510-2020 for assistance. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1paBMfsRqsS4r9Px4xiOGYCfxA4-J9y2E&ll=34.029728592186366%2C-118.13568714999201&z=10

Grocery Store Special Hours for Seniors And Other Vulnerable Populations: The following grocery stores are offering reserved hours for populations that are vulnerable to the novel coronavirus:

  • Albertsons: From 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for “those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated.”
  • Costco: The designated windows will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In-store pharmacies also will be open during those periods, but food courts will continue operating on their normal schedule.
  • Gelson’s: Starting Wednesdays, seniors 65 and older can shop from 7 to 8 a.m. “You may be asked for ID,” the California grocer said on its website.
  • Mother’s Markets: The California-based company is starting “Safe Shop Wednesdays” and is opening from 6 to 7 a.m. every Wednesday for “elderly, disabled, those with compromised immune systems, chemo patients, etc.” It’s also offering free home delivery for the high-risk groups with promo code FREE4SENIORS.
  • Ralphs: Starting Friday, March 20, all locations are open to seniors only from 7 to 7:30 a.m. daily.
  • Target: Starting on March 18, the retailer will “reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests,” Target said, adding it is “encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this time frame.”
  • Whole Foods Market: Starting March 18, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.
  • Cooportunity Market (Santa Monica and Culver City): High-risk hour is 7 to 8 a.m. daily; open until 9 p.m. Curbside Pickup is open to all; no membership required; $50 minimum.  Co+opportunity is a community-owned and operated resource for healthy living. Our Ends Policies describe our commitment to creating greater good in our world. https://www.coopportunity.com/


Help with Utilities

If your income has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic or for other reasons, apply for SoCalGas’s California Alternate Rates for Energy or CARE program. The California Alternate Rates for Energy or CARE program saves qualifying SoCalGas customers 20% on their monthly natural gas bills. https://www.socalgas.com/save-money-and-energy/assistance-programs/california-alternate-rates-for-energy

The California Government. Utility Consumer Protections During California Covid-19 Outbreak. https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/covid19protections/

Spectrum Internet. Beginning Monday, March 16, Spectrum offers free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don’t currently have internet or WiFi service. For details, please call (855) 243-8892 to sign up for this offer. https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-internet-offer-students/


Economic Relief

See extensive list on Sydney Kamlager’s website above.

The California Government. Get financial help. https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/#top

Jewish Free Loan Association. Offers $3,000 interest free loans for those in need. See this flyer for details about their process.  Loans are available to anyone regardless of religious background.  JFLA is a great nonprofit that has been providing free loans as a community service for decades and it is especially critical now. http://www.jfla.org/

Grantspace. Where can I find emergency financial resources to help with Covid-19 hardships? https://grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/covid-19-emergency-financial-resources/

Need Help Paying Bills. Provides information on assistance programs, charity organizations, and resources that provide help paying bills, mortgage and debt relief (financial, rent and government assistance). https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/

Help with Bills. Learn about the help you can get through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn about government programs to help pay for phone bills, medical bills, and other expenses. You can also learn how to apply for temporary assistance. https://www.usa.gov/help-with-bills

Stimulus Check Info. https://www.justiceinaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Obtaining-Economic-Impact-Payments-for-Low-Income-Clients-4.24.20.pdf


Mental Health, Help Lines & Warmlines

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The LA County Department of Mental Health has compiled an extensive list of resources for coping with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/

The California Government. Covid-19 Resources for emotional support and well-being. https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/

Crisis Text Line. Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message. If the news surrounding COVID-19 is making you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, call LACDMH 24/7 hotline at (800) 854-7771 or text LA to 741741 to get help.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Coronavirus Updates: Mental Health Guidance, Public Health News and Resources https://namica.org/coronavirus-tips/

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799 – SAFE (7233). https://www.thehotline.org/help/

Domestic Violence Shelter Resources https://www.domesticshelters.org/?fbclid=IwAR3OlDY-FZfEdC9i4koF4EJRFKfDur8z7FCd4nDLDIQ_p2wd55sI8GZwzgg

The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656 – HOPE (4673). https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-TALK (8255) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline: Access 24/7 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals with video relay service by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889).

SAMHSA Distress Hotline (800) 985 – 5990. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Online PRIDE Club for LGBTQ+ Teens and Allies https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-pride-club-for-lgbtq-teens-and-allies-registration-94438868197

California Youth Crisis LineYouth ages 12-24 can call or text 1-800-843-5200or chat online for 24/7 crisis support.

Veterans Crisis Line. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text 838255 for 24/7 support.

Online AA Meetings Directory. https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1a71ccw7ihaWelksKwOp4AzAkYlVqSoKiN6Gsm38bKMU/mobilebasic

Virtual NA Meetings Directory. https://www.na.org/?ID=vm_listings

In the Rooms. Mobile App for recovery community and meetings. https://www.intherooms.com/home/

First Responders and Law Enforcement
Fire/EMS helpline: Call 1-888-731-FIRE to get 24/7 help for a variety of behavioral health issues.
COPLINE: Call 1-800-267-5463 to find support 24/7 for law enforcement officers.

Older Californians
Friendship Line: Call 1-888-670-1360 for 24/7 support if you are 60 years or older, or an adult living with disabilities.
California Aging and Adult Information Line: Call 1-800-510-2020 for help finding local assistance.

Youth and Teens
California Youth Crisis Line. Youth ages 12-24 can call or text 1-800-843-5200 or chat online for 24/7 crisis support.
TEEN LINE. Teens can talk to another teen by texting “TEEN” to 839863 from 6pm – 9pm, or call 1-800-852-8336 from 6pm – 10pm.

LGBTQ Individuals
Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ youth.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255 from 1pm – 9pm for support, information or help finding resources.
Victims of Crime Resource Center: Call or text 1-800-842-8467 or chat online for information about LGTBQ rights, legal protections, and local resources.

CDC – Coping with Stress during a Pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic and Safer at Home orders, many people are finding themselves suffering from stress, anxiety and fear. The CDC has a web page that offers ways of coping with stress. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Headspace. Resources for the Whole County
Headspace allows all Los Angeles County residents free access to its collection of mindfulness and meditation resources. At www.headspace.com/lacounty, residents can sign up for Headspace Plus subscription and access hundreds of science-backed guided meditations in English and Spanish, as well as workout videos, sleep exercises, and informative content about managing stress and anxiety.  The wellbeing of the people of Los Angeles County remains DMH’s mission, and Headspace offers another inclusive opportunity to help everyone cope with the stress related to COVID-19.

NAMI HelpLine. The National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) has a HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (800-950-6264) avilable Monday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST for mental health resources.

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is launching a program to connect USC health professional students with older adults who are self-isolating at home while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested individuals will be paired with a student who will contact them by phone to introduce themselves. Over the course of 6 weeks, the student will contact their senior partner regularly. It will be up to the senior partner to decide how often they’d like to be contacted, but each student has committed to calling their partner 5 times a week and spending 30 minutes a day by phone.
If you are interested in participating or know of people who may be interested, please have them sign-up at: https://usc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8ElrM2yq1lEODX or contact Kelly Sadamitsu, 626 457 – 6614, Kelly.Sadamitsu@med.usc.edu


Public Transportation

The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) continues to operate most routes at this time, while taking actions to protect its customers and drivers through social distancing measures including fare-free boarding through the rear door, frequent, vigilant cleaning and disinfection of all vehicles, and, as of May 5, requiring masks to be worn onboard. For more information, please visit bigbluebus.com/Newsroom/News/Coronavirus.aspx?type=News

Schedule information can be found at this link or for real time bus arrival information please download Google Transit or the Transit App.  Real-time arrival information is also available at many BBB bus stops in Santa Monica and Los Angeles or by calling customer service at (310) 451-5444.

Mobility On-Demand Every Day (MODE) service is also operating during weekdays for Santa Monica residents over 65 or residents over 18 with a disability, who subscribed for the service prior to safer at home mandates. Rides are available through a partnership with Lyft using the Lyft app, or by calling Big Blue Bus Customer Service at (310) 451-5444 to schedule a ride on a wheelchair accessible vehicle. New subscribers are not currently being enrolled in the service due to temporary closures of City services. For more information on MODE, please visit bigbluebus.com/Rider-Info/Mobility-On-Demand-Every-Day-Program.aspx 


Other Help

Hotline to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Older Californians. California has created a statewide hotline, 833-544-2374, in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. For example, operators will be able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying home.

Los Angeles County Office of Education and the LA County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team are making child care more accessible for essential workers. Families can access local child care by calling toll-free 888-92CHILD (922-4453) or visiting ECE COVID-19 Resource Page at: https://www.lacoe.edu/Early-Learning/ECE-Covid-19-Resource-Page

Culver City. Do You Need a Volunteer? If you or someone you know has a non-emergency, non-medical need related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and you would like assistance from a volunteer, please email the City or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 253-6890 (7:30 AM to 5:30 PM). If you email or leave a message at the Hotline after hours, please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and your need. In an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

Culver City. Let’s make a Culver City connection and talk soon. We’ll call YOU! We ​want you to know that we are here for you. If you or another Culver City resident would like a check-in call for a quick chat, let us know.  Our friendly City staff are making weekly phone calls to any residents 18 and older just to say “hi,” see how you are doing, or offer information and resources.  You don’t need a reason—we’ll call you.  If you would like to sign-up for the weekly phone call program, give us a ring at (310) 253-6890.

If you or one of your neighbors are in need of food, please call the Culver City CERT Assistance Call Center at (310) 253-5545. For more information call Ira Diamond, Organizer at (213) 309-4084 or Christine Parra, Culver City Emergency Coordinator at (310) 253-5909.

Tax Relief for Small Businesses. Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Monday night delaying by 90 days the deadline for businesses filing tax returns of less than $1 million. Small business won’t have to file their first-quarter returns until July 1. The order also extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days for business impacted by the coronavirus.

Relief for Homeowners. Several banks and financial institutions have agreed to provide mortgage relief to California homeowners who have been impacted by COVID-19. Here is a helpful graphic. You can access additional information on California’s COVID-19 website. https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/

Disability/Paid Family Leave/Unemployment Benefits (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ) https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

  1. Individuals may file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, providing short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to illness that is not work related. Individuals who are quarantined, as certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer, can qualify for disability insurance. https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_DI_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm
  2. Individuals may file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim. Provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off of work to care for a seriously ill family member. https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm
  3. Individuals are encouraged to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA is working with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by COVID-19.

  1. Free business counseling is available through a network of 70 small business assistance centers located throughout California. At these centers, business owners may learn about different disaster response programs and receive help in accessing available resources. http://static.business.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-TA-Providers-Guide.pdf
  2. The Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide support to small businesses to help overcome the loss of revenue that they are experiencing. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Justice System

On March 24th, the California Chief Justice issued a state-wide order suspending all jury trials for the next 60 days to limit physical courtroom presence. All criminal and civil trials have been suspended indefinitely. All rehab programs, conjugal visits and other programs that allow for interaction have been canceled indefinitely.

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

The deadline to establish a California Real ID has been extended to October 2021. All in-person appointments have been suspended indefinitely. Online services, DMV kiosks, and traditional mail are alternatives to an in-person visit. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/dmvanytime

The California Government. Education.  https://covid19.ca.gov/education/#top


>Renter Protections

Relief for Renters. Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. https://covid19.ca.gov/housing-and-homelessness/#top

Not Able to Pay Your Rent During the “Safer at Home” Emergency Order?

The City of Los Angeles has tenant protections in place to help prevent displacement of its residents that are renters. To assist tenants collaborate with their landlords, HCIDLA is providing a fact sheet and a sample notification form to assist in notifying your landlord of delays in paying your rent during this emergency order period.

On March 15th, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti issued an Emergency Order which implemented measures to protect the public and contain the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. On March 23rd, the Mayor issued a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 30th, the Mayor halted rent increases on occupied rental units that are subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Effective March 31, 2020, Ordinance No. 20-0147-S19 expands protections for tenants during the local emergency in response to COVID-19. Together, these actions are designed to prevent unnecessary housing displacement and to prevent housed individuals from falling into homelessness.



Los Angeles Public Library
Although the City’s 73 libraries remain closed during the Safer at Home orders, you can access many of its digital services 24 hours, 7 days a week. The library is offering a Spring Reading program, free online tutoring, story times and more. https://lapl.org/

Los Angeles County Arts and Culture. Virtual Arts Experiences. https://www.lacountyarts.org/experiences/digital-arts-and-culture-resource-center/virtual-arts-experiences

Tech Radar. Free self-isolation education and entertainment resources. https://www.techradar.com/news/free-resources-for-self-isolation-during-covid-19

Forbes. Tracker: Free At-Home Services Available to Consumers During the Covid-19 Pandemic. https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/03/24/tracker-free-at-home-services-available-to-consumers-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/#5d530e74bdde

CNET. Free Entertainment to help survive coronavirus social distancing. https://www.cnet.com/news/free-entertainment-to-help-you-survive-coronavirus-social-distancing-april-27/

Afar. Virtual Museum Tours, Performances, and Tutorials to Keep You (and your Kids) Entertained at Home. https://www.afar.com/magazine/virtual-museum-tours-live-performances-and-classes-to-enjoy-during-self-quarantine

Trip.com Amazing Free Virtual Zoo Tour & Free Museums Online on Your Couch 2020. https://www.trip.com/blog/home-travel-coronavirus-live-stream-museums-and-arts/

Insider.com 28 Ways to Leave Home Without Actually Leaving the Couch, From Virtual Zoo Exhibits to Museum Gallery Tours https://www.insider.com/museums-theme-parks-offer-virtual-tours-ideal-for-social-distancing-2020-3

Smart News. Explore World-Class Museums from Home with Smartify’s Fee Audio Tours. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smartify-makes-all-its-audio-museum-tours-available-free-180974531/

The Oprah Magazine. 19 Virtual Museum Tours You Can Take Right Now for Free. https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a32021063/virtual-museum-tours/

WeAreTeachers.com 25+ Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips- Spring 2020. https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/

NZHerald.The Web’s best virtual tours of parks, museums and cities during Covid-19 lockdown. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=12320763

Coursera. For a limited time, Coursera offers free certificates for 85 courses. https://www.classcentral.com/report/coursera-free-certificate-covid-19/

Setapp.com. Free online classes to beat your Covid-19 loneliness. https://setapp.com/lifestyle/free-online-classes-to-beat-your-covid-19-loneliness

Free Rosetta Stone for students. https://www.rosettastone.com/freeforstudents/


Services for People Experiencing Homelessness


  1. Shared Housing – For adults experiencing homelessness. Address: 6666 Green Valley Cir, Culver City, CA 90230. Phone: (310) 846-5270
  2. Housing for Students/Foster Youth: Email info@togetherwerise.org
  3. Eviction help: Tenants Together – free legal aid for evictions in Los Angeles info@tenantstogether.org or (213) 385-8112 (for legal representation)

Hygene. Directory and map of hand washing stations. https://www.lahsa.org/documents?id=4340-handwashing-station-list


Showers. Here is a list of YMCA locations offering free showers, Monday-Friday 9AM until 2PM. It’s important to note that body wash and shampoo will be provided, but people are expected to bring their own towels. Their flyers also say a gov issue ID is required, and that they’re following CDC guidelines.

  • Anderson Munger Family YMCA, 4301 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020
  • Collins & Katz Family YMCA, 1466 S Westgate Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • Hollywood YMCA, 1553 N Schrader Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
  • Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, 401 S Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Mid-Valley Family YMCA, 6901 Lennox Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91405
  • North Valley YMCA, 11336 Corbin Avenue, Northridge, CA 91326
  • Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center, 9900 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • West Valley Family YMCA, 18810 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91335
  • Westchester Family YMCA, 8015 S Sepulveda Boulevard, Westchester, CA 90045

Shower of Hope (mobile shower)

Free, available starting 3/29 – ongoing –  Sundays and Wednesdays 10am to 2pm.  Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch, 55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena.  Food is also being provided at the location.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Red Cross Los Angeles is looking for help with the following:

  • Giving blood. The Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this COVID-19 outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate.  Visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

Volunteering to help distribute meals at LAUSD food centers. Visit https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=vms_public_form&form_id=7762

Statewide Volunteer Work. Many Californians safely can help their community during these difficult times. You can make a difference by delivering meals to vulnerable populations, donating to a food bank, supporting local nonprofits, performing wellness checks, creating hygiene kits, and donating blood to help people affected by COVID-19. https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/

Westside Friends is looking for volunteers to help bring groceries and other supplies to seniors. https://www.westsidefriends.com/

LA Works is looking for help with the following:

  1. Tele-social Volunteers. The TeleSocial Program was created to help keep social distancing from becoming social isolation for vulnerable homebound individuals who are at highest risk for both the coronavirus and the resulting loneliness from self-quarantine. https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C3l00000hoBCC
  2. Hunger relief. Food banks desperately need volunteer help to sort donations, package food kits, or deliver meals. All banks have incorporated thorough distancing and hygiene procedures. https://www.laworks.com/hunger-and-homelessness

United Way of Greater Los Angeles has announced the creation of the Pandemic Relief Fund, which aims to support unsheltered residents, prevent increases in homelessness, and assist low-income student.  https://pandemicrelief.unitedwayla.org/


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UUA Resources for Dealing with the Pandemic

Information from our denomination for congregations includes:

How to Quickly Build a Lay Pastoral Care Network: https://www.uua.org/leadership/libraryleadership/blog/how-quickly-build-lay-pastoral-care-network

Reaching Out Safely: https://www.uua.org/leadership/libraryleadership/blog/reaching-out-safely

A Pastoral Note to One-Person Households in a Time of Physical Distancing: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/one-person-household

A Guide to Pastoral Care and Connection in a Time of Physical Distancing: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/pastoral-distance



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2 thoughts on “UUSM Community Resource List”

  1. Kudos to the Pastoral Care Team and Newsletter team for putting together a comprehensive resource list. I am grateful for your time and effort and impressed with the skills and expertise that benefits our community. Thank you.

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