In these challenging times, our office is here to serve you however we can.
We know that COVID-19 is affecting many in unprecedented ways, and we are grateful to our medical personnel, first responders, those working in grocery stores and other essential jobs, and everyone who is helping to save lives by practicing social distancing and following state and local guidelines. Below are some updates, helpful links, and important information:
The California Legislature has authorized up to $1 billion to increase hospital capacity, purchase additional ventilators and essential medical equipment, and provide assistance to nursing homes, schools, childcare facilities, at-risk seniors, and individuals experiencing homelessness.
Governor Newsom has issued an executive order authorizing local governments to halt evictions, slow foreclosures, and protect against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19.
If you can't work, are facing reduced hours, or are caring for a sick or quarantined family member, you may qualify for state assistance. You also may qualify for state assistance if COVID-19 is affecting your business. More information is available here.
You can also find information about paid sick leave, paid family leave, unemployment benefits, and other state benefits here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest loans for small businesses and nonprofits harmed by COVID-19. More information is available here.
Governor Newsom has projected that California schools are likely to remain closed for several months. Educational resources and information about LAUSD Grab & Go Food Centers (which are distributing free meals to students) can be found here.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is encouraging seniors and vulnerable individuals to avoid DMV offices and has asked police not to ticket for expired drivers licenses or vehicle registrations.
Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times by donating to a shelter or food bank, supporting nonprofits, donating blood, or performing a wellness check (by phone or text) on older neighbors. You can find out more here.
As always, our office is available to assist during these challenging times. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (818) 346-4521 or Assemblymember.Gabriel@assembly.ca.gov if there is anything we can do to help you or your family.
Please take care of yourselves and each other. We will get through this together.
Assemblymember, 45th District
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