COVID-19 UPDATE (as of 4/1/2020):
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders have resulted in difficult circumstances for many students and families. Below is a list of essential resources that we hope will support your needs during this time.
The Worker’s Guide: Your Rights During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The guide to workers’ rights during the COVID-19 outbreak was prepared by Centro Legal de La Raza, Legal Aid at Work, and Bet Tzedek. This guide answers frequently-asked-questions about unemployment, reduced hours, reduced pay, government benefits, and more. You can find more information at Legal Aid at Work’s website here. Additionally, Legal Aid at Work offers helplines and (virtual) Worker’s Rights Clinics; you can request an appointment here.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits in California
You can apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits online at the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) website. UI benefits are a government program that will provide unemployed workers with cash benefits (about 60% of wages) if they are eligible. If your claim is approved, a payment is made weekly on a Visa card that is mailed to you.
Only the EDD can determinate if you eligible for Unemployment Insurance. Note that in addition to being unemployed or having reduced work hours (1) through no fault of your own (such as due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders), and (2) being willing to return to work if offered, there are two other critical requirements to be eligible for UI benefits: (3) minimum earnings and (4) minimum amount of time worked in the U.S. Please refer to the EDD website for more information.
Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund for Workers
Undocumented workers who live or work in Oakland are eligible to apply for a $500 relief grant from the Oakland Undocumented Relief (OUR) Fund, created by Centro Legal de La Raza. The fund was created to provide critical support to undocumented workers in Oakland who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aggressive public health measures necessary to combat the spread of this disease. To apply for a relief grant, visit the Centro Legal de La Raza website here.
COVID-19 Bay Area Community Resources & Health Information
You can find a comprehensive list of community resources and up-to-date health information online here. This is a living document that is updated regularly by Freedom Community Clinic.
You can find a list of health, housing, and other resources for undocumented communities online here from Immigrants Rising. The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance is also regularly updating their website with a list of COVID-19 resources for undocumented Californians here.
Free COVID-19 Testing in Hayward
COVID-19 testing is available at the Hayward Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood Ave, Hayward, CA 94544. It is free to the public and open to anyone regardless of where you live or your immigration status. As of the time of this email, the hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm or until the number of tests for the day are exhausted. Note that testing is limited to those who meet screening criteria. You can find more information about the Hayward COVID-19 Testing Center here and here.
Note that testing or treatment for COVID-19 is not considered a “public charge” issue for purposes of your immigration status or applications.
Bay Area Food Assistance
- Expensify.org: Expensify.org is matching $50 towards SNAP grocery purchases. Find more information at www.expensify.org/hunger.
- Alameda County Food Bank: If you are in need of food, call the Alameda County Food Bank Helpline at (510) 635-3663. Find more information at accfb.org.
- East Oakland Collective: Offering supplies and food for seniors, unhoused individuals, and people with compromised immune systems. Please contact EOC for availability of supplies and food at (510) 990-0775 or email@example.com.
- Meals on Wheels: Find more information at https://www.feedingseniors.org/get-meals-1.
- Project Open Hand: Find more information at openhand.org.
Housing Resources & Information
If you or a family member are experiencing housing issues, please contact EBCLC’s housing intake line at (510) 548-4040. In general, rent and mortgage freezes, eviction moratoriums and other housing issues are city-specific. If you or your family live outside the Bay Area, you can check the COVID-19 Emergency Tenant Protections & Rent Strikes map for information on a specific city. You can also reach out to EBCLC’s housing intake line for referrals and resources in your area.
Family Preparedness Plan for Individuals Without Legal Status
For families with mixed immigration status, we recommend having a family preparedness plan. Handouts are available (in English, Spanish and Chinese) from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center on how to prepare for a family emergency. It is our hope that you will not need to make use of this plan, but we believe an empowered community is a prepared one and we recommend taking the time to develop a plan for yourself and your loved ones.
Immigration Legal Services for USP/UC Berkeley Students
EBCLC is continuing to provide immigration legal services to USP/UC Berkeley students during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you need help renewing your DACA, or have any questions about your immigration status, you can make an appointment to speak with an immigration legal advocate. Clinic appointments can be scheduled online here. At this time, all appointments will take place by phone or video, not in-person at your campus. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you and your family good health.
GENERAL IMMIGRATION LEGAL RESOURCES:
The USP legal services team provides direct legal representation to current UC Berkeley students. However, when we are unable to take cases due to capacity issues or geographical limitations, we may refer you out to other legal service providers in the Bay Area and elsewhere.
Here is a collection of resources related to immigration and immigration legal services:
- Centro Legal de la Raza
- East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
- Asian Law Caucus
- Immigrant Legal Defense
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
- Legal Services for Children (LSC)
- ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education)
- Mission Asset Fund provides financial assistance for DACA and DACA Renewal.
- Bay Area Immigration Referral List
- Central Valley Immigration Referral List
- Santa Clara County Referral List
- SoCal Immigration Referral List
- Immigration Advocates Network – List of low-cost legal service providers nationwide
Last updated on 4/1/19.