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COVID-19 Legal Services

In order to protect our clients and staff, NLSLA program offices will be open for business but closed to the public. We continue to provide critical legal services during this difficult time. If you or someone you know is in need of legal help, please call our hotline Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

  • General Help Line: 1 (800) 433-6251
  • Health Help Line: 1 (800) 896-3202
  • Apply for help online HERE
  • If you are a client and have an urgent legal issue or need information about your case, please contact your NLSLA staff member directly.

Temporary COVID-19 Legal Changes:

Housing
  • Important Documents:
  • Lock-outs/Notices to Vacate:
    • On March 18, the LA Sheriff’s Dept. announced they would not be performing any lock-outs.
  • Notices to Pay/Quit:
    • If you are served with a notice, you should wait to get the Complaint (no summons should be issued—see above).
    • Additionally, if you have not already done so, you should give your landlord a signed notice of inability to pay (see below)
  • Eviction Case (Unlawful Detainers, or UDs):
    • Post April 6 Eviction cases:
      • Starting April 6, no evictions will move forward for at least 90 days after the emergency declaration is lifted by the Governor. Landlords can still file evictions, but courts will not issue a summons (the paper that starts an eviction case) to the tenant, and so tenants do not have to answer the eviction or take any action. This new rule applies to residential and commercial tenants. The only exception is if the eviction is considered necessary to protect public health and safety.
      • Be aware that tenants may receive the complaint in the mail from the court (without a summons attached). They should keep this for their records, but they do not need to do anything about it, for now.
      • Starting April 6, the court will not default any tenant if they do not answer a complaint in time, except if the case is about health and safety.
    • Eviction cases filed before April 6:
      • If you had an eviction case that started before the emergency, no UD trials or hearings are being heard in Los Angeles until after June 10, or later. Any cases with a court date before June 10 will be automatically continued. People should receive notice from the court. Your case must be postponed by at least 60 days.
      • If you have not already filed an answer and you were served with a summons and complaint after March 17, 2020, you have until five court days after April 16, 2020 to file your answer. After you have answered, you will not have your trial for at least 60 days. You should receive notice of your trial date from the court. If you already received notice of an upcoming trial date, you should receive a new notice from the court, postponing your trial date for at least 60 days.

     

  • Tenant Protections from Paying Rent (and other things) due to COVID-19:
    • LA County passed a law that says it is a defense to an eviction if you can prove you were unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. The LA County law does not cover cities in LA County that already passed their own laws protecting renters, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Baldwin Park, and El Monte, Alhambra, Pomona, South Pasadena, Agoura Hills, Duarte. These laws vary a lot, so people should contact their own city to find out what the protections are.
    • LA City has a lot of protections for renters, including defenses for non-payment, special protections for people in rent-controlled properties, and protections from no-cause evictions. More help HERE
    • City and County protections are important for tenants once courts reopen.
    • All the laws require you to inform your landlord in writing that you were not able to pay rent due to COVID-19. A sample letter is above.
    • More information on all of these ordinances is available HERE
  • The Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles (HACLA):
    • HACLA is closed to the public, but is processing documents by mail
    • HACLA has reported they will not be terminating people at this time
    • HACLA has extended all voucher expiration dates to 270 days and is granting extensions of additional 90 days
    • HACLA is prioritizing interim reexaminations for decreases due to job loss
  • Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA, formally HACoLA) Section 8 Program
    • See FAQ about office closures and procedures HERE
    • LACDA has extended all voucher expirations by 90 days.
Vivienda

Documentos Importantes:

Bloqueos/Notificación de Desalojo:

  • El 18 de marzo, el Departamento del Sheriff de Los Ángeles anunció que no realizarían bloqueos/cierres.

Caso de Desalojo (detenciones ilegales o UDs):

  • Casos de desalojo posteriores al 6 de abril:
    • A partir del 6 de abril, no se realizarán desalojos durante al menos 90 días después de que el Gobernador levante la declaración de emergencia. Los propietarios aún pueden presentar desalojos, pero los tribunales no emitirán una citación (el documento que inicia un caso de desalojo) al inquilino, por lo tanto los inquilinos no tienen que responder al desalojo ni tomar ninguna medida. Esta nueva regla se aplica a inquilinos residenciales y comerciales. La única excepción es si el desalojo se considera necesario para proteger la salud y la seguridad públicas.
  • Casos de desalojo presentados antes del 6 de abril:
    • Si usted tuvo un caso de desalojo que comenzó antes de la emergencia, tenga en cuenta que no se escucharán juicios ni audiencias de UD en Los Ángeles hasta después del 16 de abril o más adelante. Cualquier caso con una fecha de corte antes del 16 de abril será automáticamente continuado. Las personas deberán recibir un aviso de parte de la corte. Su caso debe ser pospuesto por al menos 60 días.
    • Si usted aún no ha presentado una respuesta y recibió una citación y demanda después del 17 de marzo del 2020, usted tiene hasta cinco días hábiles de la corte (lunes a viernes) después del 16 de abril del 2020 para presentar su respuesta. Después que usted haya respondido a la citación y demanda, usted no tendrá audiencia por lo menos en 60 días. Usted debería recibir una notificación indicando su fecha de juicio en la corte. Si usted ya recibió un aviso de la próxima fecha de juicio, entonces deberá recibir un nuevo aviso de la corte, posponiendo su fecha de juicio por al menos 60 días.

Notificación de Pagar o Desalojar:

  • Si usted recibe un aviso, deberá de esperar para recibir una Citación y Demanda.
  • Usted, no tendrá que responder a una citación y demanda hasta después del 16 de abril, pero también puede comunicarse en cualquier momento con el Centro de autoayuda (Self-Help Center) para responder antes; esto se recomienda para reducir la acumulación de casos. Ningún caso será programado hasta después del 16 de abril.
  • El demostrar que usted no puede pagar el alquiler debido al COVID-19, por el momento esto es una defensa contra un desalojo en algunas ciudades, incluyendo: la ciudad de Los Ángeles, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Baldwin Park y El Monte, Alhambra, Pomona, Sur Pasadena, Agoura Hills, Duarte y otras.
  • Asimismo, para todos los residentes de California el demostrar que no puede pagar podrá extender su tiempo para responder a un desalojo.
    • Si usted no puede pagar su alquiler debido a razones relacionadas con la pandemia del coronavirus, razones tales como perder su trabajo, enfermarse o tener que cuidar a un familiar enfermo, el cierre de la escuela o la falta de cuidado de niños u otras dificultades económicas derivadas de la pandemia, usted, debe notificar a su arrendador por escrito lo antes posible (dentro de los 7 días si es posible) y también, si es posible proporcionar documentación para respaldar sus dificultades. Siga reuniendo evidencia a medida que pase el tiempo.
  • La Autoridad de Vivienda de la ciudad de Los Ángeles (HACLA):
    • HACLA está cerrada al público, pero está procesando documentos por correo
    • HACLA ha informado que en este momento las personas no serán desalojadas
    • HACLA ha extendido todas las fechas de vencimiento de los cupones a 270 días y adicionalmente está otorgando extensiones de 90 días
    • HACLA está dando prioridad a las reevaluaciones provisionales por las reducciones debido a la pérdida de trabajo

 

Social Security

SSA offices are closed to the public but some work is still going on behind the scenes.

  • SSA announced in this notice that it would not be terminating people from SSA benefits, and also warned about a scam where people are being threatened with terminations.
    • The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19-related office closures. We will not suspend or discontinue benefits because our offices are closed to the public for in-person service. Read the fraud advisory.
  • Visit: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
    • SSA is extending good cause to the extent possible
    • SSA is not conducting continuing disability reviews. So we assume there will be no terminations on this basis.
    • Where possible, SSA is suspending processing and collection of overpayments
  • There may be long wait times on phones
Seguro Social
  • Las oficinas del SSA están cerradas al público, pero todavía están trabajando detrás de escena.
  • SSA anunció en este aviso que no suspendería a las personas de los beneficios del SSA, y también advirtió sobre una estafa en la que las personas están siendo amenazadas con terminaciones. Por favor informar a los clientes:
    • La Inspectora General del Seguro Social, Gail S. Ennis, advierte al público acerca de las cartas fraudulentas en las cuales amenazan la suspensión de los beneficios del Seguro Social debido al cierre de oficinas relacionadas a COVID-19.  No suspenderemos ni descontinuaremos los beneficios porque nuestras oficinas están cerradas al público para el servicio en persona, lea acerca de Asesoría sobre fraude en el siguiente enlace: Read the fraud advisory.
  • Visite la página de web: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
    • El SSA está extendiendo la solicitud tardía en la medida posible por una buena causa
    • El SSA no está realizando revisiones continuas de discapacidad. Por lo tanto, suponemos que no habrá terminaciones por este motivo.
    • Donde sea posible, SSA suspende el procesamiento y el cobro de sobrepagos
  • Puede haber largos tiempos de espera en el teléfono.
Public Charge
  • USCIS released a memo that says The Public Charge Test does not apply to testing, screening, or treatment for COVID-19 (the coronavirus).
  • The Public Charge Test will not apply to vaccines used by you or your family to treat COVID-19.
  • A child’s use of public benefits will not impact a parent’s public charge test.
  • Staying healthy and safe is important. Do not cut your or your family’s public benefits before speaking to an attorney.
  • Public Charge Fact Sheet HERE
  • Public Charge Fact sheet in Spanish HERE
  • Learn more about public charge HERE
La Carga pública

Continúe refiriéndose al Protocolo de carga pública existente, esto es solo una adición:

  • USCIS (El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos) publicó un memorando el cual dice que la Prueba de Carga Pública no se aplica a los análisis, exámenes o el tratamiento para COVID-19 (el coronavirus).
  • La Prueba de Carga Pública no se aplicará a las vacunas utilizadas por usted o su familia para tratar el COVID-19.
  • El uso de los beneficios públicos por parte de un niño no afectará la prueba de carga pública de los padres.
  • Es importante mantenerse saludable y seguro. No reduzca sus beneficios públicos o los de su familia antes de hablar con un abogado.
  • Public Charge Fact sheet in Spanish HERE
  • Aprenda más sobre información de la carga pública en la siguiente página de web: https://www.nlsla.org/projects/public-charge-advocacy/
DPSS (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKS, GR, CAPI, IHSS)
  • DPSS provides the following benefits
    • cash benefits for families (CalWORKs), single individuals (General Relief), and some immigrants (CAPI, RCA)
    • Food benefits (CalFresh/Food stamps)
    • Health Insurance (Medi-Cal)
    • Payment to hire an in-home worker for people with disabilities (IHSS)
  • Contacting DPSS:
    • DPSS offices are closed to the public.
    • You can apply for benefits in the following ways:
      • Contact the Customer Service Center at (866-613-3777) with questions or to apply for all benefits. There may be long wait times and call back later messages. Expanded hours starting April 27 are M-F 7:30 am – 7:30 pm, and Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
      • Access YBN (Your Benefits Now) to apply for benefits online or upload changes in income or household status for existing cases: https://www.yourbenefits.laclrs.org/ybn/Index.html
      • Get a paper application outside of offices and put it in a drop box.
    • People without a mailing address will be able to pick up an EBT card outside of DPSS offices after arranging an appointment over the phone.
    • Additionally, people with homeless mail at a DPSS office will be able to collect their mail at the office after making an appointment over the phone.
  • No Interruptions in Benefits:
    • All DPSS benefits (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Relief, CAPI, IHSS) will continue uninterrupted for March, April and May 2020.
    • If you are on GAIN, the months of April-June do not count toward your 48-month time clock
    • If you are on GR, you are presumed to have good cause not to comply with GROW
    • If you have important changes to your household, you should report them to DPSS, like going over your Income Reporting Threshold (IRT) or a household member leaving your house
    • If you have a loss of income, or a new member joins your household, contact DPSS to increase your benefits
    • SAR-7s and recertifications will not be processed for March, April and May. If you reported information in a SAR-7 or recertification document that will increase your benefits, you should call DPSS and try reporting it again.
  • Increases to CalFresh:
    • ALL CalFresh households that were already getting benefits for March, April and May will be brought up to the maximum CalFresh allotment. In other words, if you are a single person household receiving $50/month, you will be bumped up to $194/month. If you are a two-person household, you’ll get $355, and so on. So, households will differ in terms of how much “more” CalFresh they will receive (and if your household already receives the maximum for your household size, you will not see an additional benefit).
      • March allotment will be distributed on April 12, 2020.
      • April allotment will be distributed May 10, 2020.
      • May allotment will be distributed June 14, 2020.
  • Starting April 28th, you will be able to use your EBT to make online food purchases from Amazon and Walmart.
  • The Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector has stopped all collections of old debts to DPSS

 

  • Pandemic EBT (money for food for school children)
    • Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school are eligible for additional money to pay for food. This is Pandemic EBT, and will be up to $365 per child.
    • A Pandemic EBT card will be mailed automatically to families who receive CalFresh, CalWORKs and/or Medi-Cal. They do not have to apply, or do anything.
    • Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do receive public benefits must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be made available on May 22, 2020 at p-ebt.org.
    • DPSS does not give this money, so do not contact DPSS with questions. Instead, contact the California EBT Customer Service Center at 877.328.9677
    • Learn more at: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt
DPSS (Departamento de Servicios Sociales Públicos)
  • Todos los beneficios del DPSS (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Relief, CAPI, IHSS) continuarán sin interrupciones durante marzo, abril y mayo del 2020.
  • El DPSS está cerrado al público. DPSS todavía está procesando casos, pero está atrasado.
  • Si usted está en GAIN, los meses de abril a junio no cuentan para su reloj de 48 meses.
  • Si usted está en GR, se supone que tiene una buena causa para no cumplir con GROW
  • Todos los beneficios se pueden solicitar a través de YBN o llamando al Centro de Atención al Cliente (CSC)
  • Las personas sin una dirección postal podrán recoger una tarjeta EBT fuera de las oficinas de DPSS.
  • Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con el número de CSC (866-613-3777), pero puede haber largos tiempos de espera y regreso de llamar más tarde.
  • Para solicitar sus beneficios ingrese a YBN (sus beneficios ahora)ver la página de web: https://www.yourbenefits.laclrs.org/ybn/Index.html
Family Law
  • From March 20-June 10, only emergency family law cases will be heard. This includes Civil Temporary Restraining Orders, Family Temporary Restraining Orders, and Ex-Parte Family Law Proceedings.
  • RFO (Request for Orders), TSC (Trial Setting Conference), or trial for a dissolution or paternity matter scheduled between now through June 10th (and likely June 22nd), will be continued and you should receive notice from the court of the continued date.
  • You may still file general family law filings but the clerk’s offices are closed. You can fax file your documents or drop them off at the courthouse in drop boxes that are set up outside. You must still pay the fees associated with the filings or submit a fee waiver. You will need to submit a self-addressed envelope and enough copies if conformed copies are needed
  • From now until June 10 (and likely June 22nd), only parties, attorneys, witnesses, and authorized persons are allowed access to the court hearing. The supervising family law judge has clarified that supports persons are considered authorized persons.
  • At this time, courts are scheduled to reopen to hear all family law cases starting June 22, 2020, but this could change.
Ley Familiar
  • Órdenes de restricción: Para las audiencias que estaban programadas para el 17 y 19 de marzo cuando se cerró el tribunal, debieron haber recibido la notificación de sus nuevas fechas en el tribunal.
  • Del día 20 de marzo al 16 de abril, solo se escucharán casos de emergencia de derecho familiar. Esto incluye órdenes de restricción temporales civiles, órdenes de restricción temporales familiar y los procedimientos de derecho de familia ex parte.
  • RFO (Petición de órdenes), TSC (Conferencia de fijación de juicio), o juicio por un asunto de disolución o paternidad programado desde ahora hasta el 16 de abril, será continuado y usted debe de recibir un aviso del tribunal con la fecha de continuación.
  • Usted, todavía puede archivar documentos generales de derecho de familia, pero las oficinas administrativas están cerradas. Usted puede enviar sus documentos por fax o dejarlos en el juzgado en los buzones que están instalados afuera. Aún debe pagar las tarifas asociadas con las solicitudes o presentar una exención de tarifas. Deberá enviar un sobre con su dirección y suficientes copias si necesita copias confirmadas.
  • Desde ahora hasta el 22 de junio del 2020, solo las partes, los abogados, los testigos y las personas autorizadas tienen acceso a la audiencia judicial. El juez supervisor de derecho de familia ha aclarado que las personas de apoyo se consideran personas autorizadas.
  • En este momento, creemos que las salas del tribunal deberían de volver a abrir el 17 de abril del 2020 para escuchar todos los casos de derecho de familia, pero esto podría cambiar.
Immigration
  • Immigration courts are rescheduling hearings for non-detained individuals (not in ICE custody).
  • USCIS is closing their offices to the public through May 3.
    • This means all applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments, biometric appointments and naturalization ceremonies will be rescheduled and people should receive notices of changes.
    • People can request emergency services here: USCIS Contact Center
Inmigración
  • Los tribunales de inmigración están reprogramando audiencias para personas que no están detenidas (no bajo custodia de ICE).
    • Visite el sitio: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/eoir-operational-status-during-coronavirus-pandemic
    • Si no está seguro de lo que está sucediendo con su caso, usted puede buscarlo aquí here e ingrese su #A, o puede llamar al Sistema de Información del Tribunal de Inmigración al 1-800-898-7180, aunque este sistema puede no tener información actualizada con las fechas de las audiencias pospuestas. Usted, puede encontrar más información sobre el número 1-800 aquí here.
  • Desde el 18 de marzo hasta el 1 de abril, y posiblemente más tiempo, USCIS está cerrando sus oficinas al público.
    • Esto significa que todos los solicitantes y peticionarios con citas programadas, citas biométricas y ceremonias de naturalización serán programadas de nuevo y las personas deberán recibir notificaciones de los cambios.
Utilities
  • Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Find help with payments HERE or call 1-800-950-2356.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has announced it will not be performing any utility shut-offs during the crisis. Learn more HERE
Servicios Públicos
  • La empresa eléctrica Edison del sur de California (SCE), anunció que suspenderá las desconexiones del servicio por falta de pago y no exigirá los cargos por pagos tardíos, efectivo de inmediato, para los clientes residenciales y comerciales afectados por la emergencia del COVID-19. Para obtener ayuda con los pagos de facturas, vea el siguiente sitio de web: com/billhelp o vía telefónica llamando al 1-800-950-2356.
  • El Departamento de Agua y Energía de Los Ángeles ha anunciado que no realizará ningún cierre de servicios públicos durante la crisis. Aprenda más aquí: https://www.ladwpnews.com/ladwp-will-not-disconnect-water-and-power-service-during-covid-19-emergency-response/

 

EDD and Employment Benefits
  • See this FAQ from legal aid at work to answer many questions related to COVID-19 and your work HERE
  • Call the Legal Aid at Work Hotline with questions related to your work and EDD Benefits: 1-800-880-8847
  • If your hours have been cut, if you’ve been furloughed or laid off, you can file for unemployment insurance HERE
    • If you expect to return to your job when the dust settles, you do not have to actively be seeking new work during this outbreak. But you must be “able and available to work” to get these benefits, which range from $40-450 per week
  • If you are sick with Coronavius or have been exposed (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim HERE
    • Disability insurance is a short-term benefit for eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to non-work-related illness or injury. Benefits are approximately 60-70% of wages
  • If you are caring for someone else who is sick or quarantined (certified by medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim HERE
    • Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for an ill family member. Benefits are 60-70% of wages.
  • If you have been denied an EDD benefit, you should submit the Appeal Form included with the “determination” letter within 30 calendar days from the date on the letter. Write into the form: “I disagree with the determination and would like a hearing before an administrative law judge.”
Beneficios de EDD
  • Si sus horas han sido reducidas, si usted ha sido suspendido o despedido, usted puede solicitar un seguro de desempleo. Aprenda más aquí
  • Si espera volver a su trabajo cuando pase esta situación, usted no tiene que estar buscando activamente un nuevo trabajo durante este brote. Pero usted debe de estar “apto y disponible para trabajar” para obtener estos beneficios, los cuales oscilan entre $ 40-450 por semana.
  • Si usted está enfermo con Coronavirus o ha estado expuesto (certificado por un profesional médico), usted puede presentar un reclamo de Seguro de Incapacidad (DI). Aprenda más aquí
    • El seguro de discapacidad es un beneficio a corto plazo para los trabajadores elegibles que tienen una pérdida total o parcial de los salarios debido a enfermedades o lesiones no relacionadas con el trabajo. Los beneficios son aproximadamente del 60-70% de los salarios.
  • Si usted está cuidando a otra persona que está enferma o en cuarentena (certificado por un profesional médico), usted puede presentar un reclamo de Licencia Familiar Pagada (PFL). Aprenda más aquí
    • El Permiso Familiar Pagado proporciona hasta seis semanas de pagos a los trabajadores elegibles que tienen una pérdida parcial o total de salarios porque necesitan tiempo libre para cuidar a un familiar enfermo. Los beneficios son 60-70% de los salarios.
Criminal Justice/Reentry

Courts:

  • The Court has postponed all traffic arraignments and trials for at least 30 days
  • The Court has postponed any and all status reports and progress reports court check-ins on open cases for 90 days
  • If a person has a pending criminal case and currently not in jail, the Court has postponed future court dates on such cases for 90 Days UNLESS the law requires the Court to hold a hearing on this person’s case for a certain reason
  • If you have an upcoming court hearing, you should immediately contact your attorney, the Public Defender’s office, or the Court for more information about your case

Probation:

  • L.A. County Probation offices are closed to the public
  • Probation clients are asked to contact their Probation Officer directly about their specific case
  • If you are on summary probation and only have to check-in with the Court, please contact the Court, your attorney, or the Public Defender’s office for more information about your case.
  • Visitation at juvenile halls and residential treatment facilities remains temporarily suspended

Parole:

  • Parole office lobbies are only open for initial parole interviews and emergencies
  • Office visits for Parolees who are age 65 and older and with chronic medical conditions shall be suspended immediately
  • At this time all parolees’ conditions of parole remain in place, with the exception of the items listed above.
  • Parolees should contact their parole agent by phone for guidance on whether to come in and COVID-19 prevention questions.

MORE INFORMATION HERE

Justicia Criminal / Reingreso

La Corte

  • La Corte ha pospuesto todos los procesamientos y juicios de tráfico por lo menos en los próximos 30 días.
  • La Corte ha pospuesto todos y cada uno de los informes y reportes de progreso y revisión de registros judiciales en casos abiertos durante los últimos 90 días.
  • Si una persona tiene un caso penal pendiente y actualmente no está en la cárcel, la Corte ha aplazado las fechas de la corte para un futuro en dichos casos por 90 días A MENOS QUE la ley requiera que la Corte siga en pie una audiencia sobre el caso de esta persona por alguna determinada razón
  • Si usted tiene una próxima audiencia en la corte, usted debe comunicarse con su abogado inmediatamente, la oficina del Defensor Público, o la Corte para obtener más información sobre su caso

Libertad condicional Probatoria:

  • Las oficinas de libertad condicional probatoria del condado de Los Ángeles están cerradas al público.
  • Se le pide a las personas que tengan libertad condicional, que se comuniquen directamente con su oficial de libertad condicional acerca su caso en específico
  • Si usted está en libertad probatoria, y solo tiene que registrarse con la Corte, por favor comuníquese con la Corte, su abogado o la oficina del Defensor Público para obtener información adicional sobre su caso.
  • La visita a las salas correccionales para menores y centros de tratamiento residencial permanecen suspendidas temporalmente

Libertad condicional:

  • Los pasillos de la oficina de libertad condicional solo están abiertos para entrevistas iniciales y emergencias
  • Las visitas a las oficinas para personas que están en libertad condicional y tienen 65 años o más y están con afecciones médicas crónicas se suspenderán de inmediato.
  • En este momento, todas las personas bajo condición de libertad supervisada permanecen vigentes, con la excepción de la lista de condiciones enumerada anteriormente.
  • Las personas en libertad condicional deben comunicarse con su agente de libertad condicional por vía telefónica para obtener orientación y preguntar si deben presentarse y también hacer preguntas de prevención sobre COVID-19.

 

INFORMACIÓN ADICIONAL AQUÍ

 

Parking/Towing

The city of Los Angeles is relaxing parking enforcement in the following ways: 1) relaxed enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas; 2) relaxed enforcement around closed schools; 3) moratorium on ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversize vehicle overnight parking fines; 4) freeze on parking fine increases for the next 60 days; 5) extended grace period for people dropping off or picking up groceries and goods; and 6) immediate extension on all deadlines for payment due until June 1.

 

MORE INFORMATION HERE

Estacionamiento / Remolque

La ciudad de Los Ángeles está siendo flexible sobre el cumplimiento de estacionamiento de las siguiente maneras: 1) están siendo flexibles en las restricciones de limpieza de calles en áreas residenciales; 2) están siendo flexibles alrededor de escuelas que están cerradas; 3) suspensión de la emisión de multas (tickets) y remolque para vehículos abandonados y multas de estacionamiento nocturno de vehículos de tamaño o de peso excesivo; 4) congelación en aumentos de multa de estacionamiento durante los próximos 60 días; 5) tiempo de plazo extendido para las personas que dejan o recogen alimentos y otros productos; y 6) extensión inmediata para todos los plazos de pago que vencen hasta el 1 de junio.

INFORMACIÓN ADICIONAL AQUÍ

 

Stimulus Check and California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants
  • Stimulus Checks:
    • The federal government is giving individuals $1,200 in stimulus money, and $500 per child. There are some immigration status and income limitations.
    • Generally, you get the payment by filing a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
    • People receiving some public benefits from Social Security, Railroad Benefits, or Veteran’s benefits will receive the money for themselves automatically.
      • If you receive one of these benefits, and also have dependents, you needed to have filed a form to get money for your dependents. Unfortunately, the deadline to do that has passed, so you can’t get money for your children this year. You have to file taxes next year to get benefits for your kids.
    • People with low-income who do not file tax returns can use this form to file for the check: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
    • Please see this info sheet to answer more questions
  • Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants
    • To be eligible for disaster relief assistance, an individual must be able to provide information that they
      • (1) are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18);
      • (2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and
      • (3) have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
    • Disaster relief application services and assistance are not guaranteed. It is first come, first served from May 18 to June 30, or whenever the money runs out
    • To apply in Los Angeles, please contact, AFTER MAY 18:
      • Asian Americans Advancing Justice: 213-241-8880
      • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA): 213-201-8700
      • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN): 213-315-2659
    • More info and Frequently Asked Questions HERE
    • For Inquiries, contact ImmigrantDisasterRelief@dss.ca.gov.
Healthcare

Testing/Screening:

  • Most health plans including Covered California and Medi-Cal managed care plans do not have cost-sharing for testing and screening of COVID-19. 
  • COVID-19 testing and screening is covered by all state-regulated insurance plans and by Medi-Cal.
  • If your income is too high to be eligible for Medi-Cal, if you have Medi-Cal with a Share of Cost, if you are uninsured, or if your private insurance does not cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing, testing-related services, and treatment services, there is a special program called COVID-19 Presumptive Eligibility which covers testing and treatment for free regardless of one’s immigration status. You may apply for this program through a qualified provider.
  • If you do not have health insurance, or if you need access to medical care for COVID-19 symptoms, call LA County Information Line 211 to access county programs such as Ability To Pay and My Health LA and other COVID-19 resources.
  • If you have Medicare, testing is free

Federal and Statewide Agency Guidance:

  • DHCS, CDI, and DMHC all issued guidance that medically necessary COVID-19 testing and screening should not cost any money.
  • If you have Medicare Advantage Plan, it will cover out of network care and services for COVID-19 if needed. 
  • Medicare also covers outpatient and medically necessary hospitalizations subject to deductibles and coinsurance.
  • All prior authorization requirements are waived for people on managed care (e.g., LA Care or HealthNet) or fee-for-service Medi-Cal for COVID-19 emergency care. Prior authorization requests for services related to COVID-19 should be expedited.
  • Many health plans, including Medicare Part D plans, have agreed to waive prescription drug prior authorizations, relax limits on quantity or refill frequency, waive delivery fees, allow access to out-of-network pharmacies under certain circumstances, and waive or reduce cost-sharing. Many of the plans, including AIDS drug assistance program, also have a mail order and delivery option available. Check with your plan. 
  • Medi-Cal can cover off-label and investigational medications if doctors prescribe to treat COVID-19. This is a temporary authorization.

Nursing Homes and Long Term Care

  • Nursing homes may limit visitors to protect residents from the virus but you should still be able to communicate with your loved ones 
  • Medicare no longer requires you to be hospitalized for at least 3 days before entering a nursing facility if you are displaced or otherwise affected by COVID-19. 
  • If you recently exhausted your Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility benefits, you can get more days without starting a new benefit period under certain circumstances.

Getting on Medi-Cal

  • If you have recently lost your job or have a reduction in pay, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal
  • You can apply by phone (866) 613-3777 or online. 
  • Please let the person know if you have an urgent medical need as your application can be processed faster.
  • If you do not have access to all the required documents due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, a signed and dated statement can be used instead (except for immigration status).
  • If you are experiencing homelessness you should state that on your application.

Medi-Cal monthly premiums 

  • If COVID-19 is impacting your household, you can ask the state to waiver your monthly premiums for Medi-Cal, the Medi-Cal Access Program, the County Children’s Health Initiative Program, or the 250% Working Disabled Program. You must call every month to request the waiver as it is not automatically extended. 
  • Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP): 1-800-433-2611
  • Medi-Cal Access Infant Program (MCAIP): 1-800-880-5305
  • Medi-Cal monthly premiums for children (OTLIPC): 1-800-880-5305
  • County Children’s Health Initiative Program (CCHIP): 1-833-912-2447
  • 250% Working Disabled Program: 916-445-9891

Access to Medical care 

  • Medical offices are screening patients for symptoms of coronavirus, and some medical offices may reschedule appointments if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • However, state licensed health plans cannot delay or cancel treatments if it would harm your health.
  • Medi-Cal managed care plans must also ensure that ensure that some procedures -including but not limited to all acute emergency procedures, procedures necessary due to acute, debilitating symptoms, pregnancy-related services, labor and delivery, organ transplantation, dialysis, cancer treatments, neurosurgery, trauma, cardiac treatment and limb threatening vascular surgery – continue to be made available to Medi-Cal beneficiaries during these unprecedented time.You may ask if your medical providers can provide services via telehealth. Private health insurance plans including Covered California plans, must allow their network medical providers to use telehealth (by phone or video).If you have Medi-Cal, plans and providers may provide services by telehealth.
  • If you have Medicare, you also have access to telehealth and check-ups by phone.
  • If you have any ongoing prescriptions, call your health plan to find out whether they have mail order options for pharmacy delivery.  

Access to dental care during the pandemic 

  • Dental offices are screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms, and some dental offices may also cancel or postpone your appointment because of staffing shortage, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • However, if you have pain, infection or need dental care because  treatment delay would negatively impact your health,  your dentist should consider treating you or refer you to another dental health care professional.

How can I access behavioral and mental health care? 

  • The Disaster Distress Helpline​ is open 24 hours every day and ready to help if you are feeling stressed, anxious or uneasy: (800) 985-5990. You can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Medi-Cal covers behavioral and mental health care. If you need to access a provider, you can contact your Medi-Cal health plan for a list of providers. Many of these providers have switched to a telehealth format so please ask.

 

Other resources:

Food
  • The County Task Force on Food Security has launched their food security portal page to access here
  • The County Great Plates Delivered program offers three free home-delivered meals a day to qualifying older adults who are at high-risk of COVID-19
  • LAUSD Grab & Go Food Centers
  • Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator
  • EVERYTABLE is offering meals to everyone. Food distribution for Older Adults who need food brought to their homes. Food is available for students. Helpline: (323) 458-6487
  • Los Angelitos Bakery: 2881 E Florence Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255 is offering one free bread to each child, ages 5-13. Monday- Friday, 12pm. – 2pm.
  • Francis Center: Homeless/Low-Income Individuals and Families, 1835 S. Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 provides meal services, clothing closet, showers
  • DREAMCENTER: 2301 Bellevue Ave. Los Angeles 90026: FREE MEALS available for all LAUSD students 7:30am – 6:30pm
  • ALL Vallarta supermarkets will be open for seniors, the disabled, and pregnant women from 7am to 8am starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • ALL Super A Markets will open one hour early to allow Seniors 65 years and up to exclusively shop during the hours of 7:00am – 8:00am before the store opens to the general public
Domestic Violence
  • Find Help Nearby
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline available 24/7: 1-800-799-7233
  • Sojourn Domestic Violence Services Hotline: 310-264-6644
Phone and WiFi
  • T-Mobile, for next 60 days:
    • ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming)
    • Giving all T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers 20GB of add’l mobile hotspot data
    • Increasing data for schools in our EmpowerED program to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month
    • Making it free to call severely impacted countries
    • Are working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months
  • AT&T, For the next 60 days beginning March 14th, 2020, AT&T is pledging to
    • Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic
    • Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic
    • Keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open
  • Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for New K-12 and College Student Households