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COVID Resource List

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Financial Resources

  • Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System offers a Financial Assistance Program for low-income residents impacted by COVID-19 as part of Silicon Valley Strong.

  • Emergency financial assistance is available to eligible households who have lost income due to coronavirus-related impacts living in Santa Clara County. This assistance helps low-income residents who may be unable to pay rent.

  • Eligibility requirements: Santa Clara County resident, household income is less than 80% of the average median income for your household size, and have a documented loss of income related to COVID-19 impacts due to health, employment, or school/child care closures. To apply, please click here ( )or call 408.780.9134

  • To see what benefits are offered for workers who have been impacted by COVID-19, please click here ( ).

  • Silicon Valley Power will not disconnect power for nonpayment and will not conduct maintenance outages during the coronavirus health emergency.

  • The California Labor Commissioner's Office lists basic information with relation to employee leave options, compensation, and salary in English ( ) and Spanish ( ).

Food & Meal Assistance

  • The Health Trust Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious meals five days a week, sometimes with the option of a once-a-week frozen meal, to seniors and adults with disabilities. Drivers also provide daily wellness checks.

  • To apply for Meals on Wheels you must be a resident of Santa Clara County who is housebound and has difficulty getting your own meals. Apply by calling the Meals on Wheels office at 408.961.9870 or toll-free at 800.505.3367  This is a free service for qualified applicants. Grants and other funding is available for low-income seniors.

  • Second Harvest Food Bank can help families secure food during these difficult times.  If you need food, call 800.984.3663 


  • The  San Jose Public Library eLibrary card provides residents and City employees, who don't already have a library membership, with a library card that will provide instant access to eBooks, eMedia, online learning, including, for free. San Jose residents and any City employee, regardless of home residency, can get an SJPL eLibrary card. To become a member, please click here ( ).


Mental Health Services

  • Changes to routine can be difficult for anyone, including older adults. Feeling overwhelmed from these changes is common. This “new normal” can be challenging to navigate and can bring about added feelings of anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

    • Reach out to the County of Santa Clara Suicide and Crisis Hotline. Call (855) 278-4204 and speak to a trained crisis counseling volunteer in any language. The line is available 24/7.

    • If you can't or don't want to talk on the phone, a text option is available: Text RENEW to 741741 to access volunteer crisis counselors (free, 24/7). Service available in English only.

    • Call the Friendship Line at (415) 750-4111. The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls.

    • Talk to someone at the Trevor Project by calling (866) 488-7386 or texting START to 678678. The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

    • Find the right help for you through the County Mental Health Services Call Center. Dial (800) 704-0900 and Call Center Staff can help you if you’re in crisis by directing you to the right services to best serve you in the moment.

    • Call Uplift Family Services at (408) 379-9085 when a child or teen is in immediate crisis, including facing possible hospitalization. Uplift can help with a range of services to provide swift care and safety. They provide an immediate response and deliver crisis intervention services.

    • Contact Mobile Crisis Response at (800) 704-0900 and select option #2. The Mobile Crisis Response Team​ (MCRT) can provide consult and intervene wherever the crisis is occurring in the community. The service operates Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM.​

Non-profits & Community-based Organizations


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