In San Diego County information about community organizations and vital data/information related to the regional, state and national response to COVID-19 are centralized at 211 San Diego.
Coping in Crisis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledge that this outbreak is stressful. You may need help coping, and there are many resources available to support you in this time.
The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
Teens can talk to another teen by texting “TEEN” to 839863 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., or call 1-800-852-8336 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200.
If you feel unsafe at home, help is available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 help in English or Spanish. If you can't call, visit TheHotline.org to get immediate help with the 24/7 "Chat Now" feature. You are not alone.
Information and support is available to LGBTQ+ students through a number of resources. Contact the Trevor Project by calling 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information and suicide prevention resources. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline is available from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 1-800-273-8255. Or you can call or text the Victims of Crime Resource Center at 1-800-842-8467or chat online for information about LGTBQ+ rights, legal protections and local resources.
California EDD call centers begin expanded customer service hours today. Call centers are now open seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Call 833-978-2511 for general questions about unemployment insurance.
DACAmented individuals with a valid SSN may apply for unemployment. There are also a number of resources available to you under federal and California law.
Services and public benefits are available to immigrants living in California, some regardless of immigration status. The state has posted a helpful guide for what immigrants need to know to protect themselves and their families from coronavirus.
If you have lost your job and don't have an SSN, One Fair Wage assists tipped workers and service workers ineligible for unemployment insurance either due to their immigration status or their hours and/or longevity at the restaurant are not enough to qualify them for unemployment insurance.
Health Care Options
The California Department of Health Care Services has created a tool to locate Hospital Presumptive Eligibility locations. If for any reason students don’t have any medical insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, they can go to the nearest Hospital Presumptive Eligibility provider to get tested and treated. Find more information here or through the COVID-19 call center at 877-409-9052.
Lost your job due to the coronavirus? Here are your health care options in California.
Anyone uninsured and eligible to enroll in health care coverage through Covered California can sign up through the end of June.
In California, you have the right to medical care regardless of your immigration status. There are a number of organizations that can assist:
Locally, The Center’s overnight shelter is open five nights a week (Monday - Friday) for transitional age youth (18-24). And they are offering vouchers for motel rooms to 18-24 –year-olds who suspect they are infected with COVID-19.
Food Distribution List via Feeding San Diego
San Diego Hunger Coalition has current information on meals for kids, food distribution and pantries, WIC program support, CalFresh/SNAP information and application, senior meals, and more.
You can apply for CalFresh online and learn more about other emergency food benefits.
CalFresh is California’s food stamps (SNAP) program.
Parents with kids and teens 18 years old and under can use the USDA Meals 4 Kids mapping tool to find sites near them where they can pick up free nutritious meals and snacks. To maintain social distancing, kids and teens may take their meal home to eat.
Students with commercially owned Federal Family Education Loans or privately held student loans who are struggling to make payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may also be eligible for expanded relief.
SDG&E has payment assistance programs.
Cox has information on troubleshooting your wifi connection.
Low-Cost Computers and Internet Access is being offered at Internet Essentials.
Many companies and organizations are offering access to free and/or low-cost wifi. Additionally, your cell phone access provider may have a plan to waive fees for data usage.