Basic Needs Resources During the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Crisis

Student Outreach and Support, The Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being & Research, and The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life have complied resources to assist the Leo Community during this trying time. The university expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to utilizing these services.

If you are aware of resources that are not listed below, please email acamacho@laverne.edu to have them added to the list.

Basic Needs Resources

Attending to basic needs can be challenging for some throughout the year. According to the American Psychological Association, ⅓ of college students struggle to have their basic needs met. Now more than ever people are seeking assistance in gaining/maintaining food, housing, utilities, resources, etc. Those experiencing these difficulties are encouraged to reach out for support.

Looking for mental health & well-being resources? Check out our Well-Being Resources During COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Crisis Page here.

On-campus Resources

Leo Pantry

The Food Pantry will be doing disbursements of “boxes” throughout the academic year.  To apply for a box, for additional information, or to make a donation go here.

Computer/Internet Assistance

A limited number of loaner equipment items (i.e. laptop computers, iPads, wifi cards, etc.) will be available at the Campus Safety Office throughout the year from 10:00 am-4:00 pm . Direct questions to the library at library@laverne.edu or (909) 448-4300. Please see the Coronavirus Library Update for more information.

Student Health Center

In order to meet the high demand for medical consultations,  the Student Health Center is offering telemedicine services. Telemedicine allows students to call or chat about symptoms as a way to triage when in-person care is really needed. Appointments may also be made for assistance with medical prescriptions refills and medical referrals (as appropriate). Please call 909-448-4619.

Emergency Catastrophic Leave for Student Employees

Student employees have the ability to access the Emergency Catastrophic Leave, in which employees are able to ‘donate’ their vacation or sick hours to others.  To access the Emergency Catastrophic Leave, click here.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund assists University of La Verne students by providing limited emergency financial grants to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to unexpected emergencies related to COVID-19. All enrolled University of La Verne students, regardless of program, campus, or citizenship, are eligible to apply. Find the application for the ULV Emergency Fund here.

Getting Tested for COVID-19

The University of La Verne website provides step-by-step instructions for students and employees that apply both while normal campus operations are suspended and also once campus operations resume.

Resources without Geographic Restrictions

211

211 is a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year. To get expert, caring help, simply call 211 or search by zipcode on their website for local information about essential needs, crisis and emergency, COVID-19, service providers and disaster assistance.

Aunt Bertha

Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more using your zipcode.

Neighbor

Neighbor is a storage solution to the current uncertainty that society is living in that is forcing students to find better and more flexible tools and services to fill their needs. Often referred to as the “Airbnb of storage”, this company offers a way for students to find the perfect storage option, both in terms of price, flexibility, or location. See all of their available options on their website here.

Spectrum Internet Assist

The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides reliable, high-speed internet access at an affordable price for those who qualify. Learn more here.

Internet Essentials From Comcast

Eligible new customers will receive 60 days of Internet Essentials service, the internet adoption program for low-income households, without charge. And they have increased the speed of this internet service for all customers.

EveryoneOn

EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers, and delivering digital skills training.

Secure the Student

Secure the Student seeks to increase student success both inside and outside of the classroom by challenging food and housing insecurity among college students.

Student Relief Fund

The Student Relief Fund is a joint collaboration to support students with information and resources. If you are a college student currently in need of support because of a COVID-19 campus shutdown, you can submit a request here. Please note, they cannot offer financial assistance via this website. Instead, they will work with you to identify resources and solutions to help.

Student Universe Cancellation Policies

Student Universe has gathered a list of their 220+ airline partners cancellation policies to make it easier for students to be kept updated on already-booked flights.

CVS and Walgreens

CVS and Walgreens have waived delivery fees for eligible prescriptions. CVS is also providing other services such as video visits with a health care practitioner, scheduling a MinuteClinic appointment, and approving 90 days prescriptions/early refills.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides grant funds to states and territories to provide families with financial assistance and related support services. State-administered programs may include childcare assistance, job preparation, and work assistance. This program gives bi-weekly cash allowances and other crucial support services for parents who meet specific criteria. See if you qualify here.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programming

If you are low-income, you may qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programming. This is a little bit of a tedious, challenging process. However, it is doable and completing it will result in you getting a monthly support for groceries if you qualify.  You can find the online application here or call the SNAP Hotline at (877) 847-3663.

Low-cost In-person Care

Many base their fees on a sliding scale. Assistance can range from primary care to mental health care, dental, and OB/GYN and is available to everyone including the uninsured and undocumented. Note that most health centers do not offer COVID-19 testing and require that you call in advance! To find the nearest health center, click here.

Healthcare

If you lost your job and cannot keep your employer’s insurance coverage you have up to 30 days to get a plan through the Healthcare Marketplace under their special enrollment period. If you are uninsured, are a citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR), and meet the eligibility criteria requirements, you (and your children if applicable) may be eligible for free health insurance under Medicaid. To apply, visit your state’s Medicaid webpage.

Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Grocery Stores that Accept EBT Online for Delivery

A list of grocery stores that accept EBT Online for grocery delivery can be found here.

  • Phone: (800) 985-5990

Edquity

Food insecurity. Housing insecurity. Insufficient financial aid. They  know the day-to-day financial issues for college students are real. Edquity for College helps you manage the money you have and find the emergency support on- and off-campus – as well as emergency dollars – when what you have just isn’t enough. Visit their page here.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service COVID-19 Waivers

Click the link  here to see available child nutrition, WIC, and SNAP waivers available during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Resources for Employment Opportunities

Employment and Job Opportunities During the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Crisis

This ULV webpage provides tables that list companies that are currently hiring during COVID-19. To learn more about each opportunity and the positions they are hiring for, click here.

Food Resources

Food Pantry & Food Resources During the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Crisis

Visit this ULV webpage for a list of food pantries and food resources in California that can be accessed during the pandemic.

Cal Fresh Benefits

CalFresh is intended to help low-income people put healthy food on their tables each month. CalFresh is the new name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in California.  Formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, this is a federal program run through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Eligible individuals can apply for CalFresh benefits through an application process through the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services (LADPSS). The CalFresh Outreach Program can assist with the application process.

Food Banks

California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is a membership organization of 41 food banks from throughout the state with a shared mission to end hunger in California and a firm commitment to providing cutting-edge leadership in the anti-hunger community. Find a food bank here.

Los Angeles County Resources

County of Los Angeles Public Health Page

LA county website to keep up with relevant resources, the latest news, and information.

Employment Development Department  (EDD)

News for workers seeking unemployment insurance benefits (UIB), resources, and FAQs can be found here.

LA County Department of Public Social Services

Financial resources for individuals impacted by COVID-19 can be found here.

One Degree

One Degree strives to provide comprehensive, updated, and accurate community resource information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, they maintain that same commitment and are happy to provide this guide as a quick and effective reference to resources that might be needed during this period.

Database of Los Angeles Resources

This document was created by people who are committed to the community’s health. Resources include food, housing, health, transportation, general resources and education and are separated into four general categories: children and youth, adults, elderly, the undocumented community, the trans and/or queer community, incarcerated individuals, the homeless/houseless community and veterans.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Find a local LA Food Bank here.

Food Resources for LA County

The following have been compiled for Los Angeles County, and include programs and organizations offering services for food resources.

California Association of Food Banks

List of California Food Banks. Enter your zip code to find CAFB member food banks and other food programs in your area. In addition to connecting you with food banks, this tool can also show you other types of food assistance programs.

Expensify

If you or anyone you know is on SNAP, follow this link to get reimbursed for your groceries.

Eat Fresh

This website is an online recipe and nutrition resource for CalFresh (SNAP, or food stamps) eligible individuals and families, though this website is a great resource for anyone who wants to improve their health.

St. Francis Center Los Angeles

For 45 years, St. Francis Center has provided hunger relief to homeless and extremely low-income families and individuals in Los Angeles. Learn more about their programs here.

Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) Program

The LIFE program provides transportation assistance to low-income individuals in LA County. LIFE offers fare subsidies that may be applied toward the purchase of passes on Metro or any LIFE participating transit agencies or a free regional ride option. Once enrolled, LIFE benefits can be loaded onto your TAP  card at any participating vendor. In addition, if you are a Reduced-Fare TAP cardholder, you may also be eligible for additional savings with LIFE.

Inland Valley Hope Partners

Beta Program Center

Services offered to no, very low and low income families and individuals at the Beta Program Center include emergency food – 5 days of basic staple food for each member of your family; utility assistance – payment of one month of electric and/or gas bill (when funding is available); motel vouchers – 3-5 days of motel stay for families (when funding is available); and information and referral to other social service programs.

Food Distribution: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-3:00 pm

209 W. Pearl Street Pomona, CA 91768

909-622-3806 #301

Urban Mission Food Pantry

Food Distribution: 4th Thursday of the Month 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

810 S. White Ave Pomona, CA 91768

909-622-3806

Claremont Satellite Food Pantry

Food Distribution: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 pm-4:30 pm

660 N. Mountain Avenue Claremont, CA 91711

909-622-3806 #401

San Dimas Satellite Food Pantry

Food Distribution: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

110 E. Third Street San Dimas, CA 91773

909-622-3806

Food Security Program Information Sheet

The Food Security Program is an emergency food pantry. All services are provided with no charge to the recipient. Information regarding eligibility and locations can be found here.

Sowing Seeds for Life

Sowing Seeds For Life has partnered with the Fairplex in this unprecedented time. Due to the overwhelming requests for assistance, the Fairplex has opened its gates to allow for the SSFL Food Pantry to take place in the parking lot inside Gate 17 of the fairgrounds. This type of pantry will be a drive-thru. All patrons must stay in their vehicles. Have your trunk cleared an upon entry you will be asked to unlock your trunk, and our volunteers will load your vehicles with food and supplies. No paperwork required. The pantry will be available to all residents of LA County.

Love INC

Love INC offers a clothing pantry, baby pantry, SUDS pantry, kitchen pantry, linens pantry, homeless assistance, emergency food,  bus tickets, shelter referrals, and utility referrals. To receive services call Love INC Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 10 am-2 pm.

18821 E Arrow Hwy Covina, CA

626-858-3300

Shepherd’s Pantry

We provide a number of free services to our clients. You are encouraged to take advantage of those services that will be of benefit to you. Please note that not all services will be provided at each location: weekly food distribution, clothing distribution, resource counseling, and more.

Glendora– 657 E. Arrow Highway Ste J Glendora 91740

626-852-7630

Irwindale– 1418 Arrow Highway Irwindale 91706

626-305-0392

Baldwin Park– 13020 Francisquito Ave Baldwin Park 91706

626-671-0090

New Song San Dimas

The New Song San Dimas Pantry Ministry will continue to function during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the original schedule. Food distribution takes place on New Song’s campus just inside the Worship Center on the following days: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Thursdays, 7-8 pm; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10-11:30 am; Sundays 12:30-1 pm. To help reduce the risk of any potential exposure(s) the pantry will be offering a drive-up option only. Staring April 1, drive-thru donations will be accepted on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm.

945 W. Covina Blvd., San Dimas, CA 91773

909-394-9488

Action Food Pantry Grace Lutheran Church

ACTION stands for Area Congregations Together in One Name to serve their surrounding communities.  One of the many services they provide is a food pantry. Individuals can request assistance here.

Food Distribution: Mondays, 4-7 pm and Thursdays, 10-1 pm

17880 East Covina Boulevard, Covina, CA 917122

626-319-0554

The New Life Church

The New Life Church provides a food bank on Fridays at 2 pm. More information can be found here.

275 E. Foothill Blvd, Pomona CA, 91767

323-816-6530

Everytable Helpline

Everytable’s Helpline (323-458-6487) opened on Monday, March 16 in direct response to COVID-19. Their goal is to connect directly with foundations, organizations and nonprofits who are committed to feeding people and to provide food access and/or relief to those who need it. Individuals facing food insecurity are encouraged to connect with Everytable via the helpline.

Orange County Resources

COVID-19 Hotline for Orange County

1 (833) 426-6411

Community Legal Aid SoCal

Legal resources to protect safety, health, and wellbeing via phone appointments can be found here.

OC Community Services

Orange County Community Services lists options for affordable housing, preventing homelessness, services for older adults and veterans, and employment development.

CV-19 Resource Guide for Orange County

Excel sheet that lists various resources- including categories such as school information/free food, immigration, mental health, physical health, elderly, etc- for residents of Orange County.

Orange County Health Information on COVID-19

Additional information about recommendations, public benefits and contact options for Orange County is listed here.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Pop up drive-thru food distribution for those in need of additional food assistance with a supplemental supply of shelf-stable items and produce. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at 2695 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA.

San Bernardino County Resources

San Bernardino County Public Health Page

San Bernardino county website to keep up with relevant guidelines, the latest news, and resources.

Inland Empire Resource Guide

This database contains resources (such as mental health, medical, social services, substance use, etc.) for Riverside County, Imperial Valley, San Bernardino County, and Coachella Valley.

Inland Valley Hope Partners

Sova Program Center

Services offered to no, very low and low income families and individuals at the Beta Program Center include emergency food – 5 days of basic staple food for each member of your family; utility assistance – payment of one month of electric and/or gas bill (when funding is available); motel vouchers – 3-5 days of motel stay for families (when funding is available); and information and referral to other social service programs.

Food Distribution: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-3:00 pm

904 E. California Street Ontario, CA 91761

909-622-3806 #200

Food Security Program Information Sheet

The Food Security Program is an emergency food pantry. All services are provided with no charge to the recipient. Information regarding eligibility and locations can be found here.

Sahaba Initiative

The Sahaba Initiative food pantry is committed to assisting families and individuals who are suffering from hunger. They also provide application assistance for CalFresh formerly known as EBT.

Food Distribution: Saturdays 12 pm-1 pm

1887 Business Center Dr. South, San Bern 92408

Diocese of San Bernardino Food Pantries

All 56 food pantries are operating and offering packed food.  Their food pantries are offered in the following locations: Hemet, High Desert, Low Desert, Riverside, San Bernardino, and the West End. Find the nearest food pantry using their maps.

Riverside County Resources

Inland Empire Resource Guide

This database contains resources (such as mental health, medical, social services, substance use, etc.) for Riverside County, Imperial Valley, San Bernardino County, and Coachella Valley.

Riverside University Health System Public Health Page

Riverside County public health updates regarding COVID-19 can be found here.

Diocese of San Bernardino Food Pantries

All 56 food pantries are operating and offering packed food.  Their food pantries are offered in the following locations: Hemet, High Desert, Low Desert, Riverside, San Bernardino, and the West End. Find the nearest food pantry using their maps.

Riverside Essential Business Map

Google map highlighting many local restaurants that remain open for pickup or delivery in Riverside County.

Foster Youth Resources

Housing Assistance for Foster Youth

Foster youth had to leave college dorms due to COVID-19 can email info@togetherwerise.org. They will provide or help find housing during the transition.

State Independent Living and Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Coordinators

If you have experience with the foster care system, contact your Independent Living Coordinator. Child welfare agencies are obligated to provide these services to people who are Chafee-eligible and living in their state or county. Chafee/IL coordinators for all states can be found here.

Laptop Assistance for Foster Youth

If there are any foster youth (current or former) that require a laptop for remote learning, they can email info@onesimplewish.org, a non profit working with youth and young adults who are impacted by foster care, abuse, and neglect. One Simple Wish will help provide a laptop.

Resources for the Disabled Community

Getting Supplies to Compromised People in Need

Google doc about mutual aid support for getting aid to compromised people in need in our communities.

COVID-19: Guidance for People at Higher Risk

A guide for those at higher risk, which includes: A) People over 60 years of age. The risk increases significantly thereafter and escalates with age, with persons over age 80 in the highest risk category. B) People, regardless of age, with underlying health conditions.

What People with HIV Need to Know about Coronavirus

What people with HIV need to know about the new Coronavirus. New research is emerging about how the respiratory virus spreads and how people can protect themselves and others. Learn more here.

How to File for Disability Insurance (Video)

Provided in both English and Spanish.

How to Get On

A self-advocacy guide for anyone who is home-bound or bed-bound in the US. Special focus on folks with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (sometimes called “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”). Those who don’t have ME or CFS, you are still welcome to use this guide. In the time of Coronavirus, they’ve created some guides for everyone.

Unemployment or Disability Benefits Coronavirus 2019 FAQ from EDD (Employment Development Department of California)

General guidance as to what programs are available and what situations may be applicable to your circumstances. We encourage you to apply for the program you believe best fits your needs and the EDD will determine your eligibility for benefits. Find the full FAQ here.

Resources for the Undocumented Community

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities

Here you will find a database of resources for undocumented communities. Resources include financial, mutual aid, legal, medical, and food.

Ca.gov Guide for Immigrant Californians

If you’re an immigrant living in California, here is what you need to know to protect yourself, your family, and your community from coronavirus. Services and public benefits are available to you, some regardless of immigration status. Visit the website here.

Community Education from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Here you will find support and community education to assist undocumented communities during this crisis.

Immigrant Rising

Immigrants Rising is committed to serving undocumented communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They have put together this list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate the crisis.

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants

This program provides money for non-citizens who are disabled or of a certain age. Participants are also eligible for Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services, and/or Food Stamp benefits. For more information about the program call 1-800-929-8118.

UndocuScholars Relief Fund

If you are undocumented yourself or have family members who are undocumented and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, apply here.  The full website can also be found using this link.

Farmworkers’ COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund

A fund for farmworkers. There are an estimated two to three million farmworkers feed us through their labor, bringing fruits, vegetables and other crops to homes across the nation. As the country is learning, their work is critical, yet they and their work have not been properly valued. You can apply here.

Resources for the Undocumented Community in California

NorCal Resist

Providing limited cash assistance for undocumented families in the Sacramento area who have lost work due to COVID19.  Visit their website here.

  • Phone: (916) 382-0256

Relief Funds For Undocumented Workers in California (Legal Aid at Work)

A Google doc featuring various relief funds for undocumented workers.

805 Undocufund

Resource for those who are undocumented individuals residing in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties can be found here.

Grantmakers Concerned with Refugees and Immigrants

COVID-19 Immigrant Response Funds can be found here.

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

36 COVID-19 Resources Guide for Undocumented Californians. Includes: FAQ Sheets, undocumented workers’ rights in California, basic information of COVID-19 from the CDC in Spanish, and more. Click the link here to visit the website.

Resources for the Undocumented Community

Organizations to that are helping undocumented students during the COVID-19 outbreak are listed here.

Grantmakers Concerned with Refugees and Immigrants

A continuously updated resource with a focus on how it is impacting immigrants and how philanthropy is addressing that impact can be found here.

Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is open for critical services. Most of their groups have gone virtual. They also have ways for the community to help. Please visit their website for more information.