There are so many wonderful ways we are supporting each other in this crisis.
Seniors and people with disabilities are not disposable, and we are here for each other!
How to get help with immediate needs
Vaccine Information and updates: SDA has created a list of critical vaccine-related information and resources including links to media coverage and events.
Cross-Bay Mutual Aid Project: SDA, Bay Resistance, and a variety of other community organizations have created a volunteer mutual aid network to help meet people’s needs during this time. To ask for support (for you or someone you know) or to offer support, fill out this form. If you have any issues with accessing the form, please call us at (415) 546-1333.
Federal Programs Providing Assistance During COVID-19: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has provided a range of programs to support individuals, families, and communities. While some of these programs are long-standing, others were formed in direct response to the challenges created or exacerbated by the public health emergency. As we continue to move forward towards a “new normal,” the following resources remain available for those in need:
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing discounts on service and devices.
- The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program from the Department of the Treasury assists families that are unable to pay rent or utilities so they can remain in their homes during the pandemic.
- The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides federally funded assistance to cover home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization, and energy-related minor home repairs to eligible households.
- The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) from ACF is a new emergency program that provides funds to low-income households for water and wastewater bills, helps avoid water shut offs, and supports water system reconnections caused by missed payments during the pandemic.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides monthly benefits that help families purchase healthy food from authorized retail food stores.
SF Department of Disability and Aging Services:
(415) 355-6700 or 211
On this page
- Staying Connected
- Economic support
- Tenant and protections
- Home care resources
- Where to find more information
Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation! Maintaining contact with others is important for overall well-being. Below are a few free resources we recommend utilizing. Please share these resources with your neighbors.
- IOA Friendship Line – (800) 971-0016
- Covia Well Connected – (877) 797-7299
- Covia Bien Conectado – (877) 400.5867
- LGBT National Hotline – (888) 843-4564
- Trans Lifeline’s Peer Support Hotline – (877) 565-8860
- Mental Health Assn. Peer-Run Warm Line/Web Chat – (855) 845-7415
- And as always, you can reach SDA at (415) 546-1333 with any questions or concerns.
There are a number of new and existing resources for food, both prepared meals and groceries.
- Call the Department of Disability and Aging Services information and referral line, at (415) 355-6700 or (800) 510-2020. You may be eligible for emergency food delivery.
- An interactive food locator tool is available from the SF Marin Food bank.
- Senior Meal Sites are doing to-go meal pick up.
- You might be eligible for Meals on Wheels delivered meals.
Food Bank resources
- Weekly Pop-up Pantries – temporary through April, no registration or ID necessary.
- Regular weekly pantry pickup – ongoing program (long-term resource). Application is done on-site, requires ID with current address, or ID with proof of current address, but requirement is flexible due to COVID-19 crisis.
- Weekly home-delivered groceries – ongoing program, must be 60+, meet income & other eligibility.
- Supplemental Food Program (aka monthly senior box) – ongoing program, must be age 60+ & meet income eligibility. Application is done on-site.
- CalFresh Application Assistance – we have a team specializing in eligibility screening and phone enrollments.
Several grocery stores have set aside times for ‘at-risk’ community. Check your retailer’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding these hours.
- For help with rent or other short-term financial needs, Season of Sharing can help.
- OEWD Worker Information Line for employees impacted by COVID-19
Updates on evictions/tenant protections
- For information about tenant rights or tenant counseling in San Francisco, please see the Anti-Displacement Coalition or call the Housing Rights Committee at (415) 703-8644.
- For public housing tenants, the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided “guidance” in a document that reiterates that if the tenants’ income decreases, they can apply for a reduction in their rent. There are no protections nationally for other tenants.
Keeping ourselves and our homecare workers safe
SDA worked with Hand in Hand to put out a guide Managing Attendants/Caregivers During the Coronavirus Crisis.
Getting clear information
- SFDPH Coronavirus Information
- Live Updates from the SF Chronicle
- Plain language resources from the California State Council on Development Disabilities and from Green Mountain Self-Advocates in Vermont:
If you have any resources to share, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include them in future updates.