As your Representative, I have set up this resource page to provide updates about the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, share government response efforts, and provide resources so you and your loved ones can stay informed, safe, and healthy.
This crisis is developing rapidly, and Congress is continuing to work on relief. I will continue to update this website with resources for individuals and small businesses and updates on legislation as they come. And if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my office.
The Los Angeles Times has set up a website to track the latest numbers of cases and deaths in California. This situation is evolving rapidly, so to find the most up to date information from the local to international levels, please visit:
- Pasadena Department of Health
- LA County Department of Health
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
The most important thing to know is that if you are sick, you should stay home. But I know that is not always an option for every worker. That is why I have continuously advocate
d for stronger paid sick and family leave policies. You can learn more about California’s policies and who they apply to here.
If you have lost your job or your paycheck because of the coronavirus, there is help available for you. In Congress, we have passed economic stimulus legislation that includes stronger and quicker unemployment insurance (UI). Regular UI will be extended for 13 weeks and we have also included an additional $600 in UI for four months to help families weather this crisis.
In California, you may file or reopen an Unemployment Insurance claim if you are no longer working or your hours are reduced. Learn about the UI program, how to file or reopen a UI claim, and more. To file a claim, click here.
After you have filed a claim, you must continue to certify for benefits and meet eligibility requirements each week in order to receive benefit payments.
In order to apply for unemployment benefits, make sure you have the following:
- Social Security number
- Name, mailing address, and telephone number
- Driver’s license or ID card number
- Alien registration and expiration date, if a noncitizen
- DD Form 214 if you served in the military in the last 18 months
Last Employer Information:
- Name of company as it appears on W2 form or pay stub
- Mailing address and phone number
- Supervisor's name
- Name all employers as they appear on W2 or pay stub
- Period(s) of employment
- Wages earned (hourly, weekly, or monthly)
Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom waived the usual one-week unpaid waiting period through executive order.
After you apply, you will be mailed additional information. The California Office of Employment Development Department recommends that you keep a record of your application materials.
Please click here to view your eligibility. To file a claim, please visit edd.ca.gov/Unemployment. For additional help, please contact my District Office at 626-304-0110.
Economic Impact Payments (aka Stimulus Cash Assistance Checks)
The CARES Act will provide cash assistance payments in the coming weeks to based upon previous income reported to the IRS. Each adult making under $75,000 will receive $1,200, and each dependent child under 17 will receive an additional $500. Lesser payments will be issued to adults with income between $75,000 and $99,000.
The IRS will also use existing information from the Social Security Administration to provide payments for those who receive SSA benefits, including senior citizens, Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return.
For more information, click here.
Mortgage and Renter Resources
- Get in contact with your mortgage servicer to confirm who owns your mortgage – Companies that collect your mortgage payment each month may not be the actual owners of your mortgage. Begin the process by calling your mortgage servicer company to ask who presently owns your loan. Once you can determine whether your mortgage is owned or backed by a federal agency or not, then you can determine whether the CARES Act protections apply to you.
- Understand your options – The most common relief being provided is the option of a “hardship forbearance.” Forbearance does not mean your payments are forgiven, but rather that they will be due at some other time in the future. Some lenders may provide a forbearance where all delayed payments are due at the end of the forbearance period, say in 90 days, while other lenders could make that payment due at the end of your mortgage period. Governor Newsom has been able to secure commitment from several large banks and over 200 community banks and credit unions to provide forbearance relief to homeowners. A list of those financial institutions can be viewed here: https://dbo.ca.gov/covid19-updates-fi/.
- Be persistent and get the details in writing – This may not be a one-time phone call or contact. You should continue to work with your lender to reach a resolution that is realistic for you, and if possible, continue to make payments on your mortgage until a forbearance agreement is signed and processed.
- Get additional help from specialists – The Department of Housing and Urban Development approves housing counseling groups around the country to help with foreclosure prevention. If you are having a difficult time coming to a resolution with your lender, reach out to one of these HUD-approved groups in California that offer Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling.
- Explain your financial situation to your landlord and discuss how much you are able to pay
- Save all financial documents
- Pay as much of your rent as you can
If you are a small business owner, charitable or veterans service nonprofit organization, sole proprietor, or independent contractor, Congress has created programs to help you stay afloat during this crisis.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
On March 6, President Trump signed a bipartisan emergency funding package to address coronavirus. I am pleased that this bill included language I advocated for that would provide emergency loans to small businesses that are impacted by the outbreak. If you or somebody you know has a small business impacted by coronavirus, please reach out to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for more information here. There, you can apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which can quickly provide your business with up to $2 million in low-interest financing with deferred repayment to help your business during this crisis, as well as a $10,000 emergency grant. To apply for an EIDL, follow this link and be prepared to provide the following information to SBA:
- Your most recent tax return information
- Authorization for IRS to share documents with SBA
- Financial statements
- Scheduled liabilities for your business
Paycheck Protection Program
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which created the new Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, to further assist small businesses during this outbreak. The PPP offers up to $10 million in zero-fee, low-interest financing and gives borrowers the opportunity to receive up to 8 weeks of loan forgiveness for operating expenses and payroll costs provided they retain their employees.
Resources for Your Business
For assistance with your EIDL or PPP application, consider contacting your local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Pasadena City College or the University of La Verne. The Los Angeles SBDC network has also compiled a resource guide for small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, which you can find here. You can also find updated information on resources and loan information from the House Small Business Committee here.
Resources for Healthcare Providers
A number of our healthcare providers in the San Gabriel Valley are suffering from a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies. Below you will find resources for contacting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other clearinghouses to help fill these much-needed gaps.
- 24/7 Hotline for Diagnostics: For developer, lab, manufacturer or health care provider with questions about testing or if you are experiencing spot shortages of testing, personal protective equipment, or other supplies, please call our toll-free line at 1-888-463-6332 (1-888-INFO-FDA), then choose option (*). The line is available 24 hours a day to help address difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples – among other things. Please note, however, that FDA does not control the production volume or distribution of medical devices.
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests: FDA has generated FAQs and posted them on our website for all who are involved in test development for COVID-19s. FDA updates these FAQs on a rolling basis, often daily as issues arise. Your constituents can access these FAQs here.
- Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests: If you need additional information for completing the EUA template, would like to know how to submit Pre-EUA/EUA submissions to FDA, or wish to consider an alternative specimen type, please contact the Division of Microbiology Devices at (301) 348-1778 or email CDRH-EUA-Templates@fda.hhs.gov. Please note that FDA is unable to provide information on the status of any individual submissions (this is generally confidential commercial information).
Personal Protective Equipment:
For healthcare providers with questions or those who are experiencing spot shortages of personal protective equipment or other supplies, call 1-888-463-6332 (1-888-INFO-FDA), then choose option (*). The line is available 24 hours a day to help address difficulties obtaining supplies. Please note, however, that FDA does not control the production volume or distribution of medical devices.
Vaccines and other Biological Product Candidates:
Biological product sponsors, including vaccine developers, wishing to develop vaccines can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-835-4709 for further information.
Therapeutics and other Drug Product Candidates:
Sponsors wishing to develop therapeutics are encouraged to submit information and questions via the Pre-IND Consultation program. Visit the FDA website here for additional information on this program.
Sponsors who have questions regarding the conduct of clinical trials impacted by COVID-19 should contact clinicaltrialconduct-COVID19@fda.hhs.gov
If a healthcare provider has questions or concerns about a drug shortage, related or unrelated to COVID-19, they should contact CDER’s Division of Drug Information (DDI) at 855-543-3784, 301-796-3400, or email@example.com. Also, FDA's Drug Shortage web page has information related to current shortages.