At its April 13, 2020 meeting the City Council approved the creation of a Tenant Assistance Program for renters in San Carlos. The Program is being administered by Samaritan House and applications are now being accepted. Eligible households may receive up to $5,000 to help them with rental payments and must meet the below requirements:
- Household income may not exceed 120% of the Area Median Income;
- Household must demonstrate inability to pay rent due to COVID-19 Pandemic;
- Household must occupy a legal unit in incorporated San Carlos;
- Household must have a current, valid lease agreement.
To apply for the Program households can request an application from Samaritan House by calling (650) 347-3648 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 then you may be eligible for partial wage replacement benefit payments ranging from $40-$450 per week for up to 26 weeks. The State has temporarily waived the 1-week waiting period for receiving unemployment insurance. See if you are eligible for Unemployment Insurance.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state employment insurance benefits. The program will include up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic. The application portal for the program opens on April 28. Further information can be found here.
If you or a family member are sick, or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, then the leave you have accumulated or your employer has provided to you under the Paid Sick Leave law may be paid to you at your regular rate of pay or an average based on the past 90 days. Learn more about your eligibility for Paid Sick Leave.
Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers
The Governor signed an executive order to support California workers from large employers in the food sector industry impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with two weeks of paid sick leave, filling a gap left by federal relief that had provided similar paid leave benefits for employers with fewer than 500 workers. Workers in the food sector, including farmworkers, agricultural workers, those working in grocery stores and fast food chains, and delivery drivers are covered. More information can be found here.
The San Mateo County Child Care COVID-19 Response Team is working to establish a system of emergency child care for essential workers. The links below will take you to a survey that asks about child care needs including location, time of day, age of children, and ability to pay for care. Once you complete the survey, the Response Team will assist you with enrolling your child at a care program that fits your family's needs.
City of San Carlos Economic Development
Economic Development and Housing Manager
Economic Development Coordinator
CA Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Abigail L. Browning
Chief, Office of Private Sector/NGO Coordination
CA Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance Center