Community Resources

1. Legal and Tax Resources

Free Legal Services 
Free legal services to communities in the aftermath of natural disasters offered by DLAC, a coalition of organizations and law firms in northern California.

COVID-19: The Law and Your Legal Rights During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Nolo answers critical questions about your rights to paid sick leave, medical leave, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, or disability benefits. 

Federal Tax Information
Coronavirus tax relief and economic impact payments and links to federal income tax forms.

State Tax Information 
California state tax forms, instructions and publications.


2. Mental Health

2-1-1 Alameda County
Alameda Help Portal with contacts and help for Mental Wellness

Crisis Support Services, Alameda County 24 Hour Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 (24 hours)

California Youth Crisis Line
1-800-843-5200 (24 hours)

Family Paths Parenting Stress Helpline
1-800-829-3777 (Biling/Multilingual translation; community resources and mental health services)

California Resources for Emotional Support and Well-being
Provides strategies for managing stresss as well as a list of hotlines. Compiled by the State of California.

Mental Health and COVID-19 - Information and Resources
Resources and Information from Mental Health America.

More articles and information about stress during COVID-19:
CDC Estrés y cómo sobrellevarlo
CDC recommendations for Stress and Coping (English)
Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks - SAMHSA
That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief - Harvard Business Review

3. Housing and Shelter

City of Alameda Rent Program

Emergency Rule on Evictions and Foreclosures
Summary of California Court Ruling on Evictions and Foreclosures

Alameda Housing Resource Center, Building Futures
24-hour, toll-free crisis line: 1-866-A-WAY-OUT
Phone: 510-357-0205

Alameda Family Services
(510) 459-6134

Midway Shelter 
(Women and Children Only)
Phone: 866-292-9688
Open: 24 Hours, Registration Required

4. Food

Alameda Food Bank
All distributions have moved to 650 West Ranger Ave. (bus line 96)
Distribution Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday Noon-5:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday CLOSED

Dine and Connect Free Community Dinners, City of Alameda
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Address: 1420 Lafayette St. Alameda, CA
Last Monday of the Month, 5pm

5. Unemployment and Help for Workers

City of Alameda Resources for Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Information about a variety of state, local and federal programs that may help businesses and employees with the potential economic impacts of COVID-19.

EDD - Employment Development Department
How to file a claim
Start here to file a claim for unemployment insurance, disability or paid family leave.

The Governor’s Executive Order
Waiver of the one-week unpaid waiting period for Unemployment Insurance

One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic

6. Utilities

AMP - Alameda Municipal Power
Financial assistance may be available due to hardships caused by COVID-19

PG&E Care Program
If you have recently lost your job, even if you are receiving unemployment benefits, you may qualify for a reduced energy rate through CARE or FERA programs.
PG&E REACH Program
REACH is a one-time energy-assistance program sponsored by PG&E and administered through the Salvation Army