For a complete list of measures in effect in the City of Irvine and for regular updates on this rapidly evolving situation, visit cityofirvine.org. Orange County residents can also now call 833-426-6411 for inquiries related to COVID-19 in Orange County, California.
Consult these additional resources for up-to-date COVID-19 information:
New: Orange County residents can now call 833-426-6411 for inquiries related to COVID-19 in Orange County, California.
New: California COVID-19 Hotline for Seniors: 1-833-544-2374.
HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS
For Small Businesses:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Assistance is available up to $2 million with a loan interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses that have been impacted economically by COVID-19. For more information or to apply online visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call the customer service center at 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications can be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155
The Irvine Company has issued a statement regarding deferring rent for their retail companies.
Starting on April 1, 2020 the Irvine Company will be deferring rent at retail properties for 90 days. Deferred rent will be paid back over a 12-month period with no interest commencing on January 1, 2021.
The Irvine Company has also compiled a list of resources for businesses located in their retail centers.
Unemployment Benefits (California):
Individuals who have had hours reduced or their employer has shut down have the option to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim through EDD. UI will provide workers who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced with partial wage replacement benefit (applies only to those who have lost their employment or had hours reduced through no fault of their own). To learn more about UI or file a claim click here:
Link to EDD in Chinese HERE.
Individuals may also be eligible for UI benefits if their child’s school has closed and they must miss work to care for them. Eligibility considerations include whether or not individuals have other care options and if you are unable to continue working normal hours remotely.
Disability Insurance (California):
Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (must be certified by a medical professional), may file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments that amount to approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income). For more information or to file a claim online click here.
COVID-19 Information for AD 68 Cities:
Additional Support for Families/Communities (Locally):
Any households that may be financially impacted by COVID-19 and are concerned about paying for various utilities and other essential services should visit the following links for the latest updates:
Under California’s anti-price gouging statute, it is illegal to raise the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Report price gouging at 800-952-5225.
Report any COVID-19 related scams or fraudulent activities to the Orange County District Attorney at their Fraud Hot Line: 714-834-3482.
Please also see my blog posts related to COVID-19:
The Irvine City Council Refuses To Order Moratorium On Evictions. Instead, Council “Encourages” Landlords Not To Evict. Tell Them To Order That Irvine Residents And Businesses Be Protected From Eviction Due to the COVID-19 Crisis