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Posted on: August 19, 2021

California Promotes Aid Programs as Expanded Federal Unemployment Benefits Wind Down

What follows is a joint press release from multiple California agencies, including CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. It includes a helpful overview of the many programs available to Californians, along with information about how to apply.


As tens of millions of people across the nation face the end of COVID-19-related federal unemployment compensation September 4, California departments are joining together immediately to encourage residents to apply now for other resources that could help them make up for the expiring payments—including money for food, rent, utilities, and health insurance.

 

The California COVID-19 Rent Relief program (HousingIsKey.com) joins Covered California, the Department of Managed Health Care, the Employment Development Department, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Healthcare Services, and other state and local partners to proactively promote resources available to all income-eligible Californians who lost income or ability to pay for necessities during the pandemic.

 

The Rent Relief program urges income-eligible renters and landlords to apply for up to 100 percent of utilities and back and future rent not covered because of COVID-19 impacts on income or ability to pay. Anyone in need of rent and utility support can visit HousingIsKey.com to quickly determine income eligibility and apply. More than 286,000 households across the state have already applied for rent relief and the program has paid out $320 million. Applying early is critical to avoid possible eviction because of nonpayment. California’s eviction moratorium is set to end September 30, 2021.

 

California also recently posted links to GetCalFresh.org through its unemployment website, which boosted food aid applications by 108,000 households this summer. California families and individuals receiving CalFresh benefits will soon receive a significant increase to help purchase food, thanks to action taken by the federal government this week.

 

September 4, 2021 is the expiration date for most COVID-19 federal unemployment programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC), the $300 Federal Additional Compensation (PAC) (also known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)) supplement, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). September 11, 2021 is the end of the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension. More than three million workers are receiving notices about these changes, with links to the other programs offering vital support that continue.

 

The American Rescue Plan and California Comeback Plan have substantially expanded other services that continue to help eligible California families:

  • Cash aid for families with children (CalWORKs) through county human services agencies at BenefitsCal.org (where people can also apply for food assistance [CalFresh], and free health coverage [Medi-Cal]). 
  • Over $234 per person per month for food via CalFresh (GetCalFresh.org or by phone at 1-877-847-3663), whether a person is working or not.   
  • Money for rent and utilities—including up to 100 percent of past and future rent—via Housing is Key (HousingIsKey.com or by phone at 1-833-430-2122). 
  • Free or low-cost health insurance through Covered California or Medi-Cal (coveredca.com or by phone at 1-800-300-1506). Californians who received unemployment insurance in 2021 may be eligible for Covered California’s best coverage for $1 per month. 
  • Golden State Stimulus payments for millions of qualified residents who file taxes, even if not required. (By phone at 1-800-845-6500). 

 

Individuals already enrolled in Medi-Cal or a Covered California health plan should report changes in unemployment benefits because this could lower their health coverage costs.

 

EDD has also provided resources to help claimants find jobs and get job training at the Returning to Work webpage. That includes CalJOBS, a no-cost virtual job center that includes more than a million job listings from private job boards and recruitment sites.

 

The state is also working with stakeholders and partners across California to help get the word out on social media about the many other programs using #TogetherWeBenefit. 


View fact sheet with information about the end of federal unemployment benefits and key benefit programs still available in California. It is available in English and Spanish with translations in Armenian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese in the coming days on the EDD Federal Provisions for Unemployment website.


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