Help for You and Your Family

This is a very difficult time for many students, friends, and loved ones. Here are some resources to help if you have lost a job, need insurance, or need help with food or housing.

SparkPoint Centers
Students can get emergency advice and assistance through each college’s SparkPoint Center. Visit their websites for help and contact info:

Cañada College SparkPoint
CSM SparkPoint
Skyline College SparkPoint

Where to Go For Assistance In San Mateo County
Here is a list of organizations that can help with food, housing, or financial assistance. If you are in crisis, please contact an organization in your area for help.

Nationwide Help Resources
Second Harvest Food Bank hosts an extensive nationwide database of resources for help with food, housing, transportation, and many other needs. Just enter your zip code to access resources in your area.

Visit this state website to connect to assistance for money, housing, food, job retraining, and help you find your next job.

How to File for Unemployment in California
The state Employment Development Department (EDD) is overwhelmed due to the large number of Californians filing for unemployment. This article explains how to file and what kind of delays and challenges to expect.

Visit this website for an explanation of unemployment insurance and how to apply. Also available: En Español

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program
As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of work as a direct result of the pandemic. The program includes:

  • 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.
  • An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.

Visit the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website to learn more about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and if you qualify.

Have You Been Laid Off or Furloughed as a Result of COVID-19?
Sign-Up for NOVA and EDD’s Layoff/Furlough Transition Webinar

NOVA and EDD are offering this informative webinar every Thursday from 10:00 – 10:45 AM. They will be providing information about:Filing for unemployment insuranceRegistering for Covered CaliforniaFree job-search assistance And more

Get Health Insurance
If you’ve lost your job due to the coronavirus crisis, you can still apply for health insurance through Covered California.