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Response to COVID-19

May 22nd, 2020
Dear AIA Families,
We are less than a month to the end of the school year. We wanted to share that you will be receiving information on virtual summer school in the coming days. 
In addition, meal services and the grab and go meal program will continue during the entire summer. Please continue picking up meals!
In the next few weeks we will also be sharing the plans for the upcoming school year. These plans will reflect guidance from the state and the district, with student safety being the top priority. 
In the meantime, please continue supporting your children with virtual learning. Please continue to reach out with questions or concerns- we are all figuring this out together! All staff is working during this time, and can be reached through the main office: 323-266-4371. 
A reminder- completing school work during this time is compulsory, not optional. 
We want to continue to thank all our staff for their continued efforts to support students through this challenging time. We also want to thank families, we know that this is not an easy time and that you might be facing challenges with work and child care. Please reach out for support and resources and see below. 
Kalin Balcomb, Executive Director
Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution and Information: 
Vaccine EN


Child Care for Essential Workers Resources/ Recursos de Cuidado Infantil paraTrabajadores Esenciales

LACOE- Los Angeles County Office of Education 
Child care for essential workers can be accessed at
or by calling 1(888) 92-CHILD [1-888-922-4453]


Categories under this heading include: food*, housing, health, transportation, and education and are separated into three general categories: children and youth, adults, and elderly. 

Food for all
For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit:
Every table is offering meals to EVERYONE. Food distribution for seniors who need food brought to their homes. Food available for students. Food distribution centers that can distribute food to a group of people. If you need 10-10,000 meals, reach out to Everytable at (323) 458 – 6487. For more info, click here!
Grab & Go Centers
Arts in Action provides nutritious meals to all children under 18 and adults with disabilities during the hours of 8-12pm daily at 5115 Via Corona (elementary site) and 1241 S. Soto (middle school site). Meals are available to pick-up.
Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. The Grab & Go Food Centers will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Families who would like to pick up free meals for their students may visit one of the 60 Grab & Go Food Centers. Packaged shelf-stable meals for pick-up and take-away will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and families may pick up two meals at a time for each student. 

Children and Youth (0-17)
Food: LAUSD is opening 60 sites providing two grab-and-go meals for students and families beginning on Wednesday, March 18th from 7am to 10am
(For more information, click here!)
Food: Free breakfast (8am-10am) provided by Eastside Riders for student in Watts community starting Monday, March 16, 2020 and ending Friday, March 20, 2020
(For more info, click here!)
Food: Free breakfast (730-930am), lunch (1130-130pm), and dinner (430-630) for all LAUSD students starting Monday, March 16, 2020 from 7:30am to 6:30pm at 2301 Bellevue Ave., Los Angeles 90026
(For more information, click here!)
Food: Beginning Monday, March 16th, Hugo’s kids menu will be free for guests 12 and under throughout the LAUSD closure.
(For more information, click here!)
Food: Los Angelitos Bakery offering 1 free bread to each child, aged 5-13 years old, Monday-Friday from 12pm-2pm
(For more information, click here!)
Food: Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, the city of Lynwood is offering supper meals for kids ages 1-18
(For more information, click here!)
Food: Free Breakfast Burritos for children ages 6-12 years old. Pick up Monday-Friday 7am-8am
Toast: 11119 First Ave Los Angeles C
The Benediction: 17501 Colima Road, City of Industry
The Dylan: 190 S. State College Blvd, Brea
Food: Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, kids 12 and under can eat for free at El Torito Restaurants
(For more information, click here!)
Education: Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households
(For more information, click here!)
Education: Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids
(For more information, click here!)
Education: Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays
(For more information, click here!)
Education: FB Group for parents to get support with home learning
Education: FB Group for parents to get support with home learning
Education: MINDResearch Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8
(For more information, click here!)
Education: Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages
(For more information, click here!)

Adults (18-64)
If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
Housing: The Los Angeles Tenants Union is providing support around evictions. Find your local union at:
St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles
(For more information, click here!)

Eldery (65+)
Gloria Molina YWCA food distribution
7515 Pacific Blvd, Walnut Park, CA 90255
(213) 516-3575
Starting Wednesday march 18th
Community and Senior Centers Senior Lunch Programs
Senior Shopping Hour at Grocery Outlet in Altadena (located at 2270 Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001) offers a shopping slot exclusively for the elderly from 7am to 8am every day starting on Thursday, March 17.
(For more information, click here!)
FYI: Effective Monday, March 16th, LA County Department of Parks and Recreation will cancel programs and gatherings larger than 10 people

Employment Issues
Please visit for BENEFITS FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 and also heck out the EDD’s Frequently Asked Questions:
For a run-down of labor laws in California, please visit:

Paid Family Leave
**Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid-19) or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional). Learn how to file a Paid Family Leave Claim HERE.
Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave
**Disability benefits /paid sick leave are available for those who have actually contracted the virus themselves or who have been exposed to it and are quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional in the case of Disability Benefits). Learn how to file a Disability Insurance Claim HERE.
Unemployment Benefits
**Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable). The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work (as is usually required). Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE.
Unfortunately though, this benefit is not available to undocumented persons whose hours are reduced or lose their job for reasons related to COVID-19, etc.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them. You might qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE.
Worker’s Compensation
**Workers comp is available for those who are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted Covid-19 while in the regular course of their job (i.e. healthcare workers)

Tax Assistance
Directly from the Employment Development Department: “Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502”
(For more information, click here!)
Resources Based on Type of Employment
For resources for freelance artists, click here!
For resources for bartenders, click here!

Service Planning Areas
Categories under this heading include: food, housing, health, transportation, and education
Service Planning Area 4: Metro (includes Boyle Heights, Central City, Downtown LA, Echo Park, El Sereno, Hollywood, Mid-City Wilshire, Monterey Hills, Mount Washington, Silverlake, West Hollywood, and Westlake.)
St. Francis Center
1835 South Hope Street, Los Angeles CA 90015
Phone: 213-747-5347
Services: breakfast service, case management, clothing closet, showers/bathroom services, pantry services, rental and utility assistant program (over the phone)
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90005
Phone: 213-388-2401
Silver Lake Community Church
2930 Hyperion Avenue., Los Angeles, CA. 90010
Phone: 323-663-3151
Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
535 North Main Street, (cross street- Cesar Chavez)., Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Phone: 213-629-3101
Sova- Community Food and Resource Program
1140 North La Brea Avenue, West Hollywood, CA. 90038
Phone: 818-988-7682
Food Net- Centro Maravilla
4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90022
Phone: 323-260-2805
Sova – Community Food and Resource Program
8846 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90035
Phone: 818-988-7682


Southern California Energy Responds to COVID-19 Emergency, Suspends Service Disconnections
Southern California Gas will not disconnect services to customers who can’t pay bills amid coronavirus outbreak
SPECTRUM Internet- offering 60 days of free wifi for low income families.
Verizon will help customers and small businesses disrupted by impact of coronavirus
Charter COMCAST – Free Internet Service for Households with Children – to enroll: 844.488.8395
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power still offering payment plan and suspending utility shut off for March (for now)

WIC Services
WIC clinics under South Los Angeles Health Projects will remain open to the community. We will be remotely issuing participants food benefits onto their WIC cards to avoid families from going out given our COVID-19 pandemic. For those families that have not yet gotten the new WIC card and wish to locate the nearest WIC clinic to them please call or visit the following website for further guidance and assistance:

Mental Health
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Access Center 24/7 Helpline
(800) 854-7771
(562) 651-2549 TDD/TTY
Sliding scale clinics that provide low fee psychotherapy:
Wright Institute Los Angeles (West LA)
11845 W Olympic Blvd #505W, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Maple Center- Beverly Hills (They see kids and adults)
9107 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-9999
Southern California Counseling Center (mid city)
5615 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 937-1344
Rose City Counseling Center (Pasadena)
595 E Colorado Blvd #418, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 793-8609

Domestic Violence
If you are concerned about being quarantined in an unsafe home situation or need help, all DV shelter resources are generally available on:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3223 (TTY)
Where can I get Covid-19 Vaccinated?