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Pathways to Employment 

Eligibility: 18 years or older and residing in Riverside County

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The $4 million Pathways to Employment program helps unemployed residents get work training and mentoring and provides adult participants paid stipends and other supportive services to ensure success. Approved by Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Pathways to Employment will recruit 500 adults who have been impacted by COVID-19 and participants will receive: a living wage stipend of $20 per hour; training and mentoring from nonprofit and government partners; supportive services, including transportation, clothing, counseling and technological assistance. The program will be administered by the Community Action Partnership. Additional information about this program can be found here and online at capriverside.org.

Residential Rental Assistance

Eligibility: Renters must be living in the County of Riverside with a lease agreement, be considered low-income to extremely low-income, and be able to document a loss of income and inability to pay rent directly related to COVID-19.

Important Dates: Applications will be open every month through November for a period of 10 days. The next application window will be October15 through October 25.

Description: United Lift is administering $33 million in rental assistance between the months of June and November; the first round of payments dispersed in early July. The rental assistance is intended to cover 100 percent of total past due rent, up to $3,500 per household. Funding for the program is limited to cover past due rent from April 2020 to November 2020. Additional information about the program can be found online at unitedlift.org and answers to FAQs found here

Economic Impact Payments

Eligibility: Individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000/$150,000 for joint filers (phase out for higher income levels apply) and senior citizens, social security recipients, railroad retirees not required to file taxes

Important Dates: Program available through December 31, 2020

Description: The Economic Impact Payments are designed to provide financial relief to taxpayers with certain income levels. Senior citizens, social security recipients and railroad retirees, who are not required to file taxes may also be eligible. Individual filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000, and married couples with an adjusted gross income of up to $150,000, will receive the full payment of $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. An additional $500 will be received for each qualifying child. The payments are reduced for income levels above these amounts and phased out completely for single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and joint filers with income exceeding $198,000. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019 will automatically receive the payment through direct deposit or mail. Other IRS forms will be used for those not required to file taxes including senior citizens. Additional information about these payments can be found online at irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

Free Virtual Tax Services

Eligibility: Taxpayers who file 1040, 1040A, & 1040EZ, low to moderate income families, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and limited English speaking taxpayers.

Important Dates: Services are available through December 2020.

Description: Back taxes need to be filed? The Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Riverside County is offering free virtual tax preparation for years 2001-2019. This tax assistance is possible thanks to CAP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) -- a free tax preparation program that helps low to moderate income filers. No appointment is required and tax returns are completed within 24 hours upon receipt of all documents. Additional information is available online at https://www.capriverside.org

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Eligibility: Individuals experiencing temporary unemployment due to COVID-19

Important Dates: Unemployment beginning on or after January 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020

Description: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) is designed to provide financial assistance to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program provides $600 per week for up to four months. The program is administered through the state unemployment insurance program and may require additional documentation. Additional information about this program can be found online at edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

Housing Choice Voucher Program

Eligibility: Varies, generally low-income, senior citizens, and disabled households that meet federal requirements

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) program is administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Additional funding for the program was provided through the CARES Act. The program provides housing assistance low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled so that they can access housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments that meet program requirements and are not limited to subsidized housing projects. The program is administered through local public housing agencies (PHAs). Additional information about the program, eligibility, and contact information for applications can be found online at hud.gov/topics/housing_choice_voucher_program_section_8

Retirement Account Withdrawals

Eligibility: Individuals with eligible retirement accounts (Includes individual retirement accounts and annuities (IRAs), qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plans (including 401(k) plans), qualified 403(a) annuity plans, 403(b) annuity contracts and custodial accounts, and governmental section 457 deferred compensation plans)

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes a provision that waives early withdrawal penalty for distributions up to $100,000 from qualified retirement accounts for coronavirus-related purposes made on or after January 1, 2020. Individuals will still have to pay federal income taxes on withdrawals through specified payment options. Participants (spouse or dependent) must either be diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing adverse financial consequences as a result of events COVID-19 related events as determined by the guidance issued by the Secretary of the Treasury. Additional informational about this program, including Treasury guidance and contact information, can be found online at irs.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-tax-relief-for-health-plans-and-retirement-plans

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Eligibility: Varies, generally households with limited resources that meet federal low-income requirements

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. The program is offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered through each state. Additional funding for this program was provided through the CARES Act. In California the program is referred to as CalFresh. Additional information about the program, eligibility and an application can be found online at cdss.ca.gov/calfresh

Training and Support Services

Eligibility: Various (Dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc.)

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes funding for training and support services through its programs administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These programs benefit a wide of range of individuals, including but not limited to, dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc. The programs improve the employment prospects of these individuals and are designed to increase workers’ employability and earnings. The programs are delivered through the states and tailored to local economies. Additional information about these programs can be found online at dol.gov/general/topic/training

Unemployment Insurance (State)

Eligibility: Individuals who have lost their job and have enough wages to file a claim

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The Unemployment Insurance Program (UI) is designed to provide immediate economic relief to individuals who have lost their jobs and have earned enough wages in the base period identified by the Employment Development Department (EDD) to file a claim. Claimants must meet other eligibility requirements and provide documentation on a weekly basis. Weekly benefit amounts range from $40-$450. Additional information about requirements and how to apply for unemployment insurance can be found online at edd.ca.gov/unemployment