SCS Preparedness for Coronavirus COVID-19
SCS is committed to maintaining a healthy environment for all. Following guidelines established by the CDC and Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, SCS has implemented precautionary measures to limit the spread of germs and ensure the safe distribution of healthy food.
Add Your Name to the Interest List for Financial Assistance for Low-Income Residents
The agency managing financial assistance for Santa Clara County residents impacted by COVID-19 continues to accept names for the Interest List; add your name if you meet the eligibility criteria. Please note: there is no guarantee that the agency will be able to provide assistance to any households on the Interest List. However, when/If additional funding becomes available, they will contact eligible households on the Interest List with information on how they can complete an application.
No Mask, No Ride
The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is now requiring that every passenger wear a mask or face covering when boarding and riding any VTA transportation. You can find details on this requirement here. Please visit the CDC for details on the use of cloth face coverings.
Tenant's Rights Overview
The Asian Law Alliance has produced a video on the topic of Santa Clara County's moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19. This brief presentation provides answers to key questions about the rights of tenants and things you can do to protect yourself during this pandemic.
Added food resources
Recent actions by local organizations, the City of Sunnyvale, and the State of California have opened up access to meals, food delivery and additional groceries.
Self-Help for the Elderly is offering nutritious meal delivery for seniors throughout the Bay Area.
The City of Sunnyvale offers a variety of food and prescription delivery for older adult residents.
Sunnyvale School District has posted a listing of hours and locations for free breakfast, lunch and dinner pick-ups.
The State of CA has enabled the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at Amazon and Walmart, and beginning May 2020, families with eligible school-aged children will receive an additional $365 per eligible child in Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) funding; find more information here.
City of Sunnyvale and County of Santa Clara Temporary Eviction Moratorium Updates
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunnyvale City Council approved a temporary emergency eviction moratorium on March 31. The moratorium prohibits residential evictions as of March 12, 2020 if a tenant is unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 emergency. The tenant must show proof of hardship to their landlord and pay back all rent within 180 days after the local emergency has ended. Download the flier for more information.
The County of Santa Clara has also released their information page on the eviction moratorium. It includes the forms that landlords and tenants will need to fill out to comply with the ordinance in the case that any evictions are filed.
Financial Assistance for Low-Income Residents Impacted by COVID-19
The agency managing financial assistance for Santa Clara County residents impacted by COVID-19 has reached the maximum capacity of households that will be able to be served with the initial $11 million in collected contributions. As a result, they are no longer accepting applications for financial assistance.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, please consider adding your name to the following Interest List. Please note: there is no guarantee that the agency will be able to provide assistance to any households on the Interest List. However, when/If additional funding becomes available, they will contact eligible households on the Interest List with information on how they can complete an application.
For those who already submitted an application: Please note: due to the extremely high rate of submissions, it is taking the agency longer than initially expected to process and respond to all applications. It will likely take up to 14 days before they can respond to your application. To help the agency's staff work as quickly as possible, they ask that you please wait until 7 days have passed before you call (408-780-9134) or email the agency to check the status of your application. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
With the shelter-in-place order issued by the Health Officer of Santa Clara County, SCS is modifying its food distribution and client management practices immediately. As an essential-services agency, SCS remains open to support our clients; however, the building will be closed to outside visitors and clients. Emergency food and monthly food distribution will continue, and we are replacing in-person contact with telephone, email, and texting support for financial assistance and client administration. Please call our offices for current information and to request an appointment with our case workers: 408 738 4321.
Unfortunately, the annual SCS Donor-Volunteer Recognition Event has also been cancelled. We will continue to update our community as we navigate this pandemic. Thank you for your unwavering assistance and support.
DONATIONS: We are currently suspending food and other in-kind donations; Second Harvest of Silicon Valley will maintain our supply of healthy client food. Gift cards and monetary donations are greatly appreciated at this time as our clients lose work hours and struggle to pay their bills.
Please visit the websites for the CDC and the Santa Clara Department of Public Health for more information about the coronavirus COVID-19 and what you can do to help protect yourself and those around you.