Below is a list of external resources to help residents and others navigate this challenging time. Please check back frequently as resources are added.
Thanksgiving 2020 Guidance
The County of San Diego Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance for Thanksgiving. Click this link to learn the do’s and don’ts before you make your Thanksgiving plans this year.
County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The County of San Diego has established an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help eligible households in qualifying areas who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional information can be found here.
Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020
The new statewide law includes targeted protections for tenants to shield them from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent through February 1, 2021 and extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords.
Additional information on the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act can be found here.
Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order is effective September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Additional information can be found here.
Residential: Housing and Utilities Information
Thank you for your interest in the City of Encinitas COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program. The application period is now closed. If you submitted an application and have questions please Contact (760) 456-7757 or [email protected]. Para asistencia en español, por favor llame al (760) 943-2150.
Encinitas Commercial and Residential Tenant Moratorium
This item has been updated with new State laws regarding commercial and residential protections for renters during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click this link for additional information.
On April 1, 2020, City Council adopted an Emergency Ordinance to enact a temporary moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent for residential and commercial tenants related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). The Ordinance is effective for rent due on or after March 27, 2020. The moratorium will last until the local emergency is terminated or the withdrawal of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-28-20, whichever occurs sooner, though the Council can extend the time period by a subsequent resolution. Click here for more information and a link to the Moratorium Ordinance.
Utility and Trash/Recycling Collection Services
- SDG&E has advised its regulators that they are voluntarily suspending all utility disconnections until further notice. The company also announced options for paying your bills.
- The City’s waste collection service, EDCO has also waived service disconnections.
- San Dieguito Water District has also suspended service disconnections.
2-1-1 as a Resource for COVID-19
2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of the County. If you need assistance finding food, paying housing, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, you can call 2-1-1 for help.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, first call your healthcare provider. Additionally, 2-1-1 has added a nurse triage phone line available to all. To reach a nurse, dial 2-1-1, choose your language, select “1” for COVID-19, and you will be connected with a nurse. The line is open 24/7. Nurses are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be responding to voicemails left after hours.
Mental Health Services
With the impacts of COVID-19 being felt across the community, it is natural to have feelings or fear of uncertainty around the developing situation. This link from the County provides recommendations for self-care that can be used for you, your family members, friends, and coworkers.
San Diego also has a confidential and free access and crisis line at 888-724-7240. It is open 24/7 if you want to speak to an experienced counselor.
All San Diego County Libraries, including the Encinitas branch, are open for limited in person services and walk-up door side service. Hours may change based on Public Health Orders and for current hours of operations please visit their website.
Community Resource Center (CRC)
The CRC offers many services including temporary motel vouchers, food assistance, and wrap-around services to assist low-income residents and those experiencing homelessness. CRC is continuing to provide services in their Food and Nutrition Center (FNC), Integrative Services (IS) and Domestic Violence departments. The current hours are as follows:
- Food & Nutrition Center: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Integrative Services: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Those in need of assistance outside of these hours, can email CRC intake desk at [email protected] or call (760) 753-8300. Those in need of Domestic Violence resources can call CRC 24 hour hotline at (877) 633-1112
The North County Transit District (NCTD) is experiencing declines in ridership and has implemented temporary service reductions. All weekend COASTER services have been suspended, and certain weekday trains have been suspended. For the most up-to-date information regarding service alerts and changes, please visit here, or call NCTD Customer Service at (760) 966-6500. You can find more information on how NCTD is responding to COVID-19 here.
Live Well @ Home
Live Well San Diego has launched a new site called Live Well @ Home as San Diegans are staying at home under the Public Health Order. This free resource has tips and activities for residents of all ages to find ways to stay healthy in both mind and body. The site is divided into different categories, including physical activity, mindfulness, social connection, and education for children, students, parents and caregivers, adults, and seniors. Check it out here.
State and Federal Taxes
Coronavirus Tax Relief
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. The deadlines to file and pay federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. For more information, see here.
Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
The IRS is offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and others affected by COVID-19. For information, see here. But beware:as the government is sending out relief checks that are part of the federal response to COVID-19, scammers are out to intercept the checks. To protect yourself, be aware! A few items to know:
- As long as you file your taxes, the federal government has the information it needs to send you your check
- You do not need to sign up for your check by giving anyone your personal information.
- If you want your check through direct deposit, only go through the IRS.
- The checks have not been sent out yet, and will be sent out around the same time to everyone. Do not trust anyone trying to send you the check early.
To learn more about this scam, visit here.
Franchise Tax Board State Tax Deadline Extensions
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments until June 15, 2020, in line with Governor Newsom’s March 12 Executive Order.
Property Tax Installment Payment Information
California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors (CACTTC) issued a statement regarding April 10 property tax collection deadline.
Labor & Workforce Development Agency Resources for Employers and Workers
In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. LWDA is trying to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of info. Use this information to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.
CA Employment Development Department Unemployment Insurance Benefits
The EDD provides general guidance as to what programs are available and what situations may be applicable to your circumstances. EDD encourages you to apply for the program you believe best fits your needs and the EDD will determine your eligibility for benefits.