Online COVID-19 Resources

The SF QNF Organizers have assembled the following list of materials and resources for individuals in need of advice about how to make ends meet, and to make financial, employment, and housing decisions in this time of crisis. The SF QNF will keep updating this list with new resources regularly.

Last Update: August 28, 2020

Housing Resources

The California State of Emergency comes with housing protections.

  • State of Emergency Declarations by Governor Newsom have triggered statewide anti-gouging laws which include important rent controls and eviction protections!
  • It is now illegal for any landlord – located anywhere in California – to charge (or advertise) rents 10% or above what they were charging before February 10. This is for ALL California tenants in new or existing tenancies.
  • Additionally, it is illegal for a landlord to evict tenants and then re-rent the vacated unit at a  higher rent than what the evicted tenant paying.
  • What can tenants do if a landlord increases their rent above 10% during a State of Emergency?
  1. File a claim with the Attorney General of California’s office. To learn more and file a claim, call here (800) 952-5225 or file online here.
  2. Use this Tenants Together sample letter if you received a notice of increase above 10% after the February 10th Declaration of a State of Emergency.

City of San Francisco Rental Assistance
The City of San Francisco may be able to offer assistance for rent, utilities, and other housing costs if COVID-19 has hurt your finances. Check out the “Get Help” section on their page for links to organizations that might be able to offer assistance for rent, utilities and other household expenses.

Q Foundation
This Foundation offers assistance for rent and utilities to residents of San Francisco in need. Q Foundation serves all constituencies and definitely wants LGBTQ residents in need to apply. Fill out the appropriate form on their site to see if you qualify for assistance.

California Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent or “Repair and Deduct”
California tenants are legally entitled to rental property that meets basic structural, health, and safety standards and is in good repair.

NCRC COVID-19 Resources
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
Many organizations and governments have responded with resources and services to help individuals, small businesses and institutions cope with COVID-19 challenges. Here is some information about how and where to obtain these resources.

For LGBTQ+ folk:

Coronavirus 2019: What LGBTQ+ People Need to Know
National LGBT Cancer Network
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus (LGBTQ+) people are at particular risk for Coronavirus disease 2019 (or COVID-19) as a result of several factors. Tips for LGBTQ+ on how to stay healthy.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
It is important for trans people to be prepared for obstacles if an outbreak happens in their communities. NCTE urges everyone to put together a plan of action that not only takes into account basic health needs, but also your specific needs as a trans person.

GLMA’s health provider directory
GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for LGBTQ+ folk, and provides information and some referral services to LGBTQ+ patients.

Trevor Project
The Trevor Project has multiple crisis services available for young people, including TrevorLifeline (1-866-488-7386), TrevorChat, and TrevorText (text START to 678678), as well as TrevorSpace, an online community for LGBTQ+ people ages 13-24.

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline was founded in 2014 as a peer-support crisis hotline, and now includes offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

LGBT National Help Center 
offers a national hotline for both youths and seniors, as well as online peer support chat rooms and a weekly youth chatroom for queer kids age 19 or younger.

Believe Out Loud
A faith organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusion and is compiling a list of LGBTQ-inclusive places of worship that live streams services online.

Facebook Communities:

Friends of SF Queer Nightlife Fund
Community updates from the SF QNF.

Queer Quarantine Hangouts and Performances
The idea is that this is a corner of Facebook relatively free of news and stress. Let’s share stuff we made, stuff we can make together, ways we can support each other, resources we can use, and generally hang out together.

Harm Reduction & Addiction

COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs
Harm Reduction Coalition
These COVID-19 guides for people who use drugs and harm reduction programs were created by: Higher Ground Harm Reduction, Reynolds Health Strategies, Harm Reduction Coalition, and Vital Strategies.

Online / Telephone AA Meetings Directory
Online Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous

For Parents

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
National Association of School Psychologists
Children need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

BRAINPOP Movie on Coronavirus
A movie for kids to better understand what the coronavirus is and why people are talking about it.

For Caretakers:

National Volunteer Phone Bank
Mon Ami
To support seniors isolated by COVID-19.  Sign up a loved one to receive daily, weekly, etc calls from a vetted volunteer.  

Food Resources

Find Your Local Food Bank – Feeding America
Feeding America
The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.

Employment Resources

California COVID-19 Resources for Employers & Workers
Labor & Workforce Development Agency
Includes a benefits summary chart, FAQs and more.

California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance Info
Employment Development Department
The EDD provides a variety of support services to employees and employers affected by COVID-19 in California.

California Labor Commissioner FAQ
Labor & Workforce Development Agency
What employees are entitled to may be confusing. LWDA are trying to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of info. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.

Video: Filing for Disability Insurance (English)
Employment Development Department
Learn how to file a Disability Insurance claim using SDI Online in this online video from EDD.

Video: Cómo Presentar una Solicitud para Beneficios del Seguro de Incapacidad Usando SDI Online
Employment Development Department
Aprenda cómo presentar una solicitud para beneficios del Seguro de Incapacidad usando SDI Online.

Small Business Resources

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans
Small Business Administration
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

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