Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative

Please join us for the next LAVC meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. This meeting will be hosted on Zoom!
This month, Dr. Carl Castro, the Director of the USC Military and Veterans Programs (MVP), will talk about his recent article examining the impact of COVID-19 on the Veteran Community. The full article is included below:Impact of COVID-19 on mental health care for Veterans: Improvise, adapt and overcome 

To learn more about the LAVC and community resources please visit our LAVC website.

Important Changes to Unemployment Insurance – 4-27-20

There has been an important change to Unemployment Insurance (UI) that the Labor Secretary announced yesterday. The Employment Development Department (EDD) has updated its website to reflect the latest changes for UI claimants (https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/certify.htm):

Certifying for Weeks Ending March 14 through May 9, 2020 

Based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI OnlineSM system during this time period, if your UI benefit certification form has dates for weeks ending March 14 through May 9, you do notneed to certify or recertify for UI benefits. For these weeks, this means:

·        After you initiate your UI claim and are determined eligible, you do not need to provide any certification for your first benefit payment or continuing biweekly payments.

·        You will automatically receive your benefits, unless you have an existing disqualification or pending issue.

·        You will be required to provide information to the EDD if you worked during any of these weeks.

·        The failure to provide the EDD with information that you worked during these weeks may result in an overpayment that the EDD must later recover.

In the steps for receiving UI benefits, this means after you apply (Step 1), EDD will take care of Step 2 for you for the weeks ending March 14 through May 9, based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI Online system during this time period. You will be required to inform the EDD if you work during these weeks through Ask EDD by selecting Unemployment Insurance Benefits, then Payments, a

Unemployment Insurance and Covid-19 Pandemic

If your employer reduces your hours or shuts down operations due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to file a UI claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced. In addition, if you cannot work because of school closures and you have to take care of children, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. File a UI claim, and EDD representatives will determine if you are eligible. The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. There are multiple ways to apply for unemployment insurance: 

  • Online. EDD is currently experiencing an increased volume of claims filed; the fastest method to apply for unemployment insurance is online. Click here to apply online.  
  • Telephone. If you do not need to speak with an EDD representative, call the UI Self-Service Phone Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-333-4606. For technical assistance, call the following numbers Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific Time), except on California state holidays:
  • English: 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
  • Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
  • Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058

UI FAQ: English հայերեն español 한국어 tagalog

Facial coverings now required by anyone outside of their home in Glendale, CA

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On April 14, 2020, the Glendale City Council voted to require facial coverings be worn by anyone outside of their home. This includes walking or running in your neighborhood, picking up essential goods such as groceries and prescriptions, and walking your dog. View the full order here.

Additionally, Essential Business employers must provide, at their expense, non-medical grade face coverings for their employees. All such employers must ensure that their employees have access to clean, sanitary restrooms, stocked with all necessary cleansing products; or sanitizing agents required to observe hand sanitation protocols recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, provided at the employer’s expense. All such employers must implement social distancing measures for customers, visitors, and employees that provides a six-foot buffer, to the extent possible, between individuals.

All customers and visitors of essential businesses and organizations must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths to provide additional protection for employees and customers. At this time, the face coverings need not be medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but can be fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings.

A business owner or operator may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear face coverings as required. Additionally, all essential retail businesses are encouraged to install plexiglass to separate cashiers and customers at all points of sale. These are recommendations and not requirements.

View the Order here. հայերեն español 한국어 tagalog

Eviction Moratorium in Glendale, CA – Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

On April 8, 2020, the City of Glendale further expanded its Eviction Moratorium in order to protect the Glendale community from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prohibition Against Evictions: (Residential and Commercial Tenancies)

  • Landlords cannot file an unlawful detainer action against either residential or commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the California Judicial Council has expanded that restriction to state that no complaint for unlawful detainer may be filed for 90 days following the end of the Governor’s emergency order, unless it is necessary to protect public health and safety.
  • Tenants must provide verifiable documentation to demonstrate the reason for their inability to pay rent and its relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For commercial tenants, a written notice of a tenant’s inability to pay rent must be provided to the landlord in writing 14 days prior to when the rent is due, except for rent due for the month of April in which case said notice shall be made as soon as practicable. These orders are in effect until May 15, 2020 but may be further extended if necessary.
  • For residential tenants, a written notice of a tenant’s inability to pay rent must be provided to the landlord in writing before the rent is due or within a reasonable period of time thereafter, not to exceed 7 days. The documentation to support deferring rent may be provided to the landlord no later than the time upon payment of back-due rent. These orders are in effect until May 31, 2020 but may be further extendedif necessary.
  • Tenants will have up to twelve months after the expiration of the emergency order to pay any rent that was deferred because of COVID 19 circumstances.
  • A landlord may not charge or collect late charges, fees, or interest on unpaid rent, or engage in any harassing behavior in an attempt to collect deferred rent, when payment of rent is delayed during the period of this emergency.

Although the moratorium has been broadened, the basic framework of the eviction moratorium remains unchanged. The rent due is not waived, just deferred. When the moratorium ends, landlords may seek unpaid rent – i.e., past due rent that was not paid during the moratorium – the tenant must pay it, but within 12 months after the end of the emergency period. 

The City of Glendale encourages all tenants and landlords to exchange this information with each other so that all parties are aware of what can and cannot be done during this emergency. We also encourage all parties to communicate with each other and show as much patience and empathy as possible as we all work through these difficult times.

For more information on the items discussed above, please visit our website at www.GlendaleCA.gov, call (818) 548-3926, or email at Rent@GlendaleCA.gov

View the Order here. հայերեն español 한국어 tagalog

When & How to Seek Treatment for Covid-19 Symptoms

Seek treatment by calling your doctor first if:

  • You have difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
  • You feel like symptoms (such as fever and cough) are getting rapidly worse
  • You are unable to care for symptoms at home

If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival.

If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.

Webinar: COVID-19 – Employment Benefits & Social Security – 4-28-20 10am

Join a live webinarApril 28, 2020
10:00 AM Pacific Time

Sponsored by Disability Rights California

Has your employment been impacted by COVID-19? Have your hours been reduced? Have you lost your job? Are you an essential worker concerned about safety? Disability Rights California invites you to attend a web-based training series for people with disabilities.

Speakers:

Joshua Davidson is an attorney specializing in providing advocacy, trainings and legal representation to remove barriers to employment for Social Security beneficiaries. He graduated from Berkeley School of Law in 2009 after becoming disabled with quadriplegia.

Steve Haas joined DRC as the Human Resource Director in January 2015. He has over 20 years experience from a variety of human resources, training and management roles. Steve has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Human Resources.  

Click here to register for webinar