Face Masks

statue with face mask

The Getty is teaming up with the Mayor to recommend you wear cloth face coverings—not medical masks—when leaving your home, like our pal in denim here. Cloth face coverings can be made with a bandana or scarf, or you can create one using fabric: https://corona-virus.la/FaceCovering

COVID-19 Testing

L.A. County residents with COVID-19 symptoms may now receive free testing, though priority will still be given to those with underlying health challenges or over 65. For more information about eligibility and to sign up for an appointment, visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing. Drive through testing is available by appointment in the Valley at Hansen Dam, Northridge Medical Center and Warner Center. Check out this video explaining what to expect.

Where’s your stimulus check?

If you qualify for an economic impact payment, the federal government is neck-deep in the process of depositing the first stimulus checks of up to $1,200 into the bank accounts of eligible US residents, beginning with people who have direct deposit set up with the IRS. Millions of people qualify for the payment, so when you receive the money could take time.

If you’re eligible, you can track the status of your check at any time through an online portal on the IRS website called Get My Payment. Use these step-by-step instructions on how to use the online tracking tool.

State of the City Address

Mayor Garcetti’s 2020 State of the City Address will be delivered Sunday, April 19 at 5:15 p.m. You can watch it live on Channel 35, other local stations, and on the Mayor’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mayorofla/

City Budget Cuts

The Los Angeles Times reports that because city tax revenue is down, we will likely see budget cuts, ” Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is preparing to release his proposed 2020-21 budget next week, has begun looking at the possibility of pay cuts and furloughs for city workers who don’t work in the police and fire departments, one city official said. During his coronavirus briefing Wednesday, the mayor said he and the city’s budget analysts are working to protect as many core services as possible.”

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The California Labor Secretary announces that they are preparing their system to not only respond to the huge surge in unemployment claims but to the benefits for gig economy workers in her update letter.

LASAN and YMCA Hygiene Facilities

Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm
9 YMCA facilities, including:
Mid Valley Family YMCA
6901 Lennox Ave
Van Nuys, 91405

Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment(LASAN) has partnered with YMCA to provide additional hygiene facilities to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 emergency. LASAN will provide showers, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Mid Valley Family YMCA in CD2 and eight other YMCA facilities across the city. All participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before accessing the facilities. Call the LASAN Customer Care Center at 800-773-2489 for details.

NoHo Recreation Center Emergency Shelter

11430 Chandler Blvd
North Hollywood, 91601

In partnership with Hope of the Valley, the North Hollywood Recreation Center Emergency Shelter provides 36 beds, health screenings, shower facilities, storage space and three meals daily. For more information, call (818) 763-7651.

North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry

Food Distribution Hours: Mondays and Fridays 7:30 am to 11:00 am
4390 Colfax Ave.
Studio City, 91604

The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry provides distribution of packaged and canned food, bread and cake, and sometimes fresh produce to those in need. Each bag provides enough food for several days. Please note the entrance is on the Troost side of the parking lot only. No ID is required. For more information, call (818) 760-3575.

Hope of the Valley Winter Shelter

7 days a week, from 6 pm to 8 am

Hope of the Valley’s Pacoima Winter Shelter program provides 120 beds of Emergency Shelter during the coldest winter months in the San Fernando Valley. Food, beds, clothing and other essential services are provided on a nightly basis. In addition, Case Management, Medical Care, Mental Health Counseling, and other support services are also provided nightly. Walk-ins are not permitted, please arrive at the listed pick-up locations to access the shelter. If you or someone you know is in need of a place to stay at night, please call the Winter Shelter hotline at (818) 687-8744.