There are numerous resources available for those seeking assistance financially during COVID-19. The resources are regularly changing. Below are contacts to get updates on the availability of resources.
Testing & Quarantine Isolation
The County will be providing financial assistance and resources to protect individuals in our highly impacted areas.
Check if you can receive a gift card for getting tested, and over $1,000 if you need to isolate.
Right now, citizens who live in neighborhoods that make up the lowest 25% Healthy Places Index (HPI) are testing positive for COVID-19 at over 7%, well above the current Sonoma County average of about 5%. This lowest 25% census tract is what the County will target for focused outreach and financial assistance.
If you need assistance using the map please call 211.
Financial Assistance for Households
Paying Utility Bills
- Salvation Army – 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa, (707) 542-0981
- Help to pay water, electric and other utility bills.
- Afternoons, Monday-Friday, by appointment only.
On March 24, 2020, the Board of Supervisors took action to approve the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Ordinance, effective immediately and for the duration of the declared Local Emergency in Sonoma County.
Renters & Homeowners
There are local resources for both renters and homeowners available in Sonoma County.
- To learn more about these resources visit Housing & Renter Support »
- For CARES rental assistance for low-income renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19, contact West County Community Services at (707) 823-1640, Friends in Sonoma Helping at (707) 996-0111, Petaluma People Services at (707) 765-8488, or Community Action Partnership at (707) 544-6911.
Employment Resources for Individuals
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you may file an Unemployment Insurance claim.
Sick or Quarantined Workers
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you may file a Disability Insurance claim.
Guidance related to changing work dynamics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Labor & Workforce Development Agency
- Employment Development Department (EDD)
- California Department of Industrial Relations
Borrowers who need immediate relief may apply for a forbearance, which suspends payments for a period of time.
- Contact your loan processor for more information.
General Tax Information
Federal Income taxes:
- Individuals may defer up to $1 million of federal income tax payments for tax year 2019 (including self-employment tax) due on April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. You can learn more on the US Internal Revenue Service Website.
- Information about federal Stimulus Checks and how to get your payment
State Income taxes:
- The California Franchise Tax Board earlier extended the April 15, 2020 deadline for making state income tax payments and estimated payments until June 15, 2020.
- Visit the State of CA website for more information.
- Property taxes were due April 10, 2020.
- If you have the capacity to pay please do. This revenue helps keep government agencies running and providing vital public services, especially in times like these.
- Essential Auditor-controller and Tax Collector Department (ACTTC) staff is still at work during the office closure to respond to emails and process payments.
- Due to public health concerns, please consider making payments online, by phone or by mail.
- Cash customers can obtain a cashier’s check or money order and mail payments.
- ACTTC has the authority to waive delinquent property tax penalties if late payment is due to circumstances beyond the tax payer’s control.
- The COVID-19 penalty waiver application is available to taxpayers on the ACTTC website.
Assistance with Tax prep and submission
- Community Action Partnership »
- United Way of the Wine Country »
- Agencies will contact those with a pending tax preparation adjustment to correct and submit.
- Other free tax filing options:
Financial Assistance Programs
- Redwood Credit Union – call (800) 479-7928, option 2
- Disaster-related loan program for current Redwood Credit Union members.
Non-congregate and Alternative Care Sites
Non-congregate and alternative care sites have been established in Sonoma County for those who are at high risk of complications if COVID-19 is contracted as well as those who need a safe shelter that have tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms.
- CAP Sonoma
- Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa
- Corazon Healdsburg
- Graton Day Labor Center
- La Luz Center
- Salvation Army Santa Rosa
- West County Community Service (CARES Rental Assistance)
- Friends in Sonoma Helping (CARES Rental Assistance)
- Petaluma People Services (CARES Rental Assistance)
- Community Action Partnership (CARES Rental Assistance)