Finance & Housing Assistance during COVID-19

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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.

View the map

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.

Evictions

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.

Employment Resources for Individuals

Unemployment

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.

Currently Working

Guidance related to changing work dynamics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student loans

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:

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:

  • 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 Funding

Financial Assistance Programs

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.

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Non-Profit Resources