Update March 27, 2020
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An Update from Supervisor John Gioia of District 1, Contra Costa County
Assistance, Services for People Experiencing Hardship
List of resources offering help now
We know the COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe financial hardship to many people right now and I am concerned that this situation will get worse.
While the Federal Stimulus Package will eventually provide some relief to individuals and businesses, many people need help now. We’re analyzing the new Federal law, and will provide updates.
Meanwhile, here are resources you can tap now. Click the links for more information. This list will be updated over time.
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Taxes and Utilities
Property Tax Late Payment Penalty Cancellation: Taxes are due April 10. A program to cancel late payment penalties for people impacted by COVID-19 was announced this week. Application forms for this program will be on the County Treasurer’s website on April 11.
IRS: Has extended both the tax-filing and payment deadline to July 15.
The Franchise Tax Board: Has extended both the tax-filing and payment deadline to July 15.
PG&E: Has a moratorium on service shut-offs due to nonpayment, and offers flexible pay plans for customers in need.
MCE: Is temporarily suspending collections on non-paying customers.
EBMUD: Will not disconnect water service due to payment issue and offers an assistance program for those in need.
Mortgage Payment Relief: Some banks and mortgage companies are providing mortgage relief. Check with your mortgage company for details. Governor Newsom’s announcement on mortgage relief plan.
No Evictions: Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston has announced that consistent with the timeline in the Governor’s Executive Order, no commercial or residential eviction orders will be served until May 31, 2020. This “stay” applies to all 19 cities and the unincorporated areas of the County.
Social Services and Healthcare Assistance
CalWin: A one-stop sign-up for:
- CalFresh (food stamps).
- CalWORKS – cash assistance for low income families with children.
- Health coverage through Covered California.
MediCal: Low-income health coverage.
In-Home Supportive Services: Home caregiver program for elderly, blind, and people with disabilities.
CAPI: Cash assistance for elderly, blind, and disabled non-citizens.
Premium Extensions: Under a notice by the State Insurance Commissioner, insurance companies (auto, property, casualty, life, health) must give policyholders a 60-day grace period to pay premiums.
Price Gouging is Illegal: There are reports of gouging on hand sanitizer, wipes, masks and other important virus supplies. Report price gouging to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit.
Fraudulent Charities: Beware of bad actor charities taking advantage of people wanting to help during this crisis. Before giving, make sure charitable organizations are registered with the State Attorney General’s office. Also check their rating on Charitynavigator.org.
- Contra Costa County Health Services COVID-19 page
- State of California’s One-Stop COVID-19 info page
- Contra Costa County Crisis Line 211, email or phone
If you need assistance, please call my office at 510.942.2221 or email us atJohn_Gioia@bos.cccounty.us
We’re here to help!
Supervisor, District One
Contra Costa County
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Update March 18, 2020
Beloved East Bay Family,
The coronavirus continues to impact our community in new and unprecedented ways. Our primary focus, as always, is your health and well-being and that of the community at large. This is an update of how East Bay Church is responding to this rapidly changing situation.
The Alameda County Public Health Officer, along with officials from Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, issued a Shelter-In-Place Order which went into effect on Tuesday. This essentially directs all residents to stay in their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks. In addition, the Order requires the immediate closure of non-essential organizations and businesses.
East Bay and other places of worship are considered non-essential under this Order. So, all in-person programming and services are suspended effective immediately. We will not meet on site for Sunday or Wednesday services, classes and other scheduled events until the Order is lifted.
Though our building is closed, the spirit and prayerful energy of East Bay Church will continue thanks to our online and digital tools.
- Sunday services will be broadcast via our Facebook livestream.
- Wednesday mid-week services will be conducted by conference call. Just dial (669) 900 6833 and enter the meeting ID 905 107 181 to join.
- All classes will continue online. Teachers will provide specific instruction to students.
- Rev. Celeste will lead a daily mid-day meditation call at 12:30 pm. Simply dial (669) 900 6833 and enter the meeting ID 905 107 181 to join.
We understand that this is a uniquely challenging time and we aren’t sure about what may happen next. But, we do know that we are prepared to handle such a time as this. Principle guides us and we affirm that:
The light of God surrounds us, The love of God enfolds us, The power of God protects us, The presence of God watches over us, Wherever we are, God is, And where God is, all is well.
East Bay is here for you. If you or a loved one need prayer and support, submit an online prayer request, email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (510) 420-1003 and our ministers and practitioners will pray for you. If you need food or know someone in need, our Food Angels are ready to support you. If there is anything else you need from your church family, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we will do all we can.
Please continue to keep East Bay lifted in prayer as we navigate this critical time. The business of the church continues and your financial support is more important than ever as our obligations are immune to COVID-19. You can continue to support East Bay Church by:
- Mailing your donation to EBCRS, 4130 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
- Donating online using this link
- Text-to-Give with the amount of your offering to (855) 979-7388.
- Donation information is also available during the livestream broadcasts.
Stay connected to the East Bay Church community via the church’s website and Facebook community. Keep our elders and youth lifted in prayer. Call them or send them a message of love and support. Community is vital.
East Bay Church is grateful for each of you and we join you in affirming the Truth of this life:
God is the only power in my life.
Nothing from without can touch the perfect Life of God within.
The Power of God is greater than any circumstance in my life.
The strength of God is mine to use. Turning away from all feelings of inadequacy, I discover that all that I need is within me right now.
I take dominion in my life. Old habits have no power over me.
Conditions have no power over me. Personalities have no power over me.
I take dominion. I am whole. I am free. I am complete. Now and forever more.
And so it is!
Jack Addington – Your Needs Met
Love & abundant blessings,
East Bay Board of Trustees
March 13, 2020
Dear East Bay Family,
As the coronavirus situation continues to unfold, we want to provide an update on East Bay’s response and steps forward. Our primary concern is always for the well-being of our community and we hope that this will reassure you and provide clear guidance on how we intend to handle this challenge.
First, we are grounded and steeped in knowing the Truth of perfect health, peace and provision for all beings in this moment right now. Regardless of what the news declares, we know the Truth, that all is well and in divine order. Serenity and strength are ours now. We declare that divine right action is underway and that all is well.
Second, after consulting local health guidelines, we have decided to go forward with service on Sunday. We have significantly ramped up our cleaning protocols and will be regularly sanitizing all facilities.
In addition, we will modify the seating arrangement and service as needed to ensure that all in attendance abide by the current social distancing recommendations. During the community “Reach Out and Touch,” we will greet one another with gracious eye contact and “Namaste”.
Our Health and Wellness Ministry will also be onsite Sunday to answer any questions you might have.
Third, we ask that you take care of yourselves. When you come on Sunday, please be sure to abide by these recommendations:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer (on dry hands) if you are unable to wash your hands
- Do not touch your face
- Cover your mouth with your elbow or tissue if you sneeze or cough
- Disinfect your cell phones and other mobile devices
We ask that you visit The Center of Disease Control for further prevention measures you can take to protect you and your family:.
If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms or you have a compromised immune system or you simply are not comfortable attending, we ask that you stay at home and enjoy the service from the comfort of your computer or mobile device. Just click on this link to participate in our livestream.
Finally, we ask that you continue to pray for and support East Bay Church of Religious Science. Contribute to a greater good during this challenging time by donating online (using this link) or via text to (855) 979-7388. Donation information is also available during the livestream.
Know that our Leadership Team has been staying on top of the rapidly shifting circumstances and health advisories. We will continue to provide updates as necessary and we welcome any questions or recommendations you might have.
Love and abundant blessings,
Rev. Celeste and the East Bay Board of Trustees