COVID-19 Resources and Information

As COVID-19 impacts our community, we’ll update this space with the latest ways that folks can get involved and take action to help incarcerated people, curbside communities, and other vulnerable populations in the Bay Area and California.

Decarcerate Sant Rita Jail

Go to this page for all updates for Santa Rita Jail. According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, 35 incarcerated people and two staff at Santa Rita jail have tested positive for COVID-19. Keeping people incarcerated during this pandemic means a death sentence. Call Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley (510-272-6222) and urge her to release people from Santa Rita jail now.
Emergency housing needed now for the homeless
Alameda County and the City of Oakland have millions of dollars in emergency funds available for COVID-19 relief efforts. Yet they have NOT provided the emergency housing needed for the thousands of homeless residents residing in our communities, leaving us all at risk. Tell Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Oakland City Council to do whatever it takes to house every homeless resident now.
Oakland Elected Officials
Mayor Schaaf: (510) 238 - 3141
Council President Kaplan: (510) 238 - 7008
D1 - Dan Kalb: (510) 238 - 7001
D2 - Nikki Fortunato Bas: (510) 238 -7002
D3 - Lynette McElhaney, (510) 238 - 7003
D4 - Sheng Thao, (510) 238 - 7004
D5 - Noel Gallo, (510) 238 - 7005
D6 - Loren Taylor, (510) 238 - 7006
Shut down the 850 Bryant Jail in SF
On Wednesday April 15, urge SF Supervisors to support Supervisor Fewer’s ordinance to close 850 Bryant St. Closing 850 Bryant and stop transfers to Alameda County’s deadly Santa Rita jail. Sample emails, tweets and hashtags to use on 04/15 are at:
Last updated 04/10

The information below was compiled by Ella Baker Center staff using the resources and information sent to us from a variety of different organizations and coalitions. Last updated on March 30, 2020.

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Take Care of Yourself

There is an absence of information regarding online recovery options during this health crisis. Sunshine Behavioral Health's goal is to spread education and awareness. Check out this resource they created that discusses how people in recovery can still receive treatment and support during quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.  

Know Your Rights During COVID-19


Workers Rights in California

If your employment has been impacted, visit the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency website to review what benefits are available to you:

  • If you lost your job or had reduced hours for reasons related to COVID-19 you may qualify for unemployment insurance. File A Claim Here

  • If you are unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) you may qualify for Disability Insurance. File a claim here

  • If you or a family member are sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine you may qualify for paid sick leave. File a Claim Here

  • If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) you may qualify for Paid Family Leave. File A Claim Here

Bay Area


(Information shared by the Public Defenders Office)

  • Income: Know your rights if you cannot work
  • Food: Where to get food for your children and you
    • All Oakland Unified students and families and any Oakland residents under 18 can pick up free food at OUSD’s 12 pick up sites. Hayward Unified provides the same support here, Berkeley schools here, San Leandro Unified here, Fremont here. Anyone, especially those who are unhoused or elderly, can call the Alameda County Food Bank’s emergency food helpline. Seniors can also call a Meals on Wheels provider to sign up for food delivered daily -- county providers here.
  • Public benefits: How to get and continue aid
    • Eligible people can still apply for food stamps, GA, CalWorks, and other benefits right now. Our county’s social services agency is encouraging phone and online applications -- see here. The governor also issued an executive order allowing safety net programs to continue without interruption and without need for re-certifications for 90 days.
  • Evictions, foreclosures and utilities
    • The Alameda County Sheriff and Alameda County Superior Court have agreed to halt evictions in our county. Find an ongoing updated page about eviction policies across the Bay during Covid-19 from Bay Legal here. HUD also announced a 60-day moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages -- see here. And, PG&E implemented a moratorium on service disconnections due to non-payment -- see here.
  • Healthcare
    • Alameda County provides healthcare to low-income people who are not eligible for Medi-Cal (such as undocumented people) through HealthPAC. Also, testing and treatment related to Covid-19 will not be considered in the USCIS public charge test -- see here. Resources in Spanish can be found here. Street Level Health Project: Hotline (510)306-4835, open M -F 8:30-5pm and has Mam and Spanish speakers to assist with applying for benefits (including HealthPAC) over the phone and online. They are also able to refer clients to a staff clinician for an over the phone assessment of symptoms and can make referrals to Highland Hospital.
  • Mental Health, addiction and homelessness
  • Homeless Resources: Alameda County Healthcare for the Homeless Covid-19 guidance includes a phone number to call if someone is unhoused with symptoms. The state has already leased 2 Oakland hotels for high-risk and confirmed coronavirus cases of homeless folks--we’re staying updated on this. The Berkeley Free Clinic's Street Medicine Team, East Oakland Collective, and other community orgs are working hard to deliver sanitation stations and food to encampments.
  • Oakland towing and parking: The city has suspended enforcement of most parking restrictions, metered parking, and time-limited parking. Most towing has been suspended also -- refer here.
  • Can’t find what you’re looking for? The state government just created this new website to be a one stop shop for all California specific updates and resources about the pandemic.


  • Information in different languages

  • Information for immigrants: Press Release from USCIS

    • USCIS says testing for the coronavirus "will neither consider testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination" Read the full release here.

  • Coronavirus Resource Kit: Broken down by state, though not all states covered. From Equality Labs. 

  • Learning to Live with Coronavirus: The Daily Podcast episode that covers public transportation, supermarkets, and more. (Link is with Spotify)

  • Get The Facts Straight: short video on Coronavirus. Information about the coronavirus outbreak is spreading fast, but what do we actually know about the illness? CBC News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.

Migrants: COVID-19 Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas

Take Action That Empowers

Contribute to support re-entry services

  • (Medical)  Transitions Clinic - Provides a patient-centered primary care medical home for chronically-ill people returning from prison. Donate here
  • (Material Needs) Bonafide - Bonafide meets people upon release at the prison gate and provide them with material necessities – like clothing toiletries, and a cellphone- as well as emotional and logistical support. Donate here.
  • (Legal) Root & Rebound - is a nonprofit reentry legal resource & advocacy center that provides reentry legal expertise to individuals with past justice involvement, families with currently and formerly incarcerated loved ones, and community-based organizations and agencies. Donate here.
  • (Housing) Home Coming Project at Impact Justice - The Homecoming Project is an innovative pilot program that provides daily subsidies to homeowners in exchange for providing living space to a person returning home from prison. The Project leverages extra living spaces within Alameda County to promote an additional transitional housing reentry option for people who have served lengthy prison terms, and who will benefit from an individually-tailored program attached to six months of housing. Donate here.



The Justice Collaborative Resources - COVID19: A national website with information, resources, and actions that you can take across the country. 

EBC Updates

In order to take proactive steps to protect staff and community members, the Ella Baker Center office will be closed and we are cancelling all events and space reservations in the Restore Oakland building.

We will be organizing digital meetings and gatherings via Zoom during this time, including our next member meeting happening on July 1st! Please check the Ella Baker Center events page.