If you’ve been financially affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for:

Unemployment insurance

You may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits if: 

  • You lost your job
  • Your hours were reduced
  • Your business was affected by COVID-19

Most federal unemployment benefits ended in September 2021. This includes:

  • Pandemic unemployment assistance
  • Pandemic additional compensation
  • Pandemic emergency unemployment compensation
  • Mixed earner unemployment compensation
  • Federal-state extended duration

Paid sick leave and other benefits 

If you cannot work because you (or a family member you’re taking care of) are sick or quarantined due to COVID-19, you can:

You may also be able to use paid sick leave or COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave:

  • To go to your vaccine appointment
  • If you experience vaccine-related side effects

You may be eligible for California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave if you couldn’t work between January 1 and September 30, 2021. Use the eligibility navigator to check if you may qualify.

If you cannot work due to, or are recovering from, COVID-19 illness, you may be eligible for: 

Find information about all of these benefits in this chart

Check the FAQs about these topics:

  • Job-protected unpaid leave (page 5)
  • Reasonable accommodation for a disability due to COVID-19 (pages 5-7)

Hotel rooms for healthcare workers

On June 15, 2021, the Hotel rooms for California healthcare workers program was discontinued for all facilities except those located in Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego counties. 

Help for agricultural workers

California offers in-home quarantine support in participating counties for workers who need to self-isolate for up to 14 days. Hotel rooms are also offered in some areas. Visit Help for agricultural workers for more information.

Golden State Stimulus payments

Depending on your income, you may qualify for a Golden State Stimulus (GSS) payment. Qualifying taxpayers get GSS payments of either $600 or $1,200. This includes undocumented workers. Families with children may receive an increased payment. 

Who qualifies

Your 2020 state tax return determines if you’re eligible to receive a GSS payment. You may qualify for a GSS payment if you earned:

Learn more about who qualifies for the GSS

How to get the GSS

If you’ve already filed your 2020 tax return, you do not have to do anything else. If you qualify, you’ll receive your payments by direct deposit or a check in the mail. 

Generally, you must have filed your 2020 state tax return by October 15, 2021 to be eligible for a GSS payment. If you’re waiting to receive your ITIN, make sure to file your taxes by February 15, 2022 to be eligible.


Find food options available to everyone, whether you are working or not.

More options are available for:

Housing, rent, and utilities

If you are homeless, find a contact in your area for help.

Renters struggling due to COVID-19 can get help paying their rent and utility bills. Learn about eviction protection for renters.

If you own a home and are behind on your mortgage payments due to COVID-19, find out how to request mortgage forbearance.

Healthcare and health insurance

Community health clinics

Community health centers and clinics offer free or low-cost medical services. Find a health center in your area.

Health insurance

Get free or low-cost health insurance through Covered California

If you received unemployment insurance, you may be able to get health insurance for as low as $1 per month. 

All plans cover treatment and vaccines for COVID-19.

How to apply

Covered California and Medi-Cal use the same application. You can submit one application to find out which programs you qualify for. You may qualify for both. 

Apply for Covered California

For free and confidential help, call 800-300-1506 (M-F, 8 am to 6 pm).

Benefits for families with children

CalWORKs cash aid

Families with children may be eligible for cash aid through the CalWORKs program. Families that qualify get monthly cash aid to help pay for housing, food, clothing, and more. 

Families that have little cash on hand may qualify. It also depends on other factors like:

  • Citizenship
  • Age
  • Income
  • Assets

Families that have little or no cash can receive up to $200 immediately if they have a family emergency like:

  • No food, essential clothing, or place to stay
  • Urgent medical needs

Apply at BenefitsCal or contact the social services agency in your county. 

Child tax credit

If you have children, you may be eligible for the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC), even if you make little or no money.

Who qualifies

You may qualify for the CTC if you have children under age 18 that live with you most of the time, and you earn up to:

  • $150,000 per year (joint filers)
  • $112,500 per year (single head of household)
  • $75,000 per year (other single filers)

How to get the CTC

If you qualify, you will receive the CTC if you’ve done any of these:

  • Filed a 2019 or a 2020 tax return
  • Gave the IRS your information using a non-filer portal
  • Gave the IRS your information to receive the Economic Impact Payment

File a simplified tax return by November 15, 2021, if you:

  • Have not given the IRS your information
  • Usually do not need to file taxes

Monthly payments

You do not have to wait until you file your taxes in 2022 to start getting the CTC. You can get half of your CTC money in 2021 as advance monthly payments. You will get the other half when you file your tax return in 2022.

From July 2021 through December 2021, you can get monthly CTC payments up to:

  • $300 per child under age 6
  • $250 per child ages 6 to 17

Eligible families receive monthly deposits or paper checks directly from the IRS. 

Use the CTC Update Portal to:

  • Check your eligibility for advance payments
  • Get information about your monthly payment amounts
  • Opt-out of advance payments

Call the CTC Helpline at 800-908-4184 to talk to someone who can answer general CTC questions.

California’s child tax credits

State tax credits are available to working Californians that have children. This includes undocumented workers. 

California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)

If you’re working for a low wage, you can get money back based on how much you earned and how many children you have. If you made less than $30,000 in 2020, you may qualify for the CalEITC.

The CalEITC is a tax credit that can reduce the amount of taxes you owe or increase your tax refund amount. Getting CalEITC will not affect your eligibility for any other benefits.

Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) 

You may qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) of up to $1,000 if you:

  • Qualified for CalEITC, and 
  • Have a child that was under age 6 on December 31, 2020

If you qualify, you could get a bigger tax refund or a reduced tax bill. 

How to get these tax credits

You must file your state tax return to claim both the CalEITC and the YCTC. File your taxes online for free. If  you don’t have a Social Security Number, file your taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Find out more about ITINs and how you can get one.


California has programs to help families pay for childcare. Find out if you qualify for help paying for childcare. You can also call 1-800-KIDS-793.

Funeral costs

Financial help is available for COVID-19 related funeral expenses.

To apply, call the COVID-19 funeral assistance helpline at 844-684-6333 (M-F, 6 am to 6 pm). You cannot apply online.

Find more details in the frequently asked questions.