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The $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment opens on May 12, 2021. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week. The program will end when either all funds are expended or six months after U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares the end of the pandemic, whichever occurs first.
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The Stockton Arena site is part of a joint effort aimed at expanding access to COVID-19 vaccine throughout the state, especially in communities that have been hard-hit by the pandemic. The Arena was chosen because surrounding communities have some of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in the state and yet are among the lowest in vaccination rates.
“This vaccination site is critical for the health and safety of our whole community,” says Corwin Harper, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Area. “Kaiser Permanente appreciates RTD’s efforts to provide transportation to those in need, expanding opportunities for vaccine access in the region that will help move us forward in our collective fight to curb this pandemic.”
“This is a great location because the Arena is very accessible,” said Board Chair Michael Restuccia. “We are committed to removing transportation barriers for the residents of San Joaquin County because the health and safety of our community is RTD’s top priority.”
The Stockton Arena is located along Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Route 40, which is accessible by any RTD route. As RTD’s most frequent route, it runs on weekdays every 15 minutes at peak time, every 20 minutes off peak, and every 30 minutes on weekends. To ride free, book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at https://myturn.ca.gov then show your appointment confirmation on a print out or on your phone to the operator when boarding.
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NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you'll learn about:
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State supporting trusted providers and counties for non-traditional outreach in hard-to-reach communities
SACRAMENTO – With supply of vaccines expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks, the state is expanding vaccine eligibility to more Californians. Starting April 1, individuals aged 50+ will be eligible to make an appointment, and individuals 16+ will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated starting on April 15.
“With vaccine supply increasing and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” said Governor Newsom. “We remain focused on equity as we extend vaccine eligibility to those 50 and over starting April 1, and those 16 and older starting April 15. This is possible thanks to the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration and the countless public health officials across the state who have stepped up to get shots into arms.”
Based on the current estimates, California expects to be allocated approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April. California currently receives about 1.8 million doses per week. These estimates may be adjusted as time goes on. The state has the capacity to administer more than 3 million vaccines per week, and is building the capacity to administer 4 million vaccines weekly by the end of April.
“We are even closer to putting this pandemic behind us with today’s announcement and with vaccine supplies expected to increase dramatically in the months ahead,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “However, we are not there yet. It will take time to vaccinate all eligible Californians. During this time, we must not let our guard down. It is important that we remain vigilant, continue to wear masks and follow public health guidance.”
In addition to increased allocations of vaccines to providers serving the hardest hit communities, the state has embarked on a series of initiatives to vaccinate those populations that have faced the highest rates of COVID infections before vaccines become available to the entire 16+ population. These efforts include:
Even with expanded vaccine supplies, it is expected to take several months for willing Californians to be vaccinated. Based on public information shared by vaccine manufacturers and the federal government, California expects to receive several million vaccine doses per week starting sometime in April.
Along with the expanded eligibility and to align with upcoming federal guidance, California will update its vaccine allocation methodology. This will transition over four weeks, beginning with the March 22 allocation (delivered to providers the following week), from one based on the distribution of the 65+ population, workers in the agriculture and food, education and child care, and emergency services sectors to one based on the distribution of the 16+ population across California. This will be done in conjunction with completion of the shift to the state directly allocating vaccines to providers. The state will continue to double the amount of vaccine allocated to the lowest Healthy Places Index (HPI) quartile as announced on March 4.
Forty percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths have occurred in the lowest quartile of the HPI, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, which provides overall scores and data that predict life expectancy and compares community conditions that shape health across the state. The rate of infections for households making less than $40,000 per year (5.7) is 84 percent higher than that of households with an income of $120,000 or more (3.1). At the same time, California’s wealthiest populations have received 50 percent more vaccinations when compared to the rate of our most vulnerable populations. This approach recognizes that the pandemic did not affect California communities equally and that the state is committed to doing better.
It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million California renters are behind on rent and at risk of eviction because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will be a lifeline to renters and landlords. It clears accumulated rental debt, keeps the hardest-hit families in their homes, and will lead to a more equitable economic recovery.
California tenants or landlords can visit the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief webpage through the Housing Is Key website, or they can call toll-free 833-430-2122.
To assist renters and landlords with the application process, BCSH has also established a Local Partner Network consisting of community based organizations across the state in the hardest hit areas to provide in-person assistance to individuals who may not know about the program or who may need help filling out their applications. Our goal is to make sure that everyone who needs rent relief gets it.
We are encouraging our CoC and local community partners to join this Local Partner Network and assist with promoting the rent relief program. You can apply to the network by clicking here.
We are also are launching a statewide education and awareness campaign including social media and local public service announcements. Follow the program on Twitter: @CAbcsh, @HousingIsKey, and @CA_HCFC.
Please help us push out information about CA COVID-19 Rent Relief. BCSH has created a toolkit you can use for social media messages, reaching out to your clients, and including in your newsletters.
I believe this program to be critical in helping Californians stay in their homes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent many of our most vulnerable neighbors from losing their homes and slipping into homelessness. With CA COVID-19 Rent Relief, more Californians can have confidence that they will get through this pandemic and participate in California's post-pandemic economic recovery.
Thank you for all the very hard work you do and for supporting this important initiative.
Deputy Secretary for Homelessness
Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council
Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency
“This is another great opportunity to break down a barrier for our community in getting access to the COVID vaccine,” said Dr. Maggie Park, San Joaquin County Health Officer. “As we stand up more fixed vaccination locations, we hope our residents can take advantage of this service to get to their vaccination appointment and help end this pandemic soon.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with and support San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services to provide transportation for this essential effort,” said RTD Board Chair Michael Restuccia.
“Fixed-route buses can take you directly to the Delta College, Manteca Transit Center, and Lodi Grape Festival Grounds site,” said Transportation Superintendent Cameron Isaacson. “RTD is providing a special shuttle service from the Union Transfer Station to the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.”
To ride free, book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at https://myturn.ca.gov or www.SJReady.org, then show your appointment confirmation on a print out or on your phone to the operator when boarding.
Dates and Times
San Joaquin Delta College—Shima Parking Lot
5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95207
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, CA 95240
Monday – Friday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Robert Cabral Agriculture Center
2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206
Tuesday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Manteca Transit Center
220 Moffat Blvd, Manteca, CA 95336
12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
For more information about SJReady and vaccine events, visit www.SJReady.org.
What high-risk conditions or disabilities make a person under 65 eligible for a vaccine after March 15?
People ages 16-64 can be eligible if they are deemed to be at the very highest risk to get very sick from COVID-19
EITHER because they have one or more of the following severe health conditions:
OR if, as a result of a developmental or other significant, high-risk disability, one or more of the following criteria applies:
These three criteria include people with a range of physical and behavioral disabilities. Examples include: all enrolled consumers of Regional Centers, Independent Living Centers, In Home Supportive Services, Community Based Adult Services/Adult Day Health Centers, Medi-Cal HIV/AIDS Waiver, Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based Alternatives Waiver, Medi-Cal Assisted Living Waiver, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, California Children’s Services Program (if the child is 16-21 years old), and California Genetically Handicapped Persons Program.
See CDPH’s Provider Bulletin from February 12 for details on the eligibility policy.
How do people with these high-risk conditions or disabilities get a vaccine?
There are five primary ways you may be able to find an appointment after March 15. Vaccine supply remains limited nationwide.
1. Your Health Care Provider: We strongly recommend individuals with these conditions seek vaccination with a primary health care provider or system, or in an alternate clinical setting. Check first with your usual health care provider to see if they have vaccines and available appointments. Health care providers who have vaccines may also begin reaching out to you, as a patient with a significant, high-risk medical condition or disability known to the provider, to schedule your vaccine appointment.
2. Pharmacies: You can check your local pharmacies to see if they have vaccines and available appointments. For the month of March, federal direction is that all school and child care staff are prioritized for pharmacy vaccines, so supply for other populations remains limited.
3. Your Local Health Department: Your local health department’s website will continue to have information about how to find available vaccine appointments, even as national supply remains limited.
4. Community Pop-Up Clinics: Community pop-up clinics for people with high-risk medical conditions and disabilities will roll out in mid-March and will be targeted for equity to those living in communities with the lowest Healthy Place Index scores. Community partners will outreach to people eligible for the pop up clinics.
5. MyTurn: Throughout the spring, as vaccine supply increases and the statewide vaccinator network grows, you will be able to schedule an appointment through California’s MyTurn, in two ways:
You will be asked to state that you have a high-risk medical condition or disability, either to book an available appointment or to register for notice of future appointments made available as supply increases. You will be able to request an accommodation at your vaccine site through MyTurn.
Will I need to verify I have a high-risk medical condition or disability when I go to my appointment?
To protect confidentiality, verification documentation of the diagnosis or type of disability is not required but instead anyone meeting the eligibility requirements will be asked to sign a self-attestation that they meet the criteria for high-risk medical conditions or disabilities.
Will vaccine sites be accessible?
All vaccine clinics in California are required to ensure sites and services are accessible in accordance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements.
How do I get a vaccine at home, if I am unable to travel to a vaccine site?
For current options, check with your health care provider, local health department, or local pharmacy.
How do I get transportation to a vaccine site?
For current options, check with your health care provider, local health department, or local pharmacy.
If you receive Medi-Cal through a managed care plan, contact your plan’s member service department to request assistance for transportation to received covered benefits. If you receive Medi-Cal through Fee-for-Service (FFS), you can access a list of Non-Medical Transportation (NMT) providers in your county and you can contact them directly to arrange transportation to your appointments. If there is not a provider in your area, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) can assist if you email them DHCSNMT@dhcs.ca.gov. Please do NOT include personal information in your first email. DHCS staff will reply with a secure email asking for your information about the appointment. If you have a need for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, please inform your medical provider who can prescribe this service and put you in touch with a transportation provider to coordinate your ride to and from your appointment(s).
In one version of the scam, you receive a recorded message stating that it is Amazon. The message advises there is something wrong with your account. It could be a suspicious purchase, a lost package, or an order they cannot fulfill.
In another twist on the scam, you may receive a recorded message that indicates there has been suspicious activity on your Apple iCloud account. In fact, they state your account may have been breached.
In both scenarios, the scammers indicate you can conveniently press 1 to speak with someone, or they provide you a phone number to call. Do not do either, it is a scam! They are attempting to steal your personal information, such as your account password or your credit card number.
If you receive an unexpected call or message about a problem with any of your accounts, hang up.
These scams also may be received via email, requesting you click a link to access your account. DO NOT click any link in an unknown email. If you are concerned about your account, log directly into your Apple or Amazon account via their verified website.
• Do not press 1 to speak with customer support
• Do not call a phone number they gave you
• Do not give out your personal information
• If you think there may actually be a problem with one of your accounts, contact the company using a phone number or website you know is real
• Do not click any link sent in an email
• If you do get a call you think is a scam, report it at ReportFraud.ftc.gov