PSCDC's San Diego Team Stays Active During July
July was a busy month for our San Diego PSCDC team who have been providing residents and communities with as many different resources as they can gather. San Diego Resident Services Coordinators hosted food distributions and helped unemployed or underemployed residents by preparing budgets, connecting them to job opportunities, virtual job fairs, updating resumes, and referring them to the county's free COVID-19 testing sites. To get people moving and healthy while maintaining social distancing in July, PSCDC teamed up with local partners to host Zoom Zumba workouts!
Within the month of July, San Diego Resident Services Coordinators, along with some volunteers from Boys Team Charity and Friends & Family Community Connection, assisted 19 communities with restocking their food supplies. Families were able to receive fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, coffee, canned food, and much, much more. Over 1,400 individuals participated in the county-wide distributions, with strict health regulations, such as wearing masks being required and enforcement of social distancing, in place to protect everyone involved. PSCDC received a grant from the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to help finance our hunger-relief efforts during the COVID-19 period and will strengthen our capacity to distribute food to the community. Thank you, San Diego Food Bank!
During this month, PSCDC also partnered up with Aetna, Champions for Health, and Live Well San Diego to advocate a healthy lifestyle, despite self-quarantine. To get more San Diegans moving and active, two Zumba classes were held over Zoom in both English and Spanish. Each session had participants exercising in their own homes, with instructors providing the music and leading the session. There are plenty more healthy and fun collaborations and activities lined up and scheduled for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for announcements on our website and social media so that you won't miss out!
As the month of July comes to an end, so does the benefits from the federal EDD CARES program. Despite the end of the CARES act, there are still plenty of other opportunities for San Diegans to receive additional funding to help pay for rent, taxes, and other responsibilities. PSCDC Resident Coordinators in San Diego offered our residents with assistance in applying for the San Diego Housing Comission's COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will provide one-tim payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent. The City of Encinitas is also providing financial relief for Encinitas households facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic with their new Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program. PSCDC has also collected a large library of resources for financial and utility assistance for any Californian to use!