updates for unemployed/underemployed and businesses

updated March 26, 2020, 3:00 pm

work2future Career Centers

have shifted from in-person services to remote assistance.

looking for help?

links and resources that can help you find the help you need.


looking for a job?

a selected list of local employers looking to hire now. opportunity verified and posted by work2future.
  • hiring? looking to have your job posted?
  • contact Ron Lopez.

helpful resources

resources to help you and your family find the support you need.


career coaching

work2future client services are available by phone, email or video call.  current clients, please contact your career coach for more information.  new to work2future? get started by booking a call.

online learning

update your skills with Metrix online learning. open to all Santa Clara County residents courtesy of work2future.  register at http://bit.ly/skillupsanjose and select Sean Guess as your career coach.

emergency assistance

free, confidential, personalized connection to local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, quality childcare, senior services, and more. Available 24/7 in multiple languages by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-273-6222. Immigrant friendly

groceries and meals

financial assistance for food purchases. apply online or by phone at 800.984.3663.
immigrant-friendly.  immigrants can receive CalFresh if at least one member of the household has legal residency.

Free Meals for Children under 18
locations and details for Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito Counties. updated regularly Second Harvest Food Bank. immigrant-friendly

Meal programs for seniors age 60+
•  City of San Jose Boxed Lunch Program
•  Map of Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition Meal Sites.
•  Meals on Wheels [HealthTrust]
•  Meals on Wheels [Sourcewise]
•  Senior Nutrition Program [India Community Center]
•  Senior Nutrition Program [Yu-Ai Kai]

Food Pantry
Sacred Heart Community Services
zip code specific immigrant-friendly

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
TEXT “GETFOOD” to 1-408-455-5181
or CALL 1-800-984-3663 immigrant-friendly

financial assistance

for families

temporary financial assistance is available to low-income residents who have lost income and are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19. please call 408-780-9134 or email covid19help@sacredheartcs.org to apply.

for caregivers

if you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments at approximately 60-70 percent of wages.

if your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

for reduced work hours

if your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.

for the sick or quarantined

if you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim which will provide short-term benefit payments at about 60-70% of wages.

if you were exposed to COVID-19 while on the job and in the course of your regular duties, you may qualify for worker's compensation

for the self-employed

you may have benefits available from EDD's Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC) program programs that you or your employer may have paid into over the past 5 to 18 months.

resources for businesses

businesses, employers, workers, owners, and managers who need business-related information or support during the COVID-19 crisis can contact the City of San José's Office of Economic Development emergency response team at Covid19SJBusiness@sanjoseca.gov.  for questions about City resources and referrals for CBOs and other not-for-profit organizations, email covid19sjcbo@sanjoseca.gov . immigrant-friendly - mailbox is monitored by staff who speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
additional resources for non-for-profit organizations are available from the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and AFP Greater Houston Chapter.
if you are an employer looking to hire, please contact the work2future business services team.



if you are experiencing a slowdown in your business as a result of the coronavirus, you can apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. this program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits.

potential closure or layoff

if you are planning a closure or layoffs as a result of the coronavirus, you can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.

loans to businesses

the Small Business Administration has announced it will provide Disaster Assistance Loans to businesses and not-for-profit organizations affected by COVID-19.  the City of San Jose will be assisting small businesses in learning more about and applying for the loans.

Opportunity Fund is committed to supporting existing and new small business customers who are financially struggling amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

operating grants for nonprofit organizations that have experienced unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic from Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Unemployment Information

if you have lost work or have had your hours reduced, we encourage you to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI). download the Unemployment Insurance checklist before you start your application.


complete your Unemployment Insurance Application online at https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online_File_A_Claim.htm


representatives are available at the following toll-free numbers, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon pacific time except on state holidays:

  • English 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish 1-800-326-8937
  • Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
  • Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
  • TTY 1-800-815-9387


file your Unemployment Insurance claim by completing the paper Unemployment Insurance Application. for faster and secure processing, fax the completed application to the number listed on the form. if you mail your application, use the address on the form and allow additional time for processing.

Governor Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits in California and is looking at expanding Unemployment Insurance claim offerings.
for comprehensive guidance and resources about state benefits related to employment and COVID-19, please go to https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm


all work2future Job Centers are CLOSED for in-person meetings or events, including in-person workshops and hiring events, until further notice.

San José Job Center
Kirk Community Center
1601 Foxworthy Ave, San José

North San José Job Center
California EDD
1901 Zanker Road, San José

Gilroy Job Center
South County Social Services
379 Tomkins Court, Gilroy

Your local America’s Job Centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except when closed for holiday observance.

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