Dear CCCFB Members,

?To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have temporarily closed our office to the public to protect and care for those who work with us, our members, and the community. Staff is still available by email and will continue to take phone calls Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Our Board meetings will be held via teleconferencing until further notice.  If you wish to attend please email the office at cccfb@cccfb.org for the phone in number and pin to join the call.

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, our members, and associates very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Contra Costa County Farm Bureau remains committed to supporting our members and serving as a resource for important information.

 

Assistance, Services for People Experiencing Hardship 

 

List of resources offering help now

 

We know the COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe financial hardship to many people right now and I am concerned that this situation will get worse.

 

While the Federal Stimulus Package will eventually provide some relief to individuals and businesses, many people need help now. We're analyzing the new Federal law, and will provide updates. 

 

Meanwhile, here are resources you can tap now. Click the links for more information. This list will be updated over time.

 

Feel free to share this list with others.

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New frequently asked questions from agricultural employers answered with resource links

 

TAXES & UTILITIES

 

Property Tax Late Payment Penalty Cancellation - taxes are due April 10. A program to cancel late payment penalties for people impacted by COVID-19 was announced this week. Application forms for this program will be on the County Treasurer's website on April 11.  

 

IRS - has extended both the tax-filing and payment deadline to July 15.  

 

The Franchise Tax Board - has extended both the tax-filing and payment deadline to July 15. 

 

PG&E - has a moratorium on service shut-offs due to nonpayment, and offers flexible pay plans for customers in need.

 

MCE - is temporarily suspending collections on non-paying customers. 

 

EBMUD - will not disconnect water service due to payment issue and offers an assistance program for those in need.

 

HOUSING SECURITY

 

Mortgage Payment Relief - some banks and mortgage companies are providing mortgage relief. Check with your mortgage company for details. Governor Newsom's announcement on mortgage relief plan.

 

No Evictions - Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston has announced that consistent with the timeline in the Governor's Executive Order, no commercial or residential eviction orders will be served until May 31, 2020. This "stay" applies to all 19 cities and the unincorporated areas of the County. 

 

SOCIAL SERVICE AND HEALTHCARE ASSISTANCE

 

Unemployment Benefits

 

CalWin - a one-stop sign-up for:

 

               * CalFresh (food stamps). 

               * CalWORKS - cash assistance for low income families with children.

               * Health coverage through Covered California.

 

MediCal - low-income health coverage.

 

In-Home Supportive Services - home caregiver program for elderly, blind, and people with disabilities. 

 

CAPI - cash assistance for elderly, blind, and disabled non-citizens. 

 

INSURANCE RELIEF

 

Premium Extensions - under a notice by the State Insurance Commissioner, insurance companies (auto, property, casualty, life, health) must give policyholders a 60-day grace period to pay premiums.

 

FRAUD

 

Price Gouging is Illegal - there are reports of gouging on hand sanitizer, wipes, masks and other important virus supplies. Report price gouging to the

Contra Costa County District Attorney's Consumer Protection Unit.

 

Fraudulent Charities - beware of bad actor charities taking advantage of people wanting to help during this crisis. Before giving, make sure charitable organizations are registered with the state Attorney General's office. Also check their rating on Charitynavigator.org

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ONGOING RESOURCES

 

Contra Costa County Health Services COVID-19 page

 

State of California's One-Stop COVID-19 info page

 

Contra Costa County Crisis Line 211, email or phone

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If you need assistance please feel free to call CCCFB at (925) 672-5115 or email cccfb@cccfb.org

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Contra Costa County Farm Bureau was established in 1917 to work for the betterment of family farmers and ranchers in California. We are deeply committed to our mission, which is to improve the well-being and quality of life for California farmers and ranchers. We do this through advocacy, ongoing outreach, and economic services and products for those involved in agricultural production.
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