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Help for businesses and employees affected by coronavirus closures

Help for businesses and employees affected by coronavirus closures

The county, state and federal governments are providing financial assistance along with guidelines and restrictions on business operations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

You can also visit the State of California's COVID-19 website for answers to common questions about help for both employers and workers at

Help for businesses

Small Business Emergency Relief Grant program. 

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Lakewood received additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

We are using these funds to award $1,000 grants to selected eligible small businesses in this time of need.

The SBA has a number of ways to help. Visit their website regularly at

More information, including how to apply and a sample of the application form, can be found on the SBA site. The Treasury Department has also created a fact sheet for borrowers.

The Small Business Administration is still accepting applications for any California business wishing to apply for a disaster loan related to economic damage from the COVID-19 health crisis. Visit the site for details at

The best one-stop website we have found so far for the range of federal and state financial assistance that is available to businesses is at

Help for independent contractors and self-employed individuals

The State of California's new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program under the federal CARES Act is now accepting applications for individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance. 

You can file a PUA claim through UI Online, just as you would for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Learn how and see if you qualify at

Help for employees

If you have been laid off or had your hours reduced due to the public health policies mandating business closures or restrictions, here are some resources available to help you.

Check this one-stop resource for Californians who have lost their job: 

You can also check for public agency job openings at

The State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency website includes these resources:

Summary Chart: Benefit for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office
Paid Sick Leave
Information on Disability Insurance (DI), Paid Family Leave (PFL), and Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Support Services for those who are Sick or Quarantined, Caregiving, or Dealing with Reduced Work Hours

Additionally, Project Shepherd offers year-round help in the form of non-perishable food basic goods, as well as utility bill assistance to Lakewood residents who meet income restrictions. To apply, call 562-925-7512.