COVID-19 Updates

April 01: Public Notice of Legal Services

The Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) developed this informational flyer to report on the department’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on recommendations and guidance from state agencies including the California Department of Aging (CDA), DAAS continues to assess the needs of the community to ensure the health and safety of our residents and program participants while minimizing any disruption to service delivery.

March 16:

Inland Counties Legal Services has temporarily closed its offices to the public. We continue to monitor the situation, we have taken measures to protect our clients and staff. Our offices are available remotely and will continue serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. You can apply online or call our intake line at 888-245-4257.

Table of Contents

  1. COVID-19 Updates
  2. COVID-19 Housing FAQ
  3. COVID-19 Tenant Protections
  4. COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment
  5. COVID-19 Health FAQ
  6. Victor Valley Community Testing
  7. Forms for Use
  8. Additional Resources - COVID-19
  9. How to get your Economic Impact Payment

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Housing FAQ

Our Housing Practice Group has answered frequently asked questions. See attachments.

COVID-19 Tenant Protections

Information regarding tenant protections provided by Inland Counties Legal Services. 

Information is accurate as of 04/07/2020.

 

COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment

Inland Counties Legal Services may be able to assist you with questions or issues regarding the Recovery Rebate Tax Credit. However, for many of you who have filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019, you may not need to do anything. Below are some answers regarding your questions about the Recovery Rebate Tax Credit:

Who qualifies for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Tax Credit? 

All adults who have a valid Social Security number authorizing work who are not claimed as a dependent on another's tax return (for 2020). One exception to this general rule is if a married couple files jointly and one of the spouses is a member of the Armed Forces, then only one of the spouses has to have a valid Social Security number that authorizes work.

 

All children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces, and nephews who live with the adult as a member of their household in the US for more than one-half of the year and who are under age 17 with a valid Social Security number authorizing work (as of December 31, 2020) ("qualifying children")(no limit to the number of "qualifying children").

 

How Much Will I Receive?

Adults will receive $1,200 per qualifying individual ($2,400 for married filing jointly).

 

Adults who have "qualifying children" (as described above) will receive an additional $500 each, without limitation.

 

Adults who are claimed as a dependent on another's tax return will not receive a Recovery Rebate Tax Credit.

 

Even if you owe the IRS back tax liabilities your Recovery Rebate will not be reduced by any outstanding debts. The Recovery Rebate is a refundable tax credit against 2020 federal income taxes so it is not gross income/taxable income for 2020.

 

However, the 2020 recovery rebate amount is reduced by $5 for every $100 above the following adjusted gross income thresholds: $75,000 for single (or married filing separately) taxpayers, $150,000 for married filing jointly taxpayers, and $112,500 for head of household taxpayers. 

 

When Will I Receive My Recovery Rebate?

The federal government wants to push out these payments ASAP.  Therefore, they plan to deposit monies into bank accounts per 2019 (or 2018) automatic refund deposit authorizations. The Secretary of the Treasury has indicated that these payments would start in about three weeks. If they do not have this information from your tax filings they will mail you a paper check to your last known address. Needless to say, the manual check mailing distribution process will be slower than any automatic deposits for a number of obvious reasons including that the IRS is significantly underfunded, it is the middle of a busy tax season and many, if not all, of its face to face services have been shuttered due to COVID-19. The law does not permit US Treasury to send out any advance Recovery Rebates after December 31, 2020.

 

What Amount Will I Receive Since My 2020 Income and Other Information Is Not Yet Complete?

The federal government wants to push out these payments ASAP. Therefore, they are going to estimate your Recovery Rebate amount based upon your last tax return on record (e.g., 2019 or if not then 2018 (but not 2017 or 2016, etc.). Accordingly, your advance Recovery Rebate payment will be based upon the information from your 2019 (or 2018) tax return on file including how much your adjusted gross income was and how many "qualifying children" (as defined about) you claimed. 

 

May 04, 2020 Update: Social Security Administration

https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/eip.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=eip-18+&utm_campaign=cm-twitter-eip

COVID-19 Health FAQ

The Health Consumer Alliance (HCA) created an FAQ page on COVID-19. Click the link for additional resources.

https://healthconsumer.org/covid19/

 

Victor Valley Community Testing

Attached are flyers for free community testing in victor valley.

Please be advised that due to the U.S. being in a state of emergency, government directives and orders, and associated enforcement procedures are rapidly changing. The contents of this page do not have the force and effect of law. This page is intended only to provide resources for the public.

Inland Counties Legal Services, cannot ensure the information on third-party pages are current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting the appropriate agency about services or programs available to you in your particular situation.

Forms for Use

Attached is a template form for someone who needs to notify their landlord of their inability to pay all or some of their rent. 

Please be advised that due to the U.S. being in a state of emergency, government directives and orders, and associated enforcement procedures are rapidly changing. The contents of this document do not have the force and effect of law. This document is intended only to provide clarity for the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. This Fact Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to housing in California. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, Inland Counties Legal Services, cannot ensure the information in this Fact Sheet is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation. Please do not hesitate to call us to obtain the most up to date information regarding your situation.

Additional Resources - COVID-19

Please be advised that due to the U.S. being in a state of emergency, government directives and orders, and associated enforcement procedures are rapidly changing. The contents of this page do not have the force and effect of law. This page is intended only to provide resources for the public. Inland Counties Legal Services, cannot ensure the information on third-party pages are current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting the appropriate agency about services or programs available to you in your particular situation.

For state updates, visit www.cdph.ca.gov, and for national updates, visit www.cdc.gov.

Inland Counties:

Connect IE:

Connect IE (powered by Aunt Bertha) is a FREE one-stop website that makes it easy to find community resources you need – like food pantries, housing/rent services, and transportation. Connect IE is the resource directory that powers Coachella Valley Health Info Place (CVHIP).

USDA Commodities Distribution

The California Employment Development Department has posted information about filing for unemployment, disability or paid family leave benefits: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

General information for Unemployment, Disability, Sick Leave and Family Leave:  https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/workers.htm

FAQ’s for Unemployment, Disability, Sick Leave and Family Leave: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

Self-employed/Independent Contractors: https://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/Self-Employed.ht

The California Deptartment of Labor and Workforce created a COVID-19 resource list: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/

Riverside:

Updated information about COVID-19 in Riverside County is available at www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus

Riverside County Economic Development has developed a list of additional resources: https://rivcoccsd.org/covidbizhelp

If you need assistance with utility bills or weatherization, contact CAP Riverside at 951-955-4900 or capriverside.org

CAP Riverside will also be providing virtual tax preparation. See the flyer attached. 

Path of Life Ministries offers assistance in the following cities: Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Riverside area: La Sierra, Tyler Mall area, Mission Blvd and Magnolia center.

The purpose of their program is to assist ANY individual and families in need.

•               Reunification with family/friends

•               Rental Assistance with 3 day notice

•               Move into subsidized & low rent apartments, shared living, housing, etc.

•               Fees related to documents/housing applications

•               1st and last month's rent, security deposit/move in cost

•               Transportation support; new battery, car registration and/or minor repairs

•               Employment

•               Entry into emergency shelter in Riverside

San Bernardino:

Community Action San Bernardino's Family Development Program services include housing assistance, emergency food boxes, and our free VITA tax preparation. Please call the department at 909-723-1558 for an assessment and to make an appointment for these services. If you need assistance with utility bills or weatherization, CAP SB has created a secure system for you to apply for help and submit documents online.

How to get your Economic Impact Payment