Unemployment supports and resources.

Employment Development Department

Learn about eligibilities if you have been exposed to COVID-19, if you missed work to care for your child because of COVID-19, or if your employer has reduced hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19.

If you become ill due to COVID-19:

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. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. 

If you are undocumented, you are still eligible for this type of claim:

School Closures

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. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely.

 File an Unemployment Insurance claim

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. 

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

Restaurant workers who have been laid off or who have seen a significant reduction in hours and/or pay as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for free meals and essential supplies at Nancy Silverton’s Chi Spacca starting March 19th. 

Social supports


A web and mobile app that helps you find your closest food bank.

LA Food Bank

An online food locator that can find a nearby food pantry.

Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority

A one-stop approach to support individuals in need of housing.


The County of Los Angeles advises anyone with flu-like symptoms to call their doctor or 2-1-1 to see if they need testing; you should not visit any healthcare facility without checking that it is safe for you to do so.

Metro LA/East LA: 

Jefferson High School Wellness Center:  Operated by South Central Family Health Center (SCFHC)
323.908.4200 x4402
3410 S. Hooper Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Manual Arts Wellness Center: Operated by St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
323.541.1631 x2002
4085 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037

South LA: 

Fremont Wellness Center: Operated by UMMA Community Clinic
7821 S. Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90003

UMMA Community Clinic
711 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044

Watts Healthcare Corporation
10300 S. Compton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Crenshaw High School Wellness Center: Operated by T.H.E. Health & Wellness Centers

3206 W. 50th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90043

South Bay Family Healthcare-Dr. Claudia Hampton Clinic
1091 South La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301

Washington Prep Wellness Center: Operated by St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
1555 W. 110th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center-Compton W.M. Keck Foundation Community Health Center
2115 N. Wilmington Avenue, Compton, CA 90222

West LA Area:

Venice Family Clinic-Lou Colen Children’s Health & Wellness Center
4700 Inglewood Boulevard, #101, Culver City, CA 90230

Venice Family Clinic-Milken Family Foundation Medical Building
604 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

Venice Family Clinic-Robert Levine Family Health Center
(310) 392-8636
905 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

LA WarmLine

Aids people who are having difficulty coping with the stresses and crises which arise in daily living. Monday - Sunday open 10 p.m. 6 a.m.

Teen Line
Text: TEEN to 839863

Aids teens who are having difficulty coping with the stresses and crises which arise in daily living. Monday - Sunday open 10 p.m. 6 a.m.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Connects you with a crisis worker, available 24/7. 

Crisis Text Line
LA to 741741

Connect with a crisis counselor to receive confidential crisis support via text 24/7.

Trevor Project Line
Text: START to 678678

24/7 support for LGBTQ youth in crisis.


Los Angeles County
Get in touch with an operator who can connect you with free resources, including childcare.

What I Need (WIN) App

WIN is a free mobile and web app which connects people to essential services, including transportation.


Shelby County Schools Student Meal Distribution 

Shelby County Schools is committed to addressing food insecurity and ensuring that all students continue to receive meals during the District closure. We are providing free meals at dozens of sites across the county while schools are closed, M-F between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Staff will be taking all proper precautions to ensure safe food handling and minimize risk for all students and families who may pick up meals. A number of community-run food pantries are also making meals available while schools are closed. These sites are listed below at the bottom of the web page.

Mid South Food Bank

If you are unable to access food during the COVID-19 shutdown, Mid-South Food Bank is assembling food boxes for families in need. Find a location near you. 

Here are a list of food pantries in Memphis: 

Bellevue Baptist Impact Ministries Food Pantry

3759 N. Watkins Memphis, TN 38127


Catholic Church of Ascension Food Pantry

3680 Ramill Rd Memphis, TN 38128


First Congregational Church Food Pantry

1000 S. Cooper Memphis, TN 38014


Heartsong Church UMC Neighborhood Center

800 N. Houston Levee Cordova, TN 38018


Neighborhood Christian Center - Chickasaw Place Pantry

218 E. Red Oak Circle #1Memphis, TN 38112


Refuge of Memphis

3683 Austin Peay Hwy Memphis, TN 38128


Salvation Army-Ben Lear Corps Food Pantry

877 Blythe Memphis, TN 38014


St. Mary's Catholic Church Soup Kitchen

155 Market Street Memphis, TN 38105


University Cluster Food Pantry

480 S Highland Memphis, TN 38111


MIFA - Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association

Emergency Shelter Placement ProgramThis program helps families in Shelby County with minor children secure temporary shelter if homelessness cannot be avoided through mediation. Click Here to apply for Emergency Shelter placement. 

Homeless Hotline: This 24-hour hotline helps connect homeless families with minor children in Memphis and Shelby County to shelter and/or other resources. For more inforamtion, call (901) 529-4545



Shelby County Schools Student Health Clinics 

Three school-based health clinics with trained medical staff from Well provide a wide range of healthcare services for our students. Services are provided mostly during school hours. Clinics work with students' personal insurance providers for billing of services; however, no student will be denied treatment due to lack of insurance or inability to pay. 

Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition

Protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in Memphis, TN and Shelby County through the assistance of the medical profession, the public health system, and the community. They help families get breastfeeding off to the best start possible and strive to support you each step of the way. Classes are cancelled and the center is closed. However, Helen Scott, iBCLC has volunteered if you need any individual help. You can call her at 901-878-2083. Also the website has the Resource Guide and many helpful people listed. Also ask if you want a private session if you were planning on attending a class. 

Nami Memphis

Nami Memphis is a grassroots, self-help organization dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with mental illness, their families and communities. Call 901-725-0305 and ask for Ms. Veronica Black.