EDD awards $10 million in funding to assist California Workers impacted by COVID-19

SACRAMENTO – The California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the Labor & Workforce Development Agency announced today they have awarded $10 million to 42 Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Area).  This is the result of initiatives Governor Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month to support California’s workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of these Local Areas have a unique plan to assist their communities with these funds, and they will use the emergency funds to provide supportive services to underserved populations, particularly participants in the English Language Learners (ELL) and ELL Navigator programs. The additional assistance funds will provide up to $800 per person for basic needs such as childcare, housing and utility assistance, and transportation costs. In addition, funding assistance for equipment needed for teleworking along with digital services for Wi-Fi access may be available for workers in some areas.

“The immense impact of COVID-19 has put an incredible financial strain on the lives of many Californians,” said EDD Director Sharon Hilliard. “It is our hope that this funding, along with other ongoing efforts, will help provide some relief to Californians who need it as quickly as possible.”

Funding was provided in accordance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and administered by the EDD and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

Tulare County

Through its network of partnerships, Tulare County will be able to reach out to individuals to provide support where other safety net programs are unable to meet the need. These funds will help provide support to get them through the crisis. Tulare County has many participants who were on a path to self-sufficiency until the pandemic derailed their progress.

The Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County is committed to helping our community recover from this health and economic crisis,” said Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County Executive Director Adam Peck. “We will use this investment to provide rent and utility assistance for individuals impacted by COVID-19, and help stabilize their lives until they can return to work.”

 

San Francisco County

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development intends to provide individuals with emergency supportive services through their existing network of Neighborhood Access Points and Hospitality Initiative service providers.

“Like cities and counties across the state, San Francisco’s workforce, in particular the workers in our most underserved communities, are reeling from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,” said San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development Director Joshua Arce. “As unemployment grows, these vital resources will allow us to temporarily stabilize the dislocated workers in some of our hardest hit industries until they can get back on their feet.”

Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services (WDACS) will launch a Worker Resiliency Fund to help those job seekers most heavily impacted by the global pandemic.

“In partnership with the state and trusted, community-based organizations, we intend to provide outreach to the English language learner communities in the Los Angeles area,” said WDACS Acting Dierctor, Otto Solorzano. “By providing them with essential supportive services such as food and shelter, we hope to ease some of the hardships these individuals are facing.”

Please refer to the table below for the organization’s contact information to learn more about the specific supportive services available with these funds.

2020 COVID-19 Funds for Supportive Services

Local Workforce Development Area Contact Award Amount
Alameda County Workforce Development Board Patti Castro, Executive Director

(510) 259-3843

$153,000
City of Anaheim Workforce Development Division Mike Lyster, Chief Communications Officer
(714) 765-4497
$450,000
Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County Donna Van Wert, Executive Director
(925) 671-4514
$108,000

 

Foothill Workforce Development Board Dianne Russell-Carter, Executive Director
(626) 584-8395
$450,000

 

Fresno Area Workforce Development Corporation Blake Konczal, Executive Director
(559) 960-1282
$315,000

 

Golden Sierra Job Training Agency Jason Buckingham, Executive Director
(916) 773-8542
$45,000

 

Humboldt County Workforce Development Board Cara Sue Owings
, Deputy Branch Director

(707) 954-2307

$126,000

 

Imperial County Workforce Development Office Linsey J. Dale, Public Information Officer (442) 265-1018 $72,000

 

Kern/Inyo/Mono Consortium

 

Teresa Hitchcock, Assistant County Administrator Officer

(661) 304-0058

$252,000

 

City of Long Beach

Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network

Erick Serrato, Assistant Director
(562) 570-3702
$270,000

 

City of Los Angeles

Economic & Workforce Development Department

Mayor’s Eric Garcetti’s Communications Office
(213) 978-0741
$810,000

 

Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services Michael Kapp, Director of Public Affairs (213) 706-8140

 

$810,000

 

Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation

 

Tracie Scott-Contreras, Executive Director
(559) 662-4587

 

$27,000

 

Merced County Workforce Development Board

 

David Mirrione, Assistant County Executive Officer, Merced County Director
(209) 385-7515
$99,000

 

Monterey County Workforce Development Board Christopher Donnelly, Executive Director
(831) 759-6644
$90,000

 

Mother Lode Consortium

 

Amy Torres, Operations Manager

(209) 536-4701

$135,000

 

Northern Rural Training Employment Consortium Michael Cross, Executive Director
(530) 892-9600 Ext. 204
$153,000

 

North Central Counties Consortium Cindy Newton, Executive Director
(530) 751-8202
$63,000

 

NOVA Workforce Board

 

Kris Stadelman, Director

(408) 730-7233

$180,000

 

Economic and Workforce Development Community and Economic Development Agency Harry Hamilton, Marketing Coordinator

510-238-6766

 

$126,000

 

Orange County Development Board Mechelle Haines, Public Information Officer

(714) 480-2941

$900,000

 

City of Richmond Employment and Training Sal Vaca, Director of Community Services

(510) 307-8006

$162,000

 

Riverside County Economic Development Agency Brooke Federico, Public Information Officer

(951) 743-0075

$252,000

 

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency

 

Terri Carpenter, Workforce Development Manager

(916) 263-7891

$90,000

 

San Benito County Workforce Development Board

 

Enrique Arreola, Deputy Director

(831) 634-4918

 

$54,000

 

San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board Phil Cothran, Workforce Board Chair

(909) 822-3545

 

$315,000

 

San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc. Andrew Picard, Chief Programs Officer

(619) 228-2929

$315,000

 

San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development Gloria Chan, Director of Communications
(415) 554-6926

 

$675,000

 

Employment and Economic Development Department
San Joaquin County
John M. Solis, Executive Director
(209) 601-1249

 

$252,000

 

San Jose Silicon Valley – work2future Elisabeth Handler, Public Information Officer

(408) 535-8168

$45,000

 

San Luis Obispo County
Department of Social Services

 

Dawn Boulanger, Workforce Development Board Director

(805) 781-1835

$10,080

 

Santa Ana Workforce Development Board

 

Paul Eakins, Public Affairs Information Officer

(714) 647-5224

$360,000

 

Santa Barbara County

 

Luis Servin, Workforce Program Manager (805) 896-6835 $135,000

 

Sonoma County Workforce Development Board Katie Greaves, Director

(707) 565-8501

$270,000

 

South Bay Workforce Development Board Jan Vogel, Director
(310) 970-7700
$40,500

 

SELACO Workforce Development Board Sandra Michel, Director, Policy and Compliance

(562) 484-5046

$252,000

 

Stanislaus County Department of Workforce Development Doris Foster, Director

(209) 652-2458

$171,000

 

Workforce Development Board of Tulare County Nicola Wissler, Business Resource Specialist

(559) 713-5208

$180,000

 

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Rebecca Evans, Executive Director

(805) 758-8411

$450,000

 

Verdugo Consortium

 

Judith Velasco, Executive Director
(818) 937-8031
$90,000

 

Workforce Alliance of North Bay Laura Davis, Operations Officer

(707) 699-1952

$54,000

 

Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency Jenny Tan, Public Information Officer

(530) 666-8042

$270,000

 

 

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Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake and EMAC PIO support to 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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