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COVID Resources in Contra Costa County 

Last Revised: 12/11/2020 

Questions about the shelter in place? Call 844-729-8410 (8:00 AM-5:00PM) | Latest information on COVID – 19 : 

211: Available 24/7, is a comprehensive, up-to-date, and free-of-charge database of local health and social services. For help: Send 211 a message: | Call 211 or 800-833-2900 | Text ‘HOPE’ to 20121 | 211 Developed a Database for COVID- Related Services, Click here to view.

This is a living document and may be incomplete or out of date. Please call us for any missing resources or corrections.

Click here for Solano County COVID Resources

Food Resources

For Children

West County Meal Pick Up Location Map: Click here to view the closest meal pick up location in West County for you. At school locations, children must be present for the meal pickups. Pick-up times vary. To determine the pickup time, click on an icon on the map.  

East County Food for Children: Boxes of FREE healthy food every month for children ages 4-6 years old. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example), as well as proof of the child’s birthday.

  • Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood, Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm
For the General Public
Food distribution map:  Contra Costa County has a new GIS (global information system) mapping tool. It can be used on any mobile device, just like searching for the nearest gas station or cafe on your phone.Click here to use the tool and find the closest food distribution to you.

West County Meal Pick Up Location Map Click here to view the closest meal pick up location in West County for you.

Community Produce Program: Low income families can get 15-20 pounds of FREE fresh produce twice a month. Please bring two bags with handles. Click here to select a city and choose a location.

East County Food Assistance Program: FREE groceries once a month for low-income individuals and families. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example), if you have it.

  • Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood

Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm


East County Senior Food Program: FREE groceries twice a month to low-income individuals aged 55 or older. Only one senior per household can receive food. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example).

  • St. Anthony’s Church, 971 O’Hara Ave, Oakley, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 9:30-10:30am
  • Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Ln, Brentwood, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 10:00-11:00am
  • Oakley Senior Center, 215 Second St, Oakley, Fridays 9am-11am. Bring your own bag.

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region:

Delivers meals to seniors (60 years or older) who are unable to buy or prepare meals through other means. Home delivered meals are continuing uninterrupted. MOW Café’s are transferring to a weekly frozen delivery of 7 meals every Tuesday. They have to sign up by the Monday afternoon before to receive meals.  Call 925.937.8311 for intake.

Great Plates Program:

Call 211 to sign-up, and ask for the “great plates program”. This program is for seniors , regardless of immigration status to receive 3 prepared meals per day, delivered to their house by a local restaurant, at no cost. 



Enroll in Health Insurance

Covered CA’s Open Enrollment Remains Open Through January 31,  you can apply now for coverage if you are uninsured and eligible.  You can sign up for Medi-Cal, anytime. For more information, click here.

Get free help enrolling in a health insurance plan. Community Health Centers have certified enrollment counselors- ready to help you enroll, for free. Give them a call today.

LifeLong: (510)215-9092

La Clinica: (855)494-4658

Center for Human Development Promotoras Program helps residents enroll in Medi-Cal, free. For general information, call 877-905-4545

Contra Costa CARES program: The CARES program provides free primary care coverage to adults living in Contra Costa County that do not qualify for other health insurance. The program assigns members to a primary care home. For more information go to:

COVID Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing by Appointment – Contra Costa Health Services: Anyone living in Contra Costa can get tested, even those without symptoms.

Richmond & San Pablo: LifeLong Medical Care (510)981-4100, does not charge for COVID testing.To view all of LifeLong’s available services, click here. 

Concord (Central/East County) : La Clinica de La Raza (925)363-2000, does not charge for COVID testing

Contra Costa Health Services: 1-877-661-6230, COVID testing is free for CCHP members or those with Medi-Cal, including emergency Medi-Cal.

Urgent Care
West County: LifeLong Medical Care

Do you have an illnesses or injury that requires immediate medical attention (usually within 24 hours), but is not life-threatening or serious enough to require emergency room care or even hospitalization? Go to LifeLong’s urgent care. It is OPEN during the pandemic. To view all of LifeLong’s available services, click here. 

San Pablo | 2023 Vale Road | (510)231-9800 | Open 7 days a week

Richmond | 150 Harbour Way | (510)877-3365 | Open 5 days a week

Mental Health

How to Manage the Winter Blues This Year Among COVID

Black Health & Wellness Resource List- Richmond Promise

Richmond Promise created a Black Health & Wellness Resource list.  To view, click here.

Friendship Line – California

“Friendship Line California” is here to help our older community members that may be feeling isolated during the shelter-at-home. Call toll-free 1(888)670-1360

Contra Costa County 24 Hour Access Line

The 24-hour Behavioral Health Access Line is an easy-to-use resource for mental health, grief counseling, and substance use services. Call toll-free: 1-888-678-7277 Visit: 

Crisis and Suicide Hotline: 24 Hours Hotline: 1-800-833-2900

Casa de Luz, Oakley Behavioral Health | La Clinica de La Raza

 If you are feeling anxious or not your normal self and need additional support, please call 925-776-8223.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Resource and Information Guide

Do you have questions about how to manage your stress/anxiety during the COVID pandemic? NAMI created a resource guide that can help answer some commonly asked questions about what to do to preserve your mental health during this difficult time. This wonderful guide also contains information about financial assistance, obtaining prescription meds and much more. 

NAMI Contra Costa County Warmline

It’s not a hotline, it’s a ‘Warmline’: It gives mental health help BEFORE a crisis heats up. Unlike a hotline for those in immediate crisis, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis. The lines are free, confidential peer-support services staffed by volunteers or paid employees who have experienced mental health conditions themselves. 

 Social Work License Map

Digital resources for mental health



Resources for parents

Free Children’s Stories from Audible / Amazon: For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. 

Richmond Promise: Richmond Promise is able to provide financial assistance for groceries and airfare as well as laptops for Scholars who do not have one to continue classes online. If you need assistance, please complete this form and a RP staff member will get back to you within 24 hours. For an immediate response, call or text 510-255-5218.

Click here to view Richmond Promise Resource sheet

WCCUSD – Digital Backpack 

One stop shop for virtual learning for WCCUSD schools. 


    Financial Resources

    Cash Assistance Programs

    Richmond Rapid Response Fund

    The fund will support the community in three phases:

    1) direct financial disbursement to residents 

    2) expand financial assistance and support for business and community-based organizations

    3) facilitate a community needs assessment and ongoing infrastructure support

    The 3RF accepts referrals from community partners who have direct knowledge of people in their communities who are experiencing financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19. The 3RF will connect families and individuals with direct cash assistance and resources through local community partners.

    Each household will receive a one-time payment of $500.

    Undocumented people may also receive funds. 

    Learn more FAQs Press Release


    COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund– Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation

    Provides emergency assistance with food, housing, healthcare, workforce support and other pressing needs related to the virus. The fund was launched by the Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation. To Apply or Donate, click here.

    Employment Development Department

    Unemployment Benefits

    If your hours have been reduced or you have lost your job as a result of COVID – 19 and no fault of your own,  you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Those expected to resume their jobs within a few weeks do not have to actively look for another job, but must be available to work if they are called back to work early. 

    Disability Insurance

    If you are sick as a result of COVID-19 you may be able to apply for disability insurance which provides short term benefit payments. Benefits vary depending on income, and are between 60%-70% of wages. 

    Paid Family Leave Claim

    Provides up to 6 weeks of approximately 60%-70% of wages lost as a result of caring for a family member that is ill with COVID- 19 and you have lost or reduced wages while caring for them.  

    For more information on any of the programs by EDD, click here.  

    Mortgage / Rent Relief

    Shelter Inc Rental Assistance Program:

    The new COVID program serves community members in Contra Costa and Solano counties, affected by the COVID-19 virus. Assistance is available for: payment of past due rent; payment of current month’s rent; payment of future month’s rent; payment of utilities (gas, water, garbage). A Shelter Inc. case manager will analyze applicant’s needs. Funding decisions are based on individual’s needs and funds availability. 

    Mortgage Help: 90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments

    Financial institutions will offer mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19. Mortgage forbearance is an agreement for temporarily reduced or paused payments on the loan, for a specified amount of time. This can help you avoid going into foreclosure or ruining your credit during a financial hardship. As part of the agreement, after the forbearance, you’re responsible for paying the amount that was reduced or suspended, in addition to resuming your regular payments. Click here for more information.

    Season of Sharing (SOS) Program by EHSD

    SOS program provides emergency relief for families and individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Payments will cover applicants who face a sudden crisis or shortfall due to job or wage loss resulting from COVID-19. Funds are available on a first-come, first served basis. For more information call the SOS Hotline: (925)521-5065

     Eligibility- Must:

    •     Have children under 18 years old or
    •     Permanent or temporarily disabled or
    •     Adult over 55 years old or 
    •     Veteran or
    •     Foster youth between 19-24 years old or
    •     Victims of domestic violence 

     Types of assistance

    •     Rental or Mortgage payment
    •     Deposits and other housing expenses (water or garbage)
    •     Furniture
    •     Transportation (e.g. emergency care repair)
    •     Medical equipment (not covered by medical insurance)

    Catholic Charities of the East Bay Housing Assistance Program

    If you are at-risk of losing your current housing or need help to move to more stable housing, then Catholic Charities might be able to help you. For more information visit the link below.

    Small Business Help

    Small Business Call Center – Contra Costa County

    NOTE: This is a multilingual line. A new call center is now available in Contra Costa County to connect businesses and workers with helpful federal, state and local programs. This includes providing resources and referrals on loans and grants, unemployment insurance, payroll subsidies, and other critical concerns. The trained team who answer calls can also assist with tapping into programs to reduce utility costs, access online career training, and other business services. The line opens April 23, 2020. 

    (833)320-1919 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday 

    Source: BOS Gioia’s Newsletter 

    Press Release

    Small business help: 

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest, long-term federal disaster loans to California small businesses, rental property owners, and private nonprofit organizations with no payments required for the first 12 months. Applicants may apply online.

    Domestic Violence Survivors

    Survivors of Violence
    Domestic Violence

    If you, or a loved one, is experiencing violence at home from an intimate partner (such as a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend) please contact STAND! For Families Free of Violence 24-hour crisis line at 1-888-215-5555 or email


    Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking

    If you, or a loved one, is experiencing (or has recently experienced) sexual assault or been forced or tricked into performing a sex act, please contact the Community Violence Solutions 24 hour crisis line at 1-800-670-7273


    Family Violence, Child Abuse & Elder Abuse

    Family Justice Centers is staffed with multilingual navigators that speak English, Spanish, Lao, Thai, Cantonese and Korean

    Richmond: (510)974-7200 Concord: (925)521-6366 Antioch: (925)281-0970


    Housing and Employment: Legal Rights of Survivors of Domestic Violence Webinar

    What: Taylor Campion and Carolyn Walker, Family Violence Appellate Project attorneys, will help advocates, providers and attorneys understand domestic violence survivors’ legal rights in housing and employment.

    Who: This training is good for: domestic violence advocates, victim advocates, case managers, crisis intervention specialists, legal aid advocates, attorneys, health care professionals, mental health professionals, public benefits specialists

    When: May 15, 2020 | 9:00 – 12:00 PM

    Click here to RSVP 

    Questions? Call Marta (925)521-6366 or email