13 Mar LTSC Statement on COVID-19
As concern about COVID-19 continues, we understand you and your family may have anxieties. The highest priority for Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is the health and well-being of the community we serve, as well as our staff and volunteers. It is with this in mind that we want to share an update regarding measures we are taking to safeguard those we work with.
Like you, LTSC is monitoring the latest news about the virus. We are adhering to all mandates and recommendations from public health officials. We will cancel activities at the direction of federal, state and county authorities. Where possible, we are using phone and video communications in lieu of in-person meetings.
At the same time, LTSC is at the front lines of providing needed services to seniors, those facing mental health issues, low-income families, and small businesses hit hard by the crisis. We, therefore, remain open for business and strive to continue to provide needed services to those in need while taking recommended precautions. Our Far East Lounge is temporarily closed until April 3. Our social workers are available to provide services over the phone and by appointment. Our Angelina Preschool and Family Child Care remain open. Services to residents in our affordable housing buildings continue. As well, we continue to be involved in the Little Tokyo community’s response to the crisis.
We understand that during crises like these, the most vulnerable in society often face the greatest burden of impact. People in our communities may have their work hours cut back or lose their jobs because of the current situation. Low-income families not in LTSC housing may face eviction and join the ranks of the homeless because they can’t pay rent due to the lowering demand for goods and services. With schools closed, parents who have no options for their children face undue hardships. Immigrants may be more vulnerable because they are discouraged from seeking health care and other services by the Administration’s policies. Due to multiple challenges, we are working with other community organizations and leaders to advocate for federal, state and local policies to address these urgent needs.
In a fluid situation that changes every day, we will strive to keep you informed of any changes in our services or programs. Thank you for your ongoing confidence, trust and understanding.
For more information, we suggest visiting the following websites.
Department of Public Health Guidance:
- In English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Japanese: wash hands, social distancing, extra caution for elderly/pregnant/those with underlying conditions. (Other languages also available)
- Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to ban gatherings with more than 250 people.
- Please visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov for most updated information & guidance on:
- What to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19
- General cleaning guidance, and much more.
Resources For Workers:
- If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
- 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.
- Information on Paid Sick Leave
- Compiled information on benefits for affected workers
Resources For Small Businesses/Employers:
- Health guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program.
- Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program.
- Employers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. Call: 1-888-745-3886
- Information on Protecting API Workers
Resources for Parents with Young Children:
Mental Health Resources:
Beware of Fraud/Price Gouging