COVID-19

Resources & Information

The COVID-19 global pandemic has completely altered all of our lives. The stay at home order, while intended to keep us safe, has several unintended negative consequences. As a result, the State of California, County of Los Angeles, and City of Carson have been finding ways to help residents get food, pay their bills, and most importantly, stay healthy. We have compiled several resources here to help us get through this crisis. If there are any services in the community we've missed, email us and let us know.

COVID-19 Testing
  • The City of Carson has partnered with US Health Fairs.org to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge. Drive-up testing is located at the Carson Community Center at 801 E Carson Street.

  • Senior residents ages 65+ can order a house-call testing. To schedule an in-home test call (310) 952-1793

  • L.A. County is providing free COVID-19 tests to all county residents. Priority will be given to people showing symptoms.

For Kids
  • LAUSD is offering Free Grab and Go meals for kids weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Banning Senior High School, Curtiss Middle School, Rancho Dominguez Elementary Preparatory School, and White Middle School

  • City on the Hill Church is serving meals to kids weekdays at 1 p.m.

  • PBS SoCal/KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming with digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum. To sign up text SOCAL to 274448

For Seniors
  • Ralphs at 650 E. Carson Street is allowing seniors and people with disabilities to skip the line and go to the front.

  • Albertsons at 110 E. Carson Street has special shopping hours for seniors and people with disabilities available Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Lighthouse Lunch Pick-Up is available Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center

  • City on the Hill Church is serving meals to seniors weekdays at 1 p.m.

  • Senior residents ages 65+ can order a COVID-19 house-call testing. To schedule an in-home test call (310) 952-1793

Food/Meals
  • The City and several partners have launched the Carson Essentials To Go: Grocery Delivery Program to help those in need get groceries. Care packages start at $43. Residents can call (310) 952-1765 Monday-Thursday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Credit card payment will be accepted over the phone.

  • Ralphs at 650 E. Carson Street is allowing seniors and people with disabilities to skip the line and go to the front.

  • Albertsons at 110 E. Carson Street has special shopping hours for seniors and people with disabilities available Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Lighthouse Lunch Pick-Up is available Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center

  • City on the Hill Church is serving meals to seniors and kids weekdays at 1 p.m.

  • A full list of Carson restaurants offering take out options is available here.

Small Businesses
  • The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Paycheck Protection Program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

  • The EIDL Loan Advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

  • The SBA Express Bridge Loans enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

  • The County of Los Angeles is partnering with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative and Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) to bring $15 million in additional private capital to small businesses and nonprofits in the Los Angeles County region

Public Health Guidelines
Transportation
  • The City has partnered with LYFT to offer 50% off rides from April 20 – June 30 by using code LyftCarson in the app. There is a $10 max discount per ride, and pick up and drop off bust be within city limits.

  • The Carson Circuit service has been suspended as of March 28. Dial-A-Ride and Access Services are still available during this temporary closure

Housing, Rent & Utilities
  • The City Council has issued a moratorium on mobilehome rent increases during the emergency

  • The Clean Power Alliance and Southern California Edison are currently waiving late payment fees and suspending disconnections during this time.

  • Low income residents are eligible for up to $100 of grant assistance to pay their energy bills.

  • The Housing Rights Center is hosting virtual walk-in clinics through Zoom by appointment. They are also hosting virtual weekly workshops, also on Zoom, to answer any housing-related questions.

  • The Clean Power Alliance is offering various resources to residential and small business customers through their COVID-19 Relief Program.

  • The California Climate Credit offers credits to electric and gas customers.

  • Southern California Edison offers low-income rate programs, CARE and FERA, to customers who have lost their job, even if they are receiving unemployment benefits.

  • SCE and SoCalGas customers who require the regular use of qualifying medical devices, can apply for their Medical Baseline Allowance Programs.

  • SCE will provide increased Energy Assistance Fund amounts for customers impacted by COVID-19. The maximum EAF amount is being increased to $200 (up from $100) and $300 (up from $200) for all electric households.

  • SCE Customer Care Responses Flyer.

  • “SoCalGas CAREs” Campaign News Release and COVID-19 response News Letter.

  • SoCalGas is providing a one-time grant for the amount of the gas bill, not to exceed $100.00, through their Gas Assistance Fund.

  • Customers who are facing financial hardships due to the ongoing pandemic, even if they receive unemployment benefits, may qualify for 20% off their natural gas bill with SoCalGas CARE program.

  • California Water Service COVID-19 Assistance for individuals suffering from job loss, illness, or other hardship.

  • Golden State Water Company activated its Emergency Disaster Relief Program to provide additional protections for customers.

Tips to Prevent Spread
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • Use a face mask when out in public to protect other people in case you are infected

  • Dispose of gloves and masks in the trash, not on the floor.

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