Financial Assistance during COVID-19


IRS – Economic Impact Payments
Financial assistance for federal taxpayers

Help with Credit Cards (Call the phone # on the back of your card)
Credit card bill assistance 

Big Sunday Foot the Bill Fund
Quick grants to pay all or part of any kind of bill: electric, cable, phone, car, medical, rent, mortgage up to $100.

Employment Development Department (EDD) – Disability
Disability insurance (if sick or quarantined by COVID-19)

Employment Development Department (EDD) – Unemployment
English: 1(800) 300-5616
Spanish: 1(800) 326-8937
Unemployment insurance if hours have been reduced or school closure require individual to be home

Employment Development Department (EDD) – Paid Family Leave
Paid family leave if unable to work due to caring for ill or quarantined family member

Department of Social Services – CalFresh & CalWorks (805) 346-7135
Financial & food assistance 

United Way Disaster Relief Fund (805) 965-8591
Financial assistance for families, individuals and nonprofits

MICOP Direct Relief Assistance for Immigrants (805) 791-2003
Financial assistance for undocumented folks affected by COVID-19

Community Action Commission
Home Energy Assistance Program

Department of Motor Vehicles
60 day grace period for drivers license & vehicle registration expiration dates

Gas Company (CARE) 1(800) 427-2200
Discounts on gas bills

AT&T 1(800) 288-2020
Flexible payment options during COVID-19

Sprint 1(888) 211-4727
Flexible payment options during COVID-19

Verizon 1(877) 746-0910
Flexible payment options during COVID-19

National Domestic Worker COVID-19 Fund
Emergency fund for domestic workers

California College Student Emergency Fund
Application for $500 for eligible CA college students

805 Udocufund 
Financial assistance for undocumented individuals

SBCC Coronavirus Relief Fund
Financial assistance for SBCC students

Allan Hancock Student Basic Needs (805) 922-6966 x3011
Basic need resources & emergency funds for students


Saint Vincent De Paul (805) 735-3068 x45
Financial assistance

Catholic Charities (805) 736-6226
Gas bill assistance

CAC – Weatherizing & HEAP (805) 735-8392
Assistance that will cover a single utility (gas or electric) bill per year


Santa Barbara

Quick Response Loans
Quick loans for small business (< 5 employees, < 1 million in revenue)

Halt on Tenant Eviction – City of Santa Barbara
No evictions for inability to pay during the months of April & May

Rental Assistance for City of Santa Barbara Residents
Rental Assistance grants to eligible individuals and families.


South County

Southern California Edison 1(800) 447-6620
Utility bill assistance

SoCal Gas 1(800) 427-2200
Utility bill assistance

CAC Weatherizing & HEAP (805) 617-2897
Assistance paying one utility (gas or electric) bill per year

93108 Fund
For restaurant workers of Montecito facing financial hardship

Pro Deo Foundation – Laundry
Free laundry supplies in Carpinteria