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

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


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


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


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


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

(707) 954-2307



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



City of Long Beach

Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network

Erick Serrato, Assistant Director
(562) 570-3702


City of Los Angeles

Economic & Workforce Development Department

Mayor’s Eric Garcetti’s Communications Office
(213) 978-0741


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




Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation


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




Merced County Workforce Development Board


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


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


Mother Lode Consortium


Amy Torres, Operations Manager

(209) 536-4701



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


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


NOVA Workforce Board


Kris Stadelman, Director

(408) 730-7233



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





Orange County Development Board Mechelle Haines, Public Information Officer

(714) 480-2941



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

(510) 307-8006



Riverside County Economic Development Agency Brooke Federico, Public Information Officer

(951) 743-0075



Sacramento Employment and Training Agency


Terri Carpenter, Workforce Development Manager

(916) 263-7891



San Benito County Workforce Development Board


Enrique Arreola, Deputy Director

(831) 634-4918




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

(909) 822-3545




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

(619) 228-2929



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




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




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

(408) 535-8168



San Luis Obispo County
Department of Social Services


Dawn Boulanger, Workforce Development Board Director

(805) 781-1835



Santa Ana Workforce Development Board


Paul Eakins, Public Affairs Information Officer

(714) 647-5224



Santa Barbara County


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


Sonoma County Workforce Development Board Katie Greaves, Director

(707) 565-8501



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


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

(562) 484-5046



Stanislaus County Department of Workforce Development Doris Foster, Director

(209) 652-2458



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

(559) 713-5208



Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Rebecca Evans, Executive Director

(805) 758-8411



Verdugo Consortium


Judith Velasco, Executive Director
(818) 937-8031


Workforce Alliance of North Bay Laura Davis, Operations Officer

(707) 699-1952



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

(530) 666-8042





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