Help for Residents in Need

The COVID-19 Crisis is severely impacting our way of life in many ways.  The City Council of the City of Marina is very concerned and continues to look for ways to assist residents in need to weather these tough times.  The information on this page is intended to provide help and resources for residents in need. Please contact the City of Marina or the County of Monterey with requests for specific assistance. 

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covid-19@co.monterey.ca.us Call the City at 831-884-1278


Crisis Intervention

In the event of any life threatening emergency call 911.  

The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. The County of Monterey operates many important services to assist residents that need helping dealing with any and all of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.  All of the services can be accessed by calling 2-1-1 Monterey County and by visit the County of Monterey Behavior Health web page to explore the countless resources provided from stress relief to support groups.  

Online or phone supports:

Unemployment Benefits

  • CARES Act provides immediate help to struggling families. 
    • Direct Non-taxable Payments
      • $1200 per adult with a social security number; and,
      • $500 per child age 17 and younger.
    • The payments phase out based upon Adjusted Gross Income. These payments are aimed to be sent within 3 weeks via the direct deposit information supplied on a taxpayer’s tax form. For those who have not filed because they did not need to, the IRS will be putting up on their website some type of filing system soon.  

    • Enhanced Unemployment Benefits
      Act offers an extra $600 a week beyond the normal unemployment benefits.  In California, the maximum benefit is $1300 a week.  This will add another $600 a week for up to 4 months.

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act  Administered by the US Department of Labor: provided two key elements which applies to employers 500 or less and all governments:
    • 10 days of additional paid sick leave for individuals meeting certain criteria called out in the act; and,
    • An additional 12 weeks of Extended Family Medical Leave Act after taking the first 2 weeks unpaid.  Individuals may use the additional 10 days of paid sick leave to pay for the first two weeks of Extended Family Medical Leave.
      Click here for FAQs on this program.
  • California Coronavirus Response: Questions and Answers for workers
  • California Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Coronavirus Resources website includes guidance on benefits for workers including: paid family leave, disability insurance, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, worker’s compensation.

Food Distributions

The City has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, The Marina Foundation and the Marina Chamber of Commerce to bring daily and weekly food distributions for those in need.  There are also hours coordinate for Seniors only to do their grocery shopping.  Visit the Food for those in Need web page for details.

Help for Renters and Homeowners

Using state and federal relief funding, Monterey County SB91 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will distribute $28 million of rent and utility assistance to low-income eligible households located in Monterey County that are facing housing instability due to direct or indirect financial impact from the COVID-19 crisis. This support is not a loan and eligible tenants receiving this rental and/or utility support are not required or expected to pay it back.  Please visit Monterey County Emergency Rental Assistance Program to apply for this program.

For program information view the flyers or content below. Visit the program FAQs for rental eligibility, application, and tenant rights.

Program Flyers