During this trying time, there are resources available to help you through.
Many of us are struggling financially and/or mentally during this crisis. GNS has gathered a list of some of the resources available from the federal and state governments and local businesses and non-profits. We have not included CDC or OSHA recommendations on workplace and individual safety precautions as the information changes rapidly. Please check those websites frequently for the most recent best practices.
We are all in this together.
There are a number of relief packages available made possible through Federal Government’s passage of the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act”. The two largest packages for small businesses are from the Small Business Administration. Whether you own a business with employees, run a non-profit or are self-employed, review the websites and apply. JEDI and SCED have services that can answer basic questions.
- SBA Loans and Paycheck Protection Program (check with your financial institution for availability)
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance (check with SBA for availability)
- SBA Debt Relief Program
- SBA Express Bridge Loan
- IRS Payroll Tax Credit
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”)
- Financial Help Information from the State
- Small Business Help
- Information for small businesses filing state taxes
- Franchise Tax Board
- Employment Development Department
- Labor and Workforce Development Agency
- Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
- Siskiyou county’s COVID-19 relief grant program for businesses: Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in grant assistance. Applications go live Monday, Aug. 17, and awards will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses must have been in existence since July 2019 and have a physical location to apply. The CRF Business Grant Program is being administered by the Siskiyou Economic Development Council. All inquiries and questions not answered at the link above can be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone (530) 842-1638.
- Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI)
- Siskiyou Economic Development: Provides info from the tourism industry
- Superior California Economic Development (SCED): Their document has an exhaustive list for help
Within the Federal Government’s passage of the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act” there are a number of relief programs for individual workers. California has also a number programs to help as well. If you are self-employed and do not qualify for SBA help, please check with the CA Employment Development Department to see if you qualify for unemployment. Both the federal and state unemployment options covers individuals who previously did not qualify for unemployment benefits.
- US Department of Labor ($600 unemployment supplement)
- Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Checks from the IRS)
- Online USA job search
- 2.1.1. NorCal/Siskiyou County
- Great Northern Services—Energy Assistance/Emergency Heater/Water Heater Repair and Replacement: This program is available to households who income qualify. If you have recently been unemployed or your income has been reduced, you may now qualify. If you have questions please try calling (530) 938-4115 ex. 119 or ext 137
- Siskiyou Training & Employment Program (STEP): Currently offering virtual assistance with employment. Call (530) 938-3231 ext. 212 or 217 or visit their website.
- Family/Community Resource Centers: some remain open for drop-in assistance, others are by appointment only. Please call first.
- Rental and Mortgage Assistance: There are no formal programs to assist renters or home owners at this time to pay for their rent or mortgage. There are state and federal relief packages being debated. Through the CARES Act and Govern Newsom’s Executive Order N-28-20 renters and homeowners cannot be evicted for not paying their rent or mortgage through May 31 due to COVID-19 economic impacts. Neither of the orders allow renters and homeowners to not make up the missed payments. Talk to your bank and landlord to work out a plan. Please remember many landlords in Siskiyou County are your neighbors and are willing to help out and may be suffering as well during this crisis.
Some food assistance organizations and programs have income guidelines. Your income is evaluated at the time of services and not your past income. Each school food program is continuing as well. If you and your family or household is experiencing financial hardship, it does not mean that you need to go hungry. We encourage all families and households that are in need of food to call your nearest food pantry or Great Northern Services.
- Siskiyou County Office of Education: Free lunch pick up/delivery for ages 18 and under are available at locations throughout Siskiyou County, see the Siskiyou County School District Lunch Pick up/Delivery List or contact your school district for more info.
- Siskiyou Food Task Force coordinated by Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services: Emergency food boxes delivered to low-income seniors and other Siskiyou County residents with underlying health conditions who should not leave their homes. Register someone for a delivery at bit.ly/3aiO8Ca
- Great Northern Services USDA Commodities, available throughout Siskiyou County: (530) 938-4115 ext. 128
GNS requested and received permission to hold monthly commodity distributions during this time, please check the online schedule for the next distribution at the site nearest you.
- CalFresh (SNAP): North County: (530) 841-2134 South County: (530) 841-2134
Emergency Food Pantries – Call for hours and dates
- Yreka Food Bank-Yreka: (530) 643-2507
- Yreka CRC: (530) 842-1313
- Dunsmuir CRC: (530) 235-4400
- Mt. Shasta CRC: (530) 926-1400
- Siskiyou Community Food Bank-Yreka: (530) 905-1551
- Montague HUB-Montague: (530) 459-3481
- Fort Jones Food Pantry-Scott Valley/Salmon River: (530) 468-2201
- Happy Camp Community Center-Happy Camp/Klamath River: (530) 493-5117
- Tulelake/ Newell Family Resource Center—Tulelake: (530) 667-2147
- Siskiyou Food Assistance-South Siskiyou County: (530) 408-6115
- First Baptist Church-McCloud: (530) 964-2910
- St. Vincent de Paul (St. Anthony Catholic Church-Mt. Shasta/St. Joseph Parish-McCloud): (530) 926-3061
Prepared Meals – Call for hours and dates
- Madrone Senior Services—(Seniors) Yreka: (530) 841-2365
Seniors age 60+ can call and fill out intake form over the phone ( income eligibility program) and they are making home deliveries and there is also an option to drive-thru pick up behind the Senior Center.
- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church—Yreka: (530) 842-3842
St. Joseph’s is serving a meal at the church (314 Fourth Street, Yreka) each Saturday at noon.
- Yreka Tailgater—Yreka: (530) 842-4291
At this time they still have the box lunch being distributed Sundays only at 12 noon, across the street from Habitat for Humanity in the PacPower parking lot.
- Scott Valley Family Resource Center—Scott Valley: (530) 468-2450
Serving sack lunches to go Friday noon-1 pm. Call ahead to reserve one
- United Methodist Church—Scott Valley: (530) 467-3612
Meal delivery to homes is still in progress on Tuesdays and Fridays
- First Baptist Church—Mt. Shasta: (530) 926-5095
Call to inquire; deliveries are being made twice a week.
- Siskiyou Senior Nutrition Senior—Mt. Shasta/Dunsmuir: (530) 926-4611
Drive-through meal distribution at the City Park Upper Lodge 1315 Nixon Road Mt. Shasta, CA 96067, Tuesday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30
Meals on Wheels
- Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud: (530) 926-4611
- Yreka Homebound Meals Madrone Hospice: (530) 841-2365
Mental and Physical Health
- Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center: Available 24-hours a day 7 days a week Toll Free 1-877-842-4068.
- County Behavioral Health
- State Resources
- Siskiyou County Public Health Information
How You Can Help
- Please take a moment to complete our survey so that we can plan on how to best serve our community in the coming weeks and months.
- Shop for a neighbor or friend who cannot go out
- Buy locally
- Purchase Gift Certificates for use at future dates
- Buy take-out meals
- Take care of yourself
- Be kind
- Say hello
- Any of the organizations that you regularly donate to could use your help as many are not and cannot hold their fund-raising events.
- Great Northern Services
- Shasta Regional Community Foundation
- The food assistance organizations or Community Resource Centers listed above
- Youth Empowerment Siskiyou
- Rescue Ranch
- Siskiyou Humane Society
Please note: We are making every effort to be accurate, but situations can change rapidly during this time. Please let us know if you spot any resources that are missing or discover any that are no longer available. You can reply to this email or call us at (530) 938-4115 ext. 114.