Weekly Parent Newsletter

Community Resources May 20, 2020

Hello Heninger Families,

I hope you are doing well. As we approach the end of the school year, let's praise our students for all the great achievements they have reached. Due to COVID-19, high school graduations will take place virtually. Next week, all high schools in SAUSD will have their Virtual Graduations. Below you will find the Virtual Graduation Schedule that includes the day and time each graduation will be taking place.

Please find below the most up to date information on community resources. This week's newsletter includes many new programs with time-sensitive deadlines. Please read over the information, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. You can reach me by calling or sending a text message at (714) 698-9287 and by email at carina.valencia@sausd.us


Carina Valencia

Family and Community Engagement Worker

Virtual Graduation Schedule

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Resource Highlights

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the state of California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.

The California Department of Social Services has selected twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.

You can call these two organizations that will be assisting individuals who live in Orange County:

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights-CHIRLA

(213) 201-8700 or (213) 395-9547


Asian Americans Advancing Justice

(213) 241-8880


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City of Santa Ana: Coronavirus Emergency Rental Relief Fund

The City of Santa Ana recognizes the financial hardships faced by many of its residents due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In response, on April 21 the Santa Ana City Council approved a COVID-19 Response Funding Plan to provide $500,000 in emergency rental relief for low-income households who are not able to pay their rent due to the coronavirus.

Santa Ana residents impacted by the coronavirus may apply online to receive $1,500 in emergency rental assistance toward any rent due after March 19, 2020. Applications are available now until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. If the City receives more applications than available funds, applications received prior to the deadline will be randomly selected based on a lottery process.

To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Must be a resident of the City of Santa Ana with a current lease or sublease agreement with an address in the City.
2. Must qualify as a low-income Household:
Family Size / Maximum Family Income (80% AMI)
1 $71,750
2 $82,000
3 $92,250
4 $102,450
5 $110,650
6 $118,850
7 $127,050
8 $135,250

3. Must provide documentation of your inability to pay rent due to the coronavirus verified by a letter to your landlord. Click Here for a Template Letter - https://tinyurl.com/ya8lxr4q

Please have the following documentation available to upload prior to starting your online application:
1. Copy of a Photo ID for each adult family member.
2. Copy of the letter to your landlord verifying your inability to pay rent
3. Copy of your lease or sublease agreement. The following documentation may also be accepted in place of a lease or sublease: regular payment receipts to the owner or leaseholder (including money orders, bank statements showing a regular withdraw, canceled checks, or a Venmo statement) AND at least one of the following: a letter, utility statement, bill, ID or written statement for anyone in the primary household that has the unit address.

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, Click Here to Apply - https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/santaanaca/participant/Login or go to this webpage to apply before 5 p.m on Friday, May 22:

Click Here for a Template Letter

Sample template letter

Additional Support for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Relief Fund

Funds will be distributed on behalf of the City by Catholic Charities, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, and the Salvation Army to expedite the review of applications and the payment of emergency rental assistance to landlords on behalf of our residents. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for the program or to receive additional help to submit an application, please contact one of these three nonprofit organizations listed below:

Catholic Charities of Orange County
Loy Gibson
1820 E. 16th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 347-9602

Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Southwest Community Center

Rosa Renteria
1601 W. 2nd Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
(714) 547-4073

Salvation Army of Orange County
Tabitha Walton
The Red Shield Community Center
1515 W. North Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 384-0481

Applicants who are unable to apply online or need more information regarding their eligibility should contact one of the three organizations listed above.
Click Here to Apply

Apply before 5 p.m on Friday, May 22, 2020

Food Resources

Week of May 18-24

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Pandemic-EBT Information

The Pandemic EBT program is for students who are normally able to get free or reduced-price school meals. Eligible families will receive up to $365 in total benefits per child. Starting about May 12, many eligible families across California will receive their P-EBT cards without applying. Beginning May 22, those who do not receive their P-EBT cards in the mail may apply online at https://ca.p-ebt.org/en/

If you don't receive your Pandemic EBT card by May 22, 2020, you call California's EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677. You can reach them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Health Resources

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Cal Optima- How to contact CalOptima during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CalOptima customer service is available to respond to member needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

General Customer Service: (714) 246-8500 or toll-free: 1-888-587-8088

Nurse Advice Line: 1-844-447-8441

Behavioral Health: 1-855-877-3885

Members can create an account to access a variety of services:


Medi-Cal toll-free: 1-888-587-8088

OneCare Connect toll-free: 1-855-705-8823

One Care toll-free: 1-877-412-2734

TTY users toll-free: 1-800-735-2929

PACE: 714-468-1100 or toll-free: 1-855-785-2584

PACE TTY toll-free: 714-468-1063

For more of CalOptima's updates, click on the button below:

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Community Health Initiative of Orange County

CHIOC provides free enrollment assistance to apply for: MediCal, Covered California, Kaiser Child Health Plan, Cal Fresh (Food Stamps), and CalWorks.

Contact them at 1-855-927-8333 for more information.

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Family Activity Newsletter

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SoCal Gas Updates

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Facebook @ SAUSD FACE

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Additional Community Resources

For additional community resources, you can visit the SAUSD website using the link: https://www.sausd.us/Page/44001

Heninger Resource Support Line

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Carina Valencia-Family and Community Engagement Worker