Financial Assistance

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Emergency Financial Assistance

Since October 2020, the County and nonprofit partners have provided more than $2 million in emergency financial assistance to over 1,600 low-income community members with COVID or who have been exposed to someone with COVID to help offset the cost of staying home during their isolation or quarantine period.

General Assistance

For help, including food support, legal aid, mental health, or other services, we encourage you to call 211 or (707) 565-4667 to get connected to services, or visit the Get Help and Resources sections on our Coronavirus Response page. 

California Mortgage Relief Program

The California Mortgage Relief Program is now available to homeowners who have fallen behind due to pandemic-related financial hardship. If you are a homeowner who is receiving public assistance or is severely burdened by housing cost or has no workout options through the mortgage company; and you are behind on multiple payments, and your property is your sole and primary residence, and you have exhausted cash or assets on hand, apply at CaMortgageRelief.org or contact your local California Legal Rural Assistance, Inc. office. They can help you when you call 1-800-337-0690 or visit them at crla.org/office-listing.


American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

ARPA and the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund is bringing $96 million to Sonoma County.

The County of Sonoma has used these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Serve low income communities and individuals, families and businesses hardest-hit by the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers​
  • Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic
  • Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure​

To learn more about ARPA and how the County of Sonoma is working to distribute these funds, visit the ARPA information page.

Isolation and Quarantine Support

Contact tracers will work with you to determine your needs and connect you to resources. For more information, visit the Home Quarantine and Isolation Instructions page for more information. 

Employment Resources for Individuals who Qualify

Unemployment: Visit the California Employment Development Department for financial assistance if your employer reduced your hours or stopped operating.

If you’re sick or in quarantine: You can file a Disability Insurance Claim if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have to quarantine because of exposure to someone who tested positive.

Student Loans

If you need immediate relief from your student loans, you can contact your loan processor to apply for forbearance, which suspends payments.

Community Funding

Sick Leave

State and local ordinances mandating paid COVID-19 sick leave expired in September, 2021. Through a combination of federal, state and local legislation, almost everyone has the right to paid sick leave »

FEMA assistance available for up to $9,000 in COVID-19 funeral expenses 

On April 12, the Federal Emergency Management Agency began accepting applications for funeral assistance for deaths that occurred as a result of COVID-19. For a death to be considered, it must have occurred after January 2020.

  • Eligible applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585 toll free, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT.
  • Applicants must provide FEMA with a copy of the death certificate, proof of funeral expenses incurred and proof of funeral assistance received from any other source.
  • Assistance is available to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals and qualified aliens such as green card holders, asylees, refugees, and others – who provide the required information and COVID related documents. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed for up to $9,000 for each funeral.
  • For more information, visit FEMA’s funeral assistance web page.
  • Fraud Alert: FEMA has received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. FEMA has not sent any such notifications and does not contact people before they register for assistance.
  • This video helps explain how to apply: