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LISC San Diego's Response to COVID-19

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to unfold, LISC San Diego will adjust our policies and practices appropriately. Following the guidance of our organization's leadership, along with instruction drawn from the Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health: all LISC San Diego staff will be working remotely until further notice. Each staff member is accessible by phone and e-mail, all staff contact info is available on our Meet Our Staff  page. 

Please visit our COVID-19 page for a list of response resources, updated daily.

We are grateful for your understanding and patience during these extraordinary circumstances.


UPDATED: 6/9/2020 9:16 PM

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, LISC is taking action to ensure that we continue to support the people and places where we work. We will do so while protecting the health of our LISC team and contributing our utmost to help slow the spread of the virus across America, and at the same time mitigating its economic impact in our communities.

We recognize that our community-based partners are on the front lines of this crisis and many of are facing great urgency to respond to the needs of the people they serve. As always, we will be vigilant and flexible in order be as responsive as possible to those most affected by the spread of COVID-19. 

To submit resources to include, please contact:

On this page you'll find:

LISC San Diego Efforts:

City Heights Business Relief Fund

 LISC San Diego has joined with members of the City Heights Economic Development Collaborative to launch the City Heights Business Relief Fund.

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San Diego Eviction Moratorium

LISC San Diego joined partners to urge City Council members to support temporary moratorium on evictions for residents and businesses in the city.

Read Full Letter

Information From LISC National

SBA Pay Check Protection Program

The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is designed to keep your workers on payroll and your doors open. The program provides access to low interest and partially to fully forgivable loans to small business owners and nonprofit organizations with no personal guarantee or collateral required. 

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LISC + Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

Thanks to a  $7.5 million investment from Verizon, we are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps 

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LISC Kiva Loan Program

Kiva brings affordable loans to small businesses and entrepreneuers - stay up to date with Kiva loan changes made due to COVID-19

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U.S. Small Business Administration: Guidance & Loan Resources

National Council of Nonprofits: Which loans under the CARES Act are nonprofits eligible for? (helpful chart!)

Information about the:

  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Expanded EIDL & Emergency Grants
  • Mid-Size Loan Program

    SBA Emergency Loans for California Small Businesses and Nonprofits:  Loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can't be paid becuase of the disaster's impact.


    City of San Diego Small Business Relief Fund: Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 for eligible, qualified small businesses 

    Philanthropy California List of Response Funds: List is updated daily

    Bank of America announces $100 million in support to communities. Details of applying for/accessing these funds is not yet available.

    Initiative for a Competitive Inner City:  Small Business Resource Center for COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce:  Guidance for Small Businesses on new Coronavirus Emergency Loans


      Pro Bono Partnership: "Pro Bono Partnership encourages nonprofits to contact them with any human resources or legal questions your organization may be facing. Pro Bono Partnership is a nationally recognized provider of free business and transactional legal services to nonprofits. We recruit and support volunteer attorneys with a range of specializations to help nonprofits in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut achieve their goals, avoid risk, and better serve their constituencies."

      Chronicle for Philanthropy: "Tips for Leading Your Team Through Stressful Times"

      ADL: Tips for safeguarding public/open Zoom meetings that all non-profits and public groups should implement

      Chronicle for Philanthropy: How to Adapt Your Nonprofit’s Sick-Leave Policy During COVID-19

      211: Resources to support residents in accessing services and other supports.

      The San Diego Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund: The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is rapidly deploying resources to nonprofit organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

      National Council of Nonprofits: Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19

      Open Source Document with Resources for Non-Profits

      What Can Nonprofit Boards do Right Now to Address COVID-19?​


      U.S. Departmenet of Housing and Urban Development: Q&A for Multifamily Housing Stakeholders re COVID-19 (last updated 4/2/2020)

      National Mutlifamily Housing Council: Emergency Preparedness Listserve 

      National Multifamily Housing Council: Coronavirus Preparedness for Apartment Firms

      • General information: "As apartment owners and operators prepare to mitigate and educate residents on potential exposure, NMHC has put together a list of go-to sites with relevant information."

      Multifamily Property Owners and Preserving Business Operations, via National Equity Fund

      SDG&E CARE and FERA Programs: CARE and FERA are two programs we offer that can provide you with a monthly discount on your bill. If you have recently lost your job, even if you are receiving unemployment benefits, you may qualify for a reduced energy rate through our CARE or FERA programs.

      United Way Rental Assitance: United Way is taking applications to cover rent payments. Client needs to fill out online application (there is an English and a Spanish version) and payment will be made directly to landlord

      U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentInformation for:

      • Homeless Services Providers
      • Property Owners
      • Multifamily Housing Stakeholders


      CDC Guidance for Schools, Workplaces, and Community Locations

      California Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Resources: Here you'll find...

      Official California State Website for Coronavirus (COVID-19)Information on:

      • How it spreads
      • Symptoms
      • Public Health Resources
      • General info for businesses, childcare providers, communities, etc


      Little Saigon San Diego

      • Little Saigon San Diego is making and distributing homemade cloth masks for free - contact: or call/text: (619) 362-6063 for more info
      • Free grocery delivery for low-income seniors Tuesdays and Wednesdays 

      SDSU Economic Crisis Response Team: SDSU ECRT has created a resource list that covers

      • COVID-19 Crisis Hotlines
      • Local Community Resources
      • Food Assitance
      • Financial Assistance
      • Employment Assitance
      • Housing Info 

      And much more, please click HERE to find the full list.

      The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (Alliance San Diego): Emergency grants (up to $500) for undocumented migrants


      • YMCA’s Childcare Resource and Referral line (800) 481-2151
      • If you are a health care provider, YMCA is offering extra support to find care, which can be accessed by calling (619) 952-0242