Resources for workers Reeling from COVID-19

Program Why Benefits How to File
Benefits for Workers

Disability Insurance

If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) If eligible, you can receive about 60-70% of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50 – $1,300 a week for up to 6 weeks.

File a Disability Insurance Claim


Paid Family Leave

California Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides partial wage replacement benefits to employees who need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner). If eligible, you can receive about 60-70% of wages (depending on income) earned 5 to 18 months before your claim start date for up to six weeks within any 12-month period. The length of time worked at your current job does not affect eligibility.

File a Claim

or call 1-866-487-2365

Unemployment Insurance


If you lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 Partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.  Click here for eligibility.

File a Claim


English 1-800-300-5616

Spanish 1-800-326-8937

Paid Sick Leave

If you or a family member are sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner.

File a Claim

English: 1-877-238-4373
Spanish: 1-877-379-3819

Workers’ Compensation If you are unable to do your job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work. Workers’ compensation covers some, but not all, stress-related (psychological) injuries caused by your job.

File a Claim

Call: 1 (800) 736-7401

Madera County Department of Social Services


If you are experiencing economic hardship and are in need of assistance to obtain essential services such as healthcare and financial support. Offers a number of assistance programs to families with economic hardships.


Apply for Benefits

Call: (559) 675-2300

Madera County Food Bank

225 South Pine Street

Madera CA 93637

 Food Distribution Center Offers food to families in need.  Call:  (559) 674-2992
Central California Food Bank The Central California Food Bank is preparing family size boxes with pantry goods.

Click here for distribution sites within Madera County

or call: (559) 237-3663

 Other Food Distribution sites Distribution centers in Madera County: Oakhurst Community Center and the Wasuma Elementary School Lot. Chukchansi Casino Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ,until further notice.The pick-up site is located at the casino’s open-air porte cochere, located at 711 Lucky Lane in Coarsegold.
Student Food Distribution Local School Districts are distributing Breakfast and Lunch meals for students. Contact your local school district for details.

Madera Unified

Chowchilla Elementary

Yosemite SD

Others click here

Banks Many Banks are providing assistance to individuals and businesses facing hardship due to COVID-19.
Bitwise Industries  Bitwise Industries has offered to provide free grocery delivery for elderly or sick people in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare counties. Send the recipient, address, and shopping list to or call 559-460-7809
PG&E PG&E won’t shut off your power if you can’t pay, as of March 12th. Flexible pay plans will be available for people who are able to show they have been impacted by COVID-19.
Home owners For homeowners with a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed mortgage, HUD announced that it is suspending all foreclosure and eviction actions for the next 60 days, through mid-May.
United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties For more questions on housing, food, utility, or income assistance. Call 211, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week



Top 3 Reasons To Choose Madera County

  • Low cost of living means your business can grow and flourish.
  • Madera County is located in the center of California so reaching major cities is an easy 3-hour drive.
  • Madera County is focused on business attraction & retention so expect a streamlineD permitting process.

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