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Hi <<First Name>>,

This week, the City announced that the shelter-in-place order has been extended through the month of May. The new order, which came today from the seven Bay Area Health Officers, includes limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities. We know how difficult the past 6 weeks has been for our residents, families, and businesses, and we are continuing to push for more resources and support for all of our residents. 

District 6 residents all need and deserve the same protections as everyone else in our city. District 6 residents need to be able to shelter in place, protect themselves and others, access free tests, and walk down the street safely. That’s been my singular focus over the last 6 weeks and it will continue to be.
Masks for D6
 
Last week, a new public health order was issued requiring face covering when you are going grocery shopping, going into facilities that are allowed to stay open, using public transportation, and more. To support D6 residents who otherwise have limited access to masks, our office has been collecting cloth mask donations and raising money to purchase cloth masks for distribution to D6 residents. We are partnering with over 50 community based organizations to hand out tens of thousands of masks directly, and via housing and service providers. Last week, we were able to distribute over 5,000 masks in the Tenderloin and South of Market. This Friday, we’ll be getting more masks out to Mission Bay, South Beach and Treasure Island residents. In addition, our office has secured over 20,000 masks which we are distributing directly to frontline hospital workers. If you have mask donations or need a mask, please email haneystaff@sfgov.org. 
Ensuring Everyone Can Shelter in Place
 
San Francisco has been doing a good job in implementing key health orders early and flattening the curve. But all of that work will be undone if we continue to fail in our response to getting homeless individuals and families off of the street, out of crowded shelters, and into rooms where they can shelter in place. Our city cannot fight a plague, while exempting over 10,000 people from the shelter in place order. 

Since the beginning of the crisis, I’ve been loudly advocating to use the over 40,000 empty hotel and motel rooms in the city to house people living in unsafe conditions on the street. Two weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my emergency ordinance requiring the Mayor to procure 8,250 hotel and motel rooms. This legislation has been endorsed by doctors, nurses, and public health experts.  Unfortunately, although the ordinance came into effect over the weekend, the Mayor has refused to implement the law and, to date, less than 1000 vulnerable people have been moved into hotel rooms. One thing is clear: things as they stand are dangerous for the public health of our entire city, and I’m going to keep fighting to make sure everyone can shelter in place. 
Access to Testing
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, we heard from Dr. Susan Philip about the City’s current COVID-19 testing efforts. The good news is that San Francisco has significantly expanded our testing capacity to test almost 6,000 people per day. The bad news is the city is currently only testing at 1/10 of it’s capacity with an average of 500 people tested daily.

With the 25 testing sites we have available in San Francisco, including the Embarcadero and SOMA sites, it is mind-boggling that we are only testing 500 people a day. We need to move towards widely accessible, free, onsite testing, similar to what is happening in parts of the Mission, starting with some of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

That's why I am calling on the Department of Public Health, the Public Health Officer, and the Mayor to implement a robust testing plan that will both help us better understand the virus and help prevent its spread.

The testing plan should include the mass testing of high-risk neighborhoods like the Tenderloin, SOMA, Chinatown, and the Bayview, testing of those living or working in congregate settings such as shelters, SROs, group housing, or on the streets, and broadening testing criteria so that anyone can be tested regardless of whether or not they are displaying symptoms.
Protecting Essential Workers and Customers
This is a scary, challenging time for all of us, and especially for our frontline workers who are still out there making sure we all have access to food, medicine, and essential goods. They need to be protected so they don’t get sick or get anyone else sick, and they should never face retaliation for it. That’s why I introduced an emergency ordinance that requires increased  protections for grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, and on-demand delivery employees which passed unanimously at the Board of Supervisors. The legislation urgently provides personal protective equipment; paid time while driver’s clean their cars and wash their hands; no-contact during delivery, and a no retaliation clause. It will provide some of the strongest protections during this crisis for workers and customers anywhere in the country.
Bathroom and Handwashing Access
Experts all agree that frequent hand washing and proper sanitation are also key in curbing the spread of the virus, but for the 5,000 unhoused individuals currently living on the streets of San Francisco, as well as the many essential workers like rideshare drivers, taxi drivers, delivery workers and others, implementing these recommendations can be nearly impossible. With the current crisis and the conditions on our streets,

I introduced an emergency ordinance that requires the city to have 1 bathroom per every 50 unhoused residents during a public health emergency, which is the standard from the United Nations, CDC, and the American Red Cross.

This would require us to have roughly 100 public restrooms available. Some additional bathrooms were finally added, this week, but not nearly the level that is needed.  
Safer Neighborhoods for All Residents
I live in the heart of the Tenderloin and I can see everyday how the city has failed to take care of this neighborhood, as well as the surrounding areas of Civic Center, Mid-Market and SOMA. For over a month, everyone in San Francisco has been instructed to stay at home and avoid large groups. Yet many of these critical public health directives have failed to fully reach and adequately protect the residents of the Tenderloin, Civic Center, and parts of SOMA. In our downtown neighborhoods, it can be impossible for residents to leave their homes to walk to the store and maintain distance. Sidewalks are often blocked by people forced to live in tightly packed tents and large groups of people continuing to congregate.

Last week I sent a letter to City Departments requesting help in establishing open space so residents and safety social distance, more outreach, signage and education, on-demand access to cloth face coverings and hand sanitizer, and more. I have been working everyday, in partnership with community organizations and the city departments, to implement these solutions for our neighborhoods. 
Stimulus Payment
You can check the status of your Economic Impact Payment here. If you have any issues or questions regarding your payment, please contact your Representative in Congress. 

Who is eligible?
U.S. citizens or immigrant residents who:
  1. Have a valid Social Security number
  2. Is not claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer
  3. Had individual adjusted gross income under $99,000 and joint adjusted gross income under $198,000

How do I get my stimulus money?
Most eligible U.S. taxpayers will automatically receive their Economic Impact Payments including:
  1. Individuals who filed a federal income tax for 2018 or 2019
  2. Individuals who receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits
  3. Individuals who receive Railroad Retirement benefits

The IRS will automatically calculate the amount owed using your 2019 tax filings (or 2018 if you have not yet filed for 2019). If you received Social Security retirement, SSDI, survivors benefits, SSI, Railroad Retirement benefits, or VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefits in 2019, you will receive your $1200 payment as a direct deposit or by mail, just as you would normally receive your federal benefits.

What if I don’t typically file a tax return?
If you do not typically file tax returns you must use the online registration tool on the IRS website to provide the following information:
  • Full name, current mailing address and an email address
  • Date of birth and valid Social Security number
  • Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
  • Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one
  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
  • For each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse

Once eligibility is confirmed, the IRS will calculate how much you should receive, and send a stimulus payment through direct deposit (if you enter your bank account information) or through the mail. Using the tool will not result in any taxes being owed. Economic impact payments won't count as income for SSI recipients, and the payments will be excluded from resource calculations for 12 months.
New Small Business and Self-Employed Resources
Small businesses have been hit hard by the public health crisis and we’re seeing so many family-owned restaurants, art shops, and other businesses shutting down. Things have become even harder as the federal PPP program ran out of funding and our City programs reached capacity. Please continue to visit the City’s OEWD website for the most up to date resources for businesses and employees. I’m glad to see that new grants other relief programs have become available. This includes:
  • Neighborhood Mini-Grants for SF Small Businesses - Open Now
    • Mini-grants of $1,000 - $10,000 to independently-owned and women-owned small businesses in underserved commercial corridors (this includes Central Market and the Tenderloin)
  • Salesforce Care Small Business Grants - Open Now (closes May 4th)
    • $10,000 grants to 300 small businesses nationally for a total of $3M to help get through #COVID19
  • Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds - Open Now
    • Funds for arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
  • Unemployment Insurance for Self-Employed - Open Now
    • Part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program through the CA Employment Development Department (EDD) will be available to unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic 
  • Verizon-LISC Small Business Relief GrantEnds April 28 
    • LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Round 1 of the grant applications closed earlier this month and Round 2 is NOW OPEN! Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, April 28 at 11:59PM EST. Grants will be made in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000. Please read the Grant Overview, FAQs and apply here.
  • Facebook Small Business Grant ProgramOpen Now
    • Facebook is offering a $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. $15M has been designated specifically for Bay Area businesses.
  • Additional Federal Stimulus Funds for Businesses Approved – PPP and EIDL 
    • $321 billion to the Small Business Administration’s PPP, with $60 billion set aside for small, midsize and community lenders. Additionally, it added $50 billion to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and $10 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance Grants. SBA has resumed accepting PPP loan applications. 
D6 Virtual Town Hall
 
On Thursday, April 30th, I will be holding another D6 Zoom Town Hall with updates and to answer any questions. Please submit you questions ahead of time through this Google form. If you want me to speak virtually to residents of your building, I would be more than happy to schedule a time to do that.  You can find the full recording of the previous Town Hall on my Facebook page or here. 
Common Questions
 
Where can I get masks?
New CDC guidelines now recommend wearing masks when going outside. Due to the limited supply of surgical and PPE masks, individuals are asked to purchase cloth masks or create their own masks. Where to purchase face coverings & masks online from Bay Area companies: 
Where can I find San Francisco COVID-19 data?
The City launched a new COVID-19 data tracker with more detailed statistics. 

How do I get access to testing?
Right now, you must have one of the following symptoms in order to be eligible for a test: a fever greater than 100 F/37.8 C, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, headache, body aches, fatigue, loss of smell, diarrhea, runny nose, and congestion. To schedule a test, you can sign up on the city's website here

If we see price gouging, what can we do?
Price gouging is illegal. Please report incidences of price gouging to the District Attorney or City Attorney’s office.

How do I get help with unemployment benefits?
Earlier this month, the Governor announced that EDD recipients will receive an extra $600/week.  The EDD will automatically add the full amount to each week of current benefits that are paid every two weeks. To sign up for EDD, visit the EDD website. If you need assistance, please contact Assemblymember Chiu’s office with your EDD Customer Number or confirmation number if possible. 

What can I do if I’m unable to pay rent?
If you’re unable to pay rent due to COVID-19, you are protected from eviction. However, the protection is not automatic. You must provide written documentation to your landlord of your inability to pay rent as soon as possible (within 30 days of it being due). If your landlord tries to proceed, immediately contact the Eviction Defense Collaborative, which has a number for legal assistance during shelter-in-place: 415-659-9184. For more information on resources and a sample letter to your landlord visit the SF Anti-Displacement Coalition's website
Here is a summary of where to find all the information you need: 
  1. The City’s Central Resource 
  2. Health Information & Updates 
  3. Resources for Employers/Businesses & Employees 
  4. FAQs 
  5. Resources for people experiencing homelessness
If you have further questions or need to get in touch with my office, you can email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org or leave a voicemail at 415-554-7970 and we will respond to your inquiry as fast as we can. I am also posting information regularly on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.

Stay safe and healthy
-Matt
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney

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