EWDD Rapid Response Team members Gary (top) and Dennis (bottom) sitting at their desks
In order to assist Angelenos who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, EWDD’s Rapid Response Team has launched virtual orientations designed to help job seekers navigate the process of filing for unemployment and obtaining other resources, including health insurance.

“They can access all the things we talk about here for free,” said EWDD Rapid Response Team member Gary. “So, that’s how we're outreaching right now.”

Following the announcement of the “Safer at Home” ordinance, the team mobilized to transfer their in-person efforts to an online platform.

“It’s very important to get this information out because it could mean saving a person’s job,” said EWDD Rapid Response Team member Dennis.

From Monday through Friday, the Rapid Response team provides “Virtual Orientations” twice a day. Starting next week, the team will also provide orientations in Spanish. To register, participants can visit bit.ly/LAjoblosshelp, which also provides background information that attendees can reference while following along with the presentation.

“We realize that some Angelenos don’t actually have computers, the libraries are closed and various other facilities,” Dennis said. “They can do this from their cell phone as well as their computer.”

Since the emergence of COVID-19, the team has been working around the clock to provide information to Angelenos about services available for those who have been laid off, furloughed, or had hours reduced due to COVID-19, including job resources at the City’s WorkSource Centers.

The Rapid Response Team also steers the City’s entrepreneurs to services at EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers, which are offering assistance to access special disaster relief loans due to COVID-19, including the City’s Small Business Emergency Microloan Program. Prior to COVID-19, the Rapid Response Team provided similar services to businesses in transition, assisting employers and employees access resources due to company layoffs. The team is also working with employers and businesses interested in providing training directly to their employees.

“Please give us a call,” Dennis said. “We are going to do our best to help out as much as we can.”

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, EWDD wants to help. Many residents of the City of Los Angeles have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many are faced with job loss or are struggling to keep their businesses operational. Even as all Californians are asked to limit outside activities beyond what is absolutely necessary, the City of LA and EWDD are diligently working to provide crucial services and programs. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn more. We're here to help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of April 6, 2020. Read this issue and more.