Scroll down to access important information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and resources to support you, your family, and our community businesses and organizations during this challenging time. Information is regularly updated and sourced from District 2 Councilmember Nikki Bas, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, CA Healthy Nail Salon Collective, Oakland Chinatown Improvement, and other community partners.
OACC is a member of the Oakland Chinatown Coalition, which “works for a strong, vibrant and healthy future for our neighborhood” by engaging in several different issues important to the community through monthly meetings and special projects. The Coalition was founded in 2011, consists of seventeen organizations and five individual members. OACC’s participation in the Chinatown Coalition demonstrates our commitment to cross-sector collaboration and the mutual goal of enhancing the vitality and stability of Chinatown.
OACC participates regularly in two free outdoor community event series in Oakland’s Chinatown: Lincoln Summer Nights and First Wednesdays at Madison Park, which are produced in collaboration with several other community organizations and individuals. These event series contribute to community building and are important avenues for revitalizing Chinatown. Lincoln Summer Nights was initiated by the Chinatown Improvement Initiative in 2016, and attracts hundreds of participants at each event, including families, young children, teens, adults, and seniors. In 2018, the events were held from 5-9pm on the first Friday of the month (June through October) at Lincoln Park and Recreation Center, and included a variety of free programming such as arts and crafts, interactive dance and sports, numerous free bike giveaways for kids, and performances by local groups. OACC also participates in First Wednesdays at Madison Park, which began in late 2017 and is held during the first Wednesday afternoon each month throughout the year.
OACC also participates in community events produced by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (e.g. StreetFest in August) and Oakland Museum of California (e.g. Lunar New Year).
RELIEF FUNDS FOR ARTISTS
East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts (EBORFIA) – In collaboration with the City of Oakland, numerous philanthropic institutions, and individuals in the region, this relief fund will grant out $625,000 to artists and culture workers living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties with at least $300,000 dedicated specifically to residents of Oakland.
Artist Relief – an initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—all small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers—that have come together in this unprecedented moment guided by the understanding that the wellbeing of artists has financial, professional, social, and mental dimensions, and should be fostered with a holistic framework of support.
ARTogether Emergency Relief Fund – to support artists who have lost income and are most vulnerable. Consider supporting this fund.
OTHER COVID-19-RELATED RELIEF FUNDS
Catholic Charities East Bay CA Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) – a program created by California state that will grant direct one-time financial assistance for undocumented immigrants.
API Council COVID-19 Emergency Fund – Help ensure food security and safety for our low-income API families and seniors.
SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESSES
Oakland’s Open – a crowdsourced list compiled by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce of organizations providing modified services during COVID-19. Email officemanager@
Good Good Eatz – 好好吃 – Launched by Chinatown Improvement Initiative, Good Good Eatz is dedicated to featuring Chinatown folks who continue to serve up delicious goodies and comfort food during this COVID-19 pandemic. Follow their social media to see who is open for business!
OTHER COMMUNITY AID
Register for free COVID-19 Testing – Testing sites include drive-thru and walk-in options. Accessible to anyone who lives or works in Alameda County.
City of Oakland Food Distribution Information – Information about food distribution points in Oakland. Please note eligibility requirement information of each site.
Stop Hate and Racism!: Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center – Launched by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council and others to collect and track incidents of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate, violence, and discrimination in California and throughout the country. These incidents will help inform future policy discussions.
OUSD Free Lunches – “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available for all OUSD students or families and any Oakland child under 18. Check the linked website for pick-up locations and updates.
Comcast Internet Essentials COVID Free Service Announcement – In response to COVID 19 and with the school closures and etc., Comcast is offering 2 months free of internet services through their Internet Essentials program to support low-income households during this time and have asked us to share with our affiliates. Internet Essentials COVID 19 – Service Application
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
A huge thank you to the Oakland Chinatown Coalition for the following information. This act was passed by Congress to address the needs of small business owners, certain small non-profits, and employers during this time. Access official overview of the CARES Act.
To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please contact your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office. Email direct questions to CARES.Act.Help@gmail.com. Please leave your name, phone, and preferred language.
Below are two programs (EIDL & PPP) that fall under the CARES Act.
- EIDL: Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Emergency Economic Injury Grants
Provides an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within 3 days of applying for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). When you are filling out the EIDL application you must check the box at the end of the application to apply for the $10,000 advance, before submitting your application online. This advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance. It can be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments. Loans are available for up to $2 Million and have a fixed rate of 3.75% for 30 years. You do not have to accept the loan if offered even if you have accepted the $10K advance.
English/Chinese translation of the application. One can use this to fill in their answers but entries must be typed into the above Online Form.
- PPP: Payroll Protection Program
A loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Program information in Chinese.
COVID-19 Resources in Korean – Korean Center, Inc. has a page dedicated to anything one might need to know about our current situation from general health guidelines to food assistance. They also have information on the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program, these documents are linked below for convenience.
VIRTUAL ARTS & CULTURE RESOURCES
Arts Resources List – List of virtual arts and cultural content