Golden State Stimulus, Signed and Delivered for ALL Californians

February 24, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

This week Governor Gavin Newsom in collaboration with the California State Legislature enacted an immediate relief stimulus package for families and businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 recession.

The package offers nearly $10 billion in assistance in the form of tax deductions, fee relief, stimulus payments, food banks and diaper assistance, financial assistance, childcare subsidies, and student aid for families and businesses who have faced devastating economic hardship because of COVID-19. 

Families and businesses that have previously qualified for state programs and federal relief such as CalEITC, CalWORKs, CalFresh, state small business grants, and federal PPP business loans should read further to see how this stimulus and relief package could help.

Direct Relief to Individuals and Families

If you qualified for California EITC in 2020, have an Individual Tax Identification Number and were precluded from the federal stimulus, make less than $30,000 as an individual or $75,000 as a household you may be eligible for a one time, $600 stimulus payment.

In addition, if you are enrolled in CalWORKs or receive SSI/SSP or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) you may be eligible for a one-time $600 grant.

Immediate Relief for Small Businesses

The package extends the Small Business Relief grant program from $500 million to more than $2 billion. If you are Small Business owner who already applied for a loan, don’t worry about reapplying. If you have not applied, please visit for information about the application: https://www.grants.ca.gov/grants/california-small-business-covid-19-relief-grant-program/

In addition, California small businesses who received federal PPP loans will be eligible for state tax deductions up to $150,000, as a part of another bill to be considered later this week.

Fee Waivers and License Relief

The package provides for two years of license and fee relief for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars as well more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology businesses.

More Resources for Critical Child Care

The package adds over $400 million in new federal funds that will provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized childcare and preschool providers. 

The new federal resources will extend care for children of essential workers through June of 2022, and increase access to subsidized childcare for 8,000 additional children of essential workers and at-risk children during this time period.

Additional Aid for Individuals and Families

The package provides an additional $24 million for Housing for the Harvest - a program providing support for agricultural workers who have had to quarantine due to COVID-19.

The package also provides a combined $35 million for food banks and diapers.

Emergency Financial Relief to Support Community College Students

The package provides an additional $100 million in emergency financial aid for qualifying community college students who are enrolled in six or more units.

CalFresh Student Outreach and Application Assistance

The package provides roughly $16 million to support outreach and application assistance to income eligible higher education students for CalFresh food assistance.

Restoration of Reductions

The package restores previously enacted reductions, effective July 1st, for the UC, CSU, the Judicial Branch, Child Support Services, and for moderate-income housing.

This relief and stimulus package is intended to help as many families and businesses as possible with immediate relief. If you have questions about the specifics of this new package and wonder if you, your family or small business may qualify please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 916-651-4912.

In Service,

Senator Anna Caballero
Senate District 12