NEWS : COVID-19 Crisis Driver Resources

NEWS : COVID-19 Crisis Driver Resources
March 19, 2020 Bob Cassinelli

Dear Taxi Industry Members,

During the Shelter in Place Order amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to provide you with resources to help you during this economic time.  Below are lists of resources such as the Mayor’s office for small business resiliency fund, assistance help with rent/housing, low/free internet service, and food banks.

Please note that the SFMTA is not directly involved in any of these programs, nor can we attest to their applicability to you or your drivers.


Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD)

COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

The City has established a fund administered by OEWD to offer emergency grants up to $10,000 for microbusinesses. Businesses must be able to show a recent loss in revenue.

For more information, visit COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund (

It allows impacted small business owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent. This program is administered in partnership with Northeast Community Federal Credit Union.


OEWD also works closely with other city departments to coordinate and connect recovery response between impacted businesses and City departments. View our COVID-19 Business & Employee Assistance Guide.


To be eligible for the COVID-19 Small Businesses Resiliency Fund, small businesses must:

  1. Have at least 1 employee and no more than 5 employees
  2. Demonstrate a loss of revenue of 25% or more
  3. Have less than $2,500,000 in gross receipts
  4. Be engaged in activities that are regulated by the City and County of San Francisco and have a license/permit associated to that regulation
  5. Application:

Judy Lee 415-554-6607



San Francisco County and City Assistance Programs (rent and housing)


Get assistance paying rent in SF


Government Benefits Housing Assistance Programs


Federal Financial Relief for paying rent


Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development


College Financial Aid-financial aid can cover housing costs



Comcast/Spectrum offers free WiFi nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic



Food Stamp


Food bank, soup kitchens, food pantries in SF


Soup Kitchen in the Bay area Region


Second Harvest Food Bank


Alameda County Community Food Bank

7900 Edgewater Dr. Oakland



Alameda Food Bank

1900 Thau Way, Alameda



SF Food Bank

900 Pennsylvania Avenue, SF



Berkeley Food Pantry

1600 Sacramento St, Berkeley



Association of Food Banks

1624 Franklin Street, Suite 722, Oakland


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