We’re here to help.

In these uncertain times, we stand together with local, State and Federal agencies to help you deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak with advice and resources.

First and foremost, our staff is here to help! If you have any questions or issues:

  • Please e-mail Pierre, our Director or Advising & Education, to schedule a call with our staff. We’d love to hear how you adapt to this situation too, so we can share your ideas with the community.
  • Specifically, if you have Workforce-related questions, please email Claire, our Director of Workforce and Hiring, who will be happy to field your questions.

Useful links

You will find useful links below. We encourage you to visit these pages regularly: they will be updated as the situation develops, with official information and hopefully new relief programs.

A. Internal SFMade resources:

  1. Here are Work Reduction Strategies you should consider, listing both alternatives to layoffs and layoff logistics information [updated 3/20/2020].
  2. Here are Rent Relief Negotiation tactics we recommend you follow, listing steps are arguments to decrease your rent during the crisis.
  3. Here is a summary of the upcoming FFCRA Federal law, taking effect on April 2nd and requiring employers with less than 500 employees to provide emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave.

B. Main external resources:

  1. Here is the main information page from the City’s OEWD, including always-up-to-date local resources & programs for both employers and employees.
  2. Here is the EDD Coronavirus webpage, in particular with info about the State payroll tax assistance program.
  3. Here is the State loan programs webpage, including disaster relief loan programs.


The programs below are all listed on the SF OEWD page mentioned above, but we want to highlight them as they will likely be useful to many of you:

  1. Here is the EDD Work Sharing Program – allowing employees whose hours and wages have been reduced to receive UI benefits.
  2. Here are the details of SF’s extended paid sick leave – The City will contribute up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave time beyond existing policies, but you will have to front payments and will be reimbursed later. You can also find the FAQ here and apply here.
  3. Here is more info about SF City tax & license fee dues deferrals.
  4. Here is the $10K SF resiliency grant webpage – For now, criteria only include businesses between 1-5 employees on payroll, but these may expand if more funds become available.
  5. The Disaster Relief Loans we can recommend are Kiva, the State’s IBANK, and SBA disaster loans.

Important Recommendations & Information

  1. Contact your bank and landlord to ask if they can defer or discount your loan payments / rents. (see rent relief negotiation tactics here)
  2. Ask the EDD for a 60-day extension to file your state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes. More info here under “Tax Assistance”.
  3. Federal income tax extension: Both filings and payments are now postponed until July 15. More info here.
  4. California tax returns extension: Both filings and payments are postponed until July 15. More info here.
  5. The City of SF has deferred Business taxes and license fee dues. More info here.
  6. In SF, moratoriums on commercial evictions, also residential evictions and utility shutdowns (PG&E, and water & other power utilities). Read each link for more details.

Of course, this page will be updated as new programs and resources become available. We will do all we can to support you through this crisis.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff at any time. Stay strong, be resilient, and keep making it in San Francisco.

-The SFMade staff.



  • Updated 3/17/2020 at 10am to add useful link #A.1 and highlight #5.
  • Updated 3/19/2020 at 4pm to add Important info #3, 4 and 6.
  • Updated 3/20/2020 at 4pm to add important info #1 and 2.
  • Updated 3/21/2020 at 2pm to edit Important info #3: Fed tax filings are now also deferred to July 15.
  • Updated 3/27/2020 at 3pm to add useful links #A.2 and A.3, and highlight #2.