California agency bungled COVID-19 funds for homeless: audit

After receiving $316 million under the federal CARES Act to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on unhoused people, the California Department of Housing and Community Development “did not take critical steps to ensure those funds promptly benefited that population,” the state auditor’s office said.

California EDD delays push East Bay man into homelessness

Sirmac Jarvius was working as an apprentice barber in East Oakland before the pandemic hit. When he lost his job, he turned to the California EDD for help. Fourteen months later, he's still waiting to receive his first payment.