DONE - Department of Neighborhood Empowerment of Los Angeles

05/30/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/29/2020 20:00

Lost your job? City of LA offering free live seminars on filing for unemployment + health insurance

by Octaviano Rios, Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

Have you been laid off, furloughed, or had your hours reduced recently, due to the COVID-19 outbreak? The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) is here to help you through this transition process by providing virtual orientation seminars that will guide you through all available resources, including how to apply for unemployment and health insurance. These seminars - which are free to attend - are currently happening four times a day, every weekday, in English and Spanish.

About these virtual 'Rapid Response Orientation' seminars

These free sessions are led by EWDD's Rapid Response Team, which is trained to support employees and businesses through any type of transition process. The team will demonstrate the Unemployment Insurance Benefits process, along with reviewing various other supportive resources, such as health care options. The virtual orientations will take about 25-30 minutes. There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion of the orientation.

Why attend?

The EWDD team explains the advantages of attending one of their live orientations, saying, 'A most important aspect of taking part in a 'rapid response orientation' is that all who attend are then eligible for services and resources rendered from our system, for FREE. We will provide a virtual sign-in sheet (which you join by using the RSVP link below) which allows us to put you into our system and become eligible for all we offer, now and in the future. If you're not in our system we will not be able to access you for current and future resources.'

To access or participate in an LA City EWDD Rapid Response Team Virtual Orientation, please follow these four steps below:

Choose a day and time to register in the RSVP link below. NOTE- if you can't attend on the time chosen in your RSVP, no need to re-register. Just phone in at another time. You'll still be in the system.


Use this link to fill out and submit your RSVP to EWDD; this will act as your survey/sign-in to their system and to their free services: RSVP: Virtual Rapid Response Orientation

Need these sessions in Spanish? Sign up at RSVP: Orientación Virtual del Programa Rapid Response. If you're an employer who needs these orientations in Spanish for your employees, visit for more information.

Once you're ready to participate, call the number below to join an orientation session.
***Make sure to useTHIS access code, listed below***

  • Phone Number / Teléfono: 1 (605) 475-6006
  • Access Code / Código de acceso : 223-3708

Please also review the following documents:


These documents and an overview of the Rapid Response Virtual Orientation program may also be accessed by clicking here: