Below is an email from Mayor Breed. We have reproduced it in its entirety.
Dear Community Partner:
Earlier this month I announced measures to provide financial relief to San Francisco businesses and their employees, including the new San Francisco Workers and Families First Paid Sick Leave Program. The program includes $10 million in funding to support businesses and nonprofits to provide additional paid sick leave to employees, over and above their existing policies. The goal of the program is to reduce short and long-term economic impacts on San Francisco businesses and their employees caused by COVID-19.
Please share this information with your networks and encourage businesses to apply right away by clicking below or going to link.oewd.org/WFF.
Within 24 hours of the application being published late last Thursday, more than 100 San Francisco businesses had submitted pre-approval applications amounting to $1.6M, and by the close of business on Monday, the number had more than doubled to over 260 applications requesting more than $3.5M in support.
All San Francisco businesses are eligible, with up to 20% of funds reserved for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit our step-by-step guide to the program, and learn more by checking out the program’s Frequently Asked Questions.
For assistance applying or for questions, employers may call our Office of Small Business at (415) 554-6134, or email us at [email protected].
The Workers and Families First Paid Sick Leave Program is administered by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the Human Services Agency (HSA). To learn more about other resources and services available to help San Francisco businesses, employees and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, please visit our resource page updated daily.
I know these are challenging and uncertain times for our residents, our workers, and our businesses. We will continue to do everything we can to support our city through this pandemic and our recovery. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for help now and in the coming weeks and months.
London N. Breed
Mayor of San Francisco