COVID-19 Resources

We know that the health and economic fallout from COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, and its effects likely to last even after businesses reopen and production resumes. Below is a selection of resources that may be helpful to those working in the adult industry. We’ve compiled information on the virus itself, on mental health services, on unemployment and small business loans, on food assistance, and on local resources for those near our production hubs. We hope this will help our workers navigate one of the most challenging times in our industry’s history. If you have any questions — or a resource you think would be valuable for us to add — please contact info@freespeechcoalition.com. We are, as always, here to help.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Basics

  • CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading, national public health institute of the United States. It has the most up-to-date information about COVID-19.
  • WHO Advice for the Public
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. This page is regularly updated based on new scientific findings as the epidemic evolves.

Health Guidance

Production Guidelines

General Resources

  • 211
    If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, 211 can help you find local resources
  • FindHelp.org
    Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call 1-800-799-7233. If you’re unable to speak safely, you can text LOVEIS to 22522. You are not alone.

Mental Health

  • Pineapple Support
    Pineapple Support provides 24/7 online, emotional support as well as free and subsidized professional therapy and advice to all performers and producers who have been active in the adult online industry within the past 6 months.
  • Crisis Text Line
    Social distancing may be lonely, but you’re not alone. Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling. They’re here to help.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with someone using the website. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Financial Help

  • FSC Emergency Fund
    Due to the production hold associated with coronavirus, Free Speech Coalition is activating emergency funds to help talent and crew with their living expenses while they are unable to work. As a member-based trade association, our mission is to protect the rights and freedoms of the adult industry so that we all continue to prosper.
  • Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis
    If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, this guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.
  • IRS: Get Your Stimulus Payment
    Find out if you’re eligible for a US government stimulus payment, how to receive yours if you haven’t yet, and more.
  • CFPB: Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus
    Advice for navigating bills, loans, credit cards and other financial obligations if you’ve experienced a loss of income.

Unemployment

  • Unemployment Guide for all 50 States
    Unemployment is very common right now and this resource is state by state list of guides and tips on how to apply.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program – An Explanation
    This program offers help to workers who have lost their job but aren’t typically eligible for unemployment benefits, including freelancers, gig workers and self-employed individuals. There are some specific guidelines to know about who qualifies, what it covers and how to apply.

Business Resources

  • Paycheck Protection Program
    The Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan
    Low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance
    This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
  • Find Your Local Film Commission
    The Association of Film Commissioners International’s directory can help you locate film commissions from around the globe.

Food

  • Find a Food Pantry Near You
    If you are in need of food assistance, this site can help you find a local food pantry.
  • WhyHunger Food Database
    Find community-based organizations and emergency food providers.
  • How to Get Food Help
    The US Dept of Agriculture has many programs to help people get food. This booklet can help you find these programs (PDF).

Local Assistance

California

California News

California Health

California Money

  • California Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    This program offers help to workers who have lost their job but aren’t typically eligible for unemployment benefits, including freelancers, gig workers and self-employed individuals.

Los Angeles Area

  • LA County Public Health Dept.
    News, alerts, data and information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County
  • LA County 211
    211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. Our 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
  • One Degree COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide
    A comprehensive, updated and accurate guide to LA County community resources.

Las Vegas

Florida

  • Florida Department of Public Health
    News, alerts, data and information about COVID-19 in Florida
  • JCS Helpline
    Your 24/7 source for information and resources for all health and human services in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
  • Heart of Florida United Way
    If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, United Way can help you find local resources