City Urges Eligible Tenants/Landlords to Apply for Rent Relief
Published on September 30, 2021
City of Alameda provides update on financial assistance and local protections for tenants as State moratorium on evictions expires
Throughout the COVID-19 emergency, the State of California has protected tenants from eviction if they were negatively affected by COVID-19. This eviction moratorium is set to expire on September 30, 2021, but Alameda tenants can still be protected from eviction if they apply for rental assistance and utility payment relief from the Alameda County Housing Secure program. Renters with household incomes not more than 80% of the adjusted median income (e.g., up to $109,600 for a household of four) are eligible. The program covers 100% of past rent owed on or after April 1, 2020.
Qualifying tenants and landlords should apply as soon as possible at www.ac-housingsecure.org
. For assistance completing the application, please call Eden Information and Referral at 2-1-1 or 1-888-886-9660.
Residential tenants need to resume regular rent payments on October 1. More information about past rent payments, current rent payments, and other protections is available in our Frequently Asked Questions document, which was updated today at https://www.alamedaca.gov/rentfaq.
To date, more than 92 Alameda tenants and landlords have had their Housing Secure program applications approved, receiving over $1,540,528 in funding for rental assistance and utility payments.
COVID-19 has had a deep impact on our community. In addition to the Alameda County Housing Secure program, there are additional resources available:
- Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has an emergency assistance program that offers qualified customers a 25% reduction on their monthly costs. AMP also has Project EASE (Energy Assistance through Supportive Efforts) which provides short-term emergency assistance to residential customers. Information about both programs and how to sign up is at https://www.alamedamp.com/175/COVID-19-Financial-Assistance-Project-EA.
- The City Council funded legal assistance for low-income residential tenants. For households of a certain income, you may receive free legal services and more information on protections by contacting Centro Legal De La Raza at 510-437-1554.
- The City Council prohibited no-fault evictions (note: non-payment of rent is considered at-fault) until 30 days after the local emergency expires. As of September 20, 2021, the local emergency is still in place.
- The City Council barred landlords from shutting off utilities, except in the case of an emergency. This protection also remains in place until 30 days after the local emergency expires.
- The City Council adopted a freeze on rent increases for fully-regulated, residential rental units until 60 days after the local emergency expires.
Please contact Rico Fenix at the Alameda City Attorney's Office by phone at 510-747-4772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda does not provide legal advice. Each landlord and tenant is responsible for seeking the advice of legal counsel on any matters or document related to their specific circumstances