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June 28, 2021 Update:

California Extends Eviction Protection through September 30, 2021; COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Now Pays 100% of Unpaid and Future Rent & Utilities for Eligible Renters & Landlords

Summary:

As of June 28, 2021, critical eviction protections in California have been extended through September 30, 2021 to help keep California families in their homes. Additionally, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program now covers 100% of unpaid and future rent and utilities for income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the pandemic. Those who have already applied and received payment will receive additional funds to reach 100% compensation.

Interested landlords and renters can check eligibility and apply at HousingIsKey.com or by calling 833-430-2122. Applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship. All application information is kept private and will not be shared. Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does not count as earned income for renters, and will not interfere with eligibility for any other state benefit assistance programs.

More Detail:

The State of California has increased funding for income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 to cover 100% of unpaid and future rent or utilities. This increase in rental assistance payments to 100% of unpaid rent will help make landlords whole and keep tenants housed. You can verify your eligibility for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program and apply immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling 833-430-2122. Additionally, if you are an applicant who has already received funding through the program, you will be compensated the difference to receive 100% coverage – there is no need to re-apply!

California’s critical eviction protections have also been extended for renters impacted by COVID-19, through September 30, 2021, to help keep vulnerable families housed.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Renters: If you are an income-eligible renter, you can apply on your own and receive financial assistance for unpaid rent, dating back to April 1, 2020, or help with future payments, even if your landlord doesn’t participate.
If you are an income-eligible renter whose landlord does participate in the program, you will need to complete the joint application. Once your landlord applies, you will be notified to submit information to complete the application process.

Landlords: If you are a landlord and participate in the COVID-19 Rent Relief program, you can get reimbursed directly for 100% of your eligible renters’ unpaid rent, dating back to April 1, 2020.

WHAT HELP CAN YOU GET?

Assistance is available for 100% of unpaid rent and utilities, dating back to April 1, 2020, as well as future rent and utility payments. Utility payments will be paid directly to utility providers at 100% of cost, but are limited to a total of 12 months.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW?

The application process has been significantly simplified. It now takes less time to complete, requires less paperwork to be uploaded, and offers helpful tips throughout the application.

Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does NOT count as earned income for renters and will NOT affect eligibility for any other California state benefit assistance programs, such as CalFresh and CalWORKS. All applicant information is kept private and will not be shared. Income-eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship.

HOW TO APPLY

To check eligibility and apply, visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified about your application status and next steps.

If you need assistance in another language or need help checking eligibility, filling out your application or uploading paperwork, schedule an appointment with a local organization near you by calling 833-687-0967.

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June 22, 2021 Update:

Contra Costa County Temporary Moratorium on Certain Residential and Commercial Rental Evictions Extended through September 30, 2021

At a Board meeting on June 22, 2021, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2021-20 that continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain residential tenants and a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through September 30, 2021. The Urgency Ordinance also continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain commercial tenants through September 30, 2021. Urgency Ordinance No. 2021-20 supersedes Ordinance No. 2021-11 and takes effect immediately.

For more details on the protections granted to residential renters and commercial tenants, click on the links below.

Click here to read the press release from Contra Costa County

Click here to read the full document, Ordinance No. 2021-20 (PDF)

Click here to read FAQ on the rent freeze and eviction ban

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June 17, 2021 Update:

California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Application Simplified

The State of California has simplified the application process for its COVID-19 Rent Relief program to help eligible Californians pay past due or future rent & utilities.

Income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 and need help with unpaid or upcoming rent or utilities can verify eligibility and apply immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling 833-430-2122.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Renters: If you are an income-eligible renter, you can apply on your own and receive help for unpaid rent, dating back to April 1, 2020, even if your landlord doesn’t participate. You can also receive financial assistance to pay future rent or utilities.

If you are an income-eligible renter whose landlord does participate in the program, you will need to complete the joint application to be approved for assistance. Once your landlord applies, you will be notified to submit information to complete the application process.

Landlords: If you are a landlord and participate in the COVID-19 Rent Relief program, you can get reimbursed directly for your eligible renters’ unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020.

WHAT HELP CAN YOU GET?

Help with Rent: Assistance is available for unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020, as well as future rent payments.

Help with Utilities: Assistance is also available for past due utility payments dating back to April 1, 2020, or for future utility bills, both of which may be paid directly to the utility provider at 100% of cost but are limited to a total of 12 months.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW?
The application process has been simplified significantly. It now takes less time to complete, requires fewer documents to be uploaded, and offers helpful tips throughout the application.

Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does NOT count as earned income for renters and will NOT affect eligibility for any other state benefit assistance programs, such as CalFresh and CalWORKS.

All applicant information is kept private and will not be shared. Income-eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship.

HOW TO APPLY
To check eligibility and apply, visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified about the application status and next steps.

If you need assistance in another language or need help checking eligibility, filling out your application or uploading paperwork, schedule an appointment with a local organization near you by calling 833-687-0967.

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For information on Contra Costa County’s Ordinance on Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze, see FAQs on the County website. For additional resources, call 211 or 800-833-2900, text HOPE to 20121, or visit contracosta.ca.gov.

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March 23, 2021 Update:

Contra Costa County Temporary Moratorium on Certain Commercial Rental Evictions Extended through June 30, 2021

At a Board meeting on March 23, 2021, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2021-11 to continue the temporary prohibition on evictions of certain small-business commercial tenants financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This protection now continues through June 30, 2021. Protections for residential tenants were unchanged by the urgency ordinance and last through June 30, 2021. Ordinance No. 2021-11 supersedes Ordinance No. 2021-04.

For more details on the protections granted to commercial renters, click on the links below.

Click here to read the press release from Contra Costa County

Click here to read the full document, Ordinance No. 2021-11 (PDF)

Click here to read FAQ on the rent freeze and eviction ban

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March 15, 2021 Update:

California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Launched to Cover Past Due and Upcoming Rent & Utilities

The State of California has launched a COVID-19 Rent Relief program to help eligible Californians pay past due or future rent & utilities. More than $75 million is Contra Costa County’s allocation of federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which allocated $2.6 billion to Californians in need of rental relief.

According to a press release from Contra Costa County, "the program assists income-qualified renters impacted by COVID-19 who need help to pay for rent or utilities. Eligible household income may not exceed 80% of the local median income. Eligible renters whose landlords do not participate in the program can still receive 25% of unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Eligible renters can also receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent. The program also provides up to 80% rent reimbursement to landlords for unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021."

Check Eligibility and Apply Online or call 833‐430‐2122.

Learn more and view State resources at HousingisKey.com

For information on Contra Costa County’s Ordinance on Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze, see FAQs on the County website. For additional resources, call 211 or 800-833-2900, text HOPE to 20121, or visit contracosta.ca.gov.

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February 2, 2021 Update:

Contra Costa Temporary Eviction Moratorium for Certain Residential Tenants & Certain Residential Rent Increases Extended through March 31, 2021

At a Board meeting on February 2, 2021, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2021-04 that continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain residential tenants and a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through June 30, 2021. The Urgency Ordinance also continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain commercial tenants through March 31, 2021. Ordinance No. 2021-04 supersedes Ordinance No. 2020-29.

For more details, click on the links below.

Click here to read the press release from Contra Costa County

Click here to read the full document, Ordinance No. 2021-04 (PDF)

Click here to read FAQ on the rent freeze and eviction ban

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January 29, 2021 Update:

California State Moratorium on Rental Evictions Extended through June 30, 2021

On January 29, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (SB 91) to extend the state’s eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021.

The legislation pauses evictions for tenants who declare under penalty of perjury an inability to pay all or part of the rent due to a COVID-related reason. Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to property owners, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction, even after the moratorium ends. 

SB 91 also establishes the State Rental Assistance Program to allocate $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance. The program will target aid to income-qualified tenants most at-risk with unpaid back rent. Assistance will also be extended to property owners who agree to waive 20 percent of unpaid rent. By agreeing to this waiver, property owners will become eligible for 80 percent in rent reimbursements for amounts owed between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

SB 91 prohibits the selling or assigning of rental debt that was accrued from March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 until the end of the moratorium. However, the prohibition is permanent with respect to the rental debt of people at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income who meet the eligibility requirements of the Rental Assistance Program. Property owners or other housing providers are also prohibited from using COVID-19 related debt as a negative factor for evaluating a housing application, or as the basis for refusing to rent to an otherwise qualified tenant.

More information can be found here

The State of California also has resources on HousingIsKey.com, with protection guidelines, forms, and resources for tenants, landlords, homeowners, and partners.

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November 17, 2020 Update:

Contra Costa County Temporary Moratorium on Certain Commercial Rental Evictions Extended through January 31, 2021

On November 17, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-29 to continue the temporary prohibition on evictions of certain small-business commercial tenants financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This protection now continues through January 31, 2021. Protections for residential tenants were unchanged by the urgency ordinance and last through January 31, 2021. Ordinance No. 2020-29 supersedes Ordinance No. 2020-26.

For more details on the protections granted to commercial renters, click on the links below.

Click here to read the press release from Contra Costa County

Click here to read the full document, Ordinance No. 2020-29 (PDF)

Click here to read FAQ on the rent freeze and eviction ban

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September 29, 2020 Update:

Contra Costa County Extends Temporary Moratorium on Certain Commercial Rental Evictions through November 30, 2020

On September 29, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an amended an Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-26 to authorize a temporary prohibition on evictions of certain commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These prohibitions of commercial evictions and the specified exceptions last through November 30, 2020. The Ordinance supersedes Ordinance No. 2020-25 and provides additional protections for certain residential tenants.

For more details on the protections granted to commercial renters, click on the links below.

Click here to read the press release from Contra Costa County

Click here to read the full document, Ordinance No. 2020-26 (PDF)

Click here to read FAQ on the rent freeze and eviction ban

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September 22, 2020 Update:

Contra Costa County Extends Temporary Rent Increase Freeze and Moratorium on Rental Evictions through January 31, 2021

On September 22, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that continues a moratorium on certain evictions for residential tenants in the County through January 31, 2021. Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-25 also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through January 31, 2021.

Click here for more information

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August 31, 2020 Update:

State of California Issues Moratorium on Rental Evictions through February 1, 2021

On August 31, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation shielding renters from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent, effective immediately through February 1, 2021. It also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords.

Under the legislation, no tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.

Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction. Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021, and small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts. Landlords who do not follow the court evictions process will face increased penalties under the Act.

The legislation also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords; provides new accountability and transparency provisions to protect small landlord borrowers who request CARES-compliant forbearance; and provides the borrower who is harmed by a material violation with a cause of action.

More information can be found here, with additional legal and financial protections for renters.

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

The State of California also launched HousingIsKey.com, with protection guidelines, forms, and resources for tenants, landlords, homeowners, and partners

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July 14, 2020 Update:

Contra Costa County Extends Moratorium on Certain Residential and Commercial Rental Evictions and Rent Increases through September 30, 2020

On July 14, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that continues an eviction moratorium for residential tenants and small businesses in the County through September 30, 2020. The urgency ordinance also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through September 30, 2020.

Click here for more information

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May 26, 2020 Update:

Contra Costa County Extends Temporary Rent Freeze and Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Rental Evictions through July 15, 2020

On May 26, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance that continues an eviction moratorium for residential properties and small businesses through July 15, 2020. The urgency ordinance also continues a temporary rent freeze for certain residential properties through July 15, 2020.

Click here for more information

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April 21, 2020 Update:

Contra Costa County Issues Temporary Rent Freeze and Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Rental Evictions through May 31, 2020

On April 21, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors used its emergency powers under state law to pass a comprehensive eviction protection and temporary rent freeze urgency ordinance for all residential and commercial properties in the County (currently through May 31, but may be extended).

The urgency ordinance temporarily prohibits evictions of residential and commercial real property tenants in Contra Costa County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and establishes a moratorium on rent increases. This law applies to properties in all 19 cities in the County and in all unincorporated areas.

“My colleagues and I on the Board of Supervisors are deeply aware of the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on our residents, including the fear of eviction brought on by job losses,” said Supervisor Candace Andersen, Board Chair.

“We hope the passage of this ordinance to protect renters against eviction and the freeze on rent increases will give residents and businesses critical time and support as we respond to the emergency and the changing situation.”

“At the same time, we also recognize the impact on landlords. This is not a forgiveness of the rent owed, but a longer period to pay it,” said Supervisor Andersen. “We hope that property owners and their tenants will work together to reach fair and equitable ways to have the owed rent paid.”

For more details on the protections granted to residential and commercial renters, click on the links below.

Click here to read the press release from Contra Costa County

Click here to read the full document, Ordinance No. 2020-14 (PDF)

Click here to read FAQ on the rent freeze and eviction ban

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March 27, 2020 Update:

State of California Issues Moratorium on Rental Evictions through May 31, 2020

On March 27, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19, effective immediately through May 31, 2020.

The full text of the order can be found here, with guidelines for renters, including the time frame to notify landlords, and what documentation to keep.

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that evictions will not be conducted during this time period. Residents who have questions can contact Michele in the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Civil Unit at 925-313-4201.