Good news for Alameda tenants and landlords! Although the U.S. Supreme Court recently terminated the federal suspension of evictions related to the pandemic issued in September 2020, if Alameda renters have submitted a financial distress statement to them, they cannot be due to non-payment as of September 2021. 30 days of rent and was evicted. And paid 25% of the rent owed since September 2020.
From October 1st, Alameda residential tenants must resume regular rent payments, but fortunately, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and California provide rental assistance to eligible households and their landlords funds.
Alameda County manages these funds through the Alameda County Housing Security Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ACHS-ERAP), which is now accepting applications. These funds help eligible households pay rent (up to 12 months of overdue rent and up to 3 months of future rent) and utility bills. The rent payment is allocated directly to the landlord.
Tenants are encouraged to apply, but landlords can also apply on behalf of tenants who need help applying for funds. Even if you receive funds from the emergency rent relief program in Alameda City, you can apply for ACHS-ERAP funds. If one or more people in your family meet all of the following conditions, you are eligible to apply:
- The individual is a residential tenant in Alameda County;
- The person is eligible for unemployment benefits or experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- He or she can show the risk of being homeless or housing unstable
- The total household income does not exceed 80% of the median income in the Bay Area (for example, a one-person household is $76,750; a two-person household is $87,700; a three-person household is $98,650; a four-person household is $109,600). The combined family includes anyone who has assumed lease obligations for the unit.
To help simplify the application process and expedite the allocation of EAP funds, US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen recently issued this guide: Tenants can use self-certification to prove financial hardship, income, and risks of homelessness or housing instability. As long as the public health emergency continues, tenants who do not have any documents to prove income can use self-certification alone in the EAP application. ERAP payments can be used to pay for court fees or other payments that tenants face when appealing an eviction.
Since ACHS-ERAP was launched in March, 68 Alameda families have received a total of USD 1,210,427 in rental assistance funds. Don’t risk unstable housing or homelessness. If you think you are eligible for assistance, apply now.You can find information about the ACHS-ERAP guide and online application at the following URL ac-housingsecure.org. If you need help in accessing or completing the application, please call 2-1-1 for information and referrals in the Garden of Eden.
A success story: Last week, I visited Corsair Flats in Cape Alameda. This is a new development that is across the street from the World War II aircraft of the same name. It provides 60 well-lit apartments for low-income seniors. Twenty-eight of these apartments are allocated to formerly homeless veterans, some of whom have been living on the streets for 10 years. On-site residential managers, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other agencies provide advice and resources to assist residents and ensure a successful transition for the homeless.
Due to the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the use of computer laboratories, activity rooms and community gathering spaces is currently restricted, but the community gardens are completely open, thriving, and welcomed by all residents. In this charming and inviting environment, a former military base now houses previously neglected veterans and other low-income seniors, how appropriate it is. Alameda needs more innovative housing opportunities, such as Corsair Flats and the future health center on Mackay Avenue, to solve the problem of homelessness.
COVID warning: The highly contagious delta variant continues to spread in our community, so please vaccinate and wear a mask when in indoor public places to continue to protect yourself and others. Although nearly 80% of Alameda residents 12 years and older are now fully vaccinated, and more than 92% have received the first dose of vaccine, children under 12 years of age are not yet eligible for the vaccine. Keep our children away from the new coronavirus!
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, headache, cough, sore throat, or runny nose, or you may have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient, get tested. Find test locations online: alamedaca.gov/gettested. Vaccine appointments can be made every day, regardless of whether there is an appointment.Find vaccine appointments online alamedaca.gov/getvaccinated.
vote! -An important governor election will be held soon. Return your ballots in the drop box, mail (no postage required) or in person between September 11th and 14th.To find information about the election online, please visit alamedaca.gov/2021elections. Your vote is your voice-let it be heard!
stay at home. be careful. Keep Alameda strong. And vote!
Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is the mayor of Alameda.