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4 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

For individuals/families who are behind in their rent due to COVID-19 income loss/reduction, there are 4 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs getting underway simultaneously that you should be aware of. They are designed to provide relief to both tenants and landlords impacted by COVID 19.

Applications are available on these websites, including instructions on how to apply, and lists of agencies who are providing help with filling out applications.

Here are some basic facts about the program:

  • Rental assistance for rent owed due to COVID 19 hardship for the period of 4/1/2020-3/31/2021

  • Assistance is available to both tenants and landlords - they must each submit an application

  • Local programs will cover 100% of back rent owed as well as back owed utilities; the State program will pay landlords 80% of back rent owed if they waive the remaining 20% and will not cover utilities

If you have questions about these programs, here are the local contacts

City of Oakland -

City of Fremont -

Alameda County -

State hotline for applications: 1-833-687-096

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