City Announces New Rent Relief Grant

City Announces New Rent Relief Grant

The City of Alameda, in collaboration with the West Alameda Business Association, Alameda Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Alameda Business Association, established the Alameda Strong Emergency Rent Relief Grant Program to support families and individuals who are suffering a temporary financial setback due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and ultimately mitigate potential homelessness and the displacement of existing Alameda tenants.

Program grants are available for up to $3,500 per household or the actual need as certified by the landlord or property manager, whichever is less. Funding is provided by the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act or Alameda Strong as funds are available for outstanding, unpaid rent.

Applications for Emergency Rent Relief Grants will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11:59 p.m. and will be included in a lottery and processed in lottery order. A household is any number of individuals that are tenants under the same lease or rental agreement.

Individuals and families are eligible to apply if:
* Your primary residence is within the City of Alameda
* You were current on rent due before March 1, 2020
* You have fallen behind on some portion of your rent payment since the Shelter-In-Place order was announced on March 16, 2020
* You can demonstrate a COVID-19 impact on your ability to pay rent

For more information and to apply, visit: https://cityofalameda.submittable.com/submit. All applications must be submitted electronically. Provisions for non-English-speaking residents and persons with disabilities are available. Visit the above website, call (510) 722-2557 or write alamedacares@bfwc.org.

With support from individuals and businesses, the city has raised more than $200,000 of its goal to raise $1 million for grants to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and residential renters. Donate at www.alamedastrong.org.