The statewide eviction moratorium ended Sept. 30 and landlords can now begin evicting residential tenants who have not already applied for rent relief programs like the one in Long Beach. Those who have already applied are protected from evictions through March 2022.
Councilman Rex Richardson added a request to the City Council’s Oct. 5 agenda that asks the Development Services department to look at creating a single application that landlords could fill out on behalf of multiple tenants that may qualify for the program.
Delays by the Department of Housing and Community Development in distributing the first $1.8 billion in federal money could mean California will miss out on the next round of funding meant to help renters avoid eviction, the state auditor’s office said in a report.
The Treasury’s new rules for applicants could make it easier to apply and speed up how fast they’re processed. Tenants can now self-attest to things like household income, risk of homelessness or financial hardship, which previously required documentation.
Federal eviction protections also are set to expire on June 30. California has its own that applies to more people, but it’s set to expire at the same time.
A boost in rental assistance money could help stave off an expected wave of evictions after the current moratorium expires at the end of June.
Long Beach residents who meet certain requirements now have until June 11 to apply for rental assistance from the city.
The city raised federal and state money to create a nearly $29 million tenant assistance fund called the Long Beach Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
La ciudad recaudó dinero federal y estatal para crear un fondo de ayuda para inquilinos de casi $ 29 millones llamado Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para Alquiler de Long Beach.
The fund will largely go toward paying back rent for eligible residents who apply for the program, but it could also be used to pay utilities that are in arrears or other household costs.