Over 100,000 California tenants whose COVID-era application for an emergency rental assistance program was denied by the government could get another chance to get another rent relief program. Thanks to the legal settlement between anti-poverty and tenant rights groups (PDF) and the State.
California tenants whose applications were denied by the government for COVID-era emergency rental assistance program could get another rent relief program under a legal settlement
The legal settlement between the anti-poverty and tenant rights groups and the state guarantees the new emergency rental assistance program.
Under the terms of the legal settlement signed, the Community Development and California’s Housing agreed to the new emergency rental assistance program, which includes the audit of its past denials and improves bilingual access for tenants whose first language is not English.
In the new emergency rental assistance program, the two parties agreed to provide more précised explanations of why the first applications were denied. The new program will commit to providing more data on the location, race, and ethnicity of those who were deprived of help.
Waiting for COVID emergency rental assistance program
Under the legal settlement, the department agreed to clear all pending applicants within six months. More than 100,000 households are still waiting for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
The legal settlement will apply to anyone eligible Emergency Rental Assistance Program from the government’s Housing is Key program before April 1, 2022, and applications that were undecided or were denied later than June 6, 2022.