California’s moratorium on evictions expires Thursday, September 30, and as time is running out, the City of Fresno and community organizations are teaming up to help Fresno County residents get the rent assistance they need. .

On Saturday, a housing rights workshop will be held with the Central Valley People’s Housing Coalition and local lawyers helping residents apply for rent assistance and information on housing rights.

100% rent relief available

After receiving $ 35 million in emergency rent assistance from the federal and state governments, the city launched the Emergency Rent Assistance Program in March. The goal: to provide 100% debt relief to eligible tenants and landlords.

Earlier this month, the city also voted to distribute an additional $ 5.2 million to six community organizations: Reading and Beyond, the Jakara Movement, Centro la Familia, The Fresno Center, West Fresno Family Resource Center and the Foundation for education and leadership.

With the PIU, those who earn less than 80% of the median income, were negatively affected by COVID-19 and could not pay the full amount of their rent and utilities from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, are eligible for funding.

However, as time is running out, the reality is that many residents eligible for assistance have not yet applied for rent relief.

Challenges in distributing ERAP funding

Fresno County Public Information Officer Sonja Dosti said there had been some confusion among residents about filling out requests.

“What I understand is that some people apply for the city, and they don’t realize that maybe they are supposed to ask for help from the county,” Dosti said.

Likewise, Dosti says some people are asking the county for help when they should be asking for rent assistance from the city of Fresno.

She says the county distributed about 70% of the rental assistance funds to county residents who applied.

Meanwhile, the city of Fresno, as of Sept. 2, according to The Fresno Bee, had distributed about $ 4.1 million to 773 applicants.

Last call for rental assistance advice

With eviction protections set to expire at the end of the month, other community organizations have mobilized to help tenants and landlords complete requests for rent relief.

Among these organizations, Faith in the Valley, Power California, Fresno Barrio Unidos, Jakara Movement, Loud for Tomorrow and Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability will host a “Know Your Rights” workshop on Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the workshop will have interpreters available for Hmong, Punjabi and Spanish speakers. The workshop will help tenants apply for rent relief, provide information on what to do if you are at risk of being evicted, and host a question-and-answer session with housing attorneys for those who may have concerns. legal issues.

The event will take place in the FIRM courtyard located at 1940 N. Fresno Street in Fresno.

Deportation changes after September 30

In preparation for the in-person workshop, the Leadership Council hosted Zoom Online meetings for those interested in learning more about legal housing issues, evictions and funding the PIU.

Jamie Katz, a lawyer at the LCJA, says the law is complicated, especially when it comes to housing rights and tenants’ rights.

“The law is unfair and is written in a way that favors landlords,” Katz said when hosting a housing rights meeting on Zoom.

Having an eviction on your records can have significant consequences. And, after these eviction protections end, tenants will only have 15 days after the end of the eviction moratorium on September 30 to apply for an ERAP if they have received an eviction notice for non- eviction. rent payment.

Currently, tenants who return a return and pay 25% of the rent they owed between September 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, cannot be evicted by their landlords for not paying 75% of that rent.

From October 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021, landlords will only be able to pursue eviction proceedings if they can prove that they or the tenant have applied for rental assistance and have been refused.

As for late rent notice, instead of 15 day notice, the system reverts to three day notice.

Request Form Links for Fresno City Residents:

City residents can apply for rent relief by visiting era.fresno.gov

For any other questions or information, email erap@rhcbfresno.com or call (559) 515-4700.

Here is the request form link to download the Emergency Rental Assistance Request in English, Spanish, Hmong and Punjabi.

Request Form Links for Fresno County Residents:

County residents outside the city of Fresno can apply by visiting fresnorentalhelp.org

Residents can send their application forms by mail to RH Community Builders Attn: ERAP, 2550 W Clinton Ave # 142, Fresno, CA 93705, or by email to erap@rhcbfresno.com. For any questions call (559) 515-4700

Here are the links of the request form for tenants to download in English and Spanish

Here are the links of the application form for owners to download in English

Finally, here is the link to the application form for the Declaration of Financial Distress Related to COVID-19 in English

Contact community organizations that help with COVID-19 rent relief