As one of the greatest health crises of our lifetimes, COVID-19 has made people feel uneasy, and while it is imperative to stay informed and vigilant, it is also critical not to panic. Bay Property Group encourages tenants to heed warnings from medical professionals and practice common-sensible measures in everyday life to ensure you and your loved ones stay healthy.
When the pandemic leads to a substantial reduction in income, there may be financial help available to give residents some breathing room to pay rent and meet other obligations.
To accommodate the unprecedented wave of unemployment claims, the Employment Development Department has increased its bandwidth to answer questions and process applications. An initiative slated to go into effect April 28 will also lend a hand to business owners, the self-employed and independent contractors who were traditionally unable to qualify for state UI benefits.
You can file a claim here
, or avail EDD’s answers to frequently asked questions
Federal stimulus response
Coronavirus stimulus checks up to $1,200 can be a shot in the arm for renters. The first injection of payments from the federal government are going out this week.
A hand up from nonprofit organizations
In the darkest of times, Californians have shined the brightest, but we want to single out and applaud the outpouring of help from nonprofits. There is an abundance of resources available for people in need of assistance in finding food, childcare, and other essential services. Below, we have identified some organizations who may be able to provide rent subsidies.
Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund
The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund provides temporary assistance to help people throughout the Bay Area.
Alameda County: 510-272-3700
San Francisco County: 415-557-6484
Contra Costra County: 925-521-5065
Marin County: 415-526-7500
Napa County: 707-299-1890
San Mateo County: 650-738-7470
Santa Clara County: 408-755-7710
Solano County: 707-745-0900
Sonoma County: Call 211
Assisting with missed rent and back rent.
San Francisco: 415-972-1200
Alameda County: 510-768-3100
The Q Foundation
Providing one time assistance for San Franciso residents paying 70% or more of their income toward rent. Applicant must be a senior, disabled and/or be HIV+.
Eviction Defense Collaborative
Providing interest-free loans and grants to San Francisco residents (excluding Housing Authority tenants) who have fallen behind in rent due to a temporary financial setback and who have sufficient income to pay future rent and expenses and plan to reside in the unit for at least six months.
St. Anthony's Foundation
Offering a variety of services, including housing assistance through its social work arm.