Orange County Supervisors Approve $80M for Rental Assistance Program

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the 2nd circular of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) connected Nov. 2, expanding disposable funds by implicit $82 cardinal to assistance those who were incapable to wage rent and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The solution authorizes the State of California of Housing and Community Development (State HCD) to administer the relief.

“Anyone who is little than 80 percent of the region median household income oregon has a COVID-19 hardship is eligible to apply,” Supervisor Katrina Foley said during a Nov. 2 committee meeting. “We’re present to help.”

She said if a landlord oregon tenant applies for rent alleviation earlier oregon 15 days aft receiving an eviction notice, the exertion for the assistance tin intermission the eviction.

Epoch Times Photo Orange County Board of Supervisor Katrina Foley listens to Orange County residents astatine a Board of Supervisors gathering successful Santa Ana, Calif., connected Aug. 10, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Orange County initially received astir $52 cardinal successful ERA backing earlier an further $30 cardinal was added nether a “High-Need” allocation.

High-Need allocation defines grantees eligible arsenic “very low-income renter households paying much than 50 percent of income connected rent oregon surviving successful substandard oregon overcrowded conditions, rental marketplace costs and alteration successful employment since February 2020.”

Earlier this year, lawmakers enacted AB 832, which included respective changes to the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Besides extending eviction protections for each California tenants, it established grantees to prime an administrative enactment to administer the ERA funds.

Grantees could take either 1 of 2 options.

“Option A” grants authorities medication which gives a Community Development Financial Institution the entree to negociate a centralized authorities programme wherever national and State allocation connected behalf of the County.

“Option B” grants a self-administration wherever a jurisdiction self-administers some national allocation and authorities artifact assistance section program.

The Office of Care Coordination recommended enactment “A” for the County.

“Upstreaming the County’s ERA [second round] funds provides the smoothest way for Orange County tenants to proceed to entree this resource,” Douglas Becht, the acting manager of The Office of Care Coordination, told The Epoch Times successful an email.

Becht said the County of Orange and the State has communicated publically since May 2021. The associated messaging informs tenants and landlords that the County’s exertion model is closed, and assistance is disposable done the State’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.

“Additionally, it prevents the disorder that would beryllium created if the County were to run an ERA programme alongside the State’s,” said Brecht. “Finally, it helps guarantee that the State’s programme has the backing to enactment the implicit 19,000 applications it has already received from Orange County residents.”

Pat Davis, a nonmigratory of Anaheim, emailed the committee of supervisors addressing the acceptance and adoption of $82 cardinal dollars of national exigency rental assistance.

Davis asked the supervisors however they volition usage the wealth to respond to existent and aboriginal online resources to enactment lodging bills and wherefore they person not adopted a county-wide strategy for motel and commercialized gathering conversions.

“Your attack to genuinely code affordable astatine debased and precise low-income level needs has been grossly missing,” said Davis successful an email to the committee of supervisors. “Providing lodging stableness has galore forms and options your assemblage members are successful dire request of assistance pre and station COVID. Increase your efforts and maximize the returns. Housing saves lives.”

The region volition marque the ERA funds to Orange County tenants done the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, according to the county.

Through nationalist advertising, the region and authorities medication of the funds aims to forestall duplication of benefits and/or fraudulent activity.

Orange County is 1 of 8 counties that are recommending a alteration successful however their ERA programs run.

Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Venture counties person been utilizing “Option A” since the program’s motorboat aft the Biden Administration enacted the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 earlier this year.

Orange County residents who suffice for the ERA programme tin use for rent alleviation done housingiskey.com.

The ERA funds are scheduled to expire connected Sept. 30, 2025.

Brandon Drey

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Brandon Drey is simply a California-based newsman for The Epoch Times.

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