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The Emergency Rent Relief Program will assist Alamedans who are suffering a temporary financial setback due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and need help with rent due. If you have experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and are having difficulty paying all or part of your rent, please apply.
To qualify for assistance, you must meet the following criteria:
One-time, gap Emergency Rent Relief up to $3,500 per household or one month’s residential rent, whichever is less, may be available for qualified applicants.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 10, 2020 at 4pm
PLEASE NOTE: Only one application shall be submitted and reviewed per household (any duplicate applications will be disqualified). An applicant must be on the rent/lease agreement as the head of household or other tenant/occupant.
For any questions, please call 510.722.2557, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions with AFS staff: Confidential Telehealth (videoconferencing) or phone
Crisis Support Services: 1-800-309-2131
Teen Texting Line: “SAFE” to 20121
If Emergency: CALL 911
Merritt College & OCCUR
Bringing the east Oakland community hot meals "Grab & Go" Pop-Up every Tuesday & Thursday at the OCCUR - David E. Glover Education & Technology Center, 6948 MacArthur, Oakland.
Kick-off Thursday, May 28th, 12 NOON - 2pm
Dig Deep Farms Food Bank
Free Food Distribution In San Leandro Every Friday
2700 Fairmont Dr. in San Leandro
1 to 3 p.m
College of Alameda
Starting May 6, College of Alameda is offering free GRAB-N-GO lunches.
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 11:30am - 1:30pm
555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway
Beginning March 23, AUSD will be providing several meals at a time two days per week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, food will be served at these three sites from 11 am to 1 pm:
From Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 27, meals will be available at Ruby Bridges Elementary School, Encinal High School, Wood Middle School, Alameda Point Collaborative, and the Academy of Alameda from 12 pm to 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Flyer
City of Alameda Food Bank
Operations moved to 650 W Ranger Avenue on Alameda Point.
Mon, Wed, & Fri - 12:00-5:00
Tues & Thr - 9:30-6:30
Drive Thru distribution option
Alameda COUNTY Food Bank
Need food today?
Call the Food Bank Helpline at: 1-800-870-FOOD (3663) or 1-510-635-3663
Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 9am-4pm
The helpline can answer messages left in multiple languages and will return calls and get callers connected to a food provider the same day. They can also help with CalFresh Applications.
West Oakland Food Pantry (WOFP)
The West Oakland Food Pantry (WOFP) is open and they are observing safety protocols to ensure everyone is safe.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-2pm. AND 4th Satirday of each month. View Flyer
920 Peralta Street West Oakland, CA 94607 - 510-835-8683
FRN (Family Resource Navigators)
Children love routine and they are used to have a daily routine at school. This is a good example that can help parents to navigate the next few weeks.
Comcast and Charter Communications will be offering free access to their respective internet networks for low-income families and others for a need to stay connected to information during this coronavirus crisis.
AC Transit & BART
Starting Monday, March 23, AC Transit is suspending fares until further notice. They will now allow passengers to board through the rear doors without paying. Passengers with ADA needs will board through the front doors. The shelter in place order is still in effect and we still encourage you to stay at home as much as possible but we understand that some of you may have to report to work, get groceries, or access health care services and may need to use public transport. Please continue to practice social distancing measures as you perform essential tasks! These are challenging times but it is great to see AC Transit take the necessary steps to ease some of the burdens for our community members. Here's a link for more information. http://www.actransit.org/2020/03/22/service-update-rear-door-boarding-and-no-fare-period-effective-monday-march-23-2020/
With the Shelter In Place orders, BART is temporarily changing train schedules starting Monday, March 23rd.
Weekdays: Trains will run from 5 a.m. through 9 p.m. and Weekends: Trains will run from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m.
Important Articles & Information from Our Partners
California's Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California:
Federal Unemployment Assistance: The Department of Labor gave states leeway to amend their laws so people impacted by COVID-19 could get unemployment insurance: "Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide UI benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where: (1) An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work; (2) An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and (3) An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member. In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19."
More details on the Department of Labor's website.
Amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency, Census 2020 is still underway.
Watch this video message from Executive Director, Casey Farmer.
While working remotely and while abiding by public safety protocols, how can you reach your communities without public events or Questionnaire Assistance Centers?
Can you and your organization:
Special note to grantees:
Phone assistance can count toward your outreach metrics (Census Completions, Impressions, & Pledges)
Here's to a safe, healthy, and counted community!
The Alameda County Complete Count Committee