Financial Rental Assistance Programs
Rental assistance programs are available to help residents pay their rent when they are experiencing decreased income due to the COVID-19 emergency. For a full list of financial assistance programs, see the Housing and Human Services Resource Guide.
The Emergency Rent Gap Assistance Program is now accepting applications.
On March 25, 2020, the City established a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions resulting from loss of income, increased medical expenses, or childcare needs related to COVID-19. This moratorium was first amended to expand eligibility on April 2, 2020, and then amended a second time on May 5, 2020 to expand the moratorium for commercial tenancies (including self-storage) and commercial rental agreements. The second amended moratorium also established that the Alameda County Temporary Eviction Moratorium Ordinance (first adopted April 28, 2020, and further amended) governs the protections provided to residential tenants and homeowners in Livermore. On July 1, 2020, the City’s moratorium was amended a third time, to extend the protections through September 30, 2020.
• Read the third amended order - July 1, 2020 (Spanish)
• Read the second amended order - May 5, 2020 (Spanish)
• Read the first amended order - April 2, 2020 (Spanish)
• Read the temporary moratorium on residential and commercial eviction - March 25, 2020.(Spanish)
What order is in effect for residential evictions?
On May 5th, 2020, through the Second Amended order, the City established that the Alameda County Eviction Moratorium Ordinance would govern the protections provided to residential tenants and homeowners in Livermore. The County’s moratorium now outlaws all evictions anywhere in the County with few exceptions. The ordinance allows tenants 12 months to repay rent over 12 months. This ordinance will remain in effect until 60 days after the local health emergency is lifted or 60 days after December 31, 2020, whichever is later.
If you have questions, please contact, ECHO Housing at (925) 449-7340 or via email at email@example.com. | (Se habla Español)
California Assembly Bill 3088
AB 3088, the “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020” pauses evictions through January 31, 2021 for those who were financially impacted by COVID-19 and who could not pay their rent during the first six months of the pandemic. Renters must certify they were impacted and pay at least 25% of their cumulatively owed rent between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.
The State law is effective immediately, but local moratoriums adopted before September 1st (such as the City of Livermore’s and Alameda County’s) are grandfathered in and will be in effect until they expire. The County updated their eviction moratorium ordinance to extend until 60 days after the local health emergency is lifted or 60 days after December 31, 2020, whichever is later. Local moratoriums will not be allowed any further extensions, and State protections will rule.
AB 3088 does not apply to commercial unlawful detainers, meaning that commercial evictions can commence beginning September 2, 2020. However, the City’s locally enacted moratorium provides an extra layer of protection for commercial tenants. For questions related to commercial evictions in Livermore, please contact our Office of Innovation and Economic Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Eviction Resources
• For Tenants
Bay Area Legal Aid helps tenants understand essential information about tenant protections.
Echo Housing can help answer questions regarding the locally enacted moratorium
Phone: (925) 449-7340
• For Landlords
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has a compliance page for landlords on AB3088. CAA helps owners comply with laws and regulations needed to protect their rental housing business.
The California Tenant Protection Act of 2019
The California Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482), provides limits on rent increases, evictions for cause, and protections for tenants holding Section 8 vouchers. To learn more about the Tenant Protection Act and for answers to frequently asked questions click here or call ECHO Housing at 855-ASK-ECHO
Free Legal Assistance for Seniors
During the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) will now be providing over the phone legal consultations at no cost to tenants 60 years and older who are experiencing housing issues and/or have received a notice from their Landlord. To book a phone appointment, call (510) 832-3040.
COVID-19 Resource Guide
This resource guide has been created by the Housing and Human Services Division to serve as a comprehensive list of housing related resources for renters, homeowners, and landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. The resource guide also provides information on local supportive services such as emergency shelters, support programs, legal services, employment services and even ways people can help local organizations assisting our community.
Alameda County is seeking property owners who have a housing unit to lease to help house homeless residents in our community. For more information contact email@example.com or call (510) 777-2100.
(Article written by MidPen Housing)*
On Thursday February 27th, Livermore Mayor John Marchand joined other city and county leaders to celebrate the Grand Opening of Chestnut Square Senior Apartments, an affordable rental apartment community developed by MidPen Housing.
Chestnut Square Senior Housing represents the completion of the first phase of a longtime vision to transform a previously underutilized site into a vibrant intergenerational community where people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds will live with easy access to public transportation and many community amenities, both onsite and nearby.
“This is an incredibly exciting day!” said John Marchand, Mayor of the City of Livermore. “We get to celebrate the transformation of this site that is now home to more than 70 senior households who can breathe easy knowing that they’ll be able to stay in the community where they’ve raised their families and built their lives. And we get to see the progress being made on soon-to-be homes for many of our city’s working families. Still, we know there is more to do to ensure that all of our residents have a quality home they can afford.”
Chestnut Square Senior Apartments provides 71 rental apartment homes affordable to low-income seniors, including five apartments set aside for formerly homeless households. As evidence of the immense need for affordable housing among Livermore’s senior population, MidPen received nearly 650 applications over 2 weeks during the two week application period. Today there are more than 500 on the waitlist.
On an adjacent site, Chestnut Square Family Housing, also being developed by MidPen, is currently under construction and will provide 42 affordable workforce apartment homes for families. Shared open spaces, including a courtyard and BBQ area, will help connect the two communities and be enjoyed by residents from both. The mixed-income 4.31 acre community will also include 44 for-sale market rate townhomes currently being built by Taylor Morrison.
“We’re honored to partner with the City on their vision to incorporate affordable housing as an integral part of their town center,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President and CEO of MidPen Housing. “This is a tremendous model for infill development and shows what can be accomplished through visionary city leadership.”
Chestnut Square Senior Housing provides 69 one-bedroom and 2 studio apartments for seniors age 62 and over who earn up to 60% of Area Media Income which is $43, 860 for a single person household. Residents enjoy many onsite amenities including a community room, computer lab, fitness studio, crafts room, bike storage and an outdoor rooftop patio. There is also a manager’s unit onsite.
Through a network of third-party providers. MidPen Services, an affiliate of MidPen Housing, coordinates a broad array of onsite programs designed to enhance wellness, promote mobility, and keep the senior residents connected and engaged in their community. These include health fairs, nutrition workshops, financial capabilities courses, cognitive stimulation, social activities, lifelong learning opportunities, as well as connection to community resources.
MidPen Property Management provides onsite professional property management.
Financing for Chestnut Square Senior Housing was provided by the City of Livermore, the Housing Authority of the City of Livermore, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco AHP Program, and Wells Fargo.
*MidPen Housing (February, 2020).Mixed Income Inter-generational Affordable Housing Opens in the Heart of Livemore. Retrieved from: https://www.midpen-housing.org/news-and-media/press-releases/mixed-income-intergenerational-affordable-housing-opens-in-the-heart-of-livermore/