COVID-19 Rent Relief
If you or someone you know is behind on rent or utilities because of COVID-19, the Alameda County Housing Secure Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ACHS-ERAP) will help low-income renters pay past due rent or future rent and help renters get caught up on utility bills. Click here to learn more.
As of April 30, 2021, Hello Housing will no longer be administering the City of Livermore’s Affordable Homeownership Programs. The City of Livermore will provide updates here as they become available. If you are a current participant of one of the City's affordable homeownership programs, your participation will not be affected and no further action is required. Read more about the transition, here.
Affordable Homeownership Opportunities
2021 LOTTERY UPDATE
The 2021 Pre-Application period closed on March 22nd
The City's Affordable Homeownership Program conducted their lottery on April 5th, 2021. The lottery ranking can be found here. Currently, households with a lottery position between 1 and 100 are invited to apply for the new construction homes at Auburn Grove and any resales that may become available during 2021. If your lottery position is between 1 and 100, you will have received an email from Zoe McGeary, Program Administrator on June 4, 2021 with full program details and information on how to apply.
If you have questions regarding the application process, you may contact the Program Administrator, Zoe McGeary, at (925) 495-0015 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 30, 2020, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors amended its previous eviction moratorium ordinance to ensure all tenants and homeowners Countywide can shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 crisis. This emergency ordinance 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.
Violators are subject to a $1000 fine and may be subject to civil proceedings.
For a more detailed summary of the eviction moratorium, as well as FAQs for Homeowners and Tenants, please click here.
The full ordinance is available here.
Additional information regarding tenant protections during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on Centro Legal de La Raza’s website here.
Centro Legal also provides virtual workshops about renter protections and evictions every other Tuesday at 7pm. Renters can sign up by calling 510-437-1554 or emailing email@example.com with the subject line “Workshop [DATE] Sign Up”
What order is in effect for residential evictions?
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)
California Tenant Protection Guidelines
Senate Bill 91 and Assembly Bill 3088 pauses evictions through June 30, 2021 for those who were financially impacted by COVID-19 and who cannot pay their rent during the pandemic. Renters must certify they were impacted and pay at least 25% of their cumulatively owed rent between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
These protections apply to all residential tenants, including mobile home tenants, regardless of immigration status. Tenants must provide their landlord with a financial hardship declaration to access these protections.
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. Local moratoriums will not be allowed any further extensions, and State protections will rule.
SB 91 and AB 3088 do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Eviction Resources
• For Tenants
Centro Legal - provides updated information about local and state eviction protections and legal support for renters.
Phone: (510) 437-1554 (Se habla Español) Text: (510) 738-3906
Bay Area Legal Aid helps tenants understand essential information about tenant protections.
Phone: (800) 551-5554
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/