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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.    

 


Administration of Affordable Homeownership Programs

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

The City's Affordable Homeownership Program currently has two separate opportunities to apply for a Below Market Rate (BMR) home.   

 

1. NOW CLOSED - Applications for 6 BMR Resale Homes  

The City is no longer accepting applications for the 6 BMR resale homes.  Accepted applications are currently being reviewed.  For more details, Click Here

 

2.  2021 LOTTERY UPDATE 

 The 2021 Pre-Application period closed on March 22nd

The lottery was conducted at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 5th, 2021. The lottery ranking can be found here.  If you have questions regarding your lottery number, please contact livermore@hellohousing.org. 

 


Affordable Housing Requirement Meeting: March 31st at 2pm 

Since its adoption in 2000, Livermore’s Affordable Housing Ordinance (also referred to as the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance) has expanded the City’s affordable housing stock by requiring residential developments contribute to the production of units that are affordable for low-income and moderate-income families.   

As part of an effort to update this ordinance, the City of Livermore is conducting a public meeting with community members and development stakeholders to present and receive comments on a series of changes to Section 10.06.050 of the Livermore Development Code and Chapter 3.26 of the Livermore Municipal Code.  Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Re-activating on-site affordable housing requirements for rental projects authorized by Assembly Bill 1505 
  • Adding affordable housing requirements from the Isabel Neighborhood Specific Plan 
  • Updating and clarifying the methodology for calculating the In-Lieu fee for residential for-sale projects

More details about the meeting are below and on this flyer

        WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 

TIME: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  
WHERE: Zoom Webinar

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86121160856

Dial-in Phone Number: 1 669 900 6833 

Meeting ID: 861 2116 0856 

 

Please contact Grace Streltzov for more information by phone at (925) 960-4580 or email at housing@cityoflivermore.net   


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) 



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. 

 

For a more detailed summary on the County’s ordinance as well as FAQs for Homeowners and Tenants, please click here.  The full ordinance is available here

 

If you have questions, please contact, ECHO Housing at (925) 449-7340 or via email at contact@echofairhousing.org. | (Se habla Español)

 

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. 

 

Are you a Renter? Click here to learn more about current protections for California renters

Are you a Landlord? Click here to learn more about current guidelines for California landlords

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
 oied@cityoflivermore.net

 

ESPAÑOL

¿Eres Inquilino?
Haga clic aqui, para aprender mas sobre las protecciones de inquilinos

¿Eres Propietario?

Haga clic aqui para aprender sobra las pautas de los propietarios 

 

Si no puedes pagar la totalidad de la renta por problemas financieros provocados por COVID-19, hay medidas que te protegen, al menos hasta el 30 de junio de 2021. Estas medidas de protección se aplican a todos los inquilinos residenciales, incluyendo los inquilinos de casas rodantes, independientemente de su condición imigratoria.  Para tener aceso a estas proteccions, el inquilino debe notificar a su rentero, por escrito, de su inabilidad de pagar la renta debido a una crisis financiera causada por COVID-19.  

Residential Eviction Resources 
     • For Tenants 
Centro Legal -
Alameda County's Emergency Eviction Protections - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  For English, Click here. For Spanish, Click here.

Phone: (510) 437-1554 (Se habla Español) Web: www.centrolegal.org/achousingsecure/

Email: tenantsrights@centrolegal.org  

  Bay Area Legal Aid helps tenants understand essential information about tenant protections.    
Phone: (800) 551-5554

Website: https://baylegal.org/what-tenants-need-to-know-about-californias-eviction-compromise/

 

  Echo Housing can help answer questions regarding the locally enacted moratorium
Phone: (925) 449-7340

Email: Contact@echofairhousing.org


     • 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. 

 

  • For Homeowners
    Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)
    Phone: (510) 271-8443
    Web:
    www.heraca.org

 FREE Regional Fair Housing Training on April 2, 2021

   

To register click here.


FREE First Time Homebuyer Webinar

To register click here.


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.


Providing a Place to Call Home

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 achomes@acgov.org or call (510) 777-2100.


Grand Opening of Chestnut Square Senior

(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/