LB City Council Approves Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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LONG BEACH — Long Beach City Council brought forward a plan that will allocate over $5 million in federal funds to provide direct rental assistance payments. The city council has previously approved a moratorium on evictions of tenants who cannot make their full rent payments due to COVID-19 impacts, however the tenants still must come up with the full back rent owed within a year.

The Long Beach CARES Rental Assistance Program approved June 9, will provide up to $1,000 in rental assistance for up to three months for households that meet income requirements, easing these families’ overall rent burden. These payments will be made directly to the landlord, which also ensures that housing providers receive rental income that they rely upon.

The application process for the program is expected to be launched in July, with rental assistance payments beginning in August.Details www.Long-Beach-city-council-staff-report