Here are some resources to help you navigate this unprecedented time. Information about your rights as a tenant and list of housing support organizations that help renters.
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California has recently passed statewide COVID-19 tenant and landlord protection legislation (AB 3088) -- under this legislation "no tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.”
Further, cities and counties have their own guidelines that can offer greater protection than the statewide minimum such as rent freezes found in Oakland and San Jose for example -- see more local jurisdiction info at Nolo.
If you’re unable to pay rent and face the prospect of eviction, remember to:
Need assistance? Connect with fair housing and tenants rights organizations in your area (info managed by HUD.GOV)
The EDD, Employment Development Department, provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, or had their businesses affected due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.
Covered California offers resources to get information and apply for low- or no-cost health insurance.
Reputable sources with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most up-to-date information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, as well as what to do if you are sick.
The California Department of Public Health has specific information for Californians including where to get tested.
Other links to local medical programs. Note: this is not medical insurance advice, but people have found these links helpful in understanding these respective programs.
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