Development Services

Long Beach CARES Rental Assistance Program

California Eviction Moratorium

Current State law provides eviction and foreclosure protections for many residential tenants and property owners suffering from economic hardship due to COVID-19.  Under the legislation, no tenant can be evicted before Feb. 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – Aug. 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 Sept. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.

However, tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction. Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021, and small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts. Landlords who do not follow the court evictions process will face increased penalties under the law.

More information about the state law’s protections can also be found here:
https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/faqs.html

Program Updates

The application period for the COVID-19 LB CARES Emergency Rental Assistance Program has closed. The Program materials became available online on June 29, 2020, and the last day for the submittal of applications, by postal mail, was July 27, 2020.

The City received more than 2,400 applications. However, based on funding availability, staff is currently processing only 1,770 that were selected through a lottery system. 

If any of those selected do not fully meet the program qualifications, then from the remaining applications that were received additional ones will be selected by lottery and processed.

The approval and send out of payments, which will go directly and only to property owners or landlords, is expected to begin in the fall.

Application Information

Eligible households must meet all of the following criteria:

1. Renter(s) reside in single-family, multi-unit, or mobile homes located in the City of Long Beach.

2. Annual household income (prior to COVID-19 income loss) does not exceed the U.S.   Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established "Moderate-Income" limits (See table below). Household  income eligibility is based on the following two (2) factors:

              a) The total number of persons residing in the household; and
              b) The total amount of the annual household income

Number of Persons

Extremely Low-Income

Low-Income

Moderate-Income

1

$23,700

$39,450

$63,100

2

$27,050

$45,050

$72,100

3

$30,450

$50,700

$81,100

4

$33,800

$56,300

$90,100

5

$36,550

$60,850

$97,350

6

$39,250

$65,350

$104,550

7

$41,950

$69,850

$111,750

8

$44,650

$74,350

$118,950


3. Household has been economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning March 27, 2020 - to present. This includes loss of income due to job loss, lay-off, furlough, loss of business income, or COVID-19- related medical expenses.

4. There is a current residential lease or rental agreement with a bona fide landlord/property management company in place.

5. Household does not receive any other forms of rental assistance payments.

1. Determine if you are eligible for the LB CARES Program by reviewing the requirements listed above and viewing the Program Guidelines.

2. Review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

3. Complete the LB CARES Application.

  • To request a copy of the application by postal mail, please call (562) 570-3000 or email LBCares@longbeach.gov.

  • Paper applications can also be picked up in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m., beginning June 30, 2020, until July 23, 2020, at Long Beach City Hall, 411 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

4. Submit completed application package by postal mail beginning Monday, July 13, 2020, until the deadline on Monday, July 27, 2020, or by in-person drop-off by Thursday, July 23, 2020. 

  • Mailed applications must be addressed to Long Beach CARES Emergency Rental Assistance Program, 411 West Ocean Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802.

  • Application drop-off is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from  9:00a.m.-11:00a.m., beginning July 14, 2020, until July 23, 2020, at Long Beach City Hall, 411 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802.

5. Await the lottery selection process.

  • All applications will be placed in a lottery pool. Approximately 1700 applications will be randomly selected in August 2020. City staff will then review the selected applications for completeness. Additional lottery drawings may occur to replace any incomplete or ineligible applications that were originally selected.

  • Applicants will be notified of their results as soon as possible by postal mail.

  • City staff will contact your building’s property owner/landlord for a W-9 form and Program Participation-Payment Acceptance Agreement.

6. After the lottery process.

Applications selected in the lottery will be reviewed to ensure they are eligible before tenants and property owners/landlords are notified by postal mail and email, if provided in application.

Once the application is determined to be eligible, then the property owners/landlords will also be sent a W-9 form and an Owner Participation form to submit in order to process the rental payments on the tenants’ behalf.

The W-9 form and the Owner Participation Agreements are also available at the links above.

Still have a question about LB CARES? Please feel free to give us a call at 562-570-3000 during business hours or email us at lbcares@longbeach.gov.