PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/10/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 061020-2
Subject:
Long Beach Offers Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Qualifying Tenants Impacted by COVID-19
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
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Long Beach, CA - The City today announced a new rental assistance program that will help provide relief to qualified tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as unanimously approved by the City Council.

“It is critical that we continue to support renters and small property owners in our city as we navigate through the unprecedented financial impacts of the pandemic,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This program will provide much needed assistance for residents and families in Long Beach.”

The Long Beach CARES Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LB CARES) will provide up to $1,000 per month of rental assistance payments for up to three months on behalf of qualifying Long Beach residents who have lost income due to COVID-19 and meet federal low-income requirements. The monthly assistance payments will be provided directly to landlords or property owners on behalf of qualifying residents and be applicable to rent due during the eligible period from March 27, 2020, until the end of the City’s Safer at Home Order.

Qualified applicants are required to submit documentation confirming substantive income losses caused by job layoffs, furloughs, or reduction in hours or pay during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning March 27. All documentation and rental and lease agreements are subject to verification.

LB CARES is being funded by a $3 million federal Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) and $2 million in re-appropriated HOME Investment Partnership Program funds. Additionally, the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has contributed $300,000 in funding for the program. 

“This crisis has devastated families who were already living on the brink of poverty,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I am partnering with Mayor Garcia to provide rent assistance to Long Beach residents so that we can get help to people who need it and lessen some of the long-term economic damage of this pandemic.”

Additional information on the LB CARES program will be made available starting Monday, June 15, 2020, on the City’s website at: longbeach.gov/lbcares. All program details, including eligibility requirements, application materials and submittal deadlines will be available on the website starting Monday, June 29, 2020.

On a related effort, the City Council is also currently exploring various assistance options for property owners who have been impacted by COVID-19, including foreclosure relief, property tax refunds, and the possibility of a revolving loan fund.

Last month, the City approved the extension of an emergency ordinance that halts evictions for residential and certain commercial tenants.

View the City’s Resources for Homeowners, Renters, and Landlords.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.