PRESS RELEASE

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

7/8/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 070821-2
Subject:
Application Period Available Through Sunday, July 11 for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
City encourages all eligible community members to apply immediately
Contact:
Rick de la Torre
Community Information Officer
Development Services Department
562.570.7174
Richard.Delatorre@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The last day for renters and landlords to apply for the multimillion-dollar Long Beach Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LB-ERAP) is by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Individuals who have started their online applications are especially encouraged to complete the submittal process by the deadline, which has previously been extended twice to encourage more participation.

“We urge all those who may be eligible for assistance to please take advantage of this program before the application period ends,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We know that a lot of our residents who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 still need help with rent, and it’s so important we get folks the support they need.”

All LB-ERAP applications can be submitted via the program’s online information and service portal available on the LB-ERAP webpage. People seeking to apply, as well as those with incomplete or pending applications may contact the program support line at 833.358.5372 for assistance Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The program provides rental assistance to income-eligible tenants in Long Beach who have experienced financial loss or economic hardship due to COVID-19. Applications are reviewed and assigned a priority level based on length of unemployment, low-income status, whether any back rent has been paid and those who have received eviction notices. In addition, applicants who only need assistance with utility payments may also apply for the LB-ERAP funding.

State law AB 832, which was recently enacted, will extend the California moratorium on tenant evictions until September 30, 2021, and will now allow the program to pay 100% of unpaid rent for eligible tenants; payment can be made directly to the tenant if landlord participation or cooperation is lacking. The rental assistance payment must then be used to pay any unpaid rent owed by the tenant.

LB-ERAP is separate from the State’s rental assistance program, and applicants should not apply to the State program if the unit for which they are seeking rental assistance is located in Long Beach.

Program administrators expect to spend all of the federal funding the City has designated for LB-ERAP, which began in April 2021 and has a budget of $51.4 million. So far, the program has received more than 3,600 completed applications requesting total assistance of over $40 million. However, there are more than 10,000 renters and landlords who have started but not completed the application process. To date, nearly $5 million in LB-ERAP payments have either been distributed or approved and the disbursements are expected to accelerate as more applications are completed.

To inform the community of this available assistance, program staff and community-based organizations conducted 80 outreach activities in multiple languages across various parts of the City. More than 9,500 phone calls have been handled, addressing a multitude of questions and providing assistance to those who are interested in the program. Program information has also been provided through the City’s LB-ERAP webpage and City social media accounts. To be eligible, residential tenants must meet the following criteria:

  • The household has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).
  • One or more individuals within the household has experienced financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. 

Other program details are as follows:

  • The program will prioritize households at or below 50% of the AMI.
  • The program will prioritize assisting households with past due rents and lower-income tenants who have been unemployed for 90 days or more and who are at risk of housing instability.
  • The program will prioritize paying outstanding past due rent and utilities before addressing future rents and utility payments.
  • Landlords with one or more eligible tenants can apply to get reimbursed for 100% of each eligible tenant’s unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020.
  • If a landlord is applying on behalf of their tenant, the tenant must also complete the application and provide necessary documentation.
  • If a tenant is eligible but their landlord chooses not to participate in LB-ERAP, they may apply on their own for 100% of the unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020.
  • LB-ERAP will help income-eligible tenants pay utilities, both for past due bills and future payments. Tenants can also apply for up to 100% of their rent for up to three months of future rent. 

To learn more about the LB-ERAP’s various income and eligibility guidelines, visit longbeach.gov/erap. For additional information about housing in Long Beach, visit longbeach.gov/lbds or 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. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up to date information regarding cases and vaccines in Long Beach.

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