Rent Assistance

Oakland: If you are a resident of Oakland, and your household makes less than 50% of area median income, then you are eligible for emergency rental assistance, legal representation, and other housing services. Please contact Keep Oakland Housed for assistance.

Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund: Centro Legal de la Raza, along with community partners, created the Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund to provide critical support to immigrant Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the agressive public health measures necessary to combat the spread of this disease. While many Oaklanders can turn to existing safety net programs, including unemployment insurance, public benefits, and new federal and local relief efforts –  undocumented workers are largely excluded from those programs. Apply to the fund here.

Housing Legal Assistance

The organizations below provide legal assistance and know-your-rights information for tenants.

Tenants Together has a hotline for tenant questions

East Bay Community Law Center provides legal support for low-income tenants facing eviction. 

Centro Legal provides legal assistance for tenants and immigrants in the East Bay.

For Non Profits to provide Emergency Housing Funds

Opportunities for Non Profit organizations to apply to distribute emergency rent funds to their communities:

East Bay Community Foundation Just East Bay Fund

San Francisco Foundation Fund

Non-Housing Support Resources

Local COVID19 Test Site

City of Hayward Test Site:

The City of Hayward is now offering free COVID-19 testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms or known risk factors, and for first-responders and health-care workers with suspected recent exposure to the coronavirus.

The testing center, located at Hayward Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood Avenue, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The center can test up to 370 people a day with results to be available in as little as six hours or by the next day in most cases.

The test is available to anyone who meets new broadened test criteria, regardless of where they live or immigration status.  Symptoms or conditions qualifying a member of the general public for testing are fever above 100 degrees, or any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms;
  • Recent travel to Europe or Asia;
  • Recent exposure to confirmed or suspected coronavirus;
  • Other chronic diseases or conditions, such as blood disorders, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, heart, lung or neurological disease, and compromised immune system;
  • Over the age of 65;
  • Currently or recently pregnant; or
  • Homeless

No referral from a physician is required.  To access the testing center, members of the general public should enter Huntwood Avenue at Industrial Boulevard—and then proceed north to a curbside screening location or the back of the line leading to it.

People determined to qualify for testing will be asked to proceed to a verification site prior to testing.  People not qualifying for testing will be asked to depart the area via Lustig Court.

First responders and health-care workers with recent suspected exposures to coronavirus are invited to call the City’s COVID-19 hotline (510) 583-4949 to make an appointment for testing.

For more information about COVID-19 and how the City of Hayward is responding to the pandemic, go online to the City’s COVID-19 Updates webpage.

Direct (Mutual Aid) Support

If you are a senior or a person with a disability and don’t have a support system that is able to help with your basic needs met as you shelter in place, you can request help with getting groceries, medications, and other forms of support from what is called a Mutual Aid Network, where local volunteers help neighbors who need it.

East Bay:

Residents with disabilities & elders can request support through Disability Justice Culture Club. Fill out the Disability Justice Culture Club Support Request Form for People with Disabilities and Seniors.

If you are a senior, person with a disability and/or health issue, or worker in need, you can request direct assistance from a regional network of community groups using this form.

Hayward: Hayward Residents can get or offer support through the Hayward COVID19 Mutual Aid Network, Hayward Helping Hands. Request forms are available in English and Spanish.

Berkeley: Call Easy Does It Emergency Services at (510) 704-2111.

Food Assistance

Alameda County

Get emergency food assistance from the Alameda County Food Bank by calling 1-800-870-FOOD (3663).

City of Alameda: Alameda Food Bank

Contra Costa County

Contra Costa & Solano County Food Bank.

White Pony Express (Contra Costa County/Plesant Hill) call the Hotline at: 925-322-0604


Food Apply for CalFresh: See if you qualify for ongoing food assistance from the State of California through CalFresh, formerly SNAP or what some people call ‘food stamps.’

Medi-Cal/CalWORKs recipients: Gov. Newsom waived the 90-day annual redetermination reviews for Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal and CalWORKs. So, if you are currently enrolled in Medi-Cal or CalWORKs, rest assured your benefits will continue through June 16. If your Medi-Cal benefits were already terminated, you have to reapply.

New Medi-Cal applicants: The state has expedited Medi-Cal for new applicants, waiving certain paperwork requirements including citizenship docs. Homeless individuals just need to state on application that they are homeless and will be expedited. All applications can be done through the Covered California website.

Get More Information

For information on current housing policies, including eviction moratoriums, see our COVID19 Housing Policy page. Visit our COVID19 Action page to see how you can help shape city, state, and federal policy response to the pandemic and its impact on our communities.

You can see a full list of housing support services in the East Bay, including how and where to apply for permanent affordable housing, in our Affordable Housing Resource Guide in English, Spanish, and Chinese. To understand more about how Affordable Housing works, see our Affordable Housing Guidebook.