COVID–19: GET SUPPORT

UPDATED APRIL 12, 2022

Rental Assistance

COVID–19 Rental Assistance

As a reminder, residents of Alameda County are still protected from most evictions until 60 days after the expiration of the local health emergency. Renters in El Cerrito and Richmond still have some protections, too. Click here to learn more about emergency tenant protections in your area and here to find a legal service provider who can help you understand your rights.

If you were unable to pay your rent during the pandemic due to COVID-19, then you may be eligible for rent relief. There are different rental assistance programs for different parts of the East Bay. You should start the process by finding information based on where you live:

Oakland — CLOSED

Oakland’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is now closed. You may be able to access some financial assistance through Season of Sharing. You can find out whether you’re eligible by visiting their website or calling 510-272-3700. You can find a list of more resources on the City of Oakland’s website.

Fremont – Apply online or call 510-574-2028

Fremont’s program has run out of funding. However, it’s continuing to accept applicants onto the wait list as long as they make less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). If the City gets more money, then it will prioritize applicants with the lowest incomes and greatest needs.

Alameda County (outside of Oakland and Fremont) – Apply online or call 211

Alameda County’s program has run out of funding. However, it’s continuing to accept applicants onto the wait list as long as they make less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). If the County gets more money, then it will prioritize applicants with the lowest incomes and greatest needs.

Contra Costa County – CLOSED

The State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is now closed. You may be able to access some financial assistance through SHELTER Inc. You can apply by visiting their website.

If you have additional questions, or see information that looks out-of-date, please email alex@ebho.org

Get More Information

For information on current housing policy in the East Bay, including eviction moratoriums, see our page on COVID–19 Eviction Moratoriums.

You can see a full list of housing support services in the East Bay, including how and where to apply for permanently affordable housing, in our Affordable Housing Resource Guide in English, Spanish, and Chinese. To understand more about how Affordable Housing works, see our page explaining how to find housing or our video on the subject, which has information on how to secure a rental home that provides rental subsidy support.