Housing advocates protest outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office on the eviction moratorium on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in New York. After a federal eviction moratorium was allowed to lapse this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new moratorium Tuesday on evictions that would last until Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it will extend the federal eviction moratorium through October 3, 2021. Before being renewed, the moratorium expired on August 1st.
The White House and housing advocates say that extending the moratorium should give states time to finally disburse the rental relief to tenants and landlords.
Alameda County Housing Secure representatives, Monique Berlanga, Interim Co-Executive Director and Tenants’ Rights Directing Attorney and Jennifer Pearce, Deputy Director of Housing with the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department join The Pat Thurston Show to discuss how listeners can get help paying their rent during these tough times.
“The federal government has established that anyone who earns under 80% of area median income…qualifies [for rental assistance] . Right now in Alameda County we are prioritizing people with extremely low income under 30% area median income as well as landlords who own five or less units. Now that doesn’t mean that everybody under 80% of AMI shouldn’t call 211 or call or go to our website to start their applications. But it means, in this first phase we are really prioritizing people who are at immediate risk of homelessness and very small landlords.” Said Pearce.
Alameda Housing Secure can help with Outreach & Know Your Rights Education, Legal Representation, Short-Term Emergency Financial Assistance and Legal Consultations.
Listen to the full conversation between Jennifer Pearce, Monique Berlanga and Pat Thurston below.