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Rent Relief

California Rental Assistance Requests Top $1B

Gov. Gavin Newsom said more than $1 billion in rental assistance has been requested to date through the state program that is part of the $100 billion California Comeback Plan. Rates of application and disbursement are rising rapidly after the state significantly increased assistance to low-income renters and landlords.

The plan provides a total of $5.2 billion to now cover 100 percent of back-rent and all prospective rent for several months for income-qualified tenants. It also includes $2 billion for past-due water and utility bills and more funds for tenant legal assistance. These supports are in addition to Newsom extending the state’s eviction moratorium.

“We’re laser-focused on getting this assistance out the door as quickly as possible and providing supports across the board to help Californians get back on their feet,” said Newsom. “With robust COVID rental protections and the largest rent relief program of any state in the nation, we’re protecting millions of struggling Californians worried about keeping a roof over their heads or making next month’s mortgage by covering 100 percent of past-due and prospective rent payments, as well as overdue water and utility bills.”

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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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