The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) has the objective of mitigating potential homelessness and displacement of existing Pleasanton residents who are experiencing a decrease in household income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus, unable to pay their rent, by providing a grant to assist eligible tenants pay for delinquent rent.
Applicants may submit an application online at cityservecares.org/renthelp or request an application by phone (925) 208-0660 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click on the flyer for more details or visit CityServe's website. Eligibility and income limits apply.
The primary form of rental assistance throughout the nation is the “Section 8” program. Section 8 is a federally-funded program in which the government pays a portion of the monthly rent for households which meet certain eligibility requirements (e.g., income). Programs that offer direct financial assistance to households for the payment of monthly rental costs are highly competitive in the Bay Area, and the amount of assistance available is limited.
In Pleasanton (and Dublin), the Section 8 program is administered by the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) in Hayward. Persons seeking Section 8 assistance for Pleasanton must contact HACA directly (510) 538-8876.
The City of Pleasanton, in collaboration with the City of Livermore and Abode Services provides limited temporary rental assistance through the Tri-Valley Housing Scholarship Program to approved participants in job training programs. Subsidies are provided while the head of household is undergoing job training and are terminated after employment is secured. For information on this program contact Abode Services at (925)373-5313.
ECHO Housing, a Bay Area nonprofit agency, also provides a limited Rental Assistance Program (RAP) which provides assistance with move-in costs or helps residents with delinquent rent due to a temporary financial setback. ECHO helps by arranging a guaranteed repayment contract between the tenant and the landlord. Financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds. Information can be obtained by contacting ECHO Housing at 925-449-7340.