San Pablo council approves new COVID-19 housing assistance grant program

San Pablo expands housing assistance for residents impacted by COVID-19
San Pablo City Hall at 1000 Gateway Ave. (Photos by Mike Kinney)

The San Pablo City Council last week amended and extended the city’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program with the aim of maximizing its benefit to residents economically impacted by the pandemic.

The council approved increasing maximum grant amounts for residents benefiting from the fiscal year 2019/20 program from $1,000 to $2,000 per household.

The council also created a new COVID-19 Housing Grant program for fiscal year 2020/21, appropriating $250,000 in low-income housing funds for the program. Eligible residents whose income has been affected by the pandemic and need help paying for rent, mortgage or utilities can apply now for up to $1,000 in assistance per household. Applications for the 2020/21 grant program will be accepted through Sept. 30, or when program funds run out.

“All applications for this grant program are received and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with previous households who received a previous grant during the FY 2019/20 program not eligible for next year’s program to maximize this benefit City-wide to residents in need,” the city said in a statement.

On May 4, San Pablo City Council adopted a resolution establishing the initial 2019-20 COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program. After the May 31 application deadline, the city said it had received 210 applications from local residents. One hundred of those applications have been approved, 31 will be approved pending submission of required documentation, and 79 were denied as not meeting eligibility requirements, the city said.

For more information on the FY 2020/21 COVID-19 Housing Grant Assistance Program, applications and supporting info can be emailed to [email protected] or sent via U.S. regular mail to: San Pablo City Hall Community and Economic Development Department, 13831 San Pablo Ave., Bldg. 3, San Pablo, CA 94806. For more information, please contact (510) 215-3030.