Irvine renters get assistance from city program

Irvine renters get relief through city’s rental assistance program. / Photo:

By Ann Frances –

Some 2,000 Irvine renters will soon get some rental assistance in the form of one of two grant options to help them during the global coronavirus pandemic, as many have lost jobs or are working reduced hours. The city of Irvine has allocated $2 million in funds from the federal government’s CARES Act specifically for residential renters residing in the city.

The grants include a maximum one-time $1,000 grant to assist with lease termination fees or a one-time $1,000 grant to assist renters with their monthly rental payment. Both forms of grants will be awarded by lottery after the application period is closed. Money granted will be paid directly to landlords on behalf of the tenant awarded the funding, the city said.

According to the city, to qualify for participation in the Rental Assistance Program, residential renters must meet all of the following criteria:

·         Must be a residential renter in the City of Irvine.

·         Must have a valid lease.

·         Renter must demonstrate a financial hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

·         Must not have received other rental assistance from any governmental agency.

The application period opens on July 13 at 8 a.m. and closes July 24 at 5 p.m.

“I continue to hear from our community about the hardships they face with job loss and financial pressures,” said Mayor Christina L. Shea in a statement. “It is imperative that we help keep our residents in their homes. Through the rental assistance program, we will provide relief for those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.”

The city says it expects the CARES funds to be received in late July.


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