Help with the rent coming to drought-afflicted families
June 4, 2014
• $10 Million in rental assistance soon available
• “Will provide timely, short-term disaster assistance for workers in agriculture and related industries”
Thousands of low-income California families impacted by the drought could soon be getting help with the rent.
California’s Department of Housing and Community Development is making $10 million available with the organization La Cooperativa, a nonprofit association, picked to administer the program.
“This program will provide timely, short-term disaster assistance for workers in agriculture and related industries as impacts of the drought continue to be felt,” says Randall Deems, acting director for HCD. “Rental assistance and help with utility bills will provide some stability to families and communities that are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of reduced agricultural production this year.”
The Drought Housing Rental Subsidies program, which will also help subsidize utility payments, will be offered to eligible individuals and families in Amador, Butte, Colusa, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Yolo and Yuba counties.
These counties have an unemployment rate that is higher than the 2013 statewide average and have a higher share of agricultural workers than the state as a whole.
La Cooperativa, an association of nonprofit farmworker agencies, was awarded the contract through a competitive bidding process.
Individuals and families interested in applying for the Drought Housing Rental Subsidies program will have multiple access points. La Cooperativa has more than 50 offices in the 24 county area, plus four mobile units that will serve smaller agricultural communities.
A short application will need to be completed and if an applicant is deemed eligible, rental payments will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility company.
More information on the Drought Housing Rental Subsidies program is available by calling La Cooperativa at 916.388.2228.