Rent Assistance Now Available for Income Eligible Households and Landlords in Lake and Mendocino County

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Or schedule an appointment with an NCO Disaster Case Manager: 707-467-3200 

Renters: If you are an income-eligible renter, you can apply on your own and receive financial assistance for unpaid rent, dating back to April 1, 2020, or help with future payments, even if your landlord doesn’t participate. If you are an income-eligible renter whose landlord does participate in the program, you will need to complete the joint application. Once your landlord applies, you will be notified to submit information to complete the application process. Landlords: If you are a landlord and participate in the COVID-19 Rent Relief program, you can get reimbursed directly for 100% of your eligible renters’ unpaid rent, dating back to April 1, 2020.

Assistance is available for 100% of unpaid rent and utilities, dating back to April 1, 2020, as well as future rent and utility payments. Utility payments will be paid directly to utility providers at 100% of the cost, but are limited to a total of 12 months.

The application process has been significantly simplified. It now takes less time to complete, requires less paperwork to be uploaded, and offers helpful tips throughout the application. Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does NOT count as earned income for renters and will NOT affect eligibility for any other California state benefit assistance programs, such as CalFresh and CalWORKS. All applicant information is kept private and will not be shared. Income-eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship.

To check eligibility and apply, visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified about your application status and next steps. If you need assistance in another language or need help checking eligibility, filling out your application or uploading paperwork, schedule an appointment with a local organization near you by calling 833-687- 0967. North Coast Opportunities (NCO) is the local organization serving Lake and Mendocino counties. NCO’s bilingual Disaster Case Managers will be available to help applicants complete their online applications. Interested applicants can call NCO at (707) 467-3200 to schedule an appointment to complete an application.

You Also May be Eligible for Financial Assistance to Cover Immediate Needs

In response to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and recent wildfires, North Coast Opportunities (NCO) is offering financial aid and other types of support to affected community members in Mendocino County. The limited funds will be disbursed out on a first come, first served basis.

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Or make an appointment with a bilingual NCO Disaster Case Manager at 707-467-3210

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Funds are provided by the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Mendocino County, a fund of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, The County of Mendocino, PG& E, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. 

COVID-19 Financial Assistance FAQ

Grants will be made to provide basic needs services, emergency financial aid, and other support to individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For the purpose of the Covid-19 grant program, basic needs are defined as the minimum requirements to sustain a decent quality of life during the crisis period (food, shelter, clothing, necessary household items, communication, sanitation, health, employment and education).  Funding is limited. Only those who can demonstrate an essential need and can provide requested documentation will be considered. Any of the following circumstances might qualify you for assistance:  -Were you denied for unemployment support (for any reason, including immigration status)? -Are you receiving unemployment or a federal stimulus funds but are unable to pay for your basic needs due to a loss of income? -Did you NOT qualify for the federal stimulus packages? -Have you been laid off or had your hours cut as a direct result of COVID-19?  -Are you experiencing a food or housing crisis as a direct result of COVID-19?

NCO will distribute immediate relief funding granted by The Community Foundation of Mendocino County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, The County of Mendocino, The United Way of the Wine Country, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, PG& E and others to eligible residents throughout Mendocino County. To meet eligibility requirements for this financial support, a member of a household must first apply by phone, (707) 467-3210 or online. Only those who can demonstrate an essential need and demonstrate eligibility will qualify. After an application is completed, NCO staff will follow up to determine eligibility (only one application is allowed per household).

Fill out and complete the online application above and select the program (s) that apply. If the applicant cannot fill out the application online, they may call (707) 467-3210 to schedule a time to complete the application with a Disaster Case Manager.  Or email mendoassist@ncoinc.org