City of Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Development Services Department is extending the deadline for residential landlords and tenants to submit applications for the Long Beach Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LB-ERAP) to June 11, 2021. The previous deadline for the new program approved in March was May 12, 2021.
“We are very thankful that Governor Newsom is making tenant assistance a priority and these additional resources and time will allow more folks to get support,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
All LB-ERAP applications can be submitted via an online information and service portal at longbeach.gov/erap. The program, funded through the Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, provides rental assistance to residential landlords and income-eligible tenants in Long Beach who have experienced financial loss or economic hardship due to COVID-19. In addition, applicants who only need assistance with utility payments may also apply for LB-ERAP funding.
LB-ERAP implements the tenant protection laws enacted by the State of California. However, LB-ERAP is separate from the State’s rental assistance program, and applicants should not apply to the State program if the unit for which they are seeking assistance is located in Long Beach.
To be eligible, residential tenants must rent in Long Beach and meet the following criteria:
Other program details are as follows:
The extension of the LB-ERAP is in response to a second round of funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The City is expected to receive roughly $21.2 million, including funding set aside specifically for very low-income renter households. This additional funding brings the City’s total for rental assistance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to more than $56 million, $5.3 million of which is paid to qualified tenants through the Long Beach Cares Rental Assistance Program while $28 million is designated for distribution to current LB-ERAP applicants. The City is actively working with State partners to identify additional funding opportunities available through State funding, like the first round of funding.
The City began accepting applications for the LB-ERAP on April 13, 2021, with payments expected to begin this month. The current program prioritizes rental and utility arrears, while City staff continue to identify the most effective use of the additional funding to meet the greatest need for Long Beach renters and landlords, in alignment with Treasury and State guidelines.
To learn more about the LB-ERAP’s various income and eligibility guidelines, visit longbeach.gov/erap.
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