COVID-19 Housing Resources

Emeryville Resident Protections

Update September 8, 2020: We are currently updating information on this page following the California Legislature’s passage of Assembly Bill 3088, which would protect tenants who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 .To learn more about AB 3088 please visit the State Department of Real Estate’s website,

Emeryville Urgency Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratorium

The Emeryville City Council adopted a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions due to nonpayment of rent and foreclosures initiated by Homeowner Associations due to nonpayment of assessments, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium does not relieve the tenant from the obligation to pay rent, but provides that tenants cannot be evicted unless necessary to protect health, safety or welfare.   Moratorium I is effective as of March 19, 2020 and expires on June 30, 2020. Moratorium II is effective as of July 21, 2020 and expires upon the expiration of  Order N-28-20, which is currently September 30, 2020. 

Alameda County Urgency Residential Eviction Moratorium

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors enacted a County-wide Eviction Moratorium. The County Eviction Moratorium ordinance outlaws all evictions anywhere in the County with few exceptions.   For any city within Alameda County that has an Eviction Moratorium Ordinance, the most protective ordinance for tenants between the County and the City will prevail. For additional information on the Countywide Eviction Moratorium, please visit  

COVID-19 Rental Repayment Plan Ordinance

The Emeryville City Council adopted two Rental Repayment ordinances that provides tenants with twelve (12) months to repay unpaid rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The repayment plan must be presented in writing and may not be for less than a twelve-month period.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Emeryville City Council approved the creation of a Emergency Rental Assistance Program to mitigate potential homelessness and displacement of existing Emeryville Affected Residential Tenants that experience a decrease in household income due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. The City has partnered with Bay Area Community Service (BACS) to administer the program. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide rental assistance in an amount not to exceed the monthly amount identified in the chart below based on unit type, to affected tenant households at or below 100% Area Median Income (AMI) or below. Funding will be prioritized for those affected households most at need and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until funding is expended. For the Program Requirements, please click HERE.

As of September 30, 166 Emergency Rental Assistance Applications have been approved and over $291K in rental assistance has been issued on behalf of Emeryville residents. It is estimated that funding will run out for November Rental Assistance, so please get your application in early.

October Rental Assistance

Applications for October Rental Assistance have closed. If you have not received notification regarding your application, please contact BACS at 510-759-4868. 

November Rental Assistance

Applications for November Rental Assistance will be accepted until October 30, 2020. To apply click HERE. Applicants can now apply for a third month of rental assistance (details on requirement for 3rd month of assistance is below maximum monthly rental assistance chart below). Once the application is submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation of receipt email from BACs. Please have the following documents ready to upload in preparation to submit your application. Applications that are submitted with missing documentation will be accepted, however there will be a delay in processing these applications, as BACS works with you to submit the missing information. Applicants are no longer required to submit the W-9 from their landlord with the application, as BACS will reach out to the Landlord directly for this document. If you need assistance in completing an application, contact BACS at 510-759-4868.

Valid ID

  • Current Lease Agreement or documentation of rent paid
  • Confirmation of March Rent Payment
    • If you do not have verification that you paid March Rent, you will need to certify/attest you are current on March rent.
  • Documentation of Household Income
  • Proof of housing crisis: documentation certifying you behind on payments, inability to pay rent, etc
Maximum Household Income
Household Size1234
Maximum Income$78,200$89,350$100,550$111,700

Maximum Monthly Rental Assistance
Unit TypeStudioOne BedroomTwo BedroomThree Bedroom
Max Monthly Rental Assistance$1,953$2,234$2,514$2,793

Eligibility for 3rd Month of Emergency Rental Assistance  (Effective October 8, 2020)

Applicants interested in applying for a 3rd month of rental assistance, must document that upon receipt of the 3rd rental assistance payment, they would have paid at least 25% of the rent that will be due between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. 

EXAMPLE: If the rental rate on a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom is $2,000 a month, the total amount of rent to be due between September 1 and January 31 is $10,000. Therefore the applicant must demonstrate that the $2,000 in assistance that will be provide for the the 3rd month of assistance, in addition to any other payments the resident has made towards the September, October or November rent will equal to at least $2,500 (i.e. 25% of the $10,000 to be due by January 31). For additional assistance in determining if you are eligible for a 3rd month of assistance, please contact BACs at 510-759-4868.

Interested in Supporting the Emergency Rental Assistance Program?

The City has invested $400,000 to support the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which is projected to provide approximately 150 rental assistance payments to affected Emeryville tenants, however we could still use your help to assist even more Emeryville tenants. Donations of any size can be made by clicking HERE and identifying your support is going to the Emeryville Emergency Housing Program. All donations are tax deductible and will go directly to assist an affected Emeryville tenant retain their housing and prevent displacement from the Emeryville Community. We are all in this together and we appreciate your pledge to assist Emeryville residents.

Homeowner Assistance

FHA Foreclosure Moratorium

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) enacted a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for single family homes with FHA-insured mortgages, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency suspended foreclosures and evictions for single family homes with mortgages backed by either the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) for 60-days. For additional information click here.

California Financial Relief Package

On March 25, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Assistance includes:

  • 90 Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments
  • No Negative Credit Impacts Resulting from Relief
  • Moratorium on Initiating Foreclosure Sales or Evictions for 60 days
  • Relief from Fees and Charges for 90 days

To review the Press Announcement, click here. Please contact your mortgage lender for additional information. 

Rental Tenant Assistance Programs & Policies

Local Property Management Policies

Numerous Local Property Management Companies have issued Press Releases related to internal company policies to assist Tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. For specific information regarding a specific company policy, please click on the press release below and speak with your Property Manager for additional information. 

Avalon Communities (Avalon Public Market)

Equity Residential (Artistry Emeryville, Parc on Powell)

Essex Property Trust (Avenue 64, Courtyards at 65th, EMME)

CARES Act Eviction Protection

The CARES Act, signed into law Mar. 27, 2020, provides 120 days of eviction relief for tenants in federally-backed housing. Specifically, you may not be served with an eviction notice until July 25, 2020 and the notice must give you 30 days to leave the property (Aug. 24, 2020). During the 120 day eviction moratorium, your landlord may not charge you late fees, penalties, or other charges for paying your rent late. It’s important to note that the eviction moratorium does not relieve you of your obligation to pay your rent. It merely forbids your landlord from evicting you during that period for late payment. For a detailed summary of the CARES Act Eviction Moratorium, please click here.

Utility Assistance

PG & E

PG&E has implemented a series of billing and service modifications to support customers who have been impacted by the pandemic:

  • Suspending service disconnections for non-payment and waiving security deposits;
  • Implementing flexible payment plan options; and
  • Providing additional support for low-income and medical baseline customers.
  • For more information, please click here.

    East Bay MUD

    EBMUD will not disconnect customers’ water service due to billing/payment issues during this health emergency. If your water has been shut off due to non-payment, please call EBMUD Customer Service at 1-866-403-2683 to make arrangements to restore service. In addition, EBMUD’s Customer Assistance Program helps reduce bills for customers facing economic hardships. For more information, go to