Families impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
Fairfield, California – The City of Fairfield Housing Services Department has partnered with Legal Services of Northern California, Project Sentinel, and Shelter Inc., to provide assistance to Fairfield families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and are seeking assistance related to eviction or to prevent eviction.
On September 11, 2020, the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) released its third and final CARES Act funding. The City of Fairfield was allocated $691,599. The Guidance from HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, is that the funds be prioritized to “households struggling to meet their rental or mortgage obligations to stay afloat as our nation continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.”
Eviction prevention services
Legal Services of Northern California has been granted $25,000 and will provide eviction prevention services to low-income and senior Fairfield tenants. Legal Services attorneys will counsel tenants on their legal rights, advocate for tenants in resolving rental dispute before evictions, assist tenants in representing themselves in eviction proceedings, negotiate settlements in eviction proceedings, and provide limited representation in eviction proceedings. Fairfield residents can call (707) 643-0054 between 8:30 am and 5 pm Monday through Thursday to make an appointment.
Shelter Inc., has been granted $377,000 to provide rental assistance to low and moderate income families that have been impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The program will pay a family’s past due rent of up to 25% per month for six months. Residents can apply for services at www.shelterinc.org/renthelp Project Sentinel has been granted $70,000 and will offer free housing counseling, conciliation, and mediation to anyone involved in a housing dispute. As a neutral agency, Project Sentinel provides legal information and administers a panel of professional mediators who assist parties with issues around termination, security deposits, habitability, maintenance/repairs, and beyond. Fairfield residents can call (707)- 410-4003 or send an email to [email protected] for assistance.
Residents who are seeking assistance should contact the respective agencies directly.
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