Millions of dollars in new rent relief is available for Riverside County landlords and tenants affected by economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors in February approved $57 million in federal funds from the US Treasury Department.
The rental assistance program, called United Lift, is a joint effort of Lift to Rise, Inland SoCal United Way and the county and is operated by United Way. Last year, the program distributed some $33 million in rental assistance.
“Riverside County looks forward to seeing this next round of assistance delivered quickly and efficiently to as many residents as possible and is grateful to our nonprofit partners for their work in securing these funds for people. who need it most,” Riverside County said. Karen Spiegel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Applications for the next round of aid began Monday, March 8. The program will continue until funds run out or until December 31, 2021, whichever comes first.
Here’s what United Lift’s 2021 program covers:
- The one-time rental assistance covers up to 12 months of unpaid rent from March 13, 2020 until the time of application, plus an additional three months of future rent.
- Eligibility is limited to Riverside County tenants with a current tenancy agreement who earn 80% or less of the area’s median income and can document loss of income due to COVID-19 impacts that prevent them from paying their rent. rent.
- Rent relief is provided regardless of immigration status.
- Priority will be given to households with incomes below 50% of the median income for the area, as well as households with one or more adults who have not been employed in the 90 days prior to submitting applications.
- Landlords whose tenants have outstanding debt balances can tell their tenants about the program.
- Landlords are the recipients of the money and will receive payment credited to the tenant’s account.
More information on eligibility and the application portal can be found at UnitedLift.org.
Grant funds for non-profit housing organizations
Two nonprofit housing organizations have received more than $680,000 in grants from NeighborWorks America.
Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services received a grant of $295,000 and Inland Empire Neighborhood Housing Services received $394,500.
The missions of NPHS and NHSIE are to help San Bernardino County residents access affordable housing, revitalization projects, wealth-creation initiatives, and small business services.
“Funding from NeighborWorks America is critical to the economic recovery of our local communities, residents and businesses,” NPHS CEO Clemente Mojica said in a statement.
Mojica said the money will help NPHS fund services to underserved communities and provide business owners with tools to grow in difficult times.
Opening of a cash center in Fontana
The Credit Union of Southern California opened a full-service branch in Fontana, sharing space with two other credit unions.
The institutions call the shared space the Credit Union Center, serving members of Anaheim Hills-based CU SoCal, Gardena-based Pacific Transportation Federal Credit Union (PacTrans) and Riverside-based Printing Industries Credit Union.
“Credit unions are financial cooperatives, and as such we follow a unique set of principles,” said Dave Gunderson, president and CEO of CU SoCal. “One of these principles is cooperation between cooperatives. We achieve this by working together as credit unions for the financial well-being of our members and the community.
CU SoCal’s Fullerton branch also shares space with PacTrans FCU.
The children’s academy comes to Corona
Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care is developing a Corona location expected to open in early 2022.
The company signed a lease with Bedford Marketplace LLC for 9,990 square feet of retail space for a new site at 2570 Bedford Canyon Road.
The new location will serve children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, offering full-time, before and after school care.
Franchise owners in Corona are Nemi and Payal Kotadiya.
“Corona has seen residential growth over the past 5 years and lacked retail. The KA site will be surrounded by necessary commercial co-tenants to help support the residential population,” said Jeff Brazier, director of development at Kiddie Academy.
The Corona site will have a 12,000 square foot playground, including separate play areas for infants, preschoolers and school-aged children.
Frank Trujillo is the new sales manager for Solar Atmospheres of California in Fontana. He has over 30 years of experience in the metals industry, including military and commercial aerospace, medicine and power generation. “Frank’s extensive experience in the aerospace industry is a good fit with Solar’s expertise and capabilities,” said Derek Dennis, president of SCA.
Two Inland Empire residents were recently honored by the Orange County Regional Center at its 24th Annual Spotlight Awards. The program recognizes their efforts to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.
The RCOC Achievement Award went to Sean Watson of Chino Hills. He is the Risk Manager for Quality Assurance at the Orange County Regional Center
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Joan McKinney of Redlands. She is the executive director of Vocational Visions at Mission Viejo.
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