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Community Development and Housing

Emergency rent relief coming soon for county residents

San Bernardino County has established the San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership, an emergency rental assistance program that will leverage more than $46.8 million in federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 funds to provide rental and utility assistance to county residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County has teamed up with Inland SoCal 211+ (ISC211) to administer the San Bernardino County RRP, which will provide up to 12 months of rental arrears and/or prospective rent payments, as well as utility arrears and prospective assistance.

“This program will bring much-needed relief to tenants trying desperately to stay in their homes and, in turn, landlords who have been hard-hit by the economic effects of the pandemic,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The county’s partnership with Inland SoCal 211+ is a key step toward economic recovery for our region.”

The county’s program will target its efforts to the most vulnerable individuals/households that have experienced the greatest impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Households must meet the following criteria to receive assistance:

Household Eligibility

  • Household must reside within San Bernardino County. Residents of the cities of Fontana and San Bernardino must submit applications directly to their respective cities for assistance. Applicants from these cities who apply for the County’s program will be redirected to their applicable programs.
  • Household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and have a household income at or below 50% of area median income (AMI). See Table 1:

Table 1

Number of

 Persons in Household

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

50% AMI $26,400 $30,150 $33,900 $37,650 $40,700 $43,700 $46,700 $49,700

 

  • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardships due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; or
  • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • One or more individuals within the 50% AMI household is unemployed as of the date of the application for assistance and has not been employed for the 90-day period preceding such date.

Assistance is Available!

ISC211 will begin accepting applications on Monday, April 12, 2021. Current plans call for the program to be available through December 31, 2021, or until all funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

For more information and to be placed on an interest list, please log on to the County’s website at http://sbcountycdha.com/community-development-and-housing-department or  ISC211’s website at https://iscuw.org/sbcrent

TO APPLY: Visit https://sbcrentrelief.org or dial 211 and select extension 5.

The county encourages landlords to proactively work with their tenants to complete applications as quickly as possible. Tenants are encouraged to work closely with landlords and to communicate their interest in participating in the program.

NOTICE: Households with a household income above 50% AMI, but below 80% AMI are being served by the State of California’s CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Please visit https://housing.ca.gov/. The State’s program is distinctively different from the County’s program in that it imposes payment restrictions, allowing 80% of total arrears to be paid, as opposed to the 100% paid by the County’s program. See Table 2:

Table 2

Number of

 Persons in Household

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

80% AMI $42,200 $48,200 $54,250 $60,250 $65,100 $69,900 $74,750 $79,550

 

About San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County is a highly diverse public service organization dedicated to the health and safety of the 2.2 million residents of America’s largest county. Governed by an elected five-member Board of Supervisors, San Bernardino County employs 23,000 public service professionals to provide services in the areas of public safety, health care, social services, infrastructure, economic development, housing, cultural enrichment, recreation, and more. For more information, visit sbcounty.gov.

Inland SoCal 211+, a program of Inland SoCal United Way

The Inland SoCal 211+ Contact Center provides 24/7 centralized, compassionate connection to all health and human services in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Established in 2005, we answer over 250,000 calls per year for housing, utilities, food, healthcare, employment, childcare, social service resources, veteran services, transportation, crisis intervention, and more. We operate specialty call lines for COVID-19 information and vaccine appointments. Inland SoCal 211+ also offers 48 in-house programs. These assist with needs such as job placement, homelessness resolution, rental assistance, and system navigation. The 2-1-1 Contact Center is AIRS Accredited and operated by trained, expert Community Resource Advisors. There is round-the-clock assistance in Spanish/English and live translation for more than 150 languages. Residents can reach services via the toll-free, easy access number 2-1-1, or by texting their zip code to 898-211.

What does your community need? We are listening!

Does your neighborhood have access to good housing, schools, jobs, healthcare, and other resources?

The County of San Bernardino is updating its Consolidated Plan and working on a fair housing study called an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing choice.  These plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban  Development (HUD) for the County to receive federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

The Consolidated Plan assesses the current housing market, discusses characteristics of the county’s population, identifies community improvement priorities, and outlines a five-year plan to fund and implement them.

Consolidated Plan Topics of Discussion:

• Citizen Participation and Consultation

• Affordable Housing

• Public and Assisted Housing

• Homeless and Other Special Needs 

• Public Facilities and Services

• Barriers to Affordable Housing

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) will identify barriers to equal access to housing and neighborhood opportunities and will propose strategies to overcome those barriers.

AI Topics of Discussion:

• Public Investment

• Access to Opportunity

• Land Use & Zoning

• Housing

• Housing Discrimination and Hate Crimes

• Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

The community’s opinions and perceptions are an important part of this study, and everyone is invited to participate. Your input will provide essential information to local policymakers, staff, housing providers, lenders, and affordable housing advocates. Click here to participate in the survey.

Supervisors direct funding toward community efforts to end homelessness

An estimated 3,400 homeless individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness will benefit from more than $6.6 million in state grant funding distributed today by the Board of Supervisors to 15 local agencies throughout the county.

Photo Credit: SCNG

An additional $2.3 million in grant funding will be distributed to seven additional local agencies in the near future.

The funds are a portion of nearly $9.4 million the county received from the $500 million Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, block grant funding program created by the state last year.

The county will use more than $6.3 million to support homeless prevention and diversion programs, general homeless services, homeless outreach, reentry services, emergency shelter response, utility assistance, moving assistance, transportation services, document readiness, eviction services and housing search and stability. Almost $1.3 million will go toward rental subsidies. More than $1 million will be set aside specifically to assist homeless youth, and $213,000 will go toward shelter acquisition projects to serve the homeless.

Funds will be provided to the cities of Barstow, Colton, Montclair, Redlands, Rialto and Upland, the Morongo Unified School District, and community organizations based in San Bernardino, Victorville, Twentynine Palms, Apple Valley, Redlands, Hesperia, Fontana and elsewhere collectively serving homeless throughout the entire county.

Ending homelessness in San Bernardino County is a priority for the Board of Supervisors, who created the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in 2007. In July 2016, the board launched an initiative to assist homeless veterans and since then has successfully housed 1,096 veterans. Since January 2017, 191 chronically homeless people with mental health issues have been housed.

San Bernardino County’s innovative approaches to address homelessness – which have received accolades at the state and national levels – focus on collaboration, creation of available dwelling units, whole-person healthcare, jobs, and technology.

On April 16, the Board of Supervisors and Gov. Gavin Newsom held a roundtable discussion about the county’s efforts to fight homelessness and solutions to the problem moving forward. Newsom said he was so inspired by the “big ideas” at work in San Bernardino County that he will work with the state Legislature to set aside funding in the state’s upcoming 2019-2020 budget to enhance support for the county’s efforts.

A series of free fair housing workshops

Learn about:

  • Federal and State fair housing laws
  • How to recognize and report discrimination
  • The protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children
  • New HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices

… and much more, during a series of fair housing workshops conducted free of charge by the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board.

Workshops will be held throughout May 2019 in various locations, including Chino Hills, Ontario, Big Bear Lake, Hesperia, Barstow, Rialto, San Bernardino, Chino, Needles and Upland. Click here for details in English and Spanish.

Affordable housing units for veterans available in Loma Linda

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino and the San Bernardino County Community Development and Housing Agency invites military veterans to apply for spots on the waiting list for 36 brand-new 2- and 3-bedroom apartments at Loma Linda Veterans Village.

Apartments come with refrigerators and dishwashers, while the community includes a club room with kitchen, basketball court, swimming pool, volleyball court, laundry facilities, computer lab and on-site management. Mobility-impaired households will have priority for nine units designed for their needs and hearing/sight-impaired households will have priority for five units designed for their needs.

Income and other restrictions apply. Applicants will be referred from the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino waitlist. Once qualified by the Housing Authority, applicants who are offered a unit will receive a Project-Based Voucher rental subsidy. Tenant rent will be up to 30 percent of the total household gross income as determined by the Housing Authority.

Applications are available for download at the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino website, http://ww2.hacsb.com/, or for pickup at any Housing Authority office.

Up-to-date information is available by calling 909-992-0931. Click here for more information about Loma Linda Veterans Village.

 

 

Project Connect event offers services to the homeless

Homeless and low-income individuals and families can access a variety of supportive services and information during the Project Connect outreach event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, hosted by the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and collaborative partners.

The event will provide free medical screenings, legal services, employment services, housing support services, child care information and services, senior services and more.  Additional information regarding other county services and resources will be available.

“The homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless often lack transportation and access to mainstream services,” said County Office of Homeless Services Chief Tom Hernandez.  “This is what makes the Project Connect event, and other events that bring together providers and those seeking services to one location, so vital to these individuals and the community.”

Project Connect will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Beginnings, Downtown Campus (formerly St. Paul’s United Methodist Church), located at 785 N. Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino.

Project Connect outreach events are held periodically throughout San Bernardino County to provide a centralized service delivery location where non-profit medical and social services providers can collaborate to best serve those in need.

For additional information on this or subsequent Project Connect outreach events, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership works to develop countywide public and private partnerships and to coordinate services and resources to end homelessness in San Bernardino County. SBCHP is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by working to create a sustainable system of community health, public safety, and housing. Information on the Countywide Vision, the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and the Community Development and Housing Agency can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Free workshops on housing rights and responsibilities

The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board will conduct a series of workshops on housing rights and responsibilities throughout the month of October at various locations throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Each workshop will cover federal and state fair housing laws, how to recognize and report discrimination, the protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children, new HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices and much more.

Workshops in San Bernardino County will include Oct. 9 in Apple Valley, Oct. 10 in Fontana, Oct. 15 in Joshua Tree, Oct. 16 in Needles, Oct. 17 in Victorville, and Oct. 25 in Rancho Cucamonga. Click here for a complete schedule with times and locations in English and Spanish.

To attend, register online here, call 1-800-321-0911, extension 150, or email mmontes@ifhmb.com.

 

 

 

Free workshops on housing rights and responsibilities

Learn about federal and state fair housing laws, how to recognize and report discrimination, the protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children, new HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices and much more during a series of free workshops being offered by the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board.

The board is conducting 10 workshops throughout San Bernardino County through the end of the month in Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Upland, Hesperia, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Needles, Rialto and Barstow, and an additional two in El Centro. Click here for details in English, and here for details in Spanish.

RSVP to attend one of the sessions here, email mmontes@ifhmb.com or call 909-984-2254, ext. 150.

 

 

Register now for the 2nd Annual Fair Housing Conference

Local community governments, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, housing developers, policymakers, real estate professionals and housing providers are invited to attend  the 2nd Annual Fair Housing Conference on April 11 in Ontario.

The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. IFHMB is excited to host the 2nd Annual Fair Housing Conference in recognition and celebration of this historic civil rights legislation that has transformed the lives of so many individuals and communities across our great nation.

The conference is expected to be a day of enrichment, recognition, continuing education, and exposure to current fair housing trends.

Join IFHMB to learn how to use housing as a platform to:

  • Create and sustain inclusive communities built on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity
  • Partner with local community organizations and municipalities to effectively “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing”
  • Identify and explore the objectives of the Fair Housing Act of 1968: past, present, and future

The conference ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, parking, conference materials and admittance per person. Click here for more information on how to register.

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