COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Housing Resources

Published: 04/07/2020

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to pause evictions for renters through May 31, 2020. Tenants who are having issues may call the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County at 1-800-655-1812. Callers will receive a call back within 24 hours.

For additional informaton visit: https://calmatters.org/health/coronavirus/2020/03/california-coronavirus-evictions-covid19-newsom-ban/


California Housing Finance Agency: Supports the needs of renters and homebuyers by providing financing and programs

City of Riverside: Office of Homeless Solutions

City of Riverside: Housing Authority

Community Associations Institute: Resources for Community Associations

Fair Housing of Riverside County: Counseling services available to assist residents with landlord-tenat concerns and mortgage assistance.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides rental assistance grants to renter(s) who meet certain requirements and are in danger of eviction due to loss of income related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants do not have to be repaid and will cover up to three months’ rent at up to 100% of the unpaid past due amount.

   - Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: (800) 655-1812
   - Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.: (951) 334-8068, (951) 334-7205, and (951) 334-7275

For application assistance call: (951) 682-6581 or email: rentassistance@fairhousing.net

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

HUD: US Department of Housing and Urban Development Covid-19 Resources

Rental Assistance Programs: If you're looking for rental payment assistance programs, please contact Riverside County Community Connect at 211 or 800-464-1123, or online.

LightHouse Social Service Centers Veteran Resources: Resources for Emergency Housing Assistance, Rapid Re-Housing and Homeless Prevention Services for SSVF eligible veterans.
   - Susan Kershner, Lead Case Manager LightHouse Social Service Centers SSVF Program:

   - Rochelle Lewis-Kerr, Housing Manager LightHouse Social Service Centers SSVF Program:

   - Elizabeth Alonso, Intake Specialist LightHouse Social Service Centers SSVF Program: 

Riverside County’s United Lift Rental Assistance ProgramThe United Lift Rental Assistance Program is a coordinated effort between Riverside County, United Way of the Inland Valleys, and Lift To Rise to keep 10,000 Riverside County families and residents housed between the months of June and November by providing one-time support in direct rental assistance.
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Temporary Moratorium on Tenant Evictions Due to COVID-19

Volunteer Center of Riverside County: Dial 2-1-1



Federal and state government mortgage relief programs have been put in place with the support of private lenders to provide mortgage forbearance and grace periods to homeowners and renters who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.


What can I do if I cannot pay my home mortgage as a result of the COVID-19 emergency?

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) with the support of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Federal Home Loan Banks have provided some financial relief to assist homeowners who have been impacted by the coronavirus may be eligible for a mortgage forbearance plan to reduce or suspend their mortgage payments for up to 12 months during which, you won’t incur late fees, you won’t have delinquencies reported to the credit bureaus, and foreclosure and other legal proceedings will be suspended.

In addition, Governor Newsom’s office along with the support of JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers have agreed to provide major financial relief for millions of Californian homeowners (see list of financial institutions participating here). Eligibility will be determined by individual lenders and homeowners may receive relief in the form of a 90 day grace period for mortgage payments with no negative impacts to their credit scores as a result of the relief, and relief from mortgage related fees and Certificate of Deposits (CD). There will also be a 60 day moratorium where financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions, consistent with applicable guidelines.

Please note these are not loan forgiveness programs. The mortgage relief efforts initiated by the state and federal government are intended to provide temporary relief to homeowners during the COVID-19 crisis, however, each loan holder will need to work out a payment plan with their lender.

Please note that homeowners are encouraged to continue making at least partial mortgage payments to ease prolonged financial hardship and have less interest accrue on the principal balance.

This information and more can be found here:

Federal Mortgage Assistance for Homeowners Affected by COVID-19