Residential Rental Assistance Program

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*UPDATE 10/20: The application period has been extended to Tuesday, October 27 at 5:00 pm.

*Aviso: Debido a la falta de solicitudes calificadas, el período de solicitud se ha extendido hasta el martes 27 de octubre de 2020 a las 5:00 p.m: https://fs27.formsite.com/unioncity/ASISTENCIADEALQUILER/index.html

This program is part of the City’s larger COVID-19 Response Grant Program which utilizes Federal Community Development Block Grants, Federal CARES Act funding, and other grant funding to support the community during this time.  Approximately $190,000 of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding has been allocated for a Residential Rental Assistance Program for Union City renters affected by the loss of income due to COVID-19. The City has contracted with the Fremont Human Services Department to administer the program.

The program will pay for up to two months of back rent (up to $3,500) for households earning up to 80% of area median income (as of Feb 28, 2020).  See below for application requirements, including income chart. The application period opens on October 6, 2020 at 9:00 am and end on October 27, 2020 at 5:00pm. All applications must be complete by this time to be considered.


Who is Eligible for Union City Residential Rental Assistance Program?  

In order to be eligible for Union City Residential Rental Assistance, renters must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be a Union City resident
  2. Job loss or loss of income is directly related to COVID-19
  3. Lease is in the applicant’s name
  4. Your Landlord must be willing to accept a 3rd party check and complete a W-9 Form
  5. Income at or below 80 % Area Medium Income. See chart below:

CDBG Income Limits - Alameda County

Alameda CountyNumber of Persons in Household
Income Category12345678
Extremely Low 30%$27,450
$31,350
$35,250
$39,150
$42,300
$45,450
$48,550
$51,700
Low 50%$45,700
$52,200
$58,750
$65,250
$70,500
$75,700
$80,950
$86,150
60% Limit$54,840
$62,640
$70,500
$78,300
$84,600
$90,840
$97,140
$103,380
Moderate 80%$73,100
$83,550
$94,000
$104,400
$112,800
$121,150
$129,500
$137,850


How will applications be evaluated?

In anticipation of a high volume of applications, priority will be given to applicants who fall under the following categories: 

  • Applicants with no additional resources for rental assistance
  • Applicants with incomes lower than 80 % of Area Median Income
  • Applicants who are rent burdened (rent is over 30% of household income)
  • Applicants who are single head of household with minor children
  • Applicants who have special circumstances (i.e. have high medical costs due to Covid-19)

How Do I Apply for the Union City Residential Rental Assistance Program?    

  • Complete the online application.
    • The on-line application requires the submission of documents that will need to be uploaded as part of the online application process.
    • Your application is not complete until all documentation is submitted, and once complete it will be evaluated and weighted according to the priorities above.
    • To apply by phone, you may call the Fremont Family Resource Center at 510-574-2000. Callers who get voicemail will be instructed to leave a message requesting assistance with the Union City Residential Rental Assistance Program with their name and phone number clearly stated.
    • Applicants will be notified of the results of the evaluation process. If selected for assistance, payment will be made directly to your landlord.

When Can I Apply?  

The application period opens on October 6, 2020 at 9:00am and will be open for two weeks. The application period will end on October 20, 2020 at 5:00pm. All applications must be complete by this time to be considered.

What Documentation Is Needed?

Please have the following documents ready BEFORE you start the application process. If you start the application and need to quit and come back to it later, please click "SAVE" and make an account. Otherwise, if you leave the application all information will be lost!

  1. Valid photo identification for the name of the person applying (i.e. valid driver’s license, State ID, passport etc.).
  2. Proof of job loss or loss of income as a result of COVID-19
    • Furlough or layoff notice on or after the Shelter-in-Place order was issued on March 17, 2020.
    • Proof of income for the entire household for the month of January or Feb 2020, i.e. pay stubs, benefit award letters, etc. If you are self-employed, and do not have an income statement or paycheck stub, submit page one and two of your 2019 Federal Tax return and include Schedule C.
    • Proof of all current sources of income and/or benefits for the household, if applicable, i.e. unemployment benefits, letter from government agency or printout of government benefits, etc.
  3. Documentation from the Landlord
    • IRS Form W-9 completed by the landlord (W-9 Form)
    • Applicant may submit completed W-9 OR the Landlord can send completed form to rentreliefUC@fremont.gov Landlord must type the tenant’s first and last name in the subject line.
    • Documentation from landlord for rent owed – signed by landlord or authorized representative.  The document should include the tenant’s name, the month(s), date(s) and amounts for rent owed after March 17, 2020.
  4. Copy of current lease in the Applicant's name.
  5. Rental assistance documentation from other sources, applicable
    • Copies of applications to other programs
    • Copies of approval/denial letters from other programs
    • Copies of latest status on application from other programs
    • Other:  _________________________________________

Examples include:  Housing Choice Voucher Program, Section 8, Seasons of Sharing, Abode Services Rapid Rehousing, Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funding, etc.

Who Do I Contact for More Information?

If you have questions regarding the program requirements or application process or would like to apply by phone, please call the Fremont Family Resource Center at 510-574-2000 or email staff at rentreliefUC@fremont.gov

Residential Rental Assistance Program On-line Application