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Posted on: October 2, 2020

City Launches COVID-19 Response Grant Program

The City of Union City has launched its COVID-19 Response Grant Program that will distribute approximately $440,000 in grants funds and forgivable loans to the community to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. The City will offer three programs: a Food Security Grant Program, Residential Rental Assistance P­rogram, and a Road to Recovery Small Business Assistance Program. 

The Residential Rental Assistance program will open for applications on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, and will close on Tuesday, October 20.This 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 and is meant for Union City renters affected by loss of income due to COVID-19. The City has allocated approximately $190,000 of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the rental assistance program. 

The Road to Recovery Small Business Assistance Program application window also opens on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, and closes when the City receives 50 applications, or Tuesday, October 20 (whichever comes first). This program allocates approximately $200,000 of Federal CARES Act CDBG funding to cover expenses such as past-due rent, mortgage, or utilities (up to three months of assistance in arrears) and operational adjustments and/or improvements to respond to COVID-19. These funds are available as forgivable loans of up to $10,000. (forgivable upon submittal of a 2020 tax return showing the recipient did not receive any duplicative aid)

The Food Security Grant Program application window opened Wednesday, September 30, 2020 and closes on October 14, 2020. For this program, the City will be using $50,000 in grant funds from East Bay Community Energy to address food security issues within the community. The funds will be provided to Union City based community-based organizations who distribute food in the community to support and expand their operations and geographic reach.

For more information on these grant programs and to access the applications, visit https://www.unioncity.org/COVID19ResponseGrantProgram

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