Union City has more COVID relief money for businesses, renters

Renters and small businesses in Union City that were impacted by COVID-19 have another chance to apply for financial relief.

The city of Union City is distributing $322,000 in grants through its Residential Rental Assistance Program and Road to Recovery Small Business Assistance Program. Grant applications are scheduled to become available at 9 a.m. Monday on the city website. Applications received by 5 p.m. on March 30 will be considered first. Additional applications will be reviewed after the first batch if funds remain.

The rental assistance program is available to rental households in Union City that make up to 80% of the median income in the area, which is $74,200 for a household of one and $106,000 for a household of four. They can receive up to $7,500 to cover three consecutive months of back rent.

Businesses with less than 500 employees, including the owner, are eligible for up to $10,000 grants or $20,000 loans if they have been in operation for at least nine months and have an active business license with the city, among other things.

The city is set to make the payments directly to landlords, utility providers and the like on behalf of recipients.

You can learn more about the programs at one of two informational meetings for residents and businesses scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 14 and noon on March 15.

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is also giving out grants of $2,500 to “microbusinesses,” or businesses that have fewer than five employees and earn less than $50,000 a year, in Alameda, Contra Costa and El Dorado counties. The deadline to submit an application to the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is March 12.

The businesses are eligible if they are currently in operation and were earning at least $1,000 but less than $2.5 million in revenue in 2019. Priority will be given to businesses serving low-to-moderate income and underserved communities, as well as businesses that have not received other COVID-19 relief funds.

Recipients are scheduled to be notified in late April and are expected to receive the funds by check.

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