The City of Albany is continuing to provide essential services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including food and housing assistance. Details are outlined below.
On March 26th, the Albany City Council passed an urgency ordinance placing a temporary moratorium on foreclosures, evictions, and rent increases to protect those directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency. This applies to those who have lost full or partial income due to COVID-19. To qualify, you must notify your landlord of your lost income in writing and provide documentation to support your claim within 30 days after rent is due. The County and the State have also approved expanded protections for tenants during the COVID-19 emergency, but per the Governor's direction, the City of Albany has chosen to implement its own ordinance. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Tenant Protections webpage or contact the Community Development Department at 510-528-5760 or email@example.com.
The City of Albany’s Project HOPE, in collaboration with the City’s service provider Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP), has temporarily housed 10 people experiencing homelessness in Albany in hotel rooms, and provided food and basic need items. BFHP will continue to provide support to these individuals.
Food and Housing Assistance Available
Assistance and referrals to human services remain available in Albany during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are experiencing homelessness, and/or if you need help while sheltered in your home or know someone who does, please contact Albany CARES at 1 + (510) 524-9122. or please contact 211 here.
Assistance and referrals to services include:
- Meals-on-Wheels delivery for seniors
- Groceries: The Mercy Brown Bag Program will be delivering food items at the Senior Center on Friday. Bags of groceries will be filled and delivered by city staff to low-income seniors in Albany.
- Shelter and Housing
Additionally, the following services are available to qualifying Albany residents:
- The Berkeley Food Network pantry will remain open to Berkeley and Albany residents at their 1925 Ninth Street location at the following times:
- Monday – Thursday – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Monday & Wednesday – 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
- 1st & 3rd Saturdays – 10:00am to 12:00 noon
- The Berkeley Food Pantry will will remain open to Berkeley and Albany residents at their 1600 Sacramento Street location at the following times:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Albany Unified School District will provide grab-and go breakfast and lunch for youth 18 and under between 11:00am-1:00pm at the Albany High School Cafeteria, 603 Key Route Blvd.
A portable toilet and hand washing station is available for use in the Albany Community Center parking lot at 1249 Marin Avenue.
State & Federal Legislation
Nearly 200 banks in California (including most major banks) have agreed to a 90 day grace period for mortgage payments and a 60 day moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. Click here for more information, and to access other types of financial assistance (unemployment insurance, paid leave, etc.).
Federal Tax Filing Due Date Now June 15
The federal tax filing due date for all Americans has been moved to June 15th. For more information, visit the IRS website. *Please note that if you haven’t filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, it may be wise to file immediately in order to receive a federal relief payment.
Economic Impact Payments
The Federal Government will be sending direct payments to individuals earning under $99,000 a year. The size of the payment depends on income, reaching up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. The IRS will use 2018 and 2019 tax returns to determine eligibility and deposit money directly into individual bank accounts. If you did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you can file one now, even if you have no income, to qualify for the relief payment. The payment is expected to arrive within three weeks. For more information, visit the IRS website.
Congress has also expanded unemployment benefits, increasing the weekly benefit amount by $600. Part-time, self-employed, and gig workers are now eligible for unemployment insurance. Learn more and file a claim here.
Federal Student Loan Forbearance
In addition, interest on federal student loans has been waved and payments can be suspended until May 12th, 2020. Learn more and request forbearance.