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'It's ONME Local' reviews COVID-19 rental assistance, mobile vaccines and BCSD superintendent leaves

City of Fresno's rental assistance program launches; Kingsburg Fire Dept. is doing mobile COVID-19 vaccines; Tulare County moved to red tier and Bakersfield superintendent leaves to San Bernardino

By ONME Newswire

In the Central Valley edition of It's ONME Local, producer host, Julia Dudley Najieb, reviews in depth the City of Fresno press conference with Mayor Jerry Dyer and Council President Luis Chavez presenting the City of Fresno’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program began on March 15. It is specifically available to residents in the City of Fresno that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and are unable to pay their full amount of rent and utilities from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

The City of Fresno has received nearly $35 million from the federal and state governments to provide emergency rental assistance grants to improve housing stability.

The City along with six community-benefit organizations (CBOs) will process the applications and provide relief to both landlords and tenants.

Subject to availability of funding, the City of Fresno will pay 80% of an eligible tenant’s past due rent owed if the landlord accepts that as full payment of the debt and agrees to forgive the remaining 20% balance from that same time period. For landlords who do not participate in this program, the City will pay the eligible tenant 25% of the rent owed between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 to provide the eligible tenant the protections afforded to them by SB 91.

Meanwhile, Kingsburg partnered up with Fresno County to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccines to seniors: The Kingsburg Fire Department led by Chief Daniel Perkins, is the first fire department to help distribute the vaccines door to door for vulnerable populations, seniors and those who do not have internet access.

Out of all the Central Valley Counties, Tulare County is the only one cleared to move into the red tier, based on the state of California's four-tier system regarding COVID-19 risk-level metrics.

The final news of this episode includes The Bakersfield City School District Superintendent Doc Ervin, who has served BCSD since 2016. Ervin will now become the Superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District starting the 2021 school year.


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