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Housing/Emergency Assistance and Covid-19

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:24:46 -0700

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Honorable Council Members,

Thank you very much for taking on additional responsibility for the city during this emergency period. Following is a recommendation from Menlo Together regarding the city’s plans to address the Covid-19 emergency.

The Covid-19 emergency poses extra risks to many low-income families. People who have reduced work hours, or have been laid off, may have difficulty paying the rent or other bills.

Therefore, we thank you for the decision last night to modify the Community Housing Fund guidelines to better match the needs in our community.. In addition, given the COVID-19 situation that is evolving quickly, we recommend maximum flexibility to adapt to the challenges it will present.. Samaritan House has demonstrated their competency in being effective stewards of the resources entrusted to them, as was made clear in their presentation last night. The beauty of public-private partnerships like this is the expertise the private organizations bring to the table. Flexibility in our guidelines will allow Samaritan House to apply their expertise without barriers.

We would also like to urge city council to:consider a moratorium on evictions, as was supported by the San Jose City Council last night, according to the following news article: https://www.mercurynews.com/coronavirus-san-jose-adopts-moratorium-on-evictions-proposes-financial-aid-for-small-businesses

Finally, social service organizations will be strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we suggest the city hold a mid-year grant cycle for the Community Grant Fund, with an increase to the budget to reach the 1.7% of the general fund that is allowed. That would open up $194,000 to be allocated to COVID-19 rapid response.

The virus poses serious health risk to our neighbors who are elderly and have health conditions. It also poses a risk of eviction, homelessness and displacement to our neighbors who are economically vulnerable. For the safety of these individuals and the health of the entire community, we urge you to take these and other steps to protect those who are most vulnerable, whether physically or financially..

Thank you for your consideration,


Adina Levin

Menlo Together


Received on Wed Mar 11 2020 - 15:27:33 PDT

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