UPDATE (8 p.m.): The Bakersfield City Council approved the $13.6 million in rent relief, plus an additional $9 million at the city council meeting on Wednesday.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County renters behind on their rent and utilities now have access to over $14 million in aid linked to the COVID pandemic. Millions more are expected to be approved for renters and landlords.
California’s eviction moratorium will expire in 15 days. If the City of Bakersfield approves phase 2 of the state renter assistance program it will bring millions more in relief.
“It can be a perilous time to be unstable and to not know where you’re living,” District 5 Supervisor Leticia Perez said.
Housing is key. That is the name of the statewide campaign that aims to connect renters and landlords with agencies that can provide the funds.
In Kern County, funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be distributed by the Kern County Housing Authority.
Funds include the recent $14.4 million that the board of supervisors approved Tuesday afternoon.
“Kern County made a second round of investments into our renters,” Perez said.
Up next, the Bakersfield City Council will consider accepting over $9 million during Wednesday’s city council meeting.
“I’m looking forward to the city’s approval this evening,” Perez said. “So that we can streamline and make it as simple not only for renters but for landlords.”
Renters that are in need of assistance can apply for aid at www.rup.kernha.org
“Don’t give up, help is on the way,” Perez said. “We do not need any more people homeless at our navigation centers, at tent cities around this community.”