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In this issue: Alameda County Moves to Orange Tier, Emergency Rental Assistance, Tenant Rights Workshop, Oakland Public Library Express, Guaranteed Income Town Hall, Upcoming Meetings & Events
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April 2, 2021
NEWS FROM THE CITY OF OAKLAND
 
 
In this issue: Alameda County Moves to Orange Tier, Emergency Rental Assistance, Tenant Rights Workshop, Oakland Public Library Express, Guaranteed Income Town Hall, Upcoming Meetings & Events
Alameda County Moves to State’s Orange Tier Allowing More Activities, Higher Capacities
 
Today, Alameda County advanced to the Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework. In the Orange Tier, bars where no meals are provided are able to open outdoors only; office workspaces for nonessential businesses may reopen with modifications, however, telework is still encouraged; indoor dining increases to 50% capacity; retail store capacity increases to 100%; gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios may increase indoor capacity to 25% with modifications; and indoor pools may reopen at limited capacity; however, hot tubs, saunas, indoor water parks and steam rooms must remain closed. Movie theaters may expand indoor operations to 50% of maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. Hair salons, barbershops and personal care services may continue to operate indoors with modifications. For the full roster of activities, visit covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ and enter Alameda in the search field.
 
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Struggling to pay rent?  Have past due utility bills? Are you a housing provider who is owed rent? You may qualify for Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Program eligibility:
  • Income is no greater than $65,250 for a 4-person household
  • Qualify for unemployment or experiencing financial hardship
  • At risk of experiencing housing instability or homelessness

To apply, visit: hpp.bayareacs.org or call one of our partners:
  • Bay Area Community Services: 510.899.9289
  • Catholic Charities East Bay: 510.860.4985
  • Eviction Defense Center: 510.452.4541

 
Tenant Rights Workshop
Join us for an overview of your rights and responsibilities under the Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction Ordinances. Topics include:
  • Rent levels and rent control
  • Security Deposits
  • Repairs
  • Harassment
  • Evictions

Wednesday, April 14, 5:30 – 7pm.
 
Oakland Public Library Express to Launch April 19
Beginning the week of April 19, the Oakland Public Library (OPL) will open 16 locations for indoor OPL Express service. Most locations, including the African American Museum and Library (AAMLO) and the Eastmont Branch, will offer select in-person services during limited business hours.

The Asian Branch Library and the Oakland Tool Lending Library will continue to offer Sidewalk Service due to ongoing facility improvements.

With OPL Express, library users will be able to access modified library services including limited browsing, checkout of materials, and computer use. Gathering and play spaces will remain closed. Patrons can expect welcoming staff available to help them navigate OPL Express services and safety protocols.

 
Save the Date: April 15 Guaranteed Income Town Hall
Last week the Mayor's Office launched Oakland Resilient Families, a pilot to provide 600 low-income BIPOC Oakland families with a monthly $500 guaranteed income for 18 months. They will be hosting a Town Hall on April 15 to address questions and to reach more families.
 
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