In this blog you will find information provided by County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center regarding the Federal Stimulus Package for families, housing and evictions moratorium, and FAQ's regarding Shelter in Place (provided in multiple languages).
Federal Stimulus Package Summary
On Friday, the House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus package passed by the Senate earlier this week. The President signed the bill Friday afternoon. This legislation is the biggest economic relief package in modern American history. It is intended to deliver critical financial support to businesses forced to close and relief to American families and hospitals dealing with the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the resulting economic disruption.
Board of Supervisors Pass Countywide Moratorium on Evictions
On Tuesday, March 24, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted a temporary urgency ordinance to prohibit evictions through May 31, 2020. The order applies to residential and commercial properties, providing protections to renters and small businesses. Under the ordinance, the owner of residential real property or commercial real property cannot evict a tenant for failure to pay rent, if the tenant demonstrates that the failure to pay rent is directly related to a substantial loss of income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with COVID-19.
The ordinance is modeled from similar measures adopted by San Francisco and San Jose. Under emergency authority granted by the Governor, the ordinance applies to all 15 cities inside the geographic boundaries of Santa Clara County as well as unincorporated areas. If a local city adopts an ordinance or regulation that is more protective of tenants, that ordinance or regulation will apply.
It is important to note that nothing in this ordinance relieves a tenant of the obligation to pay rent or restricts a landlord’s ability to recover rent due. Upon expiration or termination of the ordinance, tenants must pay all past due rent within 120 days. The Board of Supervisors has the option of extending the end date of the ordinance if the public health emergency persists. FAQ’s in multiple languages are being developed, and we will share them as they become available. In the meantime, you can read the ordinance text here.
Local Health Officer Shelter in Place Order FAQs and Enforcement
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for our local Health Officer Order, continues to be updated, and is available in several languages in addition to English:
If you have a concern regarding enforcement of the Order, the County of Santa Clara District Attorney's Office has established a phone number and email for individuals or businesses to report a non-essential business operating in violation of the Health Officer Order to Shelter in Place. Reports of businesses operating in violation of the order can be directed to email@example.com. A voicemail can be left by calling (408) 792-2300 in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Please continue to monitor this situation closely. More information and regular updates can be found on the County Public Health website and the CDC website.
Any school-related questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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