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Berkeley assistance.

In addition to the programs for Berkeley California indicated below, find additional ways to get help from Alameda County organizations.

Berkeley Housing Retention Program

This assistance program awards cash grants based on the concept that Berkeley residents would be able to pay rent if it were not for a temporary emergency or financial setback. In order to qualify for the maximum housing and / or rental assistance of $2,000 that the program offers residents, applicants must provide an eviction notice as well as supporting documentation that they can support their monthly rent and expenses after the temporary financial setback improves.

The program, which was run by only one agency in the past, now has eight administering agencies that are part of the program and that provide aid, including various senior centers and the East Bay Community Law Center. (phone 510.548.4040 )

While the rent assistance program usually awards the cash grants in a one-time amount, it also gives small sums to help pay bills and rent over a few months with the expectation that the household's income will increase and improve over time.

Find additional ways to get help paying rent.

Berkeley energy bill help

Spectrum Community Services administers programs on behalf of the City of Berkeley. They offer residents the federal government funded Weatherization & LIHEAP Programs (Low Income Heating, Energy Assistance Program). The weatherization program provides free energy saving upgrades including  weather stripping, caulking, floor and attic insulation, compact fluorescent lamps and bulbs. Some people may even be able to receive energy efficient appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Both LIHEAP and weatherization are for low-income residents to help them pay utility bills, and help them reduce gas and electricity usage. The LIHEAP program provides cash grants for energy bill payment assistance. Phone number is 510-881-0300.





Home safety and repair program

Get minor home and safety improvements from the Berkeley Home Safety and Repair Program, a program of the City of Berkeley. (510-981-7764) The program is known as the Berkeley Home Safety and Repair Program, and it was created to help low to moderate income, the elderly and other Berkeley homeowners with free home repairs. In addition, if needed, individuals can get access improvements, such as mobility, to help residents to remain in their homes safely and comfortably. Typical home repairs conducted by the program include seismic improvements, fixing plumbing leaks, door and window lock repairs and replacements, roof and gutter leaks, electrical outlet and light fixture repairs, carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation, and dry rot or termite repairs. Click here to read more on home repairs.





By Jon McNamara

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