Legal-name: Jamboree Housing Corporation
Address: 17701 Cowan Avenue, Suite 200
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Contacttitle: Senior Director, Community Impact
GrantPurpose: Emergency Rental Assistance Program and supportive services to low-income residents in Long Beach
Periodoftime: 2 months
Audienceserved: Low-income, elderly, families
Demoofaudience: One hundred percent of our residents qualify as low-to-moderate income. Our residents include working families, veterans, residents with special needs, seniors who are aging in place, adults living with mental illness, and families who were previously homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
District: District 1, District 6
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : As an affordable housing provider, our residents have been disproportionately hard-hit by closures related to COVID-19 and the economic impact of this pandemic. As of April 1, about 10% of our households were unable to pay their rent and we expect that number to grow to 30% in May. Even before the present crisis, one in three California households could not meet basic needs due to exorbitant housing prices (California Housing Partnership, 2019). With the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect these statistics to grow even grimmer as low-income residents face job and wage loss, decreased opportunities, and difficulty securing childcare.
We are working proactively and cooperatively with our property management vendors at two affordable housing communities in Long Beach to ensure that our residents can focus on the health and safety of their communities and families and comply with state directives to stay at home as much as possible. To assist residents suffering from lost wages, we are exploring solutions including flexible interest free, no penalty repayment plans for past due rent. We have activated our Emergency Rental Assistance Program in order to help as many residents as possible with rent concessions that will forgive one month’s rent. In addition to ensuring our residents are able to stay in their homes during this unprecedented situation, we are sharing resource guides with our residents and assisting them with securing the household essentials, supplemental food and services they need now.
Our Emergency Rental Assistance Program is projected to serve 185 Long Beach residents in 78 households over the next two months.
Effective April 1, we have suspended evictions for nonpayment of rent during this health crisis. This will continue through May 31 and may be extended as needed. Many of our residents worked in March and were able to pay rent on April 1. However, we are already aware of many more residents – up to 30% – will not be able to pay rent in May. We continue to work with our property management partners to discuss creative and proactive ways to assist residents.
We have more than 35 staff members calling each resident to conduct well checks and assess needs, especially our senior and special needs residents. The top four requests have been for rental assistance, food, educational resources for children, and mental health resources. Because all group gatherings such as food distribution at our communities were discontinued, our resident services team continues to deliver food door to door. We are working to educate residents on how to qualify for federal stimulus funding by linking them to free online tax filing. We are helping residents apply for unemployment, including identifying needed documents and navigating the online system. We have also created a Virtual Afterschool program and packaged Activity Kits so that we can continue to connect with kids and provide relief for their parents.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding? A grant for $9,000 will fund our Emergency Rental Assistance Program for two months. Our residents include working poor families, veterans, seniors, adults with mental illness and formerly homeless families. Many of our residents face job, hour or wage cuts. They are scrambling to balance childcare with work. We are receiving multiple calls from residents everyday who are afraid they may be evicted because they won’t be able to make rent and will lose the financial progress they’ve fought to make since moving into our communities.
As a nonprofit and housing owner/operator, we have the capacity to accept donations and let our residents apply to us for a rent concession. This will allow us to vet those who truly have needs due to this public health crisis and offer them a month’s free rent. Directing funds through this program allows residents to accept this one-time benefit without putting their future tenancy at risk as a result of a new income source that could put them in a higher income bracket.
Our Resident Services program is dependent on the rent at these properties, so we are especially at risk if people are unable to pay rent. Continuation of these service programs and deferral of rent may result in operational issues, depending on the length and severity of social distancing measures and the accompanying financial crisis. Funding from the Long Beach Community Foundation will help offset those impacts.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? One hundred percent of our residents qualify as low-to-moderate income. Our residents include working families, veterans, residents with special needs, seniors who are aging in place, adults living with mental illness, and families who were previously homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? Anaheim Community Foundation – $10,000
SoCalGas – $2,500
Q5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: Sacramento Region Disaster Fund – $10,000 pending
OC Community Resilience Fund – $50,000 pending