United Way Bay Area Rental Relief Fund

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The United Way Bay Area Rental Relief Fund, created by Wells Fargo, launched on July 14 and is providing rental assistance to families through UWBA’s existing network of SparkPoint Centers and community partners.
Eligibility for rental assistance funds is for current SparkPoint clients who have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. We thank Wells Fargo for their initial donation of $750,000, but more support is needed.
Initial response has been overwhelming, with over 500 requests in the first week alone, which reflects the growing need within our region.
UWBA is leveraging Wells Fargo’s donation and actively working to raise an additional $2.5 million over the next six months, which will allow UWBA to serve more families with rental assistance across the region.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUND
United Way Bay Area Receives $750.00 Grant From Wells Fargo To Launch Rental Relief Fund

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FUNDING FOCUS

Funding will support those affected by the COVID-19 health crisis who are experiencing housing insecurity.
The initial funds are part of the $175 million that Wells Fargo announced to support nonprofits and communities playing a key role in COVID-19 relief efforts in food security, housing/shelter, small business, and financial health. Since March, UWBA has raised and distributed more than $5.3 million for COVID-19-related support across 8 counties in our region. Rental assistance is part of UWBA’s post-COVID recovery strategy, which is focused on increased need areas such as education, childcare, mental health, and financial stability.
Ten SparkPoint locations will help distribute rental assistance funds to current and new SparkPoint clients. We are also partnering with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to distribute funding in two of the counties. The funding will allow SparkPoint centers to address gaps that exist with other rental assistance funds and will be distributed based on each SparkPoint center’s specific needs.

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UWBA RENTAL RELIEF FUND FAQ

1. What counties will be covered by the COVID-19 Community Relief Funds?A: The funds will cover United Way Bay Area’s 8 county service areas: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties.

2. How will UWBA Rental Relief Funds be distributed?
A. Ten SparkPoint locations will distribute rental assistance funds to current and new SparkPoint clients who have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. We are also partnering with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to distribute funding in two of the counties. The funding will allow SparkPoint centers to address gaps that exist with other rental assistance funds and will be distributed based on each SparkPoint center’s specific needs.

3. Which SparkPoint locations will be part of the rental relief distribution process?

SparkPoint at Cañada College
SparkPoint Contra Costa
SparkPoint Fremont
SparkPoint Marin
SparkPoint Napa
SparkPoint Oakland
SparkPoint Solano
SparkPoint San Jose
SparkPoint at Skyline College
SparkPoint College of San Mateo

Can I direct my gift to a specific county? If you wish to direct your gift to a specific county, please add a comment to your donation using the following parameters: COVID-19-[county name]. (Example: COVID-19-Alameda County).

What will funding be used for? Funding will support those affected by the COVID-19 health crisis who are experiencing housing insecurity.
Will there be an administrative charge applied to rental relief fund donations?
To support administrative and processing costs, a 5% fee will be withheld from all fund contributions.
Who do I contact for additional information about this fund?

For information about eligibility and how the funds will be distributed, please contact Khammany Mathavongsy
For information about donating additional funds, please contact Thea Hashagen 



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