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 are for current SparkPoint clients who have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. Thank you to 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.

 

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United Way Bay Area Receives $750,000 Grant From Wells Fargo To Launch Rental Relief Fund

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FUNDING FOCUS

Funding will support housing insecurities of those affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.

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 focused on increased need areas such as in 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

What counties will be covered by the COVID-19 Community Relief Funds?

The funds will cover United Way Bay Areas 8 county service area Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties.

How will UWBA Rental Relief Funds be distributed?

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.

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

SparkPoint at Cañada College

website: https://canadacollege.edu/sparkpoint/

Contact Phone: 650-381-3550

Contact Name: Adolfo Leiva

Contact Email: CanSparkPoint@smccd.edu

SparkPoint Contra Costa

website: https://www.facebook.com/SparkPointContraCosta/

Contact Phone: West Office: 510-779-3200  East Office: 925-252-2317

Contact Name: Betty Geishirt Cantrell

Contact Email: bgeishirtcantrell@richmondcf.org

SparkPoint Fremont

website: http://www.fremont.gov/241/SparkPoint

Contact Phone: 510-574-2007

Contact Name: Judy Schwartz

Contact Email: jschwartz@fremont.gov

SparkPoint Marin

website: https://www.marinhhs.org/community-resource-guide/sparkpoint-marin

Contact Phone: 415-526-7531

Contact Name: Heather Bettini

Contact Email: HBettini@camarin.org

SparkPoint Napa

website: http://www.theneighborhoodinitiative.org/family-resource-centers

Contact Phone: 707-734-3778

Contact Name: Susana Garcia

Contact Email: susana@theneighborhoodintiative.org

SparkPoint Oakland

SparkPoint Solano

website: https://www.childnet.org/sparkpoint

Contact Phone: 707-4221-7229 x106

Contact Name: Ronda Kogler

Contact Email: rjkogler@childnet.org

SparkPoint San Jose

website: https://econmobility.org/spark-point-san-jose/

Contact Phone: 408-918-5199

Contact Name: Vanessa Muñiz

Contact Email: sparkpoint@sjeccd.edu

SparkPoint at Skyline College

website: http://skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint/

Contact Phone: 650-738-7038

Contact Name: Chad Thompson

Contact Email: thompsonc@smccd.edu

SparkPoint College of San Mateo

website: https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/sparkpoint

Contact Phone: 650-574-6656

Contact Name: Nicole Salviejo

Contact Email: csmsparkpoint@smccd.edu

Catholic Charities SF

website: https://www.catholiccharitiessf.org/

Contact Phone: 415-743-0019

Contact Name: Erick Brown

Contact Email: EBrown@catholiccharitiessf.org

Can I direct my gift to a specific county?

Funds raised will be shared between the United Ways based upon mutual assessment of local needs. 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 housing insecurities of those affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.

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.