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The United Way Bay Area Rental Relief Fund, created with initial funding of $750,000 from Wells Fargo, was launched in July 2020 and has been providing rental assistance to families through UWBA’s existing network of SparkPoint Centers, Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) agencies, and additional community partners in the Bay Area. The intent of the rental assistance funding is to fill gaps in federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and state SB91 funding. It is targeted mostly for renters and those impacted by COVID-19. We are grateful to Wells Fargo for their initial donation of $750,000.


Individuals and families who have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19 with any of the following criteria are eligible for these rental assistance funds:

  • Economically Impacted by COVID-19 (e.g., job loss, reduction in hours, difficulty paying rent or mortgage, food insecurity)
  • Need support for long-term recovery
  • Do not quality for ERAP funding or where ERAP funding would be cumbersome
  • Need just 1-2 months of rental assistance
  • Are at risk of losing housing if not for this assistance



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

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Funding will support those affected by the COVID-19 health crisis who are experiencing housing insecurity.

SparkPoint centers are currently distributing rental assistance funds. We are also partnering with our Labor Community Services Program in San Francisco, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, UpValley Family Center, and the Emergency Assistance Network in Santa Clara County to distribute funding more widely across the Bay Area.


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.

How will UWBA Rental Relief Funds be distributed?

A. SparkPoint centers, Emergency Assistance Network agencies, and other community partners are distributing rental assistance funds to eligible individuals and families who have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. We are also partnering with Samaritan House and the CORE Agencies to distribute funding in San Mateo County.

Which SparkPoint locations and EAN community partners will be part of the rental relief distribution process?

SparkPoint locations: SparkPoint at Cañada College SparkPoint Contra Costa SparkPoint Marin SparkPoint Napa SparkPoint Oakland SparkPoint Solano SparkPoint San Jose SparkPoint at Skyline College SparkPoint College of San Mateo SparkPoint at Chabot College EAN Community Partners Catholic Charities of the East Bay Community Services Agency of Mountain View LifeMoves Sacred Heart Community Service Salvation Army SF Clout Sunnyvale Community Services UpValley Family Center Napa West Valley Community Services

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 at [email protected] For information about donating additional funds, please contact our Development Team using this form

What if I don’t live by one of the agencies distributing rental assistance?

In addition to SparkPoint, there are a number of agencies in the Bay Area assisting families with rent. Please call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to be referred to additional resources in your county.