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COVID-19 UPDATE: The City of Walnut Creek is coordinating with Contra Costa Health Services, the local public health authority, on the developing COVID-19 pandemic. For local information, updates and resources about COVID-19 visit walnut-creek.org/coronavirus

Housing and Social Services during COVID-19

To stay up to date with information from the City of Walnut Creek about the novel COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Executive Order N-37-20 - Statewide Eviction Moratorium

On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-37-20.The executive order bans the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.  This order now applies statewide, and is intended to provide immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. For more information about tenant protections, please visit our Tenant/Landlord page.

Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-14 - Contra Costa County

On April 21, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors signed Ordinance No. 2020-14, prohibiting evictions of residential and commercial real property tenants within the County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also establishes a moratorium on rent increases. This order will be in place through May 31, 2020, or any subsequent extensions approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Resources for Eviction Help

ECHO (Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity) Housing provides Fair Housing ServicesHomeseeking ServicesFirst Time Homebuyer EducationRental Assistance, as well as Tenant/Landlord Services. The City of Walnut Creek will refer most tenant/landlord cases to ECHO Housing.

Due to the rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa County and Alameda County, in addition to the orders from the Health Departments and Governor Gavin Newsom, ECHO Housing’s offices are currently closed, however staff can be reached remotely at 510-581-9380 or toll-free 855-275-3246 or contact@echofairhousing.org.

Accessibility to Technology for Under-served Students K-12

The COVID-19 pandemic closed schools across the state. Students and teachers are now performing distance learning, attempting to resume school via telecommunication. Yet, many families and students in California do not have proper or reliable internet connection or computers, which makes it impossible for distance learning to be effective in some households. In early April, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on companies in the technology sector to donate and contribute enough resources for 70,000 students, and those companies have responded by donating tablets, laptops, and hotspots to areas where the need is the highest. 

To read the Governor's full announcement to Support Distance Learning and Bridge the Digital Divide, click here.

Click here to see the breakdown of the California Telecommunication Fund distribution.

Grantee Services and Resources

This section lists which partner organizations are continuing their services during the pandemic. Click on the organization's name to be redirected to their website.

Crisis Intervention Services
Senior Services
Homeless/Homeless Prevention Services
Other Social Services
Child and Working Parent Resources
Affordable Housing Opportunities