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 Services, Homeseeking Services, First Time Homebuyer Education, Rental 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- The Contra Costa Crisis Center, aka 211 Contra Costa, provides service referrals to a variety of everyday issues. Call 211 to speak to an operator or visit 211.org.
- Community Violence Solution provides support services to children and adult victims of sexual assault. The CVS hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-670-7273.
- The Crisis Line will remain open and is the best and real-time access point for clients – call 1-888-215-5555 for services.
- Meals on Wheels Diablo Region serves the senior population by providing social and care management services, on top of delivering hot and nutritious meals to homebound seniors through the Meals on Wheels program.
- Ombudsman Services is a mandated organization created to serve seniors who reside in nursing homes, and ensure clients and their families their loved ones are getting adequate care in these facilities.
- Contra Costa Senior Legal Services provides a variety of legal assistance to seniors, such as housing issues, elder abuse, consumer protection, wills, among other services.
- Choice in Aging provides a combination of medical, social, and therapy services for frail adults, while giving their caregivers respite.
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serves foster children by providing one-on-one support and advocacy with CASA volunteers. These volunteers work with their youth to make sure they do not get lost in the system.
- Trinity Center is a non-profit organization in Walnut Creek that serves homeless and underprivileged adults. Trinity Center is a Contra Costa County Coordinated Assessment Referral and Engagement (CARE) Facility and therefore considered an essential Government service. .
- A Contra Costa Health Services Program, CORE will still be active, connecting the homeless to service providers and shelters.
- SVdP of Contra Costa serves men, women, and families and “strives to provide concrete aid to those in need.” Their various programs include providing food, clothing, shelter, rental assistance, medical services, employment, and workforce development. Contact the SVdP branch in your community: https://www.svdp-cc.org/branches/ or call 925-439-5060.
- The Cancer Support Community is the largest professionally led network of cancer support worldwide. The organization is dedicated to educate all people who have been impacted by cancer, and to provide them with strength and support through community.
- The Lions Center for the Visually Impaired provides free vision screenings to people 55 and older, and throughout Contra Costa County, they provide needs assessments, counseling, training living skills, help with adaptive aids, orientation and mobility – all for free.
- Monument Crisis Center provides critical support and basic needs for everyone, from after school care, senior classes, ESL/ELL classes, food distribution, among other services.
- The Rainbow Community Center provides a safe space and services for the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) Housing provides tenants with Fair Housing Services and Tenant/Landlord Counseling to settle disputes, among other housing related services. Additional Eviction/Tenant information & jurisdictional updates regarding COVID-19: https://www.echofairhousing.org/covid-19-resources.html
- Loaves and Fishes serves the most vulnerable and is considered an essential provider for those who lack access to nutritious meals. Additional meal resources here.
- CocoKids provides a wide range of free and low cost child programs and services for working parents to ensure their children are ready for success in school and life. For additional resources, visit https://www.cocokids.org/useful-resources-in-response-to-covid-19/
- Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Inc.’s Housing Rehabilitation program fixes and preserves homes that are falling apart, before they become uninhabitable. Even with recent updates, Habitat for Humanity is still taking applications! For questions call (510) 803-3388.
- The City of Walnut Creek is offering interest-free equity share loans to qualifying homebuyers as part of its First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program. Applications for this program are still being accepted and processed.