Emergency Assistance Programs

The City of Rosemead has received funding from the Federal CARES Act and HUD Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) program to help local businesses and residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Several new programs including commercial and residential rental assistance and utility assistance have been developed to reduce the effects of financial hardship suffered by Rosemead residents and small business owners that have had a reduction in income as a result of COVID-19. The programs were designed to provide short-term assistance during the pandemic.

Business Rental Assistance Program (OPEN)

The Business Rental Assistance Program application period is from Tuesday, September 8th and closes on Monday, September 21st at 5:00 p.m. To qualify for the COVID-19 Business Rental Assistance Program (BRAP), business must: 

  1. Have a verifiable loss in revenue during the months of March 2020 to August 2020;
  2. Submit all requested documentation by the due date with the completed application;
  3. Qualify as a small business per the SBA Small Business Size Standards;
  4. Must have been in business for at least one year prior to March 1, 2020;
  5. Must have more than five full time equivalent employees (FTE); and
  6. Business must be located within the City of Rosemead. Non-franchise, retail businesses are encouraged to apply. 

Limited funding available, $10,000 to $20,000 one-time grant per business, depending on the total number of qualifying applications received. All qualifying applications submitted by due date, that also include all required supporting documentation, will be assigned a random number and entered into a lottery. Awardees are expected to receive notification within three weeks.

Business Rental Assistance Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

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For general questions or technical assistance, please email: EconDevDivision@cityofrosemead.org 

The Small Business Assistance Program (OPEN)

The Small Business Assistance Program application period reopened from Monday, September 14 and closes on Monday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m.  Qualifying micro enterprises with five employees or less are encouraged to apply for assistance. The City will provide a maximum of $10,000 for commercial rent. To be eligible, the recipient business must have been in operation prior to March 1, 2020; have a valid Rosemead Business License; have a verifiable loss of revenue due to COVID 19; and have not received other assistance for the same commercial rent. Businesses must meet one of the following to be eligible for assistance:

  1. The business is located in a HUD-defined low- and moderate-income area (click here to view map) and provides a service to the immediate surrounding residential neighborhood; OR
  2. 51% of the business’ employees on payroll are from a low- moderate-income household (80% or below), see table below; OR
  3. The business owner’s current income is low- and moderate income (80% or below), see table below.

For general questions or technical assistance, please email: RosemeadSBAP@housingprograms.com

Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Programs (CLOSED)

Applications for the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Programs now available. The application period closes Monday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m. The programs are designed to provide emergency grants to assist low-to moderate income persons that have a documented loss in household income related to COVID-19. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide up to $6,000 per household for rent or deferred rent balance. The Utility Assistance Program offers up to $1,000 for utility expenses up for up to three months. Payments will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility companies.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Utility Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions

For general questions or technical assistance, please email: RosemeadERAP@housingprograms.com

The applicant’s gross household income must be at or below the following Area Median Income (AMI) limits:


Household Size









Rental Assistance Program (60% AMI)*









Small Business and Utility (80% AMI)**









Source U.S. Dept. of HUD, these income figures are subject to change annually.
* Last updated 7/1/20
**Last updated 4/2/20