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.

COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program, Round 2 - NOW OPEN!

March 2021: The City of Rosemead is once again accepting online applications for the Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP). The online application can be accessed on the link in the left column. Due to limited funding, applications for the SBAP are being accepted on a first come, first served basis. Only complete applications will be accepted. Before submitting your application, please verify all requested documents have been uploaded. If you have previously received funding from the City of Rosemead's SBAP, you may not qualify to apply again. To request a hard copy or PDF of the SBAP application, please call (626) 569-2153. 

Qualifying micro enterprises with five (FTE) 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 - Round 2, NOW OPEN!

March 2021: The City of Rosemead is once again accepting applications for the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program. This program is 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.

The online application can be accessed on the link in the left column. Due to limited funding, applications for the program are being accepted on a first come, first served basis. Before submitting your application, please verify all requested documents have been uploaded. Only complete applications will be accepted and processed for further review. If you have previously received funding from the City of Rosemead's Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program, you may not qualify to apply again. To request a hard copy or PDF of the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program application, please call (626) 569-2153. 

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

1. Who qualifies for rental assistance?
- Households that rent a residential housing unit (single family house, apartment, townhome, etc.) in the City of Rosemead; and
- The residential housing unit is the household’s primary residence; and
- The household income has been drastically reduced due to COVID-19; and
- The current household income is at or below 60% of the Los Angeles County Median Income (see chart below).

2. Do I qualify if I am unemployed?
- Not necessarily. Your income must have been affected due to COVID-19 and you must be able to show documentation on the loss of income to qualify.
- If your income has gone UP or increased, you will NOT qualify.

3. I did not submit the required documentation and my application was denied. Can I reapply and submit all documentation?
- Yes, you may reapply, but you must ensure all requested documentation is submitted or risk that your application is denied again.
- You are encouraged to follow the application instructions and submit all required documents as funding is limited and complete applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

INCOME QUESTIONS

1. What do you consider as income?
- State unemployment (before deductions).
- All wages (before deductions) from everyone over the age of 18 that is still working.
- All other benefits from everyone who lives in the house like social security, pensions, welfare, disability, etc.

2. How do I prove a loss in income or revenue?
- Per the application, submit the required documentation.

3. How do I prove my income?
- A self-certification of household income is part of the application.
- This self-certification asks for total household income information.
- The self- certification allows the City to verify the information submitted.

4. What if I earned too much before COVID-19?
- As part of the income verification, the city looks at the income you have right now and compares it to your pre-COVID-19 income to ensure there was a loss of income, in addition to the other income requirements.

5. I lost my job due to our company closing its business. I no longer have contact with my employer. How do I prove that I lost my job due to COVID-19?
- You can submit your unemployment benefit, which will indicate that you lost your job.

OTHER GENERAL QUESTIONS

1. What is the source of these program funds?
- ERAP funds are available under the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal CARES Act.

2. Are program funds a Loan or Grant?
- These funds are for grants. Repayment is not required.

3. What is the maximum amount of the grant?
- The maximum rental assistance the City can provide is $6,000 per household.

4. How does a resident apply?
- Applicant will be able to apply online by computer, tablet or cellphone without printing the application.
- The application website will be provided as soon as the program is open for applications.
- The application can also be printed from the City website.
- If the applicant does not have internet access, City staff will mail the application.

5. I do not have an electronic device or internet access. Can I submit the application at City Hall?
- Yes, you can drop off your application at City Hall, Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you wish to drop off your application at City Hall, please call 626-569-2140 for more information.
- You can also mail your application to the City of Rosemead, but the application must be postmarked by the due date.

6. I do not have a Social Security Card. Can I still apply for the program?
- The head of household/applicant must have a Social Security card. Other members of the household that do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) can use the Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN) in lieu of a SSN.

7. I am a property owner. I do not live in Rosemead, but I own a rental property in Rosemead. Do I qualify for the program?
- No, but your tenant may qualify if your tenant is experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. Have your tenant apply.

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

PROGRAM

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Rental Assistance Program (60% AMI)*

$47,340

$54,060

$60,840

$67,560

$73,020

$78,420

$83,820

$89,220

Small Business and Utility (80% AMI)**

$63,100

$72,100

$81,100

$90,100

$97,350

$104,550

$111,750

$118,950

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