(Mountain View, Calif) – Just 10 days after passing a $500,000 rent relief package, Mountain View City Council passed another $800,000 relief package to help local small businesses, local homeless and unstably housed individuals, local seniors and any residents struggling with garbage or water bills. These relief efforts, known as #TogetherMV, will be combined with a local donation portal set to launch early next week. In addition, Mountain View joined other cities in the region to pass an urgency ordinance to suspend evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 hardship for residential renters, including mobile home lot renters through May 31. Tenants have 120 days from the expiration date of the ordinance to pay back all unpaid rent (which is September 28).
Programs included in the additional $800,000 package were: $400,000 for small business relief with an additional $100,000 earmarked to loan to small apartment complex owners with 9 units or less, who prove COVID-related hardships; $50,000 for portable restrooms, hand-washing stations, mobile showers and washer and dryers; $50,000 for a grocery gift-card program for local homeless, unstably housed and seniors in need; $100,000 for expansion of the Safe Parking Program pilot to run 24/7 at Shoreline, Terra Bella and Evelyn lots during this crisis; and $100,000 to design and implement a program to help with hardships in paying garbage and water utility bills due to COVID-19 impacts.
The City also announced the creation of #TogetherMV, an online resource for our community to help one another, including a donation hub that will provide a way for individuals and companies to donate towards helping their neighbors with rent relief or small business assistance. The #TogetherMV donation portal will be managed by the Los Altos Community Foundation and is set to launch early next week.
“I’m extremely proud of my fellow Councilmembers and City staff for putting together such a robust, comprehensive relief package in just two short weeks to help our neighbors, seniors, small businesses, employers, homeless, children and the most vulnerable in our community,” said Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga. “Our goal was to quickly help as many people in Mountain View as possible who have been impacted by this unprecedented crisis, and I think we have done exactly that.”
Councilmembers also passed an urgency ordinance to suspend evictions for nonpayment of rent for residential tenants through May 31 for those who qualify due to COVID-related hardships. Tenants are required to pay back any unpaid rent within 120 days of May 31. The ordinance is similar to the State and County suspensions but also extends to mobile home lot renters and can be mediated and enforced locally.
More details of the Council Actions are available at MountainView.gov/COVID.