The Briefing volume 9 | march 28, 2020

Special Edition

Last night, Friday, March 27, the Mountain View City Council passed an $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. This is comes in addition to the decision made just 10 days ago where the City Council passed a $500,000 rent relief package,

These relief efforts, known as #TogetherMV, will be combined with a local donation portal set to launch this coming 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, for 120 days after the May 31 expiration date of the ordinance (which is September 28).

The additional aid package includes the following:

  • $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 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
  • $100,000 to design and implement a program to help with hardships in paying garbage and water utility bills due to COVID-19 impacts

#TogetherMV donation portal

The online donation portal will serve as a 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 donation portal will be managed by the Los Altos Community Foundation and is set to launch early this coming week.

Councilmembers also passed an urgency ordinance to suspend evictions for nonpayment of rent for residents through late September for those who qualify due to COVID-related hardships.

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.

“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 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.”

Additional details regarding the council meeting can be found here.

-- Your COVID-19 Strategic Communications Team