Housing Division

Concord is a great community and we want to do our part to make it even better for you! Our goal in the Housing Division is to keep you informed about the City’s housing assistance programs, projects, and available resources.


Residential Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance 

In a continued effort to protect Concord tenants, the City Council unanimously introduced a Residential Tenant Anti-Harassment ordinance at their June 14 meeting. The ordinance would prohibit landlords from interfering with their residential tenants’ peaceful enjoyment of their home. 

The ordinance is the result of collaborative effort that considered input received from tenant advocate groups and landlord representatives, and hours of public testimony. 

The ordinance will return to the City Council for final adoption on June 28. It will go into effect July 28, 2022, 30 days after adoption. 

Please email Brenda Kain at Brenda.Kain@cityofconcord.org if you have any questions.  


CA Mortgage Relief Program Expands Eligibility

The California Mortgage Relief Program supports homeowners who have fallen behind on their housing payments due to pandemic-related hardships. The program will help homeowners make past due housing payments - up to a maximum of $80,000 per household - by making a one-time direct payment to the mortgage servicers. Importantly, this is not a loan and will not need to be paid back.

According to a June 14 press release, the program has modified the past-due requirement to include homeowners who missed payments in the first half of 2022, expanded the income eligibility, and will now cover past-due property taxes for more homeowners.

The California Mortgage Relief Program is funded by the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeowners Assistance Fund, and it is being run through the California Housing Finance Agency. 

Learn More.



Do you need help with rent or utilities?

Financial assistance is available from the State of California for income eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 and have past due rent or utilities, or who need help with upcoming rent or utilities.

How do I apply?

To check eligibility and apply, visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122.

For in-language assistance, to get help with eligibility requirements or filling out an application, schedule an appointment with a local organization near you by calling 833-687-0967.


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City of concord rental assistance 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), passed by Congress in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19, allocated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds to the City of Concord to address issues faced by residents impacted by the pandemic. The CARES Act also established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to respond to the public health emergency with respect to COVID–19.  The City allocated the majority of these funds to Tenant Rental Assistance for tenants unable to pay their rent due to job loss, a reduction of hours or other economic impacts that are a direct result of the pandemic.  Funds were also allocated to Tenant Legal Services to address issues and evictions faced by impacted tenants unable to pay their rent.

The Concord Tenant Assistance report details the assistance provided through November 30, 2021.  The next report will be posted on March 15, 2022. 

Please note, tenant rental assistance is currently available through the State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), HousingIsKey.com. 

Contra Costa Superior Court has produced a Tenant and Landlord Resources flyer that will be included in all summons for unlawful detainer issued to tenants from October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022. The Spanish version of the flyer can be found here


Residential tenant protection program

Updated October 19, 2020

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Concord City Council adopted the Residential Tenant Protection Program to be effective August 28, 2020, and allows for, among other things: relocation assistance for no-fault just cause evictions; requires that a tenant be provided a written lease with the appropriate minimum lease terms; and sunsets on January 1, 2030. For more information, please visit the Tenant & Landlord Resources page. 

ECHO Housing is Concord's tenant and landlord service provider. For additional information on any of Concord's tenant and landlord programs and policies, please contact ECHO Housing at 1-925-732-3919 or contact@echofairhousing.org.





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